Cats, snow, rain, and forthcoming lilacs

Lilac buds are always a welcome sight before Spring settles in with any confidence.

First large, wet, fluffy snowflakes fell to the ground and instantly melted. Rain followed without a pause. Effie was unimpressed and came back in the house right after I conceded to her vocal affirmations that she wanted to go out into Effieland. A few minutes later, I went out to pick up the cat food dish we put out early in the morning for our feral stray I named Paladin. He had finished his kibbles and was out roaming. Effie was behind her gate, yowling to let me know she wanted to come back inside. I let her in of course, and she is napping in fair luxury.

Paladin has been coming to our place for more than a month. He is a sweet cat with a grateful heart. He permits us to pet him while he is eating. Sometimes he shows up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other times he comes just for one or two mealtimes. Effie seems indifferent to him. Halvor, our shop cat we took in when he showed up freezing and hungry, despised Paladin at first, and even flipped him over, but now realizes Paladin is not a contender for shop territory. Torvald, Halvor’s possible brother, hangs out with Paladin, and was sweet enough to bring him to our place.

Halvor is a mighty hunter. He also loves watching my husband work in his shop, which became Halvor’s home.

Torvald is a friend to all.

Paladin is our friendly feral kitty. We plan to have him neutered, wormed if necessary, and vaccinated so that he might come indoors.

Effie, napping in fair luxury


Filed under Cats, Effie, Halvor, Home Life, Paladin, Photos, Rural life, Seasons, Torvald, Weather

13 responses to “Cats, snow, rain, and forthcoming lilacs

  1. You do have a lovely family of cats, and each has their own personality different from the others.

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  2. God bless you for watching over all of these precious cats!

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  3. Thank you, Helen! I try to stick with subjects that or who make me smile, too! 🤗❤


  4. Your photos always make me smile. Cheers,H

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  5. 15andmeowing

    I am so happy that you are going to have him neutered and possibly let him in. I will be praying it works out. They are all so cute. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  6. Gorgeous cats, all of them. It’s good to hear of lilacs and maybe, spring!

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  7. Thank you, Heidi; the cats just seem to know they’ll always be well received here. We adore them all. Paladin is so sweet and he needs and deserves veterinary care. Only Effie was selected and deliberately taken into our home. When Coolidge passed I couldn’t imagine living in our house without a cat.

    We might have lilacs before April if it warms up!

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  8. Heidi

    I love your family of cats. And the lilac buds are beautiful!

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