Cats Working Shares Christmas Wishes

By Karen

Tony’s been with us for eight weeks, and he’s made himself at home. I often catch Max and Roc gossiping about the new kid behind his back…

The big boys are also not above tag teaming the little guy when they think they can get the best of him — but they never do. Tony always finds a way out…

I’ve found that having a cat named Tony Bourdain to supervise my cooking is almost like having the human still with us. That is, if Anthony Bourdain ever had big paws and no thumbs, a super-long tail he swished through all the food, and a terrible habit of leaping onto the counters.

At Thanksgiving, Tony didn’t let my cranberry relish go into the oven until he made sure I’d used enough sugar….

Like his namesake, my Tony also loves French cuisine, never above trying to steal my breakfast croissants…

We’re having a low-key Christmas this year, but Max and Roc are excited and have been filling Tony’s ears with tales of what’s in store because this is his first one. They’ve got him a little freaked out by the thought of a giant kitty coming down our chimney…

Because Christmas got crammed in so tight with Thanksgiving this year, I didn’t put up the big tree with all the cat ornaments, so the kitties have been making do with our little fiber optic tree…

Roc enjoys hanging out with the tree during the day — whenever he can snag Max’s rocker unoccupied…

…Like when Max goes off to play Elf on the Shelf. Here he is, taking pointers on from Fred Astaire on how to be a debonair spy…

Now it’s Christmas Eve. The boys have all paws crossed that they’ve been good enough to earn a visit from Santa Kitty. They hope to find their stockings filled with toys and treats in the morning. We hung Adele’s stocking one more time because she’s our Christmas angel this year…

The extra things hung by Adele’s and Tony’s stockings are the 2019 Fancy Feast ornaments, which I’ve been collecting since the 1980s. They sent two this time, so it seemed they naturally should go to the kitty who left us and the kitty starting his new life with us.

All of us Cats Working wish you and yours a very happy holiday season, no matter where, how, or when you celebrate it. And thank you for sticking with us even when it’s a long stretch between posts.

10 Responses to Cats Working Shares Christmas Wishes

  1. Mary Hunter says:

    Merry Christmas to you and the dear kitties. Love the new pics of Tony. What a nice addition to the home!

  2. Randi says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Tony, Max and Roc! Tony really has settled in quickly and he is SO curious. Love the pictures… the stockings are so cute. 🙂
    I have never made cranberry relish, it looks yummy. Is it for the turkey?
    Ps. My condensed milk turned out perfect for the chocolade filling, even with Calvados in.

  3. Anita says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! I was wondering how Tony was doing and if he had his first bite of turkey yet. Max and Roc are totally adorable with him. You have a wonderful family.

    Here’s to many blessings in 2020 including seeing Trump get hauled out of the White House in handcuffs. Besides winning the lottery, that is my 2nd favorite fantasy. Maybe first.

  4. catsworking says:

    Thanks Anita. Tony pigged out on lobster mac and cheese treats this morning. Loves mac and cheese just like his namesake.

  5. Bob says:

    Meowy Christmas to you all I’m glad that Tony is fitting in.

  6. catsworking says:

    Thanks, Bob! Hope your Christmas was good up in the frozen north.

  7. bassgirl23 says:

    A belated Merry Christmas and happy new year! So glad Tony is getting on well with the rest of the gang. He looks very long and lean – kind of like our boy.
    Love that you hung Adele’s stocking with the rest, we still hang our dogs’ stockings up (they just get filled with cat treats now).
    I received the Appetites cookbook for Christmas, and am starting to work my way through it – and by “my way” I should qualify, my husband is a chef, so I do the prep and cleanup and he does most of the actual cooking! But we did try the chicken satay last night and it was delicious.
    All the best to you and your family for 2020.

  8. catsworking says:

    bassgirl23, Merry Christmas to you! I just watched the movie Julie & Julia again and thought of you working your way through the Appetites cookbook. I’ve only made one recipe from it, the pickled radishes. Most of them required much more labor than I’m inclined to do. Keep us posted on how things to turn out in case you find some I might want to tackle.

    This week I’ve watched Schezuan and Sicily episodes of Parts Unknown. Sicily was from 2013 and despite the fishing scene where he spiraled into a total when they dropped frozen octopus and fish into the water, he seemed pretty happy. In China he was with Eric in 2016. It aired in October that year, so I guess it was filmed about the time he hooked up with the she-devil in March or April that year. He was in VERY high spirits and tortured Eric with spices and booze through the whole thing hilariously.

    My own little Tony sometimes scares me with how much he resembles the human Bourdain. Body type, obsession with food, cat and people food. Attitude. Even the way he looks at me sometimes. I feel like I’ve got a piece of Bourdain trapped in a cat’s body and we both know it.

  9. John Villeneuve says:

    Happy New Year!

  10. Cindy Del Buono says:

    Happy New Year and welcome Tony.
    He’s a lucky cat. Wishing you all the best in 2020.
    We’re gonna need it.

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