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 20, 2021

Christmas is Coming!

Hi, furriends!

How did Christmas get here so fast?

One minute it's turkey, and the next minute it's the Christmas goose. Well, not really. We don't cook goose around here unless you count when the housekeeper yells, "Tom, your goose is cooked if you don't get away from..., or if you don't stop carrying on..(or whatever.)" I guess it means I'm in trouble if I keep doing what I'm doing. A silly expression if you ask me.

It wasn't that long ago that Bridget was playing with a pretty snowflake hanging on the window..

Now there are all sorts of things hanging on our big tree set up in the living room. Everything got thrown on it but the kitchen sink! 

Here's a favorite cat toy we got last year. Anyone for a nip?

It sure looks full-size, doesn't it? It's actually only about two and a half inches tall!

After the tree was put up, Bridget suddenly got frisky and wanted to play.  Me, I just take things in stride..

One of our many nutcrackers sits under the tree, wide-eyed as usual. We have the frog prince nutcracker who's really cool, too! He'll be along later...

Hope your days leading up to Christmas are extra-special ones. We'll be having more days with the housekeeper since she won't be traveling the roads in the early morning hours like she's been doing. 

It's funny when she gets ready to head out the door. She says, "Are you ready for my apology treats?"
Of course, we always are ready for treats. These are called apology since she feels guilty for leaving us.

Have a very Merry Christmas, you beautiful and special furriends! We love you and hope the happiness of the holidays carry you through all of next year. (which can stop right where it is..we're not quite ready for it yet!!!)

Purrs and hugs,

~Tom, Bridget, Penny & the housekeeper Julie xoxoxo

Monday, December 13, 2021

Sharing Our Selfies

Everybody seems to be doing selfies lately and a good looking bunch of friends you are!

For me, a selfie means posing which I'm good at unless I'm not. Here I'm in all my fluffy handsomeness but you can see my right eye is squinting. That's the bad one that I get drops in which I hate, and I try to get out of that torture every way I can and then I finally give in.

 Paws down, Bridget takes the best selfies without even trying. 

And finally, Penny with a selfie that shows off all her charms.

We have a lot of wreaths around our house. The one behind her isn't a Christmas one, but we're slowly getting into the spirit!

Have a happy week!

Monday, December 6, 2021

When Nothing Goes Right

 Let's see now..

Time to plug in the lights, but what happened to the plug?

Housekeeper: It slipped down behind the tree, Tom

Oh, hell's bells. I guess I...! have to be the one to try to reach it.

Housekeeper: I can't. I have my hands full with ornaments.

Okay, then. I'm goin' in!!

Housekeeper: You're such a big help, Tom!