Sunday Selfie

Happy 9th Birthday to Zoey!

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The first time I held my precious leopard spotted Zoey it was back in 2008. She was 12 weeks old at the time and I was in the process of bringing her to her new forever home with me. She barely fit in the palm of my hand, she was that tiny, but she screamed so loudly during the car ride you would have thought she was a full-grown wild leopard. Today, on her 9th birthday, she’s still that tiny, slim, sleek, and lean cat. She’s also the same force to be reckoned with. Her vocal cords remain loud and clear as I can attest to each and every morning as dawn breaks.

I love you my sweet girl. And so does everyone else in the house. Especially daughter Mia who loves to spend time near you, despite that you sometimes wish she’d be a little less cuddly with you. I hope you have a great day filled with lots of love, sunbeams, snacks, cat naps, and more!

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Mia napping next to her beloved Mama. This picture was taken yesterday – the day before Zoey’s 9th birthday!

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Happy 8th Birthday to Mia, Peanut, and Rolz!

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Despite coming from the same parents and living in the same house their whole lives, and despite the similarity in their spotted pattern, Rolz, Mia, and Peanut couldn’t be more different from one another! This was them at about 12 weeks.

Noooooooooooooooooooo!!! Another year couldn’t have possibly flown by, but alas, it has! Seems like just yesterday I shared a post about Mia, Peanut, and Rolz turning 7, and now I’m sharing one to wish them a happy 8th birthday! So, without further adieu, Happy 8th Birthday to my precious, sweet darlings! Despite your adult age, you will always be kittens in my heart and I love you all so very much. I’ve watched you grow up – literally from the time you were in your mama Zoey’s belly, to now, where you’ve grown into such distinctly unique and wonderful beings. Read more

A Room with a View for Sunday-Selfie

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Jazmine, Mia, and Rolz share some window watching time while Peanut contemplates napping on the comfy bed.

My kitties are very blessed. We have a nice home with lots of wonderful places they can go to rest, relax, play, hangout, or whatever. But there’s one room that’s extra-special. It’s the room with a view that I call the “leopard room.” It’s decorated from head to toe in a variety of leopard prints, knick-knacks, stuffed animals, cozy pillows, and more. It also has a window that not only allows a curious cat to see the comings and goings of the world outside – you know, like people walking their dogs, but it’s also host to an assortment of tantalizing birds and squirrels that like to frequent the other side. But even better, it’s the room that’s always bathed in a soft glow of amber light, with an inviting sun-puddle to nap on if a kitty so desires.

Not only do the cats love the room, but so do I. While it’s actually a guest bedroom, it’s where I go when I want some peace and quiet -whether to read, write, rest my head if I’m not feeling well, or if I just want to have a pile of cats cuddle around me. How about your house – do you have a room that’s extra-special to you and your cats?

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There’s hardly a day that goes by that I don’t spot a cat catching a sun-puddle nap. This is Rolz and he’s clearly in heaven!

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Jazz loved the leopard room. This was him in better days, several months before he passed on August 28 of 2013.

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This was back when Harley was with us. She loved sunning herself on the window – joining her on the bed is Rolz, Zoey, Mia, and Peanut.

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Oh my goodness! This picture just melts my heart…Jazmine was so tiny when we first adopted her! She and Kizmet met for the first time in the leopard room and they’ve been best friends ever since!

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Sharing some quiet time with the gang when I was editing my book, Makin’ Biscuits. With me is Mia, Zoey, Zee, and Rolz. On the floor is Jazmine – note how she has a comfy pillow to lie on, but prefers the hardwood floor!

Cats are What Makes the World Go Round and Round

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Jazmine takes roundness to the ultimate height of relaxation and living in the moment!

Round and round we go – where we’re going to end up, none of us really knows…unless you’re a cat. Then it’s pretty much a no-brainer. Live in the moment. Enjoy what’s in front of you. Curl up and take a catnap. I think on Sunday’s that’s a good motto to live by. It’s just so hectic nowadays  – between the constant barrage of never-ending sensational news headlines and media hype, social networking, maintaining a household, and the current state of affairs – it can consume every bit of energy you have and drain you to the point of mental exhaustion. Read more

Keeping it Calm, Cool, and Creative with Cats and Apps for Sunday

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For this image of Mia, I applied a black and white paint sketch filter to it. I then brought the image into Photoshop and layered it with the original color photo to design my own creative masterpiece by touching it up with spots of color!

While it’s only a couple weeks into January, life has already hit me full speed. My day job has been especially tiring – from doing physical inventory counts to special projects that require an enormous amount of mental application. I’ve also had to take a road trip the past two consecutive weekends (averaging between  6 to 8 hours in the car each time) and as a consequence my brain is pretty fried right now. When I get both mentally and physically drained, sometimes the writer in me disappears and I find I need to channel my creative side as an outlet to help center my mind. Read more