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Another dose of cuteness


Yep, another blog post for which I have no idea what to write. It snowed (eek!), it’s cold and windy, and I still have a few hoses and some fabric mulch to collect from the garden.

Digging into revisions of Book 2 and mentally preparing for NaNo in TWO weeks! I have to say I’m looking forward to it. I have a new plan for my rural MN mystery, dual timelines, something I haven’t done before so I’m eager to try it out.

Our annual Turkey Day celebration with my husband’s family has been cancelled. Bummer, since we haven’t seen anyone at all this year (except one of my sister-in-laws, who took a lot of the garden produce I wasn’t able to use off my hands), but hubs has already declared we aren’t going anywhere. COVID-19 cases are going up here, and I would love to see my family for Christmas (we cancelled our annual summer gathering), but we also don’t want to roll the dice and find out one or both of us are members of the “get really sick and maybe don’t recover” club.

Anyway, my son came home last weekend and brought the kitties! They are getting big, and have grown out of the tiny fluffy kitten stage. Of the two, Nyxie is the troublemaker. Tibbers is a bit more shy and less adventurous.

It’s like she’s looking for something to get into
Time to recharge
Tibbers! Look at those ears
(My less than stellar photography skills) Handsome kitty!
Staying out of the activity

The bigger Tibbers gets, the more I’m sure he has some Maine Coon in him. Big paws, those ears, and bushy tail. I really want to get a couple kittens, but Zoey is not open to sharing anything, especially her space. After my son left, it took Zoey a couple days to assure herself those invaders were gone.

Hope everyone is doing well and staying SAFE! Keep on 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, six 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.

17 thoughts on “Another dose of cuteness

  1. Oh, those cats are so adorable, Julie! I’m very glad you got the chance to see them. I know what you mean about not being able to get together for holidays. It’s going to be very different this year, and I think it’s going to be very hard on people who are accustomed to spending the holidays with loved ones and friends. We all have to be, I think, extra compassionate with each other right now… And I wish you well going into NaNo – I hope it’s a productive time for you (that last comment brought to you by your Muse ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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    • Yes it will be different, for sure. Wondering if we’ll even be able to gather for Christmas. Hubs already said we aren’t going anywhere. It sucks, because no one knows which group they would be in if they got sick: the one that recovers, the one that recovers but has issues forever, or the one that doensn’t recover.

      Heh, so he’s getting sneaky on me now. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ I told him I will get back to revisions after I do my blog comment reply duties ๐Ÿ˜€

      Have a great rest of your week, Margot!

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  2. Hi Julie. I forget how NaNo works. Is it a certain number of words that you have to write during the month?

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  3. So sorry about your Thanksgiving plans. (And about the snow!) We’re not going to be seeing my parents this Christmas for the first time in years. :/ But, caution does seem to be warranted.
    Love the kitty pictures! I see what you mean about the coon blood. Definitely looking like a wild kitty! What fun!

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    • Yep, I’m thinking we’re not going anywhere for Christmas, either. Hubs already said we won’t be going anywhere. Never know if you’ll be in the asymptomatic carrier group, the recovers group, or the group that doesn’t recover. We’re even nervous when the kids come home.

      I got some of my kitty fix, but there’s never enough time for a kitty fix with visiting kitties. My daughter has been spending time at my son’s apartment, and she said the other night when she was sitting at the table doing homework, Nyxie decided to climb her leg. And dug her claws in good. My son then made sure to trim her claws ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      Have a great rest of your week, Betsy! Don’t worry, I can send you some of the 6 1/2 inches of snow we got if you miss it ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Ooof! Your poor daughter!

        Such a kind offer, but you go ahead and keep that snow. I don’t want to bother you with a trip to the post office. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Actually, we just secured a house rental in the (low) mountains for two nights between Christmas and New Years. Haven’t told the kids yet. We may or may not get snow then. I’m hoping for enough that the kids can have fun playing in it, but not so much that we’re utterly stuck there.

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  4. Lots of cuteness, Julie. Have a great NaNo this year and Happy Writing!

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  5. Adorable kitties. Looks similar to our youngest ones, Luna and Zuzu. Looks like you have fun with them. No idea what I’m going to do in NaNo but I will show and and see what happens. I’m in shorts wishing snow had visited and we could be past the fire dangers here. Have a great week, Julie!

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    • I always love seeing kitties. Zoey can be kind of a grump, and she’s not cuddly like some cats are. She’ll sit on your lap on her terms, and can be insistent, if sitting on the floor and staring at you until you move your computer is insistent.

      Good luck in NaNo! I’m eager to start (or eager to do something different than I’ve been doing for the past however long).

      We got 6 1/2 inches of snow yesterday. Heavy, wet stuff. Pretty rare to get that much snow this early, even in MN.

      Have a great rest of your week, Denise!


  6. You had snow? The dreaded white stuff?!?! That is just SO WRONG in October. Although I do remember a year when we were equally smitten in PA. Hopefully, it was just a fluke for you.

    The kitties are SO ADORABLE. Raven is outside right now in her catio. I’m going to have to go give her a hug. After looking at those uber-cute photos, I feel the need to hug a cat, LOL.

    Good luck with the dual story line writing. You already know I’m a huge fan ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Had snow?? Yesterday we got 6 1/2 inches of heavy wet snow. Ugh! The news said it’s been 104 years since we’ve had more than 3 inches this early in the season. And it’s not going to melt very fast–temps are supposed to be in mid-30s through the middle of next week. Soooo not ready for this! Then again, at least it isn’t the Halloween Day blizzard from ’91 — over 2 ft of snow in 48 hrs (I shudder when I hear of the lake-effect snow places like Erie get–feet at a time. (but theirs melts a lot faster than ours does)

      And you know I thought of you when I realized dual timelines might solve a number of problems I was having with the story ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ I thought to myself, if Mae was writing this, she would use dual timelines! Now all I have to do is manage to write them as well as you do ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

      Have a great rest of your week, Mae!

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      • The thought of all that snow this early is just SO WRONG. And temps in the 30s? BRRRR! I know we’re headed there within the next month or so but I’m not ready.

        That’s pretty amazing about the 104 years. I hope getting snow this early isn’t a sign of things (more) to come!!!

        I discovered I love writing dual time lines. I know you’ll do wonderful with it as well. It’s a fun writing experience, telling two tales at once! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Adorable kitties. I agree, Nyxie looks like she’s full of mischief. Snow in October is just too much (but I hate cold weather).

    Good luck with Nano. I’m not doing it this year, trying to finish up a book that I began last NaNo. I blame COVID for my lack of writing this year. (Might as well blame something, right?)

    And our family Thanksgiving has also been cancelled this year. Will probably just be me and the hubs that day.

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    • She is mischief! My daughter was over at my son’s apartment at the table, and Nyxie decided to climb her leg. Dug in good with those needle claws. Needless to say, my son trimmed her claws shortly thereafter!

      I find I need NaNo to reset my writing habits. Nothing like a month of trying to hit 2k words a day to get back into the groove. Besides, 6 1/2 inches of snow puts a huge damper on wanting to do anything outside. Waaay too early even in MN for that much snow!

      It’ll be us and the kids, I’m sure. And Christmas will likely be the same, just us. Hubs already said we won’t be going anywhere. Never know what group you’ll be in: asymptomatic, sick but recover, sick but recover and have lingering health problems, or the group that doesn’t recover. Scary stuff, because there’s no way to know if you’ll be the lucky or the unlucky one. More scary when you hear stories of athletes like runners and triathletes getting super sick or dying. I still want to return 2020 for a refund!

      Have a great rest of your week, Joan!

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