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...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Toesie Tuesday

9 has delicious toesies. And that one little pink one just slays me every time I see it.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Chani has something to say...

Ummm, Chani, my dear, my precious, my sweet... I really need to hang up my jeans.

No. You may not have them.
They are fresh from the dryer and therefore, mine.


That is all...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Uh-oh... it's that time of year again

When Mom pulls out the costumes. Le Sigh. I wish the boys would "get" to wear costumes too...

Oh dear, Mom wants to take a photo of me in this dress. If some of you remember, Mom "lost" this dress and then found it again.

This year, my dress has been lying next to our bed. Mom's excuse was that she didn't want to lose the dress again. I think she was just being lazy.

And so, I suffer on. I pose prettily. And just can't wait to see if the boys get dressed up too.

(Just so everyone knows, Chani was purring the entire photoshoot. She did hop off the bed a few times and hunker down. But she stayed when I put her back on the bed and took a few snaps)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Kitten Fix!

 No, nothing is wrong with the kitten. Mom just got to cuddle with her.

This is Margaret. She's a little love bug at the wood kiln. Mom approached her, picked her up for some snuggles that Margaret did not appreciate. However, as soon as Mom sat down, Margaret claimed the lap. And stayed there for quite some time.

She looks quite relaxed, doesn't she?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mom is cheating on us! And taking bad photos...

Mom is taking care of Kazi and Buddy while their parents are away. She's been using her phone to take photos and therefore, bad quality photos abound!

She made sure to snuggle Kazi. Despite his wide eyed look, he was somewhat enjoying the snuggle. Actually, he just wants attention, not snuggles. Still, he tolerates it. We think he misses his mommy and daddy a lot.

This is his sister, Buddy. She used to belong to a friend who passed away. Kazi's parents took her in not too long after they lost one of their furkids who was also a long haired tortie.

Here's another view of Kazi's "dreamy" blue eyes. Mom just loves this handsome boy and totally cheats with him on us (and on Q who came before!). Fortunately, we are happy to share Mom.

Although, you might not be able to tell that from this next photo...