Thursday, January 2, 2020

Thankful Thimble Thursday

Our post on this Thursday is again going to be different than usual. On Thursdays we usually share our poems for Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge. However, over here in our corner of the world, this past week has been filled with continued Christmas festivities, family visits, and stomach bugs. Because of all that, our poem for this week still needs work and so we're again moving it and its illustration to our Saturday post.

Fear not, though, because you still get your usual Thimble fix on this Thursday.

Thimble is very grateful that our Christmas decorations are still up. They'll still be up for a while, because we wouldn't dream of taking them down before the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas. On this Ninth Day of Christmas, though, Thimble is not so happy that she's having to share her Christmas decor with her little sister. If you noticed the perturbed look on Thimble's face in the above photo, that's why.

Thimble often tries to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Christmas tree. That peace and quiet never lasts long, though.

It's not unusual for Tonks to disrupt Thimble's quiet time with the Christmas tree. It's also not unusual for Thimble to let that little calico know she's unhappy with her.

These two regularly have slap fests in and around the Christmas tree. 'Tis the season, huh?

Even with the Christmas tree tiffs, though, we're still so very thankful it's the Christmas season.

We're thankful for our family and friends this time of year, and all year long. We're thankful for the festivities and good food. We're thankful for so very much, and we purr and pray for all those who don't know the comfort of a warm home this season.


Now, are you ready for the statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge? Ellen of 15andmeowing is the mastermind behind the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. My plans for the weekend include _________.

2. You will never find _________ in my home.

3. I hope I always _________.

4. I hope I never _________.

We'll see you tomorrow, friends! Merry Ninth Day of Christmas!

Festive Doodle of the Day

Tip of the Day

Today's tip on caring for ferals and strays outdoors during the cold winter months is to, if possible, offer them some sort of shelter. Even a makeshift shelter is better than no shelter at all. For example, outdoor tables and chairs can be arranged to form a shelter under which a feral or stray can get some respite from direct inclement weather. Another cheap, makeshift option includes turning a Styrofoam cooler upside down to form a shelter, with a door cut out as an entrance. Other relatively cheap storage containers can also be used to create makeshift shelters, again simply by cutting out a door and ensuring that it is safe for use. Of course, if it is possible, you can also buy or build a sturdier, more permanent shelter, such as one constructed out of wood. Another option, although of course only if it is safe and free of dangers, is to allow ferals and strays to spend cold winter days or nights in a garage or shed. Again, only if they are free of potentially dangerous items, a garage or shed can be used as a warm place for ferals and strays to spend cold winter days or nights. All in all, if you are able to, consider setting up some form of shelter to help ferals and strays have some respite from the elements. Even a makeshift shelter formed out of materials you already have could be a great benefit to them. Our next couple of tips will discuss feral cat shelters and their components in more detail.


The Island Cats said...

That tree is a fun toy for the cats. :)

The Florida Furkids said...

We keep our tree up too. Great photos!!

The Florida Furkids

pilch92 said...

Thimble and Tonks are too funny fighting in the tree :) Cute drawing too. And excellent tips. I look forward to your fill-in answers tomorrow.

Catscue Catmom said...

Tree fight! MOL! Those are lovely holiday photos, they really tell the story. Thanks again for your wonderful tips on feral care, I hope they inspire others to become feral caretakers. Cute doodle!

Brian's Home Blog said...

Tree time is one of the most wonderful times of the year. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Eastside Cats said...

Every day, Manny and CB have a whap fest at least twice, which often includes meowing, thumping, and mad chases across the house. Cannot image what else they'd get up to if we'd put up a tree!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

'Tis the season for family squabbles MOL!!! Hope you haven't been sick over the holidays!

messymimi said...

Ah, family. You can't live with them and there just isn't enough time for the number of slap fests it would take to knock sense into them. Heeheehee!

Mark's Mews (Marley, Lori, Loki, and Binq) said...

Loved all the pics. You did good decorating. TBT is lazy some years.
Hope the tummy bugs are going away!

Kitties Blue said...

Your doodle is purrfect! We are a little surprised that Thimble and Tonks don't look like that doodle. The photos are fab and funny! XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

Pam and Teddy said...

Well a little dispute over the tree isn't unusual I suppose....everyone want to "immerse" themselves in Christmas and the tree is fun to climb in AND to just look at. In the end there's "peace on earth" (or at least by the tree!).

Hugs, Pam