Hi & goodbye January


It's hard to believe January has come and almost gone... Things have been busy around here - new things happening - and all sorts of technicalities has made blogging impossible. But we're putting a paw down - we want to at least ensure one blog post before this month draws to a close.

At the very beginning of the month we welcomed a volunteer into our life here - a real blessing named Rebecca. She will be helping with all sorts of things (she's terrific!) but first and foremost she will be helping with the cats. Among other skills she's an aroma-therapist and a Reiki  healer... what more can you ask for in a person being sensitive to cats?! Someone who just knows how to quietly sit and let the cats come to her (which they have done!) and who is sensitive enough to feel each cat individually and respond to their needs. She fits in just beautifully. I'm amazed at how fast she has learned all the names of the cats (38!) - give and take a few which can be hard to remember. I don't know how, as an example, she is telling all the brown tabbys apart. I think we have 14-15 brown tabbys and several of them siblings... they can be pretty impossible to tell apart. I mean, if you didn't know these two cats (Fey above and Tiny below) - you could get a little lost. Fey and Tiny are born 1 1/2 years apart but with the exact same kitty parents. And there are several tabby siblings around here that looks very identical to anyone not familiar with them. 



With the blessed assistance with the cats it's been possible to get to new artwork, so new fundraising projects will soon be on the go. And we have a wonderful jewelry donation from our sweet friend Anna from Italy waiting to be revealed... but more about all this real soon.

Until then I'm struggling to get technicalities back on my side. We already have a stone-age-slow internet connection and then my old and trusted Mac packed up - crashed with 9000 images, ouch! (yes some stored externally, but so many precious images lost). Miss Mac went in for a "recovery surgery" but alas... no images could be retrieved. Nada. Only an old Mac with the original settings. Well, maybe you shouldn't have you Mac fixed on a little Greek island because now I'm left with an iPhoto appliance that can only handle 10-20 images in each download (and then they have to be removed to make space for more!!). Frustrating for for a girl with a camera loaded full of images! Anyhow...

WILL be back soon... thanks for your patience! 

Comments

Crafting Queen said…
Such beautiful photos. Rebecca sounds like a lovely person. Hope all the kitties are doing well. Something will be in the post real soon. Hugs to Skipper #2. :)
Jane and Chris said…
Reiki works well with cats, Rebecca sounds like a Godsend.
Jane x
Annuk said…
Sweetest Joan,
Rebecca truly sounds like a BIG blessing for both you and the kitties!!! I'm so happy about the great news, and a big welcome hug is going out to Rebecca! :)
Looking at the photos, Fey and Tiny indeed look almost identical! Gorgeous green eyes!
Big hugs to you and all your furry babies!!! I'm so happy to know they are in so many good hands! :)
With love,
Anna & Zoe
MarkD60 said…
Fey has a notched ear, Tiny does not. That's how I always tell them apart!
Mark, I knew your razor sharp mind would be on that one ;-)
Deb said…
I have missed you, Joan. Give Rebecca a hug for me. She sounds like a God-send and tell her we, in blogland, all appreciate her. Hugs, Deb
Anesha & Skipper #1, Rebecca is just such a lovely a calm presence - so perfect for the cats and they have responded so well to her. Thanks so much for whatever is coming with the post. You are so sweet for thinking of us. Skipper #2 is especially pleased with all the extra attention and love she is getting from Rebecca (she adores Skipper!).
A big hug back to you,
Skipper #2 and the entire crew,
Joan
Thanks so much for your warming words Deb. Rebecca is a real God-send and I'm pleased she'll understand just how appreciated she is when she sees these comments.
Hoping all is well with you and the furry family.
Hugs from Joan
Jane, thanks so much for stopping by. No doubt the cats are already enjoying the benefits of Rebecca's background with Reiki. To me it's all about what's in the radiation of a person and it's a kind of calm that is so good for the cats well-being!
Xo, Joan
Madame said…
Kære Joan, tillykke med at du har fået Rebecca - hun må være en fantastisk hjælp. Og sikke nogle skønne billeder du viser! Jeg kan slet ikke stå for bedårende katte. Klem
Sweetest Anna!
Thanks so much for your kind words... she IS a big blessing and as you know, just to have someone who cares for the cats in this kind of way... well, it's just invaluable.
I can't wait to get to your feature! Fingers crossed for my equipment! :-)
A BIG hug to you and darling Zoe,
Joan
Hej Gitte
Hvor skønt at høre fra dig! Jamen det er bare vidunderligt, at have så engageret en hjælper... kattene nyder så godt af det, og det er skønt at have den ekstra tid til kreativ udfoldelse (som f.eks. fotos). Så dejligt.
Knus fra Grækenland,
Joan
MarkD60 said…
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/01/29/science-cats-kill-billions-birds-mammals.html

read the above article. I am worried people will start killing cats because of this.
The Cat Guy said…
Yea for Rebecca and the positive energy she brings. Thank you again for the amazing work you do looking after your community cats.

Bummer about the lost pictures, that just sucks!
Heather said…
Especially wonderful news to hear you have a helper, and I'm looking forward to seeing your new art work... my my the kitties do look almost identical though! Egads, lost all your images... perhaps I'd better back up all my images because it would be a scary thought to lose them!Best wishes....
You are so fortunate to have a wonderful volunteer.

I can tell the tabbiies apart that are pictured. Subtle markings but then I am used to those kinds of things. I have lots of orange tabbies and my helper can not tell them apart. Black cats the same way.

I must download my photo files if I don't do ANYTHING ELSE or I will be in a mell-of-a-hess too.

May, February be a better month for you.

Regards,
Yvonne
ABBY said…
Yay for Rebecca! That was so wonderful to hear that you have someone so talented and so good with the kitties. Sorry to hear about the computer troubles. They are never fun.

xoxoxo
you have been greatly missed! So good to see you!
I am so happy that you will have some MUCH deserved help.
Do you read the Conscious Cat blog? Ingrid King also does Reiki and is into aromatherapy :)
Dearest Joan,
So sorry for the loss of your precious photos. Those things happen and it is sad to lose so much work!
Amazing that you have now 38 felines that need your care. A Godsend that Rebecca came on board and she sounds like a perfect match for those fur babies!
Sending you lots of love,
Mariette
missing moments said…
So so happy you have help! Love the photos and so sorry for your lost photos. I too had my mac hardrive crash and I lost the last 6 months pics. So sorry to have lost my images from Istanbul and Alaska. sigh
Sandra said…
So good to read again one of your posts! I am so glad Rebecca is there to help so the cats get even more TLC, you get to work on your art, we get to read your blog posts... an all win and win and win situation!

Sorry for the loss of the photos... At least you saved some on an external disk and here on the blog, but I know how you feel.

So good to have you back, have I mentioned that?
Sandra said…
So good to read again one of your posts! I am so glad Rebecca is there to help so the cats get even more TLC, you get to work on your art, we get to read your blog posts... an all win and win and win situation!

Sorry for the loss of the photos... At least you saved some on an external disk and here on the blog, but I know how you feel.

So good to have you back, have I mentioned that?
Sandra said…
So good to read again one of your posts! I am so glad Rebecca is there to help so the cats get even more TLC, you get to work on your art, we get to read your blog posts... an all win and win and win situation!

Sorry for the loss of the photos... At least you saved some on an external disk and here on the blog, but I know how you feel.

So good to have you back, have I mentioned that?
Johanna said…
Dear Joan,
your volunteer Rebecca sound like an angel for you and the cats. Fey is easy to recognize with the chipped ear. But the tabby pattern is very similar to Tiny, thats right. What a luck you got assistance and Rebecca's healer skills are surely welcomed. So sorry about the technic problems and the lost of so many wonderful photos. Wish you a good time.
Hugs and greetings, Johanna
Catherine said…
How incredible that it is February tomorrow. Unbelievable. And how wonderful that you have a new volunteer to help out! Terrific!

Sending love and good wishes to you and all the kitties Joan!
xo Catherine & Banjo
Cornelia said…
Beautiful cats at all times. Lovely with right support. Great to hear about your new time to create. God knows what adorable design will come out of your hands next.
Anna E said…
I could see the difference right away: The colour and patterns on the noses are very different LOL ;-) What a great blessing with Rebecca around, and it´s so great that she gets along with all the cats already. Looking forward to seing your artwork!! And concerning your Mac; Get a Toshiba instead ;-D XO
Linda said…
Greetings from Montreal, Canada. I just found your blog today. Rebecca does indeed sound like a blessing. I love the photos.

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