Baby cardinals too!

25 Jul

Okay, so these guys are FAR more creepy than the adorable kittens we discussed earlier this week (seriously, come take a kitten) but how cool is it that the Momma Cardinal chose the hydrangea outside of our living room window to lay and hatch her eggs?

Very cool, indeed.

The nest, pictured on July 9.  No babies yet.

The nest, pictured on July 9. No babies yet.

We quickly learned to keep the window shut, or Tuna would yowl out the window at Momma Cardinal LIKE AN ASSHOLE.

Thank goodness the babies hatched when it was A MILLION DEGREES OUTSIDE SO WE COULDN’T OPEN OUR WINDOWS.

That’s how much we love baby animals at the Domesticait household, folks.  We’re boiling alive for them.

I'm alive!  It's time to mock that cat just inside the window!

I’m alive! It’s time to mock that cat just inside the window!


I’ll join you!

Looks like we have two more birdies to hatch, and I hope to get more crappy photos of them as the days go by.  I was trying to silently balance on a two-step in my living room to get these photos, so I didn’t scare/piss off anyone too badly.  (I’m no photographer, clearly)

I’m not quite sure what the development patterns are for infant birds, but it will be interesting to see them grow from the freaky, bulgy-eyed, bed-head worms to fluffy birdies to the beautiful adult cardinal their momma is.

Stay tuned!


22 Jul We're ready for you!

Our kittens are eating (us out of house and home), pooping (in the litter box I WATCHED THEM), and crawling (EVERYWHERE.  I hunt around every night in my robe with a flashlight, trying to track down every last wiggly body, while being eating alive by the mosquito horde).


Behold! These adorable pictures and try to resist!


More interested in the strong, silent type?


How about a mighty warrior kitten? (I always find this one under the deck … in the middle of the yard … in a cupboard … )

They love their momma, but she is ready for them to move out of the house!

They love their momma, but she is ready for them to move out of the house!

A pirate kitten maybe?

A pirate kitten maybe?

How about a basket of kittens? Would you like to take home a BASKET OF KITTENS?

We're ready for you!

We’re ready for you!

Contact me anytime if you would like to stop by and meet them!

If for some reason you do not find yourself leaving with your arms full of kittens, you may instead leave with your arms full of MULBERRIES!  We have so many mulberry trees that are bursting with these gems.  Help yourself!  And let those puppies shine with this recipe:

Mulberry Lemon Scones from The Italian Next Door.

Photo courtesy of The Italian Next Door at

Photo courtesy of The Italian Next Door at

With love, kittens and mulberries –


cat lady status … ACHIEVED

22 Jun

My rockin’ husband got me kittens for Christmas, as we discussed here.

Soon after they were transferred outdoors (about 3 months after they were gifted to me, which was approximately 90 days too long, according to The Boss), they suddenly started to gain weight.

A  lot of weight.

Like, this much weight.


Fat Chewy.

Fat Claude

Fat Claude

I was in a lot of denial that they were pregnant–it just seemed so unlikely!

1. They are not even a year old!

2. Never saw the tom cat.  He was not only mysterious, but efficient.

But it turns out there were some buns in the ovens.

12 buns in fact.

All of the babies are alive and well, and the mommas are doing fine too–parenting together in their little box.

This brings our critter count up to 19 (not including husband).

I guess the only thing left is, who wants some kittens?!


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