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

Tessa's not sure where the year went - ©

Tessa’s not sure where the year went – ©

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 – ©

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) - ©

Love Itty (now Sunny) – ©

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 - ©

Beautiful Frame from our friend Joan – ©

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 - ©

Quint adds purple – ©

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 - ©

Ruby and friend Squeakers – ©

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 - ©

Zuzu – ©

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 – ©

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 - ©

From Pia with love – ©

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 - ©

Olivia’s magic bed – ©

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 - ©

Mama Zuzu and her Niblets – ©

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 ©

Fits just right for The Squirt – ©

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 - ©

Quint eats the props – ©

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

12/11/2015 – Visitor Updates

Whew! Thank you all for asking about one of our visitors, Mustacheo. Thanks to you and one very special friend, we’ve placed orders for two shelters and are nearly ready to purchase a real feeding station, one that won’t blow away. Soon, we’ll feel better knowing we’re able to provide warm, dry places for him or Cocoa or who ever wanders through. That wouldn’t be possible without you. Thank you!

Last Friday, we mentioned something about saying goodbye to our renter neighbors and their kitties who visited us over the past two years only to find out one of the visitors, Mustacheo, didn’t belong to them at all!

Mustacheo - 2015 ©

Mustacheo – 2015 ©

So, the big hunt for Mustacheo’s real home began. But first, carpet cleaners and pressure washers descended last weekend upon the now-empty renter house next door and filled the neighborhood with near-ear piercing noise. That was enough to scare everyone away, it seemed. Even Mustacheo who is half-deaf. We didn’t see him for days.

Then, we went through three days of record setting rainfall. Rain literally poured nonstop from the skies for three solid days. We hadn’t experienced anything like that around here for ten years. Thank you, Mother Nature! Boy, did we ever need that rain after our unusual drought last summer. And we’re not complaining mind you, but we’ve got a cat to find!

Finally, Wednesday afternoon, the rain stopped long enough for us to canvas the neighborhood looking for either Mustacheo or Mustacheo’s home. During that walk, we discovered things about three of our visitors:

Cocoa - ©

Cocoa – ©

1) Cocoa hangs out near a dog igloo shelter that sits out in a side yard of a home up in one of the nearby cul-de-sacs. Someone seems to care for some animal(s) up there though the igloo looked pretty well beat up and the bedding inside was soaked. No one answered the door so we couldn’t ask about Mustacheo, or Cocoa for that matter, but we’re happy someone has a shelter of some kind. And Cocoa didn’t run off when we approached either. Not friendly, but not scared either. Mom’s been making great progress with Cocoa when putting out food at dawn each morning. Just between you and us, we think Cocoa might actually like mom. *shhh… our secret!*

Handsome Momo - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Handsome Momo – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

2) Momo is back to living inside “exclusively.” Or so said a neighbor. This, after Momo had been injured last spring (by Tough Boy, we think), and then, after his humans swore he would become an indoor-only cat… except then, they let him back out just three weeks later to go back to being an outside-only cat. They couldn’t handle his constant whining to go out. We miss you, Momo, but inside is better. Seriously.

Friendly Quint and Mustacheo - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Friendly Quint and Mustacheo – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

3) And finally, Mustacheo has been hanging out in a lady’s garage in the other cul-de-sac through all the renter’s moving noise, the rental house cleanup noise, and the big rain storm! He’s fine and she doesn’t mind him there. She keeps her overhead garage door raised a few inches overnight and he has access to warm, dry bedding, canned food, and fresh water. No, she said she didn’t know who he belonged to and no again, she wasn’t interested in adopting him but she likes him. As long as he is safe and being cared for, is what we care about. Sounds like when a stretch of dry weather returns for us, we’ll have Mustacheo visits once more.

Of course, this means we still don’t know who he belongs to but we’ll keep looking. In the meantime, we know where he’s at and he seems comfortable.

Thank you for asking about him! That’s what we love about this cat blog community. So many honest-to-goodness caring people. Thank you.

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If you’d like a Colehaus Cats Christmas e-card, feel free to click on one of the card images below or over in the far right column under E-CHRISTMAS CARDS, on Olivia or Zuzu or both if you’d prefer. Once the card window opens, right click on the image and Save Picture as… to save to your computer. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Olivia's e-Christmas Card - 2015 ©

Olivia’s e-Christmas Card – 2015 ©

Zuzu's e-Christmas card - 2015 ©

Zuzu’s e-Christmas card – 2015 ©

Want a snail mail card instead? No problem! Olivia’s pretty Christmas card (see below) is still going out and if you’d like one from us, please let us know with a comment. Or if you’d rather, email us at cats (at) Colehaus (dot) com and we’ll zip that card right out to the mailbox today!

Olivia's Christmas Card - 2015 ©

Olivia’s Christmas Card – 2015 ©

11/13/2015 – Odd Day

Happy Odd Day! The date, eleven thirteen (two thousand) fifteen makes today Odd Day. Another one won’t happen for close to a hundred years so enjoy this one while you can.

Helping, she says - 2015 ©

Helping, she says – 2015 ©

Just when we thought we’d be safe from anything odd happening around here, just get a look at Ginger Patrol Sergeant Zuzu, taking a break from whapping everyone into shape to “help” with mom’s laundry.

That's not helping - 2015 ©

That’s not helping – 2015 ©

Um, Zuzu, is that helping or sleeping? Just asking. We don’t think we need a permit for asking!

Hey, Merlin’s Hope Ragdoll Rescue is holding their second annual online auction to help purchase food, toys, and cleaning supplies so they can keep their shelter running for the next few months. There’s lots of great items up for sale including one of Quint’s “Softly Fall” 2015 paintings. He’s even going to pay for shipping! If you have a hankering for pretty kitty things, go take a look! We bet they’d love to see all their things go to a good home and they sure could use the help!