Hanukkah, Hammocks and Holiday Cats

Like it or not the holiday season is here. I’m still in the mood for hammocks and wasn’t it just Halloween yesterday? We’re having the whole gang chime in today. For all our Jewish friends, may Hanukkah be bright, light and a little greasy.  You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy the traditional jelly donuts. Yum.


Yup, this was our garden last week. I found an old photo of me with Angels Merlin and Coco way back at the beginning of my blogging days. Merlin and I loved hammocks and while Odin occasionally hops aboard, he’s more interested in hunting. He’s must be getting older since I haven’t seen him climb any trees since summer.



How fast the world is spinning these days. It feels like yesterday when Odin become our annual  poster boy for Hanukkah candle safety.

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Domino says, “I  don’t do hammocks but I used to be a hammocks sometimes for Merlin.”merlin_domino_funny_cats_catwisdom101


Well, we know who the boss is around here. It’s been two years and he still hates any camera. He did look quite dashing last year for Hanukkah. We’ve been doing more undercover snuggling which is new. Maybe he’s getting old. Wait, he is old. I can’t believe he’s going to be 19 next month! Neruda poetry? Coming right up.

Part of the longer poem by Pablo Neruda titled Finale with translation translated. (Painting section part of triptych by Layla Morgan Wilde).

Fue tan bello vivir
cuando vivías!

El mundo es más azul y más terrestre
de noche, cuando duermo
enorme, adentro de tus breves manos


It was so beautiful to live 
when you lived!

The world is more blue and more terrestrial 
at night, when I sleep 
enormous, inside your brief hands.

The holiday season will pass in a flash as always for better or worse.
It's better with more light, friends and donuts.
Don't forget to do less, feel less guilty and snuggle your cats more.
Full confession: I'm not Jewish but since my Jewish husband's kids are now grown up,
no one lights candles except me :-) 

P.S. Dreidels, the little spinning tops make great cat toys. I like the wooden ones (@ $1.00 each, less in bulk).

7 thoughts on “Hanukkah, Hammocks and Holiday Cats”

  1. Happy Hanukkah!
    We love the pics. The holidays, and every day go by the excellrated speed with each passing year. We are getting old too and time is leaving it in it’s dust. We love more and more snuggle time too. PJ’s and bedtime or time on the couch are such a comforting thought these days.
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut and Romeo & the Angels >^..^^..^<~

  2. We wish you a happy holiday, too. We don’t have hammocks this way as Mrs H kept falling out of hers so we banned them. A nice plate of jelly doughnuts and a sofa by the fire sounds perfect for us though, plus a bit of snuggling– above the covers, MOL

  3. My human loves Neruda. While reading the translation of this poem, in the last line, somehow she got the words scrambled and read “paws” instead of “hands.” She may have been thinking of a certain cat from a couple of decades ago…

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