Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Unboxing November's CatLadyBox


The theme of November's CatLadyBox was Baked to Purrfection...here's what was inside!


Featured Cat Lady Artist: "Morning Loaf" by Jamie Shelman, owner of The Dancing Cat and author of How to Land on Your Feet: Life Lessons from My Cat.

Mod Cats Melamine Bowl Set: I plan to stack these in a corner of my kitchen shelf for decoration. I can't imagine dirtying them up with food!


Cat Potholders Set: I've been known to hang decorative potholders. They're just too cute to risk singeing and staining!

Cat Head Jar Gripper: Not only practical but I adore the plum color.


Catnip Pie Cat Toy: It's about time a kitty with a "pie" name got a pie toy!

Furrrench Bread Catnip Kicker Toy: The hang tag on this toy just killed me, featuring a black cat wearing a French beret. It shows the attention to detail on all CatLadyBox products.


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Monday, November 11, 2019

November Retro Country Rewind #MewsicMovesMe

Earlier this year 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 November for this freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop...


50 Years Ago - 1969, To See An Angel Cry, Conway Twitty

This song was Conway's 3rd (of 55) #1 record on the country charts. His next #1 would be Hello Darlin' in June 1970...the song that catapulted him to superstardom.



45 Years Ago - 1974, Back Home Again, John Denver



40 Years Ago - 1979, You Decorated My Life, Kenny Rogers



35 Years Ago - 1984, I've Been Around Enough to Know, John Schneider


And lastly, in honor of Veterans Day...



We hope you enjoy our choices this week! 
Do you have a favorite?

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Game Time #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Mommy helped me snap my selfie right after we woke up yesterday morning. Bet everyone wishes they looked this good first thing in the morning!

Now let's play a little game...who can spot the photo bomb by you-know-who (aka Conway) in this week's selfie? Boy he's sneaky!!!


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

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Snow Globe #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. Whenever I shop in crowded stores, I get extremely anxious. I start to feel like everyone is closing in on me. It's almost like the people make me feel claustrophobic, not the space.

2. Therefore, the upcoming Christmas shopping season is not going to be fun.

Mudpie's answers:

3. Good things come to those who are ridiculously adorable. Which pretty much guarantees that I get anything I ask for.

4. Closed doors and windows make me grumpy. The season of lounging in open, sunny doors and windows is officially over and I'm not happy about it. Although cuddle season is here, so there's that...

Friday, November 8, 2019

Tickle That Tummy!




Feline Friday is simple to join. All you have to do is:

Post a picture, drawing, cartoon or video of a cat (They may be silly or cute).

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Highlight of Our Halloween

Meows from Mudpie!

If you read our blog over the weekend you know we didn't have the greatest Halloween at our house. There was a huge bright spot though when we learned earlier in the week that we had won a pawsome giveaway from our dear friends at the Four-Legged Furballs.


The package arrived right on Halloween and was the highlight of our day. We received a darling cat o'lantern pillow handmade by the Furballs' incredibly talented grandma, a bookmark drawn by their equally talented mom, and Mommy nearly had a fit over a notebook featuring a tortie in a scene straight out of an Edgar Allen Poe story. (Did you remember that Poe had a tortie named Cattarina?) For a mystery lover like Mommy this was just the icing on the cake.


She also received some candy, and I got a catnip candy corn and Yeowww! pumpkin, which may have left me in such a state that I missed most of the flooded basement drama that was to come as the evening wore on.


We can't thank the Four-Legged Furballs and their wonderful humans enough for the extra special giveaway. They knew exactly what would make Mommy and I purrfectly happy!


Monday, November 4, 2019

Candy, Cats, Christmas & Conway #MewsicMovesMe

It's a freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blop hop and we decided to build a playlist around songs with the word "candy" in the title in honor of National Candy Day, which is today. Hope your sweet tooth is ready!


You probably think I choose topics with a Conway song already in mind. 
You wouldn't be wrong.



As soon as the calendar turns to November it's officially the Christmas season at our house.
This is one of my favorite Christmas songs from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas soundtrack.







Do you have a favorite candy song? Or a favorite candy?

Let us know!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Embarrassing #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

I am SO embarrassed by my selfie this week!!! Mommy snapped it while I was snacking on some treats in bed. I begged her to wait and use it for our next blooper post, but she said it made her smile, she needed something to make her smile after this past week, and maybe some of our friends need it too.

Whatever it takes to make you all happy...


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

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Our Eventful Halloween #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Holy Cod, our Halloween night was absolutely crazy!!! A freak storm passed through and we ended up with nearly 4 inches of rain...a record breaker for our area. Needless to say, our leak prone basement might be dry again by Christmas. We've never had so much water seep in. Mommy even tried to use the wet vac for the first time but couldn't get it to work right and finally had to admit defeat. The sump pump ran every 10 minutes all night long and even now it goes off every half hour or so.

We didn't go to bed until 3 AM because the wind was so bad Mommy feared we'd lose power. We didn't (thank Cod) but our Internet went out for awhile on Friday so she couldn't work from home as she'd planned. The whole thing sure put a damper (HA!) on our Halloween, but made it a very memorable one.


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 never read science fiction or fantasy.

2. I mainly read anything that predominantly features cats.

Mudpie's answers:

3. The beginning of a new month is just like any other day for a kitty.

4. Catnip makes me feel silly. I got some pawsome new toys for Halloween (we'll tell you about them next week) and let's just say I overindulged!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Fun Feline Finds: Day of the Dead Decor

Meows from Mudpie!

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican ancestry. The multi-day holiday (October 31-November 2) focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.

Colorful Day of the Dead statues can be easily found alongside Halloween decorations on store shelves, and over the past few years we've been adding many festive cat statues to add to our holiday decor. We thought you might like to see the pieces from our collection that are on display as part of our Truffles memorial area...



And this is our cluttered Halloween table, predominantly Yankee Candles (from Nordstrom), cat ladies and Lemax Halloween village...


We hope you had a fun Halloween! Now how many days until Christmas???

Thursday, October 31, 2019

BOO!!! Happy Meowloween 2019!


Meows from Mudpie, and Happy Meowloween!!!

It's no secret that this is one of our favorite days of the year, and we're super excited to be joining in the No Tricks, Just Treats for Shelters Blog Hop that is being sponsored by our friends at LLB in Our Backyard. Money will be donated to three worthy organizations for every post in the hop that talks about how we plan to/or have helped a shelter or pet in need.

All of Mommy's kitties have been adopted, including me, so this is a topic very close to our hearts. We try to use our blog whenever possible to show how pawsome rescue pets are. We've donated lots of extra food, treats and toys that I've received to review to our local shelters. We use Amazon Smile when we shop and designate favorite rescues to receive a donation from the proceeds. And Mommy is an online volunteer for Anjellicle Cats Rescue in New York City, helping to collect pledges for the kitties they pull from city shelters that otherwise wouldn't make it out alive.

We can ALL do something to make the world a better place for animals still waiting for their forever homes. They're counting on us!


Monday, October 28, 2019

Pumpkins & Bumpkins #MewsicMovesMe

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is "songs of the season...you can celebrate Halloween, or autumn, or both." It's one of the best times of the year so this was a fun playlist to put together...


Country Bumpkin is one of my all-time favorite classic country songs, even though I can't listen to it without shedding a tear or two. It's sweet story song that follows a couple through life -- from when they first meet in a bar, to the birth of their son a year later, to their deathbed goodbyes. It’s all framed by the refrain about country bumpkins and pumpkins: Her baby boy is “fresh as frost out on the pumpkin,” and at the end of her life, 40 years later, she says, “So long, country bumpkin.” It was a huge hit for Cal Smith in 1974, but I think it's a song that makes a perfect duet too, by who else by Conway & Loretta...



A couple more autumnal tunes...





And lastly, a good old Halloween classic...



We hope you enjoyed our choices this week! 

Did you "fall" for a particular song?

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Stink Eye #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Are you wondering what earned Mommy the stink eye? She was trying to get me to snap a selfie in the bathroom window. Now that it's chilly out the window is shut most of the time, so when she finally opens it for me on a sunny morning I am not to be disturbed! Capiche?


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

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Caturday Art


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 didn't learn to drive until I was 30.

2. My fear of flying and driving long distances keeps me from going many places. Thankfully I'm a homebody so it doesn't bother me that much, but I have quite a bit on my bucket list.

Mudpie's answers:

3. I try to avoid killing anyone with my cuteness. It's not easy - I need to rein it in sometimes.

4. If I were a ghost, I would haunt anyone who has harmed an animal.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Selfie Struggles #PetPhotoFails

Meows from Mudpie!

Another month has flown by, making it time once again for the Pet Photo Fails Blog Hop!


I hate to shatter the illusion for anyone who hasn't figured it out yet, but all those cute selfies of us blogging kitties have been taken with a lot of help from the cat's human staff. (Is that worse than saying there's no Santa? Now I kind of feel guilty...)

Mine are usually taken on Saturday morning and I rarely want to cooperate, even when Mommy reminds me that my fans are clamoring to see how adorable I am. (Do you really forget that quickly?) This month's bloopers show me blurry, distracted, and wanting to do anything but taking a selfie...




In this last picture Mommy is embarrassed by the condition of the back hall rug. In spite of being vacuumed nearly every week it's always a disaster and she hates that it's one of my favorite places to sun myself. Believe it or not, it's an even bigger mess right now thanks to damp fall leaves being tracked in. 


Those are my bloopers...let's see yours!


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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Mommy's Constant Companion...Besides Me #iPodDay

Meows from Mudpie!

Did you know that today is National iPod Day? Mommy doesn't have an iPod but a different brand mp3 gadget. Actually, this is her second one. The first one she bought had a frustrating charging issue so she finally gave up on it and got this one in pretty rose gold. It's practically attached to her more than I am.


She says she never even wanted an mp3 player until she realized she could tote around Conway's entire music catalog in one small portable device. You won't be surprised to hear he's the only one allowed on her player (except for his duets with other artists). She's got nearly 50 of his albums on there now with another 25 or so to go. She also has lots of live shows, unreleased tracks and radio interviews she wants to load on as well. It holds video too but says the screen is too small to fully appreciate his purrfection.


She loves having her music with her at work, in the car, and she can even plug it into our CD jukebox at home to play endlessly on shuffle. Last month my grandpa was in the hospital for a bit and she was so thankful to have it in her purse because Conway's voice calms her.

Mommy is nearly always late to the game when it comes to buying electronics and this was no exception but now she can't imagine living without her mp3 player. I'm just thankful it usually has earbuds coming out of it so I can enjoy some peace and quiet.

Question for my kitty friends...
do your humans constantly have an iPod/mp3 player attached to them?

Monday, October 21, 2019

Unboxing October's CatLadyBox

The theme of October's CatLadyBox was the annual Black Cats Box...here's what was inside!


Featured Cat Lady Artist: Peppa Potter

Happy Black Cat Long-Sleeve Shirt: I love wearing long-sleeved t-shirts this time of year, so this is the purrfect addition to my wardrobe. And it's not Halloween-specific at all, so it can be worn all year long.


Ceramic Black Cat-O-Lantern: This will be sitting in the middle of my dining room table right through Thanksgiving. Ceramic pumpkins of various colors and patterns seemed to be all the rage this year in home decor stores, but this is by far the cutest and classiest of them all.

Lacy Black Cat Ears: A cat lady can never have enough cat ears, and I have several, but I especially love the lace effect on this one.


Boo Kitty & Shelly the Skelekitty Glow in the Dark Catnip Toys: Poor Mudpie. Once again I managed to commandeer her toys for my Halloween decorations. Try not to feel too sorry for her...she already has more toys than she knows what to do with!


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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Waiting for Mommy to Come Home #SundaySelfie


(Taken through the side door when I came home from work on Friday.
I count down the minutes until I get to see that face again.)


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