Author Archives: Catwoods

About Catwoods

I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.

Season Shifts; Kittens’ 1st Birthday

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 … Continue reading

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Cats React to MUSE Award for Catwoods

Spooky: Human catmom, did you just try to mew? Me: No sweetheart, I said MUSE, it’s a MUSE Medallion. It’s for my book¬†Catwoods, Stories and Studies of Our Feline Companions, and it’s from the wonderful Cat Writers’ Association! Aside to … Continue reading

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Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

August 28th is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. My heart is heavy with so many kitties who have left us and I won’t be able to mention them all here. Their stories are detailed in my book Catwoods. Ultraviolet, our most … Continue reading

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Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Here’s a quick post with Boss, who is helping us celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day today! He’s also here to present a link to my black cat essay, which is based around an excerpt from my MUSE Medallion Award winning … Continue reading

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Catwoods the Book Won a MUSE Medallion from the Cat Writers’ Association!

It was announced on Saturday night during the Cat Writers’ Association Virtual Awards Gala! I was stunned! Catwoods, Stories and Studies of Our Feline Companions, got a MUSE Medallion! These are awarded to the books that are Certificate of Excellence … Continue reading

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Summer Photon Blasts, with Cats, and Music

So now that it’s August the light is changing and has a sad feel to it. It reminds us that fall is coming, even though it can be as late as November getting here. So I’ll hang onto summer, with … Continue reading

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Here’s That Purr-ty Certificate of Excellence from CWA!

Actually seeing the certificate gave it an added dimension for me! When writing I try to think of the ways spoken language sounds . . . and we might say something is “purty” here, with emphasis on the first syllable, … Continue reading

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Looking Through Windows, with Old Rainbows, and Cats

Franklin glows in spring sun Franklin is our curator and guide for this household window excursion. The following pictures were taken in May and June of 2016. I meant to post them in those months of this year, but hey, … Continue reading

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Afternoons of Lovely Kittens

A quick all-kitten post while Franklin and Shelley are sleeping! Don’t tell them they aren’t “escorting” this photo series! Above you see our little Spookums. She looks a little untrusting, but she’s coming along. Our Stripey has fantastically long whiskers! … Continue reading

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Reviews of Cat Books by Ellen Pilch

Ellen J. Pilch wrote the two books you see above, Prancie’s Prayer and¬†I Am Not A Skunk. I was unable to get photos of Franklin with the books so I used Franklin’s blankie as a background sans Frankie. Ellen has … Continue reading

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