Sunday, August 7, 2022

'Tis the Shedding Season #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Every morning when Mommy goes out to feed the birds, squirrels, and neighbor kitty, I'm waiting for her when she returns so she can hold the door open for me for a few minutes. 

That's when this selfie was taken, and it's obvious from the loose furs showing that she hadn't taken time to "do my hair" yet! (During the hot, humid weather she brushes me 3-4 times a day!)

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

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Cutie in a Coffee Cup #CaturdayArt

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

And now our weekly answers (all answered by Mommy this week) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

1. The highlight of my summer so far has been Christmas in July and seeing Halloween merchandise appear on store shelves.

2. August is a good time to start scouring stores for new Halloween decor.

3. Political discussions often get me into trouble.

4. I start sneezing every time I try to dust. So I dust as little as possible!

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Shifting and Shenanigans by Elizabeth Pantley - Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway


Paige and her adventurous Aunt Glo inherit a country inn from eccentric GeeGee. They pack up and hit the road, arriving at the charming place they both loved since childhood. Finally! They can get into the secret room in the basement that GeeGee kept locked! They discover it’s a wonderful library filled to the brim with mystery books. But more than the room was a secret – it’s a magical place that houses enchanted books. Paige and Glo find themselves smack-dab in the middle of a murder mystery, along with a motley group of book club friends. The club will need to work together to solve the case in order to get out of the book and back to their home.

Author Guest Post

Cruising Vicariously through My Cozy Mystery

I love to cruise and have taken many of them in my life. We dragged our kids on a number of them until they were old enough to beg us to stop. Then we continued to cruise as a twosome or with friends.

I love the idea of settling into my own cabin with all my belongings. It’s great to stop at new ports of call and visit interesting places yet return to my own sanctuary at the end of the day. I love the vibrating excitement of life onboard. The pools, restaurants, piano bar, promenade, game rooms, and the glittering shops and art galleries are a wonder for the senses. It’s all very exciting and fun.

Since the pandemic hit, I’ve given up cruising. But I miss it! What’s a writer to do?

Planning a Vicarious Cruise

When writing the outline for the second book in the Magical Mystery Book Club, I pondered the perfect setting when it hit me – a cruise ship! I could take a cruise without ever leaving home, based on my vivid memories of all the ships I’ve traveled on.

I sorted through photos and reminisced about my favorite trips. I loved the adventures in Alaska, but my favorites are tropical – warm sunshine and sandy beaches call to me. My daughter and her family just returned from a trip to Hawaii and loved it. I’d never taken a Hawaiian cruise so set my scene there.

I spent the next week pouring through cruise websites and reviewing Hawaiian excursions. Then outlined a 7-day trip for my book club members.

The characters had a magnificent time. Well, not counting finding a dead body, but other than that! Even though it’s all in my mind, I got to take a Hawaiian cruise after all! Now I’m looking forward to doing it in real life. I just hope there are no vampires on board . . .

About the Author: 

Elizabeth Pantley says that writing the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic book series is the most fun she’s ever had at work. Fans of the series say her joy is evident through the stories she tells. Elizabeth is also the internationally bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the beautiful inspiration for the enchanted Destiny Falls world.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

2022 Cat Writers' Association Certificate of Excellence

The last two years have been very unproductive writing years for me, so when the time came to choose my entries for the 2022 Cat Writers' Association Communications Contest (for Contest Year 2021) the pickings were pretty slim.

A highlight of 2021 was being asked to write for Jackson Galaxy's Cat Pawsitive Pro program. It was a pawsome opportunity to work with people who are making such a huge difference in the lives of cats. The cats I wrote about completely stole my heart, especially a sweet pair named Bob Meowly and Ebony.

I entered From Fast Friends To A Forever Home At Roice-Hurst Humane Society in the Written Article: Rescue & Advocacy category, and I'm so excited to announce we won a Certificate of Excellence for the article! While I may have only submitted one entry this year, I couldn't be happier that it's for a special project that I was so honored to be a part of.

I can hardly believe that in 6 years I've now won 16 Certificates and 2 Muse Medallions. Never in my wildest dreams did I think such a thing was possible when I joined the CWA back in 2013. Cats are my greatest passion and being recognized for my writing about them is truly a dream come true.

Monday, August 1, 2022

August Retro Country Rewind #MewsicMovesMe

It's been a few years since we premiered our mewsic feature "Retro Country Rewind," a look back at favorite songs that hit #1 during that month from 30, 35, 40 plus years ago. In this new year we'll be delving into #1 hits from 1972, 1977, 1982, and so on. Let's take a look at August for this freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop...

45 Years Ago - 1977, Rollin' with the Flow, Charlie Rich

40 Years Ago - 1982, Nobody, Sylvia

40 Years Ago - 1982, Fool Hearted Memory, George Strait

35 Years Ago - 1987, One Promise Too Late, Reba

35 Years Ago - 1987, Long Line of Love, Michael Martin Murphy

35 Years Ago - 1987, Why Does It Have To Be, Restless Heart

We hope you enjoyed our choices this week!

Let us know if you have a favorite...

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Caricature #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Mommy ran my picture through the Caricature effect on Photofunia and look what it did to me! I look like an old man with a beard!!! 

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 would rather hear nails on a chalkboard than a lawnmower.

2. The best part of summer is when it's over.

Mudpie's answers:

3. I wouldn't mind if the hots disappeared. I'm ready for cuddles!

4. If I could create one rule that everyone in the world had to follow, it would be treating animals with kindless, love, and respect.