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.

Monday, December 31, 2018

A New Year Ahead and All the Best

Hello, friends,

Here we are the last day of 2018. Don't really know what to say except there's one thing that always comes up. Hope.

Chances are this next year is going to be pretty much the same as the last, but there's always hope that we'll all get through it in good health and without too much hurt or pain.

We hope for surprises, laughter and friends that'll be there for us.

Like you.

All the best to you in 2019 and let's continue to enjoy our sun puddles and our dreams.

My friend Bridget and I when she was just a kitten.
Take care,

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve..and the Sound of Wailing!

Every sad story needs a happy ending, don't you agree?

Here's a night before Christmas poem that starts out sad, but I make sure everyone in it discovers the true holiday spirit!

Hope you enjoyed it!

Here's one of my favorite manger scenes:

Now THAT'S where the true Christmas spirit began.

Many blessings and Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 17, 2018

Sweet Dreams

Hello, furries and your minions!

I post on Mancat Mondays because (duh) I'm a cat of the male gender. Does that engender affection from females? Sweet, soft, luscious and affectionate ladycats? Sweet, darling and adoring human ladies? I should say it does, as any red-blooded male will tell you.

As you all know, my number one fan is ladycat and friend Miss Bridget de la Furr. After she cleans my ears, she will lie down next to me and sleep. Totally understandable since I know that task can be very tiring!

Aren't I lucky? Sorry, mates, you're going to have to find your own ear-cleaning sweetheart!

The last week before Christmas. Can you believe it? The reverends are afraid we'll run out of candles. It's funny, all they have to do is get the word out through the housekeeper and packages appear on our doorstep. I wonder if I can order some catnip plants..

A final word, my friends: Take things in stride, nap in between and always dream. Always. x


Monday, December 10, 2018


Hi, efurrybody in holiday land!

The days are going by fast and furious and we're finding ourselves catching up with our Advent calendar. We never seem to get it in time to open the first door on the first day of December. Does that happen to you? Maybe if we got one with treats behind doors, like chocolate or cheese (for me!) it would give us the incentive to get our calendar when we're supposed to!

Here is what we have so far this month. Check out today's door!

Hope you have your calendar handy. If not, we'll share this one with you every so often. (Only if there's an exciting door reveal, ha!)

Finally, remember, we cats love to open doors. One every day? Sheer heaven!

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Mancat Monday Sharing

Hi, everyone and holiday greetings to you all!

We've started to get cards here at the rectory. Because of a tight budget (I don't know why, since I'm bringing in extra cash by the fistfuls in collection plates) I didn't send out as many cards as I would have liked. Soo..I decided to share with you my designs and what the housekeeper and I worked on for the holidays.

Here's one of them: Me with my mancat wannabes, lol!

The other was this one:

It has a lot of the elements that are regular features on my Facebook Page.  Come visit and I know you'll want to follow along. My blog gives me a chance to share a little more than FB gives me room to, though, like letting you know there are big plans for me in 2019. I can't believe we're headed for a brand-new decade! I just hope it doesn't sneak up too quick!

And finally, friends, I'm thankful and hopeful that this is a good holiday season for all of you. We'll still be sharing our nuttiness in the weeks and months to come.

With all the little lights, singular beacons, I have this question: Does the candle in the window mean you're happy to give me treats??