Jake and Bathsheba

A blog by two cats who used to live in the same house in Northern Virginia. Unfortunately, they are both no longer with us.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

My Christmas Vacation Report by Bathsheba


The holidays are coming to a close and, after a four-day holiday for New Year's Day, Mom goes back to work tomorrow. We had a nice Christmas Day at home and our new year was uneventful as we like it.

Our main gift was this crazy contraption. Mom thought that we would like to rub on its bristles since we are always rubbing our cheeks against walls, doors, furniture, you name it. I think that it looks like something to clean the human toilet so I'm not so sure I want to use it on my face.

For Christmas I guess I liked the extra Temptations treats best.

The day after Christmas we both were put in PTUs and went on a weekend trip with Mom. She picked up her brother (and his dog Rags) near Richmond along the way, and we all ended up at Mom's sister's beach house near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Thank goodness Rags seemed oblivious to the fact that Jake and I were in the back seat. We kept quiet the whole way and that pleased Mom very much.

We made ourselves at home at the beach house. We had a different guest room from the last time we were there, but this one was very nice and also had a private bath for our litter box room.

Jake was still not feeling well, but seemed to eat a little better when we were away. He never left the room and seemed to enjoy the comfort of the bed very much.

I did not witness this, but Mom actually went wading in the cold ocean surf. And with a DOG! The dog is named Skillet and is a three-month old black labrador of Mom's nephew and girlfriend.
Mom is making me include this cute picture of him with sand on his face. When I met him, he steered clear of me with my fierce hiss and extra claws that are super sharp.

I didn't fare as well with this other puppy named Brewster whom I had met on my previous visit.

He seemed to be fascinated with my butt. Dogs!

Here are the other dogs that were there - Rags

and beagles Pudge and Roxy

Crazy puppies Brewster and Skillet

Now Mom wants me to include some other stuff. You may know that she is thrilled by plants and flowers. She was very impressed with rosemary shrubs in flower that her sister had planted at the beach house, and here is one.

She also tries to have something in bloom outdoors every month of the year. December is rather sparse, but we have a clump of snowdrops to bloom reliably that month every year.

It is even bigger now.
Even a little periwinkle flower bloomed here in January.
Mom didn't celebrate New Year's Day with a hike up our local Bull Run Mountain like she did last year, but she did go there yesterday.

The air was crisp and cold, and once again she sat on the rocks for about an hour before she got too cold.

We worry about Jake's health this year. He went back to the vet on Tuesday, December 30 and will return again on the 10th. He remains lethargic with little appetite. He is very loving with Mom, and I must admit that I'm just a little jealous of all the attention Mom gives to him.
Thank you for reading this long post. Again, Happy New Year, and best wishes for health and love this year.

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At Sunday, January 04, 2009 2:24:00 PM, Blogger Fat Eric said...

I am glad you had a nice holiday Bathsheba, and I am purring for Jake to feel better soon. It is worrying when you don't really know what the problem is. Have you thought about getting a second opinion or running more tests? Could be thyroid if he is feeling lethargic.

We have snowdrops in bloom here in London too. And lots of bulbs pushing up through the soil like crocuses, daffodils, tulips, which will bloom later.

At Sunday, January 04, 2009 2:46:00 PM, Blogger Lux said...

It makes me feel happy that you all had a lovely holiday. We really enjoyed your pictures.

We're sending Jake many purrs that he will feel better soon.

Happy New Year to you all!

At Sunday, January 04, 2009 3:05:00 PM, Blogger Cat with a Garden said...

That is a lovely post. You must have had some great days during the holidays. And you kept quit in the car! Chilli screamed non stop during our 3h carride to mom's boyfriend parents. She was not pleased! ; )
We wanted to wish you a Happy New Year!
We are sorry to hear that Jake is feeling poorly. We are purring for him to feel better!
Siena & Chilli

At Sunday, January 04, 2009 3:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for visiting our blog! We haven't visited your blog before today, so we enjoyed finding out about both of you. We are purring for Jake. - Tristan and Crikey

At Sunday, January 04, 2009 3:32:00 PM, Blogger The Island Cats said...

Hi! Happy New Year to all of you!

Wow! A beach vacation! You are so lucky! But we don't know about all those woofies...they do look like they were having fun, though...

We hope Jake feels better soon...

At Sunday, January 04, 2009 6:44:00 PM, Blogger Toffee K. Ripple Fuzzypants & Feline American Angels said...

Jake ... I've been purrin' extra strenuously for your return to health. Your lack of appetite has me worried. Perhaps you'd like some ham? Temptations? Smooches?

Nudges an' purrs (an' the requisite big SMOOCHES),

At Sunday, January 04, 2009 6:45:00 PM, Blogger Max said...

Oh! Oh! Oh! The toilet brush thingy! The cat Who Came Before Me had one and the people didn't keep it, and now they want to find one 'cause Buddah would like it! Do you know where yours came from?

I hope Jake feels better. Not feeling up to eating and stuff is just no fun. Not at all.

At Sunday, January 04, 2009 6:50:00 PM, Blogger Parker said...

Such a lovely holiday! Well, except for the dog in your butt part...
Anyway, we pray for your brother. We hope Jake feels better and that everything is OK.

At Sunday, January 04, 2009 7:49:00 PM, Blogger Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

We are glad you had a lovely holiday Bathsheba, but we are sorry Jake is still not feeling so good. We hope the V E T can find what is wrong with him and make him feel better again.

At Sunday, January 04, 2009 8:35:00 PM, Blogger Gemini and Ichiro said...

What a wonderful holiday. I hope that Jake starts feeling better so that he can enjoy his new contraption.

At Sunday, January 04, 2009 10:13:00 PM, Blogger Ivan and Izzy from WMD said...

You look like you had a wonderful holiday, even with the dogs. I hope Jake feels better soon. I don't know how I missed his being sick, but tell him I'm purring for him.

At Monday, January 05, 2009 12:54:00 AM, Blogger michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

Happy Happy Happy New Year to you both and your mommy~!!!!!
I can see that you have a great holiday~!!!!!!

Please get well, Jake~!!
I am praying and purring for you!

At Monday, January 05, 2009 5:32:00 AM, Blogger Everycat said...

I'm very gald that you all had a wonderful holiday (apart from the butt loving puppy aspect) - Mum dreams of having rosemary bushes that look that healthy. We hope that the vets can figure out what is making Jake feel poorly and get him well again very, very soon. It's no fun being poorly, especially over the holidays.

A Happy & Healthy New Year to you all.

Whicky Wuudler

PS: Bathsheba - your Mom loves you lots but she does need to give Jake some extra lovin's whilst he's poorly, hey! you could join her and snuggle up to your 'bro!

At Monday, January 05, 2009 2:21:00 PM, Blogger Daisy said...

It sounds like you had an excellent beach-house adventure. I love the name "Skillet"!

I am sad that Jake is still not feeling well. I hope the vet can figure out how to make him all better. And I wish you all a happy and healthy 2009!

At Monday, January 05, 2009 3:45:00 PM, Blogger LZ said...

You are all so very very busy!!! Those puppies look rather cute....and your mom looks like a super model these days! I sure hope Jake is OK, feeling good is not fun.


At Tuesday, January 06, 2009 4:07:00 PM, Blogger MaoMao said...

Sounds like you hadded a fun holliday, and alla us Ballicai are wishing you a Happy New Year. We are purrin fur Jake! We're sorry he's been feelin poorly and we hope he feels bettur soon.

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao.

At Thursday, January 08, 2009 3:26:00 AM, Blogger meemsnyc said...

That thing does look like something you would clean the toilet with. What a weird contraption of a toy! It looks like those bristles hurt!!

At Thursday, January 08, 2009 4:57:00 PM, Blogger Forty Paws said...

We're sad that Jake isn't doing so well. Our Bow isn't doing well either. We're sending you purrs and hugs.

Pretty photos, too many woofies. Glad you enjoyed your vacation!

Luf, Us

At Friday, January 09, 2009 4:05:00 AM, Blogger Skeezix the Cat said...

Oh, I shur hope Jake gits feelin better soon. We all werry abowt him. I hope yoo have a happy 2009!

At Friday, January 09, 2009 9:58:00 AM, Blogger Shilgiah the Cat said...

What a nice holiday you had! My best friend was a black lab and she loved me after I hissed and told her who was the boss.

At Monday, January 12, 2009 7:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a great time except for the but thing...Lol

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