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.


Mommie and Uncle Tom decided to put a picture of Patches and me on the Christmas card. That was some struggle!

Of course, Patches wanted to be the star. Since I had experience with Christmas cards before I thought I should be the star. We snarled and hissed at each other every time Mommie tried to get a “pose” out of us. Patches just did his lolling thing in Uncle Tom's chair so Mommie decided to put Patches in the chair with me on the floor in front.

No way am I going to be seated below Patches! Even if I have to make Mommie grumpy I AM NOT going to sit that way. Either I sit even with Patches or Patches can have the whole picture. (What am I saying???)

Mommie took a dozen pictures and then decided the only way to be fair was to take a picture of me sitting in the chair and a separate one with Patches sitting in the chair, too. Then she “photoshopped” the picture to make it look like Patches and me sitting together in the chair.

Personally, I think a generic Santa picture would have been much better.


Nov. 2, 2014
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: The inspiration for this book and this site is noted on page two of this site.
Nov. 2, 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.

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To get the most out of your reading, please note that some of the daily diary entries might not make much sense unless you start at the beginning of the diary at DIARY BEGINS HERE. The top entry on this page is the beginning of the diary, the story just above this is the latest entry. 

Three or four diary entries are added each week.  No diary days are posted on Saturday or Sunday because some of our readers only have access to the internet at their work.

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The Princess | Reply 05.12.2014 08.12

Sparkles, I love it when you talk about your Mommie. She must be proud of you.

Janet M. | Reply 18.11.2014 10.49

Sorry to tease you Sparkles, but it is 72 degrees here in California.

Shirley K. | Reply 14.11.2014 19.01

Where are you? Who is Uncle Tom? Just wondering.

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09.12 | 18:01

Don't get me started on insurance companies either! A necessary nuisance.

05.12 | 08:12

Sparkles, I love it when you talk about your Mommie. She must be proud of you.

18.11 | 10:49

Sorry to tease you Sparkles, but it is 72 degrees here in California.

14.11 | 19:01

Where are you? Who is Uncle Tom? Just wondering.

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