Monday, April 15, 2019

Easter Blessings

This Easter week is gonna be unlike any other I have ever experienced.
Because this is Pasqua's FIRST EASTER EVER.
And for those readers unaware, his name means "Easter" in Italian.  You may notice Easter gifts with the saying "Buona Pasqua" in your local Italian shops:

This is a very special week for us here. We are excited to be able to celebrate together. 

We are doing well. I recently had my annual doctor visit, and I am happy to report that I am in tip top shape. Doctor gave me a clean bill of health. Another reason we are happy to celebrate together this year. This is my best profile shot, ever. Don't I look stunning? A picture of health right here:  

As always, Pasqua is happy napping - certainly dreaming of cat nip flavored treats: 

Little Pasqua Scheggiare is our special Easter gift this year. Easter is our mamma's favorite holiday.  And, her favorite singer, back in 1992, sang a lyric about a cat named Easter, so she always had in in her mind to name a cat "Easter" one day.

In honor of his significance in our hearts, we share with you some of the many Easter symbols of our faith. Easter is the most significant holy day to us.

The Easter egg has a lot of symbolism - the Easter Egg Roll represents the rolling away of the boulder in front of Jesus' tomb. While the egg itself, represents new life, or Jesus' empty tomb. Interesting note: original Lenten observations included eggs and other dairy products as forbidden, so believers marked eggs to signify the end of the Lenten observation.

The white Easter lily symbolizes purity and honesty. Some believe, these were the flowers in in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus cried.

Since Jesus is often referred to in the Bible as the “Lamb of God” , lamb is another symbol of the season. Lamb was a sacrifice made during the Jewish Passover, and it in turn became a symbol for Jesus’ sacrifice.

We all know that a butterfly emerging from her cocoon is a symbol of  transformation, change, and hope. Did you know it is also an Easter symbol? The caterpillar stands for Jesus’ earthly life, the cocoon portrays His crucifixion/burial, and the butterfly represents His resurrection.

Isn't that interesting?
Lastly, how about the Easter bunny? 
Remember a couple of years ago, mamma made Stray Cat and I wear Easter bunny ears? ma-says-she-loves-us-but-then-she-does-this post
Haha! She better not take those out this year - they are much too big for Pasqua!

Bunnies are an ancient symbol of fertility, new life, and the coming of spring. Even more interesting to note, the use of the Easter bunny goes all the way back to the 1700s, when German immigrants brought the Easter Rabbit with them to America. Back then, children made nests for the bunnies out of bonnets and hats, which eventually became the colorful baskets we now use today.

Even if you don't celebrate Easter, we hope you liked learning more about what we believe, and where the symbols of this significant holy day stemmed from. 

So share with us, what is your favorite part of spring? We appreciate your comments and like reading them. 

Purr & Paw,

"I know a cat named Easter he says, Will you ever learn? You're just an empty cage girl, if you kill the bird."- Tori Amos.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

April Springs Love!

Life is good, Readers, can you feel spring in the air where you are?

Yes, Ma is still trying to capture me carrying Verdi (which I do twice a day) on video, I am quite the enigma eluding her. 😼
Pasqua enjoying Ma's lap.
We are doing very well. Pasqua and I are getting along, we like basking in sunshine seeping through windows and glass doors, napping, snuggling, and we are enjoying learning tricks together to earn treats. Ma is impressed with our dedication to training and we can officially:

  • Fetch
  • Give Paw
  • Jump
We are still failing at "Speak".  We meow on our own terms. For instance, we would like to give a big meow out to our Uncle PJ, whose birthday is tomorrow. Happy Birthday! πŸŽ‚ We love him very much and hope to see him soon. ❤

We hope this April springs love into your lives this year. 

Purr & Paw,

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

April is here!

Happy April, Readers,
April is the month we celebrate Stray Cat!
But we also have a lot of friends who celebrate their birthday in April. Maybe you are one of them!
Happy Birthday Month to you!

A lot has been happening here - highlights in photos!
We now share a sink! 
Pasqua Scheggiare is getting HUGE! 
He also likes to sleep. A lot.
Mamma bought us a new HUGE toy!
And I am still adorable AS EVER!
April is a month of transition - what are you transitioning to?
Are you cleaning your home, transitioning from clutter to organized by getting rid old things you no longer need? Transitioning to a new beginning? Transitioning your employment?

We are transitioning from "Dealing with each other" to "Loving one another" - and I am not yet willing to admit I am happy and grateful. πŸ˜‰

Here is a cute video of Pasqua kneading his blanket. ❤ I think I love him (shhhhhhh... don't tell mamma!).

Happy April, Readers, remember those around you may be transforming and adjusting this spring, too, so be gentle - be patient - and be nice to the other humans you see from day-to-day.

Purr & Paw,

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Happy Spring!

Spring is officially here!

We are so happy... birds are singing, the sun is out, soon we will be able to have windows open all of the time and be able to smell all sorts of wonderful spring scents.

We are happy.

One day, my ma was looking for me upstairs, downstairs, in each room, under each bed, under each chair... she just couldn't find me ... she was calling my name all-the-while, "Stivali! Stivali! Where are you, Stivali?"... and I could hear her, but I was comfortable. 

You see, she has these blankets on top of the sofa for us to sit on top of to prevent our shedding hair to be left all over the sofa material. I find that it is very cozy to go under these blankets. Mamma did not realize as I can go unnoticed under-cover: 

There I am! 
Mamma was so surprised she did not realize where I was hiding. Aren't I cute?
Pasqua enjoying spring - and all the views it brings.
Speaking of cute, my little brother is pretty cute, too. With spring, comes lots of views to check out outside. Here is little Pasqua squirrel watching. So funny!
Mamma received this photo this week from the sanctuary she adopted Pasqua from. The owner took it of them.

“I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.” — Millard Kaufman.

Enjoy every moment and hug your loved ones!

Purr & Paw,

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Pasqua is Six Months Old Today!

Happy St Patrick's Day, Readers!

We are celebrating all day long. Not just for St Patrick, the sheep herder, and patron saint of Ireland (although, he wasn't actually Irish! Interesting fun-fact!), we celebrate also today because Pasqua is now six months old!
Did you know that St Patrick's real name is believed to be Maewyn Succat, but when he became a priest he changed his name to Patrick? Look at his real name, though: Succat. Isn't that something?
Another coincidence we take note of today: when Italian-American males are named Pasqua or Pasquale, their nickname very commonly is Pat. These coincidences on the day we celebrate St Patrick and our little Pasqua Scheggiare are not accidents, and we believe they are signals from God to remind us that we are truly blessed.

At six months old, these are some of Pasqua's favorite things:
  • treats
  • my food (he prefers it over his kitten food!)
  • a little grey mouse we named Grigio (not to be confused with my beloved Verdi)
  • napping/sleeping
  • playing peek-a-boo and fetch
  • cuddling with mamma
  • hiding with me when visitors come over (I am teaching him this habit to our mom's disappointment)
  • sun puddling
  • looking out the windows and glass doors
  • hanging out with mamma when she works from home
And some of our favorite photos:
They named him "Chip" at the Cat Sanctuary where we adopted him from.

It is not safe to refill my food container in Pasqua's presence.

Playing fetch (Grigio is in Pasqua's mouth).

Enjoying the view from the sun room.

He sleeps a lot in the most adorable poses. Example 1.

Example 2 - how is that even comfortable?

Six month portrait.  Getting so big!
I offer this Irish Blessing for all of you: "May you have love that never ends, lots of money, and lots of friends. Health be yours, whatever you do, and may God send many blessings to you!"

Purr & Paw,

Sunday, March 10, 2019

"Summer Time"

Today is the first day of daylight savings time, also known as "Summer Time". Last night we changed our clocks ahead one hour to make the most out of sunlight - doing so provides more sun in the evening hours.

This is another first for my little brother, Pasqua Scheggiare. Although there is debate whether cats understand time, as a cat, I can tell you - we do. So, little Pasqua, who has slept soundly through the entire night, every night, since about one month of living with us - decided last night, on the night we would lose one hour of sleep to have a party with the window blinds... at 2am, which, coincidentally, was actually 3am.

He was having a great time playing regardless of our pleadings for him to stop. His party with the window blinds lasted about 10 minutes. A loud, obnoxious, and annoying 10 minutes, which felt like an endless hour.

We are hopeful that this doesn't become a new habit, and that he returns to sleeping soundly through the night.

In other news, this week, he realized there is a chandelier above the dining room table. While mamma worked on her computer, he climbed up on the table to "help" her, and keep her company. To his amazement, above him was a beautiful chandelier which he was tenacious in trying to reach.

Luckily, he was unsuccessful.

As Pasqua grows, he reminds us of the Walt Whitman quote, "You are so much sunshine in every square inch!".

May your last days of winter leave you gently, and may spring greet you warmly.

Purr & Paw,

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Happy March!

March brought more snow today. But the sunshine felt good on our fur. We are getting along well.
I even let Pasqua play with my paws.

He is a very silly kitty. Mamma has been teaching him high-five and peek-a-boo.  Here is his latest peek-a-boo spot - the shower! Pasqua Peek-a-boo He is very funny.

May March bring you peace and joy as we are soon to see and feel spring.

Happy day, Readers, happy day.