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 31, 2022

A Wild Ride

Hi, furriends!

This is a very happy Monday as it turns out. It's the last day of January! One month down and two to go. Thank goodness February is a short month, giving the illusion that we can get it over with sooner. Well, we do, but then there's still March, good old unpredictable March.

We came out of our blizzard in the same shape as everybody else. 


The winds were vicious, loud and sounding like they were determined to blow the house down. Fortunately, they didn't succeed, but it gave us all a good scare. What would I do without a home, food and a peaceful place to sleep?

I don't even want to think about it.

Anyway, we're okay and hope others were able to dig out and get back to normal. For me, normal is this!

While the windows, like this one in the kitchen, overnight looked battered with snow and ice.

I think the plant liked all the excitement. It's a peperomia and has been giving off happy vibes and growing like crazy since the housekeeper put her over the sink.

Happy Monday to you all and January? Don't let the door hit!!

Monday, January 24, 2022


 Hello, furriends!

Ernie, Scooby, Mackerull, Dai$y and all the rest of the blogging family, hope you're doing okay. I don't think we know anybody on here who's going through summer right now as we suffer through the winter. It's funny how that goes. Woohoo switcheroo - after winter, we trade places. I can't wait!

Nothing new going on, really, except out of a clear blue sky, Bridget is camera-shy. She says she had an itch, but she held this pose fur-evvvver. Lately she's been turning away from the camera. We have no clue what's up with that. We'll just wait it out. Next, it'll be something else.


Oh, I'm not camera shy in the least. The housekeeper always knows how to take the perfect photo of me. Like here. swooning allowed! I don't have any smelling salts!

Monday, January 17, 2022

Happy Monday, furry folks!

Just want to share something I've noticed. 

Bridget looks good at any angle. I started to turn this one photo around and upside down and she looks good no matter what....It's hard to tell which is the original photo. 

Can you tell? Answer at the bottom of the post ~ no peeking!

Another shot:

Photo #3:

And, finally, Photo #4:

It's hard to tell, isn't it?

It's number three!!! If you guessed it, congratulations!

Enjoy the week ahead and stay nice and warm and safe. xoxoxo

~Tom, Bridget & Penny xoxoxo

Monday, January 10, 2022

A Bouquet for Us All

Hi, furriends!

I can't say I'm a flower person and rarely, if ever, do I get a bouquet. I did recently and I love it!

The housekeeper bought it for us and there's a rose for each of us. As you can see here, I picked mine right quick - especially after I smelt it, ha! It's packed with nip!

The other two went to the sweet ladycats in my life. Bridget loves hers!

Penny got the other one. She wasn't too sure about it. Maybe, like me, she wasn't used to getting flowers. 

Anyway, my girls are happy and I got some points for being thoughtful!

Have a good week!

Sunday, January 2, 2022

The Old Year Flew - It's 2022!!

Hi, furriends!

I looked around and so far, the new year looks just like the old one. Of course, we know it won't be like the old one. At least I hope not. If things get any crazier, I think I'm going to have to propose that we cats take over the world and set things to rights!

Okay...daydream over. 

We had a good holiday. I hope you all did, too. We slept more than usual. I think I only had my eyes open when necessary, but it was all restful, pretty with lights on the tree and the housekeeper out of our hair..(just kidding). She's finished with her seasonal work and now home with us, dispensing treats, cuddles and an awful lot of cooing and making kissing noises..I think she missed us.

Housekeeper: Yes, I did miss you terribly. I'm happy to be home now after working to get ready for the holidays at LLBean, right up until Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. I had to work, you know, because some of our friends are customers and I wanted to make sure their orders got to them without a hitch.

Tom: Does the company have a sleigh?

Housekeeper: No, just reindeer. Their names are USPS and FedEx.

Tom: Oh... zzzzz...

Happy New Year to all you furries and your moms and dads, too! 💕