Monday, October 21, 2019

Unboxing October's CatLadyBox

The theme of October's CatLadyBox was the annual Black Cats Box...here's what was inside!


Featured Cat Lady Artist: Peppa Potter

Happy Black Cat Long-Sleeve Shirt: I love wearing long-sleeved t-shirts this time of year, so this is the purrfect addition to my wardrobe. And it's not Halloween-specific at all, so it can be worn all year long.


Ceramic Black Cat-O-Lantern: This will be sitting in the middle of my dining room table right through Thanksgiving. Ceramic pumpkins of various colors and patterns seemed to be all the rage this year in home decor stores, but this is by far the cutest and classiest of them all.

Lacy Black Cat Ears: A cat lady can never have enough cat ears, and I have several, but I especially love the lace effect on this one.


Boo Kitty & Shelly the Skelekitty Glow in the Dark Catnip Toys: Poor Mudpie. Once again I managed to commandeer her toys for my Halloween decorations. Try not to feel too sorry for her...she already has more toys than she knows what to do with!


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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Waiting for Mommy to Come Home #SundaySelfie


(Taken through the side door when I came home from work on Friday.
I count down the minutes until I get to see that face again.)


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

Saturday, October 19, 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. My parents' health makes me nervous.

2. I should get rid of so much stuff, but I can't because I'm a pack rat and have a sentimental attachment to so much of it. I'm getting better though and have parted with a lot over the past couple years.

3. My ideal home would include extra rooms to display my cat and Conway collections. As a follow-up to #2, these things are my priority. If you're not a cat or Conway item you'd better be darn useful or your days may be numbered...

4. You would not find skylights in my ideal home. I get headaches very easily from the sunlight coming through regular windows so I certainly wouldn't want to deal with skylights.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Halloween Through the Years #FlashbackFriday

Meows from Mudpie!

I was just thinking about how this is going to be my 5th Halloween with Mommy, and how much fun we always have together this time of year.

My first Halloween here in 2015 I met this freakish thing. As hard as I tried I could not kill it, but late last year something awesome happened. His batteries died and Mommy can't get the battery compartment open to replace them. Unable to make him work she didn't even pull him out this year!

This was Mommy's first video attempt on our blog which is why it's so dark, but we still think you'll enjoy it. We like to call it "Who Let Mudpie Out?" Did you ever think I could be so vicious?



In 2016 I participated in Tocktober with one of my Halloween scratcher houses from Target. Thankfully Mommy covered up my lady bits.


In 2017 Mommy brought home another creepy decoration that I was none too impressed with. He was even more skin and bones than I was when I got here, but he didn't stick around to let Mommy fatten him up like I did. We aren't exactly sure where he is right now...



And last year I got to be immortalized in some Boolatry art as a race car driver. Vroom, vroom...


If you're looking for some fun cat-related Halloween stories, we have those too! Mommy wrote all of these and we're quite proud of them...




Truffles' Halloween Tail Parts 1 and 2

A Home for Ichabod

This month has been rather chaotic here at our house so we're not exactly sure what we'll be doing for Halloween. We just finished decorating this week and only pulled out our favorite decorations since we got such a late start.

Do you have any fun Halloween plans, or a favorite memory from Halloweens past?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Remembering Grandpa Mason on National Feral Cat Day

We wanted to devote our National Feral Cat Day post this year to Grandpa Mason, a cat who stole the hearts of everyone who knew him and made a difference in the lives of so many kittens in need.

Photo: Grandpa Mason and his kittens on Facebook

For anyone not familiar with his story...
Grandpa Mason’s Story (by Tiny Kittens Rescue in British Columbia, Canada)
In October 2016 we trapped an injured feral cat named Mason. 
A surprise diagnosis of advanced terminal kidney disease meant we couldn’t return this fierce warrior to his home in the wild due to daily medical and feeding regimens with a special diet.
Mason’s many scars told us how hard he had fought to survive this long. So, instead of euthanasia, we felt Mason deserved a chance to experience comfort and freedom from pain in his sunset months. We didn’t know if he could accept life in captivity, but we needed to try. 
Mason adjusted better than we were expecting, although he doesn’t want Humans to touch him. That was the best we thought it could get for him, and he seemed quite content. 
What happened next shocked us.
He met some rescue kittens one day, and his life suddenly was complete. He had a purpose again, and every day since he met his first litter, we have seen a carefree kittenhood emerge that he clearly never had a chance to experience growing up feral. 
He adores his kittens, and teaches them manners, lets them “comfort nurse”, and chases them around the house with great glee. We’ve never seen anything like it, and we will try to keep him surrounded by kittens as much as possible. 
What he taught us in the last year has been shocking and remarkable. This “lost cause” “worthless” old feral cat has enriched our lives in ways we could never have imagined. Follow his adventures at Grandpa Mason and his kittens.
We don’t know how many days he has left, but we know each one will be filled with happiness, comfort, adventure, love -- on his terms -- and the dignity every living creature deserves after a life well lived.
Grandpa Mason ended up spending 1,069 days with the organization's founder doing the work he was surely put on this earth to do before being called home to the Rainbow Bridge last month. He was an angel even before he left for the Bridge, and I'd be willing to bet that even now he's caring for those who were let down by humans and never knew a loving touch or a kind word.

In Grandpa Mason's memory let's help raise awareness about feral cats, debunk common myths about them, support TNR efforts in our communities, and spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering our pets. We humans have caused this problem, so it’s our obligation to do the best we can to protect these innocent creatures.


Tiny Kittens just posted this beautiful tribute yesterday on Grandpa Mason's Gotcha Day...

"Three years ago today, we trapped a dying feral cat named Mason. With just a few months left to live, I brought him home to give him the comfort and dignity every living creature deserves after a life well lived.

What happened next blew us away.

Mason found a new purpose in life: being a foster grandpa to rescue kittens. For 1069 magical days, Grandpa Mason shaped dozens of young minds, passed down important grandpa secrets, demonstrated tremendous hunting prowess, taught manners, quashed impudence and created a multitude of fashion-forward kitten hairstyles.

On September 19, 2019, we had to say goodbye to Mason. He crossed the Bridge peacefully and painlessly, with great dignity, at home on his tiny sofa, surrounded by the Auracuda, the TinyTuxies and his kittens.

For 1069 days, we got to love this glorious ancient "lost cause" feral cat. We got to give him 1069 days surrounded by love, free from pain and smothered in slobbery kitten kisses.

Each of those days was a gift to us, and to him. Given his feral upbringing and his medical condition when he arrived, it would have been easy to write him off as a lost cause. I’m so grateful we didn’t.

Grandpa Mason showed the world that even if you’re old, sick, feral, broken or different… you have value. You have something to offer. You are worthy of compassion. You matter."

Monday, October 14, 2019

Torties Take Trips Too #MewsicMovesMe

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is "in honor of Columbus Day, songs about taking a journey. It can be an actual trip, or a trip into the imagination, or even an emotional journey."


I'm not a fan of travelling by any stretch of the imagination, but this is a topic that lends itself to some great songs. We'll start with a legendary Conway & Loretta duet about a trip across the Mississippi River to get to the one you love...











Should I be worried that Mudpie has her suitcase packed?

Where do you think she's headed, and who wants to ride shotgun?


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Heart Melting #SundaySelfie

Mommy here!

Mudpie melts my heart on a daily basis, but this took the cake.

Her favorite way to sleep in our bed is with me on my right side, legs bent just enough to make a little nest for her. Yesterday morning I woke up to find her sweet little head resting on the back of my leg, looking completely blissed out. I grabbed my phone to capture this priceless moment and was surprised that it came out pretty good in spite of no lights being on in the room.

Have you ever seen a more cozy, content kitty? I was so glad it wasn't a work morning because it was a moment I wanted to last forever.


The blankie she's on is from the wonderful Florida Furkids mom. And Mudpie is quite appalled that no matter what angle her photo is taken in our bedroom, Conway is in the background. She's just gonna have to learn to live with that!


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

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Scary Mudpie #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!

Mudpie's answers:

1. Delectables Squeeze Ups are tasty. I'm totally addicted to "squeezies," as we call them. I want to try those Inaba Churus too but we can't find a place to buy them singly. Mommy doesn't want to buy a case if I'm not going to like them.

2. If I was going to a Halloween party, I would go as myself. So many people dress up as cats for Halloween, so I wouldn't even need a costume. Good thing because nobody's gonna cover up all this cute!

Mommy's answers:

3. If everything goes according to plan, I'll finish up my Halloween decorating this weekend. I'm so late this year!!!

4. Some of the haunted house attractions I went to as a kid are the spookiest things I have ever experienced. I miss going to those! One was a Haunted Forest and it was amazing. Now it seems like Halloween parties have taken the place of haunted happenings.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Unboxing September's CatLadyBox

The theme of September's CatLadyBox was "Teacher's Pet"...here's what was inside!


Cat-related office supplies are right up my alley, so this box made me very happy! The items are pretty self-explanatory so this month's post is primarily pictures.

"I Speak Fluent Cat" Shirt


Black Cat Scissors

Cat Binder Clip Set


Light-Up Cat Pen

Cat Memo Notepads


Catnip Ruler Toy & Crunchy Catnip Apple Toy

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Napping Negotiator

I posted this story on my Facebook page Monday evening, but for anyone who didn't see it...

Put this at the top of the list of Cutest Mudpie Moments Ever...

My car lease is up at the end of the month and I've decided to buy it. I wanted my Dad on speaker phone when I called the leasing company because I had no idea what I should be asking.

While we were on the phone Mudpie strolled into the room and heard the seemingly disembodied voice coming from my cell phone. She climbed up into Dad's lap and started meowing...right into the phone!

The lady didn't say anything but I was laughing so hard I could barely contain myself. I only wish I had video! It surely would've been a contender on America's Funniest Home Videos, and maybe my little one would've won me enough money to pay for the car!


Negotiating such a tough deal took a lot outta Mudpie and she needed a looooong nap afterwards! I think she earned an extra Delectables Squeeze Up, don't you?

Monday, October 7, 2019

October 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 October for this freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop...


45 Years Ago - 1974, I See the Want to In Your Eyes, Conway Twitty

In a way it breaks my heart and irritates me that some people only know Conway as a running gag/distraction on Family Guy. On the other hand I've read YouTube comments from people who say they looked him up after seeing him on the show and fell in love with his voice, so I guess if it's introducing him to a new generation it's a good thing. The one episode that featured an entire song, not just a snippet, was this performance.


40 Years Ago - 1979, Last Cheater's Waltz, T. G. Sheppard

Such a beautiful song...


35 Years Ago - 1984, I Don't Know a Thing About Love (The Moon Song), Conway Twitty

This footage came from 1985's Wembley International Festival of Country Music in the UK. 


30 Years Ago - 1989, Living Proof, Ricky Van Shelton

Read on for my personal RVS story!



This picture was taken on August 31, 1991. As a fan club member, this was actually the second time I'd gotten to meet Ricky backstage. It was 2 weeks after the death of my childhood cat Patch and our hearts were still broken, but it was still an amazing night. Two things in particular I remember - it had been very rainy and the mud was insane, and I took note when he covered a couple Conway songs. (Even when I was enjoying another artist it was still always about Conway!)


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

Saturday, October 5, 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. October is the perfect month for kitty cuddling. Mudpie is wanting my lap and extra blankies on the bed more and more lately, and I'm loving it!

2. The most recent purchase I made online was Grumpy Cat Halloween pajama pants from Walmart. My store didn't have them in stock so I ordered them online for free pick up.

Mudpie's answers:

3. If I turned invisible for a day, I would have fun scaring Mommy. Every night when she's getting ready for bed I wait for just the right moment to fly up the recliner outside our bedroom door to scare her. She's come to expect it and it has become a fun game between us, but I still manage to make her jump. I can only imagine how much more fun it would be if she couldn't see me coming!

4. Doing the aforementioned has gotten me in trouble in the past.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Fun Feline Finds for Halloween from Etsy

Meows from Mudpie!

I'm excited because Mommy is planning to start pulling out our Halloween decorations next week. Even though she already has more than she could ever use she's always looking for more, and one of her favorite places to shop for Halloween goodies is Etsy. There are so many creative people out there creating pawsome kitty items, and we thought we'd share some of our favorite finds (for both humans and cats) with you today!





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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Review/Interview: Two Bites Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein


Things are finally looking up for Sarah Blair following her unsavory divorce. Settled into a cozy carriage house with her sassy Siamese cat, RahRah, she has somehow managed to hang on to her modest law firm receptionist job and—if befriending flea-bitten strays at the local animal shelter counts—lead a thriving social life. For once, Sarah almost has it together more than her enterprising twin, Emily, a professional chef whose efforts to open a gourmet restaurant have hit a real dead end …

When the president of the town bank and city council is murdered after icing Emily’s business plans, all eyes are on the one person who left the scene with blood on her hands—the Blair girls’ sharp-tongued mother, Maybelle. Determined to get her mom off the hook ASAP, Sarah must collect the ingredients of a deadly crime to bring the true culprit to justice. But as neighbors turn against her family, can she pare down the suspects before another victim lands on the chopping block?


I'm always wary about jumping into a cozy mystery series without the benefit of reading the first in the series because these books tend to have lots of characters, potentially making for some confusion. In the case of this book I didn't need to worry about a thing. Events from the first book are mentioned frequently, and in such a way that I felt "caught up" and like I wasn't missing out on anything. Of course this isn't to say that I won't be going back to read the first book, because I certainly will!

The first thing that jumped out at me about this book was the cover. How cute can you get?!?!?! But what kept me reading was the characters, especially the mother/daughter bond between Maybelle and her twins Sarah and Emily. Siamese RahRah steals the show of course, especially during the pet parade and animal blessing, both taking part during the town's YipYeow Day to benefit the animal shelter. I was kept guessing until the end and am looking forward to seeing what's next for this cast of characters. Anyone who enjoys sassy Southern cozies - and women - will find this book as satisfying as a glass of sweet tea.



Mudpie was very excited to have the opportunity to interview RahRah, the feline star of this series. We hope you enjoy learning more about him!


Welcome, RahRah! Thank you so much for chatting with me today. Could you start by telling us a little about yourself and how you came to live with Sarah?

Mudpie, so glad to be visiting with you today. As you can tell from my tan color, eyes, and markings, I’m a Siamese cat, but I have a bit of a Southern flare to me. I was born in New Orleans. When I was a kitten, Mother Blair, Sarah’s ex-husband’s mother, pulled me out of a hurricane’s swirling waters and adopted me. She liked to tell anyone who’d listen that she especially loved me because I used up one of my nine lives.

Because the hurricane destroyed her New Orleans home, we moved to Baton Rouge. We thought we’d live out our lives there, but her son, William Taft Blair, had a different idea. He decided because Mother Blair was getting old, we needed to move near him and his wife, Sarah, in Wheaton, Alabama. As he explained, he’d found a property that was perfect for all of us. While Bill and Sarah shared the big house facing Main Street, he installed Mother Blair and me in the carriage house. As he explained, we’d be close to Sarah and him, but far enough away Bill’s allergy to me wouldn’t bother him.

Sarah, Mother Blair and I grew very close. It was a sad day when Bill announced he’d fallen in love with another woman (Sarah refers to her as Bimbo) and wanted a divorce. Sarah had to move into an efficiency apartment, but she still visited us in the carriage house. When Mother Blair died just before Sarah and Bill’s divorce was finalized, I didn’t know what to expect. I was afraid Bill would send me away because of his cat allergy. Happily, when he asked Sarah to take me in, she did.

Is there a story behind your unusual name?

Mother Blair was going to name me Katrina, for the hurricane, but when she realized I was a boy, she knew that would never do. She decided to celebrate my life by calling me RahRah.

What is a typical day like for you?

My typical day is perfect. Considering I’m a trust fund fur baby, what could be wrong?

When I wake up, I stretch and rub myself against Sarah until she wakes up. I jump off our bed and make my way to the kitchen – my favorite place. Sarah is well trained, so she comes in and feeds me immediately. After breakfast, if Sarah isn’t working, I nap, sun, or play with her. If she is working, I nap, sun or play with one of my toys or anything I can jump on until Sarah gets home and feeds me again. Life is good.

Tell us about Two Bites Too Many, the new Sarah Blair mystery you star in.

I’m excited about Two Bites Too Many. Things are finally looking up for Sarah following her unsavory divorce. Settled into a cozy carriage house with me, she has somehow managed to hang on to her law firm receptionist job and – if befriending flea-bitten strays at the local animal shelter counts – lead a thriving social life. For once, Sarah almost has it together more than her enterprising twin, Emily, a professional chef whose efforts to open a gourmet restaurant have hit a real dead end…

When the president of the town bank and city council is murdered after icing Emily’s business plans, all eyes are on the one person who left the scene with blood on her hands – the twins’ sharp-tongued mother, Maybelle. Determined to get her mom off the hook ASAP, Sarah must collect the ingredients of a deadly crime to bring the true culprit to justice.

You have quite the adventures in this book, acting as grand marshal of a pet parade and taking part in an animal blessing. How did you feel about those two events?

Although I was flattered to be the grand marshal, it really wasn’t as big a deal for me as it was for Wheaton’s mayor and Sarah. Riding on the wagon was a bit bouncy, but Sarah held me tightly. Don’t tell anyone, I did enjoy when Sarah waved my paw at the crowd.

I originally thought the animal blessing was a public relations gimmick, but the service, including the blessing and the songs sung, were quite peaceful. The event brought a lot of Wheaton’s finest together – animals and people.

Who's the pup on the cover with you? Do you two get along?

Fluff was abandoned or lost when Mr. Rogers, who has a home directly across Main Street from our big house, spotted her. With kindness and treats, he coaxed her to let him help her. He adores Fluffy. Sometimes, though, we take care of her. As long as Fluffy remembers her place is secondary to me, we get along just fine.

Can you give us any clues as to what's next for you and Sarah?

Think motorcycles, vegan recipes, a new veterinarian clinic, and me in the middle of it all --- what more could you ask? In Three Treats Too Many, which is scheduled for release in September 2020, Sarah gets a big part, too. In the meantime, I hope you and your human will enjoy learning about Jell-O in a Can in One Taste Too Many and how to make a Howellian Catnip Wine Spritzer in Two Bites Too Many.

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