new arrivals in the Brouhaha household!

Hi all five readers or so who are patiently waiting for updates:

My apologies for not posting for so long.  I’ve been a bit out of the mood.  One of the reasons: I was (apparently) expecting!

So, allow my to introduce our new twins:  Fric and Frac.


I apologise for the photo quality.  F&F arrived here this morning, and immediately took up residence underneath the TV cabinet.  They have only emerged since to check out some salmon flakes that I was trying to offer… after about 10 minutes they deigned to lick them off my finger, then disappeared again.

JJ and I are hoping that they will emerge shortly if only so that I can actually see what colour they are, properly.  You see, bad mother me, I was at work this morning when they arrived. Because of that, when they did arrive they headed immediately behind the fridge, and then underneath the TV cabinet, where they have been residing since.

But guid mother me, there is no shortage of food in the house for them!

Here is a photo of Fric:


…and a photo of Frac:


Worry not, this is not going to turn into some daily update blog on the status of Fric and Frac.

I should note here that Fric and Frac will not be the real names of these kittens.  Rather, they are placeholder names in the long Grik tradition of not naming babies until they are baptised.  Seriously.  Many Griks refer to their new human offspring as “bebi” or “beba” until the priest dunks them into that cold, cold water in the baptismal font.

JJ is now glaring at me, perhaps deciding what I have been writing, and perhaps trying to remind me that these kitties are half Grik and half Scots).

In actual fact, we have not decided on names yet.  JJ rather sensibly suggested that we should meet and see the kitties first before deciding on names.  I begged to differ… I’ve had many, many ideas since we decided to get these kitties, as you can imagine.  Fric and Frac was the first idea.  I’ve settled on one name, Cleo, and JJ gets to pick the other.  (My mother, by the way, suggested “Cleo” and “Patra” when we were visiting her this past weekend.  JJ rolled his eyes and said to himself “Och aye, not another crrrrrazy perrrson!)  But I digress.

Anyway, I think that F&F, despite being puir wee nameless souls at present, are actually owed a little announcement.  So, here’s my stab at it:

Brouhaha and JJ proudly announce their new arrivals!!! Two little twin girls!!!

Names:  TBD

Age: approx. 9 weeks

Weight: n/a – but estimate 9 oz for Fric and 10 oz for Frac

Fingers and toes: n/a – but paws and claws appear to be all there.  Teeth have come in as well.  My, aren’t they talented???

Voices: quite loud and plaintive at present, especially when JJ turns the TV channel to “The Dog Whisperer”.  Right now there is a Scottish program on TV and they seem to have settled down, though.  A guid sign.

Proud grandparent: [mother of Brouhaha who shall remain nameless]

Proud aunt: Mipou II (cat daughter of mother of Brouhaha who shall remain nameless)

Oh, and for those knitters out there… yes, I have hidden all the yarn.  I haven’t been knitting all that much lately as you might have gathered, but I still had to gather errant pieces of stash and throw them into a cupboard put them away safely.  I have probably, however, defeated my own purpose in keeping any future knitting safe by acquiring this toy:


If you know me, you’ll know that I couldn’t resist it.  Explanation, not excuse.

Anyway, please do wish us all well.  I was concerned that the new arrivals would not get on so well with other denizens of our household…


… but now that they’re on top of the BILLI bookshelf, I reckon they’re safe for another couple of months at least.


Brouhaha and Company



22 thoughts on “new arrivals in the Brouhaha household!

  1. Sequana says:

    Well……BIG news from the North! Kitties usually appear after a few days and start to check things out. These look particularly cute.

    Nice to see you again.

  2. clarabelle says:

    I presume it’s bottle, not breast?

    Hope the babes soon feel safe enough to venture out from under the telly – ‘proper’ photos soon, please! We’ve got a new cat too, imaginatively called Blackie. Beat that!

  3. ada says:

    Congratulations to the proud parents of the girls, fric and frac. And may you have many enjoyable days (and nights).

    And I enjoyed your humour!


  4. trev says:

    bless you K for reminding me that life’s greattest pleasures are often found in its simplest details. Trev

    ps what about Puccini for a cat name?

  5. Tracyb says:

    Glad you are back! My first pet was a kitten when I got married. I lost it the first day I had it, or so I thought. The stinker crawled up inside a dresser and was all comfy among the clothes! She came out eventually!

  6. cj says:

    If it’s any consolation, every cat I have ever had (and I’ve had a few) has spent at least three days cowering beneath/behind a piece of furniture before deciding that we were not after all cat murderers.
    good luck with your new arrivals.

  7. Batty says:

    It’s normal for them to cower under the couch or what have you for a couple of days. Then, it took ours a good month or two to really feel comfortable around us and come up for cuddles. Now, they’re snuggly pests and very hard to dislodge.
    Your kitties are adorable. Can’t wait to see what names you come up with!

  8. Kathy Kathy Kathy says:

    Oh Hai. There you are. And JJ and the cats. Mine are a brother-sister team. Their names are Teddy (or Gary, his evil twin) and Musette. I had Teddy for a several weeks before settling on the name. I don’t think either one likes their name. T.S. Eliot said cats actually have 3 names. They are the one you give them, the one their mother gives them, and their real name. I suspicion that Musette’s real name might be Claws.

  9. knitting-cat says:

    I am soooo glad that you are back! I was worried.

    Anyway, the more you hold the kitties as babies, the more you will be able to hold them as adults.

    They are really cute.

  10. Linnea says:

    Good to hear from you! And, the kitties are darling. The names Fric and Frac immediately reminded me of Click and Clack, the Tappit Brothers (from NPR) and I must say, their markings are ever so slightly like oil from cars… Sigh. I’m melting here. Sweet kitties.

    Hey, I have a duck that would match them quite well, and who needs a good home after my parents declared a moratorium on their own ducks. The little guy is from Prague and is probably tired of hanging out by himself in the hallway. Shoot me a note if you’d like yet another addition to the Brouhaha family.

  11. Robin says:

    Welcome back! You have been missed! I am a veterinarian in the US, California to be exact and interestingly I have a good friend who had two male kittens with the temporary names of Fric and Frac. So there is a connection of sorts. These boys are doing well and are 1 year old. Can’t wait to see your kitty knits
    Robin in California

  12. Amy crawls out from under the pile of textbooks to comment on this post says:

    Ha! I love the little kitties. Since there are two you should name them after a famous pair. Fred and Ethel, Barney and Thelma Lou, Charles and Diana, Sonny and Cher, Luke and Laura, Ross and Rachel, Batman and Robin, Lone Ranger and Tonto, Hootie and the Blowfish…you get the idea. My email address has changed, amylcollier(at)yahoo(dot)com. I gave up the 800 number but still have my cell phone. I’ve missed you!! My best to Mr J.

  13. Joan says:

    Hey kiddo! Glad yer back! Was beginning to think Something Awful had happened on the Canadian Legal Front!
    Phew! What a relief!
    Hopefully you will both be adequately neglectful parents so I won’t have to report you to Kitty Social Services….
    (OK, I admit that last one was really bad….)

  14. Bronwen says:

    I am sure you knew I wouldn’t be able to resist commenting… I am so jealous I could die!
    Hope all is well with you four. Write me sometime, I am back working in Toronto now.


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