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Meet Marcie – Part One

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It has dawned on me that I’ve introduced you to our chickens and rabbits, but haven’t properly introduced you to our sweet tabby cat, Marcie.

You simply must meet Marcie — she is part of the family and a true friend who has been by our sides for nearly fifteen years! I know I’m partial, but she is seriously one of the sweetest cats I have ever known, and she came to us as such a sweet blessing during a particularly stressful time.

Many years ago,  Jonathan and I purchased our first home — a 100-year-old historical house in the center of town. We were in our “new home owner bliss” phase — how wonderful and exciting it will be to work on our home! It certainly was, however, it was also much more than we had prepared for!

A few minor repairs and touch-ups such as coats of paint, tearing out the old carpeting to restore the original hardwood flooring, (how hard could that possibly be under seven or eight very old layers of carpet and linoleum?), new curtains, some updated light fixtures and of course a charming new doorbell, and it would be as good as new! *sigh*

Reality set in quickly. Probably within the week? The whole house experience could be a book all by itself. I could make a very long list of all that needed to be done before we could actually live there (namely a bare-wire electrical system and no insulation), but I don’t want to come across as complaining. It was definitely a learning experience, and after an arduous amount of hard work, we had a lovely little home. Jonathan and I spent most (all) of our free time working on the house, and because we did not have a large budget, Jonathan and my Dad did all of the major repairs.

So what does Marcie have to do with all of this?

On one particular day, I was with Jonathan at the house feeling slightly overwhelmed. Did I say slightly? That was a typo. It should read extremely. Feeling emotionally drained, I sat down in the living room on a small chair.

I began to hear the faintest sounds and almost immediately knew I was hearing a kitten! But where? I called for Jonathan, and we realized the soft little me-ews were coming from under the house. We went outside, and Jonathan heroically crawled under the house to rescue the teeny, tiny tabby. Jonathan had a flashlight with him, and as he crawled towards Marcie, he often recalls how she crawled towards the light.

We are quite sure she was the runt of the litter, and being so little, she needed to be bottle-fed often. But now with our frequent visits to the house, we had a new member of the family to greet us, cheer us and start making our house feel like a home.

… to be continued!





  1. Can’t wait for the continuation Anna. She is a beauty!

    1. Thanks, Roberta! 🙂

  2. What a sweet girl! Waiting for your next Marcie post!

    1. Thank you, Julie! 🙂

  3. Marcie is gorgeous! Looking forward to the continuation…!

    1. Thank you so much! She is a very special kitty for sure! 😉 Thank you so much for reading and visiting Life Bellissima!
      ~ Anna

  4. Oh so sweet! Give your little friena hug and kiss from me..and extra snuggies! I love cats xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Natascha! Marcie will love the extra hugs and cuddles! 😉 xo

      1. Wonderful! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤😻😻😻😻😻😻😻

        1. 😀 You’re so sweet, Natascha!

          1. Not really! But I just love cats too! It is just that we have good taste! 👍👍👍👍👍

          2. Cats are pretty awesome!! 😀 ( I still think you’re sweet! 😉 )

          3. Thanks so much. Cats ARE awesome. They are so funny too!!

  5. Marcie is beautiful and a nice introduction. Looking forward to next episode 😀

    1. Thank you so much, Irene! 🙂

  6. Aww she is so beautiful 🙂

    1. Thank you, Freda! 🙂

  7. this is such a sweet story Anna! Is that the house you live in now? wow lots of work for you and Jonathan! I hope we get to hear more of this story! Lovely! xxxx

    1. Thank you, dear Lynn! No, that was the first house we lived in. Now we are out in the country –Marcie loves having so much territory! Lol. I’ll post more very soon! 😉 xoxo

      1. ok that is what I thought!!xoxo

  8. Anna, what a beautiful, loving story. Marcie is so gorgeous. I am so pleased she was saved by you and your lovely family. I can’t wait for Part 2. xxx

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynne! 🙂 xoxo

  9. Hi Marcie! Anna I love this story. It shows so much of you. <3

    1. Thanks so much, Sadie!

  10. We have restored three separate “historic homes”. Never again, kitten or no. Cute story. Looking forward to the conclusion.

    1. Thanks so much, Darryl. 🙂 Your comment made me laugh because I can so relate — I have told Jonathan I don’t ever want to go through another “historic home restoration” … 😉 I would happily rescue the kittens from the homes, but restoring homes is certainly not my forte. Hope you’re having a great week!

  11. What a great story!! Love it. :))

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 And thank you so much for the follow! I look forward to visiting your blog as well!
      ~ Anna

      1. Thanks for your sweet comment Anna! 🙂

        1. Enjoying your blog so very much — I love travel blogs!! I grew up in Southern CA., too! Close to Redondo Beach. I have a cousin near El Centro. 🙂

          1. Really?? What a small world!! There’s something about those of us from Southern California. Sometimes we don’t think we have much in common, but we really do. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment. 🙂

          2. Yes, that’s true! So nice to “meet” you via blogging! 🙂
            ~ Anna

  12. What a lovely story about your first purchased home, Anna. It’s funny how often we only notice the faults of a house after we’ve bought it! We’ve had a few like that – when we’ve thought we’d taken on more than we could chew as soon as we moved in. But time and hard work win out in the end. I enjoyed reading this and will now continue with Episode 2 🙂

    1. Thank you, Millie! Yes, that’s very true! 🙂

  13. Reblogged this on lynz real cooking and commented:
    A lovely series about a cat named Marcie! An adorable true story from my little sis Anna! xxx

    1. Thank you, dear Lynn! xo

  14. Oh goodness, do I ever know how this story will end. You could be telling my own story if you were writing this 50 years ago, when my hubs and I moved to a pre-civil war house in the country, complete with it’s own cemetery. Everything had to be replaced, added to, shored up, while trying to keep true to the original structure. But we didn’t have to worry about looking for kittens, they already inhabited the barns and sheds. He brought me a German Shepherd puppy, and then a raccoon kit that had fallen from its nest. And I loved every minute of that life all those years ago. I love your story about Marcie. The first one we brought inside was Tabitha. And from there they just kept on and on. The raccoon was Jo-Jo, tamed until she decided to return to the wild.

    1. Oh that is so lovely! Yes, you do know exactly what I’m talking about! 🙂 I would love to see pictures! With kittens, a puppy and even a raccoon kit! I love it!
      ~ Anna

      1. Goodness, I don’t know if any of those photos still exist. I’ll have to ask my daughter if she has them, because after I moved to town most of the old photos disappeared. I do remember one of the raccoon eating from the same bowl as the grown dog and a couple of the grown cats. We had a very friendly group of domestic animals, to go with some wild farm animals.

        1. Oh that sounds so lovely with all of the animals! 🙂

  15. What a gorgeous cat! I look forward to the next part of the story.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂 “Meet Marcie — Part Two” is now on the blog. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

      1. Thank you for letting me know.

        1. You’re very welcome! Thank you so much for following my blog! I’m looking forward to visiting yours!

  16. You had me at “Tabby”! On to the next chapter………..

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