Saturday, May 31, 2008

Funny boys

Now that it's not winter anymore, Grace and her boys are hunting for cool napping spots. Some of their choices are most unusual. Ruse had decided that inside one of the playing cubes is perfect, and Audace thinks he's still tiny enough to curl up on a tote bag!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Our Second Blogversary

Two years ago today, two angels worked very hard to rescue and foster and publicize Grace and her four tiny babies. Deb and ML were magnificent - still are, actually - Deb in her racing speed and fostering skills, and ML in her terrific work setting up and maintaining this blog until all five (Grace and babies) had forever homes.

Here's a beautiful pictorial sequence to honor both Deb and ML on the second blogversary of Momma Grace & Company. Thanks to Ann of Zoolatry for her marvelous artwork.

Two angels, watching over Grace and her babies.

Grace, learning how to be an excellent mommy for her babies: Foster (now Ruse), Brutus, Pete (now Audace), and Marigold.

Baby and grown-up photos of Audace and Ruse.

Baby and grown-up photos of Brutus and Marigold.

And amazing Grace - who still likes to give her "babies" a bath now and then!

Thank you to everyone who helped make these past two years so fantastic for Grace & Company, as well as for me and my family. What a wonderful blogging community I found in late May, 2006.

PS - You can see all the baby pictures in the May and June 2006 archives of this blog and in the June - October 2006 archives at my other blog!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The twine!

Audace absolutely loves to play with the twine - a length of about 6 feet of regular, plain ol' ordinary twine tied to the tail of a toy mouse.

I can't believe how a non-store-bought toy like this can keep his attention for weeks and weeks.

We now have two of these things, so that Grace and Ruse can play whenever they feel like it - but mostly it's Audace. He just lives for this type of play. Gotta get a movie of this!!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Happy Birthday, ML!

We all wish ML a very happy birthday today. ML worked with Deb to establish this blog and get the word out (two years ago, almost!) that Momma Grace and her babies needed forever homes. We love ML for all her work -- and mostly because she's such a wonderful, caring lady!!


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

After a visit

Grandbean Kira came to visit us last Saturday. She worked on a project for school; she played games on my computer; and she played with Grace, Audace, and Ruse with their toys, especially the twine tied to mouse tails. She had a great time, and all the kittehs were wide awake during the entire visit.

Here are some photos that show what Grace & Company were like after Kira went home!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

We've been busy!

These last few weeks of school, we've been very busy helping our bean's grandbeans get all their projects and studying done. Actually, our bean is most helpful; Grace & Company mainly snoopervise. Mother's Day was fun, too!

We should be back to normal soon ... we think ... maybe ... if all the planned summer trips don't get in the way too much!

Here's a cute cartoon to let you know what our (retired English teacher) bean thinks (but rarely acts on!) in her spare time; click to biggify it:

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Momma's Day

Our Momma's Day gift from the grandbeans is this wonderful little envirascape fountain. It's all set up on the kitchen island (taken over by the three kittehs in this house for their food and water dishes). Ruse looked on as Grandbean Austen put it together. And there's a movie below showing how all three reacted when he first put water in it and plugged it in! Fun!!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Kitten squillion arrives!

Audace and Ruse have their own kitten squillion - and we've named her Paz. Since Audace's name means "daring" (audacious, you know) and Ruse's name means "sly," we think Grace needs someone on her side. Grace is hoping for some peace around here instead of all the racing and chasing!

Audace was checking Paz out!

Then Ruse gave her the once-over before accepting her presence!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Carnival of the Cats, #216

Ruse and Audace welcome you to this week’s Carnival of the Cats, where all the beautiful kittehs meet and show off their best sides each week!

We know sunshine is in short supply in parts of the country, but Coby is really enjoying it while it’s there!

They have really gotten into the reporter vs candidate mode at Chey's Place! Great repartee here!

“Where are da fishies?” asks SonnyBob at Pet’s Garden Blog. “And why don’t they come out to play?” Hmmmm! We’ll have to ponder that a while!

Kismet at Tacjammer is truly enjoying the beautiful gizzy quilt they won in the Cat Friends Helping Friends raffle recently.

Catherapy is explained and demonstrated at This Full House – very completely, indeed. Some purrs and prayers are needed here, folks, so be sure to go by and post some.

K T Cat shows the proper way to greet one’s bean and demand loving attention – well done, K T!!

Gree at the House of the (Mostly) Black Cats is enjoying a wonderful Sunday morning.

Chance is a very happy tuxie kitteh these days – and a poet, too!

Everyone Needs Therapy has a fascinating post about those wild and BIG kittehs – cougars! – who manage to find their way into cities. Scary stuff!

Samantha and Mr. Tigger at Life From a Cat’s Perspective show us what “easy like Sunday morning” really means!

We can find out all about why cats need heroes – and Oscar was a wonderful example of one – at The Poor Mouth.

And we are all captivated by Cece’s variety in facial expressions! Grrrrr! Hmph! WHAT?? Thanks to Mog and iInfidel for posting! These could serve as excellent “story starters” for all you creative writers out there.

Callie at ArtsyCatsy explains thoroughly about the 12 Step Program for Ferals – and with really superb photos, we think!

Uh-oh! Maddie’s not very happy that Ivy has finally decided to love her family. Don’t worry, Maddie. Love is unlimited in the StrangeRanger household.

We can read all about a Cat Rodeo at Texas Oasis – and the photos leave no questions about who’s really in charge!

Chica and Pumukl share some ideas and photos that perfectly demonstrate how life with kittehs can be blissful! We definitely agree!!

In focus or out, these photos of Tiny at sisu are a terrific peek into a cat’s psyche – at dinnertime! And more from sisu – very enlightening and instructive. The photos are fantastic, and the concepts are right on the money, in our opinions.

Sleeping Mommy shares her favorite cat pictures for the week – WELL DONE!!

China Cat and Willow had wonderful time at Gretchen's Tea Party. Be sure you read both posts so you get the whole picture!

And don’t forget a few additional items to pay attention to:

Deb and ML’s auction of some really wonderful items ends tonight at midnight – and will benefit Mom Laura, Lilly Lu, Iris, and Mu Shue, the hero. And there are other ways to help this incredibly brave family of bean and kittehs. Drop on by and make your bids!

Add your emergency info to the CatBlogosphere’s Emergency Contact List. You can read about it and enter your information here.

Next week, May 11th, Carnival of the Cats will be at Bad Kitty Cats. Be sure to check at CatBlogosphere for the submission links.

A little "humor aside" that's good for our understanding these days!

Thanks for dropping by. See you next time!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Carnival Prep!

We're getting ready for tomorrow's Carnival of the Cats 216, but we've been informed that the submissions form is not working. So ... please send your carnival submission to this email address:

carnivalofthecats AT gmail DOT com

We're looking forward to another really great carnival with many, many wonderful photos of all our beautiful friends!
Love, Grace & Company