Author Archives: Catwoods

About Catwoods

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

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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“It Was the Third of June . . .”

. . . and our moods are mixed and mostly somber. We’re sorrowful about terrible events in the nation. We had hoped for a world of kindness and compassion by now. I post this on facebook every year on June … Continue reading

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Catwoods Book Gets Certificate of Excellence From the Cat Writers’ Association!

My book, Catwoods, Volume 1, Stories and Studies of Our Feline Companions, just got a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association! I am stunned and over the moon! I’ve gone back to see if my name is really there! … Continue reading

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Roarin’ Creek Pics, Curated by Cat

When the creek’s high we humans can hear it roar from the yard but Franklin hears it from indoors, even before it rises enough to be audible to us. We had a lot of rain this year in winter and … Continue reading

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Catwoods Gets a Great Review!

All the kitties, even grumpy Franklin, are celebrating the review of Catwoods by Ellen Pilch of the website “15 and Meowing”! We’re basking in the feeling of having really connected with a reader and fellow cat appreciator! That’s the best … Continue reading

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Feral Cats Foil Sensible Plans, Part 2

Franklin, who will one day live with the kittens. I haven’t been around kittens in a long time. They’re in perpetual motion, hard to photograph. I asked the hubs one day, do you ever go in and find them all … Continue reading

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Feral Cats Foil Sensible Plans, Part 1

Because we are getting older and we both have some health problems, since 2014 we’ve had one indoor cat at a time in our home in the woods. When Editor Bud passed in 2017 we took in Ultraviolet, and when … Continue reading

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Tornado 9th Anniversary

Today is the 9th anniversary of the monster EF-4 tornado that tore up our town on April 27, 2011. The cat in the picture is my late Mom’s Tiger. He ran out of her smashed house after the storm. We … Continue reading

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Cats and Flowers of a Gloomy Spring

As we all know the news is gloomy. And, many of our days have been gray. We had so much rain the creek stayed roarin’, so we didn’t make a close-up spring creek trip this year. Now it’s too buggy … Continue reading

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Color in Black and White, With Cats

I wish I was still doing this kind of work. I did the original drawing using graphite and hard lead drawing pencils. Then I had mechanical prints made from that drawing. I hand-colored them with pencils, making each one different. … Continue reading

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