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01/01/2018 – A Look Back at our 2017

Happy 2018 - © Colehauscats.com

Happy 2018 – © Colehauscats.com

Happy New Year! Happy 2018! We hope you’re looking forward to 2018 as we are and that you celebrated, or are still celebrating, ringing in the new year. Before we jump ahead, we want to apologize for the length of this post and thank you for visiting. 2017 tossed a lot our way – wild happiness and sorrow, smiles and delight and of course, visits to and from you, our friends of Colehaus.

Olivia's watching you - © Colehauscats.com

Olivia’s watching you – © Colehauscats.com

January 2017 began with our 2016 recap (and what a year that was!), and smoothly slid into tiny winter biscuits, the search for sun amid snow and ice, a 5 year blogoversary recap (whew!), a new visiting kitty, and ended with a Russell Niblet update.

Guess the trouble - © Colehauscats.com

Guess the trouble – © Colehauscats.com

February saw the bottom of “things,” a sunny update on Sunny, cats on high (again), Monday musings, and Friday Fun. Oh, and Mom started French classes, of which we still don’t understand why.

Sunny and Tessa (in box) - © Colehauscats.com

Sunny and Tessa (in box) – © Colehauscats.com

Spring weather finally popped up in March but only after more cold nights alongside even MORE RAIN. We had grumpy cats and broken promises, Friday Fun days and a Friday Flub day. March ended with a first 2017 Around Colehaus post with first flowers, first spring cat conversations, first sighting in a long time of old raccoon Happy, and a first contact with stray cat Teese (and you all remember how awesome that ended, right?).

Ruby's marble toes - © Colehauscats.com

Ruby’s marble toes – © Colehauscats.com

April showers bring May flowers… or in our case, brought even more showers. April 2017 was one of the rainiest months our area had seen in years. So what’s a houseful of cats to do? We had Friday Fun days, Quint painted a bit, and Sunny had another update. We saw toesies and destruction and a weird bird, flowers and old raccoon Happy and we learned more about stray cat Teese. It was a very full month!

Patrol Sergeant Sunny - © Colehauscats.com

Patrol Sergeant Sunny – © Colehauscats.com

May started with orange and ended with black and white. In between we discovered old girls still play, Viola learned camera skills, and Olivia handed out a life lesson, Ruby made herself understood, and a Patrol Sergeant passed the baton to another. Please have your papers in order.

Time for napping - © Colehauscats.com

Time for napping – © Colehauscats.com

June. What can one say about June other than it started off icky and got worse. Household things seemed to break left and right. The weather was less than cooperative. Our fountain quit working. So, we took the month off from blogging. Was it the right thing to do? Well, it seemed good at the time.

Chunky - 2017 © Colehauscats.com

Chunky – 2017 © Colehauscats.com

A bit later than originally planned, July found us deep in the cat days of summer (hush you, who call it dog days). We had flowers for the briefest of brief period of time before the sun scorched them all, more new visiting strays showed up including the next generation of baby raccoons and that other stray, the Cat That is Not Ours, made themselves way, way comfortably at home. We pondered what we did over our summer “vacation,” found a way to lump together a bunch of miscellaneous photos, got our fountain running again, and said goodbye to one visiting stray… whom, we later learned, was adopted by a wealthy woman who fell in love with big Chunky upon first sight.

Curious baby raccoon, 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Curious baby raccoon, 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

Our August was the hottest, driest, and smokiest on record, something that just isn’t normal for the Pacific Northwest. We closed up the house and ran air conditioning and humidifiers nonstop and still, cats had coughs, one had a nosebleed, another stopped eating, and we were all fairly miserable. Through it all, baby raccoons and outdoor cat Teese kept us entertained, as did Pia’s fur clipping escapade. August ended with a kidney disease diagnosis for Miss Newton and good news of Teese being accepted into our local no-kill shelter.

Sweet Teese - © Colehauscats.com

Sweet Teese – © Colehauscats.com

September was still grumpy and hot but we found joy in things like cherries and flashbacks, and then, Teese was officially adopted! No more smoky outdoor air for Teese. The raccoons were practically living in our fountain by this time. And then, autumn finally arrived and before we knew what was happening, sweet mama Zuzu crashed from renal failure and left us to run scampery-fast and free at the forever summerlands beyond the Rainbow Bridge.

Zuzu, mid-September 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu, mid-September 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

Still reeling from the loss of Zuzu, October brought a much needed and appreciated mountain of kind words, thoughts and prayers, cards, email, hugs, love, and understanding. We also found solace in one of the outdoor strays, whom we started calling Pretty Boy Mac for his big, round apple-shaped Macintosh head, and who started to show trust. Inside, there were bossy cats and lucky cats, brave cats and multi-cats. There were reacting cats, napping cats, a bad cat, and costumed cats. We’re pretty sure that last group had nothing to do with that bad cat.

And in between all that, Dad had an accident with his car and our hot water heater and our kitchen wall, and well, Mom didn’t want to say anything about it at the time, and really, who could blame her?

Ex-garage door, cabinet, house foundation, and car - © Colehauscats.com

Ex-garage door, cabinet, house foundation, and car – © Colehauscats.com

Between a car and a house, the house always wins - © Colehauscats.com

Between a car and a house, the house always wins – © Colehauscats.com

November started off so well. Behind the scenes, our house damage was almost fixed from Dad’s accident and we had hot water once again when he had a second accident with his newly “repaired” car. This time, in the blink of an eye, he accidently drove through the garage door and smashed into the corner of our house. The cats and Mom both agree that was the loudest noise they had ever heard, even louder than Tessa and Viola during one of their fights. This time, Dad’s car was a goner and because new house repairs required Mom to be on her toes 24/7 with contractors and phone calls, insurance adjusters and car research, this blog was on lightweight/sparse duty for the rest of the month…

Lap Nappin' Pretty Boy Mac - © Colehauscats.com

Lap Nappin’ Pretty Boy Mac – © Colehauscats.com

… until the fifteenth of December when most of the repairs from Dad’s second accident were finished and Mom could think straight once more. All along however, Mom had been working outside with Pretty Boy Mac to up his social skills. When our night temperatures dropped down into the teens and looked to stay there for a while, Mom brought Mac inside and as luck would have it, a dear friend who loves big-cheeked boys came to visit, fell for him, and adopted him a few days later.

We’re reminded of Christmas miracles we’ve witnessed in the past and we feel this continued in 2017 for Mac and Teese, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Colehaus, our friends and visitors like you. You helped make possible the adoption and vetting care for both Teese and Mac, and the feeding and warm housing of our area ferals and strays, the cold, outdoor-only neighbor cats, and the occasional happy old raccoon.

Because you helped us get through a tough year, we owe you so much gratitude and love. We’re looking forward to what 2018 will bring and wish for you all a fabulous New Year filled with joy, happiness, and excitement. And most of all, peace and love. Happy New Year!

Thank you for visiting. Thank you for reading us. Comments and suggestions for this blog are always welcome!
– The folks of Colehaus Cats

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – A 2015 Recap and Happy 2016!
2015 – No post
2014 – Happy 2014 and a 2013 Recap
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

12/18/2017 – Monday Merriment

A Mac Roll - © Colehauscats.com

A Mac Roll – © Colehauscats.com

Because it was so cold here last week, with well-below freezing night temperatures and frigid east winds straight off Mt. Hood and down the Columbia River Gorge, we made the decision to bring Mac indoors. If you remember Pretty Boy Mac, he’s that feral/semi-feral/stray boy we’ve been watching since last spring and eventually made friends with in October. Mom canvassed the neighborhood three separate times over those months, looking for his real home, and heard over and over again, “Nope. Don’t know him. Never seen him,” along with one, “Get off my property.”

She was then told he was living in a big pile of leaves blown up on the doorstep of a family who were afraid of cats, and that was all it took.

Mac inside - © Colehauscats.com

Mac inside – © Colehauscats.com

This meant a whole new set of complications could be at hand – Was Mac sick? Didn’t show signs. Was he a carrier of anything? Could be, we’d keep him separated. Fleas? Most certainly (answer was yes). Would he continue to ignore our curious cats? Answer: Most definitely. Would he freak out staying in our big dog kennel cage? Answer: Nope.

And perhaps most important – How long could he stay indoors? Well….

We have an incredible friend who loves big-cheek boys like Mac, and although she prefers senior big-cheek boys, Mac seemed to have within him the personality of the best of a bonded pair she’d recently lost. Last Wednesday, she came to meet Mac who proved his other nickname wasn’t just a fluke – Lap Nappin’ Mac. He couldn’t get enough of sitting on her lap, all fourteen point two pounds of him, happy as can be for the longest time, listening to us talk about him and his life going forward.

Pretty Boy Mac gets a home - © Colehauscats.com

Pretty Boy Mac gets a home – © Colehauscats.com

We also have incredible Friends of Colehaus who have been donating funds all along to make sure Mac had daily food and medical help when he was ready for his big snip-per-roo and life beyond as an indoor boy.

Friday, Mac found his home and is currently loving up his new mom and showing her and the world on facebook how much he thinks life as an indoor-only cat IS definitely everything and a big bag of nip. His first vet appointment is this week. Please join us in wishing him the best and a good vet visit.

Thank you, Carrie, for asking about him, for visiting him, and for adopting him and loving him. Thank you, Friends of Colehaus, for helping this once-frightened stray discover not all humans are scary. Thank you for helping Pretty Boy Mac find his Christmas miracle.

And, because he just happened to be indoors with the rest of us on photo day, we couldn’t help but to make this happen*.

Pretty Boy Mac discovers Christmas sometimes comes with a sock monkey hat - © Colehauscats.com

Pretty Boy Mac discovers Christmas sometimes comes with a sock monkey hat – © Colehauscats.com

*He didn’t seem to hold it against us but just in case, Mom promised she’d never put another hat on him ever again. His new mom, however, is another story.

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – Snuggles with Viola and a Friday Flashback
2014 – No post
2013 – Erinn Zuzu
2012 – No post

01/02/2017 – Our Year in Review – Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

Tessa's not sure where the year went - © Colehauscats.com

Tessa’s not sure where the year went – © Colehauscats.com

Where’d 2016 go? It was just here a day ago… Happy 2017! From everyone here at Colehaus Cats, we thank you for visiting us, for reading our words, enjoying our photos, and leaving comments. We hope what we’re doing works for you and that your visit here puts a smile on your face. Please join us today for our 2016 Year in Review!

MadCat Miss Newton – © Colehauscats.com

January 2016 began with the first habitation of two Feralvilla feral shelters and a feeding station just in time for a rare snow day, with evidence of all our overnight visitors. The month evolved (devolved?) into picky cats and mad cats. There were claims of ownership, morning snuggles, and a certain Patrol Sergeant showing off her kitten cam video habit.

Love Itty (now Sunny) - © Colehauscats.com

Love Itty (now Sunny) – © Colehauscats.com

February rolled in with an infestation of counter seals from which Mom ran from the house to go meet an adorable blog friend in town for an important show. Quint, tired from all the winter rain, created late winter art, Pia sent Valentine kisses to her boyfriend Dexter, someone didn’t like being called the baby (and still doesn’t), and someone else nicknamed Ms. GrowlyPants temporarily moved in for some fostering.

Beautiful Frame from our friend Joan - © Colehauscats.com

Beautiful Frame from our friend Joan – © Colehauscats.com

Sweet Viola kisses ushered in March to help temper all the vet checkups and nasty ear infection medication foster Miss Itty required daily. Our friend Joan sent us a beautiful frame which quickly became the focal point of our living room and houses the first piece of Quint’s art we purchased and framed for ourselves. Spring finally arrived and with it, the first visit of the year with the visitors around Colehaus. We learned a number of things about Miss Itty, including her love of catnip, and making a friend in Zuzu with a shared dislike of all loud shenanigans. Must be a ginger girl thing.

Quint adds purple - © Colehauscats.com

Quint adds purple – © Colehauscats.com

April started with grumpy cats as is the norm around here on April Fool’s Day. A couple of Friday Flashbacks returned smiles to our faces. We posted about a mama’s right, excuses on a Monday, and finally, Quint took his first spring walk in his garden, after which, he created his top-selling art series ever, Full Spring.

Ruby and friend Squeakers - © Colehauscats.com

Ruby and friend Squeakers – © Colehauscats.com

Quint relished a second stroll in his blooming garden in May and we gave a nod to Squeakers, the highest ranking toy amongst all toys at Colehaus. We got silly with foster Miss Itty and Olivia found herself the highlight of two blog posts in a single week! There were MultiCat Mondays, furniture clearly made for one particular cat, and more visitors to Colehaus.

Zuzu - © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu – © Colehauscats.com

June brought dental checkups and some extractions so we dedicated the rest of the month to pure fun. There were toys, Three Word Wednesdays, more toys, and trust from foster Miss Itty.

Baby Tessa – © Colehauscats.com

July started with the bang of fireworks. We made a big, multi annex fort and spent the 4th of July playing with toys, listening to Mom read kitty books, hiding, and napping until the big booms were over. Foster Miss Itty showed everyone senior girls still know how to play, the typical teen Viola spent the month being bored, and we got a peek of what was to become our daily dinnertime entertainment. There was a Friday Flashback with Tessa, questions from Pia, and cat math according to Olivia.

From Pia with love - © Colehauscats.com

From Pia with love – © Colehauscats.com

Quint jumped into August by recreating his Summer Lilies with paint, we raised questions about the future for foster Miss Itty, and there were more yearly vet checkups to get through. Ginger Princess Pia sent her love to Ginger Prince D, and we took a summer stroll to see the visitors around Colehaus.

Olivia's magic bed - © Colehauscats.com

Olivia’s magic bed – © Colehauscats.com

Ducks and good news heralded in September with a pinch of mischief on the side. Foster Miss Itty because Sunny, our last Colehaus Cat, and with the help of kind donators and fans of Quint’s Sunflowers art, she was able to afford her final medical procedures plus elimination of two pesky infections and support for her ongoing Stage 3 kidney disease. THANK YOU! We took another walk around Colehaus, Mom confused us with her cat fiction, and fruit-lovin’ Olivia was instrumental in the great grape escape.

Mama Zuzu and her Niblets - © Colehauscats.com

Mama Zuzu and her Niblets – © Colehauscats.com

October saw a Monday tribute to Colehaus Cat mamas, a dear happy three-year birthday letter to the Niblets (with links to all past Dear Niblet letters) – one of which grew up to become the Colehaus Circus Cat, and Quint jumps at the chance to paint once again. We showed piles of kitties snuggling together and gave an update on Sunny.

Fits just right for The Squirt - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Fits just right for The Squirt – © Colehauscats.com

We jumped into November with what else? A Wordless Wednesday. But later and with what we hoped was better content, we shared MultiCat photos, a rare lint panther, a Friday Flashback with Pia and Bunny, some hellos and goodbyes on our final around Colehaus tour, Quint’s winter painting, and finally, some Friday fun.

Quint eats the props - © Colehauscats.com

Quint eats the props – © Colehauscats.com

And lastly, December rushed in with a month of holiday cheer and happy surprises, a nod to previous Colehaus Cats, a couple of snugglebugs and Christmas card bloopers, a word or two about the Nice List and the Naughty List, and our favorite true Christmas story. Given a health A-OK, Sunny moved into the luxury suite with Ruby and there came more cards and gifts and toys than anyone here had ever seen.

There you have it, 2016 revisited. What a wonderful, fun year it was here at Colehaus. We’re looking forward to what this new year will bring and wish for you all a fabulous 2017 filled with joy, happiness, and excitement, and most of all, peace and love.

Thank you for visiting. Thank you for reading us.
The folks of Colehaus Cats