Hello, Goodbye!

Hello! I'm Crenshaw. You know, one of the Melons. Yes, we agree. It's silly that kittens are named after melons, but our lisa-mom is silly, too. But we love her anyway. The reason I'm writing is a brand new carrier thing appeared at our house today. The big cats say that means someone is leaving and then we heard lisa-mom tell Ken-dad that I was going to airport tomorrow. I don't know why I have to leave -- I like it here and I thought that lisa-mom and Ken-dad liked me, too. The big cats say it's just the way things work. Basia says it will be okay. Your first mom and dad still love you, but then you get a new mom and dad to love you some more. She should know, she came from a place called Texas where there's a ForestKatz kingdom. But she says she's happy she lives here at LostWoods now. So I'm hoping she's not telling me stories.

Anyway, after we all talked about me leaving, Kali-mom asked if we'd written our story yet.

Story? What story?

When we asked that, everyone got all excited and told us we'd better write our story right away before I left or we'd be letting down our fans. Now, I know I'm just a kitten, but I don't see how we could let down fans. I mean, lisa-mom has a couple fans around the house and all they do is blow air around. Why would they care if we don't write a story? As far as I can see, they don't care about anything! But we'll write our story because Kali-mom told us it was important.

So, like I said, I'm Crenshaw. I'm the biggest of all of us. Lisa-mom is always telling me what a big boy I am. That is, when she's not calling me a brat! Okay, I admit I like to get into trouble. I can jump up on the counter by myself -- I don't have to jump on the chair and then on the counter like some others I could name. I love, love, LOVE toys. And I did jump on lisa-mom's head one day. But I'm also sweet and I can purr awfully loud.

One of my brothers is Pepino. Now HE is naughty. He loves toys, too. But he's also a wild little kitten who loves to wrestle. He's always tackling Galia and biting her until she yells. He chases the big cats and tries to pounce on Uncle Zekie all the time. He chases Natane and Dawnflower, too, but they don't seem to mind. I guess it's 'cause they are just kittens like us, only bigger.

My other brother is Charlie. Charlie's real name is Charentais, but nobody EVER calls him that. Geez, what was lisa-mom thinking to give him a name nobody can say! Charlie is almost as crazy as Pepino, but he likes to chomp Honeydew. And when he and Pepino get to running around being silly, it's really, really crazy! The two of them get into so much trouble with the big cats!

Honeydew is my mouthy sister. She talks ALL the time. You try to wrestle with her, she talks. lisa-mom picks her up, she talks. Ken-dad pets her, she talks. She also purrs a lot -- almost as loud as me. And she is good a growling, too. When she gets a bit of meat or her favorite toy, she won't share -- and she growls if you go near her. Since there are plenty of toys and meat and stuff here, we just ignore her when she gets to acting like that. Noisy girl!

Galia is as quiet as Honeydew is loud. About the only time she says anything is when Pepino holds her down and bites her. The rest of the time, she's happy to play with her toys and snuggle on the bed with lisa-mom and Ken-dad. She's a little shyer than the rest of us. The rest of us have gotten used to being scooped up and kissed, but Galia says she'd rather not get kisses. She just wants to have fun, eat and take naps. Well, she does like to hunt bed monsters and every now and then lisa-mom yells 'cause Galia gets lisa-mom's toes instead of the bed monster.

Well, I guess this is goodbye. I've got a lot to do tonight -- toys I need to play with one last time, everyone to talk to and get cuddles and advice from. And maybe I'll sneak some of my favorite toys and treats into the carrier so I can take them with me. Bye!


(Please note that you will see a number of photos of our cats and kittens that I've taken outside in a natural setting. The LostWoods cats do NOT go outside unsupervised! When we do go outside for pictures and occasional adventures, there is always one person and usually two watching them closely. We do have an outside, fully enclosed run to which the older cats are allowed access, but even then we check on them often.)

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