"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Magpie Tales #45- an Early Christmas Gift

Not being the religious sort I was a bit stuck on what
I would write for this weeks Magpie Tales. But then
I thought about the new little life that had just come into
our home. A darling little kitty had been roaming our
neighborhood some days back and we were going from
door to door trying to find her family. After a few days
we realized that indeed she was a stray cat and most
likely had been abandoned. We had been catless for a
few years- resisting getting another as we figured
that at some point a cat would choose us and she did!
So rather than write about Christmas I decided I would
write about my favorite saint...Saint Francis!

On July 16, 1228, he was pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX. He is known as the patron saint of animals, the environment and one of the two patrons of Italy (with Catherine of Siena), and it is customary for Roman Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of 4 October. It has been argued that no one in history was as dedicated as Francis to imitate the life, and carry out the work, of Christ in Christ’s own way.

Love for all
Small creatures and the earth at his feet
Blessed humility

And here is our darling little kitty....no name yet.
Any suggestions? She is all gray with one white spot on her chest.
I want to call her "Spot", but Russell says that is a silly name for such a beautiful cat.
*****please note that the kitty now has a name-because of her loud purr we are calling her Evy which is short for Evinrude! Thanks everyone for all your great suggestions! Merry Merry Christmas!


  1. How about "Pewter." After Pewter, a grey cat who helps her human, Mary Minor 'Harry' Haristeen, solve mysteries, in a series of novels by Rita Mae Brown. She originally belonged to Market Shiflett before being given to Harry as she was eating him out of his business. You could call her Pew for short.

  2. Celia- good suggestion- could be a winner! Besides your suggestion I've had the suggestions of Lucky, Chewy, and Homer...yours is way ahead!

  3. May I suggest 'Sunny' for 2 reasons: 1. To counteract the dark complexion (same reasoning of opposites for Robin Hood's sidekick, Little John who was big-sized )
    2. Calling out for him not a bother. Sunny can be shrilled or booming (easy if you're looking for him) On the other hand it can be loving and engaging if whispered softly!

  4. You have your gift indeed and enjoy a joyful festive season ahead!!

    Interesting information on the Patron Saint of animals.

  5. How about Nikki for the Holidays? Merry Christmas!!!

  6. I think that is a beautiful story and in honor of the season Noel would be a fitting name.

  7. St Francis is a great choice - he is so special.

    Yes the cat found you. You know how cats are - you live with them - they don't live with you!!

    I don't think I've ever heard of a cat named Spot - a dog yes, but not a cat! Do let us know what you decide on.

  8. Lucky kitty to have found you! Congratulations on your new family member.

  9. You had me at "little kitty"...How about Frankie, for St.Francis?? Anyway, lucky you!!

  10. Lyn and I think alike. I like Frankie.

    What a beautiful and fortunate cat.

    Fortuna is a good name, too.

  11. I had an all black dog called Spot, once. It's a good name :) Nice Magpie.

  12. Glad to hear you got a kitty.
    keep beaming with pride.
    Merry Christmas!

  13. I think Francis might be nice.

  14. Lovely tale, merry Christmas to you and yours, I agree, Francis is a good name.

  15. Delightful story. I agree with Cilia - Pewter is a great name!

  16. I have a friend who has a band called 'spot the Dog"
    I have a cat called Patch. You could do worse than spot. And as you get older her marking will always be a prompt. I think I'm doing a bit of projecting there. Sorry for the assumption.

  17. Kathew,
    I add my vote for Francis.

  18. Thanks everyone for all your lovely name suggestions...however after all that Russell came up with the name of Evinrude because she has such a loud purring motor! And her nickname is "Evy"...Merry Christmas and thanks to all!!!

  19. She is a beautiful cat...and St. Francis I am sure is smiling on your beautiful heart for loving this kitty....have a Blessed Season...bkm

  20. Anonymous7:23 AM

    Very informative post! I don't really know of a good name - my kids named a gray kitten "Smoka" once.

  21. 'Snowflake' sprange to mind, in view of the weather and the white spot, but that's not a name to call out the back door to fetch kitty home! An now I see the question is settled, anyway! :)

  22. Francis is quite a figure, and interesting for you to relate to him.

  23. I was going to chime in for St. Francis, but LOVE Evinrude! Merry Christmas!

  24. Lovely story. "Evinrude" is an inspired name for a kitty with such a loud "motor." Well done!

  25. Spot is beautiful, and i think the name is perfect! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Kathe! :-)

  26. Evy is a perrrrfect name, so she says!!!!

  27. I am so behind in reading Magpies, but enjoyed this every bit as much as if I had read it last week...except I didn't get to chime in with a suggested name! You named her well, and she is surely your very own Christmas angel.
    St. Francis is my favorite too. When my best ever cat was dying four years ago of kidney failure (after having kept him alive for two years with home subcutaneous fluid injections every other day) I called the Catholic church here and asked if the priest would consider doing a Blessing of the Animals for my cat. He was pleased to do it, and it was such a special moment in time.

  28. Awww, Miss Lucy is the most adorable girl. She really is.

    Thanks for letting me know about this post. Big hugs to you and Russell and tons of scritches to Miss Lucy. ♥♥♥


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