Make Me Smile

tonkadella’s things in life that I can count on to put smile on my face.

Smiling babies. My cat Dolly. Laughing babies. My cat Tubby. Cat in a box. Morning cup of coffee with Raspberry. Koffey waiting for something to come out of a bathtub. A cosmopolitan. Sunset. Funny babies. The Beach. Real people with passion. And a cat in a box. Shhh Koffey still waiting in a bathtub. Traveling with my husband. Being watched at all times. Did I say a cat in a box? Being silly with my sister. Chocolate banana pancakes. Raspberry does yoga. Okay cat on the shelf for a change. The Sun. Sea. Every new day. Sunrise. And me never left alone.

Daily Prompt: Make Me Smile

Read a post by Cabin Pressure May Change blog, that made me smile too, here. 

Lookin’ Out My Back Door

Looking out my back doors, I see the reason why I moved here. My garden. The garden is the reason why I went thru stressful relocation of our four cats from Hong Kong to Dubai. I wanted to give them a better life, no just more space, but outdoors life. Now when I look outside I understand, I gave them more then just a garden. I gave them a whole new world of hunting, running, climbing and chasing smaller creatures in the grass. With flies and birds flying into the garden, I have discovered their hunting skills, I never knew they had. Looking out my back door I see an environment full of opportunities to hunt, to run, to jump, to explore. Thru eyes of a cat.

Every time I look thru the doors into my garden to find them all stretched out napping so relaxed, I know, undertaking a very stressful long distance journey was all worth it and the view of my cats in the garden is my reward. That is what I see when looking out my back doors, my happy cats.

But if you looked yourself into my garden you would have a very different view. You would see a lovely good-size garden with very inviting space to relax, to read a book or to enjoy a glass of wine in garden gazebo. You would see a garden with peaceful and quiet atmosphere, surrounded by trees and flowers, listening to the little birds twittering.


In response to Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door 

Cupid came with Koffey

This is a continuation to my Must Love Cats post.

Where I have explained how the 3rd cat, our sweet Raspberry happened to us. I owe you one more explanation, a story about Koffey, our 4th cat. Do you remember the pet shop, I used to go to and my friendly relation with the shop owner, called Frank? Yes, the same guy who sold us Raspberry. I kept regularly going to his shop to get everything I needed for my at the time, three babies. It had been like five months, since we added Raspberry to our little big family, then. One of those days, we went to shop for cats supplies and as soon as I walked in, Frank greets me with huge smile on his face. His eyes glowing. ‘Hello, how are you’ walks towards me smiling ‘I have this cat upstairs, some couple got divorced and just dropped the cat into my shop, you have to see’

My boyfriend interrupts Frank quickly ‘No, no, no, she doesn’t need to see a cat, we already have three cats at home, thanks to yours sad stories you feeding my girlfriend with, remember? Remember you sold us a cat with broken tongue? Look Frank, just let us get some food and toys, we do not need no more cats, thank you’
Frank smiles cheekily and disappears somewhere into back of his shop, leaving us to browse. Next minute I turn around, he stands in front of me with this beautiful huge cat in his arms. ‘He is one year old, I give you for free’ I sight heavily ‘Aw Frank, he is beautiful, but I can’t .. beautiful eyes, I stroke the cat, he is so soft, so cuddly, I CANNOT..  I glance at Steve and say ‘he has got blue eyes just like yours’

Steve comes to us and takes the cat into his arms ‘Wow It is a big boy, really cute, but baby we can not have more cats’ I nod in agreement and shake my head ‘No’ to Frank. I sit silently in a car on our way back home. Thinking, of how people could just get rid of their pets so easily. He looked scared and traumatised. Being dropped in pet shop, must be shocking experience.. I kept staring out of the window and say ‘We are his second chance for a good life and loving family .. and Raspberry could have a boyfriend’

Steven looks at me in disbelieve ‘I thought we got Raspberry as a girlfriend for Tubby’

Okay, I know, I got caught in all my tricks now, I don’t know what else to say. I try my last move on Steven ‘We could call him Koffey’ I smile and justify ‘because of his cafe late colour, but mostly after John Coffey, the gentle giant character! – in Green Mile movie, played by Michael Clarke Duncan.

No, giving him name, didn’t work this time. I understand I am done at this point. For next two days I keep thinking about Koffey and talk to few friends about him, trying to find him a new home. On Sunday morning Steve got up and told me he is going to pick up some dry-cleaning, that he is in need for clean shirts for work. When I woke up a while later, I thought to myself, I don’t remember dropping any shirts to dry-cleaners, but I didn’t pay attention to that knowing at all. Anyway it was way too early for my brain to work. So I made myself coffee and sat on the sofa turned the TV on and kept changing the channels, because that is just the way I watch TV. I don’t really watch it. I heard a lift stopped on our floor and sensed that Steve is back, I looked at our main door of our apartment, when the door is pushed wide open.

Steve standing there with Koffey in his arms.


Our Gentle Giant Koffey

One is Easy x Two are just so Funny x Third is a Big Surprise x Fourth a Sweet Gift

Meet my all cat-troubles here.


Let me Introduce you to my Big Small Family – My Cat-troubles:


One is Easy  x  Two are just so Funny x  Third is a Big Surprise x  Fourth a Sweet Gift

Must Love Cats

Yes, it’s a Must.

Not One – Not Two – Not Three – But Four

C A T S !!

Yes Four Cats. Shocking ? I know!

It does shock me every time I say it.

Still to this day I cannot believe it. Four Cats !!

That is this many :

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How did it Happened?

I mean, I’ve been a huge animal lover all my childhood bringing home all living things I could find – from street dogs, lost dogs, big dogs, small dogs to birds, parrots & hamsters – those I got from my Uncle’s Pet shop every time I came to see him there. Today, I understand, it was just His way to tease his sister – my Mum ! But in my eyes, He was the best uncle I had, i saw him as someone as Mowgli – Wild boy raised by the Wolf Pack, friend with all other wild animals – talking their language. How cool is that! Then I grow up and somehow grow out of it.

Since I left my Parents House (with one family dog in household) I knew I would never like to have a pet myself. Yup, never. And I didn’t have one for many years .. So how did I end up with 4 cats being a dog-person?

The first two (mother & son – Dolly & Tubby) came as a package with my boyfriend (Awww .. I know, how sweet!) And I have completely fallen in love with those two fluffy little souls, spoiling them with all cats-yummy-food & all cats-fun-toys. I became one of those people who belive that their pets actually talk. And Believe Me, My Cats really do! So After couple of years, When We’ve moved to our new apartment, I had to look for new pet shop, in my new area where I could regularly get everything I need for my babies. And I have found one, the problem was this Shop not only had all the food needed, great selection of toys and scratches, bowls, brushes, products & all kind of accessories ..

They have Pets! Cats! Kittens! Many! All over the place! So cute!

Not that I needed more cats, no way! I already had Two. That was already more than enough! I would not even think of having more, unthinkable! Besides that my Cats were the most Beautiful out of all of them of course! Within few weeks, coming often to this pet shop just to get whatever was needed for my spoiled babies, I have created a friendly relation with the Shop Owner. Frank. (even tho he looks more like a Felix to me, wonder why?) Smart man figured out what i thought was well hidden my soft side for cats. Or me just talking about them like they are my kids it’s kind of giving it away.. He could sell me anything he needed to sell, from treats to toys to baskets to whole playgrounds. I would always stop at the front part of his shop with new kittens for sale just to stroke and adore them.

One day Me and my Boyfriend came to get Cat’s Food and as We waited for Frank to come back from his stoke room, I have spotted something very colorful toy like at the bottom shelf at the very back of his shop. Curiously I went to cluttered corner to see what those thing were, and as I squat and stare at all those stuff piled onto shelves .. Something just moved fast and a little white head pops out with a little tongue sticking of its little mouth looking at me with those baby innocent dark eyes.

‘Oh My God! That is so Cute! the Cutest Thing I ever seen’ I couldn’t really say what kind of animal that was, my closest guess would be an Owl, Snow Owl. Frank was back (just on time) he picked her up and put her in my arms and informed me ‘Scottish Fold Breed – Because of Folded Ears’ Now, I can see she is a cat, but ‘Why is she not for sale with all other kittens?’

Frank quickly corrects me ‘She is for Sale! but she is a little old now, she is 4-5 months already, all her brothers and sister was sold within first few weeks .. no one wants her, everyone thinks there is something wrong with her because of her tongue sticking out’

My Boyfriend Laughed ‘She looks like blowing raspberries!’ All I heard was – no one wants her, everyone thinks there is something wrong with her – I fallen in Love Immediately then faced my Boyfriend ‘Is she Destined to grow up as a ShopCat just because She is Different? What is wrong with people? She deserves to be Loved as much as all other kittens! Anyway Don’t you think our Tubby would like a Girlfriend to play with?’ He seemed confused ‘Huh? No. Really?  You cannot be serious. Can I just Remind you, we do have two cats at home already.’

I smile my best, pretty-please-smile at him ‘I am sure they both would love Raspberry’

He looks at me puzzled ‘Raspberry ?’

I nodded in a way like She is already mine little weirdo and I’m gonna protect her no matter what. My boyfriend just being the best boyfriend ever, never saying No to me (and I Love him so much!) Nodded to Frank ‘we take her’

Frank smiles from one ear to another ‘Good News! That would be 6000 HK Dollars for a Pedigree Cat’

Steven is in shock ‘Ah whatever ! I pay for cat that no-one wants with broken tongue, great!’ And that was it, paid – Cat in the Bag . That is How the 3rd One Happened to Us.

Our Little Angel Raspberry.

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