Notes from a parish cat and his author Julie Mackenzie

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I am Father Tom Fish, esteemed member of the religious team at Temptation of Christ Parish in the novels by author Julie Mackenzie. As to my background, I was invited into the rectory as a stray, laid on the charm, and was invited to stay, even honorarily ordained and no less spiritual than my sidekick Father Will. He dotes on me to high heaven and forgives all of my street cat proclivities, whatever the hell that means.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Temptation Celebs!

There once were two cats from Chicago
Who loved to watch Dr. Zhivago
They'd cuddle and snack
Freeze frame and go back
To see snowfalls and eat asiago.

I think I've been at this too long when I come up with random stuff like this. I think it's pretty good, though. I'm just glad they weren't from Minneapolis.

It's high time Vinny and I stepped aside for just this once, so we can shine the spotlight on these two Chicago cats who won in my first contest, ever. Imagine, a church cat running a contest. A bingo game maybe or a wheel that goes round and round, but I have never done a "pawing" and I am happy with the way it all turned out.

They are Minchie on the left and Laila on the right. You see, it so happens these lucky cats hail from the home of the White Sox and Blackie Ryan creator, Father Andrew Greeley. According to mom, Peggy, Minchie is the older of the two at 6 with Laila being only 3. Their blog is-- which is too funny because if I hiccup and drop the "a" it becomes "catholic" which is quite the coincidence. 

Now, every cat has a little Walter Mitty in him or her, so I asked the question as to what would they be doing if they were human? They had interesting answers:

Laila would be a champion boxer. Imagine that! As it turns out, it was a natural answer for her since she was named after Laila Ali, daughter of Mohammed Ali. Also, I heard she practices on Minchie, just in case she wakes up one day in the ring.

For Minchie, being human would mean being an opera singer. Singing arias is not unusual for him since it's one of the traits of a Turkish Angora.

So, I guess the message here is not to sell the feline short. If I were human, I would be the best detective ever. Or, maybe I would be in show business since I like to talk, a characteristic of the Maine Coon. With my luck, though, I'd be stuck in silent pictures! There are times when I've thought it would be cool to be a pilot. But, more probably, I would have been a priest. You see why I have to have nine lives? I can't make up my mind.

In this life, one thing's for sure. My blog has become a great place for me to express myself and for the nicest folks to visit. So, to Laila, Minchie and Peggy, congratulations for winning and adding a little excitement to my windowsill!


Laila and Angel Minchie said...

OMC! We are so excited you did your weekly post about us! We wish we could write half as well as you, Father Tom. We think today may be the day our package comes! Mom has even planned her day to be sure she is home around mail time.

Brian's Home Blog said...

Yes indeed, they truly are winners. I agree with Harry, you did a super job on your give away!!!

Fr. Tom Fish said...

Harry, Brian, Laila & Minchie,

What can I say..I take full responsibility for all the fun I've caused!
Thank you so much for your comments and compliments.

Laila & Minchie, Hope more kitty-minded people discover you!