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?

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Abused Tortie #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

You're not gonna believe what I have to tell you today!

Do you see the mop and Swiffer behind me in my selfie today? Mommy made me do ALL the clean-up after my grandma's birthday party yesterday!!! Call the ASPCA! My poor little paws are worn to a nub!

You're not falling for it, are you? I guess I'm not a very good liar...MOL!!!

We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies blog hop!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Happy Birthday, Grandma!!!

Meows from Mudpie!

This is such a busy week for my family! Not only was Thursday my Gotcha Day, today is my grandma's birthday! (Was I the greatest birthday gift ever 3 years ago or what?!?!)

I love my grandma so much, and she thinks I hung the moon too! For my Caturday Art project this week I made her a card featuring a picture of me happily curled up on her lap last winter. I hope she likes it!

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. I have faith in the human race when someone goes out of their way to help an animal in need.

2. Yesterday, I made a blackberry cobbler for my mom's birthday (her request). YUM!

Mudpie's answers:

3. My favorite place to be is anywhere Mommy is.

4. If I was granted one wish, it would be for me and Mommy to be together forever and ever.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Happy 3rd Gotcha Day, Mudpie!

Meows from Mudpie!

We've been taking Thursdays off lately but not this week because it's an extra special day at our house!

Three years ago today my life changed forever when Mommy decided I was the kitty to fill the empty hole in her heart that Truffles left behind. We've told this story for the past 2 years on my special day, but it's a real life "fairy tail" and I didn't think you'd mind reading it again. I know that I never get tired of telling it!

It all began 10 days earlier with a series of photos posted on the shelter website. Mommy says she saw my picture and had the same feeling in her heart that she had the first time she saw Truffles. Still, she didn't want to make a hasty decision so she saved my picture to her PC and tablet and kept looking at it over and over. When she finally decided to call the shelter and ask about me it didn't take long for her to decide that I was the one.

She filled out the adoption application, gathered the needed references, and was immediately approved, but then we hit a bit of a snag. The shelter doesn't typically finalize adoptions before the prospective family meets the pet, meaning I couldn't be placed "on hold" (for lack of a better term) and when Mommy spoke to the shelter on Friday afternoon she learned that another lady had just stopped in and was very interested in me! Thankfully the nice shelter volunteer heard the panic in Mommy's voice when she reiterated that she just couldn't come get me until Sunday (they had already agreed to open the shelter just for us!) and said she'd do everything she could to steer the lady's attention to another cat. (People are just drawn to me...what can I say???)

So on a sunny Sunday morning Mommy and my Grandpa made the hour drive to make our union legal and bring me to my forever home.

She had never been to this particular shelter before and thought it was so beautiful. She especially loved the cat quotes on the walls.

She enjoyed spending a little time with Thomas, the shelter mascot, but her heart was pounding with anticipation to meet *me*!!!

There was a cute little tortie in the front holding room, and at first Mommy thought it was me! Then she was told that I was sequestered in the shelter director's office because I don't play well with others. Tattletales!!!

As soon as Mommy saw me it was all over...I held her heart in my paws!

In no time at all the paperwork was complete and I was on my way home. Mommy rode in the back seat with me and I barely made a peep. We just gazed at each other as well fell completely in love.

I made myself at home the moment I walked in the door, immediately gravitating to the toys set out waiting for me...

...and the pawsome cat beds too! (Geez, wasn't I a skinny, scrawny little thing???) I was totally tuckered out at this point!

The whole day was just a dream come true, one Mommy and I will never forget. Life is pretty darn amazing for this little tortie today. I have a wonderful family who worships the ground I walk on, and loads of friends in the blogosphere who welcomed me with open arms.

Of all the kitties in the world, Mommy picked me. And I thank Cod for her every single day.

Do you remember the day you moved to your forever home?