Two weeks ago, right around dinner time I got a call (actually it was a message on FB) we have been waiting for since we heard that a friends cat was to have kittens. The kids, Poppa and I have missed having a cat around and so we were all ready to have a mischievous but hopefully sweet and cuddly little kitten in our home again. My dear friend Allison had sent me a picture of three sweet little faces and as soon as I saw her cute little grey face I hoped we could pick her. The kids were all in agreement and this ensued the search for a name. Suggestions were given by all of my children. Some funny, some completely off the wall and some really worth thinking about. What’s in a name right? Oh dear but my family loves coming up with the perfect name and we will likely be saying her name quite a bit and so after much negotiation and trying out a name by trying it out many many times, we settled on Magnolia.
The name covered many of our suggestions. Maggie for the actress who plays the Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey, Magnolia for being one of my favorite flowers and it was somewhat close to Magneto which the boys were pulling for.
We have all been getting our kitty kisses and hugs and definitely trying to keep her out of trouble. In such a big house its a feat to know where she is and what she might be getting into. An aluminum ball seems to be her favorite thing right now and pouncing on anything she feels bigger than.
Our dog Stu had only to sniff her once to accept her into the family however, Sol the black lab is not so sure she shouldn’t be a good replacement for a squirrel and I am keeping an eye on the looks he gives her. We keep him held if he is inside and he is spending a lot of time outside where he loves to be near the chickens or in the breezeway until he learns how to behave around Miss Magnolia.
She of course sees no danger around and watching her scamper and bounce around is so much fun. It feels as though she was always meant to be ours and she is probably going to be a very spoiled cat. I especially enjoy when she is tired and just happy to sit and cuddle with me.
And back to the subject of fall, since it seems to be the biggest thing on my mind, I brought out my bread recipe again. Not our usual wheat loaf you can see here but the kind I make for soup and stews and all the wonderful things that I will be cooking as soon as it is cooler. It made for a warm kitchen but the oohs and aahs from the kids were confirmation that it was time to start making our soup bread again. Crusty on the outside and warm and fluffy on the inside. A big pat of butter and we are all happy as can be. Its always the simple things that make us happy.
And for now our job as kitty parents is just to enjoy her little kitten face before she grows into a real cat as Mateo says and all the adventures and funny things she will get into before then.