Radom Thoughts and a New Family Member

I don’t have a project to share today.  I can’t even report on any progress on the pantry/entry/office makeover.  (That is such a mouthful. I should just abbreviate.  How about the POE makeover?  Or just POEM?  ha – like that one!)

There is so much left to do it that little space!  I can’t wait to share some more of it.  This week I hope to at least finish the spice cabinet and the updated dresser.  After that I need to make curtains, install baseboard, assemble a bookcase, and remodel the closet!  Yikes.  All in time…

This past weekend was still filled with Halloween activities.  (The reason no POEM progress to report!)  Because of Sandy, our trick or treat day was postponed until Saturday evening.  Such a good call by our local officials.  Most municipalities around us did the same thing.  Of course I was still adding decorations to our yard and carving pumpkins Saturday afternoon!

Busy.  And I didn’t take one picture.  Not even of my kids in their costumes!!  Everyone left at different times, with different groups, and there just didn’t seem to be time.  It was one of those moments that you wish you could freeze everyone for a few minutes.  This happens more and more since my older two started middle school.  So many friends and activities – it’s hard to remember to take a moment to breathe, and really absorb what’s going on around us.  Sigh…

Sunday was spent putting everything Halloween away.  I love to decorate the yard for the occasion, but having it there for even 3 extra days was too much.  I couldn’t wait to pack it up and clean up the leaves.

And now the new family member…

Isn’t she the cutest little kitty?  We brought her home last weekend, and she charmed her way into our hearts from the first meow!  We lost our sweet Lucy cat last Thanksgiving – she was 18.  I always figured we’d get another kitten at some point, but I wasn’t actively looking.  There are always kittens that need homes – I knew one would come our way.

Right after school started, Claire’s friend’s cat had 4 kittens.  As you can imagine, I heard about the kittens almost every day for 6 weeks!  There was lots of begging and pleading and ‘I’ll clean the litter box!’ promises.  Obviously, Kevin and I caved, and Alley kitten (she’s a tough little kitty!) came to stay.

She’s a joy.  And kittens are soooo easy compared to puppies!  Although I’m sure that I’ll be complaining loudly when she’s climbing the Christmas tree and knocking all of the ornaments off of it.  She has perfectly filled an empty space that was in our home.  Even Zoey loves likes tolerates her.

ha ha!  Poor Zoey – she does not look happy here!

Hope your week is better than Zoey’s!

Much love



  1. I know what you mean about projects. With the holidays almost here, I don’t know where to start or what to finish! Glad you had a great Halloween…I never have my camera ready either!

    The kitten is precious! I have never had one, I’m so allergic to them so I’ve always had dogs. Zoey so cute, I hope they become good friends!

    Have a great week working on POEM! lol!


  2. Zoey and Alley look like they’ll be great friends, sometimes it just takes time. So glad you caved and found the right kitten to fill that empty space.

  3. How sweet. I have always had cats until two years ago when our last cat died. Now we just have Miss Bailey and she is enough work and friendship.

  4. Hi Brenda-What a swee new baby. Just darling. My friend just started a brand new blog and it all about her cat kids- Pop by there if you get a chance-I think you would get a kick out of it. xo Diana


    • Hi Diana! Kittens are too too too cute. I will definitely check out your friend’s blog – thanks for suggesting it. And how kind of you to support your friend like that!

  5. Oh my! Your post brought a tear to my eye. I lost my sweet Lucy last November 11th as well. She was a beautiful 25 year old cat. Your new addition is just precious! I am missing a cat in the house!!

    • Oh my goodness – you had a Lucy too? How amazing that you got to have her for 25 years! I can’t believe it’s been a year, as I’m sure you feel too. Still makes me sad even though we have a sweet little girl running around now.

  6. What a sweetie. I am looking for a long haired black kitten. Lost my Beauty last November and I miss him so. We have 4 outside cats but I long for a lap cat for inside.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

    • So sorry. It is so hard to lose them. I hope someday soon you welcome a new little lap cat inside with you. I’m so glad we did!

  7. Cheryl in Wisconsin says:

    That is one beautiful cat.

  8. Brenda, Congratulations on your newest family member, Alley is absolutely precious! It looks like she may be taking over Zoey’s spot on the top of the chair, lol : ) The picture of them together is adorable!

  9. Congrats on your new “baby” – she is adorable and who wouldn’t love her (except for the dog maybe – ha ha!)! I’m your newest follower, by the way. Your blog is just too cute!

    • Thanks Anja! The dog is actually getting to like her (a little).
      I’m so glad that you’ll be following along. Welcome aboard!

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