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.
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.
I enjoy the flowers although I know kudzu is widely disliked.
After checking out the kudzu, we drove to the nearest post box in a slight fog.
It was good to get 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!
Uncle Jack and Mom Groucho.
So, Happy First Birthday, Kittens!
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.
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.”
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!
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!
Thanks RMW, I’m happy you like the pictures! Well …. I can tell we are in for some exciting times with these kittens, LOL
Beautiful kittens! I call my cats kittens too 🙂
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.
OMG, they are so gorgeous. Please send them to me post haste! Happy Birthday kittens!!! K x
The kitties and I thank you for your kind words, Kerry!
The kittens are beautiful. I can’t believe it’s been a year. Too bad Franklin couldn’t catch a deer for you
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.
Maybe he wants to ride it. 🐸
Ahahahaha now that would be an awesome sight! On a par with the cat riding a unicorn meme that goes around!
🎉😺Pawkisses for a Happy Birthday sweet Kittens. Loved your pictures, the sky looks so beautiful and you all look very sweet too🐾😽💞
The kittens and say thank you, Little Binky and Granny! Cheers and Meows!
Happy Birthday Kittens! What a beautiful photographs… Thank you, Love, nia
The kittens and I thank you Nia, and I’m so happy you like the photos! I enjoys yours so much every day, Love, Leah
Happy 1st birthday! You have beautiful photos of the kitties and the outdoors.
The kitties and I thank you so much, Indulgedfurries, we appreciate it!
Happy Birthday to the kittens! What a houseful but so cute.
The kittens and I thank you, Candace!
Happy birthday to you, cutie!
The “Kittens” and I thank you, Norman!
Happy birthday to your kitten crew, Leah! The photos are beautiful!
Lavinia, thank you so much, the kitties and I appreciate it and I’m happy you like the photos!
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
Thanks Ashraf, I’m glad you liked the pictures of the kitties and the forest! Hoping all your kitties are doing well now! Meows, Leah
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
All the kitties thank you for your greetings BellaDharma, and we thank LadyMew too! Purrs, hugs, and meows!
The kudzo looks a little like ginseng, Leah.
I looked up images of ginseng to refresh my memory and there is a resemblance for sure, Pam.
Not as bulbous of a flower but that red is exquisite.
Happy Birthday to all those beautiful kitties!
The kitties and I thank you, FACE Foundation!
Such sweet, sweet kittens you all are, Happy Birthday from all of us!
The kitties and I thank you for the birthday greetings, Brian!
Happy Birthday! Adorable kitties.
The kitties and I thank you Correne!
Hi. This essay told me something that I hadn’t known at all. Namely, that cats don’t grow much after their first year.
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.
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.
Ahahaha, the kittens and I thank you for the birthday wishes, and I’ll pass on your thoughts to Franklin!
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.
The kitties and I thank you, Meezer’sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs! Glad you enjoyed the pictures. I think kudzu is a legume. Parts of the kudzu plant can be eaten, but not all, not the vines, according to this. IMO no one should try to consume it who isn’t really experienced in the harvesting and preparation, etc. https://www.thekitchn.com/did-you-know-you-can-eat-kudzu-92488
Thanks also for your good wishes about the book!
Happy 1st Birthday kittens! I love the photos of your cats – really gorgeous and you have taken very good care of them!
Thank you GH, the kitties and I appreciate it!
My pleasure – Garfield hugs for all of them and you 🙂
The kitties are all beautiful! We’ve had haze from the fires out west since Monday.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, that’s the other thing–lost sales because folks think it’s not available. I hope it resolves soon!
I hope your home version will be successful, Leah! Your cats are gorgeous, you’re a wonderful cat momma!
Thanks John, for the encouraging words! The kitties and I thank you!
Happy 1st Birthday kittens. They all look great. Franklin and Shelley are as adorable as ever.
All the kitties and I thank you, Tim!
Aw, Franklin, you are so sweet on your red-checked cushion. 🙂 Lovely photos – very enjoyable. 🙂
Thanks Lynette, I’m happy you liked the pictures! Franklin thanks you too!