Our Aunt Gracie is hosting a Halloween Party today. Everyone is invited. Hope to see you there!!!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Please come in and make yourself at home. There are plenty of cold, fountain cokes, juicy hamburgers with french fries and all the old fashioned ice cream sodas you can drink!
The gang is already inside waiting for you.
Karl, Ruis, Asta, Gracie, me, Opus, and Momo
(photo by Gracie)
We have some great oldies playing on the jukebox and tons of room to dance.
(photo by Gracie)
Karl and Gracie made a beautiful cake! It is so pretty that I almost hate to cut it! But it sure does look yummy!
And another wonderful card from my dear friends at The Cat Realm
This beautiful card just arrived from Indiana. It is from Miss. Gracie!
And this wonderful card came from dear friends Samantha, Clementine & Maverick.
Thank you all so much for your thoughtful and creative cards! I just LOVE them!!!!!
Stay as long as you like. The diner is open 24 hours a day and the party will be going on all weekend.
(a gift from Karl & Ruis)
Thursday, February 25, 2010
When Olive was adopted at the shelter, we were told that she was seven. Since we don't know the exact date of her birthday we have decided to make her "Gotcha Ya" day her offical birthday since that is the day her second life began.
The party will start tomorrow and will go on through out the weekend. Stop by when you have a chance to enjoy some hambugers, french fries and ice cream sodas! The juke box will be on and we will be waiting for you!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
One year ago today my life changed. While visiting my folks back in the States, I stopped in at the local animal shelter "just to look". Opus had been sad and crying out in the night for months after the passing of his brother. I decided that IF I could find the right cat, I might just take one back for him.
I spotted "Patches" on the internet long before I packed my bags and boarded the plane to America. The shelter had sent me a list of declawed cats who were currently living at the shelter. Patches was on that list. With Opus on my lap, I looked at the photo of Patches from our home in Italy and couldn't help but wonder if she was "the one".
getting pretty in hopes they might pick me!
At seven years old, Patches had been the product of divorce. She and the dog she had spent her entire life with were taken to the animal shelter by a bitter husband who had (presumably) been left by his wife. His excuse for not keeping the family dog and the tiny calico cat? He coldly stated that they were his wife's animals and he couldn't take care of them.
getting to know each other
The first cat I spotted when I walked into the shelter last February was a tiny calico cat. She gazed at me from the other side of the glass window, her olive colored eyes melting my heart from the moment she looked at me.
looking cute in the window
Two days later, with a new pet carrier, a new pink collar, a fuzzy pink blanket, and paper work complete, I walked out of the animal shelter and "Patches" began her new life. The first question my husband asked was if we could change her name. I called her by name many times those first few days together. When it became clear that she did not know her name, we changed it.
A new name for a new life.
love at first sight!
After spending the reminder of my vacation with me in the States, Olive and I boarded a plane and headed home to Italy. Opus was thrilled to have a cat in our home again, but a nervous Olive was a little more hesitant. After six weeks in the pound, five weeks at my parent's house, three plane rides and a new country, Olive was beyond nervous. For the first week she growled and hissed at the mere sight of Opus. It broke my heart as I could see that Opus wanted nothing more than to play with his new sister.
Slowly by slowly, in quiet ways I noticed that things were starting to change. In time, Olive learned that she could trust her new home and the people (and cat) in it.
home at last ....
It was a year ago today when I first laid eyes on Olive. She looked so sad and lost in the animals shelter. She was a nervous little thing as she was surrounded by strangers, both humans and animals.
It warms my heart to see her curled up with us on the sofa, puring away with a heart full of love. She has been a wonderful addition to our family and we feel so blessed to have her in our lives.FOREVER!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Warmming up before the big exhibition.
On the platform waiting to start their performance.
Check out the Island of Cats blog to see all the teams who are competing in the Synchronized Snoozing! Happy Cat-O-Lympics and good luck to the all athletes!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
You can not imagine our relief when Ollie and I discovered that we were unharmed but are sad to report that our barrel didn't survive. After several minutes of checking to make sure if we all made it safely we found that Gracie was in need of a little help.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Olive woke up this morning and when she looked out onto the falls she noticed that a barrel was in the water and heading towards the falls. She yelled for all of us to get down the the falls and see what was going on.
You can imagine to our surprise and horror when we saw that Gracie and Barney were in the barrel and already going over the falls!Photo by Karl
All for one and one for all! We all jumped into a barrel and headed into the water. After going half way down the falls I think we were all wondering what did we do?
TO BE CONTINUED!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Photo by Gracie
Today is a big day in our hometown of Indianapolis because our football team, the Colts, are playing in the Super Bowl today! We got into the MFV and headed to our Aunt Gracie's and are watching the game there. We also are helping her serve up refreshments while we enjoy the game because she is having an open house all day Super Bowl Party and everyone is invited.
Hope your favorite team wins!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
We are so excited as we have rented the Dr. Seuss kid's suite at the Portofino Bay Hotel at Univeral Studios!
At last Karl remembered what he had left behind at Gracie's house, his suitcases! And guess who was inside?
Monday, January 18, 2010
Gracie was waiting for us this morning with her bags packed and ready for her big adventure.
(photo by Gracie)
Once we arrived she quickly put on her blind fold and the adventure began. As we headed out across the Indiana sky, Karl had an uneasy feeling that he had forgotten something. Though Ruis tried to calm his fears, Karl was sure that something had definitely been forgotten but could not figure out what it was.
Meanwhile back in Gracie's room......
(photo by Karl)
Can anyone guess where we might be taking Gracie for her birthday? We will give you one, little hint....