Tag Archives: Viola

12/15/2017 – Normal? What’s “Normal?”

No, really, Mom. We're laughing WITH you - © Colehauscats.com

No, really, Mom. We’re laughing WITH you – © Colehauscats.com

We’re laughing at our Mom because she almost forgot how to do our blog, not that we’re blaming her after all the chaos we’ve been through since that rainy October 14th, to be exact, when Dad and his car had a boo-boo run-in with this thing called a water heater out in the garage and almost made the kitchen a drive-thru. A drive-thru without chicken nuggets, mind you!

Or less than three weeks later, on November 3rd, his car that had been repaired just a week before, might have lost its brakes and Dad drove into the garage door and wiped out the corner of our house. Those were both sounds our Mom says she hopes to never hear ever again, and we can assure you, they were LOUD!

So, what’s a cat to do when, for almost two months, the air is filled with hammering and pounding and sawing sounds of construction repairs the likes of which we can only imagine bugs hear when we pounce on them and eat ’em up! Cats aren’t bugs. We shouldn’t have to listen to all this racket!

And so, Mom read books to us – we still heard the hammering. And she played the radio – we still heard the pounding. And, finally, she pulled out all the holiday decorations – and some of us made good and sure those Christmas lights got in on the sawing sounds by trying to chew those up! You’re following our logic, right?

Mom said that wasn’t funny at all. Who’s laughing, Mom? Just give us those lights!

Just a taste, okay Mom? - © Colehauscats.com

Just a taste, okay Mom? – © Colehauscats.com

*crunch crunch* - © Colehauscats.com

*crunch crunch* – © Colehauscats.com

*nom nom* - © Colehauscats.com

*nom nom* – © Colehauscats.com

I'm warning you. Get these off me - © Colehauscats.com

I’m warning you. Get these off me – © Colehauscats.com

Thank you for having patience with us over the past couple of months. It’s been nothing short of hectic around here and we’ll fill you in on more in the coming weeks, including someone who had to go to the vet and some wonderful news about Pretty Boy Mac and his new forever home!

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – Ruby Tuesday
2014 – Are there ever enough toys?
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

11/08/2017 – Wordless Wednesday

Viola - © Colehauscats.com

Viola – © Colehauscats.com

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – No post
2014 – No post
2013 – Floofy Friday
2012 – No post

10/25/2017 – Watchful Wednesday and an Update

Waiting for baby birds? - © Colehauscats.com

Waiting for baby birds? – © Colehauscats.com

Every time Mom gets this pillow out, Dad mentions how much he loves the bird nest on it. Now, I might be an indoor girl, but I’m bright enough to know what comes out of bird nests – baby birds!

Don’t mind me today. I’ll just sit here and wait for those baby birds to come a’tweeting.

Anytime, now…

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We’ve been asked how everyone is handling the loss of mama Zuzu, who was needed at the Bridge one month ago today. We told everyone right after we arrived home, that very day, and shared her final moments again over the course of several days to make sure all the cats understood (to the best we think they would understand anything we say).

Quint was the perfect comfort cat, doling out kisses and hugs, and has taken to sleeping under the covers in our bed in the early morning hours just as Zuzu used to, something he has never done before.

Bed cat Quint - © Colehauscats.com

Bed cat Quint – © Colehauscats.com

Tessa started acting out, perhaps sensing our anxiety, and began picking on Viola who is most definitely not one to back down. Tessa spent a full week, plus one weekend on time-out in the master bedroom where, initially, she seemed to look for Zuzu before settling into her usual nap, nap, and more nap routine.

Master Napper Tessa - © Colehauscats.com

Master Napper Tessa – © Colehauscats.com

Viola, who was bonded with her mama only until she turned seven or eight months old (so independent!), seemed to not want to hear of Zuzu’s passing at first. Four days later, she was extra, extra needy and wandered the house for a day wanting to look into closed closets and rooms, searching perhaps. We spent lots of time with her, told her again what had happened, and she gave us both kisses. She’s usually not a big Dad kisser. She, too, now likes to spend time under the covers in bed in the chilly, early morning hours and like her mama, really enjoys that quiet time before the day officially begins.

Morning bed cat Viola - © Colehauscats.com

Morning bed cat Viola – © Colehauscats.com

Sunny called and seemingly searched for Zuzu for two days before amping up her Zuzu-appointed Patrol Sergeant duties. No one gets smacked or whacked for anything but overly-hyped kitties often get the Sunny death stare and that pretty much cranks that behavior down a notch or two. Ex-Patrol Sergeant Zuzu would be so proud!

Patrol Sergeant Sunny is not amused - © Colehauscats.com

Patrol Sergeant Sunny is not amused – © Colehauscats.com

Self appointed patrol deputies Pia and Olivia miss guarding the top of the stairs from allowing Zuzu to pass without demanding documentation. Now, they demand it of each other and hold little conversations that we imagine go something like this:

Pia and Olivia get in your face - © Colehauscats.com

Pia and Olivia get in your face – © Colehauscats.com

“Oh yeah? So, where’s your passport?”
“Oh, don’t you sound all high and mighty! Where’s yours?”
“I asked you first!”
“And I demanded yours second. Therefore, you have to answer first.”
“Oh yeah?”
“Oh. Yeah.”
“Oh really?”
“Really.”

And then Mom says knock it off and they mumble a bit under their breaths before going off to have the same conversation elsewhere.

Miss Newton and Ruby, who probably spent the most amount of time with Zuzu in the master bedroom, have both taken her passing in stride. Ruby seems a bit more adventurous on those rare occasions when she thinks she wants to wander out of the bedroom to look at other things, but then again, Ruby has always done that during the autumn months. Miss Newton still likes napping during the day and starts howling for Dad-time mid-afternoon. No change there.

Mom no longer “sees” Zuzu around the edges of shadows like she did for the first week but we know Zuzu is watching over us.

Thank you again for all your gentle words and gestures of kindness and comfort during this past month. We are so much stronger because of you.

Angel Zuzu in the shadows - © Colehauscats.com

Angel Zuzu in the shadows – © Colehauscats.com

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – No post
2014 – No post
2013 – Miss Newton’s Basket 2
2012 – No post