01/18/2017 – Happy 5th Blogoversary, Us!

Five years! Who knew we’d still be here five years after Dad offhandedly suggested Mom post photos of our cats somewhere as a way to honor those who had passed and because the Internet didn’t have enough cat photos?

Mom published the first Colehaus Cats post on January 19th 2012* using a free WordPress theme over the use of several other frustrating blogging software options. Seeing angel Maxx’s photo finally posted out to the world convinced her Dad’s comment was the best idea ever.

Colehaus Cats - Maxx 2010. © Colehaus Cats

Maxx. © Colehaus Cats

The first blog post was titled “Meet the Colehaus Cats – Maxx, the Innocent.” That was an inside joke because Maxx was known more for being Maxx, the Troublesome Nipper Who Regularly Draws Blood and Who Doesn’t Understand the Physics of Possessing a Weighty Big Butt While Always Failing at Jumping Across Big Expanses of Empty Space and Therefore, Makes a Mess.

Thankfully, Mom shortened that post title.

Then, Mom tried to create a header. She cringes when she sees her original Colehaus Cats blog headers. Here’s a few of them from that first year in 2012.

Then, Mom got the bright idea that maybe one of the actual Colehaus Cats ought to be on the header, not some cute, but random cat photo stolen from the Internet. Yes, our Mom stole a photo once from the Internet without figuring out who created it. Ex-feral, angel Cameron was her first choice, followed by one featuring angel Zooot, and then angel Seth.

Original Colehaus Cats blog header with angel Cameron - © Colehauscats.com

Original Colehaus Cats blog header with angel Cameron – © Colehauscats.com

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Zooot - © Colehauscats.com

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Zooot – © Colehauscats.com

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Seth - © Colehauscats.com

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Seth – © Colehauscats.com

That last one was from when Mom was in her Peach phase. She was under the impression blog colors needed to change with the season, so the peach header was followed by a pale blue one, then soft pink, and finally, light green. You might remember those days. Eventually, she got over that.

All told, Mom posted three separate Meet the Colehaus Cats entries that first day introducing Maxx, Seth, Cameron, and Zooot. Later in the month, before Mom figured out a regular blog post schedule, she told an audience of one a little about each cat’s personality.

Maxx in a Hat. © Colehaus Cats.

Where’s that rabbit? Maxx in a Hat. © Colehaus Cats.

She almost quit our blog a time or two, most notably after Zooot passed quickly followed by Cameron in April and June 2012. A first commenter, Baby Patches from Nip and Bones helped Mom feel she wasn’t posting to a big, black void. Jan from Jan’s Funny Farm was the second commenter following Mom’s discovery of the wonderful world of The Cat Blogosphere who brought so many commenters to welcome baby Pia.

The rest, well, most of you know how the rest of the years have gone. We’ve had a blast, we’ve laughed and cried, and we’ve vowed to find ways to help pets in need, inspired by the work of many of you.

Most of all, we’ll always cherish the memories how other pet-loving people found us and encouraged us to keep going via their own blogs by posting great, timely information and tips, a spectacular photo or set of photos, and hundreds of warm, from-the-heart posts. We continued to feel encouraged during a long questionable time after Mom was publicly shamed by a longtime friend at a science fiction convention in May 2014 for running a cat blog. Thank you for your supportive and positive emails.

The Stats

We still post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Some kitties have left us and more kitties have joined us. We care for and feed our development’s feral, stray, and abandoned kitties (and squirrels and raccoons, too). Since blogging, we’ve gone from four cats to six, then seven followed by eight and once for a few months, a high cat count of thirteen (with Zuzu and all Niblets). Some years we take in fosters, and we don’t mind admitting we’re suckers for adding fosters to our family. Who wouldn’t when presented with these faces?

Former fosters Tessa, Ruby, Zuzu, Viola, Sunny - © Colehauscats.com

Former fosters Tessa, Ruby, Zuzu, Viola, Sunny – © Colehauscats.com

For a while, we had a cat web cam and Mom sometimes misses it even though it wouldn’t stream live.

First Colehaus Cat webcam photo - © Colehaus Cats

First Colehaus Cat webcam photo – © Colehaus Cats

Dad took over posting for four summer months in 2015 when Mom was going out of town to writing conventions a lot. We love our cats and are very much in tune with each other and the needs and desires of each Colehaus Cat so we hoped no one noticed the difference in posting styles from Mom to Dad.

We’ve published 903 posts over the past five years and received 19,376 comments total in that time frame. The most viewed post (1,169 views) was just after the birth of The Niblets. Our About page is the most viewed page (1,252 views).

Mom’s personal stats show the shortest amount of time she spent creating a blog post was four minutes. She might have been showing off. The longest time spent creating a post was seventy-three hours, give or take an hour. Obviously, this was not continuously working time otherwise, Mom would have gone bonkers. Wouldn’t have been the first time.

Since 2012, we’ve met five Cat Blogosphere bloggers in person and have heard from close to one hundred others. We’ve held four raffles and have won four raffles. That’s evened out nicely.

Here’s some of our favorite posts and photos over the years:

Dad’s Little Girl Newton. 2012 © Colehaus Cats.

Dad’s Newton

Miss Newton and Seth - 2012 © Colehauscats.com

Miss Newton and Seth – 2012 © Colehauscats.com

Seth and Green Apple. © Colehaus Cats.

Seth and Green Apple. © Colehaus Cats.

Olivia's Snake Toy.

Getting Her Spit All Over It – 2012 – 2016 © Colehaus Cats.

Serious Pia.

Pia relaying her side of the conversation. August 2012. © Colehaus Cats.

Bug Battles – The Two Sides

What Tessa wanted to do to the V-E-T’s fingers – – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Don’t Just Get Mad; Get Tessa Mad!

Minding his own business – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Maxx TV

Shopping at Craft Warehouse for art supplies – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Ruby’s Tower – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

First Niblet for Erinn Zuzu – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

BREAKING NEWS! It’s baby Niblet time!

“There’s no treats in here!” – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Conversation with Dad – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Spitty's Place feral shelter - 2015-2016 © Colehauscats.com

Spitty’s Place feral shelter – 2015-2016 © Colehauscats.com

Welcome Itty, a very special Ginger girl - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Welcome Itty, a very special Ginger girl – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

We hope we’ve been good bloggers over the years. We always welcome comments and suggestions, and we love hearing directly from you.

Thank you for finding us, for reading us, and for sometimes commenting. We’re big blog lurkers ourselves from time-to-time and we don’t mind lurkers here.

Thank you for visiting us. It might seem that we say that a lot but we mean it from our hearts every single time.

Thank you for helping us celebrate today and for celebrating all the Colehaus Cats!

*we know we’re one day short of the official Blogoversary day. We’re cutting ourselves a bit of slack here.

01/16/2017 – Day Off

We’re taking the day off today. This was pre-approved by the Patrol Sergeant team of Sunny and Zuzu and authorized by Miss Newton… who then used it as an excuse to cross getting into trouble off her daily calendar.

Miss Newton up high - © Colehauscats.com

Miss Newton up high – © Colehauscats.com

Miss Newton crossing today's trouble off her list - © Colehauscats.com

Miss Newton crossing today’s trouble off her list – © Colehauscats.com

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What better way to celebrate a cat in trouble than by putting together a puzzle of said cat in trouble? Here you go, 70-piece Miss Newton on High Trouble courtesy of Jigsaw Planet.

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One boy who’s happy to have the day off is Quint who painted and painted last week and succeeded in not having a single photo turn out of twenty-two taken while he was painting. Really, how does that even happen? You’ll have to ask Mom who whacked something against the camera and sent it into some weird state. We’re saving one or two of those photos for a future bad-photography post.

Even so, he’s pretty smug about his latest painting series, both accomplished with a little help on the side. If you are so inclined, he’d love for you to see visit them at his art shop and perhaps welcome one or two of them into your home.

Smug Quint is smug - © Colehauscats.com

Smug Quint is smug – © Colehauscats.com

Quint’s second run of Snow and Cedars, a compliment painting to his original Snow and Cedars series that sold out before Christmas.

Something new showcasing a view from a favorite window – Winter Berries set against an early winter’s dawn.

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Snow Days continue - © Colehaus.com

Snow Days continue – © Colehaus.com

We’re still encased in snow and ice here and probably will be until Wednesday which just happens to be our Five Year Blogoversary day! We’re warm and toasty and doing just great! Hope you are too. See you Wednesday!

01/13/2017 – Lucky Cat Friday Fun

Olivia's watching you - © Colehauscats.com

Olivia’s watching you – © Colehauscats.com

I’m watching you, Friday the 13th, and all I see are LUCKY black cats.

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We had a major storm event here Tuesday evening in the form of record snowfall of 8-12 inches. The week before, we were in freezing temperatures. Our area hardly ever gets snow so we guess it makes sense that our city doesn’t have snowplows. That’s not to say none of the roads get cleared, it just takes a little longer and then, only major roads are cleared. Living half a mile from a major road means dicey driving to that main road using a car that can’t use chains, and why would we want snow tires for a car in a city that doesn’t get snow?

*face palm*

Here’s time-line photos of around Colehaus over the past two weeks:

Our backyard fountain - © Colehaus.com

Our backyard fountain – © Colehaus.com

Our backyard fountain coated in thick ice. Daily temperature from January 4th through January 8th sat between 12 degrees Fahrenheit (-11.1 Celsius) and 27 degrees Fahrenheit (-2.7 Celsius).

Lower portion of fountain - © Colehaus.com

Lower portion of fountain – © Colehaus.com

Upper pillar encased in ice - © Colehaus.com

Upper pillar encased in ice – © Colehaus.com

Top of fountain iced over - © Colehaus.com

Top of fountain iced over – © Colehaus.com

When it gets this cold (again, this is very unusual for us but does happen every great once in a while), the water coming from the top of the pillars form an ice bubble. Water continues to flow out but down the rock under the ice.

Sunday night through Tuesday morning, things warmed up and most of the ice fell or melted off.

On Tuesday, our area was predicted to get a dusting-to-half an inch of snow beginning around six in the evening.

Our dusting of snow - © Colehaus.com

Our dusting of snow – © Colehaus.com

Here’s our dusting at 8 p.m.

More than a dusting - © Colehaus.com

More than a dusting – © Colehaus.com

By 10 p.m. we had four inches and still the snow continued.

WAY more than a dusting - © Colehaus.com

WAY more than a dusting – © Colehaus.com

Wednesday morning, it was still snowing and at noon, it let up enough for Mom to shovel the sidewalk and a path down the driveway in case Dad wanted to get the mail (he didn’t want to risk it). Mom said the snow was very powdery and was like shoveling fluffy mash potatoes. Mmmm….

No ice but lots of snow - © Colehaus.com

No ice but lots of snow – © Colehaus.com

The backyard fountain changed out of its ice dress and into a fluffy snow dress.

Feral shelters in snow - © Colehaus.com

Feral shelters in snow – © Colehaus.com

Mom also cleared paths from the feral shelters to the feeding stations, and checked the shelters. Both were toasty warm with beds hollowed out in the thick straw that fills each. A tuxie cat (possible feral?) was/is staying in Spitty’s shelter (against far fence) and two of our neighbor’s outdoor-only cats are staying in the one under the back porch steps.

Even though we can’t go anywhere, we’re having a very exciting week! Good thing our house is filled with groceries, cat food, litter, and lots of blankets. We’re set for the long haul!

Olivia is toasty - © Colehauscats.com

Olivia is toasty – © Colehauscats.com

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We’re taking Monday off because when we asked, reportedly, some of the Colehaus Cats said that would be okay. We’ll have a photo or two up, nevertheless. Have a great weekend!