Happy 2014 and a 2013 Recap.

From all of us to all of  you, Happy 2014!  - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

From all of us to all of you, Happy 2014! – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

All of us here at Colehaus Cats wish you a wonderful, safe and healthy 2014! Thank you for visiting us, reading our words, enjoying our photos and leaving comments. We hope what we’re doing here works for you and that you have fun on your visits. As always, we’re open to suggestions to help make this a better place!

Before the celebrating really begins, let’s get on to that 2013 recap.

Ruby Tuesday - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Ruby Tuesday – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

What a challenging, yet glorious year 2013 was. In January, Ruby officially joined our family and was learning our schedule including the nightly brushies ritual. Ms. Stella O’Houligan suggested Ruby have her own blog post day and a year of Ruby Tuesdays began. Kittens Tessa, Pia, Quint and Olivia had become friends and were just entering their teenage years. The four were so young and small back then!

Colehaus Cats - Seth with Rosy Rings Spicy Apple Candle. © Colehaus Cats

Seth with Rosy Rings Spice Apple Candle. © Colehaus Cats

February saw lots of Wordless Wednesdays, Tessa troubles, Olivia sharing and Ruby playing just a wee bit too hard with Miss Newton. Or Miss Newton’s tail, rather. We’re glad that fur finally grew back! After an inspiring warm week, Quint started work on his spring 2013 paintings. And we lost our sweet comfort cat Seth, who had been feeling off for a few weeks, almost rebounded to health only to have his big heart give up. We think of you often, Seth, and know you are having the time of your life with all the others at the Bridge.

Not Everyone has a Basket? 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Not Everyone has a Basket? 2013 © Colehaus Cats

In March, Maxx was stilling residing outside the master bedroom, otherwise known to him as his Servant’s Quarters. Ruby was experimenting with being out of the room too, but only on rare occasions. Pia grew her floof, Olivia discovered a love of baskets, painter Quint was interviewed, painted a special project for a special and helpful friend and went out shopping and Tessa was… Tessa.

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

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

April brought Ruby’s decision to remain a bedroom girl, Tessa got flowers, Quint shopped for his own art supplies and there was an epic second Kissing War!

The Playboys Quint and Maxx - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

The Playboys Quint and Maxx – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Tessa showed both her loving and troublesome sides in May, not that that is much different from every other month. Quint was inspired to paint more after falling in love with our backyard flowers. He also tried to find a playmate in Maxx who is most definitely not the playing type. And there were lots of Ruby Tuesdays and pretty Olivia shots to round out the month.

Miss Newton, Gatekeeper - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Miss Newton, Gatekeeper – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

June included Mancats and one of Quint’s favorite paintings going to a wonderful auction. There were sleeping kitties and a gatekeeper and a new Kissing War with new players. Pia went missing for a while and Olivia felt the need to get some things off her chest.

Always to be called Geoffrey's House - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Always to be called Geoffrey’s House – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

In July, we showed off tongues and big feets, a flashback kitty and personalities. Geoffrey, the outside feral who had finally befriended Mom, was lost to FIB and a new feral house was built and dedicated to his memory. We had visiting baby raccoons, more Ruby Tuesdays and half the group went for their yearly V-E-T visits resulting in another grumpy Tessa day. But what’s new, right?

Pia loves Dexter - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Pia loves Dexter – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Pia professed her love of Dexter of Cherry City Kitties to the world in August, Quint came up with his own version of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and a festive summer flowers series to help the WCGHS shelter cats and everyone recapped what they did over their summer vacation (Hint: Everyday was pretty much the same). We had a Mancat visitor to Geoffrey’s house, Tessa and Olivia proved they had secret tabby stripes and the entire household became Tabby Cat Club members!


September opened a new chapter at Colehaus Cats when we agreed to foster mama-to-be Erinn Zuzu, whose kittens didn’t show up anywhere near when expected. But Erinn did get a LOT of nicknames out of it all. We had more Mancat visitors outside, tolerated air conditioning installation workers inside, switched to a dedicated Colehaus Cats Facebook Fan page, saw Maxx assemble his troops and there were cats with fruit.

Girls are brave too - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Girls are brave too – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

In October the Niblets arrived at last! There were lots and lots and lots of Niblet updates, including near-daily photos, naming day and our Saturday Dear Niblets letters began. In between all that Niblet stuff, Quint wished to thank everyone who helped him help assemble funds for Erinn Zuzu and the Niblets V-E-T expenses (Zuzu’s spay day is in January!) and he received a wonderful gift of pretty art paper from our friends at Twinkletoe Tails. Tessa convinced us she was every bit as tough as any Mancat, Ruby had her Tuesday comments and everyone weighed in on the Niblets.

The Niblets, November 5, 2013 - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

The Niblets, November 5, 2013 – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Wee Wednesday Words peppered November with a Thanksgiving flashback of some other Colehaus kittens, Maxx had questions, Ruby shared her Tuesdays and Pia shared a typical day in her life. The always-helpful Olivia offered decorating advice, Niblets learned to eat on their own, had their first V-E-T visit and Viola Niblet got her first time-out. And there were so many special Niblet photos!

Viola Niblet, the last Colehaus Cat - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Viola Niblet, the last Colehaus Cat – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

December brought cards from wonderful friends and treats and toys from a secret Santa (even after the day of Airing of Grievances). There were meetings and requests, some holiday painting and a Niblet surprise. And a certain painting boy who became a calendar cover cat! We had very cold weather and felt bittersweet sadness in our hearts with the knowledge of Niblets soon finding their forever homes. But they all found the best ones ever! Even Erinn Zuzu who is known now just as Zuzu, because she likes it! Welcome Zuzu and littlest Niblet Viola to the Colehaus Cats family!

There you have it, 2013 recapped. We’re looking forward to what the new year will bring. May you have a fabulous 2014 filled with wonder and excitement, and most of all, peace and love.

Thank you for reading us.
The folks of Colehaus Cats

37 responses to “Happy 2014 and a 2013 Recap.

  1. We wish you a happy, *happy* new year! 2013 certainly was busy for you all! 🙂

    BTW, re: your shop: Our human’s been meaning to ask if you take requests (i.e, in colours–she loves your Holly Berries and Touch of Autumn in particular, is hoping you’ll be doing something more Spring-like in the months to come–lovely fresh “apple” green shades, soft yellows–that sort of thing).

    Feel free to email us, otherwise we’ll just keep an eye out on your shop!

    keas DOT fuzzy DOT tales AT gmail DOT com

  2. We enjoyed your post today as it reminded us of some things that had slipped our minds. We love to find a new post from you and are looking forward to reading many more. Happy New Year to you all.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  3. that was one busy year!Happy New Year to you all!xx Speedy

  4. That was THE busiest year imaginable!

  5. a wonderful review of 2013!! can’t wait for 2014 adventures

  6. What grand adventures you all had in 2013. We look forward to reading about all of the excitement in the coming year. Happy new year!

  7. We hope you all enjoy great health, wonderful joys and unconditional love throughout 2014 and beyond!…Happy New Year, dear friends…xoxo…J, Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

  8. You’ve had quite a year! Here’s to a great 2014!

  9. Y’all sure did have a lot of busy going on last year! From all our hearts right to your door, we wish you the best for two oh one four!

  10. Wishing you and your family a very Happy & Prosperous New Year. May all your dreams come true in 2014. Have a wonderful Wednesday and we hope you had a pawsome night.
    Best wishes Molly

  11. What a wonderful retrospective on 2013. Your year was certainly filled with a great many good things and some very sad ones as well. We remember well your posts on Geoffrey and we were so moved. May 2014 be filled with much happiness as you welcome Zuzu and Viola into your family, and may everyone continue to enjoy good health. Happy new year.

  12. We are so happy to have been able to join you on your adventures in 2013. It certainly ended on a high note with Zuzu and Viola joining the Colehaus family!

  13. HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’m afraid the Niblets stole the show for 2013!

  14. Aw what a fun look back at the whole year! Those Niblets sure did end the year with a very cute bang! 🙂

  15. That was quite a year! I hope 2014 holds lots of really great things for all yu kitties!

  16. It was quite the year…ending with the sweet Niblets all finding their furever homes.

    We wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope 2014 is the best year yet!

  17. What a year it was! And we especially loved how it ended on such a happy note. Happy New Year, our Colehaus friends! We hope your 2014 is filled with much health, joy, laughter and love. 🙂

  18. What a year! And a big concats to your newest additions! A very Happy New Year, furriends, filled with all the love, joy and excitement you can handle!

  19. BTW, that comment from “Paula” was really from us. She’s been surfing again. We wonder how many other kitties got comments that were really from us, and they have no idea who.

  20. A busy, busy year! Happy New Year! May 2014 be filled with joy and lots of rost chikkun.

  21. ya for Zuzu and Viola!~ and the very best to you in 2014!

  22. Happy New Year Sweeties!!!! May all your wishes come true!

    Can’t wait for more Colehaus Cats in 2014!

    Lots of love, Celine, Frank (big Mainecoon), Jack (bratty orangy), Samantha (street smart tabby), and Kiki (shy and loving).

  23. Happy New Year. Hope it’s a Happy, Healthy and Properous one for all.

  24. Wow, what a year for sure, well done kitties!

  25. spittythekitty

    We loved your recap–we laughed, we cried, we cooed yet again over the Niblets. But we have always been true-blue lovers of Zuzu and are sooooo thrilled she will be joining you permanently! Happy 2014, Colehaus kitties and Humans too! XOXOXO

  26. What a busy and wonderful year – I’ve enjoyed getting to know the Colehaus Crew. Thank you!

  27. It was such a delight following all your “tails” and “no-tails” throughout 2013. We look forward to lots more adventures in 2014!

  28. Love the one of you shopping for art stuff 🙂 Happy New Year friends xx

  29. your 2013 is full to the brim, here’s to more fun and excitement and healthy cats in 2014.

    Emma and Buster

  30. A very happy new year to you too!
    Lots of purrs

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  34. You had quite the 2013! We’re happy it ended on a good note with the niblets all in their furever homes! We hope you have a wonderful 2014 too!

  35. Great recap, but we are so happy we were on hand to watch much of the year unfold. You are one of our favorite cat families, and we look forward to watching your movements through 2014. Happy New Year. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  36. Quite a year we must meow!
    Thanks for sharing so much with all of us in the blog-o-sphere, the ups, the downs, the meow-arounds.
    Looking forward to a great 2014

  37. Happy New Year, Colhaus Cats and staff 🙂 Pawkiss 🙂