Valentina: Hey everyone! It's Two Tuxedo Toosday
Manhattan: That's a silly photo of us, Z-Girl. Vali is washing my ear.
Valentina: We just wanted to report that the Blizzard of 2015 was a BUST here in Jersey City.
Manhattan: And, that we are happy that we didn't have to fret over our outdoor buddies surviving 2+ feet of snow and 50+MPH winds.
Valentina: M, didn't you live through a blizzard, back in 2009?
Manhattan: I don't think it was a real blizzard, but there was a lot of snow. Z-Girl had to dig around the grate where I would come out for food. She still tells me how happy she was when I emerged for my meal the day after the storm.
Valentina: She also told me a story about another kitty who arrived in her life during a blizzard. But that was a loooong time ago.
Today is a busy day of sitting in the sun and enjoying the warmth of our home. We hope that you too are peacefully appreciating this day. If you are in the North East, please be safe. Some areas are still experiencing poor weather conditions.
Furrow Avenue view of the backyard into Patapsco State Park, around Winter1992
Duffy was very sick and we sadly put him to sleep to end his suffering. Punkin was lonely but simultaneously took to my mom readily and became curious about the Door into the House. We already had three girl cats and territory issues. You know the story: he worked his way into the sunroom, then the kitchen, and then gained full run of the house. Sure, there was hissing and spitting but it subsided quickly. Wonderful and loving boy--he had a thick coat of fur and loved to be pet and scratched, but he played shy with strangers. We were lucky to have him a long time and I am ever inspired by my mother's determination to rescue these two cats despite their initial reluctance to accept human touch. Blizzards or the threat of them remind me of the homeless kitties searching shelter. Punkin was so grateful for his home, and we in turn were happy to open our hearts to such a sweet feline. RIP Punkin, you are dearly missed.
Manhattan: I show my gratitude every day, Z-Girl. I purr and give you head bonks. A lot of them. I also pretend not to smell the Friskies on your hands when you come back from feeding the outside colony.
Valentina: It's time to resume my sun soaking, everyone.
Over and OUT!
Valentina enjoying the KittyPod by the windows and my desk.