December 31, 2014

The Best Gift.



As some of you may know , we lost our Choo-Choo , Leopold Lion Heart , last August. I believe he was special to me in ways that are difficult to explain in words. Maybe that is because words, at times, without meaning to, can trivialize feelings or heartfelt experiences.

Children are permitted to love pets in an almost scandalous, exaggerated fashion, but we as adults, are often groomed to reign in our feelings as pets become secondary to presumed as more important, adult exchanges and experiences.

I hope the child in me continues to always recognize the kindred spirit that can be found in an animal. I hope that I forevermore and a day after that, always allow my feelings for that spirit to flourish! I would never want to become comfortably numb to the beauty of an animal gazing into my eyes with complete trust and acceptance.

People say that when you save an animal, the animal in fact ends up saving you. That may be true , although I am not certain I or anyone for that matter, could ever truly be saved, from life anyway. I do know that Leo was my shelter from the storm in the years that he found refuge here. I know he brought peace, a certain healing stillness, and tranquility to my life. I will always be grateful to him for that.

My sister Dominique , painted a portrait of Leo as a Christmas gift to me. It is the best gift because it brings me joy.





















 Thank you Dominique. 








Have a Wonderful Day.
The New Year and its' many possibilities is almost upon us!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo

December 30, 2014

The kitty Christmas gift unwrapped!





 Malou , " So yesterday I was telling you about the arrival of our Christmas gift and how it arrived just in the nick of time. Saint Nich(olas) , that is!! Hee. Hee. It was delivered Christmas Eve!" 












 Malou, " Does anyone have any guesses as to what it could possibly be , before we set it up?"













(Later, after the gift was set up). 

Levon, " Is there something above my head?"












 Levon, " Scratch. Scratch. Tap. Tap. What could it possibly be? "











 Malou, " I've got this!"











 Malou, " I am the most inquisitive and bravest kitty in the cottage when it comes to heights! And these heights are heady! I love my Christmas gift !"













 Malou, " Levon! How did you get ahead of me?!"









Malou, "That's better! I am the Queen of this castle. But there is plenty of room for other kitties if you care to join us! Don't be shy!This highway is almost as long as the Old North Trail! "










Have a Terrific Tuesday!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo

December 29, 2014

Tea, visitors and a box.





Malou , " We have had visitors and the humans have also been visiting friends . It has been a relaxing and fun holiday. We hope you are enjoying some time off too. Tea and cookies are always a nice afternoon treat when life slows down a bit."














Malou, " This box contains our Christmas present. It arrived on Christmas Eve. Talk about cutting it close!"














Malou, " Can you guess what is inside? I will show you tomorrow!"











Have a Marvelous Monday!
See you tomorrow!
the critters in the cottage xo





December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas (Eve) Efurryone !







 Malou , " I am waiting for Santa! I have his nip mixed in with fresh cream in a festive saucer and sugar cookies , all ready for him! If you want to wait with me, we can play the , What's Your Elf Name , game. We played it last year for those of you who remember, but we thought new readers might like to play this year. You can guess the month if you are uncertain of your birth month or you can use your gotcha day month.  LP guessed our months last year and got a few wrong!  This year she looked the facts up, so these are our official elf names :) We don't really know exactly when Duffy, Mitalee, and Isadora were born so we used the months they first came to live with us. It's all in good fun!" 













Here are our official elf names :

Mitalee : Happy PointyToes

Esme : Joyful PeppermintBuns

Duffy : Tootsie AngelEars

Isadora : Merry SparklePants

Malou: Happy AngelEars

Levon : Angelic AngelEars


WHAT'S YOUR ELF NAME?!








Malou, " I hope Santa gets here soon! I don't want the fresh cream and sugar cookies to tempt me too much longer . . . "



















Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our furiends!
May you find time to relax, laugh and enjoy the company of your loved ones over the holiday season.
See you in the New Year!
love,
the critters in the cottage xo



December 22, 2014

A Monday Medley of Christmas Cheer and a Fact.





Mitalee," I like this kind of Christmas cheer. I can look foolish festive! without inconvenience! "












Mitalee, " This is even more cheerful. I am under the Christmas tree happy and relaxing."














Malou, " I have been made into a wee Licorice Elf amongst visions of wrapping paper , tissue paper and bows I would like to shred presents, dancing around my head!"












 Levon, " I am wearing our jingle bell Christmas collar.We love bells around here!"












 Levon, "As you can see it fits me like a glove and I quite like it!"












Esme , " I am wearing the same jingle bell collar. Fact : It doesn't fit me like a glove like it does Levon , on account Levon weighs eleven pounds, and I weigh four pounds! But I still like spreading Christmas Cheer and I don't mind wearing it even if it is a little bit big on me! I just won't budge in case I trip on it . . ."











Have a Marvelous Monday!
Only three more sleeps until Christmas.
You'd better be nice!
the critters in the cottage xo



December 20, 2014

Sunday Selfies:Duffy and Isadora wish you a Merry Christmas!







We are participating in Sunday Selfies hosted by our friends at The cat on my Head with only four more sleeps left until Christmas day! We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and holiday season. We thought you would enjoy it if we wore our Christmas outfits to help you get into the spirit of the season. Afterall, tis the season to be jolly! Ho! Ho! Ho!










                                                               DUFFY












                                                              Duffy as the Jingle Bell Elf!













                                                                     ISADORA












                                                          Isadora, as darling Elf with Bow!





















Merry Christmas efurryone!
Don't forget to HOP
See you tomorrow!
the critters in the cottage xo


December 19, 2014

Flashback Friday with Leo.







I found these two graphics that our friend Ann made us for Christmas one year. If you notice, the second graphic has our angel Leo on it. What a lovely boy he was with his sweet, unforgettable , pouty mouth and his deep set , soulful , wise man's eyes. It will be our first Christmas without him. He left us last August at seventeen years of age. Oh how I miss him. My Leopold Lion Heart. How I miss him.















                                                           You are not forgotten Choo-Choo.












Have a Fabulous Friday.
See you Sunday for Sunday Selfies.
the critters in the cottage xo

December 18, 2014

Levon waiting for JoJo under the mistletoe!









Levon, " I am wearing my holiday hat as I take a moment to think of my true love , JoJo."












 Levon, " We plan to bring the New Year in together! But that is a long way away . . . "













Levon, " I bought my Christmas hat a tad too big, so that JoJo and I could both snuggle into it together. We can be , the cats in the hat this holiday season!"












Levon, " I can see the mistletoe from here . . . "


























Levon, " JoJo, I am waiting ( too kiss you) under the mistletoe! "










Have a Great Day!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo

December 17, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Tree 2014.






















































Malou and Levon, " We promise to vigilantly guard the Christmas tree!"










Malou and Levon, " We will keep an especially close eye on the bird ornaments!"












Levon, "We may need to actually climb the tree for quality control." 










Levon, " Because the peace dove is perched really high up on the tree!"










Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo

December 16, 2014

Mitalee keeps the humans on task.








Mitalee , " I am under the table by the radiators. One of my favourite spots in the cottage."












 Mitalee, " It is also the purrfect spot to snoopervise the humans."













Mitalee, " The humans put up the Christmas tree this weekend. It was truly exhausting, head spinning work to observe their diligent, industrious efforts!"














Mitalee, " My calm presence no doubt helped keep them on task. Otherwise, they would most certainly have become discombobulated. And that is never a pretty sight! I should know. I have been witness to it far too many times!"







Have a Terrific Tuesday!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo






















December 15, 2014

Getting into the Christmas Spirit with the puppies.








 Duffy, " I made the error of mentioning to LP that Isadora and I weren't full into the Christmas spirit yet this year . . . "











 Isadora, " You mean you made the fatal error, don't you Duffy?!"












Duffy, " Yeah. I probably shouldn't have said anything . . . "














 Isadora and Duffy, " Cause all of a sudden we were whisked away, ribbons were plunked on our heads and LP's overly enthousiastic words rang in our ears. "This should get you into the Christmas spirit puppies!!" 





















 Isadora, " Is it me, or is she getting crazier with each passing year?!!"












Have a Marvelous Monday!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo