Saturday, February 16, 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. If it wasn’t for cats, coffee, and Conway, I would go crazy. My three C's to a happy life!

2. Email is my preferred method of communication. Followed by texting. Anything to avoid talking on the phone!

Mudpie's answers:

3. Take care of the cat's needs before your own.

4. You can’t buy love, but you can adopt it.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Flashback Friday: Remembering Sashi

13 years ago today I lost a part of my heart when Sashi left for the Bridge. She was my first little girl, the first cat in my life that came from a shelter, and the first cat I adopted on my own as an adult.

She had been given up by her family at 9 years old. I was told many people thought she was beautiful but passed her by because of her age. Week after week I went past her cage at the PetSmart adoption center until I finally realized she was waiting for me. We were blessed to have 8 wonderful years together. Her passing in 2006 tore my heart into a million pieces. She was the first cat that was truly mine, and I felt like I had lost a child as she slipped away beside me on the couch after a lengthy illness.

Every now and then I spend a little time going through my collection of non-digitized photos. They bring back so many memories of those that came before.

That box was her favorite napping spot. I still have it.

Unlike my other ladycats, Sashi enjoyed playing dress up. She would let me put anything on her.

Her favorite treat was canned whipped cream. On birthdays we put a candle in it.

And nothing made her happier than a nice, warm blankie.

I have no doubt that Sashi was the first kitty waiting at the Bridge when Tara and Truffles arrived, and that they have a daily catnip klatch! I hope they all know how much they're still remembered and loved.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Book Review: The Cats Who Crossed Over from Paris (Inca Cat Series Book 1) by R.F. Kristi

Inca, a Siberian puss, tells the story about her furry family – her brother Fromage, who is addicted to cheese and considers himself a cheese monger, and her sister, Cara, a gorgeous but timid Siamese. Inca, an avid fan of Dr. House, considers herself the leader of the troupe and responsible for the well-being of the family. They own, according to Inca, Missy, a young humanoid who has a well-established cheese shop in Paris. The story revolves around how Missy decides to move to London with her co-partners, Jacques and Genevieve, to run their new cheese shop and café. Can Fromage leave his pal, Charlotte, behind? Soon after arriving in London, the three cats accompany Missy to their neighbor’s house where they meet Monk, a blue Russian cat and Terrance, a golden retriever owned by their famous neighbor, a detective named Solo, living in the same compound in Kensington.

Things start to get interesting when Monk tries to help their neighbor, Polo, a sad little Pekinese whose mistress, a formerly well-known opera singer who is pining for her lost husband, has her valuable diamond necklace stolen. Can Inca and her family assist Monk and Terrance to recover the diamond necklace and resolve Polo’s problems?

As I've found myself struggling to find my reading mojo once again, I also can't help but miss my cat mysteries, so I went in search of something a little less taxing on my brain and this series fits the bill just purrfectly. 

The story revolves around three cats, Inca, Cara, and Fromage, and their human, Missy, and as we meet them they're preparing to move from Paris to London so Missy and her partners can open a second cheese shop with Fromage as the mascot. Fromage's hamster friend Charlotte also tags along, and upon settling into their new home their furry neighbors involve them in a puzzling mystery! This is right up Inca's alley as her favorite TV show is about a detective, and she aims to become the feline version of the program's main character. 

The Inca Cat series may be billed as a series for children, but cat-loving adults are sure to find it just as enjoyable and adorable as I did. Each cat has their own personality and at different times during the story each one had their turn as my "favorite"! In the end I just loved them all and look forward to spending more time with them in the other 7 books in the series. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

4th Annual Mudpie 500 Zoomies Event

WOOHOO today I'm taking my Sunday Selfie
from behind the wheel of a moving race car!!!

(And the 2014 Sprint Cup Champion's car at that...just sayin'.)

It's no secret that Mommy is serious about her NASCAR. The Daytona 500 is next Sunday and she is ecstatic.

Since she always calls my zoomies the "running of the Mudpie 500" I decided to start hosting an annual giveaway to celebrate this national holiday in our house and to make it fun for me and my friends too!

Like last year we're giving away a $15 PetSmart gift card so my pals of all species can purr-ticipate! 

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment predicting the winning driver by midnight eastern on Sunday, February 17th. Don't forget to leave your email address too!

In the event that more than one of you pick the winning driver, we will draw a name from a hat. If no one picks the winning driver, we will move on to second place, etc., until a winner is chosen. Last year we had to go all the way to the 7th place driver to get a winner!

Here are your driver choices:
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Here's the thing about the Daytona 500: it's a total crap shoot so you don't need to know a thing about racing in order to predict a winner. It's known as a "restrictor plate race" which limits speed and increases safety, to provide an equal level of competition. The cars all run in crazy scary packs and winning is more a matter of luck than anything.

Back in 2007 our driver Kevin Harvick won the race. My grandpa's boss at the time stood to win $1,000 if Mark Martin won, and Martin was leading until the last turn of the last lap when Kevin came from 7th place to win by fractions of a second. It was a thrilling finish, but grandpa never told his boss that Kevin was our driver! Check it out:

Good luck, have fun, and may the best man Kevin Harvick win!!!

Saturday, February 9, 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. My sandpaper kisses are always purrfect. (Or so Mommy says!)

2. A day in my life always includes playing and lots of naps.

Mommy's answers:

3. I want to make lasagna this weekend.

4. Good things happen to those who are proactive. Don't wait for opportunities to come to you - go out there and make things happen!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Flashback Friday: Stuffie Snuggling

Meows from Mudpie!

Have you ever noticed how "ho hum" the month of February is? All the pretty Christmas decorations have been put away and it's still weeks if not months before the windows can be opened for some good whiffies.

I decided to take a look back at what I was doing 3 years ago this week, and as it turns out I was doing pretty much the same thing I've been doing this week and for the past few months as well...snuggling with my stuffies on the bed.

This is just a small portion of Mommy's cat dolls that she keeps on the bed during the day, and each morning she has to arrange them "just so" so I can cozily curl up with them. I become one with the stuffies.

Early next week I'll be introducing you to a visiting stuffie I got to spend some time with recently. He wanted to stay and continue cuddling with me (who wouldn't?) but he had to hit the road...

Who are you snuggling with during these long, cold February days?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Little Miss Sassy Pants

Mudpie: Mommy, how much longer is it going to take you to put the Christmas stuff away?

Mommy: Mudpie, how much longer do we need to leave your cardboard tent up in the living room?

Mudpie: Mommy, don't you know it's considered rude to answer one question with another?

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Purrfect 10: Fun Facts About the Sensational Siberian

We love reading and researching anything and everything about cats, and wanted to find a fun and unique way to share the interesting facts we learn with you! Since top 10 lists are very popular in the blogosphere, we created The Purrfect 10 as a way to present 10 educational or fascinating tidbits about a wide variety of cat-related topics, everything from health issues to cat breeds to famous felines.

Last month I attended our local cat show and the breed that made the biggest impression on me this time around was the Siberian. Coincidentally, I also just started reading the Inca Cat Detective series of books for children which stars a Siberian as the lead feline character, so that's how they became the subject of this month's edition of The Purrfect 10...

1) Siberians (also known as Siberian Forest cats and Moscow Semi-Longhairs) have been in existence for over 1,000 years and serve as the national cat of Russia. They were first mentioned in Harrison Wier's book Our Cats and all About Them, which included information about one of the earliest cat shows held in England in 1871.

2) Siberians play an important role in the Russian folklore. They were used to perform rodent control on farms and in shops in the past, but are kept mostly as house pets today. In Russian fairy tales, magical cats protect children and open gateways to unseen realms.

3) The breed first arrived in the United States in 1990 following the end of the Cold War. They are still fairly rare in the US and most breeders have waiting lists for their kittens.

4) As a result of the harsh Siberian climate they originate from, these cats have a luxurious triple coat to protect against the cold which grows thicker during the winter months even in indoor cats. Their densely muscled body is also suited to their environment. As with most other cat breeds, Siberians come in just about all colors and patterns although brown tabbies are most common. Their coat tends to resist matting, but they do go through a "molting" period in both the spring and fall. Interestingly, this molting is not triggered by a change in temperature but rather by the change in daylight hours.

5) Considered one of the largest cat breeds, the Siberian matures slowly, sometimes not reaching their full stature until the age of 5!

6) The Siberian has water-repellent fur and is more likely to play with water more than other cat breeds.

7) Known for their agile jumping skills, Siberians are athletic and energetic, highly intelligent and devoted to their humans. Their easygoing nature make them the purrfect addition to any household, including busy families with young children and other pets. They are also very serious when it comes to parenting - many mother cats will have only one mate for life, and Siberian fathers are very nurturing and play a huge part in caring for their kittens.

8) There are claims that the Siberian is hypoallergenic and produces less Fel d1 (the primary allergen present on cats and kittens) than other cat breeds, making them safe for allergy sufferers. This has not been scientifically proven though so plan to spend extra time with any cat you plan to bring home to gauge your reaction to them.

9) The International Cat Association (TICA) accepted Siberians into the New Breed program in 1992 and in 1996 granted them championship status. The were accepted for registration by the Cat Fanciers Association in February 2000 and advanced to championship status in February 2006.

10) Famous Siberian cat owners include Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. They've even made their way into pop culture thanks to the 2016 movie Nine Lives!

Have you ever had the pleasure of meeting or being owned by a Siberian cat?

Monday, February 4, 2019

Sealed with a Kiss #MewsicMovesMe

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is National Day calendar inspired titles and lyrics using the keywords: mail, soup and vacuum.

We're sticking with mail since we can't think of a single country song that includes soup and vacuuming. This first song is a country classic that has been covered by many, many artists, but of course we chose Conway's version :)

These next songs about letters may be a bit of a cheat, but they're still related to mail.

Conway wrote this song and I what I particularly love about it is that the whole song is spoken. I've always thought his speaking voice was just as beautiful as his singing voice.

I love this photo of Brad Paisley. Can anyone see why?

We hope you enjoy our choices this week! Let us know if you have a favorite...

Sunday, February 3, 2019

My First Smartphone Selfies

Meows from Mudpie!

Remember how the other day Mommy mentioned that she was upgrading to her very first smartphone (because her previous phone was anything but smart)? I decided to commandeer it and take some selfies. How do you think I did?

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

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Tortie Dust #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. Superbowl Sunday means it's only two weeks until the Daytona 500!

2. Any sport other than NASCAR bores me.

Mudpie's answers:

3. If you have love, you have everything. And I get more love than I can handle sometimes!

4. My skill set could get me a job at any church. Mommy worships me, why shouldn't everyone else?

Friday, February 1, 2019

12 Amazing Facts About Mudpie

Meows from Mudpie!

Today I'm answering the latest round of "getting to know you" questions from my good friend CK over at Stunning Keisha!

Where would you like to visit but never live?

Right now, someplace warm. Or a least someplace with a temperature above zero.

What song always makes you happy?

Actually, quiet makes me happy. I don't like noise, except the noise I make MOL! The television bugs me, and Mommy's music...forget about it!

What's one thing that makes the world go round?


What do you think should be illegal that isn't?

Abandoning cats to fend for themselves.Maybe we're more independent than dogs but we still need someone to take care of us.

What kind of advice do you not want?

I'm always hearing that I shouldn't be such a kibble addict and I should give wet food a chance. I'm a cat - I'll eat what I want!

What wouldn't you buy even if you won the lottery?

Wet food LOL Actually I take that back, I would buy tons of it to feed homeless kitties!

What are a few words of wisdom that you live by?

If it's fun, do it.

What causes the most stress in your life?

When Mommy is away from home. I miss her and don't know why she leaves me every day.

What's something you need to hear more often?

"Let's open the window for some window whiffies!" The window is so frozen right now it probably won't open until July.

What's something you need to say more often?

"I'll give that wet food a try for you, Mommy." (She's not holding her breath.)

If you could choose anyone, who would you choose as your life's mentor?

Mommy teaches me everything I need to know.

What would be the title of the autobiography of your life?

Mudpie: Tails of a Tortilicious Tortie