Sunday, September 29, 2013


In the autumn 2010 I learned that Brad was not coming west after being mislead for some time.  A friend of mine in Pennsylvania had some choice words to say but if I were to condense it down to the basics, the word she used was coward!  He's also got himself into a little bit of a problem but I'll leave it at that.  Live, learn and move on.

Now since June of last year I have an adopted son (Wahid) who is currently studying at a college in Indonesia.  When he is finished college (it transitions between high school and university), my son will come here to live with me.  Because he did so well in his exams in December 2012, I allowed him to purchase a Persian flatnose cat.  She was 16 months old when she came home but early in the new year (2013) she was taken to a vet with the guardian thinking she was sick.  Well, it turned out she was pregnant and had 4 kittens in March.  Unfortunately, 2 of them died but the remaining 2 survived and my son asked me to choose names for them.  I chose Emilie and Marie.  When both of them were two months old, there was a break in at the home and Emilie went missing.  She did not return home again.

Marie remains and is now in her 6th month.  She will be joining me here in Canada in December.  I had originally chosen January but my son asked me to move the date up.  Now I'm cat-proofing the place until to have it ready for her arrival.  The photo above is a recent image of her.  She has the typical Persian features of the long hair and short legs.  The white comes from the father (who we do not know) since the mother was chocolate in colour.  Marie has a small patch of dark hair between her ears, otherwise she's white!

My son was 15 years old when I got to know him after his parents had died in a car accident some six months before.  Now he's 17 and growing fast.  We've exchanged a lot of photos since June of last year. 

I also have an Avocado tree which I started from a pit a couple of months ago.  I will post a few photos of that the next time.

So those are the main events of note so far.  Hope all is well!

- Volker


Jon DeepBlue said...

Hi Volker,

Glad to hear from you. Marie looks gorgeous. The color of her eyes have changed, haven't they? I must admit that yellow-eyed cats kind of freak me out, but most of them were black cat. Marie being all white, it not as bad. She seems to be of good nature.

Will you still be updating your photo blog?

Take care

p.s. maybe you should renamed your blog: "Wahid meets Volker". Tee-hee! ;¬)

SpiritMountainGuy said...

Hi Jon,

I have been working on updating this blog beginning with the title. More of the updating on the weekend when there is more time available.

My photo blog will be updated on the weekend too. I have a few sets of photos to post [my new Avocado plant, a hike at Squamish in February, etc.

Anyways, I changed the title of this blog to reflect Wahid and our kitten Marie!

More to come!

Take care too and hope all is well.


Volker said...

By the way Jon, Marie's eyes were a deep, dark blue when they first opened at about 2 weeks old. It wasn't until later that they turned a lighter blue and at about 3 months the colour changed again to what you see now. If we still had Emilie with us, we would have two identical cats with the same features but certainly different personalities.

I'll post a few photos later that will give a progression as they grow older. Its sad that the mother cat [Lisa] is not with us. I was hoping to see her too when my son comes over after finishing college. Such is life!

Take care!


Jon DeepBlue said...

I didn't know about Lisa. I knew about the break in and the lost of Emilie, but I didn't know about Lisa. So sad! What happened?

Since I'm not on Facebook anymore, my only contact with you is through your blogs.

Volker said...

Hi Jon,

Unfortunately when Lisa gave birth to the 4 kittens there were complications. Thats mostlikely why 2 of the 4 kittens died early on. Lisa needed a year to recover according to what the vet told Wahid. That time ran out in the latter part of July. She was having diarrhea, even bloody!

When Marie is here, she will be having a full physical from a vet here to rule out any health issues, including reproductive. If the latter is an issue, then it might be best she not have young at all or risk the same fate as her mother!

Its sad but necessary to make the right decisions.

Have an awesome day!