Thanks so much to everyone for your sweet and loving prayers for Tiny. I'm quite overwhelmed at your kindness and truly moved that this little soul should matter to so many.
As mentioned the weather turned bad, MUCH worse than anticipated. Not just a storm, but a hurricane with rain, hail, thunder and lightning and a wind chill factor well below zero for more than 36 hours in one straight row. I didn't sleep the first night because I could hear everything being thrown around outside and the wind was so strong that you could feel the brick walls vibrate with the worst gusts of wind. As you'll remember, I had created little shelters around the garden but I quite frankly wondered if they would still be there and intact the next morning. My only hope was one box under a covered terrasse that I had pinned down with heavy rocks. As you can imagine I couldn't wait for it to become light enough outside to go down and check on the little family.
I could barely open the door the next morning - the wind was that bad. But I made it down the hillside and found one squashed shelter under a semi-covered terrasse (actually the one they had initially taken to). I could see the one under the covered terrasse intact, but no sight of any kitties. I chose to just leave some food under the covered area, thinking that if they were (hopefully) around somewhere they would eventually smell the food. Just as I was about to leave mommy kittie appeared out of the box, looking rather disturbed and very startled. As this point I didn't dare disturb her more by looking into the box to see if the kittens might be there. I decided there was nothing for it but to open the door to a small appartment bedroom - the one attached to the covered terrasse. I removed all loose objects, covered the mattresses and left a small box stuffed with an old quilt and heavily secured a small opening in the door leading out to the covered terrasse. I left and hoped for the best... that they would discover it and not be scared off by the sense of confinement.
Well, you can imagine how overjoyed and thrilled I was upon returning an hour later to find mommy kittie who rushed out to see who was approaching their new den - and two little kittens looking out from inside... YAY!!! It was evident though, that they were now very apprehensive about the sense of confinement and being cornered. So I quickly left some more food which they instantly went for as soon as I moved away.
As I went to sleep last night (still with hurricane-like gusts of wind) I felt thorroughly settled and warmed by the thougth of the little family tucked in and away from the horrid weather (and having had several meals!)
Today I spotted them happily playing inside (freezing cold outside) and they all came for their food. Tiny is a bit more timid than her brother, but she comes eventually. I'm happy to say that her 15 day antibiotic treatment came just in time to cure her before this change of weather. She had her last drops the same day as the hurricane started later in the day! She appears to be fine (no signs of coughing) and I hope and believe a warm shelter will have helped her recover completely.
The above image is Tiny a few days before the hurricane. Doesn't she have a darling little face!?