Springing Through Time With Cats

Moody Franklin

(Pictures and words are for the use of Catwoods Porch Party only. Reposts for the love of cats and nature are welcome. See the “Extended Copyright ….” page above for more info about why I start posts this way.)

All who love cats are deeply appreciated here!

Franklin has decided he likes editing and will um, cheerfully bring his opinions to the keyboard. (Actually he’s rather insistent that we do things his way.)

While I wait until we sort out the photo overload, we’ll hop all over seasons and years for cat pictures, and use the few spring pics we have. So weird sky pics from the severe weather days will have to wait.

Glorious Stripey!

We go back to last autumn to catch Stripey lounging about and looking regal!

Thoughtful Boss

Boss looking dreamy on a winter evening.

The crabby apple tree

The crab apple tree was the earliest bloomer.

Moonpie the cutie!

Moonpie has the tallest ears!

Dandy Lion

The first dandelion I saw!

Oh wait, while we’re being all springy, let’s not forget the deep freeze that happened in February!

February brrrr

That’s the light snow we had with sub-freezing temperatures for a few days.

February Cedar Waxwings

The Cedar Waxwing Division of the cold spell bird invasion made for excellent Bird TV.

Boss and Spooky

All cats tuned in. A good chance for a little “Protect me big brother” snuggling.

Early flowering

Back to flowering trees. (We’ll get to the severe weather pics between these events when the photo thing is sorted.)

Wisteria, delicate and sparse

Gray spring day

. . . wisteria, and that scent, but not for long and nothing like the sustained wisteria explosion we had last year.

Sweet violets

And these, this year’s violets. Those are last year’s violets in the border.

The violets are all mostly gone now, they only stay a short time. But these kitties, they bloom with beauty and charming hi-jinks every day throughout the year. Some older pics of the Kittens, they were such little cuties:

Valiant Spookums

Young self-assured Bossy Cat

Boss with hints of color skittering on his furs.

Lynx does his nails

Ouch, Lynxie! He likes to flex his nails on my jeans.

Grand Lynx

Here’s Lynx with an important message: Fellow blogger TW from the wonderful blog Stunning Keisha could use some support and purrs:



Shelley Girl

Our friend’s cat, Shelley.

And here’s Boss with another important message:

Evening Boss

He’s finished reading my MUSE Award winning book Catwoods, and recommends it highly! We so appreciate everyone who has read it, and we need for more people to get the book and read it.

People who like Catwoods really like it and tell me they read it over and over again. While some are old friends, there are others I don’t know from far away, California, New York, Michigan. It’s 364 pages full of cat stories from many decades, music and art and the “languages” that arise between cats and humans, and some human language too. Yes there’s some colorful southeastern variant language, that’s where I and the kitties live. Getting the book helps us care for our kitties. Click on the cover at the upper right for Amazon or “Order the Catwoods book online” page, under the Franklin banner for the link that goes direct to Borgo Publishing, our indie publisher.

About Leah

I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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72 Responses to Springing Through Time With Cats

  1. jamjet73 says:

    Nice pictures, sweet =^..^=

  2. So cute cat 👌🌹 beautiful photos 👍🏼🌹

  3. Caren says:

    Leah!!! I finally found your blog!!!!!!! Ingrid told me about it because I left a comment on my blog asking if you had one! Your kitties are darling!! How do I subscribe to your blog? You are always so nice leaving comments for me! (((hugs)))

    • Leah says:

      Caren, the kitties and I thank you for seeking out our blog! We’re glad you found us! And hugs in return!

      I’m not techy so it took me awhile to find that I could add a “subscribe by email” widget.

    • Leah says:

      Caren, I was able to display a “Subscribe by email” widget to the right-hand side of my blog. The system placed it pretty far down, after the CWA images and just above the “About the author” thingie.

  4. thebigbuddy says:

    You have a beautiful pride of kitties, Leah.

  5. Always love seeing photos of your pretty kitties! ANd i am jealous about the cedar waxwings! I only had them in the yard once!

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you! Strangely that was the one time I saw the Cedar Waxwings so far this year too. They seem to come in large flocks at certain times, and then I won’t see them again for awhile.

  6. Hard to say which is more beautiful, the cats or the blooms. Okay, the cats rule so…

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you, Layla, we appreciate it! I’m partial to the cats too, and they’re year round! (These flowers are all gone now.)

  7. Wonderful photos, especially the crab apple flowers

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Indulgedfurries, I appreciate it! I was fond of the crabapples this year too, but they sure didn’t last long!

  8. Garfield Hug says:

    Gorgeous photos of your beautiful cats and lovely photos of nature and flowers. Thanks.

  9. You all look so beautiful an reelaxed!! Lynx yore furss are stunnin!!
    Franklin yore lookin grande too.
    An Shelley you allwayss look purrty!!!
    Moonpie yore eyess are so furry golden….speck-taculur!
    Wishin all of youss an you two Miss Leah a Happy Spring (if it efurr getss here!)
    **purrss** BellaDharma an ((huggiess)) LadyMew

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you, BellaDharma and LadyMew! The kitties are very pleased with everything you said! WE are all wishing and purring for Happy Spring to come along for everyone! We are having a couple of days that are much colder than usual here too! Meows and Purrs and Hugs from Leah and the Kitties!

  10. Whoa, Lynxie! Those are some impressive claws! Your photos today are gorgeous.

    • Leah says:

      Lola, thank you so much, I’m happy you like the photos! And Lynxie is pleased that you noticed his grand claws!

  11. Lavinia Ross says:

    A beautiful collection of photos and memories, Leah!

    Sending purrs and prayers to TW.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Lavinia, I’m so happy you enjoyed the post!
      And thank you for thinking of TW.
      Meows from the kitties and me, Leah

  12. Chaplin: “Those are some pretty epic ears, Moonpie.”
    Charlee: “The better to hear mice with!”

    • Leah says:

      Ahahaha Charlee and Chaplin, Moonpie likes your observations, and appreciates the ear grandeur acknowledgement and awareness of the practical applications!

  13. pdlyons says:

    so nice to spend time with the Cats and some lovely photographs . Its been years since i was lucky enough to be chosen by a cat. here i can remember what it feels like. thanks again.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much pdlyons, I’m glad whenever anyone enjoys the posts and if I can convey what it’s like to live with cats, I’m happy. Cats certainly do bring good times and memories to our lives!

  14. niasunset says:

    Spring and CATS, what a beautiful post… Thank you dear Leah, Blessing and Happiness, Love, nia

    • Leah says:

      Nia thank you so much for your kind words! I’m happy you enjoyed the post! All good wishes and meows and love, Leah

  15. meowmeowmans says:

    All of the blooms are lovely, but the photos of your cats are our faves. 🙂
    Stripey’s gold and white belly is wonderful, and Moonpie (ears and all) looks so regal.
    Thanks, as always, for posting. Your posts are always a delight!

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, meowmeowmans, I appreciate it and they gave me a much-needed lift tonight! The kitties thank you too!

  16. Beautiful blooms that you have/had at your place! I would love to have wisteria in our yard…no luck so far. Will try at local nurseries this year…then the thought comes about thinking of where to put it! LOL! Our wild violets are all in bloom right now, but we are getting snow and temps about 25F for the next couple of nights. Brrr. All our early blooms and the trees in flower may suffer badly. The poor fruit farmers, too:(

    Loved seeing all your kitties! They are handsome/pretty to the max!

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you, we are so glad you liked our pictures! We did have some nice blooms even though they came and went so fast this year! We are getting some cold nights ahead here too, but without any snow. It sure is a nuisance when everything is already flowering and a cold snap kills it off, a real problem for fruit growers, that is for sure. I love wisteria but not everyone does because if it really gets going it will take over. It can be pruned of course by those who are able and willing to do that; I’ve seen it pruned into cute bushes, and also going wild and climbing all over everything in sight. I do love the wild violets, but they are gone now here.

  17. Great pictures! Lynx is such a gorgeous cat.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you FACE Foundation, I’m happy you like the pictures! And Lynxie is especially pleased with your comment!

  18. 15andmeowing says:

    All your cats are adorable. I love those pink toe beans on Stripey. XO

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you Ellen, we appreciate it! Oh yeah, Stripey has big feet and pretty toe beans and he knows it and loves to show them off! XO

  19. Penny Clements says:

    I Loved Catwoods so much when it was damaged by water and I was sad my husband bought me another one.😁

  20. Nice seeing so many of the cats today. Stripey looks very healthy.I bought a Hallmark card similar to Stripey sitting by the window. I read the Extended Copyright Page most of it (Hope there’s no test! Moonpie has Bat ears!

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you Greg, we’re glad you enjoyed their pictures! Stripey is the biggest kitty and he is one to strike a pose. No test on the sad reflections on Internet safety. Ahahahaha, I’m going to tell Moonpie what you said about her ears!

  21. Dearest Leah,
    What a lovely compilation of photos here, with lovely stories to tell.
    Yes, those are the gems of daily life; breathing and non-breathing.

    • Leah says:

      Mariette, thank you, I’m happy you like the pictures and post! You are so right, the animal and plant life around us does help keep us going, keeps our minds stirring! Meows and Hugs, Leah

  22. pollymorse says:

    I love the photo of Lynx stretching out on you! He looks great!!! Fabulous pictures. Our apple tree is in bloom too, and it looks lovely. Our magnolia tree was budding, then a sudden frost/snow hit it a few weeks ago out of the blue, and now all the blooms died and we won’t get to see it actually bloom this year at all. I’m so disappointed! Great pics!! Thanks

    • Leah says:

      Thanks Polly, I’m happy you enjoyed the photos! The kitties thank you too. That picture of Lynx is also one of my favorites. The blooming trees are so gorgeous, aren’t they? But sorry that the cold got your magnolia. I think lingering cold is what limited our wisteria this year too.

  23. Herman says:

    Enjoyed your beautiful photographs and post! Thank you so much!

  24. Such great photos of your kitties and flowers! Delightful . 🙂 I love the “Thoughtful Boss” photo.

  25. Oooo … please let Spookums know his image make my heart pound … would so love to stroke this one! Love those eyes and whiskers. (Yes, Franklin, you too are quite handsome.)

    • Leah says:

      I will let Spookums know for sure Jazz! Spooky/Spookums is very pleased with your comment; besides being really cute she’s very fluffy and soft too! She’s a little reluctant to be petted but she’s getting better.

  26. Correne says:

    Your flowers are beautiful. I only have a forsythia bush blooming in the garden right now. You always take wonderful photos of your cats.

    • Leah says:

      Correne, thank you, I’m glad you like my kitty pictures! The kitties thank you too! Forsythia is very pretty and hopefully you will have some more flowers bloom before long!

  27. Terrific post Leah! You really capture the purrsonality of the cats! And your flower pictures are incredible! Our blooms are just starting here. I was fortunate that I had to drive to the Okanagan today and the orchards there are blooming as are the tulips and the honeysuckle. When I got home, I discovered our daffodils had popped! I am so happy to see some lovely weather. Thanks so much for sharing your cats (and flowers-I’ve not seen real violets in the wild before) Thanks for visiting us and we hope that you all have a marvellously Happy Month!

    • Leah says:

      Thank you very much, Marv , and everyone, I appreciate it and I’m happy you like the pictures! I’m also happy you got to see some blooms and good weather today too! I love honeysuckle, I’ve always loved plants that grow wild. My pleasure visiting your site and we hope you have a Happy Month too!

  28. Pretty flowers and beautiful cats. What more can you ask for??

  29. Timothy Price says:

    Beautiful spring kitties, blossoms and flowers.

  30. John says:

    I have to say it again, Leah, your cats are all so beautiful! Nice flower photos too, I hope you get some warm, sunshiny weather very soon. Lynxie looks like a big cat, those huge claws must draw a bit of blood. So nice to see you in my inbox!

    • Leah says:

      Thank you John, I’m so glad you like the pictures! I always enjoy your pictures so much! We are having some sunny weather but it’s quite a bit cooler than usual this time of year. Lynxie is big, though Stripey turned out to be the biggest. His claws do look formidable but when they reach up like that they usually don’t sink them in, they just pull at a textured surface, so he didn’t really hurt me. They can learn not to do that, you just disengage, walk away, and don’t give them any attention. But stopping to take a picture like I did isn’t very good training, lol.

      • John says:

        I really appreciate your visiting my site, thank you so much. ❤️

        I’m glad that kitty doesn’t draw blood, ouch.

        I want to have a cat in my home but won’t because of the cost of the furniture and the Navajo art in the home. That may sound rotten, but it’s a real concern.

        Yet I would so much love the company of a cat, they are such beautiful and mysterious animals. 🥰😻

        • Leah says:

          I appreciate you visiting my site too, John. It can be hard to keep cats from clawing furniture although I understand some people are successful at training cats to use a scratching post. We just gave up on furniture and even my late mom, who really valued her furniture, gave up on hers due to her cats. We would never declaw, it’s brutally painful, should never be done, and should be illegal.
          I understand when you have valuable furniture and art that a cat might not be the best fit. For breakable art, glass-front cabinets would probably work but not everyone likes them.
          Cats are certainly beautiful and are often very affectionate pets. I’m so completely devoted to cats that I love the remote and not-so-affectionate cats, too.

  31. Brian says:

    Those are all terrific photos and Franklin, you’re doing a darn good job!

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