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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Easy Like Sunday

Today's easy picture doesn't look a whole lot different than last week's! Lets face it. We LOVE to take it easy on Mom's bed!

Daisy is laying on the top left and Jazzpurr is laying on the pillows. Mom was surprised to see the two tortie girls in close proximity. From there we have Puff stretched out, then Fred and Batman. Spunky also decided to stretch out, as did his sister, Ginger. Mom would love to see all 15 of us on the bed, but that will never happen. Some of us don't get along very well together.

It was a year ago yesterday when brother, Bandit, crossed the Bridge. We won't forget ever forget that morning. He seemed to be fine when we went to bed and he was gone when Mom got up the next morning. Bandit was never a lap cat, and he rarely slept on the bed with mom (although he would sleep on the bed with the rest of us.) He had a sweet disposition and loved to be scratched and petted when he was laying on the top level of the cat tree. Bandit got along with all of us, but he was shy around people he didn't know. We know we will see you again one day, Bandit.


Bandit Bigtoes
February 2005 - December 27, 2013

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Day Late on Easy Sunday

We hope Monday is treating everyone right. It's three sleeps until Santa Paws comes. Mom doesn't do much for Christmas. She hasn't put a tree up for about four or five years now. And it's almost been a year since our brofur, Bandit, crossed the Bridge without any warning. Mom said today how she misses that orange boy. We miss him, too. But we aren't going to be sad today.

Mom was doing laundry yesterday. When she walked into her bedroom to put some of her clothes away she was greeted with the sight of six of us sleeping on her bed. Of course, mom had to grab her flashybox/cell phone to take a picture.

That's Daisy at the head of the bed on the pillows. Ginger picked the foot of the bed. The four who decided to make a nap pile are Fred, Spunky, Batman, and Puff. Nary a whisker twitched while mom was in there. I was sleeping by myself in mom's computer chair.

Mom said we really have a hard-knock life. Then she walked out of the room singing something about the sun coming out tomorrow.

Purrs,
Clarissa & Co.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Colin Feral

Mom doesn't have many pictures of our angel brother, Colin Feral. He lived with us for only 4 short weeks. When mom took him in off the street she didn't know he had lymphoma. But for those 4 short weeks Colin was with us he knew he was loved. And he gave love back in return. We still miss you, sweetheart.

 The Bubble Bath (thanks to Photoshop)

Colin Feral - June 2005

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pictures of Me - Clarissa

Mom found some older pictures of me and I wanted to share them with my friends.

 Clarissa - 2003 (above and below)
 Clarissa - 2013 (below)

I'm not as full figured now as I was back in 2003, but my weight is healthy. My tummy isn't fluffy white anymore either. In 2004 I developed an allergy and I started overgrooming my tummy. I have to get a depo injection about every 12-16 weeks. If I don't, I will groom my belly until it is raw.  Mom has gotten rid of both of those old kitchen stools and she hasn't replaced them yet. I still sleep on the beds most of the time.

We wanted to thank everyfur for their prayers for Judith. As of today, $6200 has been raised for her needs. Mom hasn't heard and more news regarding her recovery, but we will post more when she does.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday, Monday

Mom and our uncle went to Phoenix, AZ for a long weekend. They visited friends who meet up there every December. Mom said they had a great time. One of her co-workers stopped by the house every day to check on us. He scooped the litter boxes, gave us fresh water, and filled our kibble bowls. He told mom that Johnny and Cash and Fred followed him around the house and kept rubbing all over his legs. We bet his own kitty and dogs were thrilled with having our scents on their dad! Mom had to go back to work today, but our uncle is here with us. It is nice having them back home.

We have our paws crossed that the plumbing problems are over with. Since mid-October the water heater has been replaced, a busted pipe has been replaced, the trap in the bathroom sink and the washing machine have been replaced, and now the main sewer line from the house to the city sewer line has been replaced. That is a lot of green papers spent. The homeowners insurance is covering the water damage from the busted pipe. So far most of the flooring in the living room and hallway has been installed. The contractor didn't measure correctly and they can't complete the hallway until the remainder of the new flooring arrives. All of the old kitchen flooring has been removed and the contractor will be here on Wednesday to install the new flooring. Once that is done repairs can begin on the two holes in the kitchen wall.

Also, we are asking for prayers for a friend from Facebook.

Judith a member of a message board that mom is on and in a group on Facebook that mom belongs too. She is in the hospital recovering from a fire that devastated her home. Judith has lost everything except her car and what was in it. According the reports mom has heard, Judith sustained burns on her face and hands when she went back to try to rescue her cats. One kitty ran out of the house, but did not survive due to smoke inhalation. Three were found safe in the basement, although one had a burn on her paw. Three or four others are not accounted for. Mom is in tears whenever she thinks about it. Things can be replaced.

There is a GoFundMe account set up to help Judith once she is released from the hospital. We are including a link to the page here: GoFundMe for Judith Alberty. Mom knows the lady personally who set up the account. Michelle was Bruce's mom.

Mostly, we are asking for prayers for Judith. She needs all of the love, support, and healing thoughts that she can get.

Purrs,
Clarissa & Co.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fly free, sweet Bruce.

We found out last night that our friend, Bruce, crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  Bruce lived with a friend of our mom's. He was a teenaged kitty who was FIV+.  His mom posted on Facebook that he was failing, had a massive tumor, and his quality of life was not what he deserved. She and his vet helped him make his Bridge journey. Bruce had 9 good years in a loving home with his mom, and his younger sister, Peaches. We know his mom will miss him.

R.I.P. sweet, Bruce.

Bruce (in the back) with sister, Peaches.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Checking In on the Interwebs

Wowie! Has it really been mid-September since I last posted? There is a lot of catching up to do!

First off, we are all fine. Memphis had a teeth cleaning on November 4, but other than that there is no exciting news to report on us. And that is a good thing. Mom and our uncle were down with a nasty stomach flu about 10 days ago, but they are both well now.

So where have we been? Our furry butts have been at home, but mom was traveling a good part of October. She went to Walker Stalker Con Atlanta in mid-October. That's a convention for fans of the t.v. show, The Walking Dead. When she got home from that she immediately took off and drove to North Carolina. She spent a week there with our Anty Torchy. Anty Torchy rode back to Kentucky with mom and she was here for almost a week. Mom drove to northern Indiana to see a friend and they went to an Alice Cooper concert in Hammond. Mom was home for a week and then got the nasty stomach flu.

Oh, and our house is a mess! A week before mom left town the water heater died. When the plumber came to replace it  he said that there was a leaking pipe in the wall. Water had gotten in the wall, under the flooring in both the hall way and the kitchen floor and ruined some paneling. All of that had to be torn out and then big machines where brought in to dry out the floors. They were loud and they made the house hot. We weren't crazy about the loud part, but we liked the warmth. Hopefully the contractor will be starting on the repairs very soon. Flooring had to be ordered and that's what mom is waiting on. Then there is a huge hole in the kitchen wall that will need to be fixed. Like I said, it is one big mess.

That's about it for now. I just wanted to let you know that we are still around!

Purrs,
Clarissa

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Tika

This little girl showed up on a board friend's front porch last week:

Isn't she a beauty? The lady fed her and to make a long story short, she ended up bringing her inside. A visit to the vet determined that she was healthy, but very, very thin. You can see that it the following pictures:


Her estimated age is 8 to 12 months. The vet said she has all of her adult teeth. She is also quite friendly, so she has had contact with humans. She may have been dumped or left behind. But she has now found her forever home.




Her new mom has named her Tika. We know she has a new brother and sister, but we don't know if they have been introduced yet.

We are thankful that Tika has found her home and will no longer be living on the streets. And we know she is thankful too.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fiona the Ferocious

Clarissa turned the blog over to me today.

I had a check-up appointment with my eye specialist this morning. I let mom put me in the carrier. I rode quietly all the way to the specialist's office. I let mom get me out of the carrier and I laid in her lap all wrapped up in my blanket. And when the tech and the doctor came to look at my eye I turned into THE CAT FROM HELL!!!! I hissed and growled and snapped my alligator-like jaws at the vet. And when she tried a second time I did it again! Mom got up and tried to wrap me in the blanket and I clawed up the back of her hand and one finger. I am FEROCIOUS! Dr. T said that I would have to be sedated for the exam. Since I haven't been having any problems mom and the doctor decided not to do the exam. If I start having any problems I can always go back. Mom kept apologizing for my bad behavior. Once I calmed down I let mom put me back in the carrier and behaved all the way back home.

I showed them that I am the boss!!! *Beaming proudly*

Ferocious Fiona


Friday, September 5, 2014

Cats & Kittens in need of help...

A good friend of mom's posted this on Facebook. We told her we would share it here. If you are in North Carolina or know someone who is and can help, please call the number listed below.

I have omitted the very disturbing pict that was with this post...

BUT WE HAVE BEEN ASKED TO POST THIS AND SEND AN EMERGENCY MESSAGE TO ALL CAT RESCUES AND ORG.

Suzzane Melton of Suzies zoo went to NC shelter today to pull kittens and cats scheduled for death.
She found several disturbing situations and now we are asking for anyone who can help, to please come forward. Suzzane found dead cats in their cages and some were suffering from bites from cockroaches.

Ten cats were pulled and she suspects they all may die.
The shelter director was seen spraying pesticides inside and outside of the shelter according to the email we received.


This is only one picture of the horrific state these cats were in.


If you can help get some of these babies out of this place, please call 704-877-0916
 

We will forward info
This is completely unacceptable and pathetic.
Emails and calls are going out as we write.
( this info was sent to our org; anyone interested in verifying should contact us and we will connect you with proper persons handling this.We are
Sending out what was emailed to us and we are absolutely appalled if this all true!!!)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

In Memorium: Boo (aka Smokey)

Our hearts are heavy today.  We found out the our dear friend, Boo, crossed the Bridge earlier this week. Boo, who's real name was Smokey, was loved very much by his purrents. He spent 18 years with them. Boo's health had been failing and he finally told his purrents that he was tired, and he was ready to join his brother, Riley, at the Bridge.

Boo leaves behind his brothers, Oakley and Jake.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Whiskerhump Wednesday and Womancat Wednesday

We borrowed the idea of Wordless Wednesday and combining it with Whiskerhump Wednesday and Womancat Wednesday from out friend, Brian. AND we are sharing pictures of our womancat friends, Trance and Trixie. They are sisfurs and and a brofur named Max. They are beautiful girls and they are showing off their lovely whiskerhumps.

Here is the gorgeous Trance:
 
 And here is the beautiful tuxie, Trixie.

We want to thank Max's Mom for sharing their pictures and giving us permission to post them today.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday AND Thankful Thursday

I decided to combine Throwback Thursday and Thankful Thursday together today. The "throwback" part comes from the "baby" pictures that mom found from my "Gotcha Day." Mom went to an outdoor gathering for the Kentucky Humane Society to look for a dog and she came home with me! I was 8 weeks old and I had a runny eye and I kept sneezing! I was on an antibiotic for a couple of weeks and I was treated for fleas a few weeks later.

The "thankful" part is because I'm so thankful that I ended up with a great forever home with mom and all of my brothers and sisters. But for the first year I was in my home, I was the only cat.

My Gotcha Day anniversary is coming up in a couple of weeks. These pictures are from August 27, 2000. Mom said she can hardly believe that I've been with her for 14 years.



 And this is what I look like now! Mom should have saved this picture for Whiskerhump Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tabby Tuesday with Cash

I love to be petted and get ear scritches and chin scritches. I love it so much I sometimes lick my mom's or uncle's nose and then put the bite on it! I don't have any pictures of me biting anyone, but I do have a couple of me up in mom's face while she scratches my chin!


You kitties know just how good that feels, right?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tabby and Tummy Tuesday

 "Mom, we really need to discuss your mess," said Johnny.

Puff stops washing his beautiful tummy to glare at Daisy. Unfortunately, for Mom, Puff really isn't into tummy rubs. It's a pity because his tummy is very soft.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Our Bags Were Packed...

The suitcase really wasn't ours. But we wanted to help mom pack for her trip. She went to Boston last weekend for Walker Stalker Con. Mom said she had a lot of fun and she did get to meet a lot of friends from online. Mom was suppose to get home at 11:55pm on Sunday, but due to equipment failures and weather delays (on incoming planes) she got to spend an extra day in Boston and do some site seeing. Mom had a 3 hour layover in Baltimore on Monday night that turned into a 6 hour layover. She didn't get home until 2:30am Tuesday morning! And as she was coming in the front door Daisy bolted outside. That meant mom had to catch her and get her back inside before she could go to bed!

Anymew, we wanted to share some pics of us helping mom pack!

 Batman took the deep side while Puff held down the top!

 Where do you think mom is going, Puff?

 Nowhere if I have anything to say about it, Batman!

Can I go with you? (Fred)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mancat Monday

I like to put the bitey on my brother, Cash. I show him who is the boss around here!


Cash wanted to order pizza but I wasn't interested.

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Long Journey Begins (not cat related)

Clarissa and her brothers and sisters said I could take over the their blog for today. Kitties and woofers, let your pawrents and purrents read this if you like it.

One of my favorite actor's is Sean Patrick Flanery. You may remember him from the movies Powder or The Boondock Saints, or my favorite, Mongolian Death Worm. He also played the young Indiana Jones on t.v., and he was in the last season of Dexter.  I met him the first time in 2012 at a convention in Virginia Beach. He was super nice and he posed with me for this picture:


In early January 2014 I ran across his blog, Shine...Until Tomorrow. His first post for 2014 struck a chord with me. Sean does not mince words. If you take the time to read the post you will understand when I say I kept right on eating those Oreos.

March 2014 rolled around and I was going to Wizard World/Louisville Comic Con. Sean was one of the celebrities at the convention. On Saturday night at the con, I met a woman named Shannon. We started talking about Sean and the subject of weight came up. I told her how I wanted to lose weight and how unhappy I had become with not only my appearance, but my general health and the way I felt (tired, easily winded, knee pain). She said, "If you really want to do this you need to go talk to Sean tomorrow. Tell him what you want to do and he will be behind you 100%."

Sunday afternoon arrived and I found myself standing in the line at Sean's booth. I had already spoken with him on Friday afternoon and had gotten the covers of 3 movies signed. As I waited for my turn, I wasn't sure if I could make this commitment to get healthy. I used the excuse if I chicken out I'll just get a pic signed for a friend of mine. I reached the front of the line and there I was, standing in front of Sean. I said, "Sean, I'm ready to shine."

I will tell you exactly what I told him. I'm almost 54 years old. I have type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. I weighed 292 lbs. When I told him what I weighed he didn't sugar coat it and say, "Oh, you don't look like it." No, he looked at me and nodded. "That's about right," he replied.

I told him that I want to lose 150 lbs. "That's great for a long term goal, but what is your short term goal?" He asked.  I told him that I wanted to lose 50 lbs. by the end of December.

This the pro shot photo that I had taken with him about an hour later. All 292 lbs. of me.
With Sean Patrick Flanery on March 30, 2014.

On April 1st I started walking. A half-mile nearly did me in. But I stuck with it. I cut out most of the bread, sweets, and fried foods that I used to eat. Those a now an occasional treat for me. I felt so much better without the extra sugars! I weighed in at the doctor's on May 9th. I had lost 12 lbs.

On May 31st, I participated in my first ever charity walk (for the local chapter of the MS Society). I chose the longest route and walked 3 miles. Was it easy? No. I almost fell out on the last half-mile. But the sense of accomplishment I felt when I crossed the end point was amazing.

Right before the MS walk began. May 31, 2014.

I am also amazed at the difference in my appearance. In two months I have gone from 292 lbs. to 268 lbs. I've dropped approximately 2 sizes. I still have a long way to go. But I will keep on shining!





Thursday, May 29, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Mom was looking at some photos she has stored at Photobucket and she found this one of our angel brother, Bandit Bigtoes:


Bandit unexpectedly crossed the Rainbow Bridge on December 27, 2013. It was quite a shock to us and our mom. We miss him and his sweet personality a lot. But we know he is watching over us and we just know he comes to visit us, too. And yes, he is sleeping on a vinyl table cloth. Silly boy.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

An Update on Fiona

We have some wonderful news to tell you! Fiona had a follow-up visit with the eye specialist this morning and she was very excited to see the improvement in Fiona's eye!

For anyone who is new to our blog, Fiona is our one-eyed sister. She has always had a bit of scar tissue on her eye. But early this year Fiona's eye became inflamed and the blood vessels were appearing in veins on top of her eyeball! It was really gross looking, and we know it was very uncomfortable for Fiona.  Fiona's condition stumped our regular vet, so she sent Fiona to a specialist. Fiona's condition stumped the animal ophthalmologist too!

Fiona was treated with two different types of eye drops. The blood vessels went from spidery looking veins to a total red cast to Fiona's eye. A third eye drop was added. When Fiona went back a fourth eye drop was added and she was prescribed an oral antibiotic. Something started working and Fiona's eye started improving. She could see again and she started playing with toys! And she has been snuggling with mom again.

The specialist told mom to cut back on the number of meds Fiona has been on. She is now down to 2 types of eye drops. She'll get one of the two times a day. She'll get the other one every other day. She will still get the oral medication twice daily until it is gone. Fiona will go back on September 8 for another check.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Photos

Mom has been busy with the flashy box (aka her phone) so we are going to share some pictures today.

 That's me, Clarissa, having a snack. Please excuse the carpet.

Nap pile #1: Lily, Daisy, Fred the Pillow, and the toes of Spunky.
 Ginger and I were sharing a sun puddle on the living room couch.

 That's Johnny on mom's bed. Those are her goggles behind him.

 Cash & Johnny NOT looking at the camera.

 Cash & Johnny looking at the camera.

 Nap pile #2: Cash, Spunky, & Batman (being Long Cat)
 Capt. Puff "Puffypants" McPufferson

Cash Dixon. His eyes match the blanket.

We hope everyone enjoys their long weekend! Mom is going to a Beatles thing tomorrow called "Abbey Road on the River." We are going to be napping!

Purrs,
Clarissa & Co.