July Magazine Cover


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Happy 4th of July from our kitty girls, Grace and Twilight!
It’s always very exciting and patriotic around the house during our 4th of July celebration. Small American flags line the half round of well manicured boxwood bushes, our American flag waves proudly against our 1935 Georgian red brick home, and quite unexpected, my husband plays God Bless America, America the Beautiful, and My Country Tis of Thee on his bagpipes! The days feast is in the planning stages, but it will be classic picnic fare full of smiles. As evening settles, my husband and I safely sit and watch musical firework celebrations via the TV.
I love our slice of Americana 🙂

Enjoy your 4th of July!


Born in the USA!


Magazine Cover – June 2012


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Think Summer Fun!

Summer is here packed with Sunshine, long days, picnic foods and a more carefree spirit.  I have to believe my cats feel the same way, lounging for hours on the warm screened in porch, then in the luxury of their air-conditioned home and napping the day away.  Grace and Twilight are always ready for a treat as the rustling of the  bag calls them into the kitchen, a long drink of cool water from the fridge is up next, and a quick round of play.  Then of course, the squirrel watching, it must be like watching TV, so the monitor look of June’s cover reflects.

Best wishes to you and yours for a long cool playful summer!

Twilight, Grace, and squirrel TV

Coffee Cat


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By Melinda Merijanian, I heart coffee and I love cats, two reasons to relax and enjoy a cup with me.

My original inspiration was from my sister, Julie who posted this adorable found coffee art cat below from her local Mama Jean’s Natural Market.

Barista Audre’s coffee art cat – MaMa Jean’s Market

Next step, with fresh hot frothy, but lacking art cup of coffee in hand, web research to find this darling drinkable art form.  First search, I find as expected, I am not the first to be enamored with coffee cat art. The following coffee crafted cats were found at – www.cutedaily.com

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I also found coffee is a popular art form for your home, via just coffee art.

The best part of my coffee filled morning?  No matter what the weather is, my cats; Grace and Twilight, and I venture out on to the screened in porch and take a moment to breathe in the new day.   As I sit and rock in my rocker, I enjoy a freshly brewed cup of Community dark roast coffee with almond milk and honey from our backyard apiary.  I say, richly blessed with both; cats and coffee just not in the same place.

As I near the end of my personal cup of coffee during this pleasurable search of eye-catching coffee art, I encourage each of you to Google coffee art just for fun, and view this art form one flavorful cup at a time.  mmmm 🙂

Good morning and a good day to each of you!

Magazine Cover May 2012 – Thank you, The American Cat


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Because of those who served and gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to keep our country free, we all have the freedom and a lifestyle that is the American dream.
In memory of those who came before us and those who continue to keep our country free, so that on Memorial Day, we can respect our history, freely picnic, play, vacation and spend valuable family time together.
If you ever have a chance to visit the Arlington National Cemetery, please do so, it gives an overwhelming perspective on our nations sacrifice.

Grace – My American Cat

This cat’s Purr – rogative


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an author’s poem – Melinda Merijanian

Contently curled on the cashmere throw as if it were an inherited personal heirloom. 


Twilight pen and ink – Contently Curled

Basking in the sun as a bikini clad model would, with the expectation of accolades from passers-by. Sleeping all hours of the day and never lifting a paw, since there is the required staff. Dining on meals with a preference of an attentive audience. The nocturnal one, who finds it convenient to wake you all hours of the night, for a snuggle.

Irreplaceable, is this cat to one’s heart.

Beautiful Birthday Cats, Spring 2012


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Lani – Day 1 with her brothers. She is the only Brown-patch in the group.

Lucky me to have friends and family that have beautiful feline family members, a kitty blog for showcasing them and a genuine love for creature status cats, (this is all-inclusive in the feline animal kingdom by the way).  If you know the cat breed, Maine Coons, you know what a treat and loving companion you have.  Maine coons are one of the oldest natural American breeds from the state of Maine.

Main Coons are known for several special attributes, below are a few of my favorites.

  1. Ear Furnishings – plentiful fur inside their ears.
  2. Snow-shoe paws – additional fur in-between their paws that actually help protect their pads as they walk on snow.
  3. Gentle human like love – from nuzzling and kisses these cats are pure love.

Let the Birthday celebrations begin!

Ladies first.

Happy Birthday #2 beautiful Lani!

Lani and her brothers at one day old above is a seriously beautiful group of kittens!  It’s funny that she was the only girl and the only patch! Lani is the biggest love sponge you ever want to meet. She sleeps between her Mommy and Daddy every night and she has to be held in a bear hug to get to sleep….she insists! Her Daddy is especially good at that! She loves everyone and she’s the only one of the cats in this family that has befriended Bella the parrot. If Bella is on the kitchen island Lani is with her…partners in crime, lol!

Lani the cat and Bella the Parrot.

Pat, her Mommy says, “I always say she was made just for me, she is beyond attentive, and my little helper following me around the house every day as I clean up. She is truly a treasure…I really hit the jackpot!”  Lani was born on May 1, 2010.

Lani Bell – Age 2

Happy Birthday #2 beautiful Nayla!

Nayla’s darling baby kitten snuggled in a boot pose, and her current classic pose, showing off her white boots.  She was born at the Koontopia Maine Coon Cattery in KY on April 7, 2010.

Nayla Bell kitten tucked in a ceramic shoe – darling girl

Nayla and her classic pose, white booted beauty

Nayla is the classic “gentle giant” of Maine Coons. She is quite reserved and has the quietest high pitch meow you ever heard coming out of such a big cat.  She is very sweet, and if she catches a lizard, and her sister takes it away she just lets her keep it.

Nayla Bell – Age 2

Like most Maine Coons she loves water and can often be found playing in a sink of water or sleeping in the sink.  Her play area consists of a large screened in outdoor area.  Most days she can be found hunting and sleeping in the bushes by the pool. She is an affectionate little (big) supervisor!

A special thank you to my friend, Pat Bell for sharing your beautiful princesses Lani and Nayla.


Happy Birthday to twins, Ducan MacMouser and Dandy O’Lion celebrating their 2 year Birthday on May 1, 2012.

Twins; Duncan MacMouser and Dandy O’Lion – 2 years

Duncan MacMouser and Dandy O’Lion we’re born on May 1st, 2010, Koontopia’s Run for the Roses, part of a litter of six classic red tabby boys and one beautiful brown patch girl.  They are brothers to Lani above.

Duncan is small for a Maine Coon, weighing only 14 lbs, but don’t tell him he is not a really big boy. He’s our brave heart. Strong natured, outgoing and oh, so sweet. He is very vocal, often all night long. His fur is unusually soft “Like a Bunny”. Duncan loves being brushed and will roll over so you can get every spot. Tummy rubs and fetching paper are his favorites, along with water. He will drink from a faucet and intently watch water swirl. Duncan’s nickname is Little Laddie.

Duncan MacMouser, age 2

Dandy O’Lion is a shy boy, very loving. He is smart and very stubborn. Once his mind is fixed on something, it is hard to get him to forget about it. He loves opening all the closet doors in the house. Dandy also loves to cuddle with his half-sister, Cougar Rose. In fact, He loves to cuddle period. His favorite toy is his YumYum, a blue furry snake. He carries it with him and hides it in different spots in the house. When he brings it to you, he cries to be praised, for he brought you his prize. His fur has curls and more curls. His nickname is Dandy-Boy.

Dandy O’Lion – Age 2

A special thank you to my Friend, Echelle Sauer for sharing her handsome twin boys; Dunan and Dandy!

Happy Birthday Lani, Nayla, Ducan and Dandy – Two looks great on each of you!

Here kitty kitty…. Got a kitty celebrating a birthday and want me to blog about your special friend.  Leave a comment and we will take it from there.