Saturday, August 15, 2015

10th Blogoversary



The post below was written on August 15, 2005.
 I know that there are many people who have not seen this post,
so I thought I would share it again:


The photo of Abby is the very first one
I ever took of her.
She had been with me for two months and I had
finally gotten my first digital camera.

Meet the Manx
This is how we began.
I started this blog because of Abby. When I adopted Abby I started a journal and every day I wrote about our adventures. Abby became the road less traveled for me, which all began when 3 little faces found our home and made it theirs 2 years ago. Boo, Ping & Jinx made me realize that I needed to search and find Abby. Of course at that point I didn't know her name, but I knew I had to find her. I searched many many months until just the moment arrived. It's true what they say -- you'll know when it's right, and so it was a year ago last June. So began my journey of life with Abby. It was a struggle to be sure. She was not as happy as I was that I found her. That took some time. She made me earn her love and devotion. A relationship forged in fire is as strong as steel. She was worth all the effort it took to win her over. She is a feisty little plucky girl, but I wouldn't want her any other way . It amazes me how much has changed since she came. She was not going to venture outside of the bathroom I put her in the first day she came home ,then she did, she wasn't going to come out of the bedroom which she found outside of the bathroom, then she came out of that too. She wasn't going to accept any of the other cats, then she accepted Jinx & Ping. She wasn't going to venture beyond her bedroom and then all of a sudden she couldn't be contained in one room any longer. She still has rooms she doesn't feel comfortable in, but she is learning to relax in them. She also has a way to go with accepting Boo and Gracie. But she is making strides even when she takes a small steps backward. We all do when we have to learn to accept new challenges. It's harder as we age to make those changes and she is 7, but she is making a effort. My journal morphed into a blog. I knew so little about blogging, then I discovered Avrams's blog New Cat City and I was inspired by his excitement with his two new boys . That led me to a whole new world of cat blogging. IT has been a real joy to meet and share with everyone, and I look forward to the future. It has been such a joy to share all our adventures with everyone and to find a group so loving and devoted . So, we thank you for sharing your stories with ours and for making this all more of a special and wonderful journey.



And because this is also CATurday ART day I inckuded some
collages that I made special for the 10th anniversary

Like pieces of a puzzle, all my boys and girls
are included. Because without each one of them
I wouldn't be here today.

We're all joining Athena for this week's Caturday Art.


  1. Congratulations!!!!! Wow, 10 years is a milestone.

    Emma and Buster

  2. Oh my stars and whiskers, 10 years! You're a cat blogger pioneer. Sending lots of love and purry wishes on your special day. Abby must be purring from the bridge.

  3. Happy 10th blog anniversary. Cats do change your life. :)

  4. Happiest 10th Blogoversary to you! Thats AMAZING... We get our 9th in 2 weeks. We keep trying ta catch up to you on that, but TBT says it is pretty unlikely. We're not sure why, but apparently it is a calendar trick.

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  6. Happy Blogaversary! It's a lot of years to be telling the story of love for cats........and every year brings new adventures, some sadness, and lots of happy! Here's to many more blogaversaries.

    Hugs, Pam and Sam

  7. Happy 10th Blogoversary!!!That is a long time. Very beautiful post.

  8. Happy 10th Blogoversary!
    That is a wonderful milestone too.
    We are pleased to have been with you for a good part of this journey too!
    Purrs for many more years :)
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  9. Wow 10 years! Way to go! Concatulations!

  10. Happy 10th Blogoversary!!

    The Florida Furkids

  11. Wow! Ten years of blogging is amazing. Congratulations, and happy blogoversary! We are so glad you started Manx Mnews all those years ago, that you are still here, and most of all that you are our dear friends.

    Big hugs, and wishes for many, many more blogoversaries yet to come!

    Moosey, Gracie and Zoe, and Mom and Dad, too

  12. Oh my KITTY! 10 years??? Waffles can't even count to ten!

    BIG congratulations on an amazing accomplishment. You've given so many so much joy and inspiration.

    Glogirly, Katie & Waffles

  13. This is just beyond wonderful! I loved reading your post how your first began and your journey to find Abby and forge that relationship with her. I love the idea of the kitties all being a part of the puzzle. That first picture of Abby is so good. One would never guess it's an old picture with older technology. Happy 10th Blogoversary! Your blog brings much joy!!

  14. Happy 10th Blogaversary! That's amazing. The cats are so beautiful and your story is a great one. I'm glad that your furmily came together so well. :)
    -Purrs from your friends at

  15. Writing a blog is a wonderful way to document the whole experience! Well done on being one of the first! happy 10th Blogoversary! XXXX

  16. Happy Happy 10Th OMCs that is a long long time. Bravo to your human and it all started because of Abby our sweet little angel
    hugs madi your bfff

  17. Happy 10th Blogoversary!

    Love your collages :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  18. Happy 10th blogoversary! That's an amazing achievement, something worthy of a very special celebration.

    We love the collages too, especially the picture-puzzle one -- that's especially neat!

  19. Happy Happy 10th Blogoversary !
    That sure is an amazing achievment !
    Cheers for many many more :)


  20. Thank you so much for sharing your very first post ! Happy 10th Blogoversary, it's amazing ! Purrs

  21. Happy Happy Blogaversary and tenth one at makes me know what dedication is! That is incredible and the kitties all grew up with those of us who have been there that long, Love all of them and they are all beauties and precious. xxooxx

  22. Wowwzers! 10 years! Mes thouht my 5 was a long time!
    Yous guys is pretty special, now even though mes singed yesterday, mes is going to sings again today!
    *•.¸¸♪♫•Happy Blogoversary to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•¸¸.•*
    ¨*•♫♪ Happy Blogoversary to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Blogoversary Dear Annabell, Boo, Jinx and Ping (and assistant) !!!!! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Blogoversary to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•

  23. How wonderful! 10 years is incredible, congratulations.

  24. WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!!! TEN YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YOU are my IDOL!!!!!

    We love you!

  25. Wow, this time is so full of anniversaries and memories for you. And what an accomplishment--10 years! Here's to ten more.

  26. Happy blogoversary! Your photographs are lovely and reading your story of Abby is really good timing for our household. I'm not ready to blog about it yet- but we are all adjusting to a furry orange addition to our home (some of us are not so happy about it)!
    Maggie, Mickey Mouser, and RUFUS!

  27. Major concatulations on such a HUGE achievement! How funny that we share the same blogoversary date...many years apart, though!

  28. Happy 10th Blogging Anniversary! I so enjoyed reading this post and seeing all your beautiful and handsome sweeties. I had not heard Abby's story so I really enjoyed reading about her. The collages are amazing. Looking forward to the years ahead enjoying your wonderful blog. Hugs and nose kisses all around from all of us. Maggie Pooh, Chancy and Popsy

  29. Happy Blogoversary from all of us! Y'all are really super special.

  30. Happy 10th blogoversary - what a milestone!

  31. Happy Blogoversary!! Wow 10 years!!

  32. Happy blogoversary! I’m sorry Abby isn’t here to celebrate with us.

  33. Happy Blogoversary! 10 years is AMAZING! Love you guys!

  34. Such beautiful art. Happy blogoversary!

  35. Happy Blogoversary!

    We are humbled to be knowing all of you and the angel kitties, too of course.
    We are true newbies at blogging, just ovfur a year fur us...

  36. Wow, that is so amazing...10 years! Congratulations and Happy 10th Blogoversary to all the collages! We adore you and your blog and were so happy to have come across you almost 5 years ago...rock on!

  37. A very happy 10th Blogoversary to you! It is a great achievement, and I hope there will be many more.

  38. Happy 10th anniversary! What a milestone!

  39. Wow, Debra...10 years! Our mom hadn't even heard of blogging ten years ago. We are so happy to know you and to have followed your journey for the past three years. We know how much you miss both Abby and Gracie. We hope it was nice to reminisce and not too sad for you. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo


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