Thursday, December 29, 2022

A Moment with Norma

Sometimes at night, Norma becomes contemplative for a moment or two. And then she resumes throwing her toy mouse down the hallway and chasing Alias full speed down the steps…

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Pink Panther

If Alias’ snout looks elongated, it’s because this picture was taken right before he yawned. I think he looks a little like the cartoon Pink Panther. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2022


It’s been freezing here the past few days with below zero temperatures. Perfect snuggling weather.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Norma and Alias

They were born part of a litter of six. They immediately were the two that bonded most closely. Their personalities are so different and complement each other perfectly. I’m truly blessed to have shared in their day to day lives for two years now.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Sky’s Falling

It hasn’t arrived yet but the forecast is for blizzard like weather the next few days. Alias is getting ready for it.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Sibling Time

Enjoying a heat bath together. Theo cleaned the top of Norma’s head and Norma did her stretch of approval.

Monday, December 19, 2022

Thursday, December 15, 2022


The space heater has three big fans (Theo, Alias, and Norma).

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Shelley and Kellie

When I started this blog many many years ago blogging was in its infancy. I never thought blogging about da Boyz would be seen by anyone. It was more an attempt to force me to write something every day, and archiving pictures of Thompson, Diego-San, and Theo. And yet somehow someone somewhere (Canada) began leaving comments on our blog. Shelley too was beginning to blog about her cat, Kellie the Orange Cat, so we regularly read, left comments on a daily basis on our blogs.

Shelley and I connected on Facebook but rarely communicated. She shared when Kellie died and left comforting comments when Thompson and Diego-San died. So I’m really sad to read that Shelley passed away this week. I so appreciated our strange connection- a love of cats and the work of blogging about our love of our feline companions. We never really met, never got to know each other on a significant basis but I can’t express how much Shelley and Kellie meant/mean to me. Our blogging connected us over a shared love of our cats and that truly meant a lot to me. I mourn this loss of a friend I never knew yet connected with so significantly. 

Monday, December 12, 2022

Friday, December 09, 2022

Thursday, December 08, 2022


Back in the winter of 1999 when my Mom was dying, my Dad bought her a space heater to help her try to stay warm. I somehow ended up with that space heater but have never used it, storing it instead in a closet. When my furnace went out last month I finally pulled out the space heater. Theo in particular, and Norma too, both have enjoyed the heat it provides… I’m glad the heater connects my Mom with Theo and Norma.

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Historic Day

For the first time ever, these two snuggled. And it was initiated by Norma.

Tuesday, December 06, 2022


Alias is a little afraid of the size of the cat on the wall next to him…

Friday, December 02, 2022

Theo’s Philosophy

It’s been a difficult year but Theo’s always been one to keep his chin up.

Thursday, December 01, 2022


It’s gotten really cold outside so a) we’re glad we have a new furnace; and b) they are glad to have someone to snuggle with.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The Sky is Falling

We got a ton of snow yesterday. Norma and Alias were fascinated watching it fall from the sky. They also got to hear some choice words from the food/shovel guy.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Monday, November 28, 2022

Friday, November 25, 2022

Perfect Place

This is Alias’ go to spot after he has finished his breakfast. I envy the boy.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Big Brother

I’m loving that Theo is loving his brother more and more, seeking out time to hang together.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Blast from the Past

I was looking for some documents related to an insurance claim and I came across this Petfinder description of Diego-San and Thompson. It was an 100 percent accurate description of the two Boyz I got to spend so many years with…

Monday, November 21, 2022


Our furnace went out last Thursday right as temperatures severely dropped. I put out space heaters and bought a new furnace that was installed on Friday much to the chagrin of Norma and Alias (all the noise). But at least we have heat again albeit now we have a huge hole in our pocket…

Friday, November 18, 2022

Theo Update

Theo had a trip to the vet to get blood drawn. He was deep in a nap when I nabbed him to put in the carrier. He was none too pleased. He’s gained a little weight since his last visit so that’s good.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Big Brother

Before I brought Alias and Norma home, I told Theo he was going to be a great big brother just like Thompson and Diego-san had been for him. It’s taken a while for Theo to warm up to his new siblings but more and more he’s taking naps with them, particularly Alias. This was as close to cuddling as they’ve gotten and to see it, melts my heart…

Monday, November 14, 2022


Theo has been doing some things he rarely has done during our 17 years together and they make me happy and sad. He’s never been a lap cat yet these days he wants to sit on my lap a couple o times a day. And he’s rarely joined me in bed but for the past few months when I wake up in the morning he sleeping next to my side. I’m glad I’m giving him comfort but I’m sad it means he isn’t feeling like himself.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Sunny Brain

Theo is wondering why his brain feels so enlightened. I told him it’s the sun beaming in through his ears.

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Hey Bro

Theo and Alias took a long nap together yesterday afternoon. Alias really does like it when his big brother spends time with him.

Monday, November 07, 2022

Theo. Update

Theo’s appetite has returned with a vengeance. All he wants to do is eat, which has been his lifelong obsession. Unfortunately no matter how much I feed him, he still seems to be losing weight, a symptom of hyperthyroidism. Still I’m glad his love of food has returned.

Friday, November 04, 2022


I’m sure this will be a major part of their weekend routine.

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Rough Life

Alias has interrupted his nap to sit in a sun puddle. Life is hard.

Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Cutest Pet

Our office had a ‘cutest pet’ contest as part of our charitable giving campaign. There was an entry fee and a fee to cast votes. I submitted this picture but didn’t pay to vote. They finished second to a cute dog wearing a cute outfit. I think they were disappointed they didn’t win so I didn’t tell them i didn’t even vote. 

Monday, October 31, 2022


I guess they are expecting me to entertain them with a Halloween dance.

Friday, October 28, 2022

House Huddle

We’ve decided as the weather is starting to turn cold it’s best for us all to huddle together. 

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Norma Jean

I think I’m going to have to change Norma’s middle name from “Jean” to “Don’t.” I say “Norma, don’t” a lot throughout the day.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022


Theo is definitely doing better. We switched to applying his medication by rubbing it in his ear. This method bypasses his digestion system so he hasn’t been throwing up as much and he’s eating all his meals more. He’s even moving faster than he has for over a year. I’m glad he’s feeling more like himself…

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Monday, October 24, 2022

Abandoned Naps

Less and less they are coming downstairs to nap with me as I watch TV. But yesterday Norma and I took a long nap together and Alias eventually joined us. That felt nice…

Friday, October 21, 2022

Blanket Monster

Alias is being swallowed up by the blanket monster. He’s entirely OK with that.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Brotherly Concern

Alias is asking me why I can’t help his brother feel better…And I just wish I could.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Theo Update

Theo has spent the past two days throwing up multiple times. He tries to eat some but eventually he throws up what’s he’s eaten. I’ve stopped his thyroid medication again… I have found a wet food that he likes and will eat so hopefully I can get the vomiting to stop or become less frequent. Have a call into the vet to figure out what we try next…