December 25, 2015

Reflections at Christmas

We have been pretty absent from the blogosphere this year, but as we see holiday greetings from our furry friends, we can't help but reflect on the joy being a (albeit infrequent) part of the "cat blogging family" means to us.  We still visit all of you when we can, we don't always have time for comments, but we do try to peak in, cause, well, we love and miss you.

So even though you may not see us much, know that we are still here, still well, and still cherishing the friends we have made as a part of this pawesome community.

We're pretty sure Dexter is reflecting mostly on a certain ginger princess, but we couldn't help but think that his wistful and contented look kinda sums up how we are feeling tonight.

However you celebrate, we wish you joy, peace, merriment, good noms, headbonks and mostly all our purrs and big, big loves....

Your pals at Cherry City Kitties... Harry, Dexter, Tipp and Willow , Mom Carolyn and Dad Mark.

August 19, 2015

The most special day efur...

Today IS the most special day a mancat could efur hope for... because today is the very day, 2 years ago that I became the happiest mancat in the world.

Yep, August 19th 2013 is the day that the most gingery of Ginger Princesses, Miss Pia Bean Cole  told the world that I was her guy!

My sweet 'lil bean, though we're elebenty squillion miles apart, I hope you know that each and efurry day you are in my heart...

If I were there, I would give you my favorite precious jewel, cause I think that every Ginger Princess needs shiny pretty things.  But for now, I hope this picture will do to help bridge the miles between me and you.

Happy my dear 'lil bean ~  all my love,  Your D.

July 28, 2015

Tarot Tuesday

Decisions, decisions,decisions.

Sometimes decisions are simple.  Do I want the dry, crunchy kibble in my bowl, or purrhaps a bit of that pulled pork that dad is making a sandwich out of?  Or, which litter box shall I use today?  Oh, well, mom's right here, I'll just nudge her and she'll let me outside where all of nature is available to dig and scratch and bury in.  Easy peasy.

But sometimes, we are faced with more serious matters, and that is what today's Tarot card is all about.

In this deck, Lunaea Weatherstone's Mystical Cats Tarot, the suit of "Sky" is the same the suit of "Swords" in more traditional decks.  The Sky cats are cats who deal with conflict, and lots of it.  They trust little, and operate from their basic instincts and nature as cats.  We've seen the face on this kitty before.  My Dad calls it "Drinking the air".  This kitty knows that there is something out there, and it might not be good.  So he's putting his senses into overdrive, to gather as much information as possible to make his decision on his actions, because this is quite likely a decision which may be over the "lesser of two evils".

If you are drawn to this card, you may be facing a very tough choice, neither of which is what you really want to have to choose, but may come down to what you have to do.  This card is telling you that you alone can make the decision, and that you may have to really dig deep, rely on your own resources, inner wisdom and gut instincts to choose wisely.  This is a big one, and it is yours alone to make.

Geeze everyone, sorry if I seem kinda heavy in this post, but sometimes life is like that.  Mom says I picked the card I picked because someone out there needed to hear the message it has.  That's the way of it sometimes.  I hope if this card drew you in, it helps you know that you have it in you to do what is best.
We'll send along our best wishes for good outcomes. (And hopefully something a little lighter next time around).

~ Harry

July 23, 2015

A new breed of Chick-hen...

Hey, what's THAT out there????

There's some weird, freaky looking new Chick-hen in the back yard!!!!

Oh Dexter, stop freaking out... that's no Chick-hen...

... it's just your brother Harry!

I think it's time for an eye exam, silly ginger man...

July 21, 2015

Tarot Tuesday with Tipp

Hey everyone, it's me, Tipp and mom said it was my turn again this week to pick a card to share with you!

I'm really excited because she said I could pick from my favorite deck,  Maria Kurara's
"Black Cats Tarot"

Now technically, I'm a Tuxie, on account of my white patch, but in my heart, I'm all House Panther. See when you look at me from certain angles, who would know????  Besides, it's what's inside that counts right?

So the card I picked for you all today is....

The Eight of Coins 
That is one talented kitty on that card, and this card has a lot to do with ability, and how you get there.  Very few of us were born with that level of skill and ability, but all of us have the potential to get there.  The Eight of Coins is telling us that such perfection is possible, but it is practice that makes purrfect!  Time, focus, repetition, all play a part.  The number 8 turned on its side looks like the sign for "infinity", but Mom says it kinda is like a cycle, you start something, see it through the process, see a result, evaluate, and return again to the start with the knowledge you gained and can start again.  As we learn, we keep getting better and better, our skills get stronger, our understandings get deeper.  If we mess up, and get a glob of frosting where we hadn't planned, we can take a deep breath, learn from the mistake and begin again.  

Many of you don't know, but I have some trouble jumping sometimes.  Sometimes when I try to get up on the table  bed from a stand still, I don't quite have enough "umph" to get way up there.  I have been "left hanging" sometimes and Mom or Dad would help me, but I learned if I just take a couple quick steps and start with just a little momentum, I can pop up there just as easy as pie (and I look good doing it! MOL).  Sometimes I forget and well, I just learned the best thing to do is to let go and try again.

Mom says to tell your humans that this card can sometimes be about more formal things like school.  If your human has been thinking about learning something new... this card indicates Autumn, so maybe this next school cycle is an ideal time for them to get started, so if they've been sitting on the fence, maybe it's time to commit!

Hope you all liked this card for today,  we are really enjoying doing this.  But for now, back to bird TV,  these summer shows are extra cool because they feature hummingbirds and butterflies!

July 16, 2015

The Big Reveal

Welcome back efurrybody!  It seems like it has been elebenty squillion years since mom let me pick the Tarot cards, and I have be so impatient and such a naughty good girl waiting for the Big Reveal that I just can't stand it any longer!

So here were the cards I drew with Mom on Tuesday...

(I swear that kitty is still staring RIGHT at me!)

I picked card number 2... c'mon mom... turn 'em over... you know I can't wait any longer (and that I don't have thumbs or I would have done it already myself....)


Oooooo.... these are some interesting cards.... each one represents a different mind set or situation. Purrhaps it describes you or another kitty (or purrson) in your life... hmmm.... lets see...

Card 1 is the Knave of Swords. Most Tarot decks call this face card a "Page" for all you Tarot fans out there.  The Knave is often representing a young purrson, a purrson who may be somewhat unskilled or immature (like my brothers) or someone who new to, or learning about something.  And Swords?  Well the Sword cards are all about the mental, internal conflict and change.  What I think this card represents is trying to figure things out. You know, like you know your Mom left out some chick-hen on the counter and you've got to figure out how you're gonna get up there and get it and sneak off without her knowing (hey, no wonder that Knave looks like my brother Harry, that's his style!).  Or maybe it's like when my dad is trying to figure out how he's gonna fix somebody's phones that are broken, or how my mom is gonna figure out what she's gonna be when she grows up (hee, hee).  This card symbolizes that this learning is going on inside your head and it might even be making you a little crazy, so if it is, take a step back and put your learning into the physical world and things may smooth out a bit.

Card 2 is about a different kind of knowingness all together.  This beautiful House Panther-ess is the High Priestess, and she is all about intuition and deep soul level understanding. She sees beyond the realms of the mundane world and is tapped into things on a much deeper level.  Where the Knave of Swords will set his mind to work to figure things out, this kitty - she knows.  This card can indicate that it may be a time to trust your inner knowing, for us girls our "womanly intuition" or for you mancats you might say your "gut" instincts, even if the outside world doesn't make things so obvious.  Look within, you already have the answers you are looking for - like how I already know if I sit by the backdoor, even if I put on my best girl face that Daddy will still tell me I can't go outside...and that it IS for my own good.  (Just because I know it, doesn't mean I like it.)

Card 3 also seems to remind me of my brothers, it's The Fool.  Just kidding boys, but it's kinda neat how this card can really be another kind of mindset too.  The Fool is clueless. And I mean that in the nicest way!  Yes, mom, maybe innocent is a better word, but clueless is accurate.  The Fool just goes about doing what he is doing without a real plan, maybe somewhat aimlessly, certainly with out focus, and while we don't always have to have it all figured out, certainly stepping into situations without some care can wind us up in trouble sometimes (gulp, I wonder how steep that cliff is...)  The Fool doesn't tell us not to dream or not to reach for what we want, but it suggests that maybe some care should be taken, a bit of planning or forethought might do us some good or like when my brother Dexter thought he'd go exploring the closet the other day he might shoulda let someone know he was heading in there and he wouldn't have got trapped in there for a whole hour before Mom let him out (see, clueless).

So think about the card you chose. What does it mean to you?  I hope it gets you thinking in whatever way you need to for the best outcome!

Come see us again next Tuesday, I think it's Tipp's turn, and he has another pawesome deck, his purrsonal favorite to share a card from.  Bye for now!  ~ Willow

July 14, 2015

Tarot Tuesday

Hello efurrybody and welcome to my special edition of Tarot Tuesday!  I asked mom if we could do something different this week and she said if I promised not to try to run outside efurry time she tried to go out the door we could! (good thing she didn't see that I had my paws crossed , heh, heh, heh)

This week we're going to use the Lo Scarabeo deck "Tarot of the Pagan Cats".  I like this one cause it's little like me and I loves the handsome kitty on the back of the cards,  I think he's was looking right at me when I picked these cards.  Cards you say?  More than one?  Yes indeed!  Mom told me I could pick three cards this time (ha ha, the boys only got to pick one!) 

So here's the fun part!  Efurrybody that wants to (kitties and peeps alike) gets to pick a card... ANY card!
Leave your choices in the comments below, and then come back and visit us on Thursday for the big reveal!
Go with whichever card you are most drawn to and we'll see what it reveals to you.  I already have my card picked (and mom didn't let me peek) I can hardly wait to see what the cards hold in store for me!

See you all on Thursday!  ~ Willow (a.k.a. Naughty Kitten)

July 12, 2015

Easy like Sunday

Still working on our bathroom this weekend, but daddy took a moment before he got started to share a little easy with us...

Thanks for the snuggle daddy! 

Hope everyone has an Easy Sunday!


July 6, 2015

Tarot Tuesday

Today it was Harry's turn to draw a Tarot card to share with everyone.  After much scattering shuffling, he stood on carefully selected his card...

Today's card comes from the beautiful Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot by Alex Ukolov and Karen Mahony.  I love the digitally combined imagery of real cats, incredible costumes and European scenery that recreate in a rich and fantastical way the imagery of the original Rider-Waite Tarot.

Todays card is...

Swords are the suit of the mind, of intellect and mental force.  They can also be cards of struggle and conflict, especially within one's self.  This handsome ginger mancat looks utterly spent, so deep in slumber that he doesn't even seem to realize he is laying on top of a d-o-g !  But rest, as we know is restorative, and the Four of Swords is telling us that it may be time to just do that.  Perhaps we have been struggling with outrageous work issues, frustrating time crunches or emotional upheaval.  Maybe the energy of the long summer days (or the dark of the long winter nights for our friends on the other side of the globe) have disturbed our normal rhythms.  Or perhaps we have just simply been burning our candle at both ends.  Whatever it is, it's time to slow down, regain some balance and there is no better way to do that than to give ourselves a little break.  Allow yourself to separate from the struggles, and just treat yourself to well earned break.  Do a little something for yourself that brings you peace.  Meditation, a walk in a quiet place, sitting on the beach watching the seagulls, a glass of lemonade and that good book you've been dying to read... now is the time.  Go deep, let it go, play hookey if you have too, but get in some well earned "you time".

Harry took this cards advice to heart.  After a delicious tuna feast, he headed up to one of his favorite spots, up onto the cat tree, high above the hub-bub below and went off to dreamland.  I'm sure he'll awaken, refreshed and rejuvenated (just about the time we try to crawl into bed for the night... sigh).

July 3, 2015

Still Life

Mom said that this one was a "piece of cake".  I held reallllllllly still for her so she could "sketch" all my best features.

(really she just used Pencil Sketch in Picassa, but hey, it turned out pretty good anyway, huh?)

Thanks to Athena for the wonderful Caturday Art Blog Hop.  I hope mom keeps up the good work and creates some more cool artsy-fartsy (tee hee, I said "fart"... tee hee) pictures to share with you.

June 30, 2015

Tarot Tuesday

Hi everyone!  We sure had fun last week kicking off Tarot Tuesdays, so here we are, back again with another interesting insight into the mysteries of the universe...

Seriously, it's really quite interesting the way that you can connect to the Tarot.  For me it brings attention to some are of life that needs a bit of focus, perhaps something I have an inkling of, or has been rummaging around in the back of my mind.  Drawing particular Tarot cards and letting my mind be open to the first impressions they make often gives me insights at a deeper level.  Of course kitties ALWAYS think and act at a deeper level, so maybe their insights are more of a " well... yeah Mom... doesn't everyone get that?" kinda thing.  Who knows?

So today's deck is  the "Tarot for Cats" deck, by Regen Dennis and illustrated by Kipling West.  These cards descriptions were definitely written with our furry loved ones in mind, but I think we're tricky enough to interpret them in our mere human lives, don't you?

So today Tipp drew the card.  Well... actually, he stepped on it.  But it was the first one he landed on, so I'm good with that.

The Chariot

So this is a card that shows that this cat has arrived.  But how did he get there?  His fancy wheels? Nope. That's not what got this guy to where he is today.  You don't get to be truly the "Top Cat" without intense focus, determination and doing whatever it takes to get to your goal. The Chariot tells you that you WILL get there, but reminds you that there are possibly some distractions along the way.  Notice the deep shiny black car with it's contrasting whitewall tires?  Those opposites may have you thinking this way or that, but if you just keep your wheels rolling on the road without taking detours, you'll get there.  It's about focus.  The single mindedness that you see when your kitty "winds up" before the pounce.  You've seen it.  The intense focus. They are all about that mousey and it is going to die, die, DIE!!!!  I know when Tipp goes into that mode, a stinking bowl of tuna couldn't change his focus and he gets his prey every time.  And then boy does he do the "Top Cat" strut, carrying it around the house, I have no choice but to follow along, stick in hand on his leash!

Has there been something keeping you from your goals?  Now's the time to refocus and get back on the road. The Chariot says you'll get there as long as you are willing to do the work!

June 27, 2015

Bustin' owt!


Dis ain't no escape, I Busted out to Busta Move!

Here we go! (cue music...)


"The Penninsula Paw Fling"


"The Inverted Turtle"


"The Paddler"


"The Cross Town Kriss-Kross"


my signature move "The Reverse Sphinx"

Hope you dug my moves as much as I did... dis gurl iz done.

June 23, 2015

Welcome to Tarot Tuesday

Hello everyone and welcome to Tarot Tuesday! 

As the gang told you,  I have been fascinated by "tools of divination" since the way back, and I have been delving back into working with Tarot cards and Runes in the last year or so, using them primarily for  personal meditation and growth.  I do find them to be great tools to help me "think outside the box" on matters, a card or rune drawn in relation to a matter at hand can offer me a new way to think about the situation, particularly if I am stuck in my head, or going round and round, or if I don't see the greater message in what is going on.  A particular card gives me a focus, and it often gives me a "light bulb" moment and some clarity.  And besides that, it's fun!

I have several decks of cards, including a few different "cat themed" decks (surprise, surprise), so I thought I would draw a card once a week, and share some insights with you.

Actually, I am going to try to get one of the kitties to draw a card for you, and maybe they'll get a clue gain some insight as well.  Regardless, let's have some fun exploring ....

The first card we're going to visit is from the Cat's Eye Tarot deck, by Debra Givin, DVM.  Yep, that's right Dr. Debra is a vet with an exclusively feline practice called "The Cat Doctor" in Maine.  She uses Tarot in the same way I do, as a "tool for reflection and way to think through a situation", and of course she's a cat lover, so how could I NOT have this deck!  Her cards show cats in their natural state, doing things cats do, yet she has related them to traditional Tarot deck meanings.

Dexter was the only one awake with me just now, so I sat down on the couch with him, fanned out the deck and waited. And waited. And... waited.   Finally, when the moment was right  he yawned, and stretched and his paw landed on this card... the Six of Wands!

Are any of us surprised he pawed out a card with a big ol' Ginger Mancat strutting his stuff ?  Well, based on this confident fellow's look, he's just scored some big victory, something was won here.  The it is definitely the card of something successful, but let's look a bit closer...

While this Tom has definitely had things going his way, you have to wonder at what cost.  The other kitties around him are not exactly cheering him on, in fact that Tuxie is definitely flying him the "ears of annoyance".  Perhaps this Ginger boy is a little to cocky in his glory, or perhaps he stepped on a few toes getting where he was going.  The Six of Wands begs us to look at our success with an eye toward humility and how things affect the harmony around us.  While sometimes the Ginger boy wins a spot on mom's lap, it doesn't always mean his brother won't be a bit jealous and it may garner him a whap with a paw or at least a flattening of the ears in disrespect as he hops off the couch in search of dad.  It's not that you can't enjoy the good things in your life, it's just that this card asks the question "at what price, victory?".

I hope you enjoyed this first little taste of the Tarot.  If you haven't already, check out our Facebook page, I'm going to be posting some chances for you to pick a card for your own insights, and in a couple weeks I'll be giving away a mini-reading with the deck of your choice!   I hope you'll enjoy this as much as I will!

June 20, 2015

Mom's new promise...

We're still here everyone... just hanging out in the "great white north" of the Michigan Mitten, doin' what cats do while their humans go through the twists and turns of life...

Mom says she has really missed blogging, and wishes she had more hours in her day to visit and keep up with all our friends with us, but things change and, we're just really happy she said she'll be starting to do some more!

So we got her to promise to shoot for 2 posts a week.  One post will be our choice, and could be about darn near anything our furry hearts desire... noms, nip, naps.... you get the idea....

The other post she's gonna have some fun with something else that interests her... Tarot Cards!!!

Mom has always been fascinated by fortune telling and cards since she was a kitten kid... she remembers using playing cards with her friends to figure out it  Johnny So-and-so would ask them to a dance... asking advice from a "Magic Eight Ball"  and looking to contact  "the other side" with a Ouija board...

Well, her interests and understandings have matured a bit since then (matured? We don't know if we would have quite put it that way...MOL!)  and Mom has worked with things like Tarot Cards and Runes as a way to help herself and other people to look deeper at their lives and living, a way, she says to help "think outside the box" (which we don't really understand, because why would you want to be out of a box, when you could be in one?).  So once a week Mom is going to post a card from one of her cat card decks and share some of it's meanings with us.  We thinks this could be kinda fun!  

So look for us on Tuesdays, with "Tuesday Tarot" and then another day with some other feline goodness as we attempt to hold our Mom to her promises!  For now, here is a little something to kick off our return... this is the card Mom pulled from the "Cat Comfort Cards" deck by Kat Lover and Kitty Wisdom, illustrated by Diana Hocking.  We thinks it's pretty appropriate!

Have a great weekend efurrybody!

Harry, Dexter, Tipp and Willow

April 12, 2015

Easy Sunny Sunday

Mom was just sitting at the computer and she couldn't resist this shot of the three of us enjoying the first really nice spring day.  

Where's Dexter, you might ask? 

He found a sun puddle on the table where Mom was working on her Viking Runes... may be he's dreaming of Valhalla, but more likely, he's dreaming of a certain ginger warrior princess....

Happy Sunny Sunday everyone!

February 14, 2015

Sometimes Valentines are for friends...

Hi everyone, Willow here.

Bet you thought you'd see mushy old Dexter here today, gushing purple lovey hearts all over the interwebs for his true love Pia Bean Cole, but as most of you know, sweet Pia just lost her brother Maxx, who went over the Rainbow Bridge this week, so we thought we'd take it easy and let Pia and her family have some time to give all their love to Angel Maxx right now...

So sometimes Valentine's day is all about lovey dovey stuff, and sometimes it's about just plain love.  You know, like the kind friends have for each other.  Take me for instance.  I while back, I met a very handsome mancat who lives right here in my home state, even though I live up at the tip of the pinky of the Michigan mitten and he lives more down by, well, the base of the thumb.  In case you can't guess from that, it's Cody from Cat Chat with Caren and Cody, and turns out, we have more in common than just living in Michigan!

Turns out that Cody and I are both in the Tabby Cat Club.  And Cody's mom and my dad are both from Cleveland Ohio and like the Cleveland Browns Football team.  And of course we both have a blog, although Cody's mom is a pawesome blogger and my mom, well, let's just not look at the last date of the last post on our blog, eh mom ?


Imagine my surprise when a package came in the mail yesterday...

 SURPRISE!  It was from my friend Cody!   What a great card, Friends really ARE gifts!

What could this be ????

Well, I'll tell you what... It's a pawesome to  efelant  puffalump  pfeffernuese   oh, it's a big pink animally thing with a long nose and it purrfectly matches our "universal blanket of love".  Cody, how did you know it would be so purrrfect????

Aren't I just the luckiest girl to get such a great prezzie ?  Thanks again to my special friend Cody,  dood, you're the best!  Hope you all have a very fun filled Valentine's week end,  I know me and this little pink guy are going to !

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