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, March 28, 2022

Back Scratching Time!!

Hi, furry folks!

I have to tell you - the housekeeper gives the best, I mean the best back scratches. It's the only thing that makes me getting my eye drops even halfway bearable. 

Some people might call it a song and dance and they might be right, but it's funny how she'll set up the towel on the table, then come after me. I run (I'm not stupid and not about to give in without getting something out of it). I find the nearest rug and wait...

She approaches, crooning the whole time about how cute I am - something I'm well aware of...

Reaching down, she begins to scratch my back in the most heavenly way possible.


She then picks me up (with a grunt - really, I'm not THAT heavy) and I'm off to get that drop into my right eye. I get two a day, so we get to do this all over again later on!! 

Lucky me! (sort of)

Hope you get a good scratch in for yourselves this week!


Monday, March 21, 2022

Penny's Eyes

Hi, furriends!

I've decided on this sunny Monday morning to make this blog post all things Penny.

I have some sad news. What makes it even sadder is there's nothing we can do about it. There's no cure, but at least Penny's life is not in jeopardy. It's just not visible to her anymore. Now she relies on her other senses besides her eyes. We've assured her that there's plenty of love headed for all of them.

As happens with a lot of Siamese cats I've heard, they can develop progressive retinal atrophy. What that means is she had begun to go blind when she was found wandering around in our yard. We tried to find the owner, as you might remember, but failing that, decided to invite her into our home. Slowly, she began to get used to Bridget, but I'm a different story. For some reason, I just charge in and that scares her. She hisses, but I take it the wrong way, enough for the housekeeper to keep us apart. At least for now.

The housekeeper says she must be completely blind after almost two years with us because she is bumping into things and doesn't play with the abandon she used to. I feel so bad. I wish I could do something. My own eyes are aging and it isn't a picnic.

Thought we'd let you know. This blog always gives us a chance to go into more detail about stuff, so that's a good thing. Facebook is limiting, yet more immediate. We've now shared both here and there.

Have a good Monday and rest of the week. Our snow is almost gone and I'm so happy with the spring warmth and doing some sun cuddling !!

Monday, March 14, 2022

Nip with a New Scratcher Prompts Idea for Humans

Hi, folks!

The housekeeper bought a new scratcher for me and I'm over the moon..yeah, I guess, due to the scratcher, but the "over the moon" part is due to the fresh (and I mean fresh) catnip that came with it.

It got me to thinking about humans and how they buy stuff and really don't get anything to go with it so they enjoy it more. Take dishes. Wouldn't it be nice if a yummy food coupon came, the kind for food delivery, tucked into a set of dishes? Or, how about buying a car and getting your tank filled for six months? Okay...make it a month..cheapskate! Hahaha!

Anyway, the new scratcher and nip made my weekend and here are the photos to prove it! 


Have a super duper nippy week everyone!

Monday, March 7, 2022

Fairy Tale Time

Hidey ho, furriends!

This photo made me think of fairy tales and I'll tell you why:

Bridget sleeping on umpteen beds reminded me of the Princess and the Pea...

Then, I realized there was another fairy tale this photo brings to mind:


The tail being the way to a locked-away princess' heart. The prince climbs up, wakes her up and...oh, wait...that's a whole other fairy tale...sleeping beauty!!!

All these imaginings almost made me forget this is Monday!

Have a good week!