Retirement Party

Welcome to my retirement party friends! Mom and I are happy to report that I am getting a little better every day. I can tell you now what Mom couldn't last week, I was suddenly REALLY sick. It was a total shock to my parents.

I don't want to dwell on any sadness, and there is no way to tell without a lot of invasive tests, but the doctors think I may have a form of lymphoma, and that's not so good friends. I am really feeling a lot better now and the hope is that I still have lots of great and happy times in front of me. My Sass-O-Meter is back to Medium and I woke Mom up for breakfast on time as usual. I'm looking forward to kicking back and soaking up all the love, sun puddles, and porch time I can.

So I'm letting Mom have her own voice from now on. Of course I may have guest posts on Mom's blog (and of course she'll probably talk about me), and naturally as her muse, I will have my paw in all things she writes (sometimes literally). Who knows, someday when there's a "One who'll come after me" Casa De Housecat may have a new kitty with blogging chops at the helm. Looking at the world through feline eyes is addictive.
I've found the kindest and most amazing friends to read what I have to say. It's been the best, and most unexpected, experience to be able to meet all of you! So please join us in a celebration of a few of our favorite things.

Over the next month we're going to post some of our very favorite posts (or yours - just let us know) and new posts from Mom's new blog here at the HC. The new blog is listed in our profile and we will include links on this site.

Special note to our Kindle subscribers, the new blog is available now on the Amazon site and it's called Hart Stories (but search by Meg S Hart and save yourself some scrolling). You're subscription to this feed will end as soon as your monthly subscription runs out.

Now on to the party!! Please help yourself to the niptinis, meowgaritas, wine, and milk for the kittens. We have some treats and a giant e-cake. Please kick back and enjoy the only shot ever to appear on this blog of my special one... Behold Mousey!

Isn't he the most handsome mouse in the world?
No Dad, I am not amused.
See you around the blogosphere friends, much love to you.

Finny De Floof


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I think woo need a puppy to cheer woo up!

Seriously, retirement is ovFURated - woo just bekhome a khonsultant!

As fur that L word -

Do what khats do best and choose to ignore it -

Your Floofy Tailed Pal
PeeEssWoo: Mom says more wine please!

Sweet Purrfections said...

We're sorry to hear that you may have lymphoma. We know Sweet Praline visited you often and considered you a special furriend. We wish you much more quality time with your mom and dad and will miss you.

Happy Retirement.

Truffle and Brulee (and Mom Paula)

Katnip Lounge said...

Oh Finny! We suspected that something kinda bad was happening. BUT, we are glad that you are almost back to your sassy self. We're gonna bookmark your Mom's blog right away...as soon as we wipe a tear and down a drink or two!
Um, we couldn't bat Mousey, could we? Just once?
We will miss your blog tremendously, Fin.

Robyn :) said...

I hope you do get to feeling better soon, Fin!

Your Mousey is awesome!!


Fin, we're hoping you and your family have lots of wonderful days together. We're sad that you may have something very bad, but we'll purr loud and hard for you sweet friend.
The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Sparkle said...

Do you get a gold mousie for your retirement, Fin? I'm just glad you are feeling better - what's the use in retiring if you cannot enjoy it? I am keeping my paws crossed that you do NOT have that evil disease and you have loads of time to supervise your human while she tries to figure out how to write on her own!

MoMo said...

Hey Finny SIF, we will miss you but wish you a whole lot of quality time with your parents. Of course, we will follow your mom's blog and keep track of your antics.

Do drop in to see us occasionally, even though we are not posting as much as we would like.

Purrs, purrs, purrs to you!!!

Glogirly and Katie said...

Fin we will certainly miss your voice. We've come to know it so well and love it these past couple of years. And Fin...you and your mom are the reason that Glogirly and I have found our voices too. You were one of our first friends and you took us under your wing, showing us the ropes. You both hold a very special place in our hearts and our blog.

Enjoy the sun puddles.
You are loved.
xo Katie & Glogirly

Prancer Pie said...

This gifs us anudder sad, but wish you a very happy and destructive retirement! We all hopes you will let the Mom visit us from time to time. We will definitely miss the floof. xoxo

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Aw Finny, we wish you a happy retirement and hope for a long long time of sassing in the sun and feeling good!

Simba said...

Fin, please please plan on having a very long and relaxing retirement! We really hope the v-e-t is wrong about any lymphomas. We have really loved your blog and your sass. We are going to add your Mom's blog to our google reader thing right now.
Purrs, headbutts and nosekissies, sweet furry girl.
Simba, Audrey and Mom

3 kats and a kwiltr said...

Retirement is grand but remember to fill the time with lots of snuggles and lap time or you'll be bored and starting a new hobby...No, really we are sending purrayers for a long, wonderful retirement and that your mom's blog is a hit.
Taz, Runt, and Charles in Illinois

Huffle Mawson said...

Wait... what? You're retiring from blogging? But you're one of my best friends! I'm so sad.

I hope you get to have your say every now and then on your mum's blog.

Stacy Hurt said...

well cat poop. here we just was getting to know you and now you is off to enjoy your retiredment. bah!

we haz really enjoyed reading you Miss De Floofs and eben though we will visit your mum's blog we hopes there maybe an update or two about the glory of you.

HA! i rhymed!

Ms. Stella O'Houligan

Whisppy said...

This is beyond sad. We will you now that have chosen to retire but we will look forward to your guest posts on your Mom's new blog. We'll have a niptini to celebrate your retirement, Fin!
Oh, and do we get to share your mousey?

Carolyn said...

Fin, I did wonder if there was something bad going on, but it looks like you are a trooper of the first order. We shall miss you blogging and doubt that your mom will be nearly as good, but don't tell her, as we don't want to upset her!

Austin will be along, but at the moment he is outside digging up a real live mousy for you to enjoy in your retirement. Isn't that sweet of him! ;)

Enjoy you retirement, Fin. We hope you will enjoy it for many years x

Fuzzy Tales said...

Fin, truthfully our mom wondered if there might be more to your illness and retirement, and so we see that could be the case, unfortunately. We certainly hope you're with your beans, and us, for a long time yet. But for however long the Fates grant you, we wish you universal peace, blessings, Joy, Light and love.

Okay, enough of the serious stuff...We're ready to party!

Cat with a Garden said...

BSIF, I am in awe of Mousey. I always wondered what he might look like given that im quite the mousey-aficionado myself. I guess it runs in the floof family.
We three girls are so sad to hear about the possibility of a lymphoma - that's such a nasty opponent. But we know that you are surrounded by much love and living the good life, so there'll be plenty of good times ahead. And of course you'll be always in our hearts. I will never ever forget how you and Momo took me under your wings, or put better: under your floofy tails when I was still a little pipsqueak. Oh my, mom is actually leaky eyed, she's not exactly good at letting go, but you might already have guessed that. ; ) Dearest Fin, enjoy your retirement and we'll be looking out for your appearances for sure. Now, bring on those niptinis!

ZOOLATRY said...

Fin ~ we have enjoyed your company, and we will keep on enjoying your company ~ as long as you and your Mom keep "keepin' on".
Retirement, the golden years ... whatever it's called, kick back and have fun (and lots of treats) each and every day.
Hugs 'n' purrs, the
Zoolatry Girls

Daisy said...

Fin, I am glad to hear that you are feeling better. Enjoy your retirement!

Brian said...

My dear Fin, you're the best, always have been and always will be. I hope you have a wonderful and long retirement and words cannot express how happy I am to have you as a friend. We all send lots of purrs, hugs and love to you and your Mommy.

Hannah and Lucy said...

OH Finny, Fin, Fin we will miss you very much but let's face it you will be very busy showing your Mom how to blog properly - these humans think they know it all but the are definitely several classes below us felines when it comes to blogging. However we will allow our mum to tell us when there is news and/or pictures of you.
We so hope that the v-e-t's opinion is wrong and you were just having an off day.
We will miss you very much and will miss your sense of humour.
Take care now and remember we love you. Hannah and Lucy xx xx

The Island Cats said...

Fin, happy retirement!! But this is bittersweet for us. We had a feeling something serious was going on with you. We purr that you have many good days with your mom and dad enjoying their love and snuggles. We will visit your mom's blog, but we will hearing from you everyday. Fin, you were one of our first furiends in the blogosphere, and you hold a special place in our hearts. So we will party with you and celebrate your retirement, but you may see us shed a tear or two also. We love you, Fin.

Wally, Ernie & Zoey (and mom Sue)

The Island Cats said...

Oh, Fin...our mom was so upset when she was typing our message to you...we meant to say "we will miss hearing from you everyday."


Jolan, Son of Thorgal said...

Fin. What to say? We suspected that something really bad was going on, I don´t know how, but we knew.
Hopefully you will have long days of loving and cuddling to enjoy still but the sadness of losing your voice is definitely there.
And seeing Mousey at last - well, it made us teary eyed, we must confess.
LOVE YOU SO MUCH! All the best to you and your mommy and dad!!

Marion with Jolan and Mumtatz

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Fin dear,
I'm going to miss you...nooo...am missing you already. Have a good retirement my dear. purrr...meow!

Floofily yours,

MargB said...


Thank you for sharing a pic of Mousey with us! We will miss our mom reading to us about you but we are sad that you may be so ill. Our purrs will continue for you and your parents. Keep the sass up...as much as they complain, our parents like our sass!

Take good care and we will look forward to our mom reading your mom's blog to us!

Dip & Dot

TK and Squashies said...

Oh Fin, we will misses you and your advenshurs and musings. You are tfavorite in our household. We continues to purr fur your healf.
Love, TK

Kelly Jeanette Swift said...

I will miss you, Finny. So sad you are sick, but glad you are feeling better.

I look forward to seeing guest appearances from you on your Mom's blog.

Sctitches and hugs to you.

ArtemisiaFSS said...

Retirement Party :>( we are not sure we likes this news. But we loves a Party!!!!!! Seriously Fin, we loves you and we loves reading your blog.

Healing purrs and crossed paws that you have many happy healthy years with your family.

Random Felines said...

We love you Fin and hope you continue in good health for a very long time!!! Your mousey is very handsome. :) We are glad to be able to help you celebrate your retirement and know we will continue to see you around the cb. Love us....

Derby, Ducky said...

Happy retirement Fin, well deserved and don't work too hard helping your mum.

Now for a niptini and some munchies.

Team Tabby said...

We wish you all the best on your retirement, Fin, so sorry to hear it's because of health issues. We would love to hear about all the pointers and help you are going to give your mom on her new blog.

oh, great party and delicious niptinis!


Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock said...

We're glad you're feeling better, Fin, and send you our very best wishes for a lazy retirement full of love and other good things.

The Poupounette Chans

ABBY said...

First and foremost we is glad the sass-o-meter is back and that you are better. We are sad beyond words about your retirement but we completely understand. We will miss you lots and lots. We will most assuredly follow your Mom and we bid you a very long and happy retirement! Don't completely forget us!

Marg said...

Oh Fin, you are one of our favorite bloggers and we are really going to miss you. We are glad you are feeling a little better and we sure hope you will be around for a lot longer. Mom is going to need all kinds of instructions on how to do the blog herself so you just need to get to feeling better. We are sending tons of strong purrs that you can stay with us for a long time. And big hugs to Mom. We know she is very worried. Now we are going to go have a niptini for sure. Be sure to give mousey a good whap for us. Please take care.

Coupon Queen said...

Awww Fin..Everyone loves you!! Just look at all the folks that showed up to your party. :) I must admit that I am crying at the moment, I was hoping it was just a bump in the road, and now I am hoping the vet is wrong. Enjoy your retirement and your time with your people. If you get a chance have your mom post a floof or two for our favorits, they are always great, your such a "model" kitty! We are all going to miss you, but look forward to reading your moms new blog and seeing some guest posts from you. Take care and I hope you are feeling more sassy very soon. All the love in the world to you sweetie!! <3

Fuzzy Tales said...

Gees, just a thought...Who will do the 2012 Cat-O-Lympics? Surely we can't pass that up, this coming summer. :-)

The Crew said...

Oh my Bast!! Mom is so lax, we didn't even know you weren't feeling well, now we find out you're retiring?!!

We wish you well, Fin, and we'll miss you terribly. We do hope you'll come out of retirement for the Cat-O-Lympics.

George, Tipper, Max & Misty
Tiger, Cricket & Gino

Anonymous said...

oh, fin.


Eric and Flynn said...

We are sorry to hear you may have lymphoma Fin. We did wonder if you were more ill than you were telling us. We are glad you are feeling better now and wish you a long and happy retirement. We know you will have your paws full showing your mum how to blog, but try not to overdo it.
Okay, now it's time to PARTYYYYYY!!!!!

Eric and Flynn said...

Pee Ess
Mousey is very handsome. Very nearly as wonderful as Scruffy Rat aka Fred Bare.

Kitcaboodles said...

Fin I'm so sorry to hear that you were so ill - I do hope you that you get to live a long and happy retirement and keep bringing smiles to all you meet. Please do keep us up to date via your mom's blog, and since I only met you earlier this year I'm looking forward to seeing some of your 'best of' posts xoxo

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Fin, we don't know what to say. Except we will miss you blogging. And if you have lymphoma, we hope you will have a lot of quality time with your mom. Let all your friends know how you are doing.

Cory said...

Finny, we are having a hard time "celebrating" your retirement...especially if you have lymphoma my furriend. ::wipes away tear:


But if we must we'll put on a brave face and have a piece o e-cake.


Your pal Cory and family

Laurie and the "Girls" said...

I am a relative newcomer to your blog and have enjoyed every word and sometimes the wordless! I want to let you know that seeing your name pop up in my e-mail always put a smile on my face and I couldn't wait to open up the new blog to read about what you had to say! I am getting ready to look for your Meowmy's blog. I hope she writes with the wit and humor you have always shown! So sorry to hear your sick, but when the time comes you will make a purrfect kitty angel!!!

Love to you and your family!
Laurie and the "Girls" Tuxee, Baby, Itty Bits and Cheesecake

Ikaika said...

We will miss you, Miss Fin, but we wish you a long and happy retirement with lots of quality time to enjoy it. Healing purrs and headbumps to you, and we hope to hear from you from time to time.

Anonymous said...

Fin & Mom, You are the best- you brightened so many days & were the highlight of Kindle ea day. Will definitely get signed up with Mom! I guess it's time for lots of gravy, leaving the bathroom water faucet trickling, extra lap time, extra special neck scratches and such. We will miss you terribly but look forward to hearing from you and Mom! Know you will enjoy lots more fun times together and be forever in our hearts. Remind Mom you are first, the blog bunch will understand. Sending you lots of love, Lassie & Mom

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

I can't say anything glib or cheerful because right now I am just too sad.

My eyes are leaking...I am purring and praying with all I have.

Of course we will still follow your Mom...but I guess I am selfish...I will miss YOU......

I don't feel like smiling right now


The Whiskeratti said...

Oh Fin, we are so sorry to hear of this latest news. You've always been one of our fav furriends to visit. We wish you a wonderful, peaceful future.

Max said...

Retirement? THis gives me Teh Sad...

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

We wish you a happy retirement and hope you are feeling better. We are sorry to hear of the lymphoma. Purrs ahugs to you from all of us.

The Cat From Hell said...

Me is sorry that yous is not well and is retiring. We will miss yous and we will follow your Mommy. We wishes yous the best and we sends yous many many healing kisses

Cat said...

Fin we are very sorry to hear that you are ill, we hope you have a long and happy retirement!!!

Jacqueline said...

Oh, gorgeous Finny,we are so sad to hear this, but wish you a long and happy retirement...We will miss you terribly and only want the very best for you, precious girl...We love you, sweet friend and are so grateful to have shared your blog time...Big hugs to your parents, we know what a special relationship you guys have...love and hugs...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

BethAnn said...

Oh, this makes me so sad! I only just found your blog recently and will look forward to going back & reading from the beginning. And also cross my fingers to see your guest posts on your mom's blog.

I lost my sweet Mocha to lymphoma in September, only 2 weeks after her diagnosis, but she had lost all of her sass at that point. I wish you and your Mom & Dad much lovies and warm, sweet memories in your retirement.


Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Fin, we only just read this as mom has been visiting grandbeans this weekend. We are so sorry to hear that you may have lymphoma and are sending mega healing purrs and love. We have enjoyed your blog and wish you a very happy retirement which we hope is quality and healthy for as long as possible.
We will keep in touch via FB and your mom's blog ~ so no goodbyes, just au revoir. xx

Father Tom said...

Hi, Fin and mom Meg,

Just found out about all this a few minutes ago, dearest furriend since we have been on the go all weekend.

Fin, so sorry to hear about your illness, but glad to hear you're better. When a little feline person is close to an author, anything that happens seems to cut that much more deeply. Dearest Fin and mom, please take care and know that you are always in our thoughts. Enjoy "retirement," and we'll be in touch via FB and mom's blog.

Tom, Mittens & mom Julie

The Monkeys said...

Oh Fin! We did not even know you were feeling poorly! You know, of course, that we will begin BIG purrs for you immediately to make up for all the time we've missed. We LOVE you, Fin!

"The Boys" and Karen said...

Aww, Fin, just what we didn't want to hear...that you're retiring, and it may be that you have lymphoma.

We discovered last month that our Jonny has lymphoma, too. The good news is, he's doing really well so we're hopeful for us and for you.

We've loved reading your "Housecat Confidential" and we're glad to know your mom is continuing her fabulous writing with her own blog.

And the fact that you get to supervise is the best. We hope you get to say a preface each time or a meow or two now and then.

And enjoy your mousey. He looks like a keeper.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

OH Finny, we are sad to hear about your illness. We are glad the sass-o-meter is getting higher!!! We will miss you, sweetie. You are a true furiend.

We will keep updated with your mum though.

purrs and {hugs}

Goldie, Shade and Banshee

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

Oh, Finny...one never knows what life holds, do they? We hope you will enjoy resting on your laurels while your mom stretches her wings and flies solo...we will be there, following her too!

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Happy Retirement Fin!! Lots of hugs and purrs that you have a lot of quality time left!! Sorry we sre so late!! Mom works in retail and Christmas is the big one!!
((((((HUGGGSSS))))) to you all!!
Your TX furiends,

meowmeowmans said...

Fin, we are really sorry to hear about that whole lymphoma thing, but we have high hopes that you'll have a long and comfortable retirement. We are so thankful for you, and we'll certainly miss seeing your beautiful sassy self as often.

We love you and your mom, and we're sending real big purrs and prayers, okay?

Hugs and headbonks, dear friends!

Parker said...

fin - I know what you and you folks are going through. Just want to wish you a Merry Christmas and eat a lot of treats tonight!

K. Bish said...

Oh Fin-

So sorry to hear about your illness.
I have been following you for about a year now and loved it when a new post would arrive on my kindle.
I'm really looking forward to your mother's new blog,needless to say, I will miss yours emencely.
Several times you had me laughing out loud.
Thank you.
K. Bish

K. Bish said...

Oh Fin-

So sorry to hear about your illness.
I have been following you for about a year now and loved it when a new post would arrive on my kindle.
I'm really looking forward to your mother's new blog,needless to say, I will miss yours emencely.
Several times you had me laughing out loud.
Thank you.
K. Bish