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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

12/25/2017 – Merry Christmas!

Olivia supervises the cards - © Colehauscats.com

Olivia supervises the cards – © Colehauscats.com

Merry Christmas! We wish you a wonderful day filled with love, family, excitement, and joy.

Now that everyone here is home for the holiday break, we took time to open all the beautiful Christmas Cards we’d received over the past few weeks. And boy, oh boy! You all have really outdone yourselves this year! Gorgeous cards, beautiful photo cards, and such endearing letters. Thank you!

We didn’t put the cards up on the mantle this year because nameless naughty kitty who likes high places kept wanting to knock them down. Thinking we were brilliant, we kept the cards* bundled in a basket… but you know cats and baskets! Dumb us.

*No cards were consumed during the holidays, though a couple were licked, rubbed on, and just a teensy-tiny bit nibbled.

Quint and Tessa and the card haul - © Colehauscats.com

Quint and Tessa and the card haul – © Colehauscats.com

Quint was particularly attracted to a card from Mark’s Mews, and sat next to it for a good half an hour. That’s a good thing.

Quint enjoys a beautiful card - © Colehauscats.com

Quint enjoys a beautiful card – © Colehauscats.com

On the other hand, Tessa kept coming back time and again to read the bast turd burd story. No wonder there. She’s up a the crack of dawn every morning, nose pressed to the window, yakking at those things, probably trying to convince them to come inside for a “visit.”

Tessa is attracted to the Burd story - © Colehauscats.com

Tessa is attracted to the Burd story – © Colehauscats.com

Dear friend Ellen found this beautiful jigsaw puzzle fabric and made us a nip blanket. Strong-willed Viola claimed it for herself first, as well as the 15andmeowing.com card.

Tessa is attracted to the Burd story - © Colehauscats.com

Viola enamored with Ellen’s puzzle blanket and card – © Colehauscats.com

Later, the ginger girls had deep, and we’re sure, very meaningful conversations on exactly to whom that blanket belongs. And then, tired of all the yowling, Mom picked it up and put it in a not-so-secret cubby hole where she knows a smart ginger will find it… if they go look.

We plan to have a nice, quiet, and non-hectic day around here (knowing darn well Mom will be itching to start early spring cleaning or something like that).

Below are some of the paper cards we received in the mail. Mom set up all e-cards as her own personal slideshow on her computer, and she loves them all! From all of us to all of you, have a very Merry Christmas day!

Beautiful Christmas Cards 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Beautiful Christmas Cards 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

More beautiful Christmas Cards 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

More beautiful Christmas Cards 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

Even more beautiful Christmas Cards - © Colehauscats.com

Even more beautiful Christmas Cards – © Colehauscats.com

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – Meowy Christmas!
2014 – No post
2013 – Christmas Kittens!
2012 – No post

11/01/2017 – Accidental Renaissance

Cats posing for an Accidental Renaissance photo - © Colehauscats.com

Cats posing for an Accidental Renaissance photo – © Colehauscats.com

Half the Colehaus Cats posing, the lighting just right. Mom thought it looked like a modern day accidental renaissance photo. Or maybe it’s just her.

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – No post
2014 – No post
2013 – Did Someone Order Kittens?
2012 – No post