Cuddling with Franky and Jonny from the cold!


Baby it’s cold outside!

To say the least! Very very cold and so this morning in a fluffy warm robe and with one of my “guys” I cuddle (with Franky) to stay warm!

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Franky’s brother (Jonny) is keeping my feet warm. Between the two of them they average 25 lbs each, so there’s a lot of fur to help me stay warm and in this cold weather I am appeciative!


For all of you dealing with wintry cold weather this week, stay safe and warm, for all of you who are somewhere warm and wonderful (lucky you!) Enjoy.

Everyone have the best ‘rest of the week’ that you can!


ps – the middle photo is new. the top and bottom photo’s with all the snow are older shots of some snowy times with my guys. I know that in many parts of the USA, right now you are dealing with lots of snow so decided to include these photos! Average temperature here has been in the single digit for the past few weeks so definitely brrrrrrrrr!

The Facts of A Cat … think on that!


My Guys, whom I’ve mentioned before, Franky and Jonny (5 years old now – I’ve had them since they were 4 weeks old, bottle fed them for a couple weeks, so they see me as their mommy) are big boys!

Franky weighs more than 20 lbs. Jonny almost 30 lbs. They can be …um very interactive and like to help out in a very ‘cat like’ way. Here they are “helping” me write a post about them.

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This is Franky keeping my seat warm while Jonny spell checks for me. Unfortunately they tend to occupy a lot of space when they are being helpful!IMAG2012

They finally got bored with the whole thing (as cats will of course) and ended up hanging out on one part of the table (next photo below).

For their size both cats (who are obviously part Coon Cat) are incredible gentle and non-aggressive. They are playful and love to tease (terrorize) the family’s Pomeranian by acting like velociraptors and slowing sneaking up on him from different directions.

At my bedtime they can become quite territorial and I usually end up pinned to the bed in one position wedged in between the two of them and of course their purring is more like a rumbling. Kind of soothing in a different sort of way. They are loving and gentle though, so they stay my guys!


Emma’s picture of one of them (love it!).



More about cats:


Franky and Jonny love snow!

Once again, ten year old Emma has a connoisseurship when it comes to knowing cats. She lives, breaths and if she could would eat like a cat so, she has read and studied about them (apart from constantly drawing new cat characters for her future videos) so she was nice enough to share (from one of her numerous cat books) these interesting factoids:

~ Cats have been domestic for about 4,000 years. Thank you Egyptians!

~ Cats have a method of marking their territories and  their caretakers whom they clearer consider theirs as well by using scent glands located on the forehead, side of jaw, paws, and tail.

Franky and Jonny playing "king of the mountain"

Franky and Jonny playing “king of the mountain”

~ Kittens are born blind and deaf. These senses develop four to fourteen days after birth.

~ A layer of tissue in the eyes of a cat “called the tapetum lucidum” reflects light a second time through the cat’s retina. This permits the cat to see in one-sixth the amount of light required by humans.

~ A cat’s ears can rotate 180 degrees “independently” of each other.

~ There is an olfactory organ in the roof of a cat’s mouth “the Jacobson’s organ”. It is a small pouch. A cat parts its mouth and raises its head to savor scents.

~ Cats have over 100 vocal cords. This compares to one pair in humans. But cats will only make those “meow” sounds at humans and other non-cats.

~ Cats walk by moving both right feet and then both left feet. Most four-legged mammals walk by moving theOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA front right with the back left followed by the front left with the back right. Giraffes and camels are the only other mammals to walk like cats.

~ The nose of a cat has a ridged pattern, unique to each cat just like a human fingerprint.

~ And this last one I discovered thru Google which I did not share with Emma: The female starts the mating ritual with an evocative smell and call.

She then rolls playfully in front of her potential mate “or several mates” who will fight over her. When the mating is finished, she moves to attack the male, who leaps away quickly. I found that last part particularly interesting lol!

As the photo of my guys above shows, Franky and Jonny slept together until they were just simply too big to do so (they were about 2 years old). In these final photos below, They really did try to make it work anyway,





 this was actually their last time of sleeping together in a cat bed, It is hilarious and kinda sad too! Hope you enjoyed this post all about my Guys and Cats!

Thanks for stopping by,

~ Penny

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A wish for snow … and snowflake kisses!


What is it about the first fall of snow?

Can’t quite explain but it is a most magical feeling. According to the weather forecast it’s falling everywhere near where I live (even on WordPress – lol) but not here. Sigh!



snowflake kissesJournal Entry ~ It is night outside, right now as I write this. Very dark outside. Overcast. No moon glow, just cold and windy and no snow. But if I were to step outside, right this very minute and begin to see snow falling, slowly at first and then faster and in ever thickening delicate  flakes and swirls – I know my heart would sing. I would feel a lightness to my being and a joy that this wetness sticking to my hair and face was giving me “mother nature” kisses of love. I would be most happy for this event. ~


End Journal entry ~ 12-07-12 plh


(I’ve always felt that the very best time for it to snow is during the holiday season. Unless you have to drive in it of course lol – Still …) I will stay hopeful. Everyone be safe, warm and filled with festive thoughts this day and all the month long.

Thank you for your visit!

~ Penny

The First Snow ~ The Winter Fairy comes

First Snow – The Coming of the Winter Fairy

There had been, for the last few days, a crisp coldness to the air – sharp and tangy. the smooth pastel grey of the overhanging clouds, so close you can almost touch them.

I think snow is on the way and this means the arrival of the Winter Fairy.


She makes her entrance with no sound at all while all of us glory in the beginnings of the majestic beauty of quietly falling snow.


It makes no difference if you’re a child or an adult, there is something so magically beautiful, exciting and peaceful about watching the first snow flakes fall.


And then get thicker and larger falling in abundance all around, covering the landscape with fresh wintry snow.


It is a happy feeling.


So white, so beautiful, so heavenly – The first snow and the coming of the Winter Fairy.



Thank you for stopping by, hope your week is being a good one for you,

~ Penny

Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe

Your kidding Right?

So the weather channel is calling our current weather conditions “WESTERN WARMTH“. Warmth? Say again … Warmth? Um that’s the term I use to imply cozy as in comfortable and schmoozy. You know feel good all over. That is so not what’s happening out here. Yesterday it was 107 degrees and today out here, well look at today’s weather forcast and the 86 degrees was at around 9:00 this morning. It’s going to be a balmy 104 today with storms no less:

I decided to recall some “COOLER CLIMES” through some of my photo’s during a retreat in the hills of Chehalem, Oregon.  Worked for me!

I really enjoy the shot of franky and jonny “enjoying?” the view of the “cool” weather. Okay actually they were watching the brave little birds eating while during the falling snow. Here’s hoping you enjoy my take on warm and cool!

The View from My Eyes

Once upon a time I stayed in a cottage situated at the top of the Chehalem hills of Oregon. I was caught up there for a period of time. This was the result of unprecedented snowfall.


While marooned, to amuse myself I attempted to create works of art by crafting containers made from different strands of yarn. The yarn was the medium, the hook was the crafting tool. Actually it turned out pretty well. I’ll show you some of the containers in another post!

So there I was viewing my partially completed yarn work-of-art. I had incorporated a good 50 different colors of yarn to create the effect I was so proud of. I took a picture of my “yarn art” turned back and little jonny had determined that the view from his eyes was something quite different than my view.



The good news is it worked for both of us. The view from my eyes is always unique to me but that is not to say that another’s view may not be equally agreeable – if slightly different in outcome.