by Janet Blue on December 11, 2014

This post originally appeared on December 21, 2012, and was entitled “Christmas: Day 7.” As I received exactly ZERO comments, I expect it’s a pretty good bet that none of you have ever seen it. It features kitten Daphne (1991-2010), the third cat to join our family.

Daphne feigns disinterest.

Daphne feigns disinterest.

Daphne was another kitty crazy for Christmas. In her early years, I hung apple ornaments from the garland wound around the bannister. She could spend hours batting at and removing the apples so she could play with them on the hardwood floors. For a few years I would continually replace the apples after she removed them. And each year I would buy new apples as they inevitably cracked and lost their paint when they hit the floor. Eventually I gave up and threw them away (or so I thought *) as the whole process became exceedingly tedious.

Daphne caught in the act.

Daphne caught in the act.





It has been at least two decades since I’ve hung apples from the garland, but every year as I am decorating the stairs, Tom asks me if I am going to attach the apples. I know he does this to tease me, but I also know he enjoyed the game between human and cat and would love to watch a whole new caboodle of cats doing just as Daphne once had.

Daphne also enjoyed waiting for her holiday fan mail. She would take up residence in our Christmas mailbox, created by Tom’s sister, Bonnie, and wait to be swamped by her greetings of love and adoration. Of course, she wasn’t opposed to the fact that her nest was atop a nice warm radiator.

Daphne waiting for her fan mail.

Daphne waiting for her fan mail.

Daphne begins unwrapping gifts early while Steamer watches.

Daphne begins unwrapping gifts early while Steamer watches.









Meowy Christmas!


* 2014 Addendum: Just last week I found a box of those apples in the backroom of the basement when I was looking for another long-lost decoration. I didn’t tell Tom as I don’t want to be pestered to hang them!

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Kitty Cat Chronicles December 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Such wonderful memories! Finding those apples must have been such a sweet reminder of beautiful Daphne. Caster loves to play with all of the Christmas decorations around here. He has batted several ornaments off the tree. But he hasn’t climbed it!!! We are all so surprised. Anyway, we enjoyed your flashback photos and loved hearing about Daphne. What a beautiful girl. Sending lots of love and purrs, and Sampy sends trillions of billions of kisses to Astrid.
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Marty the Manx December 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

What sweet memories 🙂 Daphne sure was a cute girl 🙂
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Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal December 13, 2014 at 9:29 am

Cuuute picture on Daphne on the stair pawing at the apples <3
My mom-person say´s she is glad that she can close the door into the livingroom where the CATmas tree is 😀


Austin Towers December 13, 2014 at 9:06 am

Daphne was a very beautiful tuxie. I feel a bit fainty!!
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Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey December 13, 2014 at 8:50 am

Sweet post… I always have a pang of bittersweet memories when I take out the Christmas decorations… especially seeing the stockings of kitties past…
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Noodle December 13, 2014 at 12:41 am

Thank you for sharing that story!

Lots of Noodle hugs…

Noodle and crew

Raven December 12, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Love the photo of Daphne on the stair pawing at the apples. She looks so little.

I vote you hang the apples!
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Cathy Keisha December 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm

I guess you didn’t want to eat the apples after they hit the floor cos of the 5 second rule. I like eating my food offa the floor. Daphne sure was pretty. You mean cats got cards before the interwebs?
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Katnip Lounge December 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Oh c’mon…hang those apples UP!
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Colehaus Cats December 12, 2014 at 2:40 pm

How fun! Er, or yeah, how tedious! We think this is the exact reason our Christmas-decorations-lovin’ mom hasn’t put anything up in three, long years. To be fair, she does hang decorations up high. We just have to work harder to get to them and then, the fun begins! Christmas is supposed to be fun, right? *wink*
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Purrfect Kitties December 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Awww, what a sweet story! 🙂 xx Roxy & Tigerlino <3
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Canadian Cats December 11, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Daphne sounds like a character kitty. We don’t have anything like that but we have soft dangle ornaments on the tree….mom puts them at the bottom so we can reach them if we stretch up.

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The Island Cats December 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Our mom hangs apple ornaments on our tree. She calls them “filler” ornaments. And we LOVE to knock them off and play with them. In fact, she found one under the china cabinet this past summer…left over from last Christmas. 😉
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BeadedTail December 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

We love sweet memories! Thank you for sharing!
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Deztinee High December 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm

What a heartwarmin’ posty. Dat Daphne sure wuz a cutey. We fink you shuld hang those apples as it did bwing such joy to yous furmily. As da mommy weez unnewstand dat it also bwought lots of work, but hey, it’s only fur a little while after all and anytime spent makin’ kitties happy is a worff while event.

Luv ya’

Dezi and Lexi
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Maureen December 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

And a big happy Christmas to all the furbabies, with lots of red apples to chase 🙂
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Brian Frum December 11, 2014 at 12:42 pm

That sweet one sure had lots of fun!
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Athena December 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm

What a sweet story and beautiful kitty!

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie
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Flynn December 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

Daphne was such a pretty girl. It’s a lovely flashback to her enjoyment of Christmas and sweet memories..
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Lysa @ Welcome To My Circus December 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

LOL I got a good giggle about the apple story. Daphne sounds a lot like my cat Elli…they sure can keep us entertained can’t they? Always full of mischief! 😉

Thank you for linking up with us at the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Link Party and we hope you will join us again next week.

Wishing you a FABULOUS week.
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Katie isabella December 11, 2014 at 7:53 am

Daphne was a beauty. Poor Admiral had plenty of posts in her beginnings that had no reply…I sometimes go to her site and bring up her first 6 months. She had about given up when someone answered at last and used the initials CB. Had no idea what that was and decided to google it. Welcome to the warmth of other kitties and doggies. She had about given up.

Scylla, Socks, Tuiren & Fenris December 11, 2014 at 6:43 am

Daphne, was lovely and what a fun game the apples made. We thinks you should hang the box you found. Whapping them sounds like so much fun.
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Cat Scout Charles December 11, 2014 at 6:32 am

Oh what a beauty Daphne was. Thank you for reposting this beautiful story. I’m sure it must have brought back some beautiful memories.
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Sometimes Cats Herd You December 11, 2014 at 6:12 am

What a great memory. Thanks for sharing it with us again! We love the idea of the apples as part of the unbreakable ornament collection and will tell the head peep we’d like to have some to play with.
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Sammy December 11, 2014 at 5:43 am

Great story about Christmas apples! I bet finding those apples stirred a lot of memories of former Kitties Blue residents…..bittersweet of course…..Daphne was a beauty!

Hugs, Pam
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Molly The Wally December 11, 2014 at 4:27 am

LOL we laughed at the apples story. We can just picture it. Have a tremendous Thursday.
Best wishes Molly

Sue December 11, 2014 at 4:26 am

What a sweet memory! Glad you reposted!

Lone Star Cats December 11, 2014 at 2:31 am

Christmas apples sound like fun!
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Beverly December 11, 2014 at 2:27 am

A nice memory…thanks for sharing it (again) — I didn’t get to see it the first time around. I think cats LOVE Christmas.

Summer December 11, 2014 at 2:02 am

Aw, I think it would be lots of FUN to play with Christmas apples!
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The Swiss Cats December 11, 2014 at 1:52 am

Daphne was very cute ! But aren’t Chrissymouse ornaments made for kittes fun ? Purrs
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Pipo &Minko ~ WeBeesSiameezers December 11, 2014 at 1:38 am

Its always fine here until the peeps go to bed…and goodness knows what they might find in the morning, MOL!

Its nice of you to share your memories of your sweet kitty…doing her job of removing apples, MOL!
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Karren Haller December 11, 2014 at 12:51 am

What a sweet story about Daphine she is a cutie!!! She looks alot like our Digger with the same markings!!! Im wondering what will happen this year when the decoration go up with our 2 kitties. I know its late but would love for you to share on my WW from this week.

Purrs and Hugs
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