Monday, June 17, 2019

June Retro Country Rewind #MewsicMovesMe

This spring 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 June for this freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop...


30 Years Ago - 1989, A Better Man, Clint Black

1989 was a banner year for newcomers in country music, producing the likes of Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson. Clint Black was my favorite of the group, and the first country artist to see his debut single hit #1 on the charts since 1975.



35 Years Ago - 1984, I Can Tell By the Way You Dance, Vern Gosdin

I've always been nuts about this song, and wish Conway had been the one to record it.
It is, as he always said, the perfect "Conway Twitty song."



40 Years Ago - 1979, She Believes In Me, Kenny Rogers



45 Years Ago - 1974, I Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore, Charlie Rich



Miss Conway? Me too. But he'll be back next month with a pair of #1 records for the month of July!


Let us know if you have a favorite this month!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Pleading #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Would you be able to resist this pleading look if I aimed it in your direction?

Mommy helped me snap this selfie the other day when she returned home from cat-sitting our neighbor kitty. It's one more thing added to her already overflowing plate. I was begging her to come inside and have some "us" time.


We feel like we're totally neglecting our duties in the cat blogosphere lately. (You may have noticed we've cut down our schedule to posting on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and the weekends.) Mommy is so overwhelmed by life right now - her work has been insane for months, and now my grandpa has some new health issues that have had to be dealt with. It feels like she and I never have enough quality time to spend together anymore.

If you think this selfie is cute, wait until you see video of the game of footsie we play through the door, which Mommy got at the same time as this photo. That is...if she finds time to upload it!


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

Saturday, June 15, 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 hope brick and mortar bookstores never go out of business.

2. So far, the highlight of my year has been winning 4 Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writers Association.

Mudpie's answers:

3. Mommy's work and other obligations take up too much time. More on that tomorrow...

4. If I didn't have to sleep, I would spend that extra time entertaining Mommy. But I think she's entertained watching me nap. I'm pretty adorable regardless of what I'm doing.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Unboxing June's CatLadyBox

The theme of June's CatLadyBox was "Tropurrcal Vibes"...here's what was inside!



Featured Cat Lady Artist: Alexandra Brodt

Cat Cocktails Tank Top: I think the CatLadyBox shirts get cuter each month, if possible. These cartoon kitties are over-the-top adorable. These are my kind of adult beverages!


Cat-Shaped Beach Towel: I'm not a beach girl so this will be used as an extra blanket on the bed come fall. The fact that it's cat-shaped is just pure purrfection.

Cat Travel Bottles: I'm going to use these to hold lotions in the bathroom since I'm not a big traveler either. Love the colors!


Fabulous Flamingo & Timmy the Toucan Catnip Toys: Mudpie is close to having her own zoo thanks to the CatLadyBox animal catnip toys! She loves the extra nip in the toucan, and can't get enough of the flamingo's pretty pink feathers.



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Monday, June 10, 2019

Happy Birthday Darlin' Dolly #MewsicMovesMe

The honorary co-host of this month's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is Marie, otherwise known as XmasDolly. In honor of her birthday, this week's prompt is a birthday song to her, followed by a song that starts with the first letter of your first name...


To this girl, there's only one birthday song. Conway's Happy Birthday Darlin' was #1 for 3 weeks back in 1979. I love it because not only does he sing the chorus, but he also speaks the verses in that dreamy voice of his. He could read the phone book to me and I would be in heaven...


Both Melissa and Mudpie begin with the same letter, so our choice for a song that begins with the letter "M" is My Elusive Dreams by Tammy Wynette and David Houston. It was Tammy's very first #1 record back in 1967. Songs like this make me ache to travel back in time to when country music tugged at the heartstrings like this...


Happy Birthday, Darlin' Dolly!

We hope you enjoyed the songs we picked out for you.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Box Pawty #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

This box is so big I could have a few friends over! Who wants to join me?


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

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Sweet But Sassy #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. A past event that I would like to see in person is a Conway concert.

2. If I were a dog, my breed would be a dachshund. No reason why - they're just my favorite breed.

Mudpie's answers:

3. If I came with a warning label, it would say the following: Too Cute to Handle.

4. I would want to take Mommy with me to a deserted island. Not only for love and cuddles, but I need my purrsonal servant with me wherever I go. (Mommy says she would take you-know-who, and having him all to herself, she would never want to be rescued. Hopefully I could tag along too...)

Friday, June 7, 2019

Torties Like Donuts Too #Flashback Friday

Meows from Mudpie!

This afternoon before Mommy comes home from work she'll be stopping at Dunkin' Donuts for her freebie just as she's always done on National Donut Day.

Five years ago Angel Truffles was quite perturbed to sneak a peek inside the bag to find that not even a taste of custard had been left for her from the Boston cream donut.


Her look said it all...Shame on you, Mommy.



Do any of you kitties like a taste of donut?

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Still Missing You, 26 Years Later #MewsicMovesMe

This week we're joining the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop a couple days late in order to remember Conway on the 26th anniversary of his death. I still remember that tragic day and what I was doing when I heard the news like it was yesterday. I know some people probably think it's crazy to feel such a strong emotional attachment to someone you never met, but short of the loss of close family and my beloved pets, I've shed more tears for him than anyone else. Even after all these years this is a very difficult day for me.

While Mudpie may be thinking, "What is the big deal about you, anyways?," I choose to believe he's growing on her. The way she gazed at my new clock last week touched my heart.

Instead of playing Conway today we decided to play a tribute song by Kelly Lang, wife of country singer TG Sheppard and daughter of Conway's longtime road manager Velton Lang. Goodbye Darlin perfectly says everything his fans feel about him, and always will. It's impossible for me to watch or listen to it without crying...



My fingers ran across a cold lonely stone
Dated June fifth ninety-three
I thought I heard his voice as I turned to go
But it’s only make believe

As I placed a rose, I wiped a tear
I never knew I would feel so sad 
As I came to honor the man with a growl
The best friend a song ever had

Goodbye Darlin’
Though it’s been a long time
You’re still in our hearts
And your still on our minds
Thanks for the memories 
You sang from your soul
Though it’s goodbye darlin’
Wish I could hear you say hello darlin’

A soft caring soul, but a man of few words
And the songs he wrote tore out your heart
Ah he never knew just how great he was
When he left this world he tore us apart

Goodbye Darlin’
Though it’s been a long time
You’re still in our hearts
And your still on our minds
Thanks for the memories 
You sang from your soul
Though it’s goodbye darlin’
Wish I could hear you say hello darlin’

You know you were a legend
Ah you were one of a kind
And you left a void in our lives
When it was goodbye time

Goodbye Darlin’
Though it’s been a long time
You’re still in our hearts
And your still on our minds
Thanks for the memories 
You sang from your soul
Though it’s goodbye darlin’
Wish I could hear you say hello darlin’

Now I’m lying here with Conway on my mind

Conway Twitty: Hello Darlin’

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Book Review/Giveaway: Whiskers in the Dark: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown



Whiskers in the Dark:

A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

by Rita Mae Brown



Whiskers in the Dark: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

Cozy Mystery

28th in Series

Bantam (June 4, 2019)

Hardcover: 288 pages

ISBN-10: 0425287181

ISBN-13: 978-0425287187

Digital ASIN: B07H72MD6Z


Death stalks the Blue Ridge Mountains as a centuries-old mystery resurfaces and murder mars the lead-up to an annual beagle competition, in a thrilling new tale from Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown.

A massive nor’easter has hit northern Virginia, where Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen joins groundskeeping efforts at the National Beagle Club at Aldie as the date for its springtime Hounds for Heroes veterans’ benefit approaches. Harry’s fellow volunteers, including her oldest friend, Susan Tucker, comprise a spirited group of hunting enthusiasts, some former service members themselves. But things take a sinister turn when, after a routine tree cleanup along the Club’s hunting trails, retired foreign services officer Jason Holzknect is found dead, throat slit from ear to ear. Soon enough, another murder in their midst jolts the preparations, convincing Harry that the killer is familiar with the Club—and must be close by, masked in plain sight.

The intrigue extends to the grounds of Harry’s beloved local church, where the identity of an eighteenth-century skeleton wearing precious pearls remains a mystery. The anonymous woman’s neck had been snapped, and marks on the grave where her body was secreted indicate that someone recently tried to remove it, leading Harry to question how well she really knows those around her.

As always, Harry’s crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker the Corgi share her determination to sniff out the foes among friends, even those long buried. Harry will need her four-legged companions’ help more than ever: a ghostly beagle only they can see may hold the key to the culprit.

About the Author


Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries; the Sister Jane series; the Runnymede novels, including Six of One and Cakewalk; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; and In Her Day; as well as many other books. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, and is a Master of Foxhounds and the huntsman.

Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on numerous Mrs. Murphy mysteries—in addition to Sneaky Pie’s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers and Sneaky Pie for President.

Author Links

Website - http://ritamaebrownbooks.com/


Purchase Links - Amazon - B&N - Kobo - Google Play - IndieBound


The Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries are some of the first books that got me into cat cozies over a decade ago. So many series have come and gone over the years that I've ended up losing track of Mrs. Murphy and the gang, making Whiskers in the Dark the first I've read in quite awhile.

I've seen a lot of reviews of this series mention that these books feature a lot of political commentary, which I was glad wasn't particularly prevalent in this book. I'm always a huge fan of stories that feature a modern day mystery alongside an unsolved murder from the past, and that's exactly what we have here. I will admit to finding the story line from 1787 a bit complicated and more detailed than necessary in a cozy mystery, but it's certainly something history buffs will find fascinating. I found both mysteries to be solved in a satisfying way, and also enjoyed a behind the scenes look at preparations for a National Beagle Club event. Of course my favorite parts of the book feature conversations among the animal characters.

If you're new to the world of Mrs. Murphy you may want to start from the beginning in order to get a better introduction to these characters, but for longtime readers of the series this 28th book is certain to provide hours of enjoyment with a familiar cast of two-legged and four-legged friends.




Saturday, June 1, 2019

Stained Glass Mudpie #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Today we used a stained glass effect and couldn't choose a favorite, so we'll let you decide!




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 would love to be a personal assistant to Conway. The prompt didn't state that the person had to be alive, so did you really think I'd answer anything else? He actually ended up marrying a woman who started out as his secretary so that would be the ultimate goal! (Talk about career advancement!)

2. If I had a boat, I would name it Tortilicious. Mudpie and I just love that word.

Mudpie's answers:

3. I want to improve my ???  Seriously??? I'm purrfect and have absolutely nothing that needs improvement. (Mommy says my food choices could use improvement though.)

4. Surprises are overrated. I don't think many cats like surprises.