Monday, July 22, 2019

Whose Voice Is Best? #MewsicMovesMe

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is songs by your favorite American Idol or The Voice contestant. To be perfectly honest, I've never watched either show one single time, but a quick YouTube search revealed a couple contestants who chose Conway songs recently so I checked them out. These are my thoughts...

Mudpie says HER voice is best!

Just this past season Gyth Rigdon performed Conway's Goodbye Time on The Voice. I'll let you decide, but it doesn't speak to me. He's just too young to convey the meaning of the song.

Here's Conway's classic performance from 1988's TNN Music City News Awards. The emotion he puts into this song takes my breath away, and the audience reaction when he launches into the chorus gives me chills. He won the Living Legend Award on this particular night with his whole family, even his mother, in the audience.

Back in 2015 Barrett Baber put his own spin on I'd Love to Lay You Down. This one I like...

but it still can't compare to the original. Be still my heart.

Are you a fan of American Idol or The Voice?
How do you feel when a contestant chooses one of your favorite songs/artists?

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Too Cute to Handle #SundaySelfies

Can you help me take my Sunday selfie this week, Mommy?

I'm too pooped to do it myself.

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

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Rainbow Tortie #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. I have been contemplating getting a new laptop. This one is 5 years old and a Windows 7, believe it or not. When I bought it I was trying to avoid getting an 8 because I didn't feel like tackling the learning curve, but now at work I'm using a 10 so I'm tempted to upgrade.

2. I want to write a book about cats. No specific topic in mind yet, but of course it has to be cat-related.

Mudpie's answers:

3. People should worry less about going to work each day and more about spending time at home with their cats.

4. I want to make the world a better place by being my adorable self. It's really not that hard.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Unboxing July's CatLadyBox

The theme of July's CatLadyBox was "Bad Cats"'s what was inside!

Who can spot Mudpie snoopervising?

Featured Cat Lady Artist: Erin Carpenter

Bad Cat Meowfia Shirt: The color of this shirt is just purrfect and so is the image. I can imagine it's going to receive some attention when I wear it!

"Cat Mama Needs Wine" Wine Glass: This is one impressive wine glass, but if I ever filled it and drank every drop you likely wouldn't hear from me for a couple weeks! I kind of feel sorry for the cat mom who needs to drink that much! LOL 

Cat Bandages: These will likely remain in my bathroom unused...they're too darn adorable to bleed on and toss away!

Meowfia Cat & Jimmy the Jailbird Catnip Toys: Poor Mudpie. I confiscated the Meowfia toy for my cat stuffie collection. She's been enjoying the little jailbird though, especially the ball and chain hanging from his foot.

Can I have my toy back now, please?


Not a subscriber yet? Visit CatLadyBox today!

Interested in purchasing individual items from past boxes? You can do that too!

Disclosure: I receive a discount on my CatLadyBox subscription as a thank you for my monthly review. Regardless of compensation received, we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Mudpie Interviews...Bun from J.M. Griffin's Jules & Bun Mystery Series

Meows from Mudpie!

Last week we presented a brand new cozy series, the Jules & Bun mystery series by J.M. Griffin. I was hoping to interview the adorable Bun at the same time as our review but his important detective work kept him hopping (HA! Get it???) and he wasn't able to get back to me in time. I'm excited for you to get to meet him today!

Welcome, Bun! Thank you so much for chatting with me today. Could you start by telling us a little about yourself and how you came to live with Jules?

I'm thrilled by your invitation, thank you. I'm a black and white Dutch rabbit. I don't speak Dutch, I'm just that breed of rabbit. Back a few years, I lived with a very mean woman. I called her Mental Margery. You see, because I can communicate by telepathy with humans, not all of them, but some, I would try to talk to Margery. At first she brushed off my attempts and then became obsessed with the idea that I was the spawn of Satan, because rabbits aren't supposed to talk. Which, mind you, is a purely human misconception. Jules hears me just fine and we have wonderful conversations. The animal rescue people saved me from Mental Margery after they received a call her abusiveness. I don't think I would have lasted much longer if I hadn't been brought to Fur Bridge Farm where Jules took care of me and brought me back to the splendid rabbit I once was.

What is a typical day like for you?

Jules feeds me the very best food throughout the day, we shop together, I join the other rabbits for exercise and then I get to relax. When Jules and I happen upon a dead person, that's when life gets interesting.

You and Jules share a very special relationship thanks to how you're able to communicate with each other. How did you discover these special powers? 

I think I was born with them since I've always communicated with humans, especially children, but don't tell anyone that, will you.

How do you feel about sharing Jules with her menagerie of rescue rabbits? 

The rabbits are my pals, but only I get to live in the house with my own room. That began when the rescuers brought me to Jules for care. She worried that I might die, so she kept close watch on me in the house. The first week or two that I was there, she slept on the sofa to be nearby should I need something. I never have to worry about sharing Jules, we have an unbreakable bond.

Do you ever manage to get into any mischief with them? 

I do like to encourage Walkabout Willy to escape the confines of the rabbit yard so he can go walkabout. Shh! Don't tell Jules, though. I'll be in real trouble then.

What will readers find in the debut of the brand new mystery series you star in, Left Fur Dead?

Malice, mischief, a sheriff who is always upset with us, and you'll even get a chance to see how well cared for us rabbits are. Oh, and you'll read about my superpowers, too. Jules can'y solve a mystery without my superpowers.

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

In Who's Dead Doc?, book two of the series, Jules and I become involved with Bun nappers, the murder of a cold blooded blackmailing woman, and hare raising situations.

Thanks again for inviting me to stop by for a chat.

Juliette “Jules” Bridge prides herself on the tender rehabilitation she provides for injured or abused rabbits on her New Hampshire rescue farm, but she has a very special relationship with one bunny in particular. Bun is a black-and-white rabbit who happens to have the ability to communicate through mental telepathy. Once she got over the shock, Jules found her furry friend had a lot to say.

One frigid March morning on their walk together, Bun spots a body. The police identify the frozen stiff as Arthur Freeman, aka Arty the Mime. Jules and Arty knew each other on the children's party circuit, where he’d perform magic tricks and she had an educational rabbit petting pen. With Bun egging her on, Jules decides it’s time they hop to it and put their heads together to discover who silenced the mime. But their investigation leads them down a rabbit hole of more suspects and lies, while a killer sets a trap for them.

This post contains affiliate links.

Monday, July 15, 2019

July 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 July for this freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop...(this month's selections aren't in chronological order because Conway comes first, of course.)

35 Years Ago - 1984, Somebody's Needin' Somebody, Conway Twitty

Two things strike me about this video - first, I would give my right arm to be on the receiving end of the ridiculously sexy smile at 1:45, and if you watch through to the very end he reaches down to shake someone's hand (I assume a female fan) and she nearly pulls him off the stage! Who can blame her???

50 Years Ago - 1969, I Love You More Today, Conway Twitty

"We've already done the things he plans to do
So don't be surprised if late at night 
I'm in your dreams with you."

Classic Conway...

30 Years Ago - 1989, Cathy's Clown, Reba

Probably my all-time favorite country music video. Reba sure made a beautiful saloon girl.

30 Years Ago - 1989, What's Going On In Your World, George Strait

40 Years Ago - 1979, Amanda, Waylon Jennings

Let us know if you have a favorite this month!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Cat Sitting #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

We have a guest selfie this week and I am *not* happy about it. Not one single bit.

Mommy is going to be cat sitting this little priss pants that lives next door for the next THREE weeks! Do you realize how much time that's going to take her away from moi? And would you believe Mommy said when she lets neighbor kitty sniff her fingers she scrunches up her nose and backs away? Mommy belongs to ME and my scent belongs on her fingers! 

Mommy says I should feel sorry for her, and how would I feel if she left me home alone for 3 weeks, but I don't care. I'm thoroughly disgusted by this turn of events and will rant if I want to!

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