Saturday, September 22, 2018

Caturday Art


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


And now our weekly answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

Mudpie's answers:

1. The last time I panicked was Wednesday night. It was very late and I was batting my favorite new crumpled piece of paper across the floor, when it landed under the portable air conditioner!!! I tried to be very adult about it - I analyzed the situation by looking under the AC from all angles, even behind it, but my little arm wasn't long enough to get it out! Thankfully Mommy saw what had happened, and after oohing and aahing over how adorable and smart my reaction to the tragedy was, she moved the AC to free my toy.

2. My favorite word is LOVE.

Mommy's answers:

3. Loving cats isn't simply what I do. It's who I am.

4. Tough times are a blessing in disguise. They teach us to appreciate the good times more...at least that's what I try to tell myself.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Fall Must-Haves from Triple T Studios

Mudpie and I can hardly believe that fall is finally knocking on our doorstep. This has been such a hideously long and hot summer here in Vermont (the 2nd hottest in history) that at times it seemed like we might never be able to cuddle again. Thankfully the last few days have felt heavenly chilly and Mudpie has already asked me to pull out her Santa blankie, which I was more than happy to do.

With fall comes a reemergence of my favorite cozy things - cocoa, hoodies, and snuggling with my fur baby while I read or watch TV. It's a time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays of Halloween and Christmas. It's also a time to think about updating your cold weather wardrobe and planning your holiday shopping list!

With that in mind, here are our fall picks for both cat ladies and their feline friends from one of our favorite online shops,  Triple T Studios...









Sleeping Cat Night Light with Remote



Cotton Rope Cat Bed



Halloween Bat Cat Scratcher



Halloween Cat Toys

Are you ready to go shopping? 
What's your favorite thing on our list?

This post contains affiliate links.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Meow Like A Pirate Day

Pirate Mudpie is very protective of her toy box...


(Please don't tell her she's way too cute to ever be scary...)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Exciting News from Author Gwen Cooper

Last week I had the exciting opportunity to chat on the phone with Gwen Cooper, author of Homer's Odyssey, Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat, Love Saves the Day, and the Curl Up with a Cat Tale series. Gwen asked us to share some exciting news about her brand new release, My Life in a Cat House.

Here's what you need to know, straight from Gwen!



MY LIFE IN A CAT HOUSE comes out on October 30th, and I'm donating 100% of my royalties on all pre-orders and first-week sales (through November 4th) to Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in Raleigh, NC. Also, if you pre-order a copy of the book from your local bookstore (including chain bookstores, like B&N), you can enter to win a visit from me! Just email me at gwen@gwencooper.com with your name, your city/state, the name of the bookstore you pre-ordered the book from, and the number of copies you pre-ordered. Each pre-ordered copy counts as an entry, so if you buy two you double your chance of winning! And, of course, the more people who pre-order in the same town, the likelier that the winner will be in that town--so call your local bookstore TODAY, and get your friends to pre-order, too!

Online pre-orders from Amazon, etc. will not count for contest entry unless you pre-ordered online September 16th or earlier. I will, however, make the same 100% donation to Blind Cat Rescue regardless of where the book was ordered/sold.

Please take note -- for your donation and contest entry to count -- if you pre-order the book from your local bookstore, you then must actually go to the store and purchase your pre-ordered copy or copies between October 30th and November 4th. If you pre-order but don't buy and the bookstore has to ship their copy back, I will get charged for that out of my royalties, and it will take money away from the Blind Cat Rescue donation.

I'm also looking for a SMALL group of people to help me out in rallying pre-orders/donations to BCR. This SMALL group of people will get my private email address and home phone number (as we'll be in touch quite a bit), and whichever one rallies the largest number of pre-orders in their area will also get a personal visit from me. Anybody who's interested in being a part of this (small) group of Homer's Heroes can contact me at gwen@gwencooper.com. :)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Jukebox Junkie

In addition to being a country girl I've always enjoyed the early rock & roll music of the late '50s and early '60s. (This is one of the many reasons why I love Conway so much...he's the best of both worlds!) I'm crazy about that whole era and have often felt that I was "born too late."


While I was in the market for the Victrola record player I bought this summer, I was not in the market for a new CD player...until I saw this Victrola Retro Desktop Jukebox CD player. As far as I'm concerned, Conway's music just belongs on a jukebox, and I knew it would make the purrfect addition to my collection. In fact, back in 1990 he was one of the inaugural 10 artists inducted in the Jukebox Hall of Fame on the occasion of the jukebox's centennial birthday!

It arrived on Friday and I love it even more than I thought I would. It is SO impressive looking and the sound is amazing.


Instagram limited me to one minute, so here's the whole song I posted. It's one of my favorites because it shows how unreal his voice was.



Some of you have said you really enjoy Conway's rock music, so here's a few more songs you would've been likely to hear on a jukebox back in the day!







There will be loads of sounds from that era coming from my jukebox because in addition to having 95% of his country catalog on CD and vinyl, I just bought this amazing 8-CD, 202 song box set that encompasses his entire rock career...Mudpie's poor little ears!!!


Do you love the nostalgia of a jukebox as much as I do?

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Autumn Is For Torties #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!

Mudpie's answers:

1. Being ridiculously adorable is hard work.

2. If all the love I receive was worth money, then I would be rich.

Mommy's answers:

3. I am proud of this article I wrote about torties for the Cole & Marmalade website. Cole and Marm have 2 new adorable tortie sisters, Jugg and Zig Zag, and after they shared my article again on social media this week it has practically gone viral!

4. If I could time travel, I would (re)-visit the 1970s and 1980s when Conway was dominating the country music world. I was born in 1977 so I was alive during much of this time, but I was just too young for it to have any meaning for me, like it would today. Now I would give anything to go back to those days.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Unboxing September's CatLadyBox

The theme of September's CatLadyBox was "Glitz and Glampurr"...here's what was inside!


Featured Cat Lady Artist Mandy Lau: Mandy is a fashion illustrator and I just adore the fashionista felines on this card!!!

"Cat Hair" Laundry Hampurr: This laundry hamper is almost too cute to put dirty clothes in! I'm thinking about using it to store other things...once Mudpie is through with it, of course. (More on that next week!)


Shiny Cats Scarf: Simple and stylish, this navy scarf with sparkly cats goes with any fall outfit.

Pretty Cat Earrings: I don't have pierced ears so these little darlings will probably be some lucky friend's Christmas gift!


Cat Bling Rings: As much as she loves playing with anything and everything, Mudpie has never gravitated towards milk rings, but I'm hoping these cute cat head-shaped rings will catch her attention once the weather cools off enough that she feels like playing again.

Posh Peacock Catnip Toy: The feathers on this toy caught Mudpie's attention before I even pulled it from the box! It was a total home run.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Case of the Mysterious Shrinking Bed

Meows from Mudpie!

Do you see a problem here?


For comparison, this picture was taken in March 2016. The bed fit me purrfectly back then with room to spare! Do you know what could've happened?!?!?!


Note from Mommy: Before you start thinking I'm a horrible cat mom allowing Mudpie to sleep in such discomfort, I've tried replacing the bed with a larger one and she refuses to use it! I put the pink donut bed back down and she jumps right in...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

9/11: We Remember


I don't think you realize how fast time goes by until you think back on something as monumental as 9/11 and can't believe it happened 17 years ago. Everything about the world as we know it changed that day and it's nearly impossible to remember life before.

I don't have a compelling 9/11 story. It was just an ordinary day, but it was a beautiful day, the sky just as clear and blue in Vermont as it was in lower Manhattan. I went into work for 9, turned on my computer, checked out the news as I always do, and read reports of the first tower being hit. I immediately picked up the phone and called my mom to tell her to turn on the news. Then my boss called out from his office that the second tower had been hit. My co-workers and I all went into his office because his was the only computer able to stream live video and everyone immediately understood the gravity of the situation. Somehow we managed to get back to work, but as the Pentagon, Shanksville, and the collapses happened we all gathered together again.

At lunchtime I went to the grocery store and a television was even set up in there. Everyone was so quiet, just going through the motions. I went home, turned on the news, and didn't turn it off for days. I became a news junkie, watching as we lost our innocence and became a nation at war.

Every year since the television airwaves are flooded with memorial specials, and I watch them all. I don't ever want to forget the horror of that day and how our lives changed because of it. Time marches on and we can't live in the past, but allowing ourselves to forget the magnitude of what happened can never be an option.

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"And on this day, in the year 2001, deals were made high in the sky, meals were bought and eaten on the move, trains arrived, keys were cut, clothes were bought and returned, thousands came and went, and the nation enjoyed the final night of peace." 
The Fox Report with Shepard Smith, 9/10/03

Monday, September 10, 2018

Two of Mudpie's Biggest Fans

Meows from Mudpie!

Yesterday was Grandparents Day, and appropriately the theme of the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop this week is songs about grandparents and/or growing older.

As you can see in these photos, I'm especially close to both my grandma and my grandpa. They both adore me (naturally) and I feel the same way about them!



I asked Mommy to help me pick out some songs to fit the theme...here's what she came up with!

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Too soon you'll see how suddenly tomorrow becomes the past
Life's too short no matter how long it lasts.




You Are To Me, from Conway's final album, makes me tear up every time I hear it.
It's the story of an overheard conversation between an elderly couple as they lament getting older.
It's incredibly beautiful, and delivered as only he can.



A few more...







Do any of our choices catch your ear?

Sunday, September 9, 2018

D*&% Music #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

I was in the process of taking the purrfect selfie when a car went racing by blasting crappy music that annoyed the heck out of me and ruined the moment! I guess Mommy's country music isn't so bad after all...


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

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Happy Birthday, Mommy!!!

Meows from Mudpie!

Please join me in wishing Mommy a purr-fect birthday today!


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. September is the perfect month for a birthday. I was supposed to be born in late August and was quite overdue. Fall is my favorite time of the year so apparently I wanted to be born during an autumnal month, not during the summer!

2. This month, I am looking forward to the months ahead. As a fan of cold weather, Halloween and Christmas, I live for September through December!

Mudpie's answers:

3. My morning routine always includes lots of kisses from Mommy.

4. I have a love-hate relationship with wet food. I love to hate it! (MOL...sorry, Mommy!)

Friday, September 7, 2018

Fun Feline Finds: Cat Food Tin Cosmetic Bag

It's been quite awhile since we featured a Fun Feline Find, and this is one of the cutest and most clever cat-related items I've ever seen...


It's a zip top cosmetic bag shaped like a cat food tin, complete with a pop top to raise the lid!


These adorable bags measure 5.1 inches in diameter, and are available in yellow, blue or green. They're currently on sale for $18 including shipping through online retailer Apollo.

This is not a sponsored post and I'm not being compensated in any way for featuring this product.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

What Are You Looking For, Mudpie?

Note from Mommy: We need to apologize for the poor quality of these photos. They were taken very late at night, but when Mudpie started digging through one of her toy boxes, obviously looking for something in particular, it was so adorable I couldn't help snapping away.




Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Book Review: The Trouble with Truth (A Gourmet Cat Mystery) by Kathy Krevat


Things are looking up for single mom Colbie Summers. After relocating back to her California hometown with her adolescent son and taste-testing feline, Trouble, shes ready to take her gourmet cat food company to the next level. Until helping a teenager gets Colbie mixed up in a fresh case of murder

Trying to balance her hectic family life with her growing business including a coveted contract with the local organic food store leaves Colbie scrambling to keep all her balls in the air. But when a Sunnyside resident is found dead in his garage, she takes on a new role: harboring a suspected killer.

The eighteen-year-old murder suspect, a former foster kid and Colbies part-time chef, had a powerful motive to snuff out the high-profile businessman. The real question is, who didnt? Sifting through the victims sordid history unearths a cats cradle of crimes, including money laundering and abuse. Now, to clear an innocent girls name, Colbie must sniff out the truth before a killer who smells trouble goes on the attack again.


Trouble the cat's tummy troubles led protagonist Colbie to cook for him which resulted in her starting a gourmet cat food company. Now Meow-io Batali Gourmet Cat Food has been accepted into a chain of stores! With her business quickly expanding, one of Colbie's new hires is an 18 year old girl named Mira, once part of the foster care system and now the writer of a screenplay about her experiences during that time. The last family she lived with isn't very happy with what she's written about them and demands that she put a halt to the play, so when her former foster father is found dead, Mira becomes the main suspect. Colbie knows her friend and employee isn't a killer and once again gets drawn into solving a murder, soon discovering there's no shortage of people who wanted the wealthy builder dead.

Sleuthing is only part of what Colbie has on her plate, as her young son Elliott's estranged father makes an appearance now wanting to be part of his life. She is also officially dating the farmer next door, Joss, and his doorbell ringing chicken Charlie once again provides lots of comic relief. A strawberry stealing rabbit is an adorable addition to the story, but of course it's Trouble who steals the show, as cat characters are known to do. At its heart this is a mystery series that focuses on a family, flaws and all, and I look forward to spending time in their cozy little world again soon.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher 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, September 3, 2018

Happy Birthday Darlin'

Our freebie topic this week for the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is birthdays, specifically mine and my #1 guy's.


This past Saturday, September 1st, would've been Conway's 85th birthday, and this coming Saturday the 8th is my special day. I've always loved that our birthdays were exactly a week apart.

Each year on my birthday I don't need to hear the traditional "happy birthday" song. Nope, my day isn't complete until I hear Happy Birthday Darlin', his 23rd #1 record from 1979's smash Cross Winds album...



I thought it might be fun to take a look at the three #1 records Conway had in 1977, the year I was born...

I Can't Believe She Gives It All To Me - #1 on January 22nd



Play Guitar Play - #1 on May 7th

(This song is notable in that it's Conway's only "criminal" song...a theme that was very popular during the 1970s outlaw movement in country music. Conway would never be mistaken for an outlaw...the only thing he stole was hearts!)



I've Already Loved You In My Mind - #1 on September 24th



Earlier this year I was combing through Newspapers.com on a free trial, and imagine my shock to find an ad from my local paper announcing that Conway performed here in Vermont in May 1977!


My parents didn't go to the concert because of a family wedding that weekend, but mom likes to joke that given the the way I've always felt about him, if she had attended his concert while pregnant with me I probably would've been born on the spot just hearing his voice. She's most likely right!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Perplexed #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

You may notice today's selfie looks a lot like last week's, but I promise it was just taken yesterday!

Now that temps have fallen (temporarily, unfortunately) I'm practically living in the screened bathroom window. If you need me for anything, that's where I'll be!

(Wednesday hit 97 degrees, Thursday night dipped into the 40s...what's up Mother Nature?)


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

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Everything That Glitters #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 best teacher I ever had was Mrs. Brownsword. I was lucky to have her as my teacher both in Kindergarten and 3rd grade. She once told my mom that she thought I was a really good writer and encouraged me to do more creative writing. I'm not sure where she is now, but I hope she stumbles upon this blog one day!

2. The worst teacher I ever had was Sister Ursula. 'Nuff said...

3. I recently learned how to burn mp3 and mp4 files to CD and DVD. I'm sure most won't see this as a big deal, but it was a huge accomplishment for me!

4. I think everyone should know how to drive. I didn't get my license until I was 30 and I absolutely dreaded having to do it. Now I love it and can't imagine not having the freedom it provides.