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.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Little Talk

We're really beginning to miss green leaves, grass and warm breezes. There's been so much of the white stuff lately that I wanted to go back to this past summer and share with you Mitty and Tinker deep in conversation as they're enjoying the view....let's listen in..

Mitty:  Why is it kitties like to watch birds?
Tinker: Because they have wings and we don't.
Mitty: Why don't we?
Tinker: I dunno. Maybe it's 'cause nobody ever thought to give us any.

Mitty: I'd like to be able to fly someday.
Tinker: Nah, too much trouble. Besides little buddy, we're housecats, what would we do with wings? We'd just fly into walls.
Mitty: Yeah, I guess you're right.
Tinker: When you're like we are, all we need to do is eat, sleep, play and enjoy spectator sports like birdwatching..

Hey, will you look at that!
Mitty: I didn't see anything.
Tinker: That was a big old blue jay. Boy, he's so noisy!
Mitty: Maybe he's thirsty. We ought to fill the birdbath, don't you think?

Such a sweet pair as they look out the window together. Just to the right of the birdbath grow lilies of the valley just like these.

Mom Julie has a birthday this Sunday, January 20th. I promised I wouldn't blab her age, but I didn't promise I wouldn't hint. Let's put it this way, both numbers added up come to 10 and it's not 37!!



dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

I think we need little PLANES to go after the birdies!!

We love Luna said...

Wonderful news, conCATUlations to mommy Julie, lots of purrs and love to her!
Hey...sometimes when I'm watching the birds by my window here, I guess I would like to be able to fly as well!
Looks delicious!
You friends are so lucky, this view from your window is adorable and you live in such a comfortable place!

purrs and a nice weekend for you all
Luna - We love Luna

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Errrr...28? MOL.
Birdwatching is so much nicer when shared. :)

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Happy Birthday to mom Julie ~ and happy bird watching. xx

Cats Herd You said...

Happy 28th birthday to Mom Julie!

That's some great birdwatching you two are doing. Is there room in that window for us to join you?

Angel MoMo and Charlotte said...

Such a peaceful scene! Lovely flowers too.

Happy 28th birthday! Such a nice age. Will come by on the day again.

Fr. Tom Fish said...

I just *have* to hop in here...

Nope, it's not 28, although just the hint of that is making her glow..:)

Tamago said...

Aw Tinker and Mitty are so sweet together watching outside! That is such a beautiful view. We miss green leaves, too.
Happy early birthday to your mom Julie! How nice she is turning....28, right? :-)

The Florida Furkids said...

Mom loved seeing those lilly of the valley flowers. She misses seeing them!

Happy 19th birthday to your Mom!! :)

The Florida Furkids

Anonymous said...

Is it 19? Love your bird tv.

Beverly, Purrl, and Deucy

The Daily Pip said...

Happy Birthday, Julie!

What a beautiful view you kitties have. My assistant just loves Lilies of the Valley.

Your pal, Pip

Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Hey, Mom Julie has the same birthday as my newphew! :) Happy Birthday Julie.

I really do like Tinker's logic. That is one smart kitty.

Mariodacat said...

he he - we're counting on on our toes over here and have a couple of possibilities. Happy Birthday to mom. Hopefully we'll be back on Sunday to wish her happy birthday on her special day, but just in case we don't make it, Happy Birthday!

Brian's Home Blog said...

You two sure look comfy on your viewing perch! Happy Birthday to Mom Julie from all of us!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Happy Birthday Mom Julie - we hope you have a great day with lots of kitty kisses.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Jans Funny Farm said...

Wow, you've got us adding up numbers. Such a group to pick from, including 91, but we don't think your mom is quite there yet. :) Happy Birthday!

Julia Williams said...

Happy birthday to your Mom!! That was a really cute conversation you had. I imagine you miss that gorgeous view -- I can't wait for spring either!

Cathy Keisha said...

Hmm, unless it starts with a 6 and I'm sure it doesn't, she still younger than TW. Happy 28th Julie! xoxox

PS: I need to tell the peeps to put a birdbath on the room next door so I get more Bird-tv. They tell me there's always rain puddles up there and they'll have to do.

Cathy Keisha said...

EEk, that should be ROOF next door.

Sparkle said...

Happy birthday to your human! My human says that if she is not 37 and the numbers add up to 10, she must be... 28!

meowmeowmans said...

Aw, we love seeing you two looking out the window. And your conversation is precious.

Happy 19th birthday to your mom! :)

Big hugs!

Random Felines said...

we don't care what you say Tom - mom says Julie MUST be gonna be 28 :)

We love Mitty and Tinker by the window.....reminds us of spring

Ann Boyajian said...

What a wonderful view you two have! Very woodsy and birdy.
Happy Birthday to Mom Julie.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

You have first class seats for watching Bird TV.

Cherry City Kitties said...

Wow! Mom Julie looks great for 91 !!!
(MOL!!) Happy Birthday Julie!
Harry,Dexter and Tipp

Ivan from WMD said...

Ha ha ha ha over Cherry City Kitties' comment!

Happy birthday to your mom! We can only count on our toes anyway.

Mr Puddy said...

Mitty, Kitty can fly !!!!!
You don't need wings, You just need The Woofie !

Mary said...

Ssh Tom! lol. I hope your Mom doesn't think you're indiscreet. (That's one of my fave classic films, btw.) Anyway, looks like your siblings had a glorious, sunny day for their birdwatching adventure. :)

Quill and Greyson said...

She's 9? Happy birthday to you Mom!

Unknown said...

Ah! Mes can fly! Me dreams about it everynight! And even though Mom Julie's birthday is not until Sunday, me is going to sing the song NOW!!!
♥♥♫♪Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥¸
¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*
•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday Dear Mom Julie!!!!! ♪♫•*
¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

Just Ducky said...

We believe we can fly. Is your mum 100? 10+0=10?

The Island Cats said...

We think it would be fun to have least for a day or two just to have a little fun.

So Mom Julie is 28, huh?? That's great! ;) Happy Birthday to matter how old she is!!

GLOGIRLY said...

Well Waffles Too is proving that kitties CAN fly! You should SEE him whip through the townhouse in a big orange blur of fur. ; ) And *I* could use some wings to get out of his way!

Glogirly loved your conversation. Very sweet. And we all send happy birthday wished to Mom Julie! You know, 28 also adds up to 10!

xo, Katie & Glogirly

Clooney said...

Theese is a very thought-provoking convo, thanks for letting us in on theese one! Happy Birthday to Mom Julie on Sunday! And many more...I'z got my jazz paws going for you Mom Julie and wish you a fabulous year ahead!

Unknown said...

My goodness, you have a beautiful view! However old Mom Julie is, we hope her birthday is wonderful and she has lots of fun.

CATachresis said...

I think everyone has been through the available options for your moms age!! Happy whatever it is to her from the gang at CATachresis xx

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY TO MOM JULIE!! Guess what? She is two years YOUNGER than MY MOM! Yep! You read that correctly! My Mom is OLD!!
Loved your kitty was purrfect with the photos

Katnip Lounge said...

We are gonna have to design some clip-on wings...they could be FUN!

We were going to guess 91 but Mommy says that's just plain mean, hah ha ha!

Texas, a Cat in... Austin said...

Happy birthday to Mom Julie!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Julie!!!

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww wonderful Tom!! We are in time to wish mum a HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Yay!!!! May her day be full of fun and laughter and lots of pressies!

We love Mitty and Tinker's surreal and apt conversation very much! Take care

Sage said...

Happy, happy birthday, Julie!

I'm so glad Mittie & Tinker got to reflect on the beauty of summer and all those birds. My kitties like to watch out the window too...all we see now is squirrels. Of course, that drives Sage NUTS!

Shaggy and Scout said...

Happy Birthday Mom Julie!!!!!!
And we must say that is a most impressive window to the outside you have there!

Oui Oui said...

Happy birthday to mom Julie! We're sure she's 28! We hope she had a good day. We loved the photo of all the kitties and the lovely green outdoors.