Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Fun Feline Finds for Halloween from Etsy

Meows from Mudpie!

On Monday Mommy started pulling out some of our Halloween decorations. Even though she already has more than she could ever use she's always looking for more, and one of her favorite places to shop for Halloween goodies is Etsy. There are so many creative people out there creating pawsome kitty items, and we thought we'd share some of our favorite finds (for both humans and cats) with you today!

We hope you enjoy our Halloween picks, and don't forget, if you find something here you like and make a purchase using our affiliate links, I get a little money for my piggy bank!

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Makeshift Pillow #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Judging by my selfie today you might think I'm an abused kitty, with no soft place to lay my head.

Over the summer I spent lots of time in the kitchen soaking up some rays, and I knocked over this bag of plastic cups Mommy was saving (don't ask me why, she's weird) to make a pillow. 

This really isn't unusual behavior for me. I love to have my head resting on something and I don't always choose the most comfy looking objects. 

Have you ever used a weird object for a pillow or bed? Tell me I'm not the only one!

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

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Watching the Leaves Fall #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. I'm usually a night owl but sometimes I can be coaxed into going to bed early by Miss Mudpie.

2. A new show (or book or food) I like is Big Sky. I started watching because Reba joined the cast. I'm enjoying her storyline but haven't really figured out the rest of it yet. 

3. I would like to skip the main course and jump right to dessert.

4. I haven't gone to the local fair since 2013. I remember the year exactly because it was right after I adopted Truffles and I saw Toby Keith.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Totally Random #PetPhotoFails

Meows from Mudpie!

Thank you for joining us for this month's edition of the Pet Photo Fails Blog Hop! We can't believe how fast September has zoomed by compared to the endless summer months!

My photo fail this week was taken over the summer after Mommy came home from a grocery run. She had picked up a package of my favorite treats and I was super excited. I kept teasing for more to no avail, and finally I knocked the package off the table and curled up next to it. 

Mommy thought it would make a super cute picture, but it doesn't do a very good job at telling the story, does it? It's just a really lousy photo :( 

That's my fail, let's see yours! 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

September 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 September for this freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop...

55 Years Ago - 1967, My Elusive Dreams, Tammy Wynette & David Houston

One of my all-time favorite country songs, with a heartbreaking twist at the end...

50 Years Ago - 1972, I Can't Stop Loving You, Conway Twitty

Conway put his own unique spin on this country classic...

45 Years Ago - 1977, I've Already Loved You In My Mind, Conway Twitty

Conway's inspiration for writing this song was President Jimmy Carter's infamous Playboy interview in which he admitted to lusting in his heart...

40 Years Ago - 1982, What's Forever For, Michael Martin Murphey

35 Years Ago - 1987, She's Too Good To Be True, Exile

We hope you enjoyed our choices this month!

Let us know if you have a favorite.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Mudpie Interviews...Soji from Mollie Hunt's Tenth Life Cozy Mystery Series


This summer, there’s trouble brewing at the Cove County Fair! 

Camelia Collins, Ocean Cove’s most recent resident over seventy years of age, is all set to go to the fair! The smell of the popcorn, the roar of the crowd, the Ferris wheel and the pony shows—things she remembers from childhood and looks forward to experiencing again.

But something’s up at the Cove County Fair. Camelia’s new friend Alice, keeper of an aging tiger, is murdered, and the tiger goes missing. Who did it? A rogue band of aggressive animal activists seem like the obvious culprits, but they deny the act.

Only one entity knows the truth—the ghost cat Soji, but will the capricious spirit decide to come forward before someone else dies?

Mudpie was very excited to have the opportunity to interview Soji, the feline star of this series. We hope you enjoy meeting her!

Welcome, Soji! Thank you so much for chatting with me today. Could you start by telling us a little about yourself and how you came to meet Camelia? After all, you ghost...

Soji: What to say? I Soji. Does not everyone know? But since you ask so nicely, I tell. I do like to speak of myself.

I, the spirrrit manifestation of one long-dead. Here my history, as written in the Ocean Cove Museum in the room of my name:

Soji was born around the turn of the twentieth century in one of Ocean Cove’s original homesteads. It is said she lived to the ripe old age of thirty-two. When she passed, her owners were so devastated, they laid her to rest in the back yard under a flat river stone engraved with the words, ‘Now Gone To Her Tenth Life, Beloved Soji.’

Everyone agrees she was black, though some say she was big and long furred like a Norwegian Forest cat and others say slim and shorthaired. In her manifestations as the Ocean Cove Ghost Cat, she always appeared misty white, as might be expected of a phantom. Many claim to have witnessed her, and our archive is fortunate to have photographs.

The property on which she was buried was sold during World War II. Sometime after that, the original homestead was razed and a new house built, but the stone remains to this day.
And of the human Camelia? Her coming to live in my home coincided with danger. Though I not manifest for many decades prrrevious, only I could save her life.

What made you decide to spend your time in the afterlife solving crimes?

Soji: Not a decision but a calling. Some say I come back to right great wrongs. I, the Joan of Arc of cats.

Do you have any interaction with living kitties, such as Camelia's tuxie Blaze?

Soji: The living cat Blaze is my frrriend. He is warm against my cold. I am feline, after all, and do enjoy a cuddle.

I read that you're the 7th black kitten of a 7th black kitten. What does that mean?

Soji: Yes, it is true. That rare lineage makes me immortal. I not know about it when alive, but found to my surprise that even after death, I still here. Now I free. I come and go at will, stalk through walls, appear out of thin air. I do miss chasing mice, for I have no need to eat. Sometimes I still do it for fun. To be a ghost cat is supreme!

Can you give us any clues as to what's next for you?

Soji: Christmas is coming…

About the Author:

Cat Writer Mollie Hunt is the award-winning author of two cozy series, the Crazy Cat Lady Mysteries and the Tenth Life Mysteries. Her Cat Seasons Sci-Fantasy Tetralogy features extraordinary cats saving the world. Mollie also pens a bit of cat poetry.

Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, the Cat Writers’ Association, and Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA). She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats.

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Just Hanging Out #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

I'm just hanging out on the table, patiently waiting for a squeezie, using the arm of the couch as a foot rest...

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