Monday, August 19, 2019

Root Beer Floats By the Jukebox #MewsicMovesMe

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is a playlist in which the first letters of the songs spell out ROOT BEER, in honor of the birthday of Charles E. Hires (1851-1937), the first commercial brewer of root beer.

I don't drink much soda but I do enjoy a can of root beer every now and then, particularly in the form of root beer floats. I especially love the A&W Restaurant chain with their car hop service because I firmly believe I was born too late and should've grown up in the 1950s. 

We had a lot of fun putting this playlist together! I added notes to a few of my favorites.


R- Ride Me Back Home, Willie Nelson

I'm going to stun everyone and start with a Willie Nelson tune this week. I've never been a huge fan, but my former next door neighbor was as obsessed with him as I am with Conway. The title track of his latest album, Ride Me Back Home, is an homage to the horse. Did you know dozens of rescue horses live on Willie's Texas ranch?



O- Over Thirty (Not Over the Hill)Conway Twitty

Songs like this are one of the many reasons women loved Conway so much (and still do).
He never recorded a song that put a woman down, and he understood us in a way most male singers don't.



O- Oh, Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison


T- That's the Way Love Goes, Merle Haggard



B- Baby I Lied, Deborah Allen

I've loved this song since I was a little girl...



E- Everytime You Touch Me I Get High, Charlie Rich

I must say, if Conway didn't already completely own my heart, this guy might have had a good shot at it. Such a beautiful voice.



E- Every Light in the House is On, Trace Adkins



R- Raining On Sunday, Keith Urban



We hope you enjoy our choices this week!
Let us know if you have a favorite!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Good Mews #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Thank you all so much for the purrs and prayers for my grandma last week. They worked! She had a recheck of her bloods (how much more are they going to take?) and it was purrfectly normal. She doesn't need to go to the blood specialist now. 

Geez, they had me scared that if I scratched her (by accident, of course) she would spring a leak!


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

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Black & White Beauty #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 15andmeowingand Four-Legged Furballs!

1. I love it when it starts to get dark earlier in the evening. It means fall is coming sooner rather than later!

2. I know it’s time to pull out Mudpie's favorite blankies when she starts eyeing my lap. That hasn't happened yet, unfortunately.

3. Others come to me when they need a cat sitter. Not professionally, just for friends and neighbors. I just finished taking care of my next door neighbor's kitty while she away for a month! Mudpie is glad that job is over, and I must admit that I am too.

4. We should never take a single day for granted. We aren't guaranteed a thing in this life - all we have is the moment we're in. My Uncle Don used to say it was a good day when you woke up "on this side of the dirt." In the back of my mind I couldn't help thinking there's no certainty of going to bed tonight on this side though. Each moment is precious.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Book Review/Giveaway: The Time for Murder is Meow (A Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery) by T. C. LoTempio


Crishell "Shell" McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt's pet shop, the Purr N' Bark, and do something she loves.

While getting the shop ready for re-opening, Shell is asked to loan her aunt's Cary Grant posters to the local museum for an exhibit. She finds the prospect exciting―until a museum board member, who had a long-standing feud with Shell's aunt, votes against it. When she discovers the board member dead in the museum, Shell becomes suspect number one. Can she, her Siamese cat Kahlua, and her new sidekick―her aunt's Persian Purrday―find the real culprit, or will her latest career go up in kitty litter?


Who would think that a high profile actress who moves to a small town in Connecticut to take over her late aunt's pet shop would be a completely relatable and likable character, yet that's exactly what Shell McMillan is! Unfortunately the first days in her new home take a wayward turn when she crosses paths with museum board member Amelia Witherspoon, and soon after finds the difficult woman dead. Amelia had a long-standing feud with Shell's aunt and had blocked the use of her extensive collection of movie posters for a museum exhibit, but that's only the tip of the iceberg. Many people in town had reason to want Amelia dead, and since the spotlight seems to be on Shell, it's up to her to find the real culprit.

Shell isn't alone in the hunt as she's quick to make friends with fellow shop owners and even welcomes her former co-star to town who is more than eager to lend a helping hand. The stars of the show though are Shell's Siamese Kahlua and the Persian she inherits from her aunt, Purrday, who points her in the direction of some very important clues. Kahlua and Purrday don't exactly get along at first, but I have a feeling they're going to be partners in crime before long.

I must admit that I managed to pinpoint the killer early on by catching a slip of the tongue that Shell missed, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book a single bit. I adored the cats (of course), the descriptions of Aunt Tillie's Victorian home and especially her collection of movie memorabilia. I look forward to seeing what's ahead for these characters once the Purr N' Bark reopens under Shell's ownership.





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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Spoiled Much?

Meows from Mudpie!

One of my favorite places to hang out, either to play or snooze, is in the bathtub. It's nice and cool in the summer, and toys are really fun to bop around in there too. It frustrates me when Mommy gets it all wet to shower or take a bath, so she has started laying a towel down in one end after she uses the tub so I don't get wet.

I'm not spoiled a single bit...you would do anything for this face too, wouldn't you?

Monday, August 12, 2019

August Retro Country Rewind #MewsicMovesMe

This spring we premiered our new mewsic feature "Retro Country Rewind," a look back at favorite songs that hit #1 during that month from 30, 35, 40 plus years ago. We were so happy that you guys seemed to enjoy it! Now let's take a look at August for this freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop...


45 Years Ago - 1974, As Soon As I Hang Up the Phone, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn

Conway wrote this song, and it turned out to be one of his and Loretta's biggest hits. It's a spoken word/sung duet, and when they recorded it Conway was in one room on the telephone while Loretta was in the recording booth. When they did the song live in concert one would be on stage, the other off stage, singing into telephones. It was even a #1 hit in South Africa!!!



35 Years Ago - 1984, Mama He's Crazy, The Judds

Well, there are men, but ones like him
Are few and far between

Hmm...I wonder who that line makes me think of?



35 Years Ago - 1984, Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream), The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band



30 Years Ago - 1989, Sunday in the South, Shenandoah

This song almost makes me wish I lived in the south...except for that whole heat and bugs thing...



30 Years Ago - Timber, I'm Falling In Love, Patty Loveless

One of my all-time favorite female artists...



Let us know if you have a favorite this month!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Out of Focus But Super Cute #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

This week my grandma helped me take my selfie (which is why it's slightly out of focus! MOL)

It's okay though because today is grandma's birthday and I love her *SO* much! 

Would you mind not only wishing her a happy birthday, but sending her a few purrs and prayers too? She just got a clean bill of health at the doctor except for one thing in her blood work that he was a little concerned about, and has ordered further testing on. We kitties worry about our humans, especially the older ones!

Thank you!


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