Friday, January 18, 2019

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Cats & Cat Moms from Etsy

Meows from Mudpie!

Just like previous years Mommy wasn't planning on a Valentine's Day gift guide but I talked her into it by reminding her of all the cool things we find on Etsy! We've broken our picks into gifts for cats and gifts for cat moms, so there's a little something for everybody!





We hope you enjoy our picks, and don't forget, if you find something here you like and make a purchase using our affiliate links, I get a little money for my piggy bank so I can buy something special for Mommy on Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Today's the Day!

Meows from Mudpie!

Today's the big day...our oil furnace is coming out and the new gas furnace is going in! To say Mommy is a nervous wreck would be an understatement. She's even brought my carrier into the front hall just in case the house goes kaboom before the day is over. (If you hear on the news tonight about a crazy woman desperately throwing one little tortie and a large Conway collection out the window to safety, that'll be us.)


She's also worried about how I'll react to strange men going in and out of the house all day because that hasn't happened since I've been here. Not to mention it's January in Vermont and we'll be most of the day without heat so I'll likely be turning into a frozen Mudpie.

Wish us luck! Oh, and have we mentioned that now our hot water heater has developed a (thankfully small, so far) leak? So the home repair project nightmares continue...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Book Review: Purrfect Secret (The Mysteries of Max Book 8) by Nic Saint


When Dick Dickerson, notorious editor of the National Star, is found drowned in duck dung, the investigation quickly gets mired down when trying to figure out who’s behind the attack on the tabloid kingpin. Politicians, movie stars and captains of industry consistently found themselves in Dickerson’s crosshairs, but who would stoop so low as murder?While Odelia Poole and Detective Chase Kingsley conduct their investigation, Odelia’s cat coterie is up in arms when a newcomer turns the peaceful town of Hampton Cove into a soap opera of gossip, scandal and secrets. Soon the ‘Fab Four’ (Max, Dooley, Harriet and Brutus) are duking it out, their friendship in ruins, Max’s reputation in tatters.It doesn’t help that Grandma Muffin is waging a personal vendetta against her son-in-law’s new receptionist Scarlett Canyon, determined to get rid of her long-time nemesis once and for all. Against the backdrop of all this bickering, backstabbing and strife, is it any wonder Max starts to wonder if Dickerson’s killer will be the one that got away?


Every time a new Mysteries of Max book is released I pretty much have to drop everything to read it. Purrfect Secret was the longest book yet in the series and I tried to make it last as long as I possibly could, but it still ended way too quickly! This is a cat cozy series that just keeps getting better and better as its feline characters get cuter and cuter. The mysteries are always fun and not overly complicated, but it's the mini soap opera of the cats' lives that steals the show. I've come to love Max, Dooley, Harriet and Brutus more than words can say. 

The murder in Purrfect Secret is more repulsive than you can possibly imagine - the editor of a trashy tabloid is drowned in duck poop. Needless to say, there's no shortage of suspects for Chase, Odelia, and her feline menagerie. The cats have a far bigger problem on their hands though. They have a temporary house guest, a cat named Milo who is staying with them while his owner is away. Milo is trouble with paws as he manages to turn all the cats against each other with his lies. At first it's hysterically funny, but things get out of hand very quickly. Why is Milo so desperate to harm those who have taken him in and treated him with nothing but kindness? The answer is surprising and really tugged at my heartstrings. 

There's a long winter ahead of us. Download the entire Mysteries of Max series and treat yourself to one of the most adorable cat cozy series available today. Purrsonally, I want to take little Dooley home with me. If you have read any of the books in this series, I would love to know who your favorite kitty character is!


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Monday, January 14, 2019

Mooning Over Mudpie #MewsicMovesMe

It's a freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop, and talk of the upcoming Blood Moon led us to our theme of the week...country songs about the moon!


"I Don't Know A Thing About Love (The Moon Song)" was a huge hit for Conway in 1984. It was written by one of country music's most prolific songwriters, Harlan Howard. 



(You've probably noticed that for most musical selections I post official music videos or generic YouTube posts, but when it comes to Conway I post live performances whenever possible. That's because while hearing him is absolute heaven to me, hearing him AND seeing him is almost more than my little heart can take. I have a CD box filled with DVDs and VHS tapes of his TV appearances and live concerts. I'm always on the lookout for more, and whenever something I don't have is posted to YouTube I immediately burn it to DVD for my collection.)


A few other favorite "moon" songs...









We hope you enjoyed our choices this week! 

Did anything catch your ear?


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Cat Show Blues #SundaySelfies

That look you give when Mommy tells you she's going to the cat show this afternoon to look at other kitties.


That look you give when Mommy says none of those other kitties hold a candle to you because you're #1 in her heart and always will be.


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


Saturday, January 12, 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!

Mudpie's answers:

1. Better to be a tortie than any other color or breed of cat. Just sayin'...

2. Don't get out of bed just because your human's alarm goes off and they have to start their day. You're a cat and can get up and get going whenever you feel like it!

Mommy's answers:

3. You couldn't pay me to go into the medical field. I'm way too squeamish when it comes to blood.

4. Pizza is my comfort food.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Unboxing January's CatLadyBox

The theme of January's CatLadyBox was "Absolutely Ameowzing"...here's what was inside!


Featured Cat Lady Artist: Baby Room Art

MEOW Knit Cap: I have quite a few hats with cat ears that I no longer feel comfortable wearing since the "pussy hat" nonsense, so I'm so happy to have this warm winter hat with just the word "meow" emblazoned across it. I'm going to wear it for the first time this weekend at our local cat show and expect many comments about it. (Mudpie loves the pom-pom on top!)


MEOW Metal Wall Art: Once the Christmas decorations come down I plan to find the purrfect place to hang this.

Ameowzing Shirt: All words that describe cats and cat ladies!


Meow Catnip Kicker: A kitty can never have too many toys to bunny kick!

Eskimeow Catnip Toy: Yet another toy I've snitched from Mudpie! This little guy is so cute I tucked him in my Christmas tree among the ornaments.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Book Review: Something Worth Saving by Sandi Ward


Sandi Ward’s shrewdly observed, funny, and wonderfully touching novel tells of a fractured family, a teenage boy, and a remarkable cat whose loyalty knows no bounds . . .

A boy and his cat. It’s an unconventional friendship, perhaps, but for Charlie and Lily, it works beautifully. It was Charlie who chose Lily from among all the cats in the shelter. He didn’t frown, the way other humans did, when he saw her injured back leg, the legacy of a cruel previous owner. Instead, Charlie insisted on rescuing her. Now Lily wants to do the same for Charlie.

She’s the only one who’s seen the bruises on Charlie’s body. If she knew who was hurting him, she’d scratch their eyes out. But she can’t fix this by herself. Lily needs to get the rest of the family to focus on Charlie—not easy when they’re wrapped up in their own problems. Charlie’s mother kicked his father out weeks ago and has a new boyfriend who seems charming, but is still a stranger. Oldest son Kevin misses his father desperately. Victoria, Charlie’s sister, also has someone new in her life, and Lily is decidedly suspicious. Even Charlie’s father, who Lily loves dearly, is behaving strangely.

Lily knows what it’s like to feel helpless. But she also knows that you don’t always have to be the biggest or the strongest to fight fiercely for the ones you love . . .


I thought it would be nearly impossible for Sandi Ward to beat her debut novel The Astonishing Thing, but she has done just that with Something Worth Saving

I don't read a lot of women's fiction, but when a story is told from the unique perspective of the family cat, count me in. Something Worth Saving takes readers inside the mind of Lily as she deals with a multitude of changes and drama in her family's home. She's most bonded to teenager Charlie who rescued her from the shelter in spite of her "imperfections". Now Lily realizes it's Charlie who needs saving when she sees the black and blue marks he's hiding under his clothes. But who in the family is going to take the time to figure out who's hurting Charlie when they are each dealing with problems of their own? Dad is no longer living at home because mom can't deal with his drinking, Mom has a new man in her life, as does sister Victoria, and older brother Kevin hasn't been the same since dad left. Lily's family is slowly unraveling, but what can one tiny cat do to put it back together again?

I found myself reading this book very slowly because I wanted to savor each and every word. I fell in love with Lily and found her to be at the same time pure and innocent yet wise beyond her years (and species). I think most of us have wondered what our pets must think about the goings on in our homes, and this book gives a likely interpretation of what might be going on inside their little heads. Not only is it a good read for adults, but I also think it would be meaningful for teens with it's themes of broken homes and bullying. Four paws up!


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, January 7, 2019

Happy 84th Birthday, Elvis! #MewsicMovesMe


The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is "an Elvis song with a switch to another singer/group in the same era as Elvis" in honor of his birthday tomorrow. (I've never had any trouble remembering the King's birth and death dates because he was born the same year as my mom, January 8th is also my aunt's birthday, and he died the year I was born!)

For my Elvis selection portion of the challenge, I chose Mystery Train. Keep reading to find out why!



Now the switch to another singer from his era. My goodness, who will I choose? LOL. I've mentioned before that Conway decided to pursue a music career instead of baseball after being discharged from the Army in 1956 and hearing Elvis for the first time. (For that I am eternally grateful to Elvis!) The song he heard was Mystery Train.

Two short years later Conway was at the top of the charts himself with It's Only Make Believe, a hit in 22 different countries and selling over 8 million copies. This footage comes from the Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show, dated January 17, 1959.



Fast forward to the 1970s when both Elvis and Conway were the kings of their respective genres (although Conway had more than double the #1s on the country charts than Elvis did in rock!) One of my favorite songs from that period is 1976's Love Coming Down...



Conway recorded it in 1979. Not surprisingly, the spoken "I need you baby" he adds at the end (a trademark of his) makes me weak in the knees...



We hope you enjoyed our choices this week!
Who is your favorite singer/group from Elvis's era? 


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Wintry #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. Looking back, finding myself homeless back in 2015 is the best thing that ever happened to me. Mommy and I never would've found each other otherwise!

2. Hours and hours of quality nap time is a treat I give to myself.

Mommy's answers:

3. A new skill I want to learn is basic sewing. I worked on a craft project at our family gathering on New Years Day and my sewing attempts are embarrassing.

4. One bad habit I want to stop is biting my nails. Unfortunately I've done it all my life.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Flashback Friday Meets Whipped Cream Day

A quick check of the National Day Calendar shows that there's a special day to celebrate just about anything! For instance, tomorrow is National Whipped Cream Day.

It brought to mind my angel kitty Sashi (the last of two tuxies I had before torties took over my life). She LOVED canned whipped cream, specifically what we called "cow can cream" from Cabot because of the cow print design on the can.


She had a small squirt of her favorite treat pretty much on a daily basis, and on birthdays we would put a candle in it.

Confession time...I still have her last (mostly empty) can of whipped cream stored away in the back of my fridge. Some people probably think that's crazy, but I'm sure my fellow cat moms won't. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Christmas Morning Funny

It's the day after New Years, but we can't let the season go by without sharing one last Christmas memory.


This adorable and ridiculously soft sweatshirt was a gift from my parents. Upon opening it, I assumed they chose it because of my habit of being glued to my headphones. (And of course my new snow kitty friend has excellent taste in music and is listening to Conway.)

Then I was promptly informed those are earmuffs the cat is wearing, not headphones.

I still prefer my version of the story, but as a friend said maybe she's wearing ear buds under the earmuffs.

Headphones figured into my Christmas in another way too. I bought these beauties for myself!


What was your favorite gift under the Christmas tree this year?

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy Mew Year 2019


Meows from Mudpie!

As usual Mommy is going to be AWOL on this first day of the year as she goes to the annual gathering at her dad's family farm. Yes, she's leaving me alone on a holiday.

Anybuddy wanna come over and paw-ty?