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. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Unboxing May's CatLadyBox

The theme of May's CatLadyBox was "Cat Mom's Day"'s what was inside!

Featured Cat Lady Artist: Olive, Rye and Fig's ultra-talented humom Laura Kicey!

Cat Collage Purse: I gasped when I pulled this out of the box. It looks so stylish no matter what you're wearing. I love the versatility of being able to carry it as a clutch or cross-body. (And notice the tortie smack dab in the center?!?!?!)

Cat Mom Necklace: This delicate necklace is such a sweet and simple way to advertise your most important role in life.

Cat Mom Tattoo Set: I haven't tried these out yet...but one day!

Catnip Teddy Bear & Purrfect Greeting Card Toys: The bear is so cute I'm temped to add him to my small teddy bear collection. Mudpie especially loves the crinkle of the card, and I love the purple kitties on the back!

Blooper time!
Oh, am I in the way of your photographing the box?


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Spelling M-U-D-P-I-E In Song

We need to start out by thanking our friend Cathy Keisha for introducing us to the Curious as a Cathy Mewsic Moves Me blog hop. Ever since we decided to participate a couple weeks ago by doing CK's "getting to know you" meme using only song titles from one artist or band, I've found myself listening to more music than I have in a long time, something that's been missing in my life. In my teens and early 20's music was one of my greatest passions, and rediscovering that passion has been a real joy.

This week's theme is "your choice" so we're going to participate in last week's challenge, which was spelling out your name using song titles. M-U-D-P-I-E to the tune of classic country from the 70's and 80' we go!

M- Meet Me In Montana-Marie Osmond & Dan Seals. No particular reason, but I've always loved this song.

U- Unwound-George Strait. King George's first big hit!

D- D-I-V-O-R-C-E-Tammy Wynette. When I was a little girl there was nothing I loved more than rocking a pair of shorts and cowgirl boots while belting out Tammy Wynette songs. This was one of my favorites, although I'm sure I had no idea what it meant. (My parents have photographic proof of this somewhere...hopefully it's permanently missing.)

P- Pancho & Lefty - Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard. This is such a great story song, and the video is like watching a mini western movie.

I- I May Never Get To Heaven-Conway Twitty. Any musical challenge we do on this blog will always include Conway. He's "it" for me in every way, and if I was ever told I could only listen to one artist's music for the rest of my life, I wouldn't even need to give it a second thought. This particular song is one of my top 5 favorites of his, and it went to #1 on the Billboard chart on my 2nd birthday in 1979! I chose this video of him performing it on Hee Haw because he's so insanely sexy in it.

E- Eleven Roses-Hank Williams Jr. I'm not a huge Hank Jr. (or Sr.) fan but I do love this song. It was a very different sound for him.

Who else is ready to give this challenge a shot? 
We'd love to hear what you come up with!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Meet the Cats of the Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries by Alannah Rogers

It’s supposed to be the happiest time in 64-year-old Beatrice Young’s life—she’s finally planning a wedding to marry the man of her dreams. But when a shocking surprise shows up at her bridal shower, she knows a heinous villain is determined to ruin everything.

As the amateur sleuth scrambles to send out invitations, choose the perfect dress, and design the menu, her enemy is one step behind, spoiling every single moment in the most fiendish ways possible. Thankfully, Beatrice’s best friend the sheriff is hot on the case as well as maid of honor-zilla Zoe, who won’t let ANYTHING stand in the way of the bride's happiness.

In the end, the stalker’s fatal weakness might be the perfect opportunity for Beatrice’s four crime-fighting cats to save the day and turn a nuptial nightmare into wedding bliss.

This novella is the 14th in the Beatrice Young cozy cat mystery series and the purrfect choice if you only have an hour or so to spend reading on a busy day.

There's nothing but joy for Beatrice as she's getting ready to remarry the love of her life, until a box containing a grisly gift arrives at her bridal shower. This event throws her into the thick of a perplexing mystery once again, and it's up to Beatrice and her beloved felines to save her upcoming nuptials...if she manages to stay alive that long! I love how Beatrice's cats play a major role in everything she does, especially crime solving. Each story in this series is a rollicking adventure and I only hope the senior sleuth never decides to slow down!

In the Beatrice Young cozy cat mysteries, 64-year-old amateur sleuth Beatrice has 4 cats who help her solve crimes and track down bad guys in her small town of Ashbrook, New Hampshire. The series starts out with just Hamish and Lucky; Petunia and Simon join the series later on. Here, in their own words, they tell you all about themselves:

Hamish: Hi, I'm Hamish--a Maine Coon cat with golden eyes. I was here first and now somehow I've ended up with 3 cat siblings. We all get along okay, though I'm my owner Beatrice's #1. Helping her solve crimes is a lot of fun but my top priority is always to protect her. She is always ending up in scrapes and it's up to me to prevent tigers from eating her, bad guys from poisoning her, and a million other things! Protecting Beatrice is a full-time job but she's my best friend, I would never in a million years wish for anything different. Except for when she dresses me up in costumes; I could really do without that.

Lucky: I'm Lucky and I'm Beatrice's #1. Hamish likes to think he's #1 just because he got here first but I secretly think Beatrice likes me best. I'm a small black cat but what I lack in muscle I make up for in being able to sneak into small spaces and spy on people in dark rooms. Hamish is the brawn and I'm the brains of the operation. My favorite thing in the world is snuggling up on Beatrice's chest with my head under her chin. I don't even mind when I get put in costumes, I get more attention that way!


Petunia: I'm Petunia and I am the most beautiful cat in the world! I'm a fluffy Himalayan, all creamy fur with tawny paws and ears and the bluest eyes you've ever seen. My main occupations are eating, looking pretty, and napping. Sometimes I help Beatrice with her sleuthing if she's in a real fix but I usually prefer not to get my paws dirty. It's not work fit for a lady! Beatrice rescued me from one of the bad guys she was hunting down and I much prefer my new life. I have my own feather bed in the sun and all the treats I want--what could be better?

Simon: Hi, I'm Simon and I'm the best cat ever! I'm a year old, which means I'm so much stronger and faster than all those other cats. I'm smart too, and I help Beatrice solve every single crime ever! Beatrice is my best friend and she likes me the best because I'm the cutest and most useful cat. She could probably get rid of those other 3 cats and we'd all be happier! Anyway, Beatrice rescued me from a bad guy and taught me how to follow her everywhere without a leash. I love roaming around with her. Car rides are my favorite. Did I mention I'm a ginger cat and I'm the most handsome cat ever? It's true!


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