Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday Memories: Truffles' 5th Gotcha Day

Five years ago today I adopted Truffles. There's no happier day than the day a new fur baby arrives, and I still remember picking her up at Petco, bringing her home and her settling in like she was always meant to be there.

She was so young, we were going to have so much time together...but that wasn't meant to be.

She's been gone for over 3 years now and I still have a hard time fathoming the little bit of time we had together. Would I have brought her home that day if I'd known the heartbreak to follow? Without a doubt.

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

The Dance, Garth Brooks

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Tortilicious #CaturdayArt

Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!

And now our weekly answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

Mudpie's answers:

1. I am going to love when fall arrives so I can cuddle in blankies again with Mommy.

2. Once in a blue moon, I eat wet food. It's a sore subject at our house.

Mommy's answers:

3. I want to be more patient. I completely missed the line when it was being handed out.

4. I have a large collection of Conway music. Anyone surprised? Didn't think so. Latest count is close to 80 records, 60 CDs, 40 singles and 30 cassettes. Then there's countless photos, magazines, DVDs, shirts, and other various collectibles. The Conway stuff in my house is only outnumbered by cat stuff!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Unboxing August's CatLadyBox

The theme of August's CatLadyBox was "MEOWNOCHROME"'s what was inside!

Featured Cat Lady Artist Zoe Bones: Zen of Cat print

MEOW Throw Pillows: I need to pick up some pillows so I can use these because they are SO cute and stylish!

On Caturdays, We Wear Cat Shirts! T-shirt: This is probably one of my favorite CLB shirts, but the truth is, I wear cat shirts most days!

Kitty Cat Planter: I have a black thumb when it comes to plants so this is going to hold pens on my desk.

Ross the Sloth Catnip Toy: I may have slipped this out of Mudpie's toy box to add to my own stuffie collection...don't tell her, okay? (Or do you think she already knows?)

Catnip Fluff Puff Toy: These are Mudpie's favorite kinds of toys to both bop around and use as a soft, furry pillow!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Our 7th Blogoversary!!!

Meows from Mudpie!

Seven years ago today Mommy started our blog as a way to chronicle her reading life along with a little about her love of cats, but as we're known to do, the kitties took over.

Through Tara, then Truffles, and now little ol' me, our online friends have laughed and cried with us, and created a community of cat lovers that we cherish more every day. The outpouring of love Mommy received following the passing of Tara and Truffles meant more to her than she will ever be able to express, and the welcoming arms you all greeted me with when I much luckier can a kitty get than to go from homeless to social media star???

Some stats that astound us: to date we've published over 2,500 blog posts and received nearly 1.5 million page views!!!

Pet blogging can be hard with way too much sorrow and loss, but in the end the good outweighs the bad. Even after 7 years we (well, Mommy...I haven't even been alive for 7 years!) look forward to sharing our lives with you each day, and if you don't mind maybe we'll stick around for awhile longer?

Niptinis for everyone are on the house!!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Book Review ~ Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective by A.B. Greenfield

An egotistical royal cat and his dung beetle sidekick track a jewelry thief in this hilarious new series set in ancient Egypt.

Can a lazy cat and a dung-obsessed beetle really crack a mystery? Ra relishes his role as the Pharaoh's beloved—and spoiled—cat. So when an amulet goes missing from the palace, Ra has no interest in solving the mystery. He would rather enjoy his snacks and nap in the warm Egyptian sun. But Ra's friend Khepri, a wise and industrious scarab beetle, insists on investigating in order to save the young servant girl who has been framed for the crime. Once Ra gets going, he decides that being a Great Detective isn't so bad; in fact, he doesn't mind being hailed as “Protector of the Weak and Defender of Justice.” The comically mismatched duo is on the case!

A cat and a dung beetle team up to solve a mystery in ancient Egypt - can you think of a more unique and fun way to bring a love of history to children? I became completely entranced in this story from page one and easily could have read it in a single sitting but forced myself to put it down every now and then to make it last!

Ra the Pharaoh's Cat lives in the lap of luxury and prefers to do nothing but nap while waiting for his next snack delivery. His best friend is a dung beetle named Khepri whose own personal snack choices obviously disgust Ra, but Khepri is hoping for a bit more excitement in his life. It comes when lovely ladycat Miu asks for their help clearing the name of her friend, a little girl who has been unjustly accused of stealing a valuable amulet and is at risk of being executed. Ra is reluctant to get involved but is finally guilted into assuming the role of Great Detective with Khepri riding shotgun - literally - as his sidekick. While investigating they uncover palace intrigue among both the two and four-legged residents before uncovering the unlikely culprit.

I loved everything about this story - the setting, the adorable lead characters, their hilarious banter, and the sweet illustrations by Sarah Horne are just the icing on the cake. I only hope Ra and Khepri have many more adventures ahead of them because I already want to spend more time with the dynamic duo again! Ra the Mighty is feline fun for children of all ages.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. As members of the Amazon Associates affiliate program, if you click on our links and buy something Mudpie gets a little money for her piggy bank!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Squirrels and Dogs and Birdies, Oh My!

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is songs with animals in the could we not participate? I'll say right up front that I'm embarrassed by the absence of cat songs. Apparently cats and country music don't mix!

At first I thought I was going to have to let Conway sit this one out (*gasp*) because he didn't record a single (country) song with an animal in the title, but then I found this one going way back to his early rock days. It got to #35 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 1960.

My guy got a shout out in Honey Bee, a 2011 hit from Blake Shelton...

If you’ll be my Louisiana
I’ll be your Mississippi
You’ll be my Little Loretta
I’ll be your Conway Twitty

Speaking of Blake Shelton, I love last year's I'll Name the Dogs...

When I was a little girl I used to think this song was hilarious. I still do! 

You can't have a list of country songs with animal titles without at least one song about horses!

Do any of our choices catch your ear?

Do you have a favorite song with an animal in the title?