Our Surprise

I have been struggling to get on a regular “posting” schedule ever since my move from Minnesota to Georgia last August. As you can imagine, six kids (props to all the so-called “Mommy Bloggers” out there) ensure life is pretty hectic.

I’ve been trying to ease back into a rhythm and post once a week, but I missed this last Sunday. I have a good excuse, lol! Honestly, you would have thought I’d birthed these guys myself, I’m so excited about them.


It’s been one thing after another ever since my arrival here in Georgia.Some of you may know that I fell down my daughter’s stairs shortly after I got here and broke my back. Then I was ill for about a month with “not covid.” Then the holidays came and went.

In March, we moved to a new house, kind of a ramshackle thing on an acre of wooded land. To ease the transition, my daughter promised the kids a kitten. That was “a” as in one. There may or may not have been a promise of chickens, too, but hopefully, everyone has forgotten all about that. For now, anyway!

It was a rough move. Jessica’s friends have been amazing and so many people helped out. We were even homeless for a short while and her friend’s Dad (thanks again, Mike) took us in while a foster family took in Chance after he spent a short stint with a wonderful lady who boarded him. Thank you Taylor and Cole!

We are making the best of the situation and fixing things up and exploring the woods. We even have a secret path and a creek. And a few plantings here and there. We’ve started a “treasure box” above with fun little finds. One of those is a snake skin I picked up thinking it was a bit of trash.

The move was accomplished by Jess and her friends (a big shout out to Tetra!) but we needed so many things and there was so much to be done. It was bad, to say the least.

It has been a long time since I’ve slept on a mattress on the floor. Probably at least 40 years ago!! And now as you can see, my “international” headquarters for Frugal Hausfrau are up and running with assistants and everything! By now, you’ve probably figured out I don’t make my bed, lol!

Frugal Hausfrau’s International Headquarters!!

Friends gave us items, and we shopped Facebook marketplace, but I kept passing this huge garage sale and for a week or so encouraged Jessi to stop by. Finally, she did and my phone rang minutes later…they had kittens!

I rushed over to take a peek, and it was obvious the two kittens left were a bonded pair, so we decided to take both. Then, as we spoke more to the lady, we realized there was a “Momma” cat and the kiddos were still nursing.

You can see where all this is going, amirite? Well, we decided to take in Momma.

Momma Cat

Momma Cat initially had been rescued by the man of the house; she had been living off the dumpster near his work, then shortly after she arrived at her new home, had a litter of kittens.

The family was moving and a local rescue organization was called to capture Momma and her brood and but they hadn’t shown. And Momma was limping. It was just a sad thing, and it seemed cruel to separate the little family. So now we had three cats! And vet bills…


And of course, we were so happy to have them all taken care of (maybe everyone except Chance, who is such a good sport) and it was so good to see little Momma Cat picking up weight and doing better after two rounds of antibiotics.

The vet thought the poor thing was only 10 months old, just a baby, herself.

Poor Momma Cat – she’s only a baby herself.

But then, she just kept getting bigger and bigger…and we speculated. Could she be pregnant? Well, long story short, yes. She could and was. The vet estimated the deed must have happened literally days before we got her.

And now we have six baby kittens, born June 20, 2021. Ironic that it is Father’s day, isn’t it? We can only speculate what the papa looked like. We have three kitties that are variations of grey and white like Momma, one little black one with some burnished rust splotches, one that is a mix of grey, black, white, and brown, and the last, an almost calico.

Just a quick snap as I changed bedding. Babies really need to be left alone with Momma.

We think we have homes for all of them. Cross your fingers. Chance, my deplorable labradorable doesn’t think he can handle any more! 🙂

And the moral of the story here? Always listen to your Mother and do what she says when she says it! And keep in mind, no good deed goes unpunished, lol!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post; I’ll keep you updated with any future cuteness and hopefully, more recipes, soon! Take care!


My much vilified Deplorable Labradorable, Chance



16 thoughts on “Our Surprise

  1. Nancy Sutton

    Thanks for sharing your latest chapter, Mollie. It’s an inspiration to me… what doesn’t ‘kill’ us makes us stronger, lol! And rewards come in unanticipatible (?) packages… often with ugly wrapping, that we would never open up, unless we had to. And, boy, is it true about ‘no good deed’ ! BTW, the wait for your next post makes it more exciting….you are a gift (beautifully wrapped 🙂

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Nancy, that was just the sweetest thing to say, ever! And so absolutely true about the unexpected. If you would have told me a year ago, lol!! 🙂


    • FrugalHausfrau

      Aw thanks Nikki! I do find so much joy in my blog (and the wonderful visitors!) and it’s a great way for me to have a piece of me and not get lost with my new upgraded Grandma identity so it is becoming a priority now that things are settling down! By the way, we are going to start a site for my 10 year old granddaughter to document some of our baking adventures. 🙂

    • FrugalHausfrau

      I think I’m not alone, it’s been a year and half of shake ups for almost everyone. 🙂 I haven’t moved in 21 years, so what was basically three moves in a couple months was an eye-opener!!

  2. Nancy L Janssen

    My goodness, Mollie! I echo what the previous girls have posted; be good to yourself first. As much as I love seeing your posts, it’s more important right now for you to settle in. You have my email if you need to talk.
    Love to you, Jess, and the kids…even the furry ones.

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Nancy, that’s so nice of you! I do love posting, though,,,it gives me creative outlet. Now if only we could get a daughter and six grandkids to like what I want to make!! 🙂 You know how that is, I’m sure! I have pretty much discovered if I have a place to take Chance (like a dog park), my Netflix, and my blog I can get through almost anything. I’m also volunteering at a couple of places which helps me more than I thought it would. 🙂

    • FrugalHausfrau

      I think we’ve turned the final corner. Knock on wood, lol!! 🙂 I think it’s gonna be hard to give up those kitties!!

  3. Such an eventful year for you. I’m glad you’ve found a home and GIVEN a home to momma cat, the twosome and the new litter. Poor long-suffering Chance. I’m sure he’s a GOOD boy and being patient with the new family members.

    Please take your time with your health. Posting should be the LAST thing on your mind. Stay safe and all the best for your continuing recovery.

    • FrugalHausfrau

      He is a spaz but is so good with the babies and the two bigger kittens…he has had the opportunity to see the new babies but honestly seems a little intimidated by them! It’s so funny!

      With posting it’s more about time. I had forgotten when kids are around how there’s never any time for anything even though it seems like we’re doing nothing – it’s like herding cats!! 🙂

  4. Mollie, Life definitely has its ups and downs. I ve been through a few myself these past two years so I completely understand. I would have done the exact same thing with Momma cat and congrats and all the fur babies. I truly hope that all of them find good homes. Sending you huge hugss

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Hi Sophie. I never thought I’d ever have a litter of kittens!! Especially since I think there are too many animals in the world that don’t have homes but what an unexpected joy they are. Probably just what we needed, And we are really anxious to get Momma Cat fixed asap, to say the least!!

      I hope all is well with you, too!

  5. Elizabeth Stewart

    Wow – you’ve had a lot to deal with in the last year! We also moved last summer so I understand the challenges of moving during Covid. I am still adjusting and my friends tell me it takes at least a year so I still have a couple of months yet! Don’t pressure yourself about posting. Take your time, enjoy your family, your friends, your adorable dog and sweet kittens. I will continue to look forward to your posts, whenever you are able to write them!

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Hi Elizabeth, so nice to hear from you and thanks. It IS hard to make a move during covid….and so much more difficult to make connections, too. It was such a relief once I had gotten vaccinated but I imagine any and all of us that have moved during this period might be lagging behind on that year’s time!

      I have gotten out and am doing some volunteer work, too,,,which is always fun and gets me around some adults!! So I am getting settled, slowly but surely. 🙂

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