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, November 29, 2021

Holiday Memories

Hi Monday kittyfurriends!

The time is here to come up with something to post and all I can think of is the Christmas buying rush which I'm glad the housekeeper isn't really a part of. She says she started her purchases in August. I've seen mysterious packages lying around and I'm assuming (I hope rightly so) that they are ours!

Meanwhile, I've been looking around the old photos of Christmases past and have to admit, we have quite the collection to choose from - old postcards sent, me in my top hat, and all the wonderful sights and sounds we've captured during the holidays over the years.

We love angels and this little statue captures our fondness for our own angel Vinny Blackwhisker.

No stripes though. Just a soft golden color which kinda made him an angel long before he left us.

The holidays always bring up memories. Please share yours with us!

Monday, November 22, 2021

Turkey Week!

Hi, Furriends!

It's Day One of Turkey week!!

I can't wait to have some! They tell me it has an ingredient in it that makes you sleepy. Really? With cats, how can anyone tell? 



Ssshhhhh! Don't wake me! I have to rest up for the holiday!

Have a nice Thanksgiving everybody!

Monday, November 15, 2021

Sharing Our Creative Sides

Hello, furriends ~

Tom, Bridget and Penny here...

I'm including the whole gang because they've encouraged me to share a limerick I wrote. I thought it was really nice and jim-dandy of them to give me that sort of compliment. I know Bridget always likes them and has even written some poetry of her own..

For instance:

                                                                                   by Bridget Mackenzie

We don't know if Penny has a creative side. It's too early to tell, but we'll let you know.

Here's my latest limerick:

I have a prognosticating nose
I always know when it rains or snows
But, here's what's sad
Some might say bad
I cannot smell a rose!!

Of course, it's not true. I can smell roses, no matter what my nose is, haha!!

Have a good week!

Monday, November 8, 2021

The Holy and the Ivy

Hi, furriends!

Forget the usual Monday gripes..this bone I have to pick is with the housekeeper and her cat hair attack machine. It lurks in the closet and gets brought out about once a week and we all run, herd-like to get out of its path.

I run up the stairs, or if the weather is nice, you can find me outside. I have this great photo from a while ago of me turning my back on all the cleaning hubbub and getting out in the sunshine. 

It's one of my favorite photos of autumn.


Excuse me, but I'm supposed to be IN this photo!

Wanna try this again??

That's better!!

Besides my holy handsomeness, isn't the ivy pretty? (Spiders like to hide in it, but I always find them).

Monday, November 1, 2021

The Day After

Hi, furriends!

Hope you had a good Halloween. Ours was quiet. Snoozes were only interrupted in our peaceful slumber yesterday by kitchen noises. You know what we mean, cans opening, dishes lined up on the counter, rattling of utensils. Fortunately, Bridget had enough time to finish grooming me and getting me ready for a hearty meal!

We didn't have to dress up in costume which was okay with us. The only thing was our graphics to remind us of the holiday and Black Cat Appreciation Day.

Especially if the cat is musically inclined! (Beware the rabbit, though. He has a strange look in his eye!)

So now we're facing a brand-new month. November, here we come!

Strum those banjos and let's have some fun!