Monday, October 19, 2009

The Holstine Family Cats

Well, I was told traffic goes up on your blog when you post pet pictures. (grin) Although, honestly, there's a reason I'm following up Buckley's Story with my cats. Jim and I did not have the best weekend. I've had a cold, and slept a lot, but was interrupted on Saturday by a phone call from the fire department, saying Jim had an accident with his motor scooter. Totalled. A woman pulled out right in front of him (she was cited), and he laid his bike down rather than going over the hood of her truck. Not a good weekend.

I haven't had time to finish a book. I could have shared the pictures of Jim's injuries with you, or I could share the cat pictures today. Since all of our adoptees, except Dickens, were strays or adopted from the Humane Society, it's a perfect follow-up to Ingrid King's Buckley's Story.

I've told the stories before. Our oldest, Stormy Roy Ann Weatherly, is thirteen. She showed up at our house in Florida on a rainy night, so she was named after the weather, and a baseball player - Roy "Stormy" Weatherly.

The next picture, top to bottom, is Annika Nicole (Nikki), Dickens, and Josh. Nikki is our library cat, dumped at the Main Library, with her litter of brothers and sisters when she was only five weeks old. She's our princess, and the sign in our living room says "Nikki's World." Dickens was born in our Florida house, behind the bookshelves, so he became Dickens. And, Josh was adopted two years ago from the Humane Society.

And, now we've added Jinx, another Humane Society kitten. He's two and a half months old. Meet Jinx, who is all set to go to the library with me. Welcome, Jinx!

(Back to book reviews tomorrow.)


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Lesa! What an awful weekend. I hope your cold is better, that Jim's injuries are better, and that things start looking up soon.

Precious kitties, by the way. Love that pic of Jinx. :)

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K M Britt said...

Love your cats. I have 4. Hope your week improves.

Molly said...

Lesa - I am so sorry to hear about your awful weekend. I hope that Jim is physically ok; the bike can always be replaced.

Your cats are adorable! However, I think I felt my allergies flaring up just looking at 5 feline creatures :)

Ingrid King said...

I hope you and Jim are feeling better today.

The kitties are beautiful. Love the one of Nikki, Dickens and Josh together. It looks like Dickens really likes his food...and Nikki is trying to figure out how to get access to it.

How did the older three like the addition of Jinx to the family?

Literary Feline said...

I've noticed that my stats go up when I post photos of my pets too. :-)

I am so sorry you and Jim aren't feeling well. That's awful about the accident. I hope you are both feeling better soon!

Your cats are such beauties! Thank you for sharing, Lesa.

bermudaonion said...

Oh my gosh, I hope Jim is okay!! Your babies are beautiful.

Lesa said...

Jim's all scraped up with road rash, and has a swollen ankle, but he's alive, and that's what counts. And, nothing broken.

Took the day off work so I don't cough my lungs out.

Sorry about your allergies, Molly!

Oh, the older cats all hissed at Jinx to begin with, but they were sleeping with him by last night, and Josh was washing him this morning. So, we're all going to be OK.

Beth Hoffman said...

Oh, Lesa!

What a dreadful and frightening weekend. Thank heavens Jim walked away from what could have been a truly devastating accident. Nothing short of a miracle!

I hope the two of you are on the mend and have a much calmer and healthier week. Good thoughts are headed your way.

As a fur-baby mom myself, I so enjoyed the snippets about your kitties and seeing their pictures. All of them are precious! They are blessed to have you and Jim.

Feel better soon, Lesa, and my best to Jim for speedy healing.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Beth.

You're right. It could have been a tragic weekend. And, he was able to walk away. He may be all bandaged up, but he's walking.

We're blessed to have all those fur-babies in our life, Beth. They bring us so much joy.

I came back from the drug store this morning, and the first thing Jim told me was a funny Jinx story. They certainly lighten the mood around the house!

♥Jen♥ said...

Lesa! I love your kitties...and one more thing we share in common...I have four as well. Your Jinx reminds me of my twins when I first got them...about the same age...that fur sticking straight out all over. So cute!Mine are now 2 1/2 YEARS, I can't believe it.

And Dickens! Ha! I just love that name!

Please tell Jim I'm so very thankful he is still with you. How horribly scary. I have a few special prayers going up for you both. Take care!!

Lesa said...

Jen, I think there are so many things we have in common. I have to check your website today, and see what you have up about Bouchercon. I missed a few days of blog reading for some reason - smile.

Aren't kittens so much fun? And, I didn't realize how big my 2 1/2 year old was until Jinx came home and was so tiny.

I'll pass on your wishes to Jim. Thank you, Jen. We both appreicate the wishes, and the prayers.

Kay said...

Lesa, what a tough weekend!! Hope you will soon be feeling better and I'm so thankful that Jim is OK. I know those scrapes are probably painful. Thinking about both of you!!

Cute kitties!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to thank all of you, who wished us well. I'm sore but glad to have walked away, and not have been killed or seriously injured. Lesa & I have a lot more years reading together to do. That's what happens when you both love books, meet in a Library, and get married in the Library. Thank you all for your wishes, and for reading Lesa's Blog.

Hugs.. Jim

Maria said...

Lesa, hugs to you and Jim!!! And...a little warm pat for each of the kitties.

I hope you and Jim get to feeling better--my thoughts are with you!!! I am so sorry to hear about the accident and very relieved he is okay.


Lesa said...

Thanks, Maria. He's OK. A little uglier right now, but he'll live, and that's what counts. (smile)

Thanks for all the kind wishes.

Beth Hoffman said...

Hey Jim!

I know you must be terribly sore and achy, but thank goodness you're okay. I applaud you for your quick reaction -- dropping the bike was so smart!

Hope you feel better with each new day.


Lesa said...

Jim said to tell you thanks, Beth. It's nice to hear from someone who understands what he's talking about. And, on my part, I worry about him, like you worry about your husband. He's already looking for his next bike. (sigh)

Beth Hoffman said...

Ah yes, I've been in your shoes, Lesa. My husband wrecked one of his bikes several years ago, and before his bruises had healed, he was looking for a replacement. As that old saying goes "Men and their toys..."

Bless their hearts. All we can do is take deep breaths.

Lesa said...

That's true, Beth. And, you're certainly right about "Men and their toys..." I'm perfectly content with my books and a laptop so I can discuss books!