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, August 30, 2021

Something in the Way It Moved..!!

 Hey, I thought if I ignored Monday, it would go away..

NO!! It's still here..

Guys, it's good to say hello to all of you on this first day of the work snooze week!
I came across this photo and it prompted a question: What the heck was I looking at here?

Do you ever come across a pic your catmom or dad or somebody else took and you wonder
what was going on?

In this case, was it a bug, a strange sound, something weird like the pillow wasn't really a pillow at all?

I must've held my breath, kept my eyes sharp and my ears sharper and looks like I'm ready to give whatever it is plenty of room (either that or me outta there, hahaha!)

Have a good week and keep an eye out. You never know when an innocent object might come to life!!

Monday, August 23, 2021

Plush Lusciousness

Hello furriends!

Just like humans, sometimes we cats just feel like a million bucks. I don't know what it is, maybe it's how the sun strikes our furs, or how we look when we're freshly brushed, but we feel good when we look good!

Here's my freshly brushed, sunny outlook selfie to cheer your Monday!


Autumn is coming! Already the days are shorter and the breezes from the outside crisper..!

Have a good week, everyone!

Monday, August 16, 2021

A Week for Penny & Birdie

Hi, furriends!!

This Monday belongs to Penny and her birdie. One of the most fun toys for all of us is the birdie at the end of a wand. The housekeep swings it around and we try to catch it. Lots of times we don't but then we outfox her and turn real quick and pounce!!

Penny likes the birdie, but also wants to chew on the wand. I think she just likes to play with anything that moves..!! There's this real thin belt that gets slid along the floor, and Penny goes after that, too. There's never a shortage of toys. They're always coming into the house like bouncy balls and toy mice with extra catnip which we got from Target.

I'm still getting my glaucoma drops in the right eye which stays closed a good bit after. I hate going through this, but I'm told if I don't, the pressure will get too intense and not good for me or my eye. So, here's to you kids (as I'm winking at you!!)

All for now. If things got any more exciting, I wouldn't know what to do with myself! 


Monday, August 9, 2021

A Tribute

Dear Furriends ~

There's no doubt that whether it's our blogs or other social media venues, we get closer to some furriends more than others. I've never really thought about why that's so. It just happens. All of you who regularly visit, we consider precious furriends and we know we can count on you to stop by and say hello..

We lost one of our furriends this week to the big "C." What the heck is taking so long to figure out how to handle the devastating bugger? Two of our own family members - Anastasia and Tinker - both went to the Bridge after wrangling with the deadly disease.

Now, we've lost our furriend Paddy O'Malley from  It was a post  about Irish eyes smiling. We thought Paddy's eyes were always smiling. His presence in our cat community brightened all our days.


Our hearts are sad and we have to say, probably will be for some time. 
Miss you, pal!

Monday, August 2, 2021

An Op-Ed by Tom, Not Ed


You know what the trouble with Monday is?
I finally figured it out.
It's like standing at the beginning of a rope bridge stretched across a deep ravine. Only 
thing is, with the bridge, you can look over to the other side.
On the Monday that begins our week we can't.
That's the problem.
We can't see next weekend from here.
No telescope, no binoculars, no birds to fly over and back to tell us it's there..
It's frustrating and a disgrace. There outta be a law!

Now, let's see..

We had a Gotcha Day celebration for Penny. She spent the day under the covers. 
I guess she didn't want all the fuss. 

I saw my heart doc and my ticker's tickin' away. I saw it on a big, black screen and
there was my thickened wall, but nothing to worry about yet.

Our neighbor is moving. They were sooo nice and our time with them was much too
short. I'm glad there are no changes pending in my little world. I'm gonna stick close
for the time being. 

Hope you all are well and let's cross the old bridge together. Next weekend, here we come!

Nap first!