Friday, December 14, 2018

Unboxing December's CatLadyBox

The theme of December's CatLadyBox was "Meowy Holidays Box"'s what was inside!

Featured Cat Lady Artist Denise Every: Could the Siamese trio and their little mouse friend be any cuter?

Cat Lady Zip Jacket: I gasped out loud when I pulled this out of the box! Love the sequins and soft texture, a hallmark of CatLadyBox clothing items. This will be the purrfect spring and fall jacket in my neck of the woods.

Glitter Cat Travel Tumbler: 'Tis the season for hot beverages, and with this tumbler I'll be toting my peppermint mocha in style!

Sweet Cat Card Holder: Such a smart idea! This compact card holder has several pockets plus the interior opens to hold a little cash.

Meowlidays Tree Catnip Toy: Mudpie and I have been having so much fun with this toy. I thought it would be cute to sit outside her beloved KatKabin to look like she had her very own little Christmas tree, but apparently she doesn't agree because I keep finding it either knocked over or in various places around the house.

Sam the Snowman Catnip Toy: As often happens, this toy was pilfered from Mudpie's toy box and added to our holiday decor :)

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Our Nightmare Before Christmas

Meows from Mudpie!

'Twas 2 weeks before Christmas, and all is not merry at our house.

It all started last Thursday when the oil tank in our basement had to be inspected prior to heating oil delivery, and it failed. (It's been down there since the house was built 67 years ago - go figure!) Mommy is planning to convert us over to gas heat, but I'm fully expecting to become a frozen Mudpie before long.

Then the On Demand feature on our cable box died (the main way we keep up on our shows), meaning Mommy is going to have to deal with the dreaded Comcast about replacing the box.

Last but not least, the toaster oven died. Mommy uses it just about every night for dinner instead of firing up the big oven, so she went to Amazon and ordered a new one instead of searching the stores. It came on Monday and I got this pawsome box in the deal, but the one she ordered is too small and she's sending it back. (Which means she's still going to need to go out among the Christmas shoppers to find the right size.)

Well guess what, Mommy?

I'm. Not. Leaving.

Wherever this box goes, I go, and I suggest you do the same because this place is jinxed! Does anyone wanna adopt us while our house falls apart?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Book Review: A Tale of Two Kitties by Nick Harding

They say in life you’re either a cat person or a dog person.

Nick Harding was neither (although if he had to pick a side he would have chosen the canines, on account of his cat allergies). Then he fell in love with a mad cat lady who forced exuberant kitten Alvin on him, and the adventure began.

A Tale of Two Kitties is the story of Nick’s unlikely trajectory from cat hater to reluctant cat owner and finally to cat lover, via a global investigation of the weirdly fascinating domestic cat world. Nick embarks on a journey of discovery on which he investigates how cats came to rule the world. The story surfs the kitty zeitgeist and takes the reader on a global odyssey through cat history and the modern-day cult of the kitty.

From hipsters using cats to take over the internet, to the richest cat in the world, Nick’s personal cat journey explains how felines have risen to replace dogs as man’s best friend. It’s full of fascinating insights about cat behaviour, cat history and cat evolution.

Nick lives and breathes cats, all in an effort to understand the true essence of his own badly-behaved moggies. It’s a memoir, an escapade, an anthology and a social, natural and cultural history that takes the reader on a romp through our cat planet.

As someone who has been fanatical about cats from the crib, it's hard for me to imagine there are people out there who don't worship the furry little gifts from God, but in A Tale of Two Kitties we meet such a man and then follow his progression into a feline devotee. For Nick the journey begins after he falls in love with a cat lady and together they bring a Bengal named Alvin into their lives. Through their adventures with Alvin and then another Bengal named Barry, Nick immerses himself into the "cat world" so many of us are happily a part of, visiting cat cafes, cat shows, and breeders of exotic cats.

I enjoyed his book very much and learned a lot about Bengals in particular. On the other hand, I have serious issues with the author's insistence on allowing his cats outside even after Alvin's disappearance, and his conclusion that the love we have for our cats is a one-sided relationship. In my experience nothing could be further from the truth. And I was horrified at learning the history of what happened to many household pets in the wake of World War 2. Still, I loved meeting Alvin & Barry, and witnessing all their antics. Anyone passionate about cats will get a kick out of Nick's conversion.

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, December 10, 2018

Christmas Mewsic Moves Me: Part 2

The theme of the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop for the month of December is Christmas music, and this week we're excited to present part 2 of some of our all-time favorite country Christmas classics...

We hope you enjoyed our choices!

Next's a completely Conway Christmas!!!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Nobody Here But Us Elves #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 love buying gifts for my mom. Our tastes are almost exactly alike so I just buy things I like!

2. I have a hard time finding a gift for my dad. All he ever says is he doesn't "need" anything, plus his birthday is just a month later making it even harder!

Mudpie's answers:

3. It's the most wonderful time of the year for cuddling.

4. There's no place like home with Mommy for the holidays.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Fun Feline Finds: Star of Wonder Votive

One of the most aesthetically beautiful websites in the cat blogosphere is The Creative Cat - with creative being the key word. An award-winning blog featuring the incredibly talented artist Bernadette Kazmarski's art, photography, writing, and poetry, all inspired by her lifelong love of the feline form.

One of Bernadette's newest pieces is an item that would make both a beautiful gift for the cat lover on your Christmas shopping list as well as purrfect for your own holiday decor. It's a glass votive etched by hand and finished with a clear label printed from her artwork Star of Wonder...

Photo: Bernadette Kazmarski, The Creative Cat

The Star of Winder votive is only $15 including shipping, and comes with an LED tea light. Don't you think it's stunning?

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

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Happy Bathtub Pawty Day!

Meows from Mudpie!

A quick check of the National Day Calendar shows that there's a special day to celebrate just about anything! For instance, today is National Bathtub Party Day, and the tub is one of my very favorite places to hang out and play!

We thought you might enjoy seeing some photos Mommy has taken of me over the past few years in the bathtub, starting with an itty bitty baby Mudpie back in August 2015. As the pictures progress you can see how I've grown and flourished :)

Do your kitties enjoy tub time too?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Christmas Mewsic Moves Me: Part 1

The theme of the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop for the month of December is Christmas music, something I adore, especially country Christmas music. I still have most of the records I played incessantly as a little girl during the holiday season, and since I bought a new record player earlier this year I can't wait to start playing them again.

Over the next few weeks I plan to share a handful of my all-time favorite Christmas songs, the ones that always bring back special memories.

By the end of my list I'm sure you'll be wondering where Conway is. He'll be getting a Christmas post all his own :) 

Stay tuned next week for Part 2!

Do any of our choices catch your ear?

Monday, December 3, 2018

Blog Tour: Darcy the Dog Who Talked by Liane Carter

Book Details:

Book Title: Darcy The Dog Who Talked by Liane Carter

Category: Adult Non-fiction, 152 pages

Genre: Pets / Memoir (told from dog's perspective)

Publisher: Independently published

Release date: June 18, 2018

Tour dates: Nov 26 to Dec 21, 2018

Content Rating: PG (mild language - such as hell, bloody, damn)

Book Description:

I'd never adopted a dog before. I had no idea what to do and this dog needed someone who did. An abused dog and a clueless human, we embarked on a journey of love, struggles and joy.

"Every abandoned Darcy dog needs a Liane."

- Teresa Roberts, Veterinary Nurse, Hertfordshire, England

To read more reviews, please visit Liane Carter's page on iRead Book Tours.

I don't read a ton of dog books but after reading the author's book about her cat Tammy I was eager to dig into this one as well. For anyone who has loved a pet so deeply that life without them seems unimaginable, this is the book for you. The bond between Darcy and Liane is beautiful beyond words, and the final chapter ripped my heart into shreds. Just like with Tammy, Darcy is written alternately between human and dog, and Darcy is a dog of many words! 

Stories like this make me tempted to take my blog posts and expand them into a book about my own pets. It's such a beautiful way to memorialize these precious beings that share our lives and take a part of us with them when they leave. What better way to keep their memory alive than to share them with the rest of the world in written form? If it inspires just one person to adopt a pet to experience that one of a kind love for themselves, it would be worth the emotional roller-coaster that must come from reliving all those special moments. Thank you, Liane, for sharing the divine Darcy with us.

Darcy lived with us from March 2004 to February 2014. 
Ten minutes with her would have been a present. Ten years was a gift from heaven.

Meet the Author:

Devoted to giving her readers smiles, tears and tension in both her poignant non-fiction and fast-paced fantasy adventures, Liane Carter bares her soul. Author of The Chronicles of Joya, The Dream Devils, Darcy: The Dog Who Talked and Tammy: The Little Cat With A Big Attitude, she has written features and a weekly column for Costa Blanca News, articles for Writing Magazine, and has taught over 150 writing workshops. She pours her innate joy into her books and also expresses it in nature, playing instruments, creating art and dancing.

Connect with Liane: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Snow Blown Tortie #Caturday Art

Meows from Mudpie!

This week I used both the Photo Lab app and PicMonkey to create my snowy artwork. Are you worried about me? I may look frigid but I'm safely inside, not out in the cold!

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 refuse to shop in any big box store or mall on the weekends during the holiday season. Way too people-y for me. I try to do all my shopping weekday afternoons and evenings.

2. A store I wouldn't mind being trapped in overnight is Barnes & Noble.

Mudpie's answers:

3. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas. Mommy is too.

4. I wouldn't touch most wet food with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole. Stop shaking your head at me, Mommy...