a jolly bee

I love taking photos of flowers after the rain. Rain droplets are awesome. Each and every one of them contains a clear miniature reflection of images. And they glitter like crystal beads.

But.. one photo gave me a surprise. Did i’ve just taken a photo of a bee? I zoomed it in and there it was… a bumble bee.

Did you see it? It’s at the upper right side of the photo. Here it is…

Today’s weather is awesome. The sun is shining but i could feel some cool breeze in the air. A lot of birds are flying by and made my front yard a stopover. Since i still have lots of leftover birdseed and sunflower seeds, i usually scatter some in front of the main door. While the birds are busy eating, the kitties are so happy watching them.

Here’s Ashton and Kuting having a wonderful day watching live cat tv.

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The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: GLOW

Goldie is my number 7

When i had my first cat Star i really planned it out that i would adopt another cat so she would have a playmate and a sibling. I am so happy with two cats and now within a span of 5 years they are 7.

There’s Star, adopted Tiger to be Star’s playmate, fostered Boots when his humans left for Dubai to work, rescued a teeny-weeny Ashton almost 2 years ago, rescued Kuting when i found him beaten up with his tail almost severed, adopted Puti an all white deaf kitty from my mother and… then Goldie who showed up on my terrace about 6 months ago, very thin, begging for food, love and attention. Click here to see how he looks like when i first saw him.

 

GOLDIE, you are my number 7.

what 3 months of TLC (tender love and care) can do

Several months ago as i open the sliding door leading to the terrace, i was surprised to see a thin small cat by the door meowing for attention and food. I knew he was hungry as he was meowing nonstop. I hurriedly gave him food and water and he gobbled up as soon as i put down the bowl.

I tried petting him as he ate and did not hiss. As i stroked him, i noticed he was thin as i could feel every bone under his thin fur. He had a lot of bald patches, lots of scars, some open wounds and lots of cat lice eggs that look like white dots on the strands of his fur. I knew this kitty needed help. He looks like he had a rough time in trying to SURVIVE out of his own fending for himself. So, I just let him get settled at the terrace and by late afternoon i noticed he was still there. He made the terrace his home. After several days when i felt that he was comfortable enough to trust me, I brought him to the vet for a much needed exam. He was vaccinated, dewormed and given anti-lice treatment. After 2 weeks i took him to the vet again for anti-rabies shot.

These days he is rounder and definitely gained a lot of weight. And as i stroke his fur now, it is evident how thick it has grown. In just a short time, he transformed from an ugly thin and sick looking cat to a beautiful black panther with bright golden eyes… truly a GOLDIE.

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: EVANESCENT

Update: Goldie got neutered and finally an indoor cat. He is my number 7.

cat’s in the bag

*PUTI is really special among all my kitties. As i’ve mentioned before, she is a deaf cat. The only advantage of being deaf was that she’s the only one having a chill of her life on new year’s eve while the rest of the kitties were all bothered and tensed with the loud noise of fireworks, music and merry making.

She loves getting inside of things like paper bags, boxes and handbags. Drawers left partially open is also a great hideaway. She would literally squeeze herself in and nothing could stop her.

My bag is probably one of her favorite places that she enjoys hopping in. Leave it open and she’ll come right in and sleep to her heart’s content.

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Puti, despite her hearing disability is just like any ordinary kitty. She is very playful and loves cuddles. It melts my heart that she would never know her name because she couldn’t hear. One way to communicate with her is i gently press her body to my chest so when i talk she would feel the sound vibrations. Her meows are also funny. Sometimes it’s so soft like a whisper but during feeding time or when she is looking for me it is a bit loud .. a crescendo and decrescendo of meowing. But i do understand. She couldn’t hear herself meowing and if she already sees me, she stops and makes a very soft meow.

*PUTI means WHITE in our language.

In response to The Daily Post daily prompt: INTERIOR

minus one plus one

We all enjoyed opening our gifts on Christmas Day. I had fun too.

My sister gave me Pandora arm candies. Star, cat, paw and heart beads are all my favorites. Each bead has a meaning. Star is my cat’s name and Starlight is my WordPress site, cat bead represents my love for cats, a paw bead represents all my pets and the dangling heart bead stands for sisterly love. It has the word “sister” written at the back. My sister is keeping the other half and the other half is with me. How cool is that!

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I also received a gorgeous Long Champ handbag from her and a 2017 planner that i absolutely adore. But there is still one Christmas wish that i still long for. I hope Potty, one of my outside cats will find his way back home. It’s been 12 days. I am still heartbroken. He is a sweet and friendly cat and i miss him everyday.

A week ago, my eldest son found a black kitty sleeping on his hamper at the terrace. Because of his bright golden eyes i named him GOLDIE. I have been feeding him everyday and he hasn’t left the terrace since then. I guess he considers my home a RETREAT.. a place of unlimited supply of cat food and water which he desperately needed, a haven where he could finally relax, and a shelter where he could sleep peacefully. I think he had a tough time from where he came from because he has some battle scars, he is thin and some fur missing but he is very sweet cat. It’s been a week since then and he already made my terrace his home.

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One cat missing and one cat knocking on my door… minus one plus one. Rescuing a cat is sometimes not planned. Goldie begged for food and i just couldn’t turn my back on him. He is welcome if he decides to stay.

if only i could speak

If only i could speak…

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Thank you mom for rescuing me. I was so afraid, hungry, tired and cold when you found me. You did not hesitate to scoop me up when i followed you and rubbed so hard on your feet until i stumble and fall. Who would have thought that i used to fit on your palm and that’s how small i was. Now i am fat (hehe…), happy and so grateful to you mom. I owe you my life. Had you not saved me, i might have died of hunger and cold from the rain or maybe torn into pieces by stray dogs. You are truly my hero mom. Love… Ashton.

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Thank you mom for adopting me from the shelter. With lots and lots of cats i am so lucky that you’ve chosen me or shall i say i chose you. Well, i tried so hard to catch your attention. I tried to be a good boy, i tried to be calm when you carried me, i tried to be as sweet as i could be because i really wanted a forever home. Had you not adopted me, i still might have been at the shelter. I hope all my siblings have also found their forever home. It’s been 5 years since then and i am so happy to be with you. I know i am making you happy too as i have been your constant nap buddy and laptop buddy. You said you love to cuddle me because i have the softest fur. I also love to cuddle with you too. You are my hero mom. Love… Tiger

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Thank you mom for rescuing me. Ever since i walked inside the yard as a tiny kitten, you made me a part of the family of outside cats that you are regularly feeding. There are a lot of challenges and dangers being an outside cat. I know that you take good care of us by feeding us and by making sure we are spayed/neutered but i still got into trouble. One day, you found me with a big wound on my tail. You got so worried upon noticing that the lower part of my tail has no life already. I know vet bills are expensive but you hurriedly brought me at the vet for tail docking. I guess i have to thank the unfortunate thing that happened to my tail because from then on you made me an inside cat. You said i am too sweet and timid to be an outside cat which often resulted to other toms bullying me around. Now i sleep in comfort inside your home. I have a lot of furselfies too like the rest of the kitties which you post regularly on your Instagram. You are my hero mom. Love… Kuting 

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When grandma has been experiencing difficulties because of grandpa’s illness, grandma decided to bring me to you for fostering. Grandma had no choice during that time because grandpa sometimes gets angry with me for no reason at all and grandma always cries. Inspite of my disability as a deaf kitty, you never get tired of giving me lots of extra care and attention. Today marked another milestone as i have been spayed. When i heal, sooner i would be with grandma. Well, i know she would take care of me like you do and she says it’s okay and safe to live with her now and nobody would hurt me again because grandpa had crossed the bridge. But i am not taking that against grandpa because he had Alzheimer’s and he was not aware of the things that he says or do. When the time comes that i will be back to live with grandma, i will surely miss you mom. Thank you for all the love and care. You are my hero and you will forever be my mom. Love… Puti

In response to The Daily Post prompt: MARTYR

charming and colorful

December is the happiest and most colorful month of the year. Shining and shimmering Christmas decors and twinkling fairy lights adorn houses, streets and malls… and restaurants too.

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The mixed and unmatched chairs, lovely ceiling lamps and flowers made this place so charming. I instantly fell in love with the pink couch. It is so attractive that i took a close up photo of it and i am dreaming of owning a similar one in the future. Will definitely add that to my wish list. I could almost feel how RELAXING it is sitting or lying down on that soft couch.

Puti says it’s 18 days til Christmas. She is so excited to experience her first ever Christmas.

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She’s so lovely with those big blue eyes. One of the benefits of owning cats is by just stroking your kitty’s fur you could feel that magical effect… it is so calming and you could feel your worries and tension slowly VANISH and melt away. I would surely be having a fun fur stroking session before the year ends as i would like to leave all those bad feelings behind.

Bonus shot… Happy Taco Tongue Tuesday #TTT from Ashton. Wishing everyone a happy day.

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all about love

This will be our first Christmas without my father and our second without my brother. I will be honest, when my brother passed, i literally cried buckets of tears. Whenever i think of him or see photos of him i cry. These days i still get teary eyed whenever i think of him. I really miss him so much and forever i will. But, i don’t know and i’m not sure why i did not feel the same way when my father died. Yes, i miss him… we all do but it seemed like all of us had already accepted about his passing. Maybe our sense of relief just outweighed our sense of loneliness and grieving. Now that he’s gone, it seemed like a renewal. My parent’s house is having a big renovation, all the clutter that my father has been holding on has been disposed and most importantly i noticed a tremendous change in my mother’s aura. She has been smiling a lot, stress is gone because nobody is bullying her anymore and i truly believe she is happy. Of course she misses my father but she recovers quickly.

The holiday season would not be complete without the family, love, food and laughter. Gifts come second and it is not as important to me now than when i was younger. But for the kids, they are really looking forward to it especially those coming from my sister who works abroad. As always she would be home for Christmas and be the jolly Santa Claus of the family.

I know it’s a cliche but Christmas is all about love and happy reunions.

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Sending lots of cheers… Happy Weekend.

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“I sitz here while i wait for Christmas… hey Mom, how many days til Christmas? Will you buy me lots of treats as Christmas presents?”

shine bright

I had a nice time dining out with my kids in a new restaurant at the mall near our place. Upon entering, we were greeted by a blast of multi-colored decorations… delicately beautiful dropped lights and lamps, flowers and plants and a lot of inspiring quotes adorning the glass walls.

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I love the mismatched chairs and they make the place even more charming.

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Distressed mirrors that hang on wall and the metal lattice works with all those tiny details on display provide the rustic appeal. I love the Moroccan inspired pendant lamps that can be seen on almost all corners. They give off that lovely SHINE that provides warmth to the overall ambiance.

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The blue water goblets are so attractive and they will surely be on my wish list this holiday season. Oh by the way, the food is as impressive as their interior.

And … here’s something to make you smile… sharing with you a photo of Puti (means white in English) my all white foster kitten to brighten up your day. Her eyes SHINE bright like blue sapphires. She is one sweet girl despite her hearing disability. (Ah mom, it’s time to clean my nose plzzzz...)

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Have a happy Wednesday.

red velvety flower and gingers

This LOCAL red velvety flower is called cockscomb. While some really grow these plants i also see them as wildflowers and commonly growing in vacant lots. I was surprised to see some of these plants on my planter just outside my fence and i remembered that a neighbor has been growing these in her garden and i’m sure that some of the seeds were just blown by the wind. I am not protesting though as they are so gorgeous.

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And… speaking of reds, my gingercats are happily modelling a red collar. (Note: red cats are also referred to as gingers, marmalade or orange cats.) This collar is TIGER’s but i let KUTING wear it too. Let’s see who wears it better.

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Looks like my adorable models are having fun. Yes, mommy is having fun too because they look so handsomely cute.