The First Year

(Copyright 2013-2014)


Sparkles and Mommie


This book was written by Sparkles (the cat) with Mommie’s help.  All ideas and entries are from the mind of Sparkles.  Side commentary is by Mommie.

When Mommie talks or has her ideas they will be in italics.  Everything else is MINE!


It was a regular Tuesday at the Pound.  I heard Mommie tell the caretaker she wanted an adult female cat that purred.  She walked right past me.  Luckily for me there were only two such animals in the shelter and neither of the cats measured up to her purring standards.  On her way out Mommie glanced at me and stuck her little finger into the cage – I guess to tease me or something.  That’s when I went into my LOUD purring mode. 

“Love at first sight.”   Mommie reached in and held me to be sure the purring didn’t stop.  I could have pur-r-r-r-ed forever if it meant getting out of that prison.  Mommie told the caretaker she wanted a cat today and if I were available she wanted ME.  Just think, someone really wanted me!  I guess she didn’t care that I was only five months old and male.  She just wanted a cat TODAY. 

In the office when Mommie was filling out the papers, she asked if I had a name.  Of course I had a name, I just didn’t know what it was.  Mommie took another look at me as I scurried under the desks looking for something, anything, to go for a run away from the cage.  Mommie told the caretaker about someone called Woffier* and then she said I brought a sparkle to her eyes, so she called me Sparkles which sounded good to me.

*Woffier was Mommie’s beloved 11-year old German Shepherd who died six weeks earlier.  Mommie was really sad about that.


(From when I was a baby)


Mommie has a hidey hole – actually a whole room full of stuff that she doesn’t know what is where. She calls it her storage room – other people would probably call it a junk room.

There are dresses, skirts, tops, and slacks in the closet that are at least thirty years old. Mommie keeps saying “someday” she will be able to get back into them (they are too tight now). She said by then they would probably come back in style.

Autographs (signatures) are stored in one corner of the room. They include Ted Kennedy, John Glenn, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, and Johnny Carson. The Johnny Carson signature is on the back of a blank check. When she met him at the airport in Lincoln, Nebraska, all the paper she had to write on was the back of the check. The Ted Kennedy and John Glenn autographs were on political brochures she had collected while she was working and living in Washington, D.C.

You see, I found the pile of autographs and “rearranged” them one day when Mommie was out and the door to the “storage” room was ajar. Mommie was just a tad bit unhappy with me, but she realized it was her fault for leaving the door ajar. It only took her ten minutes to put the autographs back in order.

Other things in the room included two shot guns and a pistol from a dead German soldier. Mommie had the pistol appraised and realized it was from WWII. The markings on the holster showed that the soldier was a high-ranking officer from the German Air Force stationed in Berlin during WWII. Mommie put the guns in a safe place – five hundred miles away.

There were family pictures scattered around (my doing) on the floor. Mommie put these away carefully because there were pictures of HER mommie and daddie.

I’m sorry Mommie.


Mommie got a new bed yesterday and she has been playing with it almost non-stop. You see, the head raises up and the feet raise up. At first the whirring motor sounded like another cat purring. I couldn't have another cat in my Mommie's room. That is MY room too. After watching Mommie for a few minutes I realized the purring went with the raising of the top of the bed. Snore, snore.....

When Mommie got up this morning she left the top of the bed raised up almost to sitting position. The fancy control that goes with the bed fell into the center of the bed. (Ok, Ok, I pulled it over.) The cute red buttons looked interesting, so, of course, I had to push them. Instead of lowering the head, I accidentally raised the foot of the bed. I was almost stuck in the center. I thought I was going to get smashed! 

Luckily when I hurriedly jumped off the bed the foot of the bed quit rising up. I didn't wait around for Mommie to see what I had done. I skedaddled f-a-s-t.

Aug. 21, 2014
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: The inspiration for this book and this site is noted on page two of this site.
Aug. 21, 2014
THE END "Almost"
As you may have guessed by now, there are almost 365 entries -- where has that year gone. Sparkles is still being Sparkles and he gets into lots of trouble even as a "grown up" cat. But, mostly he has matured and manages to stay out of trouble most of the time.

In regard to this, Sparkles has taken a look at his life and has decided he needs to pray every day. (In his case maybe several times a day.) Mommie is recording his prayers as "Devotions with Sparkles" and this site will continue to be here with his prayers.
Aug. 26, 2014
NOTICE ! ! !
SPARKLES SEZ: Beginning this week entries will be done on Tuesday and Friday. Mommie says she has too much to do on the weekends and that she has too many irons in the fire. What does that mean? I hope she doesn't get burned.

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Dizzy Jean | Reply 25.07.2014 11.14

Sparkles, are you a trivia buff or a philosopher? You ask some of the most unusual questions most people wouldn't even think about. My question: why is that?

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25.07 | 11:14

Sparkles, are you a trivia buff or a philosopher? You ask some of the most unusual questions most people wouldn't even think about. My question: why is that?

27.10 | 10:52

Mommie says to go to wloltigerlolw2 on YouTube to see a video of cats getting baths. I thought it was funny because I wasn't the one getting the bath. Ha ha.

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