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, January 25, 2021

Monday Morning Calm

 Hi, friends!

Around here we always get ready for the week on Sunday nights. The housekeeper says it's a carryover from days where she had to go elsewhere to work. I've kind of gotten into the habit, too. I think ahead, but really can't come up with that much since the weather pretty much tells me whether there'll be sun puddles, snow drifting down, or rain. I'm just a lazy boy without the lay-z-boy! I take each day as it comes and have gotten pretty good at reading Bridget, whether she's in a good mood or not.

So, instead of a bunch of photos, just wanted to share one - the bears and me, enjoying the peace of a morning, the calm of a new day, and contentment in anticipating the week ahead.

The same is wished for you all, too.

I'll leave you with these Monday musings.


Monday, January 18, 2021

Picking on Bridget & A Trashy Joke

 Hi, friends!

Okay, raise your paw if you think I pick on Bridget too much...

Okay now, raise your paw if you think she picks on me too much...

About even? Yeah, I'll go along with that.

The latest Bridget drama is her losing weight. She's not quite ready for the runway yet, but she's dropped quite a few ounces which in the cat world, as you know, is a big step. The housekeeper has noticed a sleeker profile and I have, too. It's not like with people. You can't disguise weight with fur, although she always has looked full-bodied fluffy.

It wasn't long ago we were blaming the camera. 

Boy, didn't I have fun putting together this old pic below of Bridget as a gasbag or should I say bagpipe. Back then I got the worst grief!! She didn't meow to me for days, avoided me completely and bit me on the ears..but I recovered and so did she. 

I'll have a pic of the new lean, mean meowing machine soon. 

And this week, I'll leave you with a joke..

The trash truck arrives and the housekeeper runs out. She asks, "Am I late for the garbage?" 

Their reply: "No, hop in!"


Tom, Bridget, and Penny xoxoxo

Monday, January 11, 2021

A Gentlemanly Mancat Monday

Hello, friends!

I know, Mondays are tough. What will the week bring? Naps? Sunpuddles? Extra treats? Snow?

I say we let our beautiful Penny and her latest round of photos get us ready. She seems to be more comfortable having her picture taken, and so the housekeeper brought out her camera, shared a sunpuddle with her, and the results are fabulous! I don't mind sharing my Monday with her. Penny really doesn't have as much of an online presence as Bridget and I do. We might hog the limelight a little too much.

So, here she is - enjoy!


Such a pretty ladycat! We're happy to have her as part of our family.

Bestest purrs,

Tom, Bridget & Penny xoxoxo

Monday, January 4, 2021


 Hi, friends and a Happy New Year to you all!

It might be a new year and all, but some things just never change and never will.

In this instance, there's plenty of room at the window for both of us to share, but does it happen? Nope. If Bridget hops up first, there's no sharing. If I beat her to it, I usually am the gentleman and share.

You can just tell by this photo who arrived first (see my head hackles?!) Here I am, taking a stand...and so is she!! Hahaha...!

How did this end, you ask?

Me, on the floor, of course!

Like I said, some things never change. I'll try to be quicker on the draw next time and get to the window first!

Have a happy week, everybody 😊

Tom, Bridget and Penny xoxoxo