Remembering Finley

Every Christmas season as soon as we put up the tree, Finley waited patiently until we laid the skirt down under the tree. From that moment on, he took his cat naps under the Christmas tree until the season was over. Finley was very protective with his favorite spot as well. No other pet was allowed under the tree. And we had to re-arrange the presents in a certain way, so he could still take his naps there.

We really miss this cat very much. It is the first season without him napping under the tree. And even when Finley is not around us physically anymore, he is still with us in spirit for the last five months. Run free, Finley!

Chewbacca & Sandy

Sandy came down to the critter feeder, after I refilled it with tried corn, peanuts, sunflower seeds and other goodies. She kept munching away her little seeds, when Chewbacca got her attention. He sat on the porch and watched her for a little bit. Sandy looked at Chewie and froze for a moment: “Oh no! This crazy feline sits there and watches me from the porch, again.” Chewbacca went over to the tree and sharpened his claws on the bark. Sandy jumped further up in the crown of the tree and chattered at him. She was not happy at all and gave Chewie the third degree. Chewie decided to leave Sandy alone, when Joshua jumped over the fence back into the yard. It was more fun to roll around with his buddy in the grass, than getting into it with a feisty squirrel anyway. Yes, Mommy (me) said though. 😉

Luis & Chewbacca

The weather is perfect to sit in the backyard. When I opened the patio door to walk out, two furry heads peeked up from the couch. Luis and Chewbacca looked at me: “Can we come outside with you?” “Of course, you can play outside. Come on, let’s go!”, I replied to them. Off they hopped from the couch. Luis ran out first, and Chewbacca followed right behind him. Luis rolled around in the “dead” grass, while Chewbacca watched a leaf falls to the ground. The rays of the Autumn sun makes them both feel good.

Chewbacca chases a grasshopper in the Autumn foliage, while Luis “talks” to his buddy two fences down across the alley. After the grasshopper escaped from the cat, Chewbacca comes back to rub his fur against Luis: “Hey, what were you two talking about?” “The usual conversation: sleep, eat, poop, chasing a wabbit … He ate his owner’s shoe this morning”, Luis replies. “Dogs are weird!” Chewbacca noticed. Luis looks at Chewbacca: “Hahaha! Says the one, who sits on top of the roof and licks his butt for the whole neighborhood to watch it!” “You do, too!!!” “Yeah, but not on top of the roof, buddy.” … Yeah, they are really an odd couple. But as their Momma, I wouldn’t want it any other way. 😉

Christmas Lights & Tree

It’s this time of year, again. Traditionally, the lights and the Christmas tree go up in and around our house the day after Thanksgiving. Kevin works on the Christmas lights going along the roof, and Katelynn works on setting up the Christmas tree in the front room. Sara helps both of them. And I make sure, everything goes to the right spot. And of course, Joshua is the inspector to make sure, Daddy installed the light as they supposed to be.

… and this evening I had the chance to photograph the Christmas lights at dusk. Sara had a friend over. And they were dancing around our little “Charlie Brown Tree”.

Cozy Fire In The Fireplace

Wow! I can’t recall, I’ve ever started a fire in our fireplace here in North Texas in October. But everything has its first time. Earlier I cleaned up the fireplace and stocked up on wood. While I’ve got the firewood from the wood pile, it began to rain. But it sounded more like ice rain falling on the still green leaves of the trees in our backyard. And sure enough there was some sleet mixed in with the rain. Chewbacca was hiding from the wind and the rain in “Finley’s Clubhouse” (formerly known as the dog house). I had to call and coax him in several times. But once he started running toward the patio door, he came in quickly.

Tonight, the temperatures supposed to fall to 31ºF. Just right below the freezing point. This is a big gap from yesterday’s high of 82ºF. Kevin will run another Half-Marathon at the Shoreline Trail by the lake, tomorrow morning. With the cold temperatures already, and the even colder winds coming in from across the lake, it will be chilly. I hope, he and the other runners will wear the right gear for these weather conditions. 😉 Those muscles need to stay warm, especially in this cooler weather.

Joshua Loves October

Joshua loves this time of the year. It’s not too warm and not too cold outside. When the sun shines, the weather is perfect for a stroll in the neighborhood. Bird-watching, mice-chasing, sun-bathing, playing a prank on the dogs, bouncing and catching bugs are daily adventures.

Tonight, Joshua sits at the front door and watches the branches on the trees moved by the wind. Here and there a leaf falls to the ground. His eyes focus on the fallen foliage. But then his tummy reminds him, he wants to come inside for dinner. “Meow! I want to come in! Meow!” Sara opens the door, and Joshua walks straight to his food bowl. Yeah, it was a beautiful October afternoon for a cat. Time to eat, and then some grooming, before Joshua will make himself comfortable on the blanket in the master bedroom.

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Joshua waits patiently under the Halloween lights by the front door.