Thursday, October 29, 2015

Happy National Cat Day

We hope everyone is enjoy National Cat Day! Mom asked, "And how is this different from any other day?" at our house. We pretty much get to do whatever we want so mom did have a valid point.

Johnny had to go to the vet on Friday to have his dew claw checked out. Somehow he got an infection in it and the claw stopped retracting. He is doing much better now and the swelling has gone.

And speaking of Johnny, he sometimes has an issue with his brother. Cash will be minding his own business and then this will happen:

Johnny will come up behind Cash and bite his neck. Johnny will hold Cash like this for several minutes. Cash doesn't cry out or growl, so Johnny must not being hurting him. Eventually Johnny will let go and Cash will walk away.

The sun is shining today, so I think I'll find a sun puddle and take a nap.

Clarissa & Co.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Zoe's Story

Happy Halloween Week! This is mom's favorite holiday and thank Cod that she doesn't try to put us in costumes!

We told you about Zoe, our friend in South Africa, who crossed the Bridge. Her human mom, Sheila, told our mom Zoe's story and we would like to share it with you:

Zoe came to me at 4 days old.  She was with her mom and three siblings.  I was going to foster them until they were old enough to be re-homed.  There were two Calico girls and two black and white boys – Mom was a  Torti.   Sadly one of the little boys died.  The kittens quickly grew and were very playful and eventually met all of my own cats.   One that was especially loving towards them was Moppett a Calico long hair who I had already rescued.

One of my German Shepherds also took the kitts under her wing and used to wash them and let them sleep cuddled up to her.

A friend of mine wanted the little Calico long haired girl  and another friend took the mom and remaining boy.   That left Zoe, so I decided “what was one more” and she stayed.   Right from the start she always slept on my head a night and would “make biscuits” in my hair.

For some reason or other she was always a scaredy cat and whenever anyone visited she would disappear.  The only people that she trusted and loved was me and my husband.  When my daughters visited they would always go into the bedroom and spend some time with her making friends.

When I decided to keep her, I had just lost my 19 year old tortie, Ziggy and I wanted a “Z” name in honour of Ziggy, and so she became Zoe.   Moppett was the mother figure in my bunch of 6 and they would all congregate around her on the bed and sleep together during the day.   Zoe fitted in very well.

When we decided to move from Johannesburg to George, in the Southern Cape, all of the cats flew down together and went into kennels, the 3 dogs travelled with my by car.   They all settled in very well.

It was while we lived in George that Zoe had her one and only adventure outside of the house.   Something frightened her and she ran outside.   I knew she would be terrified but there was no sign of her.   She was hiding somewhere in the garden.   I stayed up until the early hours of the morning with the front door wide open and a dim light shining to try to entice her back inside.   At about 2 o clock she crept back inside.   WOW!  the relief I felt, it’s impossible to describe.   She NEVER ventured outside again.

It was whilst we lived in George that my only tom became ill – Gandalf.   He was a black smoke Maine Coon, such a lovely boy and although he spent a long time on a drip – sadly he didn’t make it.  He was such a loss.   Soon after he passed we decided to move to Cape Town and so all of the cats, once again went into a cattery whilst we moved.  Once we had settled into the house it was time for the cats to arrive -  I was so happy!   They all spent time “sniffing out” the new place and all except Chui (my Bengal) were all happily settled in, Chui of course had to spend hours and hours trying to escape the confines of the garden.  But after her adventures in George (another story) she soon became satisfied with her new garden and house.

Zoe was a great hunter and often, in the early hours of the morning we would hear her dreadful call to tell us she had something new to show us.   She always took her new “capture” into the bathroom.   It could be a mole, a frog, a lizard…. and sometimes a baby snake.   She would stand over her prey either in the bath or in the shower – very proud!  Meanwhile we had to get up and dispose of her new find – somewhere or other.

As the rest of my bunch slowly grew smaller, due mainly to old age illnesses, Zoe eventually became the only one left – my baby!  As I said earlier she was a very nervous cat and when my husband became ill and I had to have carer’s in the house to help look after him – I think it all became too much for Zoe, who was already in the early stages of kidney failure.  I think the stress of different people coming and going exacerbated the illness and 6 weeks after my husband passed on, Zoe went to join him. She stopped eating and although I syringe fed her she got thinner and thinner and less and less active.   The last night she wouldn’t sleep with me in bed she was hiding – a sure sign that she had no long.  I had to let her go.  It was devastating for me – for the first time in my life I had no cat.  Unfortunately it is not possible for me take on another cat, even an older one, because  I have a very “prey driven” GSD and I just would not take the risk of taking in another cat with him.

And so, at 16 yrs and 2 months,  my lovely Zoe is gone and I am heartbroken – as I have been every time that one of my furbabies leaves - they take a piece of my heart with them.

Fly high baby Zoe and join all of the others up there waiting for me.
Thank you, Sheila, for sharing Zoe's life with us.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Poe the Rescured Kitten - New Pictures

We have a couple of new pictures of Poe. He is growing up and is about 6 months old now. You can tell that he loves his forever home in South Carolina.

He looks comfortable while laying in his mom's lap. He has definitely grown but still looks like a kitten here.

But my oh my! Poe looks more like a real mancat in this picture. And look at his jade green eyes. Poe is one handsome dude! And if you look really close you can see that he is smiling!

We are going to make mom go back and tag the posts that relate to Poe. In the meantime, if you want to refresh your memory, you can read the first post about him here:  Intruder Alert

Thursday, October 15, 2015

In Memorium: Zoe

Our dear friend, Zoe, crossed the Bridge early this week. She had been feeling poorly and her little kidneys just couldn't take it any longer. Zoe lived in South Africa with her mom and dad (her dad passed away a few months ago).  Zoe left behind her human mom (who said this is the first time in her 77 years that she has been without a cat) and two dog siblings.

Fly free Zoe. We know you will be watching over your mom and will live forever in her heart. Zoe was 16.

Monday, October 12, 2015

T.C.I.M. = Thank Cod It's Monday

Oh what a weekend we had at our house. Some of the adventure was planned but a lot of it wasn't. So what happened? Read on and I will tell you all about it.

I am going to start on the planned adventure. Mom brought some fresh fruit home a couple of weeks ago. Apparently she brought home some fruit flies too. That's not unusual with fresh fruit. However, the fruit flies went from just a few to an invasion to a full blown infestation. They were everywhere in our kitchen. Mom was trying all of the natural remedies to get rid of them. Those did very little to curb the problem. She even tried spraying RAID, which she really did not want to do. She finally broke down and called a pest control company to come take care of the problem. Mom was told (over the phone) that the course of action would be to treat the drains, spray the area, then fog the house. That meant all of us kitties and mom would have to be out of the house for 3 to 4 hours!

One of mom's friends came over on Saturday morning to help round us up and get us into carriers. They were literally herding cats!!! Some of had to double up in the larger carriers. Once we were all crated, she and mom carried us out to mom's SUV. Mom put the seat backs down so there would be more storage room. She had us all in the back of the SUV except for one carrier. It had to sit on the passenger side front seat. All of the windows were open, and mom parked the SUV at the back of the driveway under a tree so it was shady. We were able to get plenty of fresh air and stay cool. Also, it was a pleasant fall day with the temperature in the low 70s.

The exterminator showed up and started searching for the source of the bugs. He found a pipe under the kitchen sink that was leaking. It was a copper pipe and it had a little split. Fruit flies need moisture to reproduce. They were breeding in that damp, dark cabinet space. The good news is mom now knows where they are coming from. The bad news is there was no reason to treat the problem until the leak was repaired and the area dried out.

Mom was able to get a plumber at the house on Saturday afternoon. He fixed the immediate problem (the leaking pipe), but he showed mom that all of the old copper pipes are bad and need to be replaced. He will be coming back on Wednesday to replace the remaining copper pipes beneath the sink, and any copper pipes that are in the crawl space beneath the house.

The bug man is scheduled to return next Tuesday (one week from tomorrow) to treat the drains, spray the house, then fog the house. That means mom will have to round us all up again and get us into carriers and out of the house. And she won't have any help this time. She is actually hoping now that the leak has been repaired and the area beneath the sink is drying out, our fruit fly issue will resolve itself. Keep your paws crossed that is the case. Mom really isn't comfortable with having chemicals sprayed and fogged in the house.

The bugman was the planned adventure. The plumber was not. Mom also had one more unplanned adventure. I will save that one for tomorrow!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pictures of Poe

Here are the most recent pictures mom has of baby Poe. These were from a couple of weeks ago.

With his Dad, Tom.

Snoozing with Mom, Nancy.

Sleeping soundly.

Stretched out beside his Mom. She said he likes to sleep on his back.

The tip of Poe's tail is still bare. Nancy said he will chew the fur off.

He LOVES refried beans and rice!!!

Mom is going to ask Nancy for some pics again soon. Poe is a growing boy and is a little over 5 months old now. He is going to be a handsome mancat!


Monday, September 28, 2015

Kitten Updates

We wanted to let our furiends know what has been happening with the Poe and the little tabby kitten we mentioned in a previous post.

We will start with Poe. In case you don't remember, Poe was the black kitten our mom found and rehomed with friends in South Carolina. His mom said he has adjusted to life in his forever home. He has two dog furblings and two cat furblings. Both his mom and dad are totally in love with him, but his dad especially so. And Poe follows his dad all over the house. That makes us so happy!!! Mom has some new pictures of Poe, but she needs to download them from her phone. We will share them with you soon.

We also have some good news regarding the little tabby boy kitten. He will be going to a forever home soon. A lady who works with one of mom's best friends is going to take him when she gets back from her vacation. In the meantime, the lady who found him is going to foster him.

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Did anyone get to see the Super Moon/Blood Moon/Total Eclipse last night? It was too cloudy here to see it. Mom was disappointed because she really wanted to see it. Of course it is sunny today. That seems to happen a lot whenever there is a lunar eclipse here.

Mom went to and Irish festival on Saturday. She told us she had a really good time drinking Harp and listening to Irish music. She also said she liked looking at the different vendor booths although she didn't do a lot of shopping. We napped while mom was gone, which is a perfectly acceptable way to spend an afternoon in our book!

We hope everyone has a great week!


Friday, September 11, 2015

Should she or shouldn't she?

1. He is about 3 months old.
2. He is friendly.
3. He has been living and indoor/outdoor life.
4. He would need to be tested for anything contagious.
5. He has pretty green eyes.

Mom was thinking about fostering him, but we know she would be horrible at it and he would end up living with us forever. With 15 of us here already, mom isn't sure if it would be a good idea to add another kitty, but he does need a real forever home. The lady who is caring for him can't keep him. She lives in an apartment had already has more kitties than she should have according to her lease. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

In Memorium: Romeo

It is with a heavy heart that we say farewell to our friend, Romeo. I met Romeo through the Meow Mail Message Board when I was a wee kitten. There were 3 brofurs: Rev. KitKat (he always had a number at the end of his name. It increased by one on his birthday. He crossed the Bridge the day after his 21st birthday), Romeo, and Omar. Omar is the only one left, and he is a senior kitty, too. Omar and I are the same age (15).

I remember Romeo with two eyes, although one was cloudy and he couldn't see through it. Eventually he had to have that eye removed. He was still a handsome and dashing mancat. I know his purrents hearts are heavy, as is Omar's.

Fly free Romeo. May your Spirit soar through the heavens and may you enjoy your new life at the Bridge.



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Kitten Update: He Has A Forever Home!!!!

It is with great happiness that we share this news: Kitten Boy is now at his forever home in South Carolina!!! He is living with his humans, Nancy and Tom, and two cats, and two dogs.

Mom and kitten left Kentucky late Wednesday morning and made a 9 hour drive to Durham, NC. Our Aunty Torchy lives there, so mom and kitten stayed at her place. Nancy and Tom drove in from Greenville, SC on Friday and picked the baby up late that afternoon. They were totally smitten with him!

Mom said she shed some tears when she put kitten, who is now named Poe, in the soft sided carrier for his travels to his new forever home. She was sad to see him go, but happy to see him go too. Poe is going to have the best life a kitten could wish for. Mom later heard from Nancy and she said Poe is adjusting nicely to his new home. The girl cat, Amber, didn't want anything to do with Poe. The boy cat, T.J., was very curious about Poe but Poe didn't want anything to do with him. Ree Ree, the chihuahua, was confused by a kitten that was the same size as her. And the big dog (I've forgotten her name), loves everyone but Poe was afraid of her. Hopefully they will all be used to each other soon.

Mom also sent along some kitty toys for Poe, but it seems that his favorite toy is a packing peanut that he found under the sofa! Silly kitten.

Nancy has promised to send pictures and keep mom up-to-date on Poe. We hope she will do that. We want to see him as he grows up. Everyone who has seen him thinks he has some Oriental or Siamese in his makeup. His head is more wedge shaped than round. He also has that longer body and longer legs. And his voice sounds more like a Siamese.

We have a few pictures of him to share:

Mom took this picture. Poe was yawning!

These two pictures are Poe at his forever home.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Intruder Alert!!!!

We have an intruder at our house!!!! Okay, so he is an adorable intruder. This little guy is staying at our house, at least temporarily.

Isn't he a silly boy? Mom hasn't named him, although her Facebook friends have had some wonderful (and not so wonderful) suggestions. Here is his story.

When mom got to her parking lot last night she noticed a guy by a pile of tires, wood pallets, and concrete parking blocks. This stuff is at the back of the parking lot, near the fence that  divides the lot from the railroad tracks. The guy had a large water bottle. She watched him from afar (because mom is a little suspicious). As he was walking away this little black kitten popped up. Of course mom had to drive over there. She saw a food dish (full) and a water dish (full) and heard the kitten (hiding). The guy came back over and he and mom started talking about the kitten.

This fellow had been taking care of the kitten. He said he had contacted several of the local no kill shelters but they were all full. He wasn't in a position to take the kitten home, but felt so bad for it and decided to care for it. While they were talking another guy walked up and said the kitten was friendly. When it heard his voice it came right out and he scooped him up.

Of course mom could not leave this little guy behind. She told them that she would gladly take him home with her and try to find him a good home. "I know people," she said. So she shows up at the house with this little intruder!

Our uncle brought out a carrier and off boy kitten went to the 24 hour vet. He had a new kitten exam, blood work, flea check, and thanks to him taking a poop in the carrier, a fecal exam! Other than having roundworms, he is perfectly healthy. His estimated age is 4 months. He is old enough and weighs enough to be neutered. He got his first kitten vaccines.

Mom posted his picture on Facebook last night and said she would like to find him a permanent home. A lady she has known online for almost 20 years said if she lived closer she would like to have him. Mom told her that arrangements can be made. This lady lives in South Carolina. We are in Kentucky. Mom and the lady are going to try to work something out.

This little guy is one of the lucky ones. He is going to have a home whether it is with us or with the lady who is interested in taking him. It's one more kitten that won't reproduce. One more life saved. That makes us very happy.


Monday, August 3, 2015

More Updates on Lily and Memphis

*Sigh* It is the start of another week and that means mom will be gone all day. Of course, she misses us when she is at work, but we will nap and wait for her return. In the meantime, I want to update you on both Memphis and Lily. I will begin with Memphis.

Mom was concerned about Memphis because he started that growling and yowling at his food dish then running from it. It isn't a daily thing, but sometimes it means that his mouth is bothering him again. Mom took him to the vet on Saturday morning just to make sure his mouth was okay. Everything checked out just fine. And even more good news is Memphis has gained a pound, putting him up to 8 lb. 10 oz. He is eating more than mom thought he was. No offense to any of our Siamese friends, but we are beginning to think that Memphis is just a crazy Siamese.

Ms. Lily had a visit with Dr. Tolar, the ophthalmologist, regarding her eyes this morning. The pressure in her eyes has decreased which is wonderful news. The official diagnosis is Aqueous Misdirection. That means the aqueous fluid that forms in front of the eye is seeping into the back of the eye (instead of draining). That causes the pressure to build behind the eye which then pushes everything forward. The eye drops that Lily has been getting reduces the production of the aqueous fluid. Lily will be on the drops for the rest of her life.  Lily does have cataracts. Surgery to remove them is an option, but mom has decided not to do that. Lily is 14 years old, and we are sure she will have many more years with us. However, mom doesn't want to put Lily through that. She is and always will be an indoor cat, she has adapted to her condition, and it is not a life threatening condition.  Lily will having a follow up with Dr. Tolar in early October for another check of her eye pressure.

We hope our friends are all well and happy and enjoying the "dog days" of summer!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday

Good afternoon to all of our friends, both old and new!  We are all doing well in hot, hot, hot Kentucky! It is so hot that we don't even want to lay on mom when she is home. And if you believe that we have a bridge we would like to sell to you!

Lily is adjusting to her blindness. She tends to stay in the family room and kitchen. There is a bed that is in a corner under a table. That is her spot to sleep. She seems to feel safe there and we leave her alone. She still sleeps in the recliners, too. Mom has been putting drops in Lily's eyes twice a day. That is for the glaucoma she has. Mom has to take Lily back to the ophthalmologist on August 3rd.  We will share more information when we have it.

Mom is slowly cleaning out closets. There is too much stuff in the house and mom said it has to go. If she hasn't used it or worn it in the past two years then it is going out. Eventually she wants to have a room cleaned out and set up for her arts and crafts things; a place where she can close the door and work without being snoopervised by us. We don't know how we feel about that! Some of us like to be helpful and make sure mom is doing a good job!

We hope all of you are well and staying cool during this hot summer!

Clarissa & Co.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Lily Rose Could Use Some Purrs & Prayers

My sisfur, Lily Rose, could use some purrs, prayers, and healing thoughts. Her eyes have clouded over and she can no longer see (or see very little). Mom took her to the vet on Saturday. Mom was told she has glaucoma and cataracts. She is now getting eye drops twice a day for the glaucoma. Lily will have a follow up visit with Dr. Tolar on August 3rd.

Other than Lily's eye issue, her health is good. She weighs a healthy 11 lbs. Her heart and lungs are strong. At age 14 she's doing well. Lily is learning to adapt. She knows where her food and water are located, and she knows where the litter boxes are. She no longer get on the cat trees, but she does jump up into the recliners to sleep (or she will sleep in one of the cat beds that are on the floor). The only big change we've noticed is she wants to spend more time in mom's lap. We think she feels more comfortable and safe there. Lily will sometimes walk right up to a wall before she knows it is there, but she hasn't run into them. At her age, mom is not going to have Lily's cataracts removed. Now if she starts having pain or worse issues, she will do what it takes to help relieve that. Lily is also deaf in one ear, so we are trying to be careful and not sneak up on her.

In other news, we have had too much rain and boomers around here. And when it isn't raining and storming it is just too darned hot! Mom has wanted to go swimming a few times but it never seems to work out for her. We hope everyone who is in the boomer range is staying safe! We would gladly share some of this rain with southern California if we could!

Take care!

Clarissa & Co.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday Toesday with One Eyed Fiona

Today's Tuesday Toesday post features little One Eyed Fiona. She is also a calico cat, but her calico patches are tabby striped. And as you can see, her paw pads are a mix of dark and pink. Unfortunately mom can't touch Fiona's footies. Fiona does not like her feet touched one bit. Mom can't clip her claws, and our regular vet won't attempt it anymore either!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

2 Adult Kitties Need a Good Home - Please Share

Our mom asked us to share this information:

 This is breaking my heart. I'm sharing for a friend. I don't know the people who actually have the cats. Pictures are included.  If you know anyone who can help please pass this information on. Thanks.

Good Morning Everyone,
I am writing this email with a sad heart.  Gary and I are going to have to “re-home” our beloved cats: Izzy and Anna.  My mother is highly allergic to cats and since she is coming to live with us in August, we find that we will have to part ways with our precious kitties.  Izzy is grey and white and about 10 years old.  Anna is orange and white and about 8 years old.  Both are very affectionate and love to sleep in your lap or be scratched behind the ears.  Both were rescue animals and since living with us have never been allowed to roam outside.  They eat well, are healthy, have all their shots and use their litter box religiously.  I would really appreciate any help you can give us in finding them a new home before the end of July.  I am attaching some pictures of them.  Thank you so much!
Be blessed,
Gary and Barb Bishop

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mancat Monday - Angel Ringo

Our friend, Ringo, crossed the Bridge last week. We are sad that he is gone, but we are happy that he enjoyed the last few years with a lovely lady named Sue. Mom and we met Sue through a kitty message board. That was almost 15 years ago when I was just a baby cat. Sue had an orange kitty named Gizmo at that time. When Gizmo crossed the Bridge, she adopted a senior kitty, another orange & white boy, named Casey. A few weeks after Casey crossed the Bridge, Sue decided she wanted to adopt another senior kitty. That's when Ringo joined her.

We don't know a lot about Ringo's life prior to joining Sue. We do know that he was about 8 years old and that he was FeLV positive. He had a "cauliflower ear", when means one ear was curled up and was more than likely caused by a bad infection early in his life.

Sue always said Ringo didn't know a stranger. He loved the workman who would come into his house. He loved the home health people who came in to help Sue. Ringo was a good boy for sure.

Sue has had some major health issues over the past few years. She has been in and out of the hospital and rehab. But she was always able to come home and stay with Ringo. Until this last time. Sue went into the hospital for a procedure that required her to be under. She started having a reaction to the anesthesia. She survived, but it caused some problems with her. She is also on kidney dialysis 3 days a week. Someone was able to check on Ringo and take care of him while she was in the hospital and then rehab. She was released and went home for one night. We don't know exactly what happened, but she ended up back in the rehab center the next day. She has been there since.

While she has been in rehab friends and family had been taking care of Ringo. But as weeks passed he started failing. Last week, Sue and Ringo's vet decided the best thing for Ringo would be to help him cross the Bridge. Sadly, Sue was not able to be with him to say goodbye. Sue's sister did go and be with him in her place so he was with family.

Our hearts are heavy for Sue. She has lost her dear friend and companion, and the chances of her returning to her home are very slim. She and her family had been looking for an assisted living center that would have allowed her take Ringo with her. That's how much she loved him. We are also sad because we know that Ringo will be the last kitty that Sue will have.

Godspeed, Ringo. And God bless Sue.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Totally Tuesday

Mom is sneaky! Memphis has been taking a single dose of an antibiotic each evening since having his teeth cleaned and having one tooth pulled. It is a liquid and mom was wrapping Memphis up in a blanket to give it to him. Now she is putting it in his stinky goodness and he will actually eat the food! We've mentioned that Memphis has some issues anyway (with some of our furblings) so mom doesn't want to upset him. She was afraid he would start running from her. Memphis has about 6 more days of the antibiotic.

Back when mom was bemoaning her money issues (which she still appreciates everyone's words of support) she filled out some job applications looking for part time work. Target called today and would like for her to come in for an interview. Mom had totally forgotten about submitting an application. Anyway, she is going in for an interview on Saturday morning. The job would be for 10-15 hours per week. Since mom is already working a 40-hour week, she didn't think she could handle more than that. We will let you know how the interview goes.

Mom is getting her hair cut and possibly colored tonight. She is going to a different stylist (who is a friend of hers). She wants something really different so we are a little afraid. What if we don't recognize her when she comes home!

This is how mom looked last June. The lip piercing is gone now.

This is her in December. She had lost about 50 lbs.

And this was taken on Sunday night. She went blonde in March.

We will let you know how she looks tomorrow. (She's also working on losing the next 50 lbs.)

Clarissa & Co.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday, Monday

It's a lazy Monday for us. Well, almost everyday is a lazy on for us. Mom is at work during the day, and our uncle's work schedule varies. Yes, he is finally working again! After being unemployed for 18 months our uncle was finally hired at Wal-Mart. He has been there for about a month now and is working as a people greeter.

Memphis had a surprised teeth cleaning last Tuesday. He looked like he had lost weight and he had started to cry and run away from his food after eating a few bites. Mom dropped him off on her way to work to have him checked out. The vet called and said Memphis had a lot of tarter on his back teeth and his gums were inflamed. A teeth cleaning was recommended. The vet had time to do it that day and Memphis had eaten breakfast so mom approved the procedure. Memphis came through just fine but he did lose one tooth. Since he was so out of it mom let him spend the night at the vet's office. She picked him up early the next morning before she went to work. His appetite is great and now he is eating regularly. We are hoping he will put a little of the lost weight back on.

It's been quiet around the house other than that.

We hope all of our friends are ready for another week!

Clarissa & Co.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What Day Is It?

It's White Wednesday with Fred!!!

Fred here! Mom caught me when I was licking my nose. I may have just eaten, or maybe I was taking a bath. I really don't remember.  Anyway, mom thought it was cute picture.

Mom is going on a retreat for the weekend. She's leaving tomorrow and won't be back until Monday. Hopefully we will be back posting on Tuesday.

Fredrick Jerome DeWinter
aka Fred

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mancat Monday with Puff

Clarissa is taking a nap, so I'm commandeering the blog today! It's Mancat Monday and I'm going to share my magnificent floofiness with the world!

I'm very content laying in mom's lap. I hate to admit this, but when my purr motor is running at full tilt and mom is giving me pets or brushies I will drool.

And here is one of my fuzzy feet. Mom loves my toe hawks. And my toe beans are a mix of pink and black. I'm not fond of having my feet touched so claw trims can be problematic sometimes.

Also, it was two years ago today that my littermate sister, Panda, crossed the Bridge. She was only 9 years old. She tolerated me and Ginger, but she didn't get along with brother Spunky one bit. You'd never know they were littermates by the way she acted around him.


And lastly,  we are said goodbye to our cousin, Nyx on Friday afternoon. Nyx was a very sweet tortie who mom has known since she was a wee kitten and was carried around in Anty Jen's robe pocket! Nyx was two weeks shy of her 20th birthday. She lived a long, healthy, happy, and loved life. A kitty couldn't ask for anymore than that. We will catch ya on the flip side, Nyx.

Capt. Puff Puffpants McPufferson

Friday, April 17, 2015


We are glad to report that mom is feeling much more calm and relaxed now. She has been going back to the gym and eating better and she finally broke through her plateau and has lost 2 lbs. So now she is working on the next 8 (she is really working on the next 50 lbs., but she is measuring it in 10 lb. increments). Mom said she'll get her workout tomorrow by cutting our very tall grass!

We are all doing well and enjoying our snuggle time with mom. She is spending more time at home now (when she isn't working or at the gym). We like to help her when she is doing laundry and going through boxes of stuff.

If you purrents like air shows and fireworks, one of the biggest fireworks shows is in our hometown tomorrow night. It is the kickoff for the Kentucky Derby festivities. Tell them to do a search for Thunder Over Louisville and they can find it streaming online. We think the airshow starts around 3:00 pm (that's eastern time) and the fireworks should start around 9:30pm. Mom went to it a long time ago. She said one of her favorite things was the fireworks waterfall off of one of the bridges. The river is up so a lot of the ground space is covered with water now. That won't stop people from going to the show.

Fireworks are pretty, but they are loud and we can hear them all the way out to our house. That's how big the show is. We usually just ignore it. Thunderboomers don't bother us either.

We hope everyone will have a nice weekend!

Purrs and Whisker Kisses,
Clarissa & Co.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Checking in again

We wanted to let our friends know we are okay. Mom and her brother had some hard choices to make, but they finally made one and we are purring that everything will work out in the end. Mom and him decided that taking out a 30 year mortgage on the house was not a good idea. Not when mom is 54 and he is 56. After much praying and purring, tears and sleepless nights for mom, they decided to take money from our uncle's annuity to pay of the personal loan and all of the credit card debt.

Mom said it was okay to share her story here in hopes that it will keep others from repeating her mistakes (and our uncle's mistakes too).

Several years ago mom had a lot of credit card debt. She took out a personal loan to pay off all of the credit cards and she had gotten rid of a lot of them. She did without them for a long time, but over time she got one, and then another one, and then another one. She used them to buy things she really didn't need and take trips she didn't need to take. Three weeks ago she added up all of her credit card debt. It was $22,000!!!!  Her personal loan through the bank still had a balance of $57,000 before it would be paid off.

Here is our uncle's story. Uncle had a good part-time job for 15 years at a discount store. He had a huge savings because he wasn't much of a spender. He always paid his own health insurance since he didn't get it through work. Uncle has mild cerebral palsy and doesn't have use of his left hand. He also has noticeable limp. Back when he was a boy in school he was put in special education classes because he couldn't keep up with the other kids. He would probably have been mainstreamed into some regular classes in this day and age. He, too, took a yearly trip to Florida and he would use his only credit card to pay for it. Occasionally he would draw money from his savings to pay off his card and help mom out. He took care of the electric and water and cable bill and the house phone bill. Then he lost his job in September 2013.

Uncle sunk into a depression and didn't do much of anything from September 2013 until March 2014. He has tried to find work but has not been able to get hired anywhere. In the meantime, he and mom kept using credit cards and living like they had the money to do so. What they should have been doing was getting uncle set up with a cheaper health insurance policy and trying to get him on disability. And Uncle had $15,500 in credit card debt.

About a month ago when mom was paying bills she realized that it was a losing battle. Uncle's bank account was quickly draining away, his health insurance would soon end because he wouldn't have the money to pay for it, and neither he or mom had a regular savings account to draw upon.

Mom talked to two different attorneys about filing for bankruptcy but there was no way to do it without putting the house in danger. The bank drew up a loan that was going to be a 30-year mortgage and the monthly payments were going to be $735. That is a little more than half of mom's monthly take home pay.

The only viable option she and our uncle could come up with was to take money from his remaining annuity to pay off all of the debts. It will be about 14 days for the money to come through and then the debts can be paid off.  But that money will also be considered income for our uncle which will prohibit some of the social services he could get.

So that is the story that we are sharing with the world. It is the hardest lesson mom has had to learn. She has accepted that she can no longer live the lifestyle she was living, and she is okay with that. The biggest concern she has is that our uncle will be provided for if something should happen to her.

We are asking for a lot of prayers for mom because she knows this is her last chance to make things right. She is going to take some free budgeting classes that are offered through her job. She has cut all of the unnecessary expenses from her life except the cable/internet/landline. If she can work the payment into the budget until the contract runs out in February 2016, she will keep then. Then she will drop the landline and the cable. If she can't, she will cancel the package and pay the early termination fee ($15 for each remaining month of the contract) and start over with internet only.

We keep purring that the past is past and she needs to stop beating herself up over it. But we don't think she understands us. And she is afraid of the fear of the unknown future.

Thanks for letting us share mom's story. We love our friends and we miss visiting. We are hoping that one day soon we will be able to start visiting again.

Love and Purrs,
Clarissa & Co.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Just Dropping By

Katie Isabelle has been worried about us, so we thought we'd better let everyone know we are okay. The house is back in order, but mom isn't. Without going into all of the details, mom is very very worried about our finances. That's why we haven't been around. It will take some time, but she said it will get straightened out. Bast won't give her anything she can't handle.

Please keep us and our mom and uncle in your purrs. We will try to check in more often.

We love you you all.
Clarissa & Co.