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, July 26, 2021

An Anniversary!

Hello, furriends!

This coming Thursday, we'll be celebrating Penny's first whole year with us. I can't believe it...time has really gone by fast!

Here's when we first had her in our house, all separated and everything. Very shy, it was best just to look at each other through french doors (we have four of them, would you believe?). 

I'd never seen a kitty that started out Siamese with added tabbiness on the legs and face...a lynx point, I think they call her. Very exotic..!!

After a year with us, she's still a mystery to me. She's either shy or aloof. The housekeeper thinks she's had a tough time of it, so is gentle with her. I try not to be too macho..

Here's to another year...maybe I'll work on my charms a little more..!

Monday, July 19, 2021

Green Acres!

Hello furriends!

It's been a weird time weatherwise! Rain and more rain and then even more! It's cloudy today, but I'm not going to let that affect my mood. 

You can now call me Farmer Tom! Look at my grass crop! 

 Chomp chomp chomp chomp chomp...I would have posed with it holding a pitchfork, but we didn't have a pitchfork and I decided just to dig in.

Who knew grass could grow in the dark? The only thing I ever heard that would grow in a spooky, dark place was mushrooms. The housekeeper's always complaining about having to mow the grass outside because it grows so fast, and she's not happy. I tell her just to go out there and have a chompin' good time!

Here's me again..

Oh, yummmmm!

So, that's about it for me for today. 

I hope the coming week is a happy one!

Monday, July 12, 2021

The All Clear

Hi, Friends!

Thanks so much for all the support and kind words for my blood letting. I love how they sneak up on you, distracting you in the front (nice try) while they poke you in the leg. It hurts! But, I guess, not as bad as if they didn't try to distract you. The technician was very nice and gave me treats after. The results? Everything looked good according to the vet, except I have to drink more water. No problems with hydration, but it could become a problem which we want to avoid. The housekeeper's looking into getting me a fountain. Sounds good to me. Could it be...?

This would be lovely, would it? I can play with the horsies, get a bath (cod forbid) and drink from the fountain, all at the same time!

Bridget and Penny say hello. They seem to be getting along better and better, but still at a distance. Good things take time, I guess!

See ya around!


Monday, July 5, 2021

Another Crazy Week

Happy Monday!

I know most people are particularly happy since they're off work due to the Sunday 4th of July holiday. The housekeeper is here, however. I asked on bended knee that she take a day off in order to give us peace, but so far has ignored my request.

I'm off to the vet on Thursday for a blood draw. it's just senior privilege, I call it. A royal pain in my leg, too. But, we've got to figure out why my street ways are getting the better of me. I'm nipping, chasing Bridget and generally find myself bored. Could be something with my innards.

Have a good day and week, my friends. I'll leave you with one of my fluffier selfies!