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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Day (Kitty Style)

It was a different Christmas with Mom being gone, but the boys and I made it through. I hope your Christmas Eve and Day was joyful and full of hope. Looking forward to a better year.

The day of Christmas Eve was exciting since everyone was getting ready for Santa Claus. There were last minute things to finish up with wrapping presents, cleaning house, and getting ready for the Christmas service at church. Sometimes things got a little confusing.








While I was at church, the boys were making their lists and checking them twice.




But some of them didn't want to stop and go to bed!





Finally, everyone was asleep and the house was quiet.




Christmas morning dawned bright and early with snow on the ground.




It wasn't long until everyone wanted to see their presents, but there was a minor accident to clean up first.




Once that was cleaned up, it was time to open presents.








Some were a little upset about cleaning up afterwards.




And some were a little too happy! Wonder what he got into.


And now it's time to get back to "normal", whatever that is. When you have cats, it's hard to know sometimes. Whatever that happens to be, this is a definite.........




See you in 2016!




Saturday, November 21, 2015

My Cat is Thankful For......

Last week, I planned Thanksgiving dinner (with the help of my cats, of course!) This week we thought about what we are thankful for. Funny thing is, they don't seem to be thankful for the same type of things I am. Hummm. Oh well, I'll get to that in a minute. It's so easy to think that we don't have what we think we should have, but we are blessed by things everyday that we take for granted. A roof over our heads, clothes on our back, food to eat, etc. The situation in Paris has been very scary, and I'm thankful that I live in a small town where everything is pretty peaceful. The one big thing I'm thankful this year is that my mother was able to pass peacefully on September 21 and join my father who has been gone for five years. She is so much better now and at peace.

Okay, to get to the cats. Let's start with the basics. They are, of course, grateful for the food they have to eat, but that may come with conditions.




They are grateful for a nice place to sleep, wherever that happens to be at the moment.






They are thankful for the variety of toys they have to keep themselves occupied.















One thing ALL cats, big or small, are thankful for is a box!










Most of the time, I think they're thankful to have each other.





And then there are the other times.


One thing I know for sure is that I am thankful for them!!!!




Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone! Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate each and every one of you!



Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667





Saturday, November 14, 2015

Are You Ready?

Sorry I missed last week, but things were pretty crazy around here. Thanksgiving is not too far away, so I thought I'd better get something done today and get ready for it. Of course, the cats wanted to help. Yikes!! They have their own thoughts about the menu, but I'm the boss. (Or so I think)

Okay, let's start with the turkey. I know I can go to the store to get one, but they think you trap a turkey like you trap cats. I don't think so!!





We need stuffing for the turkey, but that's not what salad is for, silly cat.




We'll need potatoes and some kind of vegetable to go with the salad, but I don't think I'm going to get any help there. (He won't either)


What should we have for dessert? Anything with chocolate is fine with me! And no, you can't have any chocolate.




Most everybody in our family drinks coffee with their meal.




Sometimes people bring a special dish that others like, so the dog thinks he needs to do this too!




All in all, it will be a wonderful day because of being with family. After all, when everything is said and done, that's what's important!





Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667

 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!!

Enjoy the story.

Tiger was the only cat in the family. There were also two dogs, and they got along with each other very well. Tiger had seen what happened with the dogs around the time of Halloween and he would hide. He didn't want humans putting all kind of costumes on him. Yuck! The dogs looked so silly, but they'd just wag their tails and act like they were all happy about it. That wasn't for Tiger. No, sir, cats didn't do that!

It was time for Halloween again. "Oh, no", thought Tiger. "Time for me to find a place to hide!" However, things were going to be different this year. The children had decided that the pets should go with them to carry their treat buckets. No costumes for the animals this year. Now, this sounded pretty good to Tiger! He liked being outside and decided he wouldn't hide. Being a cat, he was curious about what would happen.

When it was time to go outside to trick or treat, Tiger was so excited that he could hardly stand it. He bounced from floor to couch, from chair to floor, etc. like he had springs in his feet. The children gathered him up along with the dogs and off they went. It was so much fun! Other children would pet him and love on him until he purring so loud he sounded like a freight train. "Yes!", thought Tiger. "I want to do this every year." He was so tired when they came home that he fell asleep in the chair. It had been a very good night indeed!






Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Singing His Heart Out

Tiger was one of five kittens born on a cold, winter day. All the kittens were cute, but everyone in the family thought Tiger was the cutest! He loved to cuddle and snuggle up to everyone every time he had a chance. His favorite one to cuddle up to was his mama. She would purr and put a paw around him so she could clean his face. It felt so good! He would go right to sleep every time.

As he grew older, he played around the house more and didn't spend as much time with mama. He enjoyed cuddling with the humans, but he missed mama's purrs. They always made him feel so much better. "Oh, well", he told himself. "I'm a big boy now, so I'm going to have to forget about it." He had no idea that he was going to hear something that would make him feel just as good.

One night, he was in the living room with the family and heard something strange. The more he listened to it, the more he liked it! The humans kept calling it "music". He liked this thing called "music" so much that he crept closer to the TV. Another human, by the name of Dean Martin, was singing and laughing on an old TV show that the family hadn't seen for a long time. One tune made Tiger feel so good that he just had to sing out his own version. The family loved it!



Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667

 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Do You Think They'll Notice?

Merle was a very curious cat; even more curious than most. He had to be included in everything that the family did. He wasn't of the Siamese breed, but he sure acted like one. If someone was trying to read, he'd lay on the book. When someone would try to work at a computer; Merle would lay on the keyboard. Open up the refrigerator door and he'd be right there! Every time they turned around, Merle was right in their face! The thing that Merle liked the most, however, was the camera. If someone was taking pictures, he wanted to be in it. The family would scoot him out which didn't make him happy at all!

He tried all kind of ways to be in a picture. None of them worked. At Halloween, he found some clothes to slide into and then he tried to creep in the middle of where the family was posing. Christmas found him lying right in the way trying to wrap garland around himself. Out he went!  "What do I have to do?", he wondered. He felt like he was part of the family and should be included in family pictures. He kept trying and wouldn't give up. Then he had the chance he was looking for.

The family was in the back yard for a picnic. They lived out in the country, so many creatures who lived in the woods would wander by. Among them was a pair of raccoons. They were so cute that someone decided to take a picture of them. While they ran in the house to get the camera, Merle quickly grabbed something too. Just before the camera clicked, Merle jumped into place!



Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667



Saturday, October 10, 2015

Do You Come Here Often?

Sammy usually went for a walk in the afternoon when the weather was nice. He would check out the neighbor's yard to see if the dog had time to play. Then he would stop at the park to smell the flowers, flop around in the grass, and chase the bugs. If it was sunny and warm, he liked to lie on his back and let the sun warm up his belly. The last stop before going back home was the waterfront where some of the dock hands would feed him fresh fish. Yum!!! That was worth the walk!

On a particularly hot day, the dog didn't feel like playing. Sammy didn't have much energy either because of the heat. He was slowly making his way to the park when he noticed that a rabbit was walking with him. He'd never seen this rabbit before and thought the rabbit would just go on its way. No, the rabbit kept up with him until they got to the park. Sammy found a nice, shady place to lie down. However, the rabbit disappeared. Sammy went on to the waterfront and back home by himself.

The next day the rabbit was back walking with him again. This time, Sammy asked him who he was and where he came from. The rabbit told Sammy that he actually lived in the same yard with the dog. He would always hide when Sammy came around. He was curious about where Sammy would go and finally decided to find out. From that day on, they walked together. The dock workers enjoyed the rabbit too and would always have fresh lettuce to feed him.




Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667

 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Poor Ralph!

 I apologize for not posting a blog for the last two weeks. My mother passed away three weeks ago much to our shock. She had been in the nursing home for two months; the therapist said she was doing good with her therapy and could be coming home. Needless to say, my mind has not been on writing with everything there is to do. I have several short stories already written, so I'll be posting those for a couple of weeks. Please bear with me. Thank you for your understanding.



Ralph, his mother, and his brothers and sisters all lived in a house way out in the country. Of course, they allowed humans to live there too. There were many other creatures on this ranch that the humans had to take care of, but the cats made sure that THEY were taken care of first. As long as they were fed, the litter box was kept clean, they could get brushed often, and had a lap to lay on, they didn't care how much time the humans spent with the other animals.

Some of these humans were things called children. They were all different sizes and ages. The younger ones had all kind of toys to play with. Mother Cat wasn't too interested in playing with the children, but Ralph and his brothers and sisters would all join in and play with some of the toys too. That was so much fun!! When the youngest child had a birthday, she decided that she would like balloons at her party.

Ralph had never seen balloons before. What odd things they were! Some of them were bright colors and they floated in the air! He was fascinated by them. Every once in a while, one would lose air and get lower to the ground. Ralph would chase after it and bat it around with his paw before someone took it away from him. Finally, he was able to grab one and keep it to himself. Then this happened!




Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667







Saturday, September 19, 2015

Weird and Bizarre Cat Days

I do a newsletter for my church and send it out once a month. I started posted some of the weird and bizarre holidays for each month. Some of them are real crazy!! A lot of them revolve around food, like National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, and some are just plain silly, like Make Your Bed Day (isn't that everyday?) or Be Late For Something Day. (Some people are always late) Anyway it gave me an idea for the blog. Here's the weird days for this last week. Let's see how our furry friends handle them.

Last Saturday, the 13th, was Positive Thinking Day. One look at this guy and you couldn't help but do that!


Sunday was National Cream Filled Donut Day (Yum!!) This one wants his delivered.



Monday was Make A Hat Day. I think she had some help with hers.



Tuesday was Collect Rocks Day (See what I mean about being silly) This cat passed on the rocks; he likes fish instead.



Wednesday was Citizenship Day. (Now that one makes sense!) You're being a good citizen when you're kind and helping someone else.


Thursday was National Cheeseburger Day. (That's another yum!) This little kitty made you a cookie because he wanted to trade it for your cheeseburger. (Sneaky little devil) However, you waited too long and he was too hungry.


Friday was Talk Like A Pirate Day. Couldn't find any pirates, but found the Three Musketeers. That's going to have to be close enough. However, they have the wrong day. Silly cats!


And finally, today is International Eat An Apple Day. Evidently the baby and/or the parents didn't know that.


Oh, well, such is life!! How did you do with this week's weird and bizarre holidays? Like I said, some of them are pretty silly! Any comments to share about whether you liked this or not?


Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667





Saturday, September 12, 2015

The MOST Important Question of All

Mickey was one of several pets in the house. There were two other cats, one dog, and a parrot. All of them, except the parrot, were rescue animals. They all liked each other and played well together. The cats did their own thing, slept and played when they wanted, and pretty much ignored the humans in the house. Of course, the dog was very excited and happy to be with the humans. The bird talked a lot whether anyone was paying attention to him or not.

It seemed to Mickey that the humans talked a lot too! They were always asking questions about each other. The mother would be asking the kids what they wanted to eat, have they cleaned their room, is their homework done, did they have clothes that needed to be washed, and a hundred others. The father would ask what was for dinner, did he have clean shirts, who was going to help him with some chores, had the kids fed the pets, etc.

The kids were even worse! They had hundreds of questions everyday it seemed like. They asked a lot about food, allowances, going places with friends, and so forth. They were ALWAYS asking about why they couldn't do something that their parents didn't want them doing. It all seemed so silly to Mickey!! He had only one question that he wanted answered.




Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667