Monday, July 15, 2019

July 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 July for this freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop...(this month's selections aren't in chronological order because Conway comes first, of course.)

35 Years Ago - 1984, Somebody's Needin' Somebody, Conway Twitty

Two things strike me about this video - first, I would give my right arm to be on the receiving end of the ridiculously sexy smile at 1:45, and if you watch through to the very end he reaches down to shake someone's hand (I assume a female fan) and she nearly pulls him off the stage! Who can blame her???

50 Years Ago - 1969, I Love You More Today, Conway Twitty

"We've already done the things he plans to do
So don't be surprised if late at night 
I'm in your dreams with you."

Classic Conway...

30 Years Ago - 1989, Cathy's Clown, Reba

Probably my all-time favorite country music video. Reba sure made a beautiful saloon girl.

30 Years Ago - 1989, What's Going On In Your World, George Strait

40 Years Ago - 1979, Amanda, Waylon Jennings

Let us know if you have a favorite this month!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Cat Sitting #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

We have a guest selfie this week and I am *not* happy about it. Not one single bit.

Mommy is going to be cat sitting this little priss pants that lives next door for the next THREE weeks! Do you realize how much time that's going to take her away from moi? And would you believe Mommy said when she lets neighbor kitty sniff her fingers she scrunches up her nose and backs away? Mommy belongs to ME and my scent belongs on her fingers! 

Mommy says I should feel sorry for her, and how would I feel if she left me home alone for 3 weeks, but I don't care. I'm thoroughly disgusted by this turn of events and will rant if I want to!

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

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Caturday Art

Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art 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. I am able to parallel park, but I won't. It's something so many struggle with, but I never did. Then when I took my driving test the instructor couldn't find properly placed cars to do it and he just had me mimic the movements as though there were cars there. Still, I haven't done it since and go out of my way to avoid it.

2. I won't ever drive a stick shift again. My father was determined that I learn to drive a stick when he started teaching me how to drive. I could not get the hang of it, and combined with the fact that I wasn't crazy about driving in the first place, it completely ruined the experience for me. Once I got an automatic to drive I loved it.

3. The current chapter of my life would be titled Is It September Yet?

4. I've been meaning to get a bunch more stuff gathered for Goodwill but haven't yet.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Paper Bag Day Flashback Friday

Meows from Mudpie!

Did you know that today is Paper Bag Day? I'm a huge fan of paper bags when Mommy brings them home from the grocery store. (Don't most kitties love to get inside the bags? Strangely enough, Mommy tells me Angel Tara used to prefer crushing them down and sleeping on top of them! It was one of her favorite nap spots and there was always one on the floor.)

I thought it would be fun to celebrate Paper Bag Day with a flashback to 2015 as we were getting ready for my first Christmas in my forever home. Mommy had come home from Trader Joe's and I ran into a slight problem...

(A word of caution: always remove the handles from bags before letting kitty play with them as they can be a strangling hazard. Mommy hadn't done that yet when these pictures were taken but I was never left unsupervised with the bag.)

Crap on a cracker. My favorite toy just rolled into this bag.

'Scuse me a minute...


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Book Review/Giveaway: Left Fur Dead (A Jules & Bun Mystery) by J.M. Griffin

Juliette “Jules” Bridge prides herself on the tender rehabilitation she provides for injured or abused rabbits on her New Hampshire rescue farm, but she has a very special relationship with one bunny in particular. Bun is a black-and-white rabbit who happens to have the ability to communicate through mental telepathy. Once she got over the shock, Jules found her furry friend had a lot to say.

One frigid March morning on their walk together, Bun spots a body. The police identify the frozen stiff as Arthur Freeman, aka Arty the Mime. Jules and Arty knew each other on the children's party circuit, where he’d perform magic tricks and she had an educational rabbit petting pen. With Bun egging her on, Jules decides it’s time they hop to it and put their heads together to discover who silenced the mime. But their investigation leads them down a rabbit hole of more suspects and lies, while a killer sets a trap for them .

I think the highest compliment I can give to this book is that after reading it I want to go out and adopt a rabbit!

In the debut of this wonderful new mystery series we meet Jules, owner of a rescue rabbit farm in a quaint New Hampshire town. Her constant companion is Bun, one of her rescues she's able to communicate with telepathically. On an early spring walk (Bun rides around in his own little baby sling), they stumble upon the body of a man they know from performing at children's parties together. Following numerous break ins at the farm and a physical attack that appear to be linked to the murder, Jules and Bun decide to do a little sleuthing of their own.

I'll admit to being suspicious of the person who ended up being the killer early on, even though I had no clue as to the motive. I enjoyed learning about the care bunnies require through Jules' activities at the farm, and I couldn't help but fall in love with Bun. He's sweet and innocent, wise and observant, a hysterical chatterbox and sometimes downright self-centered, yet he's beyond adorable and a total scene stealer.

If you're looking for a different take on the typical pet-centric cozy, you can't go wrong with Left Fur Dead. By the end of the book Bun is already looking forward to their next mystery, and so am I!

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Remembering Two Precious Souls

Today is the fourth anniversary of the day my baby girl Truffles flew off to the bridge, and the sixth anniversary of the day her big sister Tara paved the way before her. 

It goes without saying this is the hardest day of the year for me. I've tried not to dwell on the anniversary approaching as much as I have in previous years, but that doesn't mean the pain has lessened in any way. Comprehending the tragic set of circumstances that took Truffles from me far before her time is something I will always struggle with, and most likely something I will never be able to accept. She deserved so much more from life. And the fact that I lost them both on the same day two years apart makes me wish I could scratch this date right off the calendar.

In honor of my precious girls, please give your own fur babies a little something special today. Maybe an extra hug or kiss, a few more minutes of play or cuddle time, extra treats wouldn't hurt either.

Our time together is so fleeting; their fragile lives all too short. Never miss an opportunity to show them how much they're loved.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Caturday Art

Meows from Mudpie!

This week we did something a little different with our art and applied two different effects. We started with the Photo Lab app, then applied the Film Stock effect in PicMonkey. I think I look quite ravishing!

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. I like my wet food with gravy. Lots and lots of gravy. Preferably all gravy.

2. Love is a risk worth taking.

Mommy's answers:

3. When I was 6 years old, I had to have a Cabbage Patch Doll. When they first came out I had no interest in them at all. Of course once they became hugely popular and scarce in the stores I had to have one. Thankfully a family friend who worked at Kmart was able to get one for me. I still have her too! Her name is Felice.

4. I spend the most time thinking about cats (Mudpie in particular), books, and Conway. In other words, my 3 favorite things in life.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Binga Forever

Meows from Mudpie!

I'm heartbroken to say that late last week I lost one of my heroes - Binga the tortie from the SparkleCat blog. She was nearly 19 and we knew goodbye was near, but that doesn't make it any easier.

To say Binga was the Queen of Tortitude would be an understatement. I have a feeling the phrase itself was invented because of Binga! She was strikingly beautiful, feisty, a master photobomber, a true character in every way.

I think the best way I can pay tribute to her is by sharing her wit and wisdom with a list of some of my favorite posts she starred in. You'll notice many are tortie tutorials and eager student that I am, I took her lessons to heart. Tortie World Domination is bound to happen one of these days, and Binga pioneered the movement!

Binga - we love you, we miss you, we'll never forget you.

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Purrfect 10: Vacation Destinations for Cat Lovers

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.

The height of summer travel season is upon us, as millions take to the roads, skies and rails for fun family vacations. For those of us whose lives revolve around our cats, the only down side to these trips is leaving our fur babies at home, so we seek out cat-related destinations. This month's Purrfect 10 features a variety of locations to add to your bucket list of places to visit...

United States Destinations

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum: The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West is just as famous for its feline residents as it is for its former owner. Hemingway’s passion for 6-toed cats began in the 1930s when Snow White was given to him as a gift from a sea captain. Sailors favored polydactyl cats, believing they brought good luck and safe passage. To this day, many of Snow White’s descendants roam the grounds of Hemingway Home, with more than 50 currently residing on the property. About half of the cats have six toes, but all carry the polydactyl gene.

Cat World at Utah's Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: More than 700 cats live at Cat World, a village of 11 buildings that provide cats with indoor luxuries, enclosed catios, and hidey-holes for privacy. Specialized accommodations for cats with various needs (incontinent, FIV, neurological disorders, leukemia) allow them to live a life of dignity with all their medical needs met, not to mention loads of love and attention thanks to a staff of 40 caretakers. Many will be adopted, but those that aren't have a home for life at Cat World.

Cat'N Around Catskill: A summer-long outdoor art exhibit featuring painted fiberglass cats lining Historic Main Street in Catskill, New York. The cats stay in place through Labor Day, and later in September they are auctioned off. Currently in its 13th year, the event started as a way to bring attention to local businesses and raise money for charity, but has become a huge tourist attraction and unique platform for artists to display their creativity.

New York City’s Algonquin Hotel: The tradition of the Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920’s. The hotel’s first cat, Billy, lived in the hotel during the famed Round Table of the 1920’s. In 1933, two days after Billy passed away a stray cat wandered into the hotel looking for shelter. He was immediately welcomed to stay and named Rusty. Frequent guest John Barrymore felt this name was too common for a cat residing in such a prestigious hotel. Rusty was renamed Hamlet in honor of Barrymore’s greatest stage role. Over the years, the hotel has had eight Hamlets and three cats named Matilda. The current Hamlet has a full-time job as hotel ambassador, and each summer he stars in the Algonquin’s annual Cat Fashion Show, which raises money for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

American Museum of the House Cat: Located in Sylva, North Carolina, this museum is the private collection of Dr. Harold Sims – aka CatMan2 – and it’s likely America’s largest collection of house cat memorabilia. Items displayed in the museum include cat-centric toys, clocks, banks, dolls, advertising illustrations, animation cells, fine art, folk art, thrift store art, beer steins, music boxes, carnival games, carousel animals, jewelry, pottery, puppets, automatons, and Halloween knick-knacks. Proceeds fund Dr. Sims Catman2 Shelter, Western North Carolina’s largest no kill, cage free, open concept cats-only shelter, which has taken in and adopted over 4,000 cats through the years.

International Destinations

De Poezenboot: The Catboat: A world-famous tourist attraction in Amsterdam, the Catboat is the only animal sanctuary that literally floats. Founded in 1966 by Henriette van Weelde as a refuge for stray and abandoned cats, De Poezenboot is now an official charity housing up to 50 cats at once. Cats are available for adoption, but tourists are also welcome to come on board for a “kitty fix.” There’s no entrance fee, but donations are welcome and go towards the care of the cats.

Festival of the Cats Parade: Held triennially on the second Sunday of May since 1955, the Kattenstoet (“Festival of the Cats”) is a parade in Ypres, Belgium, devoted to cats. Its origins come from the horrific Middle Ages tradition of throwing cats from the highest tower to the town square below in order to kill “evil spirits.” Thankfully, today it’s plush cats that are thrown down to the crowd, and whoever catches one gets to make a wish. Thousands of cat lovers from around the globe attend the festival dressed as felines, witches, mice, or townspeople from ages past to enjoy floats, giant cats, music, theater and dance groups.

Tashirojima (Cat Island): An island where the cat population is now larger than the human population? Sign me up for a one-way ticket! Cat Island exists due to the large stray cat population that thrives as a result of the belief that felines represent luck and good fortune, and doubly so if you feed and care for them. Locals even give credit to the cats for the island's survival during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami! Because of this they are treated like kings by the island’s fewer than 100 remaining residents even though most are considered feral. There’s even a small shrine on the island to honor a cat that was accidentally killed by fishermen centuries ago. Not surprisingly, for the cats’ protection no dogs are allowed.

Taiwan’s Houtong Cat Village: Once a thriving mining town, the area began to decline as the coal mining industry began to die out. In 2008 a local cat lover started posting pictures of the village's stray cats online, creating an overwhelming response from other cat lovers around the nation. Houtong became a center for cat lovers as word spread, and the number of cats living there increased, reviving a declining village and transforming it into a tourist destination. Drivers entering the town are greeted with a sign that reads " A lot of stray cats here. Drive slowly," and a special bridge has been constructed above the busy railway, to allow safe passage for the cats. Cat-related shops, cafes and restaurants cater to the village's estimated one million visitors per year.

Sanrio Puroland : Hello Kitty Theme Park in Tokyo: An indoor theme park run by the Sanrio company, creators of Hello Kitty, hosting various musicals, restaurants, attractions, parades, fireworks and theme rides. The park is now one of Japan's most popular attractions, where tourists can visit the homes of beloved Sanrio characters and shop at an extensive gift shop selling Sanrio merchandise.

Have you ever gone on a cat-themed vacation?