A Cross Stitch, New Kitties, and Two Smoking Needles


I am now the proud owner of two new cats ~ well, kittens, really ~ they’re three months old, and litter mates. I’m going to name them Charlotte (which means “freedom”) and Margaret (which means “pearl”). I love naming my pets somewhat improbable names, and Charlotte and Margaret were the most improbable but beautiful names I could think of. Plus they have great meanings, and names with good meanings are important to me.

I adopted them from a PetsMart near me, and they are both a bit shy around strange people and places. So I’m keeping them in the bathroom, as that’s the smallest room in my apartment, and hopefully there will be less in there to frighten them. I’ve put a bowl of food and another of water in with them, and a litter box should they feel safe enough to venture out of the carrier long enough to use it if the need arises. .

Aren’t they beautiful? Charlotte is a lynx-point Siamese (Siamese-tabby mix) with blue eyes, and Margaret is a grey and white tabby with greenish-brown eyes that seem to change colors depending on the light she’s in. Charlotte is more shy than Margaret. They’re huddled up together in the back of the carrier at present, and Charlotte is squished behind Margaret. Anytime I glance in on them, Margaret looks up at me and hisses as if to show me how brave she is. It’s very sweet.

I’ve been working very hard on my cross stitch, and making great progress on it. The frustrating thing is, twice in the last three days I’ve lost a needle. I’m really excited and glad about the progress, but I can’t be losing needles right when I bring home two new cats! Needles and cats definitely don’t go together. So I’ve been frantically praying that God would show me where they are, or just plain bring them back to me before either Charlotte or Margaret has a chance to come in contact with them.

My most recent WIP.

About sarahjesusnlily

My name is Sarah Abigail Kuriakos. I come from a background of extreme child abuse, and it almost destroyed my life. My mother tried to kill me while I was an infant, my father threatened to kill me if I told anyone what he was doing to me, and I tried suicide nine times as an adult. Fortunately, God had other plans, and none of the attempts on my life succeeded. The purpose of this blog is to chronicle the progress I'm making as God heals me from my childhood, while making sure that God is glorified in the process. I'm a voracious reader, and I enjoy crocheting, doing counted cross stitch, and creating art. I also enjoy playing with my cat Lily, listening to Christian music, and watching movies. My favorite books are, first and foremost, The Holy Bible, then Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, The Count of Monte Cristo, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I also love Christian apologetics. The most important thing in my life is knowing and serving Jesus Christ, and telling people about His great love for them. People need to know that God loves them!

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  1. Hi Sarah!

    Are these your new kittens? They’re lovely.

    Warm regards Helen

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    • Hi Helen:

      They are my new kittens. WordPress published the photo as a blog post, when all I was trying to do was include the pic in a larger post. So I pulled the post/photo back and made it a draft again, so I can publish with the written content I had originally intended to include.

      I agree, they are beautiful. I’m naming them Charlotte (the Siamese/tabby mix) and Margaret (the grey and white tabby). Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get close to them as yet. They’re about three months old, and very shy and skittish around strangers, and of course I’m a stranger to them. So all they’ve done thus far is hiss at me (Margaret) and hide (Charlotte).

      I’m worried they’ll end up not liking me. Could you please pray that God removes their fear, and makes them love me?


      As soon as I finish the post ~ with photos included ~ I’ll be publishing it.

      I’m glad you like my new addition! Meow!



      Sent from my iPad


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      • Hi Sarah, Hi Helen!
        Yes the little kittens are very lovely. So happy you were able to get them. Are things going a little better now? If they are still fearful, you might want to try reading to them while they are in bathroom. Reading is a good way for them to get used to you without expectations. Here is hoping Charlotte and Margaret feel safe very soon.

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  2. Hi Kim,
    Yes, things are moving along, slowly but surely. Charlotte is the more timid of the two, and I haven’t seen her at all. But Margaret, who I’ve dubbed Margaret the Brave, came out last night (actually early this morning) as I was getting ready for bed.

    I was in the kitchen preparing my medications so I could take them, and I heard a rustling in their litter box. So I peeked around the corner, and there she was. Only this time, she didn’t run and hide like she had been doing. Both Charlotte and Margaret have been hiding behind the litter box, I’m assuming because of its easy access for when they need to use it, but also because it completely hides them from my view. But this time, instead of jumping behind it like she had done previously, when she saw me, she just stood and looked at me.

    So I started talking to her quietly. I told her how pretty she was, how much I loved her, how glad I am that she’s living with me now, how brave she is that she’s not hiding from me, etc., etc., etc. And then she actually got out of the litter box and started walking very slowly toward me.

    Oh joy!

    So I kept talking to her very softly and she kept on walking toward me, until she reached a halfway point between the litter box and me at the entrance to the kitchen. Then she stopped and sat down, and just stared at me for a long time. Then after a while she walked into the living room and disappeared.

    But she didn’t run away and she didn’t hide, so I figure we’re making progress, and that excites me a great deal. I thank God for that!

    Thanks for your thoughts and your suggestions. I think reading to them is a great idea. I’ve seen pictures online of kids reading to cats in animal shelters, and it always looks so sweet. The cats always look like they’re enjoying it, and the kids look they’re really loving it as well. So I will definitely start doing that with my girls. You’re brilliant for suggesting it, Kim.

    Love you lots, and you too Helen.

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    • Ha ha Sarah, Once when I went outside: low and behold there was a cougar and it did the exact same thing Margaret did(it was using our sand pile as a litter box). He turned around walked a little ways to me and then sat down in that way cats do when they want to stare at you, then wrapped its tail around its paws. We had that stand off for a few moments then he got up and left. Isnt it funny how felines are so much the same! And its great Margaret is ahead of schedule 😉

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  3. Thanks, Kim! Yup, it is interesting, and pretty amazing too, how all cats seem to be so similar, regardless of species and/or size. What that says to me is that God recognized a good thing when He saw it, so He spread it around. He is SOOO SMART, is God!!

    I’m glad Margaret is ahead of schedule too. I just hope she continues along the same vein. I’m really longing for the day (or rather, night) when they’re both sleeping on my bed.

    I’m glad you like my cross stitch! I’m having so much fun with it. It brings me a great deal of joy to work on it, and to spend time figuring out what colors to use where. I really love how it’s turning out.

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