Sunday, May 19, 2019

Mudpie's Bunny Friend #SundaySelfies

Meows from Mudpie!

My new little friend didn't feel like taking a selfie but I wanted to introduce you to him/her today anyways. Over the past couple weeks Mommy and I have seen him in our front yard, back yard, even playing in the street late one night! (Mommy had a minor coronary watching that one.) 

We're a bit concerned about what's going to happen once the vegetable garden goes in the ground, but I sure do enjoy watching the little critter!

What do you think I should name him?

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

And now our weekly answers (all answered by Mommy this week) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

1. Christmas (followed closely by Halloween) is my favorite time of the year.

2. My favorite character on Big Bang Theory is Soft Kitty. Is that even a character? I've never watched the show.

3. I could set a world record for online shopping. On a daily basis I ask myself how the world existed before Amazon and Ebay came along.

4. Adopting Truffles and Mudpie before meeting them in person is the craziest thing I've ever done. I don't recommend that anyone adopt a cat this way but it has worked for me! (Both were in out of the area shelters, I saw their pictures online and just *knew* they belonged with me.)

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Wear Orange for Crockett #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Today we're blending our Caturday Art project with the Wear Orange for Crockett blog hop on what would've been his 5th Gotcha Day.

We also can't let the day pass without mentioning the passing of Grumpy Cat. To say we were shocked and devastated when we heard the news yesterday would be an understatement. Tardar Sauce was such an amazing spokescat for special needs kitties, and she will be desperately missed. 

What a sad week this has been...

Friday, May 17, 2019

Fun Feline Finds: Cats & Pizza

Meows from Mudpie!

Today is National Pizza Party Day, and while pizza might not be fun for cats (unless there's a taste of cheese or sausage involved), it's Mommy's very favorite food. Since we know how much she loves shopping for cat stuff I pawed over to Amazon to look for cat items with a pizza theme for both humans and their kitties.

Hopefully you'll find something that makes you happy...or hungry! MOL

All I Need Is My Cat And Pizza Shirt

Do you have a favorite item? Or a favorite pizza topping? Mommy is all about pepperoni and 'shrooms.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Raspberry for Crockett

The loss of any precious cat is heartbreaking, and as members of the cat blogosphere we're sadly saying goodbye to one of our own on a regular basis. It would be nearly impossible to pay proper tribute to each and every one but today we feel compelled to single one out.

Late Monday night Mudpie and I were cuddling in bed getting ready to turn out the light when I checked in with Facebook one last time. What I found shocked me. Crockett, one of the stars of the Lone Star Cats blog, had unexpectedly rushed off to the Rainbow Bridge, the victim of a tragic accident. He was only 5 years old.

As my thoughts turned to his sweet mama Kimberley and the fur family he left behind, memories of the night I lost Truffles rushed back. She passed away due to a sudden illness, not an accident, but to anyone who has lost a beloved pet in the blink of an eye the shock is unforgettable and always ready to resurface.

Times like these are reminders of how fragile life is, not to mention how unfair it can be at times, and that we should never take a single moment with those we love for granted because we never know when it will be the last.

Mudpie is blowing a raspberry in your honor today, Crockett. 
We'll miss your sweet little face so much.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Putting My Paw Down #MewsicMovesMe

Meows from Mudpie!

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is songs with body parts in the title. I'm going to let Mommy take over in a minute, but I wanted to let you know that I had to put my paw down on this one. It's no secret that Mommy's beloved Conway was known for some pretty steamy songs, so I made sure to remind her that we needed to keep the songs PG-rated at the very most. I'm not a huge fan of her music so let me know in the comments how she did.

The dance floor is all yours, Mommy!

Thanks, Mudpie! PG-13 might be the best I can do with Conway...

Slow Hand is such a classic. I've always thought this particular performance was so interesting because one of the things everyone who knew Conway said about him was that he was a true southern gentleman, so I have a feeling filming this must've been quite uncomfortable for him. (As frequently as he was on Hee Haw he always refused to do skits with the "Hee Haw Honeys.") At this point he was finally doing more TV appearances than he had in the early years so the show was probably his record company's idea, and he actually went on to do Solid Gold many times.

Lots of body parts flying around in this video!

#1 hit from 1975...

And I chose these two songs about eyes just because I love them both...

Do you think I followed Mudpie's instructions?

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Mother's Day #CaturdayArt #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Since I'd like to have a little extra quality time with Mommy for Mother's Day, I asked her if we could do just one blog post this weekend, combining our Caturday Art project with my Mother's Day message/Sunday Selfie.

Happy Mother's Day to all the pawsome cat moms out there!!!

And now our weekly answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

Mudpie's answers:

1. 2015 was a very good year. It was the year I got 'dopted!

2. There is nothing quite like finding a forever home.

Mommy's answers:

3. If I had a talk show, I would want to interview Conway, of course! (The prompt didn't say the person had to be alive!) Not only would I keep him talking because I'm as in love with his speaking voice as I am his singing voice, I always found his TV and radio interviews compelling because he was so well spoken and knowledgeable about life in general.

4. There is nothing I wouldn't do for Mudpie.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Feline Friday Flashback Flick

Meows from Mudpie!

Mommy's job has been over the top crazy the past couple weeks and our blogging time has severely suffered because of it. When she told me we might have to skip a second post this week I suggested we join the Feline Friendly blog hop hosted by Comedy Plus.

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).

We noticed it was 3 years ago this week that Mommy first captured my darling little voice on video, something she got completely by accident while helping me take a selfie. She turned on the video function of the iPad, and chatty little tortie that I am, I meowed right on cue! It's a short clip of video she will cherish forever, and something our newer friends may not have seen before. It's kind of ridiculous how cute I am.

Make sure your sound is turned up and enjoy!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Sock Singletons Help Shelter Animals On #LostSockMemorialDay

Meows from Mudpie!

We first bloggeed about this "holiday" a few years ago and it was a very popular post. Since we have new readers since then we thought it might be a good time to share again.


According to the National Day Calendar, May 9 is National Lock Sock Memorial Day. It's a day to clean out and repurpose all the sock "singletons" - the ones where their mates have been lost to the unknown.

But don't throw them away...your local shelter can use them and they can also be turned into fun craft projects! Here's a round-up of some of our favorite ideas:

Make a rice sock as a supplemental heat source for animals recovering from spay/neuter surgery

Baby booties can be used to keep paws warm while animals are under anesthesia and recovering

Make Catnip Kickers for shelter cat enrichment

Make a Sock Hat For Preemies using just the toe of an infant sock

Operation Happy Sock is an all-volunteer, nonprofit project that takes unwanted socks and turns them into catnip toys for homeless cats in animal shelters. Downloadable instructions for this fun project can be found here. Learn how to have a Happy Sock Production Party in your own community too!

Can you think of any other cat-related projects that can be done with socks?

Monday, May 6, 2019

Remembering Keith Whitley, 30 Years Later #MewsicMovesMe

Thursday will be the 30 year anniversary of the day the country music family lost singer Keith Whitley at only 33 from alcohol poisoning. I remember the moment I heard the news on the radio almost as clearly as the devastating Saturday morning Conway's death was announced.

There's a long list of country music stars who have died tragically and untimely due to accidents, but deaths caused by alcohol and drugs aren't nearly as common in the country community as in the rock genre. Had he lived I firmly believe he would've gone on to become one of country's all-time greats. He's considered a legend today even though his career was cut way too short.

It's a freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop and we're remembering Keith with two all-time favorites...

A Hard Act to Follow was the title track of Keith's 1984 debut album. Ironically, Conway recorded the song the same year for his By Heart album. (Yes, I can find a way to sneak him into any music post.)

I would be interested to hear your preferred version of the song. I think you probably know mine - everyone takes a back seat to Conway with me!

If Keith Whitley is a "new to you" artist, I hope you've enjoyed our choices and tribute today.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Another Window Whiffie #SundaySelfie

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. 13 years ago, I was working at the same job as I am now. Next week I celebrate my 20th anniversary with this company!

2. By this time next year, I hope to say my loved ones are all happy and healthy.

Mudpie's answers:

3. One word that describes me is tortilicious.

4. If my life were a book or movie, it would be in the musical genre. Mommy made me say that but I have a feeling I would create a different soundtrack than she would.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Run for the Roses #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie, and Happy Derby Day!

Do you plan to watch the Kentucky Derby today? We will be even though Mommy watches horse races with one eye closed. She says NASCAR is her sport of choice because when the drivers crash they aren't destroyed like the poor horses are when they fall. She loves the Triple Crown races though - they're really all she watches - and she still can't believe after fearing she'd never witness a Triple Crown in her lifetime that it has happened twice in the last four years! More than anything we just pray for a safe race each year. The horses' lives are more important than any trophy.

For my Caturday Art project this week I decided to wrap myself in a garland of roses just like the winning horse will receive. I may never run in the Kentucky Derby - I'm too old at this point anyway - but I bet I would be fast enough to give those horses a run for their money!

Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!

Do you watch the Triple Crown races?

Friday, May 3, 2019

Fun Feline Finds: Window Perches

Meows from Mudpie!

Prime window whiffie season is finally upon us, which also means the time has come for Mommy to obsessively quadruple-check my favorite window seats for any weaknesses. I'm going to let Mommy refresh your memory about Tara's window drama for anyone who may have forgotten, and then I'll be back to tell you how I've found the purrfect solution!

It was late June and like every cat before her (and since), Angel Tara had adopted the screened-in bathroom window as her favorite spot for "snoopervising" her domain. I woke up that morning at 7, wandered into the bathroom, and discovered that at some point during the night the screen had broken and was now laying flat on the lawn.

Tara was gone...and did I mention that I had just adopted her 5 weeks earlier??? She didn't know anything about her new neighborhood. She wasn't even that familiar yet with her new name!!!

Always great in a crisis, I started running up and down the street (in my pajamas) yelling her name. My cat-loving neighbor, who didn't even know yet that I'd adopted a new cat, told me that at 5AM she had been awakened by a loud crash coming from my yard.

Two hours. Tara had been on her own in unfamiliar territory for two hours.

Now even more on the verge of hysterics I wandered back home into the backyard...and Tara walked out of the bushes right underneath my bedroom window.

My smart little monkey didn't decide to explore the neighborhood; she stayed right there waiting for me to come and find her.

Relief doesn't even begin to explain my feelings that morning...I don't think I'd ever felt so blessed in my entire life. Things could have turned out so differently. We were incredibly lucky.

Thanks for the refresher course, Mommy! Anyways, I've been trying to convince Mommy that we can completely obliterate her stress over me falling out the window by buying a window perch! I'm sure you've seen them advertised and some of you may even have one, they simply attach to a window or windowsill by suction cups, screws or velcro, and kitty has a safe place to lounge and watch the world go by.

But you know what Mommy said when I asked her for one? That she's afraid I've gotten too heavy and I would make it break off the window! Have you ever heard anything more offensive in your life? Talk about a pathetic excuse!

I'm not giving up my quest though! I've been studying this article on the best cat window perches and seats and have picked out a few favorites...

Do any of you have a cat window perch? 
Which one would your kitty choose?
And how can I convince Mommy to buy me one?

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

TBT on National Truffle Day

According to the National Day Calendar, today is National Truffle Day.

I guess it goes without saying that while I could nosh on chocolate truffles all day long, my favorite will always be my beautiful, missed beyond words angel Truffles. We thought the best way to celebrate the day would be with a collection of some favorite photos of my sweet girl...

Have a truffle or two in her honor today!