Sunday Quotes: Hoping for Spring

cat-spring-flowers-hopeA year ago today, I started writing extended Sunday Quotes columns. The first column was, appropriately, titled “Fear.” Back then, I couldn’t have imagined in my worst nightmares that more than a year later, we’d still be dealing with the pandemic.

I really expected to just go back to the original concept of Sunday Quotes after a few weeks, maybe a couple of months at most. I started Sunday Quotes to share beautiful images of cats with lovely quotes to brighten your Sunday. But week after week, so many of you told me that my reflections on how I’m coping with various aspects of the pandemic are helping you, so I kept going. It is quite humbling to realize that sharing my own struggles has helped so many of you.

So here we are, a year later. We’ve made it through what arguably was one of the darkest winters of our lives. Finally, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Everything feels a little better and brighter to me lately. Maybe it’s the way the light changes in late winter, bringing the promise of spring. Maybe it’s seeing the first crocuses peek through the ground. Maybe it’s the occasional warm day.

Spring always comes, no matter what. And the coming of spring reminds us that we can’t allow ourselves to lose hope. Maybe our lives will never return to the “normal” of the before times, but this pandemic will be over. And while we can control very little about how and when that will happen, we can choose hope.

On some Sundays going forward, you may only see a beautiful image with a quote, but as long as I feel that I can offer something that will help you navigate these turbulent times, I’ll continue to write an expanded column. I hope that on the Sundays when I don’t, you’ll still enjoy the images and quotes I choose for you, even without a lot of extra words from me.

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Mews and Nips: Tortie Covered in Snow and Ice Rescued Just in Time


The weather was freezing cold in Indiana when good Samaritans spotted what they thought was just a big chunk of snow and ice by the side of the road. When they saw a pair of eyes glow in the reflection of their headlights, they immediately turned around to investigate. There was a tortoiseshell cat covered in a layer of snow and ice. She was scrawny, cold, curled up in a ball desperately trying to stay warm. Despite being just skin and bones, her belly was round and she appeared to be pregnant. The took the tortie into their car to warm her up and contacted Catsnip Etc., an all-volunteer cat rescue, who took her in. Two days later, she gave birth to four kittens. For more about Camilla and her babies, visit

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Gwen Cooper’s Curl Up With a Cat Tale Podcast Launches Today


You’ve come to know and love Gwen Cooper for her New York Times bestseller Homer’s Odyssey, her Curl up with a Cat Tale series of short stories, and her many other books. And now, Gwen is launching her new podcast! If you’re a fan of Homer and his family, this is a great way to hear more purr-sonal stories from Gwen. And if you’re not already a fan, you’re sure to become one after listening to her podcast. Continue reading…

12th Anniversary Celebration and Giveaway


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Today is our 121th anniversary! It really seems impossible that I started this blog, inspired by Amber, the original Conscious Cat, a dozen years ago. And while this is a big milestone for Allegra and me, this day really belongs to you, our readers. Without you, we wouldn’t be here, and we appreciate you so much for reading, commenting, and sharing every day. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: “Suspicious Package” Turns Out to Be Cat With Kittens


When a bomb squad in Ohio was called to investigate a suspicious package outside a church, they were surprised to find a mom and her six one-day old kittens in the duffel bag. The little family was taken to a shelter, where they were cleaned up and fed, and they have since been taken to a foster home. For more on this story, visit

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