Sunday, April 3, 2022

Cats and Houses!

My sister has 2 cats; Button and Zuzu.  I took some pictures of them so I could show some cats on my blog.  

Zuzu likes the room I'm sleeping in, but I don't let her in for the night.  However, she will go in there any chance that she gets.  Here she is lying on my pillow (which I had embroidered for my sister a few years ago).

My sister got a "house" for her cats, which they sometimes go into.  Katie, notice the fish that I made for Zuzu for Christmas.

Zuzu on the coffee table.

This table in the living room has a drawer with catnip in it.  It also has some old slides that we were looking at to determine if they should be tossed or kept.  Zuzu, of course wanted the catnip and was sticking her head down in the drawer.

This is Button.    Button takes longer to warm up to people, but she is a great cat.


Boxes always make good beds.

My sister is a piano teacher and Button is helping with the Mendelssohn Concerto!  Always likes to be where the action is.

One day we went to a historic house in the next town that we saw as we were driving past.  We never knew it was here, at least I didn't.  It was actually a house on the Underground Railroad! I didn't take a picture of it.  Very interesting though.  There are more places like that in the area.

We also went to another historic house  that had a doll house which was a replica of another house close by, so we drove by the original home which someone is living in now.  The docent said that a famous movie was made at this house, but I don't remember the name of it.  Doll house and original house below.

I haven't lived here for many, many years and growing up we weren't aware of all the history!  Now that I'm old, history interests me a lot more.

One more house that we went to see was the house where my grandparents lived.  After we moved to the suburbs of Chicago (into the  house that my Grandpa and Dad had built), my grandparents lived with us while my Grandpa built a new house for them about 1/2 mile from our house.  A few days ago my sister and I left a note in the mail box asking if we could see the house and the owner called us and invited us to come over.  My Grandpa built the house in about 1949.  We don't know how many owners have lived there since 1957 when the house was sold, but this couple has been there for 23 years and have made a lot of changes to the house.  It was beautiful and they were so gracious to let us come in and look at it.   See below.

No quilting is being done these days.  I'll be going home on Tuesday.


  1. That fish is bigger than the ones I made, but probably easier to work with, so good choice! My kitties are on "house" number two like that, though our is less christmassy-looking. We also have a pumpkin. And a few scratcher-trees and about a dozen beds and 40 bazillion toys! Zuzu and Button are beautiful girls and look to have a lot of spunk. Gabby plays our piano herself - when she gets rowdy, she stomps up and down the keys, seeming to enjoy the noise she is making - so different from any other cats I've ever had who are scared by their efforts. The visit with your sister sounds like a whole lot of fun.

  2. What fun to connect with history of "back then"!

  3. Love the cats' pictures. They are so cute! Interesting stories about the houses. Must be wonderful to walk into the house your grandpa built so many years ago. Have a safe trip home. ;^)

  4. Lots of personality is evident in the cat photos.
    I would be tempted to get a slide scanner, or hire someone who has one, and get those slides scanned and printed as photos to know exactly what you have. Loving history, you may find some family treasures among those pictures.
    How sweet to be able to go visit the home your grandpa built. I hope you got a photo of you and your sister standing in front of it! :)

  5. Love your kitties. I too have more love for history, the more history I have.