Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Kittens at the rental house again...mama had them in some plants by the breezeway door. Saw them right away. Collected them when they were a week old and now they; mama and babies are all living in our storage room above the garage. 
Here they are at a week old. 

Bubbles is a very attentive mama. Nibblet being held by Bubbles. 

I take them on field trips almost everyday, to explore the house and the yard. I show them to everyone that comes over so that they get used to people. 

However, they feel most comfortable in the storage room, where they have grown up. 

Cuddles is the most adventurous!

Tippy is Cuddles "twin" and these two boys are inseparable. 

Mama is getting very bored in the storage room. She is in jail but gets to go for leashed walks around the property and into the house but is very nervous when her kittens are with her in the house. For the moment, Sparky and Smokey are "dealing". 

Finally, my son had some time away from his busy schedule to bring my granddaughter to see the kittens. It's interesting and familiar to watch her interact with them. She's a little rough but really trying to be gentle eventually.

They are 5 weeks old and will begin to be adopted out around Labor Day weekend. I weighed them last night and they are all almost a pound and a half. Surprisingly, Nibblet is the heaviest even though she looks like the runt. She helps her mom eat the wet food, so that may account for her extra ounces. 

Nibblet - 1 lbs. 6 oz. female - all black
Felix - 1 lbs. 5 3/4 oz. female - black/white
Cuddles - 1 lbs. 5 oz. male - brown/white
Tippy - 1 lbs. 4 3/4 oz. male - brown/white

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

interesting AirBnB experience...

We now have the rule in our house rules "only registered guests allowed to stay overnight". 

The girl from L.A. The Italian model. The restorer of expensive cars. The travel blogger.  It's ALL her. 

She had booked with us 6 months prior. She was going to her good friend's wedding. She had booked for 2 guests but then informed us the day before arriving that it would just be her. 

The first night was fine - that was the rehearsal dinner. She arrived home by 12:30am, no biggie. It was the night of the wedding that she arrived home at 2:30am, stumbling up the stairs with "someone" who drove her home. 

In the morning, we set an extra spot at the breakfast table and eagerly awaited meeting our surprise guest. She brought home a guy that she claimed to have known for a couple of years. We awkwardly went with the flow. She even had him hang out with her for the entire day in the room.

To top it off, you would think she would know a thing or two about etiquette since she is a travel blogger...ah well, she's young and beautiful and for us it's a learning experience :-). 

Other than the whole surprise guest thing, she was a nice enough girl. We won't get into the whole check-in/check-out time thing and having to ask her to leave...had the "guest" thing not have happened, we would have recommended her to other hosts...but alas, we did not.

so little time...

Over the past 4 months we've found out the movie Concealer will NOT be made at our house; it will NOT be made at all. We've had a number of AirBnB guests, one of which left an indelible impression and I will tell you the story behind her visit. We've gone on a couple of vacations; A week in Texas and 2 weeks in Canada. Jerome became a U.S. citizen. We have an Irish student intern staying with us this summer and we are in between renters at the Riverside house...and so, we have kittens!