happy adoptiversary Buddy!

A year ago this weekend Shadow made his big decision. I’m not really for marking anniversaries or birthdays anymore, I’m thankful for each day of health, happiness, family, friends, and love. Today’s post is more because we realized that Buddy had a growth spurt and is now a big cat! I’ve been unable to actually get a photo of him and Shadow next to each other for a comparison, but I think Buddy is actually larger! He and Shadow aren’t snuggling much right now, but I think that’s due to the summer heat. I’m so thankful we could share this year with you Buddy. Here’s to many happy and healthy more!

New Rochelle Humane Society is open all weekend and I know many cats (including I believe Cookie) would love to find their forever home this holiday weekend. You could also donate in honor of Shadow and Buddy, two NRHS alumni and the foster kittens they’ve put up with this summer.

not spoiled at all

We have two very content foster kittens. This week they’ve had the run of the as much of the house as they can explore during the day. They haven’t yet figured out the cat doors, but they’re having lots of fun throughout the main floor and basement. They occasionally come find me, climb up my legs, and give me a kiss of thanks. They love to nap together on the couch. Buddy’s been doing pretty well as a kitten sitter (we think he’s part sheep dog) and Shadow has begun to tolerate them.


how does my garden grow?

It isn’t. Not really. My encounters with evil ivy derailed my gardening plans for this summer. I’ve mostly kept up with watering, but that’s about it. We have some shrubs we bought in July that we really need to get in the ground. Despite all my neglect, the beans were still good to us and Continue Reading »


As this post goes live, Cookie is on her way to the New Rochelle Humane Society to be spayed and to remain and await her forever family. She arrived here almost three months ago (on 22 May) with five very tiny wiggly kittens. From the moment I first opened the carrier, she was friendly. Since Continue Reading »

stand simple

After first discussing the need a year ago and out of frustration doing something about it in February, I finally built a laptop stand last weekend. The parts arrived sometime in March. Other high priority projects kept taking our time and the temporary solution was functional if not very attractive. It features shelves for paper Continue Reading »

a house full of kitten love

Last Friday afternoon we went to New Rochelle Humane Society to meet our newest foster kittens. They are both new to solid foods and need to learn how to be Big Cats.

Meet Sparky Tyson.

He’s a bottle boy who needs to eat more food and drink less KMR (kitten milk replacement). He’s working on it and is going to be a very big boy one day. He’s super active (which is why there aren’t many photos of him, they’re almost all blurry) and loves it when we go on field trips from the kitten room and explore the library and sun room and he has more space to run around.

Meet Grace.

She’s young to be all alone in the big scary world, but too big to go with most of the bottle babies. She knows how to eat solids and the hope of placing her with Sparky is that she’ll teach him how to eat. Yes, there are many more photos of her. She’s very polite and her markings are stunning.

Grace gave us a scare Sunday night and didn’t eat or drink much and had tummy troubles. The next morning we whisked her to NRHS to make sure she wasn’t ill and they ran some tests and gave her some extra fluids.

I wonder what secret Sparky is telling Grace?
Now she’s feeling much better, is quite happy, and enjoys running around and teaching her brother how to eat real food. They love to share sibling secrets.

Shadow, Buddy, and Cookie are still working on coexisting peacefully. We’re mostly past the hissing and the yuck-a-GIRL-touched-my-food-now-I-don’t-want-to-eat-from-that-bowl-EVER-again stage. She hasn’t figured out how cat doors work (despite moaning and begging and trying all last night) so the boys still have a girl-free refuge in the bedroom. It’s August, so there’s lots of extra napping.

Looking for ways to help a local humane society (or help mine)? Here is a great list of 25 creative ways you can help. New Rochelle Humane Society also has a page of many different donation options, including a PDF of their wish list. Thank you!

Have a great weekend!