Lily's back legs look loosely attached!
And look at those front paws!
What would I do without her?
I recently had to take Lily to the vet have her recurring chin cyst drained. She was not pleased about this outing, even though I knew she'd feel better when it was done!
I later learned that sanitary trims help kitties keep themselves clean, so hopefully Lily will enjoy her new look especially for the summer. She doesn't seem to mind and I'm finding it somewhat amusing. Sweet girl, I'm not laughing AT you...I'm laughing with you!
Here's to no more mats -- or messy bums!
When I cleaned out my parents' house back in 2013, I found this cat bed up in the top of the garage, clearly made by my grandma. I am almost positive I have a picture of her wearing a dress made from the same fabric! It was dusty and dirty from years at the bottom of a basket of odds and ends. But I tossed it in the washer and sure enough, it cleaned up beautifully.
I'm certain the cat bed was made to fit within the confines of a basket, although I'm not positive which one and of course, the basket is long gone.
The cat bed has been at our house for quite some time but Lily has only recently decided that she absolutely loves it. It does my heart good to see my grandma's handiwork making her so happy.
And I know Grandma would be thrilled that her handmade treasures are being loved by a new generation of kitties!
These sweeties are the final babies of Mama Cat, a sweet ginger kitty who lives in the garage. Mama will be going for her spay day in a couple of weeks. The kittens will all be adopted into loving homes.
I'm still trying to figure out how to smuggle one into our house, but I'm not sure Lily would welcome it!
Lily is truly living her best life! Earlier this week, I found her sprawled out on the bed, the overhead fan cooling her tummy.
She slept all through lunch, occasionally pausing to squeeze those sweet little paws over her eyes.
What a life! What a joy she is!
Happy Feline Friday!
Friday blew right by with no Feline Friday post! It was a busy day and I just didn't get to it. But every day is a good day for a kitty post...especially Cat-urday!
It was a PURR-fect Saturday morning to sit outside on the patio! Finally, we are welcoming lower temperatures and humidity!
Of course, Lily wanted outside, too! But lawn mowers were buzzing in the neighborhood and I thought she'd be scared.
I want outside!
Next thing you know, we're suited up and outside on the patio!
Every time she hears the "thump" of me rolling out my yoga mat, Lily comes sauntering in to my "yoga studio" AKA craft room. She positions herself directly on the mat, usually exactly where I need to step!
Sometimes she'll even sit under me as I'm doing one of my awkward downward dogs. She's a brave girl! LOL
I enjoy the company, even if I'm the one doing all the work! #yogakitty
Oh, I am sorry to excite anyone.
We don't have kittens in da house.
But my sister-in-law and her family have FIVE new kittens in their garage! Mama Kitty recently had her final litter before her upcoming scheduled spay day. Over the years she has produced some beautiful and very sweet kittens. By all accounts, these kittens are over-the-moon adorable!
Okay, raise your paw if you think this one looks like LILY!
And even though these babies are pretty new, they already have homes lined up! Kudos to my nieces for lining up forever homes for each one.
I only wish I could hold them myself and maybe sneak a couple home with me! :)
Happy Feline Friday!
We spent the long Easter weekend in Texas visiting the kids...and Lily's cousin, Rory!
Rory is clearly living her best life. She is a big girl now, weighing in at around 14 pounds! She is a fierce protector of the house, guarding it from rabbits, squirrels, and the occasional neighbor cat.
It was so much fun to hang out with them all for awhile!
And most of the 50 tulips I planted last fall are coming up nicely! I suspect that some bulbs may have been stolen by squirrels as I've spotted a few holes in the area. Still, the tulips are coming up nicely!
We had the windows washed and the gutters cleaned out this past week. It's not all that expensive to hire it done and frankly, it's a real treat to have clean windows!
We can't reach the second floor windows anyway so it's great to have the guys with the tall ladders just get it done!
Lately we've had had lots of bird activity in our yard, so Lily had a vested interested in the spring window cleaning! Now that the glass is clean, she's been keen to watch the finches who are contemplating building a nest on our front porch.
Lily says, "Thanks for the clean windows! Now I can see my feathered friends!"
I ran across this recently and boy, did it ring true to me.
Am I guilty of most -- or all -- of these? YEP.
Would I be better off if I STOPPED doing them? DEFINITELY.
I've recently been paying a lot more attention to the role that anxiety has been playing in my life. All of the items on this list contribute to my anxiety.
And I'm so invested in looking calm to the outside world that I internalize my anxiety. Suffice it to say, it has taken a toll on my health and well-being.
I'm on the mend now, and I think things will be even better if I just stop doing a FEW of these things. Being aware of them is the first step.
Here's to a healthier 2022!