Friday, April 19, 2019

Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Cat Moms from Etsy

Meows from Mudpie!

Can you believe Mother's Day is only 3 weeks away??? It seems like Easter is so late this year that Mother's Day is going to be forgotten about. While browing Etsy for the purrfect gift for Mommy, I found several things that any cat mom would love to receive on her special day.















Which is your favorite? I think everything here would be a hit with Mommy, but I just may go with the cell phone stand. She's addicted to her new smartphone and wishes she had upgraded a long time ago. She needs a cute way to prop it up on her desk at work (not to mention all that video watching she's been doing).

I hope you enjoy my 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! I might even spend it on Mommy's gift!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Book Review: Mr Bigelow Smells a Rat (A Curious Cat Mystery Book 1)


There's a new cat detective in town....

No one is safe when MR. BIGELOW SMELLS A RAT.
When Penelope inherits the estate of her Great-Aunt Agnes, she thinks her life is going to be a piece of cake. Little does she realize that Agnes's cat, Mr. Bigelow, comes as part of the deal.
When Penelope meets a handsome guy at the pet store, she's smitten, but Mr. Bigelow senses danger. He must figure out what's going on, and stop Penelope before she falls prey to the purrfect crime!


In fewer than 100 pages Mr. Bigelow has stolen my heart!!! In a story with alternating points of view between the cat and his new owner Penelope, Mr. Bigelow pawsitively leaps of the pages as he attempts to warn Penelope about her new beau and lead her to buried treasure that will change her life forever. Two scenes involving Mr. Bigelow and a scrawny homeless cat gave me an "AWWW" moment unlike any I've had in a long time in a book. For these moments alone we give this story four paws way up, and the mystery is lots of fun too, even though it's an unusual one not revolving around a murder.

I can only hope this is the first of many adventures for this exciting new duo because Mr. Bigelow is a superstar in the making!


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Monday, April 15, 2019

Let's Get Instrumental #MewsicMovesMe

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is "songs where a particular instrument has moved you". Three Conway songs immediately came to mind, I didn't even need to look any further, so let's get instrumental!


Instrument #1: Steel Guitar

In my humble opinion the steel guitar produces the most beautiful sound of any instrument. Conway's long-time steel player was the legendary John Hughey, who is credited with developing a unique style of playing that focused on the instrument's high tones, resulting in a distinctive "crying sound." His solo towards the end of this song just may be the best steel guitar solo ever...



Instrument #2: Electric Guitar

Originally performed by the Bee Gees, Conway's cover of Rest Your Love On Me became his 25th #1 song as a solo artist in 1981. It's an exceptionally beautiful song as it is, but the guitar solo at the end is just chilling...(this video has nearly 5 million views on YouTube!!!)


Instrument #3: Keyboard

Throughout my elementary and high school years my best friend's name was Julia. I was always SO jealous that her name was the title of a song by my favorite singer. I have a number of Conway's concerts on DVD, and I love watching his keyboard player play two keyboards on this one...this is classic, sophisticated 1980s "countrypolitan" music. LOVE this song...



Let us know if you have a favorite among our choices today, and do you have a favorite instrument yourself?

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday Selfies & Friendly Fill Ins


We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies 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 used to be able to roller skate, but I no longer can. Well, I can't say for sure that I no longer can, but I would almost be afraid to try, especially at the speeds I used to go!

2. I'm notorious for burning kitchen utensils in the oven. I've done it 4 times in the past couple years, the last just a few weeks ago, and a plastic bowl too.

Mudpie's answers:

3. I just can't seem to convince Mommy that she should be a full time cat mom.

4. There's no use crying over spilled kibble. I'll clean it up for you!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

National Record Store Day #CaturdayArt

Today we decided to bring back one of most popular Caturday Art pieces from the past in order to celebrate National Record Store Day.


I was never a fan of records growing up when my parents had them playing. It seems they were always griping about the records skipping and I had to wonder why they even bothered with the aggravation. When cassettes and then CDs came along I was quick to make the transition. Little did I know all these years later they would become such an important part of my Conway collection, although in all honesty I collect them primarily for the cover art. I digitize everything that isn't already on CD.

This box is filled with his US catalog (both rock & country). I'm missing only 3 or 4 to have a complete collection.


I'm in need of a second box because this stack is his foreign releases, radio shows that he was featured on and/or co-hosted, and autographed records. I have a rather lofty goal of collecting a second complete set of his albums all autographed. So far I have 17 - don't even ask how many more I need to find!


Lastly, this box is filled with his 45s and extended play (EP) records...SO many more to be found!


No, I do not own a single non-Conway record. Where would I put them?!?!?!

Just this week I found out about 2 record stores here in my area that I wasn't aware of. Maybe today would be a good day to stop in and hunt for some buried treasure!


Any other record collectors out there? 
Or maybe you have fond memories of when vinyl was king?

Friday, April 12, 2019

Unboxing April's CatLadyBox

The theme of April's CatLadyBox was "Spring Kittens"...here's what was inside!


Featured Cat Lady Artist: Illustrator Roseanna Hanson's black and white cat is named Humbug. As a Christmas Carol fanatic, that's going on my list of future cat names!

Kitten Pawty Shirt: Advocate for spay and neuter during the height of kitten season with this adorable shirt! Check out the "spring break" flyer style design...so fun and eye-catching!!!


Cat Toothbrush Holder Set: I didn't know my bathroom needed this until I got it, yet I haven't started to use it yet because I'm so afraid of knocking it into the sink (maybe with a little help from Mudpie paws) and breaking it!

Raining Cats Raincoat: How have I never had a cat raincoat before? This is definitely a welcome addition to my feline wardrobe. Love the color too, Pantone's Spring 2019 color, "Living Coral!"


Flying Butterfly Toy: This is probably Mudpie's favorite CLB toy ever. She started hitting the butterfly before I even put the batteries in and was instantly obsessed with it. When it's not turned on she hits the butterfly as a hint for me to stop what I'm doing and put it on for her (thankfully it only takes one battery!) I promise to get video of her playing with it soon.

Bunny Ball Catnip Toy: Purrfect little puffballs like this are Mudpie's favorite kind of catnip toy to bat around. I'm surprised she hasn't lost it by now.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thankful Thursday: Finally a Cat Cafe in Vermont?!?!?!

If my scream registered a slight tremor on the Richter scale Monday night around 6PM it's because one of the lead stories on our evening news was that Vermont might finally be getting its very first cat cafe this summer!!!


That's the good news. The bad news is it isn't going to be super close by to me but about an hour away in the central part of the state. Still easily within driving distance though. The lady hoping to open the Kitty Korner Cafe is also the owner of a flower shop with two lovely feline mascots, Paisley and Maisey. You can meet them here.

If you'd like to make a pledge and help make this project a reality there's currently a Kickstarter campaign underway. In just a few days they're nearly halfway towards meeting their goal! I guess that shows us Vermonters really want our own cat cafe, and for that I'm very thankful!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Mopping Mudpie


Mudpie's side of the story: Isn't this a fine kettle of fish? Once a week Mommy makes me dust mop the floors since she says I'm the one who leaves tortie-colored dust bunnies all over the place. I get so tired from pushing it around I have to stop and take a break. Aren't there tortie labor laws? Call the ASPCA!!!

Mommy's side of the story: My little angel decided she needed the bathroom window open in 40 degree weather, then when she got cold she came to find out what I was doing and decided to cuddle up against the mop I'd been using to warm up.

Whose "tail" do you believe?

Monday, April 8, 2019

Happy Birthday, Loretta! #MewsicMovesMe

This coming Sunday the 14th will be the Queen of Country Music Loretta Lynn's 87th birthday. You may have heard on the news that a huge birthday party/concert took place last week in Nashville in her honor. Today the spotlight is on her in our Mewsic Moves Me post.


Loretta was always playing in my house growing up as she was my parents' favorite singer. So many memories are tied to her music. One of my prized possessions is the paperback copy of Coal Miner's Daughter that mom was given when she was in the hospital after having a c-section when I was born. She gave it to me to include in my Conway collection. The first time my parents left me in the care of a babysitter was to go see the Coal Miner's Daughter movie when it hit the theater, and I've probably seen it at least a dozen times myself. I saw her in concert only once in the early 80s but I was very young and I'm sad to say I don't really remember anything about it.

Of course I have to start my Loretta post with one of her duets with Conway - their cover of Freddie Hart's Easy Lovin'. I chose this video because the chemistry between them just jumps off the screen and shows why everyone thought they were a couple in real life. The way he looks at Loretta when he sings the line "upon your pretty shoulders there's a pair of angel wings" makes me weak in the knees. (The fact that mom never took notice of Conway until I came along has always had me convinced that I was adopted.)



One of my family's favorite stories took place right after my parents got married in the early 70s. My mom came out of the bathroom and saw that Loretta was on TV. She yelled out, "Loretta Lynn!" and Dad, asleep in his chair as usual, got up and made a beeline for the front door. Mom asked where he was going to which he replied, "To let her in!" Needless to say they started laughing so hard they never did get to see Loretta!

A few of my other Loretta favorites -







I have an old VHS tape of the entire show this performance with her son came from. I never erased it because I loved the song so much...



I hope you enjoyed our Loretta selections this week. She's extra special to me not only because she's such an important part of Conway's story, but also because she plays such an important part in my own personal history.

She's a true national treasure.


Saturday, April 6, 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. The highlight of my week is the weekend when Mommy can stay home with me.

2. Only 263 more days until Christmas.

Mommy's answers:

3. I believe I was born to love cats. Some things are just ingrained in our DNA.

4. Age is just a number. That's what they say, but I don't know...

Friday, April 5, 2019

Flashback Friday: Truffles & Grumpy Cat

Meows from Mudpie!

It's been quite awhile since Angel Truffles made an appearance on our blog so I asked Mommy to re-post the meme she created 5 years ago this week in celebration of Grumpy Cat's birthday. It's hard to believe the one and only Tardar Sauce turned 7 years old yesterday!


I think GC would like this, don't you?

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Book Review: Cat Chase the Moon by Shirley Rousseau Murphy


Joe Grey and his partner, Dulcie, are frantic when Courtney, their pretty teen-kitten goes missing. Aided by their two- and four-legged friends, they hit the streets of Molina Point in search of their calico girl. Has Joe Grey and Dulcie’s only daughter been lured away by someone and stolen? Is she lying somewhere hurt, or worse?

Courtney has no idea that everyone is desperately looking for her. Locked in an upstairs apartment above the local antiques shop, she’s enjoying her first solo adventure. When she first met Ulrich Seaver, the shop’s owner, Courtney was frightened. But the human has coddled and pampered her, winning her trust. Sheltered by her parents, her brothers, and her kind human companions, the innocent Courtney is unaware of how deceptive strangers can be. She doesn’t know that Ulrich is hiding a dangerous secret that could threaten her and everyone in this charming California coastal village.

With his focus on finding Courtney, Joe Grey has neglected his detective work with the Molina Point Police Department. Before his daughter disappeared, Joe found a viciously beaten woman lying near the beach. Now the police investigation has stalled, and the clever feline worries his human colleagues may have missed a vital clue. Joe is also concerned about a family of newcomers whose domestic battles are disturbing the town’s tranquility. Loud and abrasive, the Luthers’ angry arguing, shouting, and swearing in the early hours of the night have neighbors on edge and the cops on alert. One of the couple’s late-night shouting matches masked the sounds of a burglary, and now a criminal is on the loose.

Though the crimes are as crisscrossed as the strands of a ball of yarn, Joe Grey’s cat senses tell him they may somehow be linked. It’s up to the fleet-footed feline and his crime-solving coterie to untangle the mysteries before it’s too late.


The very first Joe Grey mystery was published over 20 years ago in 1996. I have every book in my collection, and while I haven't read the entire series yet, I have read several and through the years have enjoyed watching Joe and Dulcie solve crimes together and ultimately fall in love. In the last book Cat Shining Bright their litter of three extra special kittens, buff colored boys Striker and Buffin and calico Courtney, are born, and with them comes a whole new world of adventure for the felines of Molena Point.

For anyone new to the series, these cats have the ability to talk and many people in town share their secret. One human who is blissfully unaware is the police chief Max, but the cats still use their talent to be a snitch for the Molena Point Police Department via anonymous phone calls. In Cat Chase the Moon everything is put on the back burner when Joe and Dulcie's only little girl Courtney is catnapped by an antique shop owner with big plans for the beautiful calico. As a crime spree overtakes Molena Point there seems to be a link to the missing Courtney, making this a case that hits a little too close to home for our feline friends. I confess more than a few tears were shed at the end.

The Joe Grey series has been going strong for two decades for a reason...it's one of the most remarkable, unique collections of cat novels on the market. Each cat has a unique personality that will capture reader's imaginations, and now that Joe and Dulcie are parents there's an added layer to their relationship through the interactions with the kittens. I appreciate how we know the culprits earlier on in the book than most mysteries, subsequently allowing more time to be spent on the motive and capture. All too often loose ends are left untied until the final three pages.

Whether you've spent the last 2 decades following Joe and Dulcie's adventures or you're new to the dynamic duo, Cat Chase the Moon will leave you purring.



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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Mudpie's Wild Saturday Night

Anyone who follows us on Facebook will have already seen this, but it makes us giggle so we wanted to share it here too...


Come on now, who hasn't woken up with a lampshade on their head at least once in their lives??? 

MOL!!!

Monday, April 1, 2019

It Started with a Rose #MewsicMovesMe

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is "April showers bring May flowers" (songs about spring, rain, and flowers). For this theme there can only be one featured song because it's so extra special to me - The Rose, written by Amanda McBroom and originally recorded by Bette Midler -  the song that started my Conway obsession 30+ years ago.


Conway released his version of The Rose in January 1983. I would've only been 5 at the time so my best guess is I heard it for the first time a few years later when I really got into country radio. Even at that young age I remember thinking his voice was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. I guess you could say he captured my heart that day and has had it ever since.



A live performance of The Rose from a 1992 concert...



Can you pinpoint the exact moment you became a fan of your favorite artist or band?