Layla Morgan Wilde/ April 17, 2017/ Cats, Holidays, Man Cat Mondays, Mondays With Merlin/ 47 comments

Cat News, Mews and Remembering Nellie

We were saddened by the death of one of our dearest blog friends on Good Friday. The sweet and sassy Siamese gal, Nellie from Nellie On The Edge will be sorely missed. If you haven’t already done so, please stop  by and leave a comment of comfort. Our Merlin and Nellie were briefly married last spring and Nellie was about to celebrate her 19th birthday in May. I expect a huge welcome from her many OTRB friends. Nellie was always the belle of any ball and a fearless flirt. The cat blogosphere is like a large extended family where we care and show support when one of our tribe is ill or dies. Nellie was one of our earliest blog pals and I’m still in shock from so many losses over the past year. Her death is a painful reminder that it will soon be one year since Merlin died.

This spring is a bittersweet mix of hope, renewal and nostalgia. It’s with the awareness of the circle of life, that I created a round memorial graphic for Nellie Bellie aka Queen Penelope. Long may she reign in heaven.

remembering Nellie

Spring has finally sprung and that means blooming. The drab palette of winter is quickly turning technicolor and while flowers are a passion to photograph, so are our cats. Since I’ve hijacked their blog today, I’ll let them take over.

ODIN and his Easter bonnet. The hand knitted hat is from Kitten Lidz who donate proceeds to the Brooklyn TNR group Bushwick Cats See more cute hats on IG.  Most cats hate wearing hats that squish their ears but the Kitten Lidz leave their ears exposed for hearing. But all hats, clothing, costumes and accessories must be worn supervised. Odin is a wild and natural boy and only worse his hat for 30 seconds.

“Damn straight I’m a wild. I caught a nice big Easter bunny for you, mom but nooooo, you didn’t want it so I had to eat it. What did you give me for Easter?  A froo froo hat with a frickin’ bird on it.  Maybe a girly girl might like it but not me.

I dare you to say I look cute!


Ah, that’s more like it! Free to be me. One wild and sexy beast. It was suddenly crazy summer hot on Easter and Domino and I lounged on the porch. I practiced a few yoga asanas.


We have a gazillion new photos but the human needs some sleep. Suffice to say, us cats are happy with the warmer weather.

Domino: I’m a creature of habit. It’s good to be lounging on my favorite wicker chair on the porch. It’s the same chair since I arrived 13 years ago. They swapped out the old cushion but I don’t mind dirty and ratty.

Clyde: Speak for yourself. You’re an old ex-feral while I’m used to the finer things. I like nice linen and I’m super fussy about clean bowls with bottled water. No tap water for me.

Nou Nou: You boys are silly. I have no interest to sit on a dirty old chair outside since I discovered your heating pad, Domino. Ha, Odin and I have been time-sharing it. And I’ve learned a new trick. Standing on my dad’s chest while he’s sleeping. I don’t meow to wake him up but after a few minutes, he wakes up and feeds me. It’s like magic.

Merlin: Did someone say magic? What’s more magical than an immortal cat.

Have a good week dear ones, from all of us. May you find some unexpected magic. If it doesn’t find you, create it.

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  2. I am new to your website but my cats and I Iove it already. But so sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful Siamese Nellie. Love and sympathy from Lucky, Buddy, and Jude.

    1. Hi Jude, thanks and welcome. We aren’t posting as often but I invite you to poke around our huge archive of over 2000 posts on just about any cat-related topic.

  3. Such a lovely and moving tribute to our dear friend, Nellie. She will be missed, but surely her spirit lives on and surrounds us, along with all who have gone before. Hugs to you, dear friends.

    1. Thanks so much Kevin. Nellie was one of the special ones xo

  4. Such a lovely and moving tribute to our dear friend, Nellie. She will be missed, but surely her spirit lives on and surrounds us, along with all who have gone before. Hugs to you.

  5. Nellie will be missed. I am so glad Merlin and Nellie were married briefly. They both will never be forgotten. Purrayers to you.

    1. Many thanks Cynthia. They were much loved and will live on in our hearts xoxo

  6. We are very sorry to hear about Nellie. Your tribute and graphic are beautiful. xo

    1. Thanks so much dear friends xoxo

  7. we miss Nellie… the queen of catnada… she became a part of our life and she was a little like a furmily member…. sigh….
    Odin your hat is super cool… and I hope the berd is a well bee-hived one and will not bomb your head&the hat :o)

    1. I have so many fond memories of Nellie and Easy.
      Odin’s bird won’t be dive bombing any time soon 😉 xoxo

  8. Lovely tribute to Nellie, she will be getting her ear bent by Merlin I am sure, catching her up to the goings on and things in general. She was a beauty for sure, no wonder the magical Merlin fell for the belle!
    Odin, you look cute, deal with it – ha!

    1. Many thanks dear Ellen! Merlin always was a talker, so yes. Odin has recovered from mortification and says thanks.

  9. So many sad and heavy hearts in Blogville upon the changing of Nellie from her earthly presence into a lovely shining angel. A Queenly Angel who will reign in the heavenlies forevfur, just as we on earth will hold her memory close and deep in the depths of our hearts.

    1. Beautifully said dear friends xo

  10. Beautiful tribute to Nellie, she was an amazing kitty. I am sure Merlin was there to greet her. XO

  11. Someone very special has gone forever from this world and I feel an immense pain, however with your display of affection, your incredible graphic and your wonderful words, you have made my heart rejoice. I am grateful to you for your special message which has helped me find peace and tranquility.
    Thanks so much Layla, I love you.
    Barb (Nellie’s Mom)

    1. Barb, it was the least I could do. I’ll share more privately. May your grieving journey be gentle but illuminating xoxox

  12. I am very sad that Nellie has crossed the Bridge. She was and will continue to be loved by many.

    1. Indeed. Much love to you and your mum and dad xoxo

  13. Beautiful tribute. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

    1. Many thanks Sue. Thanks for stopping by xoxo

  14. What a beautiful tribute and graphic for sweet Nellie. She will be greatly missed.

    1. Thanks so much and a lovely surprise to see you here. xoxo

  15. We were very sad to hear that Nellie was gone. You wrote a wonderful tribute, and made a beautiful graphic for her. Purrs

    1. Many thanks dears xoxo

  16. We are so very sorry to hear about dear Miss Nellie. We thinks that her love Merlin was calling her to come join him in heaven. We know that he was over the moon to see her again. She will be missed but never furgotten!
    We love the pics of the crew.
    Luvs,purrs and prayers for all.
    Skeeter and Izzy & the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo & the Angels >^..^^..^<~

    1. You’re right about a happy reunion. Nellie has quite the fan club waiting for her. Thanks for your luv. Odin sends a big mancat kiss.

  17. We are sad, as I know you are sad, and Odin, too. Odin looks forever sweet in his cap.
    Domino! It’s so nice to see you! 13 years and going strong.

    Cheddar and Mao are 15 and 1 month. I hope for… as many more years as possible.

    1. Happy belated birthday to your boys! Wow, 15 is a big milestone and I wish them many more xoxox

  18. We are so sad to hear that Nellie has passed to the other side and we know that we will all miss her very much and it has upset us a lot as she had always been there to meow and laugh when she saw something funny.

    1. Susan, yes Nellie had a unique wit and wisdom xo

  19. I’m very sorry to hear about the loss of Nellie. Her paw prints will dance forever in the hearts of all who loved her.

    1. Thanks Chris. No one knows that better than you xoxo

  20. Bye, Nellie. You lived to a hearty, love-filled age.

    1. Almost 19 is a grand old age but it makes the loss larger too xo

  21. We’ve been blogging a lot o years and there have been way too many losses every year. Sometimes it’s hard to take in. Just about all of the original cat and dog bloggers are gone now. We loved Nellie too and remember Merlin.

    1. It really hit home just how many are gone. And the new ones have no clue about the pioneers which is why we need to do tributes that live on xoxo

  22. Your graphic honoring Nellie and your memories are just beautiful! Odin looks so darling in that hat!! xoxo

    1. Caren, thank you. Merlin was my design assistant giving it extra love. Odin does not agree about looking darling but he’s a good sport 😉 xoxox

  23. That’s a beautiful Tribute to our Nellie bellie,she will be missed by many,xx Speedy

    1. Thanks dear Speedy. She was dear to many but most of all you xoxox

  24. Odin, you look great in your hat! Though we wouldn’t want to wear one.

    We are sad about Nellie, too. She was loved by all.

    1. Many thanks and Odin agrees with you about not wearing one.

  25. It’s been way too many losses, and this was an extra hard one for many of us.

  26. My human and I were so sad to find out that Nellie was gone. 🙁

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