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The Joy of Pets

April 5th, 2016

If you know me in person, then you also have had the great pleasure of knowing two of my favorite ‘critters’ on the planet-   IMG_1539JJ and Mister Mistoffeeles.    JJ, the Cairn Terrier, who never meets a stranger, and pretty much loves everyone.   He’s smart, social and a joy.  Even when he’s misbehaving and getting into trouble, the looks he gives me often have me cracking up with laughter.

Mister M. is more of the majestic, total zen and cool cat.    He doesn’t let much get under his skin, but at the same time he’s extremely spoiled.   He likes to drink water from the bathroom sink- and will sit there sometimes for an hour waiting for someone to enter and give him some.   I guess we can’t say he isn’t patient when it comes to that.    On the other hand,  like many cats, he can be quite demanding- wanting to be petted and meowing until he gets his way.   Stop before he’s ready and you’ll be met with more meows.

IMG_1480I miss them when we travel and know that it doesn’t matter if we leave the house for five minutes or five weeks, they are always thrilled to see us return.    I know not everyone finds pets to bring such joy to their household, but I can’t imagine my life without them.   I know Marcel feels the same.

As you can see from the photo (both of these are from my Instagram feed-   you can find me by searching for Wizardress), Mister M. was having one of his moments and thinking that the Apple TV remote was a chew toy-   He is obsessed with it for some reason.   I’m not sure why, but if he had his way and I wasn’t paying attention, he would be using it to bat all over the house.

Needless to say, that’s not happening.

Even in those little ‘naughty’ moments, I still smile, and wouldn’t take anything for them.    After all, they are our four-legged members of the family.


My Constant Shadow

March 17th, 2016

Mister Mistoffelees, my favorite cat on the planet.    He will be 11 years old in August- and still full of spunk.  I love him dearly.  He is loyal, albeit occasionally moody (who isn’t?).  He makes me laugh on a daily basis and brings me constant joy.    He’s VERY spoiled, and a bit of a diva (if men could be divas), but if you’ve met him, you would be hard pressed not to fall in love with him on the spot.IMG_0687

I’ve always been a cat person, since I was a child.   Don’t get me wrong, I love all animals, but cats have my soul.   When I was a child, I wanted to BE a cat.  (Yes, it’s true! haha)   When the super hero cartoons would come on,  I would always pretend I was cat woman.  I loved her-  and felt sure that if there was a super hero that I should be-  it should definitely be her!   I also wanted to be Wonder Woman, too, but that has nothing at all to do with my love of cats, but I also digress.

I shared this photo yesterday on Instagram.  I happened to notice when Mister M. woke up from one of his many daily naps, and snapped this shot with my iPhone before he ran off to eat.   Right now, as I type this, he’s curled up on the edge of the sofa behind me, awaiting me to get up and go take a bath, where he will also happily follow along, sit on the side of the tub & cry for water until I use the shower sprayer to allow him to have a drink.   Remember that I mentioned he was a ‘little’ spoiled?  Perfect example!

What about you?   Do you like pets? Do you have one?   What do you prefer and why?  Inquiring minds want to know.



The Dog Ate My Homework- Err Tomato

August 3rd, 2015

Ok- It wasn’t exactly homework, but instead my lovingly nurtured cherry tomato. Below is the run-down on how my beloved doggie ate my homework tomato.


For months I’ve been nurturing (sometimes too much) my cherry tomato plant, turned tree.

I’ve waited in not-so-patient anticipation for the first tomato harvest. During the weekend, I found the first two had turned orange and excitedly waited to pick them. To savor the first tomatoes from my ‘tree’.

. As I ran bath water for JJ’s much needed bath- I ran outside to see if the beloved two tomatoes were ready. I was celebratory to find they were, and carefully removed them. Today, was the day I would enjoy my tomatoes.

Not wanting to forget the bath water- I put them on a piece of MS pottery that’s on my coffee table, and off to the bathroom I went.

It was then I heard it. Marcel saying, ‘We have a thief in the house.”

I return to the living room to find a very excited JJ devouring the rest of the largest of the small red jewels.IMG_4893

Since he wanted the second one (pictured), I can only assume they are tasty.

Gotta love a dog who loves his veggies and will even steal to get them.

Moral of the story- never pick tomatoes and leave them unattended when JJ is nearby.

Happy Monday y’all.

Day 90- 100 Happy Days

February 16th, 2015

90I fell in love with this puppy!   We had gone to a birthday party at a friends house-  and her in-laws were at the party, in from Belgium- and so was this gorgeous little bundle of puppy joy-


This is what I wrote about her-  Sweet Bella the beagle pup.

Cat Food??

November 21st, 2014

persimmonsI love the South-   Granted, I am biased since it is my ‘home’, but there is something about coming home to the Deep South that feels like a warm hug and a blanket of love.    Maybe it’s the hospitality-  maybe it’s the family and friends-  the water- or maybe it’s something that runs much deeper.

One of the things I love about this time of the year and being back ‘home’ is the fruit that can be found around the property.    Mom and diddy’s persimmon tree produced in abundance this year- and I grabbed a ripe one that had fallen to the ground, and dug in.    Creamy and perfectly sweet-   delicious bliss.

But what is that?   A cat eating a persimmon?   What happened to mice and other creatures?   I’m sure they get their fair share of both, but a fan of persimmons they are.   You can find them on occasion gathered under the tree having their own Southern Style feast-  of nothing more than the orange colored fruits-      Who knew?  Certainly not I.   One thing I do know for sure-  that always magnificent Mister Mistoffelees wouldn’t give it a second glance.

Day 43- 100 Happy Days

October 24th, 2014

43During the morning hours of this particular day- we had massive amounts of rain fall within a short amount of time.    The result of that was flash-flooding which meant the canals ‘grew’ out of their banks.   This meant easy swimming and fun for JJ an also wading in the puddles for me.

I’ve long been a huge fan of water, and splashing around in the extra water made me laugh out loud and giggle like a child.    Nothing like those pure joy moments that come out of the little things.

The following day the water had receded completely, but it was fun while it lasted.

Day 42- 100 Happy Days

October 23rd, 2014

42The many faces of Mister Mistoffelees.   For those of you who haven’t met Mister M.  He’s a seal bi-colored Ragdoll cat and the love of my kitty life-    He’s a joy to me on SO many levels.  He is my shadow, my constant companion and sidekick.  He’s hilarious- and he is clearly the king of this castle.

Happy doesn’t begin to describe how he makes me.   He’s 9 years old this year, but continues to bring me so much happiness..  Love him dearly-   Pets aren’t ‘just’ animals, they’re members of the family.

Day 30- 100 Happy Days

August 2nd, 2014

30To know me is to know just how much I love both JJ and Mister Mistoffelees- aka Mister M.     They are a constant source of laughter and pure joy in our lives.

On this particular day-  the rare occasion occurred where they are sharing a space close to each other.    The following is what I shared with this happy post for the 100 Happy Days challenge:

When no one is looking- they actually love each other.    Both bring so much joy to my life.

Bath Time for JJ

February 2nd, 2014

20140202-174223.jpg Yesterday, I took advantage of the gap in my schedule and decided to give JJ a little clip around his eyes, plus give him a bath. I’m blessed in the fact that he actually loves the bath, even more so when he gets to take his favorite toy along to keep things interesting.

Granted, it makes for a little longer bath time, but I can tell it brings him joy, so why not?

I mentioned buying a Furminator for Mister M. not too long ago, so yesterday I decided to give it a try on JJ’s fur. It worked like a charm on him too, plus it allowed me to get rid of some of his excess fur, that may have otherwise ended up in his crate or on the floor.

So even though I bought the Furminator for long haired cats, it works on dogs too.

He is now all spiffed and ready for our upcoming road trip, which starts tomorrow. This will be our first time traveling with both pets, so should be an adventure.

Answer to Shedding Woes

January 13th, 2014

furminatorBack during the holidays, I answered a prize question that our vet asked on their Facebook page, and won a gift card to our local pet store.   At the time, I planned to use it get a little toy for both JJ and Mister M. for their Christmas stockings, but I ended up being so busy with work that Christmas came and went without ever doing that.

One day I was reading posts on my favorite phone app. (Happier), and someone mentioned that they’d purchased the Furminator to help with keeping their pets groomed.     Several other people gave rave reviews about it, and since I’d never heard of the Furminator, I decided to do a little Internet browsing.

I did quite a bit of reading and research, and everything I saw was positive.   From the information, I decided to price them, and even though they were not ‘inexpensive’  (around 40.00 each), I knew that if it would help with Mister M.’s horrible shedding during the Spring and Summer months, that it would be a Godsend.

Then Marcel reminded me that we still had the gift card to use, and that if the pet store carried the Furminator, that it would save us about half on the price.   Again, back to the computer- only this time to see if the website carried them.   They did, and after a quick call to our local pet store to confirm they had one in stock- we ran out and picked it up.


Even though Mister M. doesn’t shed ‘as bad’ during the winter months, I was literally blown away at just how much hair it pulled from him, so I know this is going to be a great tool in keeping him groomed throughout the year.     I love discoveries like this, and love sharing them even more, so if you have a pet who has long hair- or who sheds, the Furminator could be an answer to your prayers.

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