1-2-18 Tuesday

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We have an update!

Three years ago, we welcomed two adorable Alabama-born, Crooked Acres-loved failed to be feral boys into our home. Jethro Tull and Thunderclap Newman (TC) immediately made themselves at home.

Both boys grew and grew and grew – both topping 20 lbs. Along the way, we’ve had to make a few adjustments. For example, we never, ever leave toilet paper on the dispenser. TC has a hidden sense of its presence and attacks! If we put toilet paper out for guests and don’t retrieve it and hide it soon enough or leave the cupboard door open, this is the result:

(TC is notoriously camera shy and takes off as soon as he sees me attempting a photo.)

And Jethro seems to semi long for the old days in the wild. Once I bring ferns in for the winter, his inner feral appears and I’ve given up on having anything other than flattened plants:

Both are awesome snoopervisers. TC joins Paz every morning and evening to be sure teeth brushing and face washing are done correctly. And Jethro is a great sous chef!

While both Jethro and TC hang with and love their fellow residents, they LOVE each other and spend a limited amount of time apart. Three years ago, Jethro and TC moved not only into our home but deep into our hearts. More loving and intelligent boys would be hard to find. Gentle Giant TC loves to have his belly rubbed and has a purr that rattles the windows! Jethro has decided he’s a lap cat and will often reward the unprepared with a—oomph—20lb leap that leaves one literally breathless. Thank you, Robyn and Fred, for providing these sweet and special boys with their first loving home!

Thank you so much for the great update, Bonnie. Please give those boys kisses from all of us!

You guys can also see Jethro and TC and their siblings (and sometimes humans!) over at Instagram, here.


I have pictures of more familiar faces that I’ll share in tomorrow and Thursday’s posts, too. If you’ve adopted one of our fosters and would like to share an update with us, we would LOVE to see their sweet faces. My email’s in the sidebar, and rest assured that we never ever get tired of seeing the sweet, happy faces of former fosters.


I checked the PO Box on Friday, and there were a ton more cards waiting for me! I got them all scanned yesterday, and you can scroll through them below.

2017 Holiday Cards Received

Or you can see the whole album here, over at Flickr.

Thank you, everyone who sent cards. You always send the BEST cards, and I love reading the yearly letters some of you include. I’ll be sure to scan and upload any other cards I get – I intend to visit the post office in Athens once a week or so until mid-March, which is when I’ll likely open a box at a closer post office, and close the old box. (I’m waiting ’til mid-March because that’s when the box is up for renewal.)


Isn’t it nice of us to buy recliners for the cats? I honestly don’t know the last time I sat in either of those recliners, they’re always occupied.

Khal, keeping a wary eye on me. In the background, in the pink bed, you can see Maxi.

Went to Bath and Body Works, got an angry Archie. I have to say, I got a pretty good deal on him.


2017: 2016 in review.
2016: No entry.
2015: “This feather make me feel CRAYZEE.”
2014: “WE are sleek and slinky, and THEY are big and fluffy!”
2013: When Rick walked through the door after running an errand, the permanent residents all went running away from him. Stripey and Sungold, on the other hand, ran toward him to see what was going on.
2012: In a fangy kinda way.
2011: No entry.
2009: Marion enjoys her some Dog Whisperer.
2008: No entry.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.