Welcome to the COZY COTTAGE. This is the furever home of the memory of Miss Peach, our 18 year old Devon Rex angel kitty. I am Miss Hunny Bunny, she asked me to pour you a cuppa catmint tea as you read our old fashion mewsings about this and that. Please come by often...one lump or two? Now our precious Hunny Bunny is also an angel cat...please let me be your hostess at the cozy cottage...my name is Miss Hope.

Remember...only in our tomorrows will we realize what we had in our yesterdays.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

CAT ART SUNDAY with guest artist PYEWACKET

This week I would like to show you the most lovely scrapbook pages made by Pyewackets mommy. I adore how she is looking at that dragonfly in the one above! These are such beautiful pages one and all. Leslie is a vey talented artist and captures the essence of Victorianna in each one. I am such a lucky old cat to be portait so nicely. The page below here was made by my silly Lapdaddy...what do you think of this frootbat?

At least the hair color is the same:)

Saturday, February 23, 2008


"A little drowsing cat is an image of perfect beatitude." - Jules Champfleury
Dearest friends, you have surrounded the kittens with love on their way to get their wings. Thank you so much for your kind hearts and comforting words. Today I am just going to sit in the sun and count my many blessings. My home, long life, returned health, friends to make tea parties for, mommy and Lapdaddy, the steam cleaner (when I eat my biscuits to fast and guzzle down a pint of water afterward), my Gizzy quilt, my blue fuzzy blanket, my down sleeping vest burrito (as Karl calls it), my food, that I can ignor if I so please, that I get to go to Portland next week. I will post my CAT ART SUNDAY tomorrow for all of you to see until I return on Friday. Gosh I am going to miss you all!

Friday, February 22, 2008


Yesterday mommy got an email from my friend Diana who lives in Portland. She was so happy to tell us the Mayflower had just given birth to five little Devon Rex kittens. I was just so excited because I was going to get to visit them next week when we went to Portland for Lapdaddies trip to the hospital.

Today was heard that four of the little babies went to heaven. Please say a little prayer for their tiny souls as they go to the rainbow bridge before they even got to know what life and love was all about. I know that all of our friends are waiting at the bridge to welcome them in and show them love...

These babies were very wanted and it is so heartbreaking for Diana. Poor babies...I am so very sad today...

Thursday, February 21, 2008


Today my beautiful friend STORM told me she was going to Mousehole in Cornwall. This is a very magical place on the English coast near Lands End. Her mommy is looking for a nice get away and if I do say so myself, this is the purrrrfect place. Here is what Stormie wrote about it: {{{My Meowmie has been looking for nice places for a short break sometime, and she has found a place in Cornwall (South West England) called....MOUSEHOLE! This MUST mean that we will be going with her! I can't imagine that she would even consider not taking us to such an idyllic sounding holiday destination! Can you?}}}

Miss Peach here again! Some of you may know the famouse book written about Mowzer and the Storm cat. It is a most enchanting tale and I recommend it very much. The movie is so charming you will watch it over and over. Here is a newspaper review I found. ~~~~~~~THE MOUSEHOLE CAT By Antonia Barber. Illustrated by Nicola Bayley. Unpaged. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
Inspired by an old Cornish legend, in "The Mousehole Cat" Antonia Barber concocts an original tale as delectable as any of the culinary specialties so lovingly described in her story.
When a tremendous winter storm personified as a Great Storm-Cat descends on Cornwall, the people of a tiny fishing village called Mousehole ("They say it in the Cornish way, 'Mowzel,' but you may say it as you choose") begin to starve because fishing boats cannot leave the harbor. On the day before Christmas Eve a fisherman named Tom decides to do something about it.
Tom makes his home with a black-and-white Cadillac of a cat named Mowzer. Mowzer has "her own pet, old Tom," well trained. He serves her perfect bowls of cream, keeps the house toasty warm and tickles her in just the right place behind her left ear. Even better, Tom catches fresh fish that he transforms into marvelous meals: a fish stew called morgy-broth; baked hake topped with golden mashed potatoes; cooked kedgeree with smoked ling; grilled fairmaids; fried launces; soused scad with vinegar and onions; and, best of all, star-gazy pie with prime pilchards in pastry.
Mowzer is so devoted to Tom that she accompanies him on his dangerous journey to the fishing grounds, "for he was only a man, she thought, and men were like mice in the paws of the Great Storm-Cat. Besides, she knew that if he did not come back, she would not much care to live in her cottage without him."
And without Mowzer, Tom would have perished. When the Storm-Cat screams in anger and lashes out at the boat, Mowzer senses his underlying loneliness and despair. She comforts him with the voice that has tamed a thousand tomcats, singing "like a siren, joining her call with the cry of the Great Storm-Cat." So it goes throughout the voyage. The Storm-Cat worries his prey; Mowzer soothes the storm with her song. When Tom turns back home toward Mousehole with his catch of fish, his companion inadvertently changes her tune to a purr, saving them both by lulling the Storm-Cat.
Ms. Barber, who writes for both children and adults and who, incidentally, has a cottage in the real Cornish village of Mousehole, writes naturally, without artifice or pretension. She combines alliteration and deft word choices with the grace of an oral storyteller, creating euphonious and precise sentences that are perfect for reading aloud.
And Nicola Bayley's illustrations add immeasurably to the book's success. Ms. Bayley, a well-known British illustrator, infuses them with the blues, the greens and the watery light of Cornwall. She frames each page of text, top and bottom, in long narrow borders, perfectly elongated rectangles filled with seaside images that serve as a visual metaphor for the protective arms of the Mousehole quay. Tom and Mowzer couldn't be more handsome. But Ms. Bayley saves her finest pictorial pyrotechnics for the Storm-Cat himself, who swirls and swoops through the pages in a model of feline grace, agility and passion.
Unlike many contemporary picture books, "The Mousehole Cat" has been designed with generous margins. When the story of Tom and Mowzer is spread across two laps, neither thumbs nor fingers will intrude upon the perfect symmetry of the page.
I've never tasted star-gazy pie. But I would wager that no matter how delicious, it can be no more satisfying than this book. ~~~~~~~

Stormie also awarded me this nice plaque for my sidebar. I am deeply honored by this gift from her. She is a brave inspiration to all of us sick kitties. She gives us hope to go on with dignaty (even if Bloggers spell checker is still not working:) I would like to pass the award on to MY Mickey and Gemini & Cheysuli and P B & J and Tybalt the Prince of cats for their inspiring dedication to blogging!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Who can guess what this is?
Yesterday I began to tease you with a photo that was at the center of my "Victorian Puzzle Purse Valentine" that came from my beloved Mickey. I have never seen anything folded quite so clever and I am a Victorian cat! Tonight I made my own with a 9 inch square sheet of reversable paper. A 12 inch sheet works well also and gives a bit bigger purse. Click on the name and it will take you to a step by step tutorial. It looks daunting but it is really simple! Make sure your folds are well measured and folded down crisp. This is the purrrrfect card for writing secret notes to someone special:) To read more about Victorian Valentine rituals click here!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Today is Chairman Mao's first GOTCHA DAY! This is his gift from me...evil coffee stirrers! Enjoy batting then around my friend and conCATulations!

It was good for an old cat to sit in the sunny window. It gave me time to daydream on my beautiful Gizzy quilt about someone special... To ponder this wonderful gift of mystery that this cat has sent into my heart... Tomorrow I will show you more of this. Have your pretty papers ready because I am sure you will want to play along.

Monday, February 18, 2008


I tried to wear my nip ravioli as a hat but it kept falling off!

This weekend I spent lots of time with my sweet Lapdaddy. I snuggled on his chest with my fleecy autumn scrap covering me up so I feel all safe.
The when I woke up, the Lapdaddy went into the kitchen and made some special fudge for mommy. She calls it Tipsey Rasin Fudge because of the happy rasins in it. It is to die for good and all who eat some can't wait for more to be made.
Only once a year!
I love my Lapdaddy and next week we will be in Portland for a week for him to have some hospital time. Please keep us all in your purrrayers for a successful stay and a happy hurry back home again. Yes, I get to come along too! YEAH!

Sunday, February 17, 2008


~Little Merlin the Christmas kitty~

We are so happy that the kitty CHURCHILL has made it through his surgery to save his leg! YEAH! Everyone on the Cat Blogosphere has been helping many kitties in need in many different ways. Today I am featuring the beautiful scrapbook pages that my brother Dragonheart has made for me, along with his mommies wonderful offer for all of you below!
Helping Friends - Digital Scrapbook Pages
We have been trying to come up with some ways to help out those in need of help, like Churchill and Sammy & Miles Meezer, and we decided to use one of our mom's skills - making digital scrapbook pages. For $5 USD, our mom will design a scrapbook page for you, with one to three photos, and you can choose the colour scheme you would like to have, and specify the kit as well, if you have a preference. For $12 USD, she will design three scrapbook pages for you. They can coordinate, or not. Pages can be made either 8x8 inches, or 12x12 inches. Our mom's portfolio can be seen here. Any of the kits you see in her pages can be used to create your page. She has some cat-specific kits, but she can also use any other kit that she has. She also has a couple of pet kits, that could be used for woofies or buns, or other animals.

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Thank you so much Normie for once again helping out with green papers where there is a need. You are the auction winner YEAH! Churchill will be happy that so many of his friend in the blogosphere love him and wish him well. My special friend Normie does not have a blog (yet:) but he comes by for a visit often since he found me last autumn when I was so very sick and almost died. We have one thing in common...we are both very tiny. Normie is a TURKISH VAN CAT. If you do not know anything about this ancient breed of cats you can learn more by clicking here. But I have a very long tail, and Normie does not. He lost his when a car bit him over ten years ago...I think he might start a new breed all of his own...a Turkish Van Manx Cat! I think it sounds rather clever. We are so often surrounded by furry friends who come by unknown to us. They love and care and purrray for us and we never even know. So I say God Bless all the kitties and all of the Lurkers...you matter and it shows!

Friday, February 15, 2008


Yesterday it was so pretty, mommy went outside and took a photo of the cosy cottage. The blue sky matches my fuzzy blue blanket and the buttery yellow on the house matches what is in bloom in the photo below.

This is the earliest flowering shrub in the garden. The curly butter yellow blossoms are fragrant like honey and look like coconut shavings. It is mommies favorite because in the autumn the leaves are a golden yellow. It is a wonderful useful shrub and we use it's tonic for a refreshing astringent in the summer. Does anyone know what it is? First right guess gets a nice card for Saint Patricks Day!

Speaking of cards...here is the card that the mommy made for the BLACK SHEEP CREAMERY. We are able to send them $80 from the auction we had for their benefit! I am so very happy about that. Thank you Tigger the FBI cat and my special friend Normie for helping the little sheep. Tigger is Pyewackets sister and Normie does not have a blog but comes to visit me often. I will show you a picture of him soon. He is a very handsome chap!

I am hiding so mommy can not put me in the envelope and send me along...


Up for a two day auction to benefit CHURCHILL the injured kitty. Please read his story at his blog. A HOPE JEWEL like a mini~me. Also a pair of Laurel Burch stamped CAT FACE ear rings in shades of green. Included is also one of mommies ATC's made with vintage Laurel Burch paper. Laurel died last year and we will miss her wonderful art works. Please consider this offering (Leave your bid inthe comments) to help a hurting kitty and scroll on down for my Valentine photo essay!

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Will you be my Valentine Mickey?
Please scroll down below and see the Valentine collage I have put together for this special romantic day!



Mommy bakes us this delish brownie filled with pecans and chocolate chips...

This is moms first rubber stamp...see the heart?
Last nights sunset with amazing colors.
A Valentine to Isis unborn kittens.

Beloved furever...
and ever...

My most precious Valentine ever...
A most beautiful Valentine composition from Adan and Michico...