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Last Thanksgiving Day, the kittens that belong to these paws, Marigold and Poe Starling,  met their future fathers, David and Shawn, at our Holiday Feast.

David and Shawn will be joining us this year, along with a houseful of friends and family to share another meal. We're looking forward it and are scurrying around today to get everything prepared for the event. There's shopping to do, pies to bake, cleaning, crafting -- the list goes on and on!  

And while we're checking things off of the list, in the back of my mind, I'm thinking about all that we have to be thankful for this Season.

You all are at the top this list. Thank you for being patient and supportive while we've been wading through all that happened this year.  Your kindness and love helped us tremendously.  We appreciate you so much.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving, dear ones.  We hope you're spending tomorrow with a table full of good food and love. We hope you're happy, healthy, and feeling peace.  We wish the same for your critters and loved ones, too.  

Much, much love,

Laurie, Craig, Charlene Butterbean and Wylla.






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I'm happy to announce that our dear Butterbean is much feeling better. Her anxiety level has returned to "normal, " and things are once again, looking good in the litter box.  She went and visited her doctor on Tuesday, and we got a positive report.
We're hoping that's the end of the Big D, but should it return, we'll take her in for an ultrasound to see if there's some sort of underlying issue.  The poor girl has had so many visits to the vet this year -- I guess that just happens as our kitties age.


That was a hard couple of weeks for her, and I'm so glad things are better. Her Hyperesthesia kicked into high-drive and she was having such a hard time relaxing.  I'm so happy to see her comfortable once again.  She's returned to her happy, purring self.  

I think Wylla is really glad to have her sister back to normal, too. Bean was so easily agitated when she wasn't feeling well and had zero tolerance for her pesky little sister.  There were a few spats and eventually, Wylla figured out that it was better to keep a safe distance from Bean, so that's what she did.  They're back to romping, chasing, playing and snuggling just like they used to do.  Of course, there are still a few spats every now and again, but that's just part of their relationship. We call it "fun fighting" --  it never gets too heated.

Thank you for all of the well-wishes for our girl!  We are so glad to have a healthy Bean who's out in the world and not retreating because she doesn't feel great.

Welcome back, Charlene Butterbean!













And, Wylla. Thank you for being so patient while your sister was on the mend!












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 I've been working hard trying to organize ten years of kitten photographs and have been spending lots of time in front of my computer. Usually, I float around the house with my laptop but because I'm shuffling things around on external hard drives, the cords are keeping me tethered to my desk.

Thankfully, I have my ever-present Wylla to keep me company.  With this little beauty by my side, even the tedious task of organizing hundreds of thousands of photo files is bearable!

It's horribly dark, windy and rainy right now, but before the storm moved in, we did get a few sunny afternoons. I took these photos earlier in the week when the days were still bright.  Wylla is beautiful year-round, but I do think she looks loveliest in the fall light!

Fall is Charlene's season, too, but she has been keeping a lower profile and is still not feeling her best. Hopefully, her GI issues will be resolved soon and we will have our normal girl back.  For now, we'll keep doing all we can to figure this out and get her through it while trying to minimize her anxiety and keep her comfortable.  Thank you for well-wishes for our Girl.  It's nice knowing you are out there and rooting for our girl!





































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 I didn't get a lot of photos of the Waddells while they were with us.  When they moved in they were filthy little things and don't like to take pictures of kittens in that state.

They had their baths and there were really just a few days before things started spiraling down, and once that started, I didn't do a lot of documentation.   I wish I could have got a formal family portrait before they left, but I didn't.  But I did get a couple of them all together in the hands of our friend, Sarah.

These aren't the greatest photos in the world, but I'm grateful to have a few images of these dear things from this period of time.













I thought I might be sharing a little more on the blog, but I've been struggling to post. I have a couple of stories to share -- like our Tea with Bean (and Wylla) and an adoption tale from our previous litter --  but I'm just not feeling very inspired to write.  Partially because losing our Waddells took the wind out of my sails a bit, but also because of all the horribleness that's been happening in our country.  I haven't wanted to be online -- I've wanted to retreat and just be with the ones I love the most.

Instagram seems like a safe space, so I've been sharing a lot more over there.  Until I get things back up to speed over here, that's a good place to see what we're up to.   Wylla and Bean have been particularily lovely lately -- they both look so beautiful in fall light.
Thanks, as always, for the love and support.
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We received the most wonderful surprise in the mail the other day --- three itty bitty Waddells. One had a tail and two were without, of course.

They were knit by our friend Leigh and they were a gift from her dear family.  She included a very sweet message, too




Thank you for this touching gift, Leigh. We will treasure these always. They will serve as a sweet reminder of not only the dear beings we knew so briefly but also the of the love and kindness that surrounded us when they passed.

Your thoughtfulness lifted our spirits -- thank you for this.  
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