Aww, olddude, sorry you've been abandoned. Some cats is just fickle, or else they have an agenda that doesn't match the human they're supposed to be with. Maybe Wilma told betty to take off, eh? ;-D
Becca, the boys are fine, sneaking in five-second bats at the tree ornaments - takes about five seconds for them to get noisy enough for husband to notice and bellow at the guilty party. Then they either 'hide' behind the tree, or under a wooden chair and stare fixedly at him for another five minutes.
As for feral new kitty, I am ready to grab and package whenever my friend makes it down, which should be soon. I just hope the new owner has enough patience for this little kitty, because a new place is going to put it in a fit of the skitties, for sure.
I sure understand how people end up out in the country with two dozen ferals living in their back forty. It isn't a good thing, necessarily, but I see how it happens. :(
Kat, yup. :-D