Mackenzie The Cat


“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

the Dalai Lama


Hi, how are you today?



I just returned to the cottage from my plein-air painting group



I’m really not an artist like the others…



however I enjoy the opportunity to paint outside and socialize a bit



This week we went to Couquille village by the river.



There are many charming home sites sitting along the river’s edge…perhaps one day I’ll share more about this area or even about the delightful plein-air painting group I participate in.




at the moment I have a very pressing matter that has been creating a three-ring circus around this very sweet cottage.





It all began a few weeks ago as I was standing by one of the hydrangea bushes watering…clipping…and most likely admiring 



I looked down and noticed a very skinny b/w cat…at first I thought it was our cat Darjeeling except she is NOT skinny



I finished up the watering and was heading back inside when that very skinny b/w cat…


beat me to the entrance





mysteriously but not surprisingly…

















 has found a home nest here

(I’ve learned the true meaning of co-existing)



Darjeeling hangs out by the back door while…



the very skinny b/w cat guards the front.



I’m not sure when it was decided that the very skinny b/w cat should be given a name…other than one evening I mentioned to Joe that the very skinny b/w cat has probably had a very difficult life and because of that we should give her a very cute name. We started throwing out suggestions for names and then I said…

“I Know!”







OREO Crunch Parfait

The perfect pairing of strawberries, OREO cookies and whipped topping to make this delightfully simple dessert. Serves 2




1 cup Sliced fresh strawberries about 8 ( I also used a few fresh blueberries)



1/2 cup thawed frozen whipped topping

4 OREO cookies (I used 16 mini’s)


Layer half each of the ingredients in two 8 ounce glasses. (I purchased 2 margarita glasses from the Dollar Tree💋)





Repeat layers.



Refrigerate 15 minutes.



Below are two videos…the first is from when I first decided to feed MacKenzie💕



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8 Responses to Mackenzie The Cat

  1. Jane Hoefflin says:

    Oh, sweet friend I so love this posting…. How perfect that a little black and white kitty should decide that you would become his owner…. He was drawn to your darling pink cottage by the sea and the love and warmth that it exudes. He knew as soon as he got there he was meant to be yours… What a sweet little friend you have made and I am sure in time Darjeeling and Cami will become thick as thieves. Also,you look absolutely darling in your black and white buffalo check top, MacKenzie has definitely bonded with you…
    You are too precious! What a beautiful posting this has been and the Parfait with its dark chocolate Oreo’s is the icing on the cake… How perfect and delicious it looks especially with your Mackenzie Childs black and white cutlery…. I think you must have gotten the name as an inspiration as you were putting together this creamy, yummy, decadent dessert which by the way… I will put together for Mr. Daniel tonight…. You are so dear and so special my sweet friend…. I so wish I lived closer to delight in all of your fun outings… The plein air painting session looked so relaxing and bonding with friends and nature are always a good thing…. Your painting by the way, looks great!!!! Well, sweet friend Happy Friday to you!!! Have a wonderful day in the beautiful home and garden in the pink cottage by the sea….. XOXO your friend Jane…..

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Jane,
      Thank you…thank you…and thank you! You are going to make my head get really really big with all your sweet compliments. I’m curious how you liked the parfait…I use to make it during the summer all the time when I lived in California because it was so refreshing and light. Whoever invented the mini Oreo should get an award for the best invention… I love the smaller size because you don’t feel like you are eating too much. Ha!
      Regarding MacKenzie Cat…I’m feeding her and enjoying Cami & Darjeeling observe her. Darjeeling ignores her while Cami chases. Will wait to see how things evolve…meanwhile it’s quite fun to watch.
      Take care my sweet friend…and thank you again for being so kind.❌⭕️

  2. Joseph Kuehner says:

    Thank you for sharing about Mackenzie!
    Your dessert looks very yummy.
    How is Cami adjusting to Mackenzie?

  3. Becky Yohonn says:

    Another orphan seeks shelter with you. What a beautiful kitty and so hungry. Probably cannot even believe such good luck.

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hello Becky,
      Oh my I almost called you for advice…wasn’t sure exactly how to address this stray. I didn’t want to upset Cami or Darjeeling. Currently MacKenzie is quite happy getting her food right outside…so we will wait and see what happens.

  4. Pat Stansel says:

    MacKenzie doesn’t act like a feral cat —so friendly & is quite the talker! So glad you found each other—-seems like a good match—if Cami & Darjeeling approve !

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Pat!

      Nice to see you here today. MacKenzie isn’t a feral cat…she is quite friendly (especially when hungry) I have yet to figure out what Darjeeling and Cami really think about this situation…definitely a waiting game for now.

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