Like sand through the litter box


…so go the days of our lives.  Mother’s Day brought a pleasant surprise and a most unexpected package.  I cannot deny I am the mother of four – one kid and four kits. Life is good.

My son and I will spend the evening at a huge drum circle out on the beach and muse over the great times we had back in the day! Fortunately for me, those good old days come back now and then, and it is even more wonderful when we are together.

The other three, the kits, had a big surprise for me this morning. At some time deep in the night, one or all were struck with artistic challenge. They know they are not allowed on my drawing board, but cats can be cunning.  They used the litter box:

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Now, I am sure if it is a heart, or if it was intended to be a cat portrait. I am not sure if the trio had a paw in it, or if it was just one cat. However it happened, they all gathered round as I very carefully moved it to my drawing board to get a photo. I swear they smiling through their snickering. Job well done!

A case of auld lang syne


I do know we are into the second quarter of the “new” year, but since it is one of my favorite holidays…and since it was especially poignant for me this year, I just want to wish you all a happy new year even if I am a little late!

Many of you know I have had problems with everything internet. The first incident was in October of 2013. Things happened off and on and then October 2014 came around. Where does the time go? Troubles were worse than ever, zapping my energy.


The cats were talking. The humans were talking. Who is that woman, so angry and depressed? Are we ever going to see our real mom again?

What happened to my life? I have gone through times when things got tough, but I aways knew I would get a sign and I would know what to do and everything would be fine. I needed to get a grip.


I finally started crawling into bed very early so I could shed the tears I wanted to keep to myself.

Sweet little Alice started popping up on the bed and giving me kitty kisses and watching over me. My thinking became more organized and purposeful.  My resolve to keep blogging and doing what I love was slowly coming back.

AlicewatchestheClockAnd then it happened. Sometime lodged between New Year’s Eve, 2014, and the beginning of the New Year, 2015, the big crash took place. I was prepared and calm. Battle over. New Beginnings.

I am still learning my way around the new system, but I have wonderful support.

“For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. And surely you’ll buy your pint cup and surely I’ll buy mine! And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.”   Robert Burns

Secret Santa 100, Grinch 0


Well, this is pretty embarrassing, but one thing led to another and we were unable to post our Secret Santa at the proper time. For one reason and another, no presents were bought, no guests were invited, and merriment was pretty much absent…until I remembered the small box we received several weeks before Christmas….

Thank you Willie Snapp, William, and Amanda for making our holiday bright!

Box of Goodies

no drawing straws


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Thanks also to Sweetperfections, Truffle, Brulee, and Mom Paula for organizing the Secret Santa event.