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Time for cuteness


I was going to write a post about writing this week, but I’m not feeling it, so I’ll give y’all a break from gardens and writing to bring you some smiles.

I know some of you like cats. You know who you are. And anyone who likes cats loves kittens, right?

My son, who graduated from college this spring, now has a full-time job and just moved into a one-bedroom apartment, because after having roommates for the past four years, he decided no more roommates.

Of my two kids, he’s the cat person. My daughter is the dog person. From the time he left for college, he has always said he wanted a cat of his own. The kids grew up with cats (and dogs), so he knows everything that goes into taking care of a cat.

Mr. “I have a really good first job out of college despite the pandemic” adopted two kittens from the animal shelter this month. He graciously brought them home for us to adore 😀

(And yes, B, I was thinking about you when I decided what to put in this post 😀 )


My son got one female kitten, Nixie, who is a-dor-a-ble and still tiny even though she is 8 or 9 weeks old. All black, and loves to climb on your shoulders.


His other kitten is male, about two weeks older than Nixie, and looks like he has some Maine Coon in him judging by the size of his paws and the fuzzy tail. His name is Tibbers.

Tibbers. Check out that tail!

Tibbers is a little bigger, but still seems small for his age. He’s cuddly. The two of them seem to get along well.

Zoey, however, was NOT impressed. She hissed at them and made herself scarce while they were here. Hence the reason we never got another cat after Socks disappeared.

Socks. We miss you!

Anyway, thought I’d give you a dose of cuteness for the day.

Happy Writing!

Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, four chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

25 thoughts on “Time for cuteness

  1. Oh, Julie! Nixie and Tibbers are soooo cute! They look like they’re setting in nicely, too, and I’m so happy to see the way they get along, too. That’s great – and a fabulous dose of cuteness.

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  2. They are so cute, Julie! And it’s great that your son got two so they can keep each other company while he’s at his super job! Congratulations to him on all counts. Fun post! Thanks for making me smile this morning. 🙂

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  3. Julie, congratulations to your son! How wonderful that he graduated this year and has found a great job! Brilliant news! 😀 How exciting that he has moved into his own apartment – I remember the sense of freedom so well and my mother bought me a little kitten! These two are so adorable and will be an instant hit with any visitors – he better make sure they don’t become cat-napped! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. xx

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    • Hmmm, cat-napped … I could stand to have a couple cuties around 😀 Zoey is nice, but she can be tempermental. He is liking the “all the apartment to himself” living. We were surprised, knowing how much the rent is, but he does have a good job, so here’s to his figuring out all the expenses and stuff that go along with being in the “real world” 🙂 He does pretty well. My daughter, on the other hand, has a few things to learn yet.

      Have a great weekend, Annika!

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  4. Awww . . . okay, I got my cute dosage requirements for the day, thanks! (And yay for your son graduating and finding a FT job during a pandemic!)

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  5. You’re right. They are darling!

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  6. I love their names and they are beyond adorable! I see the Maine Coon, he reminds me of our Maine Coon mix, Stormie. Bravest cat we’ve ever had, attacked our 175 dog who unwisely chased another holdhouse cat. Enjoy your grandkitties:)

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  7. If there were a love button, I would be hitting it repeatedly!!!! My own personal shout-out, too?! Makes me feel so special! And, oh my goodness, is it humanly… scratch that (pun!) cattily possible to get more adorable? Yes, that tailllll!!!! Amazing! So glad they get along so well. Poor, Zoey. Of course she feels usurped, but all will be right in her world again in no time, I’m sure. Well done on your son! What a relief to land a job! (And to afford to live without roommates. Whew!) Love! Love! Love! I hope your Muse doesn’t mind this post. Does he like cats? What a silly question! Cats are muses’ spirit animals.

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  8. Awww. Those babies are so cute. Does that make you a grandmother, Julie? What a great distraction!

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  9. Julie, I am overdosing on cuteness. You know how much I love cats and kittens. I get that Zoey might not have been thoroughly enamored of these young furballs, but I’m over the moon just looking at the adorable pictures. A big high five to your son for adopting rescues. Nixie and Tibbers are both adorable to the nth degree. Socks would approve 😉

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    • You love cats and kittens??!!??!! *huge sarcasm* LOL! I’m glad he adopted as well; back in the day we always got free kittens from farms, but you still had to take them in for shots and to get fixed. He paid when he adopted, but it was about the same amount everything would cost separately, plus they are microchipped. I think Socks would be okay with them 🙂

      Now, about those Raven pics … 😀

      Have a great weekend, Mae!


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