Season Shifts; Kittens’ 1st Birthday

Wistful Franklin

That’s Franklin in January of 2020, looking towards the light. It’s different now of course. The outdoor photos will be in August, when we really begin to notice changing light. That’s our first sign of oncoming fall.

Kudzu begins to bloom

Last year I had a conversation with Frankie about kudzu. He thought he could go hide in the vines and catch deer, who feed on it. Nothing came of that.

Strangely floral

I enjoy the flowers although I know kudzu is widely disliked.

More than meets the eye

Haze, anyone?

After checking out the kudzu, we drove to the nearest post box in a slight fog.

Twilit curve

It was good to get out!

E-vening things out

We brought the first kittens inside at about 5 weeks of age in mid October last year. So they would have been born in early or mid-September and are now 1 year old! I still call them “The Kittens” and I always will, but they’re essentially grown cats. Although cats do still grow and develop somewhat after the 1st year rolls by.


These are older pics of The Kittens, in no particular time sequence.



Spooky balances like a wild thing on a lofty point where she can supervise all kittens below her!



Our feral pals

Uncle Jack and Mom Groucho.

So, Happy First Birthday, Kittens!

Late summer evening glow

Forest Sunset


Radiant Shelley

Shelley: Um, what’s that about kittens?

A note about getting my book:

UPDATE: September 25, As of today the books are back and the buy button is back on Amazon. Click “1 at 23.95” which leads to Borgo Publishing. Or, you can go directly to Borgo Publishing at the link under “Order the Catwoods Book . . .” Get yours fast before they run out again and have to order more with another delay.

UPDATE: Sept. 22, the publisher tells me the books have been shipped and that when they arrive the “buy” button will go back up on Amazon. There will now be possible (but not always) shipping delays of 25 days when ordering books. I personally prefer printed books and would be willing to wait that long for a printed book I wanted.

Sept. 17, 2020. There is a slow-down in the book industry that apparently affects indie books like mine which are print-on-demand. Yesterday the Catwoods listing at Amazon which reads “1 at 23.95” and leads to the publisher of the book, Borgo Publishing, vanished. I am told that the printers are all three weeks behind, so if you have ordered the book recently and it hasn’t arrived yet, it appears there will be a delay. I don’t know whether you can still order directly from the Borgo Publishing page, or their other pages. I am trying to find out. The used booksellers are charging higher prices than the retail cost. The cost is supposed to be 23.95 before tax and shipping. That may seen like a lot, but the book is 364 pages.

So if you can’t get through on Amazon please try the Borgo Publishing link, and if it doesn’t work, let me know. And please try again.

I prefer printed books myself. But I am working on making an electronic version of Catwoods. That would be great for readers outside the US, readers who need to be able to enlarge the print, and those who are down-sizing by using Kindle instead of printed books. But, this won’t happen fast. So please stay tuned.

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I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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58 Responses to Season Shifts; Kittens’ 1st Birthday

  1. Charlee: “Our Dada says we cats are always kittens, no matter how old we are!”
    Lulu: “And that we dogs are always puppies!”
    Chaplin: “As long as he makes with the food and the treats and the belly rubs, Dada can call us anything he wants to.”

    • Catwoods says:

      None of our cats ever objected to being called kittens, no matter how big or how old they got, so they must agree with you, Charlee and Chaplin! And Lulu, I tend to call all dogs puppy dogs!

  2. RMW says:

    Love those photos in the haze… very painterly. Both my cats are 7 years old and I’m still waiting for them to grow out of the rambunctious kitten stage!

  3. Beautiful kittens! I call my cats kittens too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Catwoods says:

      The kittens and I thank you so much for your kind words! LOL I too have been known to call many adult cats “kitten” in the past, no matter how old and how big they were.

  4. chattykerry says:

    OMG, they are so gorgeous. Please send them to me post haste! Happy Birthday kittens!!! K x

  5. cat9984 says:

    The kittens are beautiful. I can’t believe it’s been a year. Too bad Franklin couldn’t catch a deer for you

    • Catwoods says:

      The kitties and I thank you cat9.984! That year has flown by for us, too! LOL if Franklin caught a deer it would have been for Franklin, we don’t eat them and we like to see them out there enjoying themselves. Franklin sees them through the window from a distance and thinks they are a lot smaller than they actually are.

  6. ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜บPawkisses for a Happy Birthday sweet Kittens. Loved your pictures, the sky looks so beautiful and you all look very sweet too๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ฝ๐Ÿ’ž

  7. niasunset says:

    Happy Birthday Kittens! What a beautiful photographs… Thank you, Love, nia

  8. Happy 1st birthday! You have beautiful photos of the kitties and the outdoors.

  9. Candace says:

    Happy Birthday to the kittens! What a houseful but so cute.

  10. NormanWilkes says:

    Happy birthday to you, cutie!

  11. Lavinia Ross says:

    Happy birthday to your kitten crew, Leah! The photos are beautiful!

  12. Great post as always Leah. I like the images of all the sweeties especially knowing the feral sweeties are in good hand and getting fed and well looked after by you! I also liked the image f herbaceous layer of the forest. In this case, Kudzu formed a dense herbaceous stratum of your forest. We often take herb layer (also known as ground layer of the forest) for granted when in fact this layer is vital for overall health of the forest ecosystem. In other words, herbaceous layer (be it Kudzu or any other plants that are no taller than 2 meters in height) acts as an ecological litmus paper where it can detect how the forest ecosystem is actually doing. Majority of the old growth forest heavily depends on herbaceous layer. Because species diversity is highest in herbaceous layer among all forest strata, the richness of biodiversity is basically a function of herbaceous diversity and your picture captured it all pretty well. Thanks for taking such ecologically valid picture ….. Keep up the good work! Saludos! Ashraf

  13. Happy 1st Birfday MoonPie, Lynx, Stripey, Boss an Spooky!
    Meow Unkell Jack an Groucho!! Meow wow Franklin lookin guud! An Shelley yore beeuteefull purr usual……
    **purrss** BellaDharma an ((huggiess)) LadyMew too

  14. Pam Lazos says:

    The kudzo looks a little like ginseng, Leah.

  15. Happy Birthday to all those beautiful kitties!

  16. Brian says:

    Such sweet, sweet kittens you all are, Happy Birthday from all of us!

  17. Correne says:

    Happy Birthday! Adorable kitties.

  18. Hi. This essay told me something that I hadnโ€™t known at all. Namely, that cats donโ€™t grow much after their first year.

    • Catwoods says:

      Hi Neil. Well, the kitten formula food with extra nutrition for growth is recommended for just the first year. I think they do grow a bit during the second year, they bulk up a bit and the muscles become stronger.

  19. pollymorse says:

    Happy Birthday, Kittens!!!! Oh Franklin, deer are too crafty to be caught like that! You’re so funny. You might have better luck with mice.

  20. Whoot!
    Happy Birthday to you , Boss, Moonpie, Lynx, Spooky and Stripey!

    And hello to Franklin and Shelly!

    Loved seeing your pretty region with the windy roads and pretty sky.
    Kudzu looks like a type of legume? Apparently its rather invasive so that is why it is disliked. I do believe it is edible? And not just for deer, MOL!

    What a pain when the publishers/distributors of your book are not able to comply, at least not yet. Hope it works out soon.

  21. Garfield Hug says:

    Happy 1st Birthday kittens! I love the photos of your cats – really gorgeous and you have taken very good care of them!

  22. Bernadette says:

    The kitties are all beautiful! We’ve had haze from the fires out west since Monday.

    • Catwoods says:

      The kitties and I thank you, Bernadette! That’s awful about the smoke reaching you, I heard it made it to the northeast. I sure wish those fires were out.

  23. arlingwoman says:

    Boss looks like a cat with some attitude. Those road pictures were really lovely. The skies were beautiful and I do love a road photo. Sorry to hear about your book delays. That has to be frustrating.

    • Catwoods says:

      I think you have Boss pegged, arlingwoman, he is both studious and interactive! I’m so glad you like the road pictures! I rarely get a road picture I feel I can work with. I admit I am frustrated by the book thing, I think the time of year is a good time to have a book available, and it just won the MUSE Award. Mainly I felt I had to put that up there in case people click the Amazon link, so they would know it’s just delayed, not gone, it will be back.

  24. John says:

    I hope your home version will be successful, Leah! Your cats are gorgeous, you’re a wonderful cat momma!

  25. Timothy Price says:

    Happy 1st Birthday kittens. They all look great. Franklin and Shelley are as adorable as ever.

  26. Aw, Franklin, you are so sweet on your red-checked cushion. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely photos – very enjoyable. ๐Ÿ™‚

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