Tuesday, December 15, 2009


The 3-Ds, and mom and dadbeans, had company on Sunday night. We had our good friends over for a nice Christmas celebration. First you will see Della kissing Dante hello. Dante is a very kissy boy and likes to greet all the visitors.

Dylan has also come to say hello, but he waits his turn politely.

This is a close-up picture of the back of Della's jacket. It's a sparkly kitty -- how festive!

And there's two more sparkly kitties on the front, too! Nice kitties! Della is a Maine Coon breeder and has her own cattery called "Jondelcoon". (You can click on the name if you want to see her website.)

This is Della's husband, John, being greeted by Dylan and Domino. They are quite fascinated by all the nice smells on his feet. They have 19 cats in their home at the moment, so imagine all the different scents he must carry with him!

Of course, both Dylan and Domino have foot fetishes to begin with! After this Domino settled onto my friend Debbie's lap for most of the evening (except when we were eating, of course). However, I neglected to get a picture of that.

Here is the aforesaid Debbie, who cuddled with Domino. She is enjoying what she calls her "Chrismousse". It's one of her favourite dishes. It is a scallop and shrimp mousse served on a bed of homemade mayonnaise laced with chives, and is served as an appetizer. We sprinkled on a few red and green peppers to make it look even more Chrismoussy.

I skipped taking a picture of the main course which was Beef Wellington. I was quite upset that the crust crumbled so much. Everyone really seemed to enjoy it tastewise, but it just didn't have the presentation (so, no picture)! I had served it with roasted squash and green beans.

Here's Debbie again about to partake of yet another mousse -- this time a classic French chocolate mousse which is also flavoured with more than just a hint of orange. I dressed it up with a little icing sugar, and bits of kiwi and pomegranate seeds (to look like holly). I also made a fruit salad for those diabetics at the table.

Here we are in the living room again. Della and John brought me some beautiful flowers and Dylan was ready to snack on them. We gently persuaded him otherwise.

Here is Dylan sitting on top of one of the Christmas presents. He was getting a little curious about the tree, but behaved himself quite well actually.

See, a sniffing but no noshing!

This is Debbie's husband Colin giving Dylan a little scratch. Debbie and Colin are two of our oldest and dearest friends. I've known Debbie since 1981 when we met at French school. We both worked for the Canadian federal government and had to learn how to speak it for our jobs. At that time, the government would send you away from your work for up to six months, to go to one of their schools to learn French. It was quite an experience and well worth it. I'm still able to speak French, though, I'm a little rusty.

Here's John with Dante who is taking his turn to inspect the tree.

What's really cool, if you biggify the picture, you can see the reflection of the tree in the window. It's really quite a spectacular effect in person.

Dante's really getting off on this petting session.

Meanwhile, this is what was happening outside. It snowed for a couple of days straight, and what had been mostly green just several days before, is now a winter wonderland just outside our door.

Domino was the only one brave enough to step outside with me and my friend, Susan, the next day. Even she didn't stay very long.

Anyway, we and the 3-Ds all had a very lovely evening on Sunday. Della and John, and Debbie and Colin had just met for the first time at our house, but they all got along famously. There was lots of talking and laughter, and the kitties mingled in perfectly to make it a warm and homey atmosphere. Good food, good drink, good people and good cats. You can't get any better than that!


Anonymous said...

Oh, our momma would have loved to have been there to hug on and kiss alla' you's kitties. Of course, Miss Camille Suzanne would have first dibs on Master Dante' as he is her catMAN, you know.

We is havin' a BIG BLIZZARD here today. Lotsa' snows comin' from the sky. Momma is thinkin' that she is gonna stay inside but she knows she's gonna have to go outside to clean off the porch fur the mailman - he's such a sissy!

Elizabeth and Connor said...

Sounds like you all had a good time--good food, good friends, and of course--good CATS! Mama is swooning over the fact that Dante is "kissy". Guess we better load up on chapstick--we seem to have some competition!

SASS....Sammy Andy Shelly Sierra said...

What a wonderful time y'all had......beans and kitties. We loved the photos and thank you for sharing them with us. xxxxxxxxx

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

It looks like you had a good evening with friends, food, and cats!

The Creek Cats said...

What a great visit! Della's jacket is furry cute!

SuziQCat said...

Looks like you had a great time at the party...I'm glad the guest gave you lots of pets and kisses!

Milo and Alfie said...

We agree ~ it sounds like yoo had the purrfect evening! And the snow looks pretty and makes you appreciate being inside in the warm, even more! Extra smoochies to Dommy from Milo xxxx

One Cats Nip said...

What fun! The food all looked so yummy! My moms dad always said it doesnt really matter what the food looks like as long as it good and made with love! The cats look like they had a lovely time too!

Daisy said...

That sounds like a delicious meal! It is amazing how sociable and confident the 3-Ds are. I run and hide if I even hear the doorbell ring.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

That looked like a lovely evening for Beans and kitties. The food sounded wonderful too. Our mum loves chocolate mousse.(Without the kiwi fruit, she is very allergic to it.)

Sweet Purrfections said...

It looks like you had a wonderful evening together!

Cats in trees said...

With such a beautiful jacket Della deserves lots of kisses from Dante.

Cory Clark said...

That sounds like a wonderful evening! The 3Ds are beautiful! (That was Mom) Hi! We're new to the blogging scene & thought we'd stop by.

You sound like you're very nice, friendly kitties - we run whenever people come to our house!

Hope to see you around!
Nico, Austin & JayJay (& Mom)

The Island Cats said...

How nice! The 3 Ds treated their guests well!

Cory said...

Mom is wondering what she'd like better. All that wonderful food, or the opportunity to get a kiss from Dante. I think she's leaning toward the kiss!!!!

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

We bet Dante woulda liked a Mouse Mousse!

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

I can see how sweet and lovely atmosphere you have there~!
So great!!!!

8GR8LOLCATS said...

LOOKS like a LOT of fun! It's always GR8 to have company who love kitties... Come to think of it... it's the only company TO HAVE! Love Della's jacket... CCL chic!!!

The Monkeys said...

Sounds like a wonderful celebration! The humans got to enjoy a great meal, and you kitties got to do what you do best - show how gorgeous you are by posing for the camera and your guests!

Susan said...

such socialable Cats!