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01/16/2017 – Day Off

We’re taking the day off today. This was pre-approved by the Patrol Sergeant team of Sunny and Zuzu and authorized by Miss Newton… who then used it as an excuse to cross getting into trouble off her daily calendar.

Miss Newton up high - © Colehauscats.com

Miss Newton up high – © Colehauscats.com

Miss Newton crossing today's trouble off her list - © Colehauscats.com

Miss Newton crossing today’s trouble off her list – © Colehauscats.com

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What better way to celebrate a cat in trouble than by putting together a puzzle of said cat in trouble? Here you go, 70-piece Miss Newton on High Trouble courtesy of Jigsaw Planet.

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One boy who’s happy to have the day off is Quint who painted and painted last week and succeeded in not having a single photo turn out of twenty-two taken while he was painting. Really, how does that even happen? You’ll have to ask Mom who whacked something against the camera and sent it into some weird state. We’re saving one or two of those photos for a future bad-photography post.

Even so, he’s pretty smug about his latest painting series, both accomplished with a little help on the side. If you are so inclined, he’d love for you to see visit them at his art shop and perhaps welcome one or two of them into your home.

Smug Quint is smug - © Colehauscats.com

Smug Quint is smug – © Colehauscats.com

Quint’s second run of Snow and Cedars, a compliment painting to his original Snow and Cedars series that sold out before Christmas.

Something new showcasing a view from a favorite window – Winter Berries set against an early winter’s dawn.

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Snow Days continue - © Colehaus.com

Snow Days continue – © Colehaus.com

We’re still encased in snow and ice here and probably will be until Wednesday which just happens to be our Five Year Blogoversary day! We’re warm and toasty and doing just great! Hope you are too. See you Wednesday!

01/13/2017 – Lucky Cat Friday Fun

Olivia's watching you - © Colehauscats.com

Olivia’s watching you – © Colehauscats.com

I’m watching you, Friday the 13th, and all I see are LUCKY black cats.

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We had a major storm event here Tuesday evening in the form of record snowfall of 8-12 inches. The week before, we were in freezing temperatures. Our area hardly ever gets snow so we guess it makes sense that our city doesn’t have snowplows. That’s not to say none of the roads get cleared, it just takes a little longer and then, only major roads are cleared. Living half a mile from a major road means dicey driving to that main road using a car that can’t use chains, and why would we want snow tires for a car in a city that doesn’t get snow?

*face palm*

Here’s time-line photos of around Colehaus over the past two weeks:

Our backyard fountain - © Colehaus.com

Our backyard fountain – © Colehaus.com

Our backyard fountain coated in thick ice. Daily temperature from January 4th through January 8th sat between 12 degrees Fahrenheit (-11.1 Celsius) and 27 degrees Fahrenheit (-2.7 Celsius).

Lower portion of fountain - © Colehaus.com

Lower portion of fountain – © Colehaus.com

Upper pillar encased in ice - © Colehaus.com

Upper pillar encased in ice – © Colehaus.com

Top of fountain iced over - © Colehaus.com

Top of fountain iced over – © Colehaus.com

When it gets this cold (again, this is very unusual for us but does happen every great once in a while), the water coming from the top of the pillars form an ice bubble. Water continues to flow out but down the rock under the ice.

Sunday night through Tuesday morning, things warmed up and most of the ice fell or melted off.

On Tuesday, our area was predicted to get a dusting-to-half an inch of snow beginning around six in the evening.

Our dusting of snow - © Colehaus.com

Our dusting of snow – © Colehaus.com

Here’s our dusting at 8 p.m.

More than a dusting - © Colehaus.com

More than a dusting – © Colehaus.com

By 10 p.m. we had four inches and still the snow continued.

WAY more than a dusting - © Colehaus.com

WAY more than a dusting – © Colehaus.com

Wednesday morning, it was still snowing and at noon, it let up enough for Mom to shovel the sidewalk and a path down the driveway in case Dad wanted to get the mail (he didn’t want to risk it). Mom said the snow was very powdery and was like shoveling fluffy mash potatoes. Mmmm….

No ice but lots of snow - © Colehaus.com

No ice but lots of snow – © Colehaus.com

The backyard fountain changed out of its ice dress and into a fluffy snow dress.

Feral shelters in snow - © Colehaus.com

Feral shelters in snow – © Colehaus.com

Mom also cleared paths from the feral shelters to the feeding stations, and checked the shelters. Both were toasty warm with beds hollowed out in the thick straw that fills each. A tuxie cat (possible feral?) was/is staying in Spitty’s shelter (against far fence) and two of our neighbor’s outdoor-only cats are staying in the one under the back porch steps.

Even though we can’t go anywhere, we’re having a very exciting week! Good thing our house is filled with groceries, cat food, litter, and lots of blankets. We’re set for the long haul!

Olivia is toasty - © Colehauscats.com

Olivia is toasty – © Colehauscats.com

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We’re taking Monday off because when we asked, reportedly, some of the Colehaus Cats said that would be okay. We’ll have a photo or two up, nevertheless. Have a great weekend!

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