Category Archives: Encouragement

Twilight’s Tuesday Musings

I can actually be nice to Sushi sometimes. (Without pouncing on her afterward).

A little Comfort for you

Our Can Opener feeling better, but the Back-up Can Opener is still not feeling well, so she spent extra time praying last night. I like it when she does that, because she tends to pace back and forth sometimes and I like to hang over her shoulder and purr as she holds me and prays. When she’s done she’s more peaceful and I’m ready for a nap.

She knows things are hard for everyone right now, not just him and her. So this morning is all about comfort.

Did you know that we cats are great for stress relief? Yep. And that’s not just coming from me. Even doctors agree.

Here’s a few random facts for you about the benefits of having a pet – (cats, specifically, because- well, I’M A CAT).



This is the short version- there are many more benefits to having a cat.


We are great companions and reduce loneliness- and petting a cat helps our owners relax and even reduces blood pressure! Studies also have shown we reduce the chances of heart disease, and strokes, help your immune system(s), and our purrs even help heal your bones!

And if that’s not enough, we also have been shown to help autistic children, and to help prevent ashtma (in children) and improve your mood.

I could go on- but you might want to read it for yourself here.

Or, you could just consult your cat. If you don’t have a cat, I think you should get one- immediately if not sooner.

Siamese like me are a great choice- we love to play – and talk.

She’ll also keep the sheets down on your bed. Trust me.
We even greet you with a smile..
A tortoiseshell like Sushi will talk to you- CONSTANTLY. And guard the remote.

And if you’re blessed with TWO cats, you’ll always have live entertainment.

Sushi’s Monday Musings

There’s been so much activity around here, I’m exhausted!

Wake me next week- Or not….

Our human has refused to take dictation for us for several days now. There’s a whole bunch of family birthdays coming up (not to mention Christmas), and she’s been busy doing stuff to prepare for that. She spent hours helping the little critter make crafts for her Mom’s birthday this weekend, and she’s been staying up late at night. She’s teaching the critters lots of fun stuff to make though…

Making a birthday card…
With Autumn leaves!
And felt kitty cats ….and wrapping gifts…

Also, she’s been baking, working out every day, and taking extra time to groom me and Twilight, because she’s so busy with the critters every day, that we don’t get much playtime. So Twilight and I decided it’s okay with us if she skips a day typing for us in order to give us extra love. But we’re not going to let her get by with it for long… because we don’t know how to type.

And tea parties abound…
Found on Pinterest!
I still haven’t seen that rabbit eat any of those treats.

Take time for the things you enjoy and Be kind to yourself.

Maybe they don’t like “healthier” treats.

Make time for your relationship with God, with your family, and your friends. There is already too much division and loneliness.


Found on Pinterest

Sushi’s Sunday Message

I had catnip and a long play session!

Yesterday was a fun-filled day!

It was a very happy day for the Can Opener. The Critters’ Mom is her daughter and she doesn’t get to see her very often, so yesterday morning she had hardly finished a cup of coffee when she was surprised by the little Critters and their parents suddenly appearing at their door loaded with goodies they had brought to make breakfast for them and spend the day visiting!

Our Can Opener has been dealing with a ton of stress lately – (the Critters’ parents also)- and they have always been close and constantly in touch. But while texts, calls and marco polos are great, they can’t take the place of sitting down face to face with coffee in relaxed conversation, and just enjoying being together and watching the Critters play as they talk about their day to day lives, their workouts, and current events.

Family is important. Family bonds are important- and are critically important for healthy well-balanced children. But it’s also important to take the time to do things that will bring joy and relief to your loved ones. With all the things going on in our nation over the last year and a half, everyone is feeling unsettled- and downright betrayed by our own so-called leaders, who frankly are only good at “leading” our nation over a cliff.

During times like these, realize that when you are feeling discouraged, or alone, many others are too. Even if it isn’t being discussed, everyone is feeling wearied and betrayed by our own leaders. Please take the time to connect with your families and friends. And this is not the time to be battling your families. Don’t let anger, bitterness and unforgiveness settle in your hearts and divide your families. The government is doing a wonderful job of that without your help.

Remember how much they meant to you before Coronavirus was ever heard of- before all this madness started and everyone began to collectively lose their minds. Remember who you were before all this. Remember how important your loved ones were to you then.

Your loved ones could be lost at any moment in all this nonsense because people seem to forget that regardless of the color of our skin, our ethnicity, our religion, or who we voted for- we all have something in common. We are HUMAN BEINGS, and we all deserve respect, honor and consideration. Most of all, we are all Americans. This is the time to stand together as one and not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Remember, there will always be evil and darkness in this world around you- but you don’t have to let it get IN your heart, and take over your thoughts.


Also remember, that when you feel anxious or discouraged, your pets feel it also.

Twilight’s Tuesday Thanks

Start the day off with a thankful heart- (you get more treats that way).

Our Can Opener is a very thankful person. And it rubs off on me. (But not Sushi).

I hear it all the time. My human Can Opener telling the little critters to be thankful in all circumstances. You know, to actively look for reasons to give thanks even if you can’t see a reason. Sometimes I think she’s nuts. Ok, maybe she is. But I notice, that when things aren’t going well, and there’s a lot bothering her, if she just thinks about the things that are not as they should be she gets upset.

And there are those times. But I’ve also noticed that sometimes, she feels everything beginning to weigh on her heart, and she starts thanking Jesus for everything she can think of -(and she can think of a lot).

I hear her teaching this to the little ones when they start to grumble and complain. And I notice that when I hear her starting to thank the Lord for something, pretty soon she starts to think of other things she’s thankful for too. And little by little any discouragement, anxiety or frustration melts away.

Why? Because she has deliberately shifted her focus from the things that would weigh her down, to the ways God has been good to her. And it shifts not only her mood, but the atmosphere too.

Here’s what I’m thankful for:

  • Bright, sunny mornings with no wildfire smoke clogging my air
  • ducks and birds to chase
  • mice to hunt
  • Fancy Feast
  • My warm, cozy bed
  • dogs to pick on – What are you thankful for?

How are you? No, I mean Really?

The Can Opener is wondering. I was supposed to ask, so I did. Now back to my nap!

In dark days, everyone needs some peace and comfort.

A person doesn’t have to be constantly watching the news to know that there are some weird and STUPID things going on in this country. And whether anyone says it or not, everyone knows why. My human says in times like this, people need each other. Even if there are plenty of people trying to divide them. Some people don’t need anyone trying to divide them – those people thrive on causing trouble for others and making others miserable.

But the majority of us want peace. We don’t like division, hate and lies. Take heed to your hearts. Don’t buy the poison that is being spewed out everywhere. Most people just want to live in peace and enjoy their lives and make a better life for themselves and their families.

Don’t let the ones who are filled with hate, also fill your heart. Take heed to your hearts- out of your hearts you speak, and think and act. What is in your heart?

My Can Opener prays that everyone reading this who desires to live their lives in peace, freedom and prosperity will be kept and preserved from all the evil that is being pushed all around us. The truth is that Jesus Christ gave His life to bring us all to the Father. His prayer for those who love Him when He knew He was about to be crucified, was that;

“…Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given Me, that they may be one, even as we are One.”

John 17: 11

Every child of God regardless of race, ethnicity or geographical location belongs to Him, is part of the body of Christ, and is precious in His sight. In heaven there is no racism, no violence, no disease. He died to bring peace and salvation to EVERYONE who believes in Him. Don’t let seeds of division, violence and hate take root in your heart.

This is my human’s prayer for all of you: (she didn’t write it, though)….