Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Happy New Year!

And please forgive us for the lack of photos. Not that Mom has been remiss in taking them, she just has been remiss in putting them up here or onto her computer so she can post them here. And she has been remiss in posting about us as you all know.

Mom has had one of her bursts of creativity where all she does is draw and draw. She is also making more mugs that were ordered by her friends. Plus, she just started taking a programming class. So, she is just a bit busy right now. We are doing our best to keep her company and make sure she gets adequate rest. Also, when she draws, she puts the kotatsu on which makes Chani and Sheamus Popoki happy while I, 9, sit in her lap.

Once her schedule stabilizes and she refocuses on us (well, she's always focused on us but not very focused on telling the world about us), she promises to start blogging again.

If you are on Facebook and would like to see some of her art, please click here:  High Rose Art on Facebook.

We shall see you soon!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from 9, Chani and Sheamus Popoki!

Merry Christmas from all of us to all of you!
Mom decided to do a little photoshoot and here we are.

I, 9, was good but I was more interested in playing with yarn and chewing on the branches than posing. Oh, the tree is fake, just so you know.





Chani was really good about wearing her dress. She looked quite adorable. Of all of us, she is good about being dressed. We boys, not so much. I would even dare to say that Chani likes being dressed up.




Even she couldn't resist playing with some ornaments. That one she is batting at, it's plastic, with a tabby kitty on it. I think it's supposed to look like Q Who Came Before.

Sheamus Popoki was a terrible model. He didn't want to stay on the set and Mom had to keep putting him back and making him sit. That's why he looks like he is a bit emo haha




At the end though, we all got treats. That was the best part.

We hope you all have a safe and happy and merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Happy Fifth Birthday, Chani-chan!

Yesterday was my darling Princess Chani-chan's fifth birthday. My sweet purry girl, who is more than a little temperamental and fickle, is such a wonderful part of our little family. She is the one with the loudest purr and who cuddles next to me in bed, right under my arm or my legs under the covers when it is time to go to sleep. She kneads me (which always lets me know when it is time to give manis and pedis around the house), she curls up next to me and lets me kiss her on the head without trying to dodge me. Although she complains when I pick her up, she still lets me do it. Now, I do call her Princess Chunky Pants because she is a bit heavier than the boys, but still, it's a term of endearment. I love my little princess kitty so much!

 Let's take a look at Chani through the years.


Here she is when I first brought her home. Chani was a bit more reserved than 9, but when she decided to purr, wow, was her motor loud.

Her ears were ginormous in comparison with the rest of her head. She definitely grew into them.

Here she is in her third year with me. Gorgeous and completely relaxed... autumn colors suit her!

Of all 3 of my dear cats, my princess is the best about being dressed up and photographed. Such a good girl!

And so, last night, to celebrate this occasion, everyone got to have tuna for dinner. The boys were very happy to share in the bounty.

Happy 5th birthday, dear Princess Pretty-pants!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Resting places







Mom has been trying to go to bed earlier. She gets up really early to go to work. So, we have been taking advantage of her as a heat source and comfortable resting platform. We boys prefer her toes. Chani prefers her lap.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday Tidings

Mom has been very busy of late. She has been making and painting a ton of mugs! There are only 36 or so, but it is still a lot. And so, she has not been blogging about us. She completely missed Tockstober too! Bad Marlene!!!


We, on the other paw, have been very helpful.

 Chani and I sometimes share my new sleeping place to supervise the painting.

But, usually, I just take over the bed with my cuteness.

Chani has been sharing her space with Sheamus Popoki. She even shared the shelf space with Sheamus too. Mom has been very surprised.

Sheamus makes sure to check that Mom's brushes are properly taken care of.

Or he just looks handsome while monitoring the Blu-Ray player
Or, he keeps her seat warm when she gets up.

As for what she is working on:

Yes, she is making mugs and painting them like the Minions from Despicable Me. These were all orders as are the mugs on the table. All commissions and all sold. Makes for a busy, tired but happy Marlene.

And... Mom got to see Margaret the kitten again when she delivered some pieces to be fired.
Margaret is growing up into a pretty girl cat!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Happy Birthday, 9!!!

Yes, indeed. Today is 9's 5th birthday. I cannot believe it. My sweet, cuddly, purring little darling is still kitten-like and just so wonderful. 9 is a true balm for my soul. He reads my moods and knows exactly what to do. When I work from home, he figures that I missed him so much that I couldn't go to work and therefore, he simply must sit in my lap and get as much attention as I can give him. I love this boy so much and I am so very grateful that I adopted him... or rather, he chose me as his person.

Let's take a look at this boy over the years.


Here is 9's first official portrait. His coat and markings were so very light back then. I adopted him when he was about 5 months old. Not too tiny. He was the perfect size to hug.

The Brave slayer of the Evil Feather toy. 9 showed me here how he liked to play fetch. He still does on occasion. Makes me wish I was home more often so I could see his antics.


Here is 9 while we were living with my parents, aged about 1 year and 4 months. His coat and markings had really darkened by then.


Here is his official 2011 old portrait.

Snoozing with Chani. This doesn't happen much anymore, unless I am sitting on the couch and they share my legs. It's kind of sad, but I think Chani might be happier.

Hanging with his brother who is much more willing to play than with sister, Chani.

And here is the portrait I took this morning. 9 let me cuddle and hug him. And tonight, we shall all celebrate with tuna.

Happy 5th Birthday, 9. Many happy returns!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New Friend - Raku!

Last night, Mom got to meet a new friend. Her name is Raku, and she is a kitty who was found wandering behind the pottery studio. After a few weeks of being given food by one of the resident potters, Raku allowed herself to be brought inside and to be pet! She was put inside one of the guest rooms. There, she managed to tear open the screen window and get out. Still, she came back in later the next morning. I guess she figured it was a good place to be, or she got hungry.

Yesterday, she went to the V-E-T. It took two grown men to put her in a canvas cat carrier. However, they didn't zip up the carrier all the way and smart girl Raku unzipped the bag and got out... tee hee

She weighed in at 6 lbs and received an excellent bill of health from the vet.

Raku is very friendly, but tends to hide when alone in the room. She came out when Mom came into the room and allowed herself to be pet. Raku was also very curious about the small box thing Mom kept trying to take pictures with. This was the only shot where Raku wasn't totally blurry haha

And so, welcome to our new friend, Raku! We shall see how she gets along with the other studio cat, Shadow...