Kitty Pictures i.e. The Family Album

How would you like lots of kitty pictures today?  I hope I am hearing a wildly excited YES!  If so, you are in luck!  MUSICA! This would be a good time to bring your kidlets in for a little kitty tale. 

This morning they did something they just don’t do; they calmly allowed each other to be, not only in the same room, but on the same level. Usually Girl likes to be physically above Jack.  But there he is and she’s fine! She has him pretty well trained not to jump joyfully on her now.  It was so nice, I grabbed the camera for a little photo shoot in peaceable kingdom.

Even he seemed surprised.  Like, Do you see this? There she is, do you see it?  You might notice how much room Jack leaves me to do my work.

Whenever she’s around, he can barely take his eyes off her. She might be getting a persecution complex.

But mostly this is how we roll.  I try to eek out two square inches to work, while Jack makes himself comfortable.

I move him, but he comes back.  This all seems very normal to him.  I think I have painted at least one kitty hair into every page of the new book.

 I will not be charging extra for the good ju-ju DNA of kitty fur that will come with every book. It will simply be an unseen part of the overall package. And I promise, just in case, to render it allergy-free before it goes to the printer.

 And this is where Girl lives when she is in my studio.

Never very far away, but she mostly sticks to the pillow.

Although this is exactly the kind of face she gets just before she walks across my art table, and climbs up on my shoulder to get in the same position as burping a baby, for a back, neck and ear rub.

And very often,  I go to her, first for rubbing, then for a kitty kiss.

This was a hard photo to take; it was kind of a guess.  Because I had to put the camera behind me without seeing through the viewfinder, and just push the button. I am sitting in my chair and Jack has wedged himself between me and the back of it!

Of course, I had to paint these two into the new book. Even though they didn’t come to England with us, what would a book be without them, my little talismen!

I’ve been painting my kitties for a long time, this is my first Man Cat; this painting was called “Immortalizing Man Cat.” He was a living doll (too).

This is Jack, ready to play.  That’s his very own scratching post in the foreground.  His property and he knows it.  He brings me the rubber band and then he rustles me back to the scratching post to play there.

I put the rubber band on the top of the post, he climbs it, gets the rubber band, and brings it down to my feet so I can do it again.

He LOVES this game.

He is maniacal … where the heck is that rubber band?  I saw you put it here, where is it??  (shhhh don’t tell him!)

Aha . . . yes.  Got it. Bite it.

After we do this about a thousand times, I shoot it across the room so he can chase it and bring it back. He tells me if we shoot it, or if we put it on the top of the post.

He’s not quite done here yet … he moves fast!

This is Kitty Motto Number One. The light comes on in his eyes the moment I start to make the noises associated with taking Joe his tea in the morning.  He knows water-boiling noise signifies playtime.

Sometimes he likes me to throw the rubber band to him in the drawer . . . see those eyes?  That’s because I’m holding the rubber band just below the camera.

He is always ready to play, with the sweetest most trusting face in the world.

And once in a while, he will actually sleep.  He prefers warm laundry for his bed.

OK, Girlfriends and Kidlets, I must go now.  I have a book to finish!  I hope your days are going well, and all your dreams are coming true!  We, here in kitty heaven, love reading your wonderful comments!  Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day! xoxo

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644 Responses to Kitty Pictures i.e. The Family Album

  1. Pamela Riordan says:

    oh my heavens!!!! what a wonderful blog to enjoy on this gray skied day… and I have grown to love Girl Kitty and Jack through your writings and pics. Today, I need to thank you for the closeups of Girl Kitty’s paw and Jack’s paws, too. I can almost smell them and feel their little pink softness pads!!! I have a wide smile on my face and I’m almost in tears I am so happy. Thank you for making my day! xoxo

  2. Karen says:

    Kitty Pictures i.e. The Family Album. I loved this post on the kittys. I love Jack . He is sooo cute. I like where he thinks is his spot on your desk. lol.
    I enjoy reading all of your post but this is my favorite so far. I just love your kittys. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Carolyn says:

    I have TOTAL cat envy! We had cats years ago, but I guess they were mostly outdoor cats. Then a couple of years ago I was ‘babysitting’ my granddaughter’s cat for several months. And lo and behold! I have a cat allergy! I am SO disappointed, I had dreamed for years about having cats again. But it is not to be. So instead I make over my friend’s cats for a few minutes at a time. And read your blog and get cat envy. 🙂

  4. Lisa from CT says:

    I adore cats! My 17-year-old himalayan has been sleeping all night in my bed (and in my arms!) the whole week. Pets are such a blessing!!!

  5. Nancy Fisher says:

    You know cats are universally the same! I kept nodding all through your post as our two do the same things. Ginger is now the second alarm clock. If we are not up by 6:30 she pounces to see what is keeping us, or rather what is delaying her breakfast!

  6. Nancy says:

    What a charming post, Susan. I have to say, reading your blog is like reading notes from a great friend I’ve never met. Thank you, thank you, thank you for just being wonderful Susan Branch!!!

  7. So adorable 🙂 I always say- a home is not a home without a cat!

  8. Chris Wells from West Texas says:

    Oh…hypercutilation attack!!!! And the Thomas Campion quote and Girl Kiity’s face! Priceless. XXOO

  9. Anne Marie says:

    Loved the music for today; I’d forgetten about that once favorite tune! ” I’ve told every little friend, just how talented I think you are…..why haven’t I told you?” I’m telling you now..I’ve brought a number of friends into your fold. Your photos of the kitties were very special. I’d love to have a few, but my husband has parrots instead. As your cats are hilarious in what they do , the parrots are hilarious in what they say! Anne Marie from New Richmond, OH.

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you Anne Marie! Critters are all pretty darn wonderful in their ways!

    • Charlene H. (S.F.Valley) SoCal says:

      I’m with you, Anne Marie! I don’t know how many times I lip-synced Linda Scott’s song while looking in the mirror at a teenage-me! I have not thought about this song in an age! Now playing it for the 5th time! I can still remember every word!!! Thank you, Susan, for this blast from the past!

  10. Ah, there is a garden in girl kitty’s beautiful face! No, she says in the first pic, I am still at least 2″ above Jack! Lol! Cats do love to get right in the middle of whatever you are doing! My step mom sewed alot when I was in high school, she would design and make all our dance gowns, never saw a duplicate at any dance! Our girl cat Cricket at the time would get right in the middle of all the material! Also smack dab in the middle of my homework papers! She was a sweety! The pic of your other male, was that the one that went missing a couple of years ago? He looks just like girl kitty! Love the pictures and so excited with the book! My computer wasn’t working at the time, but I absolutely loved seeing the sheep again and love your sweet paintings of them! I keep reminding my husband that I absolutely AM going to get the book! I keep sending him pics and he came to England with you two as well! Jack is such a hoot!

    • sbranch says:

      The kitty painting was even before the Man Kitty that disappeared — he was my second Man Kitty. The first one I got when I moved to the island and he lived to be 19.

  11. Nancy says:

    Love your kitty stories. Pets are one of the most wonderful things in the world. Some day I will send you a picture(s) of my beautiful and amazing Daisy dog! Before I got her I had just moved and was painfully lonely. Now, I not only have the love of Daisy but the neighborhood who also fell in love with her!
    I don’t know how you have time to read all your comments!
    Blessings on your day.

  12. Cindy Tuning says:

    You have got one genius kittie on your hands…and Girl is such a lady! Do they ever try to stir your paint water? My Lucy is a Tuxedo and I find her stirring her drinking water sometimes before she’ll drink it. She loves to see water swirl. Speaking of water…..sort of…for your book signing tour ,I was hoping you would come to the Buffalo,NY area. Bring your passports and you could take a little break in my favorite place in the world…Niagara-on-the- Lake, Ontario. You would love it! It’s like being in England except you can drive there and it’s only about 40 minutes from Buffalo…and…you’ll be on a Scenic Parkway seeing Niagara Falls on the way. That’s where the water comes in. Have I sold you on the idea? There are several Barnes and Noble in the area and…well…we just love you in Western NY and you can never see the Falls too many times!

    • sbranch says:

      That sounds so beautiful!!! I will try Cindy!

      • Rhonda D. says:

        Susan, Niagara-on-the-Lake is where the artist Trisha Romance has her gallery etc. I know you would love her…she paints about family life. If you go there, you really need to check her out. You’ll love her.

        • Cindy Tuning says:

          Rhonda , My fiancé Ted went to school with her only she was Patty in those days. Beautiful artist. Have you been there? The Prince of Wales Hotel is my favorite place to stay. Such a romantic town. You have so many of those in Canada. I just love your country..glad we’re such close neighbors!

          • Rhonda D. says:

            Cindy, I have been there. One of my dreams come true, actually. Love it there. I believe the town was just made for Trisha Romance. I toured her gallery. I checked out her website, and I think she opened up something like a bed and breakfast type of place (if my memory serves me correctly). That’s so cool that your fiance’ went to school with her. I’m glad you like our country…there are a lot of romantic little spots to visit. I know you’ve visited here before. If my memory is correct, you were in Halifax and PEI. Susan should come and visit us one of these days. I’m glad we’re close neighbors too, because we love to visit all the beautiful spots in your country as well.

  13. Jackie Bienemann says:

    Hi Susan,

    I read your blog on my lunch hour at work and it always brightens my day! Thank you so much for sharing your life with us. I loved your kitty pictures and can’t wait for your new book! I have most of your books and this will be a great addition. Have a great day!


  14. Audrey says:

    Oh you really are in kitty heaven ~ they are absolutely DIVINE. That one of Jack with the big eyes is too much. I don’t know how you can stand all the cuteness day in and day out. And that sweet little kitty paw with the soft pink pads…..oh my.

  15. Ginnie says:

    So funny and darling – and the cats are cute, too! Love your posts – I look forward to seeing how you will amuse and entertain us next!

  16. Cindy Stierhoff says:

    Well I have hope now for my two not so buddy kitties! Been 6 months now, Angel will let Fiona, adopted last July, sleep in a chair next to her in the same room but on a table together like Girl Kitty and Jack, not in anyone’s catnip dream! That tuxedo Jack wears fits him well and he does seem to shine because of it. Loved that poem of Girl Kitty’s face, she is a dream to look at! Kitties rule our lives and God Bless them for it!

  17. Lynn B says:

    Those kitties have such big personalities! Thanks for featuring them. Just seeing your studio makes me so excited for THE BOOK! Can’t wait, but for now I will pull out my copy of LOVE and get ready for Valentine’s Day! Thanks Susan.

  18. Coni (Nashville, TN) says:

    Your kitties are downright adorable! We have a boy who looks very much like your Jack, and he is the light of our lives. People without pets just don’t know what they’re missing, do they?

    Have a great week, everyone!

  19. Sheila says:

    Such a nice way to cheer up my day (after dealing with lots of sick middle schoolers) and so many pictures of Marshmallow Paws, love it! My Nephew-Cat lived with us when my daughter was three, and he loved to play fetch with her tiny socks. None of our other kitties do that. Someone commented earlier that Girl and Jack should autograph your new book, I totally agree! Thanks for our kitty-fix!

  20. 19 yrs! Thats great! Our Gwinny was 17 when she died last summer. Thought she was our last, but Sammy was calling from the shelter in the cage 2 months, and he is a long cat! Husband fell in love with him when I took him to meet him the day after I saw him. Sammy still loves just stretching his whole body out as far as he can!
    Sure hope to see kitty Girl and Jack fur in the book! Someone mentioned paw prints, what a great idea!

  21. judi says:

    Such sweet happiness with your adorable kitties. Love ’em:)

  22. Cheryl from KY says:

    Hi Susan,

    Those are some of the most adorable cat pictures I have ever seen. Jack’s eyes on the rubber band are priceless! My favorite though, is Girl Kitty at the very end. Such a sweet, serene kitty face. She is gorgeous. My bunch of troublemakers almost never look that serene unless they are asleep. They love to watch Winter birds and Winter birds ll on YouTube and I have a picture of them gathered around the laptop with such intense looks on their face…no serenity there…. With them around, I have decided who needs perfect furniture anyway? Love is much more important. Thanks for the perfect blog that once again sounds like a letter from a best friend! I hope you all have a wonderful week.

  23. Pam K says:

    Hi Miss Susan~
    I’ve been missing your blog (only pneumonia and the flu would keep me away) and just came by today to catch up. And wow! What a treat! I just adore your kitties. I am a cat lover with two large dogs; the hubby is very allergic to cats. But I had my Hobbes many years ago and when I saw that picture of Girl Kitty’s paw I just teared up. I remember tiny soft toes like that, but I miss the purring the most.
    And in the freezing winter, there is something to be said for not walking a CAT. Thank you so very much for sharing. Pam K. in Dallas, TX

  24. Sarah says:

    Susan, that picture of Girl’s little upturned paw made me cry. Our five year old Maltese passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on December 27th. We always thought our older dog, who is 15, would pass away first, but he’s still kicking. 🙂 We are still overcome with grief, and that paw picture just reminded me of our dog we lost, as the vet gave us a little clay imprint of his paw to bring home.

    I apologize to the Girlfriends for my sad post. I just wanted to thank you for your blogs, which have been such a balm to my broken heart these past few weeks. They remind me of the sweetness in life that still exists, and make me look forward to the day when I won’t feel so sad. Thank you for always being such a bright light.

    • sbranch says:

      Ohhh, I’m so sorry Sarah, losing a pet is just the worst thing. They know you so well and love you no matter what, know all your secrets and think you are just wonderful!

      • Janet [in Rochester] says:

        So very sorry about your dog, Sarah. Hope you’ll be able to smile soon just remembering the wonderful times you shared. :>)

    • Pam K says:

      Sarah, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet dog. And I understand the grief. If I might suggest a book that helped me when my sweet cat passed, “Cold Noses At the Pearly Gates” by Gary Kurz. I don’t know if you believe as I do about seeing our pets in heaven, but this comforted my heart. Still does. Pam K from Dallas, TX

    • Pat Mofjeld from St. Paul, Minnesota says:

      Sarah, you have my sympathies. We lost a 7-year-old mini schnauzer suddenly and unexpectedly 4 years ago, our Lucy. She was the family “baby”. It is a heart-breaker. I’m still sad about her, always will be. Guess you have to love them while you have them, just like children. We did “adopt” another one and while they don’t replace each other, they keep the empty place in your heart from hurting so much…

    • Jo in Western Springs, IL says:

      I feel your pain, Sarah. We lost our Brittany, Sherman, almost 5 years ago to meningitis. He was the light of our lives and is still sosrely missed. But looking at Susan’s pictures of Jack and Girl Kitty just feeds my soul. I feel like she’s sharing her sweet kitties with me and it warms my heart immensely. Take care and be kind to yourself, Sarah.

  25. Susan Havey says:

    It’s always wonderful to see your “kitty kaper” pictures. Jack is so much fun to see and I do believe that Girl Kitty should be an actress on Downton Abbey. She is so regal and dismissive of Jack, just like Maggie Smith in her role as the Dowager Countess of Grantham. I can just see Girl Kitty on Maggie’s lap peering down at the Earl’s golden lab. You are so fortunate to have such a lovely life with those who surely adore you.

    Susan in Spokane

  26. Gert~Iowa says:

    Oh my gosh those two are adorable! If only I could reach through this screen and hug them! I must give you kudo’s for being able to work around Jack…lol He looks like quite the curious little boy! Then there is sweet..lovable Kitty! Ahhhh…she is beautiful!

    Have a very blessed day!

  27. Pam T. says:

    L. O. V. E. Love the kitty pics!! What precious friends kitties are. I absolutely love their little padded paws and have never thought to photograph them! So silly of me. On my list to do later today…if the kitties cooperate of course. One lets me play with his feet and the other is very possessive of hers. I suppose that’s because I am the one who must trim the claws. I guess I can’t blame her. She’s not a fan of pedicures as I am evidently. Maybe her feet are ticklish?
    Thanks for the warm fuzzy blog today, Susan. ALWAYS a delight.

  28. Nancy D. says:

    I am not a cat person, but I LOVE Your kitties!!! they are adorable!

  29. Susan ( an Ohio gal in SoCal ) says:

    What an adorable blog today! We are cat people here, and ours have their own favorite spots, habits,and so on. Actually, we only have the one cat now, since our sweet girl kitty grew very ill and we had to let her go last August. She was my little lapsitter, and the one who sat on my shoulder , much like you describe your girl kitty doing. Our boy cat is the one who wedges behind us in the computer chair – we always have to look twice before we sit down, since he sometimes beats us there. I’m glad you are putting your two sweeties in the book. Books and cats just go together!

  30. nancy jo says:

    Oh Hi Susan,
    Just too cute!! Where is your studio?? Do I go thought the livingroom? Come in the Front door turn right? Is it a new addition to the house? You see I seem to need know these things.Probably something wrong with me. Richard seems to think so.
    nancy Jo

  31. JoAnne Daniels says:

    Susan — how do you get any work done? The kitties are such a cute distraction. Have you ever found kitty paw prints on a page you’re working on? My kitty, Tinkerbelle (a gray Tabby) likes to lay on my husband’s architectural drawings and walk across my keyboard as I’m tyyyyyyyyyyyypiinng! They also know when you sit down for a quiet moments reading — this is exactly the time to look for a warm lap to curl up on!
    Girl has such regal bearing and looks long-suffering where Jack is concerned.
    Jack is such a ham! Love them both! Thanks for sharing!
    JoAnne in gray and snowy N.J.

  32. Deborah Norling says:

    Loved the family album ! ! . 2 such amazing cat faces..but,what is it about cat paws ? I l o v e their p a w s…I find myself squeezing (gently but with great love and enthusiasm ) my kittie’s paws…they seem to love it …my Tuxedo Cat, Alec, has h u g e big white boy-cat paws..except for one tiny black dot on one of them…I love the dot..oh….who am I kidding….I just love everything about all kitties !

  33. Diane says:

    Oh kitty hair in the paint made me laugh!! It’s the bain of my existence 🙂 I bake for people a lot. Couple times a week sometimes, lots of church folks. What I go thru to stay kitty hair free is tough! I wish it would stay in your painting so we could hunt for it :)) A print of it is fine, eating is NOT!! I wouldn’t give my kitty back for the world ‘tho. Plus eeking out a spot is very familiar, made me laugh twice! Thanks for sharing Susan…

  34. ChrisTea says:

    Awwww … such Sweethearts! I wish all kitties had great homes and people to take care of them. I love seeing the pictures of Girl and Jack.

    Both of my Moms cats were rescued by her. MeowMeow was just a baby who came around with his momcat and sat in the bushes. Mom would say “meow” and baby kitty would say “meow” back (hence his name). This went on for several weeks until she could pick him up. His momcat stayed around long enough to know he was taken care of – Mom could never coax momcat in. She saw momcat watching MeowMeow in the window of the house one day and then walked away. We never saw her again. Then there’s Mitsu. He was an abused kitty. The family thought he looked funny and the kids terrorized him. I heard he was even thrown against a wall. My daughter got him from the family somehow and gave him to my Mom. He’s kind of anti-social, but once he gets to know you, he’s a loving kitty. I feel so sorry for kitties I see wandering around, cold and hungry.

    Kiss your kitties, Girls! Hug them and love them because they give so much back to us.

  35. Anna Marie says:

    Susan, thank you! Your cats have a huge fan club. What a fun update. Great pictures of Jack in a frenzy of motion.

  36. Rita from MN says:

    Hi Susan. It’s been a while since I have commented but Kitty pictures are a sure bet to get me to write. As I have said before no kitties here as my husband is allergic and I like him immensely and don’t want to get rid of him, so everytime you post a picture I get my “kitty fix”. Lovely snow falling here in MN. The big fluffy kind. Enough to look pretty but not enough to cause driving problems. Happy Wednesday!

  37. Lauri says:

    Love your kitty pictures! I had to laugh about the “secret ingredient” added to your paintings. I’m a long-time cross stitcher and I know I’ve got my little “hot-dog” Tipper’s hair in every single project I’ve ever done. Thanks for a little bit of sunshine on this cold, rainy day. 🙂

  38. Jennie says:

    Jack and Girl are just too much fun!
    My own fur-boys are spending these winter days hibernating. I love it . . . lots of snuggly kitty time, HOWEVER- they only ever seem to crawl into a lap just minutes before that lap needs to be moved. Have we been curled on the couch together to watch a movie? Wonderful . . . and that will mean that either Twister or Quinn will be only pawing into the right spot on our laps just as the lovebirds go off happily ever after and the credits begin to roll. They have a sixth sense for cuddling at inconvenient times. Of course, it’s perfect timing for them and means we are stuck in place in order to perform our duties as preferred bedding. And we do it 🙂 It’s our job!

  39. Kristi says:

    What wonderful pictures of your furry babies! The photos in your studio are precious. Girl Kitty is always the lady and Jack is the crazy little brother. Jack has gotten so long; he’s quite the little man now! Thank you for another wonderful post.

  40. I looked at your lovely cats lazing and playing and I felt a bit melancholy. Then I looked at my calendar (YOUR calendar <3) and saw an entry – it's been almost a year to the day when our big, loveable tomcat Boris died. But it was happy, wistful melancholy, if that makes sense? Because you reminded me how sweet he was and how much fun he was to have around. One thing he loved was to get a belly rub. I could never do that to my female cat, but Boris loved it the way my dog loves to be rubbed. I'm curious, does Jack?

    Never mind, don't answer. Too much time wasted on me….just work on your book!! I can Hardly Wait.

    Pam, in Montreal

    • sbranch says:

      Jack will race ahead of me sometimes, flop down roll over and stretch out completely — that is my cue to do full belly rub! He’s still young, but I think that means, when he’s older and more mellow, belly rubs will be a regular thing. Which is just what I hope for! Sorry, answered before I read that last line! 🙂

  41. Wendy says:

    Our cats are alot likes yours…They always think it’s ‘Cat Time’, when I say, No, it’s ‘Craft Time..!!’…Murray & Marshall-Stacks are their names..!! -& Murray is sitting on my lap as write this…’Meow-Meow’ he says..! =(^.^)=

  42. Sheryl Baker says:

    No, no, Susan, the unseen good ju-ju kitty DNA will be part of the “ofurall” package. I’m sorry. Sometimes, in my quiet little sphere, I think something that I am just certain is hilarious. I’ll be still now. Love your beautiful cats and love that they seem so willing to pose! They must know an artist belongs to them.

  43. CarolK (NJ) says:

    What a wonderful post today! I’m so glad you had a nice big picture of Jack’s face. I’m starting to hook a rug with cats on it and I want to get the eyes just right. For reference I tried to take a picture of my two (Tigger & Pooh) but that’s like trying to photograph a marble flying out of a sling shot! Just when I think they will hold still, I click and in that split second they move. I have tons of blurred pictures of their faces with white zig-zags in the eye area and even double sets of eyes. LOL So you see, I’m just loving Jack’s pic. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of your new book when it comes out. Can I get on a sign up sheet now? Hugs from rainy, coooold NJ……

  44. Kathy says:

    Ohhh….Susan! I LOVE your kitties (kiddies!) They are such loves. And are they ever lucky kitties. And…of course, you HAD to have them in your new book. 🙂 Can’t wait to get my name on the preorder list! 🙂
    Thanks for all the time, effort, and love you put into making all of us happy! You can brighten anyone’s day just by reading your blog!

  45. Frances Fowler says:

    Although all the pictures are adorable, there is just something about that upturned pink paw….

    • sbranch says:

      I know.

    • Debbie P Weedsport, NY (near Syracuse) says:

      I think that was my favorite, too, Frances! It reminded me of my sweet kitties, Tinkerbell and Charlie…both have gone to heaven now. We didn’t need an alarm clock when we had a cat…every morning they would walk over me and if I didn’t get up..well, I’d get the softest, pink pad of a paw against my cheek as if to say “Wake up, Mommy! It’s a beautiful day!” ….on the rare occasion that I decided to ignore the gentle tap on my cheek…well, then Charlie would start to clear my nightstand – one item at a time until I got the message! hahaha

  46. Terri says:

    Love all the kitty pictures! (And the quotes too). I’m glad you’ve got lots of photos of your furry kids. One of my boy cats ran out the night before I returned from my long December trip and the most recent (non-blurry) pic I could find for him to post on flyers, was from a year ago! Though he hadn’t changed much (well, really – not at all), it has been a wake-up call to me, to take more frequent photos of our furry family members, as well as the human ones (and if the first ones blur – try, try again).
    Though he was always an inside kitty, from the time we took him in, he Had had an adventure or two over the years, running away when the door was opened after we’d been gone a long time. But he was always back again by the very next day…Last month was the longest I’d ever been gone, though and I think he may have decided if my husband wasn’t going to go looking for me, he would go find me, himself. Still holding onto hope that he hasn’t walked all the way to Seattle and that he’ll find his way back…
    Hug those kitties – and keep taking lots of pics!

  47. Rita Bomberry says:

    I LOVE your kitties!! Would love to have some but I am deathly allergic to cats! I just noticed that Mr. Jack has a wonderful mustache and Miss Girl has some wonderful eyeliner! They are such a joy it’s a wonder you ever get any work done!! LOL Thanks for sharing with us.

    • sbranch says:

      To me, they are like a perfect bride and groom.

      • Janet [in Rochester] says:

        Oh, that’s true, isn’t it? Jack is more black than Girl – so he’s the groom in his cutaway – and Girl has more white – so she’s the bride in her finery! Bit of a May-December deal going here – but that’s OK! :>)

  48. Sylvia Cowen says:

    I am happy to know that I am not the only person who is amused by my cats for hours out of every day. :}

  49. Cathy McC. says:

    What a purr-fect post! You helped fill a little void in my heart. After losing my Cisco Boots 2 years ago, I’ve been pondering the new kitty thing. I get words of encouragement, then I’ll hear my girlfriend’s stories of her cat finding a special spot to “do her thing” on their carpet or under their bed, and I decide I’m not ready to possibly deal with that. Then the nights get cold and I wish I had kitty laying on my chest, snuggling and purring. I think the bottom line is — when I see the right kitty, there will be a connection, I’ll know it, and it’ll be mine. Meanwhile, thank you for sharing Girl Kitty and Jack — I simply love it when they are part of your post and become part of our lives.

    • sbranch says:

      This is the first time I actually looked at a kitty as sort of a person, and started him right from the beginning to be what I wanted him to be. Got him a scratching post immediately (never did that before, I’ve always waited too long.) Because we spend so much time with him (like you do with children), he is acclimated and connected to us, which is what I hoped for. I take him to the windows to show him things, coo in his ear, and he listens! You are right, when you see the right one, it will just happen!

  50. Cyndi in NC says:

    Luckily for me cat hair doesn’t faze me. Or dog hair or what other animal hair I might run across. *L* So bring it on!! I love the “Day in the life of the kitties”. Their faces are so sweet. I just know Jack is up for play time as often as he can get you to do so. Thanks again. I can’t get enough of them.

  51. Patsy in Nixa, MO says:

    I can totally relate. My desk is L-shaped. I have the short side for my monitor, keyboard and printer. My darling Tiki has the long side for her bankie and her bowl of water, and she lets me borrow one little edge for my “to do” pile.

    I brought back a little fish from my lunch out and she started purring the minute I opened the bag, purred all the while I tore it into little pieces, and continued to purr until the last little piece was lapped up.

    Now she’s sound asleep on her bankie with her tail hanging over the edge of the desk. She wouldn’t even stop a minute to see photos of Girl Kitty and Jack, but I loved seeing them. Nothing brings a smile quicker than looking at a happy cat.

    Aren’t we the luckiest girls to have such precious babies?

  52. Shannon (Pennsylvania) says:

    Precious kitties…love the close up of Jack (Natural Beauty). You are reflected in his sweet eyes!

  53. Peggy Cooper says:

    Aaah, peace in the jungle :o) Little Miss Katniss Everdeen, my alley rescue kitten, is starting to worm her way into the heart of our Springer, Abigail Gwendolyn. Abby still gets jealous when Kat gets too much attention, but they are starting to make peace with each other. Just like your kitties, she’s starting to sit on the ironing board in my mud room to watch the birds and make funny excited sounds. Just love reading about your kitties, and all the girlfriends wonderful animals too.

  54. Your kitty kids are so cute and loving! I couldn’t trust mine near paperwork like that- we call our male the cat the stapler! He’d be puncturing those pages! I love how playful Jack is- he definitely “owns you”!

  55. Laura Croyle says:

    What a Fun Post! Loved seeing the Kitties and how well they are getting along now! So cute how they both want to be with you in your studio, but in their own places. And how nice of Jack to leave you two inches of work space! LOL! Loved the close up of kitty feet, too! (So Sweet!) We started out with two kitties, but now just have one who is elderly and diabetic. Not so very long ago, she used to bring me her little “puff ball” (actually a little Pom-Pom) for me to throw for her in the morning on my bed! I couldn’t believe how quick she was to catch it! It was our special play time together, similar to Joe and Jack’s it sounds like. Now she sleeps most of the time, but on occasion, she’ll get a wild look in her eyes and dash up onto the couch chasing something invisible, before settling down for another nap! How boring life would be without kitties!
    Thanks for sharing!

  56. Kate says:

    Love kittie pics! They bring such fun into the day. You must check out this artist blog and her kitties, She has 2 new kittens and she inks their paws and lets them walk on the paper and then paints them in, so wonderful!
    My boys help me sewing every day, I often find a big lump under the many yards of lining and have to be careful to not pull them onto the floor! Im also addicted to watching a foster brood on a webcam, check these for some amazing colorazation of kittens!
    Thanks for sharing your sweethearts!

  57. Jeannine Holmes, SC says:

    Loved your kitty pix . . . they are simply too-oo-oo-oo photographable! And it surprised me to see the quote “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful” because just after we moved here to SC, I hand-lettered that exact quote just below the cealing above my kitchen sink! (Mae West knew what she was saying, didn’t she.) And it truly fits in kittyville!

  58. Holly says:

    Okay, this is probably one of my very favorite posts ever because I love love love cats! My theory is that Jack is very much in love with Girl Kitty and she enjoys spurning his affections. I have a boy cat who is in love with my girl cat…..he falls all over himself trying to get her to notice him and for some reason, the meaner she is to him, the more he seems to love her! He is obsessed with her – it must be that “older woman” charm that he finds irresistible! 🙂

    Thanks for dedicating a whole post to one of my favorite subjects!

  59. Wendy Louise says:

    What a perrrrrfect family ! I don’t know what I would do without my furry friends. I see that Girl Kitty and Jack are there to help you stay focused. You see, you need a break from your lovely work. You need to get up and move around and they provide you with the best activities ever. And when you are deep into your work they are there next to you giving you constant support. The best of both worlds. I just love this post of all the pictures, tuxedo kitties, well I’m partial to them, my first kitty was Simon and what a beautiful big tuxedo man kitty he was. He lived to be 20 years, and he ruled the roost,he was wonderful. Now my companions are two Wheaten Terriers, Max and Abby, my husband and I just adore them. They fit right into our life style. Thank-you Susan for so much sharing that you do, you are just so wonderful ! OXOX

  60. Debbie Borne in Fresno CA says:

    Hi Susan,
    you take just the bestest kitty photos. What kind of camera do you have and do you have any technique pointers, especially for the close ups? I just got a new camera and am trying to improve. Don’t you just love kitty paws?!!!

  61. Elizabeth in Montana says:

    Before we were married, about a month before, my husband asked if we could get a cat…he missed having a cat. I didn’t grow up with cats, my brother’s allergic, but I said sure, why not. So he went to the shelter to find an orange tabby kitten. I asked him a couple days later when we could pick up the cat, and he said, “The cats will be ready on Thursday.” CatS? Turned out a little black grown up girl, who’d been there five months and had given up on being adopted, tugged at his heartstrings too. So black Fiona and orange tabby kitten Fluffy came home. A year later, we went to pay for their licenses, and wandered into the “adoptable cats” room. We fell in love with two boys, a buff orange tabby kitten and a grown orange tabby Maine Coon. Fletcher, the buff one, reminds me of your Jack in personality. Always ready to play, bugs the others, and sleeps on Mommy’s pillow. Dandylion, the Maine Coon, purrs non-stop, even in his sleep! and is a 17-pound cuddlebug of the first order. I never thought I would love cats so much…I was always a dog person…but these guys stole my heart.

    • Linda from Lancaster Co. PA says:

      How I envy you! My husband (though I love him dearly) does NOT like animals, including cats. (I love cats!) But would you believe that the neighbor’s cat has adopted me? I renamed him Baby Button! He spends a lot of time with me and LOVES me. He is a very loving, cuddly cat and he is very well behaved–almost like he loves me so much that he tries hard to do things that make me happy! So I am blessed! By the way, my neighbors know about Baby Button adopting me. They have many cats and are very happy to share their cat with me!

      Have fun with your darling kitties!

      • sbranch says:

        I had a husband like that once. I had a cat, but needed a kitten to go with it, which he wasn’t for. So I just did the bad thing, and went and got one, a little white girl named Mindy. She lived in the house for nine days before he realized she was there. He was lying on the sofa in our kitchen while I was cooking dinner one night, and she came out from underneath a pillow at the far end and proceeded to walk up his legs, all cute and tiny and fluffy. I just stood there silently praying, and laughing too, kind of. He wasn’t wild about it, but he could see that the deed had been done. You have lovely neighbors, Baby Button, what a cute name!

      • Elizabeth in Montana says:

        Linda, one will always find you, even if he can’t live with you! 🙂

    • Janet [in Rochester] says:

      Elizabeth, great story. You hang on to that husband of yours too. I confess to having a very soft spot for those who adopt/rescue their pets [versus breeders] but most especially the unadoptable and unwanted. The one-eyed cat, the three-legged dog etc. God bless all adopter/rescuers everywhere!

      • Elizabeth in Montana says:

        Janet, I want to ask you about Mrs. Leckinger…was her first name Lillie? If so, she was a very special person in my life.

        • Janet [in Rochester] says:

          Hi, Elizabeth. No, her name was June Leckinger and she taught at School 39 in Rochester – near Rochester General Hospital… :>)

  62. Margot from Virginia Beach says:

    I am in AZ visiting the sons and John’s kitty Ninja. John has always been the kitty boy. I think Ninja is used to me now. He is all black with yellow eyes. He behaves, but he is not a cuddeler. My husband said I am just like a grandma, fill him up with snacks and go home. Eric said John never gives Ninja so many snacks at once. LOL

  63. Jeanne Hedin says:

    We haven’t belonged to or shared our home with any animals for about a year now, so it is especially nice to get a furry fix from Girl and Jack! Everyone in our family is a tender-heart when it comes to just about any animal. When my oldest daughter was in kindergarten, she came in the house after school one day and asked for a grocery bag. I gave her one, not realizing it would be returned in a couple of minutes with a dead squirrel in it. She had found it in the road on the way home from school and brought it home for me to “make well”. So glad you have your sweet kitties for love, companionship and inspiration!

  64. Andrea Porter says:

    Susan – Thanks for sharing pictures of your wonderful kitties! I absolutely love them. My cat, Rico, is one of the highlights of my day too. He also plays “fetch”. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Although we have never met, I feel like I know you – I feel as if I could just drop by and have a cup of tea. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Kind regards – Andrea, Boyertown, PA

  65. Deb Surman from Illinois says:

    Thanks for the kitty pics Susan. We have a 30 lb. black and white boy named Monty who is spoiled beyond belief. Next week Robert and I will be celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary and since our first year of marriage, we have never been without at least one cat in our family ( all shelter cats I’m proud to say ) I can’t imagine not having one around – at one point we had 3 which was fun but litter patrol was a bit much. I’m so happy to hear we girlfriends will be able to pre-order your upcoming book which I am so looking forward to reading. I’ve just put out the Valentine decorations through out the house and 3 of your books are prominently featured in my kitchen – Love from the Heart of the Home, Sweets to the Sweet and the adorable petite Chocolate Book. I always enjoy re-reading them every time I bring them out. Hope you and Joe and the kitties are keeping warm! Best regards always.

  66. Mary Beebe says:

    Thanks for the allergy free awareness in your latest book. haha 🙂 I have allergies to cats but boy would I love to have my very own Jack. I pretend I have a cat through jack. Have a great week!

  67. jane says:

    Susan, I just LOVE your blog. It transports me to a different life! I’m not a cat person by any stretch but it doesn’t matter what you write about. It is always interesting to me. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this endeavor.

  68. Darlene says:

    Hi Susan and everyone, love jack and girl and love reading all the comments! What beautiful perfect kitties they are!! xoxo

  69. Pamela Jo says:

    I just love to see photos of your beloved kitties! I have a sign next to my back door which says “A house without a cat is not a home.” How very true! Thank you for sharing your furry little sweeties with us!
    Pamela Jo

  70. Isabel says:

    Thank you, Susan, for all your pictures of Girl and Jack. As many times as I have seen them, I still can’t believe how photogenic they are and how they both seem to be posing and doing “great” things for the camera. I love their little pink pads on their feet. They look like two super cats. You really were lucky to get them and they REALLY lucked out when you and Joe adopted them. Nice, also to see little peeks of the new book. How did you ever learn to write like that? I can’t stop looking at your art work. It is everything I LOVE. I am addicted to your calendars, just sorry I did not find them sooner than the last couple of years. Also your books. Missed out on a lot. How can we be sure there will be enough copies of the new book to go around and do we get them through your website or will they be in bookstores? I am always disappointed when there is no new post on your blog. I just have to remember that you DO have many things going on besides the blog. Thanks again for all you do.

    • sbranch says:

      You’re so welcome Isabel — believe me, I love blogging so much, I could make it my full time “job” and do it every day, if it was really a job! I’m going to have a presell of the new book here on my blog/webstore — because we have no idea how many to print, and we’ll make sure we have enough for all our girlfriends first. It will be probably next month when we do it.

  71. Rose says:

    So adorable, It MADE my day! I love, love, love kitties! One of mine is crazy about a rubber band too!

  72. Julie Jenkins says:

    OH my goodness, Susan, your kitties are absolutely adorable!!!!! I’m a dog lover but am reconsidering …………., Girl and Jack are absolutely gorgeous!!!! Thanks so much for sharing so much from the heart of YOUR home!!!!

    Your Girlfriend,

    PS – it’s so cold here in Austin I have a big pot of your Bean Soup on the stove, and the house smells absolutely divine!!!

  73. Chrissy Thrower says:

    Kittylicious, XXOO,

  74. Kim says:

    Awwww…it must be a day for kitties, for I went with the shelter with my parents and they picked out an eight year old siamese to take home with them. She is the quiet kind of siamese and has the teeniest little meow and the most beautiful blue eyes. They named her Lillie! So happy for them, and happy to see Jack and Girl Kitty.

  75. Jane in Pennsylvania says:

    I laughed through this whole post. They’re not spoiled or anything, are they? I can see how much they love you, too. Also, loved the view of your art studio – so pretty.

  76. TeriGrace says:

    Just this very afternoon…. we added to our family…. a little Borgi puppy. Our other FurryKid (Aussie/Corgi) is not the least bit impressed. So your post brought me hope…. We’ve got our hands full for a while. Poddy training in snow and zero degrees….. will see. But he’s sooooo cute (0;

  77. Linda from Lancaster Co. PA says:

    Dear Susan,
    I REALLY needed to see your darling kitties in action today. I’ve had several days of the January blues due to the lack of sun in our area. Just sort of heaped on the sofa like a blob (or a groundhog). So thank you very much for sharing them with us!

    It was fun to take a peek at your book, too! And to dream of next month when I can preorder it! Now that’s a grand thought!!

    You are really in the Creative Groove now so keep on–the end is in sight! You are our Team Heroine and Girl and Jack are our mascots!! Go, team, go!

    • sbranch says:

      I feel like I have a whole lot of wonderful cheerleaders on my side! Thank you Linda … and, I always have to say this because I used to suffer from winter light deprivation and it wasn’t fun … Vitamin D was the answer for me, I have no problem with it at all anymore!

      • Linda from Lancaster Co. PA says:

        Thank you for your kind words dearest Sue!! About a year ago my nurse practitioner told me that although my D levels were OK, they were on the low end and she suggested taking some extra D which I did. But you reminded me that if I needed extra D when it was sunny, well then, I would certainly need more during the dark months so I have been taking more.

        Now for my question—You said in an earlier entry that you have used a special light. Are you still using it? Or is the D enough for you?

        Thanks for taking time to help a Girlfriend out!! I will check on this entry of mine for your answer even if it is in the past!

        P.S. I do feel as if I am doing better!
        Love ya! And thank you!!

        • sbranch says:

          I did use the light, but once I started the D, I never needed it again! It was like a miracle cure. But if you still aren’t feeling better, try the light, and also try your doc. xoxo (In case its more than just the light. Mini depression can grow, so you have to watch out for that too). xo Girlfriends forever!

          • Linda from Lancaster Co. PA says:

            Sue, dear, thanks for the answer. I noticed that over the years, like clockwork, January and February are my “worst months”. I have been doing better when I was diagnosed with anxiety and am on medication for that. But the long dark days always get to me. But I had not thought of upping my D. (Funny how in the midst of feeling “down” it is hard to come up with solutions.) But thanks to you and Deb from Dixie and Debbie near Syracuse, I’ve been doubling my D and I do believe I am feeling better!! Yay! I will thank them on the next post!

            It is such an overwhelming feeling of “warm coziness” when a Girlfriend takes care of you!

            YOU and your blog mean so much to me!!
            Love ya!

          • sbranch says:

            Oh I am so happy to hear that Linda! It was like that for me too, suddenly I was back to my regular self (was going to say “back to my normal self,” but that might be an oxymoron!:-) It’s the miracle cure. I hope you just get better and better!

    • Debbie P Weedsport, NY (near Syracuse) says:

      Linda, I felt just like that for a couple of winters in a row….actually got myself worried because I was feeling so depressed. I had my Vit. D level’s a simple blood test…and it was almost non-existant! Apparently it’s a very common thing for women in my area but not all doctors will routinely check it. I started on the Vit D but the first winter after that, I still felt blah…so we checked again and it turns out I needed a larger dose throughout the year to sustain me through the winter cloudiness. I feel great now! Hope this helps!

    • Deb from Dixie says:

      Hi girlfriend…….!!!
      Just wanted to say hi and send some cheer! Sometimes the winter blahs get to us all. I am also a believer in the Vitamin D3…..mine was rock bottom, had to do the mega dose for a few weeks, now just take a daily dose. And I try to get out and feel some real sunshine, when possible.

      Linda, hope you have a good weekend….do something fun for you….or cuddle up and watch a good movie with that cutie Baby Button. ♥♥♥
      Susans photos of Jack and Girl, well,those two just make you smile!
      I especially got a kick out of Jack sleeping in the laundry… content and adorable. Actually sounds like a good idea for the weekend…..a nice nap. LOL!

  78. Barbara I. - Washington State says:

    Hello to all of the kitty-loving girlfriends out there today! How can you not just LOVE Jack and Girl Kitty??!! SWOON!! My hubby and I had never had a cat until we were “adopted” nearly 14 years ago by our beloved green-eyed calico, Annie (named after Little Orphan Annie, because she was a stray). And now we can’t even remember what life was like beforehand. I never knew I could fall so deeply in love with a being who was not my husband! Our house now looks like a cat shrine. I’ve come to believe that whatever the problem is in my life, the solution is always…my cat! And Susan, I’ve had your “Man Cat in a basket” magnet on my fridge for many years! Love & purrs to all of the kitties out there from Miss Annie!

  79. Susan (Grayslake, IL) says:

    Susan …These stories and pictures put such a smile on my face. Because of family cat allergies, I have to enjoy the the ongoing adventures of your kitties. I love cat and “way back when” I had two … Max (a siamese) and Gretchen (a persian).
    Oh and I can’t wait for your book … the small glimpses are so enticing. 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      When I was little, I was allergic to Siamese cats … so strange, but that’s what the Dr said when he saw the big red hives. I grew out of it thank goodness. I don’t know if I was ever allergic to other kinds of cats.

  80. phyllis says:

    I love your kitties, mine is tina and like yours sooo smart…we eat oatmeal in large green coffee cups, when she sees those cups she knows its time for oatmeal and she likes a spoon of her own with warm milk and about 4 tablespoons of warm milk…she is in heaven….gotta love how smart they are…loved this post…

  81. Brenda Caldwell says:

    LOVE the Family Album!!! Do you think you could have Jack cloned…I would love to have one just like him, lol :))

    • sbranch says:

      Do what I did, call your local animal shelter and put your name in for a tuxedo kitten and see what happens!

  82. Sharon in So. Calif. says:

    Thank you Susan for this Kitty post. I absolutely LOVED it. I especially loved seeing the two together, yeah!!! Jack is so darn cute with all his playful antics, and Girl is so regal and sweet. Together they are the perfect mix. Thank you for sharing your kiddo’s with us.

  83. Thea says:

    I really do get a kick out of how they pose for you! while pretending that they’re being all natural. I wish everyone in my fam wasn’t allergic to cats cause I’d get a black and white one, too. I have to’pups’ – one black and one white/blond. anyway, ma’am, I just LOVE your rose settee! so purdy. have a great one! xo

  84. Raenell Cannady says:

    Ohhh Susan, the love you have for your animals and the love they return!! It is truly immeasureable! They are the most precious of kitties I have seen…you are blessed to have them in your life, and they are so lucky to be yours 🙂
    Happy writing…keep going girl…can’t wait to see your book!
    xo Love, Raenell

  85. Rachel says:

    DD-9 wishes she could give girl kitty a big cuddle 🙂 She says she looks cute and cuddly like a teddy bear 😉
    She thoroughly enjoyed the tale of two kitties! (I think she would also like to play with Jack, but she is sick right now, so the peaceful girl seemed more attractive lol).

  86. Janet [in Rochester] says:

    Sue, your timing [as usual] is superb. Just yesterday I happened to choose a picture of Jack for the desktop on our classroom computer for the day. Jack’s really little, in a basket with a white blanket, looking up at you with a sweet yet quizzical expression on his face. I’m guessing maybe one of his first days home with you? Anyway, he was a HUGE hit with the Fives! There’s practically a “Jack Fan Club” organizing here, and of course it generated lots of pet stories from everyone. We’re even talking about possibly having a pet show in the Spring. Also it just cracks me up that Jack wedges himself behind you in your chair – I think what he’s really doing is claiming ownership! :>)

    • sbranch says:

      I have no doubt you are right! Wouldn’t a springtime pet show with five year olds be darling? So fun. And yes, that photo was taken on Jack’s first day home! Can you show the kids the rest of the kitty pictures, or would that get them too excited for school?

      • Janet [in Rochester] says:

        Oh, will definitely be showing yesterday’s post! First kiddies expected in about 10 min. I saved all the photos from yesterday & will setup a slide show for them. They’ll be so surprised that there are more pictures today – no one will budge. “Jack-in-action” shots will be very popular. “Jack-in-a-drawer” will crack them up. I’ll have to go back through the blog to get the ones of him hanging off the top of your hutch – they’ll love them too. “Jack” may end up the year being a curriculum item [and why not?] Teachable moments can pop up anywhere. Can’t wait to hear the comments about Girl too. Thanks for providing the year’s best-yet “appetizer” [that’s what I call whatever we do while waiting for everyone to arrive]. Have a wonderful MV day, my friend! :>)

        • sbranch says:

          Love to think of their little faces! Have fun Janet! And tell them Jack’s mommy say’s hello!

          • Janet [in Rochester] says:

            Believe me, you made their day! Lots more hilarious, touching and sweet comments today. This was a pretty good sampling but I know I missed some real corkers. And we are ready for more photos anytime the “stars” are… :>)

            PS – Grant says “thank you for thinking up the best-ever brownie recipe in the world!” So you see you have some renown of your own here as well. :>)

          • sbranch says:

            Tell Grant xoxo! We had a neighbor’s kitty climb up into the wisteria yesterday … where the squirrel usually is, outside our kitchen windows where the bird feeders are, and what a darling kitty he is. Took pictures of him! Will show you soon!

      • Debbie P Weedsport, NY (near Syracuse) says:

        I had to show the kitty pictures again today, too! …as per request! One of my little ones was certain that Girl was Jack’s sister because of the last picture. She said “Girl is crossing her arms on her chest…just like I do when I’m talking to my brother.” …and she demonstrated the all-powerful, crossed-arm stance that only a big sister can use. hahahahaha

  87. Cindy Maulin says:

    hi susan….darling post today….loved every picture..but especially the one of Jack close close up….with your reflection in his eye….so special…a lot of cooking and baking going on around here today…friend had surgery so he gets the homemade chicken noodle soup (known around here as “THE MEDICINE”) and your delicious carrot cupcakes to help with the boo boo…… instant feel better food!!! stay warm with joe and the kitties….. love, cindy

  88. Valley Girl says:

    I can not wait to show this to my toddler. She LOVES kitties!

  89. Nellie says:

    Cute, cute kitties! Girl – so regal and proper; Jack – such a little scamp! I loved seeing all these pictures. There is nothing like a cat for entertainment.:-)

    It is good to see that you have such good company while you work.:-)

    xo Nellie

  90. Jackie P says:

    Kitty heaven, indeed! Each picture more precious than the previous one. Also loved a peak at your page layouts . . . looks like it will be a fun voyage (again!). How do you do it???

  91. Debbie R in Valencia, CA says:

    What an awesome post…..I am not a cat lover…..but I am now:). How can you not be 🙂 I think the title to Susan’s next book should be “Kitty Kats at all that”, Dontcha think girlfriends???

  92. M J Smith says:

    I loved this post! I think Girl Kitty and Jack are just adorable. My cat, Fletcher, likes to be held the same way as Girl Kitty … just like you are burping a baby! He also will climb up my leg with his arm outstretched because he wants to be picked up. 🙂

  93. Nancy says:

    Girl Kitty is just beautiful….that’s all….she’s regal. Jack is too darned cute for his own good…especially in that drawer! Thank you for bringing a smile to my face….I am going to go hunt down Lucy and love on her! 😉

  94. just cats says:

    Hi Susan – well I just loved this post so much. Those are two gorgeous cats that you live with. 🙂 I adore that Jack and the photo of him sleeping is so sweet. I love the paws crossed. Thanks for sharing such nice photos. Give them a hug for me. Deb

  95. Cynthia Pfledderer says:

    How darling and playful they are. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

  96. WA Judy says:

    Hi Susan…My two year old grandson found these pictures hilarious. We had to go through them twice. I wish I could have sent you a video of him…childhood laughter is priceless!

  97. Susan says:

    Since recently finding your blog I have been thoroughly enjoying it. I am between cats. Our last one was with us for a long time. Once I have a permanent home I will be visiting the SPCA for a new friend

    • sbranch says:

      You’ll be surprised, after so long, how different a kitten is from a grown cat … I had forgotten until I got Jack. They’re both nice, but a kitty is hysterical.

  98. Mia Sophia says:

    Hi Susan…Unfortunately, I am allergic to kitties so as much as I loved them, they made me feel miserable, sneezy and itchy. Thus, I was never able to have a kitty growing up. I am so thankful I WAS able to have hamsters, rabbits, a dog and two horses. I need an animal guardian in my life! I must say that your two kitties are the cutest I have EVER seen!!! I just love those faces and personalities! Glad I can admire them and enjoy them from afar! Darling photos! Thank you for sharing them with all of us! Enjoy!

    • sbranch says:

      As long as you get a little petty pet of your own, it doesn’t really matter does it, if it’s a kitty or a rabbit or a dog. It’s the LOVE we love. xo

      • Mia Sophia says:

        Right you are! I will forever have a fur baby at my feet. My little 6 lb black Schnauzer, Sophie Belle, is a wonderful companion and addition to our family. She is pure goodness and showers us with love and joy every day.

  99. Sreekala says:

    Certainly sharing this with my “kidlets” (what a cute name!) when they get back from school today. Love, love, love Jack and Girl!

  100. Nancy B says:

    I just know you have a children’s book in you some day. The story line with your pictures is delightful! Thanks for sharing.


    • sbranch says:

      Thank you Nancy … I’ve always thought, with all the colored pictures in my books, that I write children’s books for big people.

      • Janet [in Rochester] says:

        OMG, you have absolutely nailed it, Sue. Somehow you can write [and illustrate, let’s not forget] about “grownup stuff” with – and for people with – children’s souls and sensibilities! You have never forgotten what it was like to be and feel like a child. And that’s not something you could have learned, I don’t think – that’s a true gift. :>)

        • sbranch says:

          Maybe it’s because I had all those little ones coming up around me, but I haven’t forgotten a bit of it.

          • Janet [in Rochester] says:

            Very likely I would think. Also it sounds like you had an exceptionally-happy childhood & those memories last forever… :>)

          • sbranch says:

            I think part of the reason it was so happy is because my parents were practically children too, so there was double the innocence in the house!

      • Cathy McC. says:

        My goodness – children’s books for big people. Maybe that’s why this retired teacher loves your books so much. Keep on writing, friend. Hugs, Ethel

      • Dawn (Elmhurst, IL) says:

        Oh Susan, that’s so true! Your books are always filled with wonder, delight, and magical moments! Such a gift of love!

      • Debbie P Weedsport, NY (near Syracuse) says:

        That’s exactly what you do, Sue! You channel the inner child in all of us! Such important work!

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