Saturday, May 26, 2018

Purple Haze #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. It is a long weekend so hopefully that means extra Mommy time.

2. The best part of last week was receiving the Kitty Kick Stix toy I won.

Mommy's answers:

3. Every summer, I count down the days until it's over.

4. Once upon a time, a little girl was born with a passion for cats. The older she gets, the stronger it grows.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Yummy Yogurt #PetPhotoFails

Meows from Mudpie!

Today we're super excited to be joining our sweet friends Paisley, Webster and Miss C from The Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles for the inaugural edition of the Pet Photo Fails blog hop!

I've mentioned before how much I love tasting Mommy's Greek yogurt. It's pretty much my favorite treat and wherever I am in the house I come running when I hear her spoon scraping the yogurt cup. Sometimes I even sit in front of the fridge and ask for some!

The other day Mommy was giving me some yogurt from her finger when she missed my mouth and got a glob on my nose! I was eating so excitedly that I didn't even notice, and all Mommy wanted to do was snap a picture, but by the time she grabbed the camera I was in full clean up mode.

These are the resulting uncropped, badly lit, blurry bloopers... (Can you see the yogurt on my nose?)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kitty Kick Stix Fun

Meows from Mudpie!

A few weeks ago I got an email from our friends at Three Chatty Cats letting me know that I'd won their giveaway for a Kitty Kick Stix. I was super excited because I think I'm just about the only blogging cat that didn't get to try one out!

The day Mommy brought it in with the mail she dropped it on a chair and went into the bathroom, only to come out and find me half on the chair dragging the package onto the floor myself. Hey, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

I couldn't get my paws on the toy fast smelled SOOOO good! Mommy was able to get a quick video of my initial reaction. She thinks it's so cute that I just keep nuzzling it. A couple weeks later, that's still what I do! I don't kick it like you're supposed to, I just rub myself all over it.

You know what else I discovered? The wrapping paper the toy came in is purrfect for rolling around on too!

Many thanks to Dexter, Olive, Sophie, Woodrow, Harley, mama Rachel, and of course Kitty Kick Stix for the pawsome toy! I love it!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Fab Five: Our 2017 Cat Writers' Association Certificates of Excellence

It was November 2013 that I was accepted as a Professional Member of the Cat Writers' Association, and I wrote then that it was a dream come true. I still have a file folder in my desk filled with articles I printed out from the CWA website dated 2006. Back then I studied the membership requirements and made a vow to myself that one day I would become a member of this exclusive group of cat writers. It took me another 5 years to start blogging, and even more time after that before I realized my true blogging passion was cats. What else could it possibly be?

Even after being honored with a membership, the idea of ever winning a coveted Muse Medallion was so far in the back of my mind it was practically non-existent. I still had much work to do on honing my craft. Still, you'll never know if you can achieve something unless you try, so with the knowledge that Truffles' tragic passing inspired some of the best writing I'd ever done, in 2016 I decided to dip my toe into the water and enter their annual writing competition. Entries in each category are reviewed and judged independently by three professional CWA members and their scores are averaged by the Contest Chair to determine the winner. Anyone earning an average of 90 or higher based on the scores submitted by the three judges receives a Certificate of Excellence, with the highest score winning the Muse Medallion.

I entered the Blog/Any Other Topic category, and not only won a Certificate of Excellence, but also the Muse Medallion...on my very first try!!! Last year I entered our blog again and didn't earn a Certificate. I was disappointed, but it made me all the more determined to work harder and write better.

This year I decided to veer away from the blog category and select individual articles to submit in a variety of categories, just to see if I could measure up to so many other amazing cat writers. You can only imagine my shock to receive an email in late March announcing that I had won FIVE Certificates of Excellence!!! These are the articles we won them for, and why each one is particularly special...

* IV.1 Short Story My Visit to the Rainbow Bridge: A Short Story

This is my favorite thing I've written since Truffles' Remember Me post. The idea popped into my head and the story just poured out of me, then I spent about 3 weeks perfecting it. I cried while I wrote it, and I still cry re-reading it. I don't think of myself as a very prolific short story writer (yet) so I'm tremendously honored to be a contender in this category.

* VII.2 Online Article: Health & General Care Mudpie's Vaccination Scare… And what we'll do differently next time

In the months since writing this I've had so many people tell me that they've saved it and used it to ask their vet about their own pet's vaccine protocol. As pet blogger, that's music to my ears, even though I wish we hadn't had to go through the experience in order to write about it.

* VII.5 Online Article: Any Other Topic A Decade of Tortitude: The Magic & Mystique of my Heart Cats

Torties just don't get the love or attention that they deserve (in my opinion), so any chance I get to use my platform to tell the world how amazing they are I'm going to take!

* VII.5 Online Article: Any Other Topic 5 Ways Catios Make Cats Happy & Healthy

This one is special because it's the rare sponsored post where I wrote in Mudpie's voice. This Certificate is hers!

* VII.6 Online Column The Purrfect 10 
The Purrfect 10: Things to Know about Microchipping your Cat
The Purrfect 10: Ways to Keep your Cat Properly Hydrated
The Purrfect 10: Fascinating Facts about the Devon Rex

I've had so much fun researching and writing these Purrfect 10 posts, and my list of future topics to cover just keeps growing and growing. I like to think I know a lot about cats, but when you're passionate about something you're always eager to learn more, and that's what happens with every topic I choose.


Muse Medallions will be given out at the Cat Writers Conference in Houston in June. I'm certainly not planning to win any because the competition is stiff, but just being a contender is an incredible honor!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Tortie Shorties Meets Mewsic Moves Me

Confession time - for the past couple months I've been in a bit of a reading slump. It's not that I haven't been enjoying my usual diet of cozies, it's just that I've been reading too many of them, one right after another, and eventually they all started to resemble each other so much that I was having a hard time staying awake while reading.

I knew I needed a change, and it came in the form of a pair of books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for far too long. This post is a bit different from our typical Tortie Shorties Book Reviews, but it also segues into our Mewsic Moves Me choice for the week, a blog hop we're having a lot of fun with!

I'm going to assume that most people have heard a Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn duet at some point as they were the most successful and most awarded male/female duo in country music history. Both were superstars on their own, and when they collaborated over the course of 10 studio albums it was pure magic. It's no secret by now that Conway makes me melt into a puddle, and Loretta has always been my mom's favorite singer, so Conway & Loretta were practically an institution for me growing up.

The Conway Twitty Story: An Authorized Biography was released in 1986 and I have a first edition hardcover! (Used copies of both the hardcover and paperback are selling for pretty crazy amounts but I'll never part with my copy!) He never had chance to write an autobiography, and he was such a private person that he probably wouldn't have anyways, so I'm very thankful for this book which is comprised of interviews with him and his inner circle. I found myself respecting him even more as a person, not just an artist, after reading it. He wasn't like so many country singers of that time, hard partying, getting drunk or stoned, landing in jail. He was a family man who worked hard for everything he achieved and never took his success for granted or let it change him. He ended up working until the day he died.

Still Woman Enough is actually Loretta's second autobiography, released in 2002. The first, Coal Miner's Daughter, became an Oscar-award winning movie that I've seen dozens of times. I have the paperback book that my mom received from a friend to read while she was in the hospital recovering from a C-section after having me! Loretta has had an incredibly difficult life filled with pain, loss, and a husband who treated her terribly that she still remained loyal to. Many of the stories in this book she never would've been able to tell if he were still alive. Her life has been what country songs are made of.

Conway & Loretta were never romantically involved, but Loretta always said they were soul mates. Their story came to a heartbreaking end in June 1993 when Loretta's husband was in a Springfield, Missouri hospital recovering from open heart surgery. Conway, on his way from Branson back to Nashville, made plans to visit them in the hospital, but became a patient there himself when he collapsed on his tour bus from an abdominal aneurysm. Loretta's memories of their final moments together were heartbreaking. There's no other explanation for the chain of events but that they were meant to be together one last time.

This video is from an early '80s TV special. I'd give my right arm to have had him serenade me like that!!!

Today Loretta isn't in the best of health herself. She's 86 now, had a stroke last year, and then fell and fractured her hip earlier this year. I hope she's still with us for years to come but when it's her time I have no doubt Conway will be the first to welcome her with a hello darlin' in that unforgettable voice.

The theme of this week's Curious as a Cathy Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is "songs about remembering or forgetting." The song I chose is I Don't Remember Going Crazy from Conway's 1988 Still In Your Dreams album. For some reason it was never released as a single, but it's so beautiful.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Purrfect in Pastel #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!

Mommy's answers:

1. Happiness is a book in your hand and a cat in your lap.

2. Cat love is the best medicine.

Mudpie's answers:

3. Ten years ago, I don't think my birth mom was even born yet!

4. Most people don’t know that I don't like Mommy to rub my tummy. I let my grandma do it, but usually kick Mommy's hand away.