Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Unboxing November's CatLadyBox

 The theme of November's CatLadyBox was Kitty Kitchen...here's what was inside!


Featured Cat Lady Artist: DexArt

Kitty Cat Bakery Shirt: One of the many adorable things cats do is make biscuits, right? This warm and cozy long sleeve shirt celebrates that most important of food groups for us cat parents. 


Kitty Cat Cooling Rack: While I love seeing freshly baked cookies cooling on the shelf as much as the next person, I plan to get crafty with this cooling rack. I'm going to see how it looks hanging on the wall with a few special cat Christmas ornaments hanging from it! If my idea works I'll post pictures. 

Retro Cat Dishtowels (Set of 2): These have a total 50s vibe to them, making them just purrfect for me! 


Retro Meowsuring Spoons: Usually my measuring spoons are tucked away in a drawer, but I'll be keeping these cuties on display in the kitchen within easy reach. Love the cat head ring!

Marge the Meowgarine & Turkey Leg Catnip Toys: Since it's no secret Mudpie isn't a fan of human foods, while her family is eating Thanksgiving dinner she'll most likely be tossing these festive little toys in the air while giving thanks for the squeezies she's about to receive.


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Sunday, November 22, 2020

I'm Yummy and I Know It #SundaySelfie

Mommy says she could eat me up...but then she wouldn't have me!

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

Saturday, November 21, 2020

The Look of Love #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Mommy says this is one of the prettiest pieces of art I've ever created. I think she's right!


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



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

1. ALF is funny. I was obsessed with ALF as a kid. The very first DVDs I ever bought were the box sets of all 4 seasons, which I've watched straight through many times, including over the past few months. They've provided some much needed laughs during a really depressing time.

2. I've written a fan letter to many country stars when I was a teenager. Believe it or not, I never wrote to Conway. I never could've put in a letter what he meant to me and always will.

3. Testing a cat's blood sugar and giving insulin shots is easier than it looks. Not that I ever want to have to do it again, but I gave Tara insulin shots twice daily for two years and never had an issue even though I can't stand needles. My poor mom could never watch when I did it though. Maybe it didn't bother me because with fur you can't actually see the needle going in.

4. Blogging is harder than it looks. It's a big commitment but also a labor of love, especially for us pet bloggers who use our blogs to chronicles our lives with our beloved fur babies. 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Cat Conundrum by Mollie Hunt - Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway


Seaview:
the feline hero of Cat Conundrum, a Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery #7

Breed: Maine Coon

Favorite Toy: Mouse on a string; rattle balls.

Favorite Pastime: Channel surfing (i.e. watching wildlife through the window)

Likes: Food, sleep, kind people.

Dislikes: Being locked in a room with a dead man.

Advice to the reader: Be vigilant. You never know when everything’s about to change.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to tell my story. My life has been chaos lately, and I still don’t know what to make of it. There was a killing, a human snuffing the life of another human. The violence! The scent of death! And then I was left alone with the dead person, locked in a room with no escape. When they found me, I was nearly cat-atonic.

Great Cat, was I glad when they came and rescued me! The nice lady took me to her house. Granted it was a strange place with unfamiliar smells and sounds, but I am no longer the cat I once was. The minute I was locked in that death room, there was no going back.

The new human calls me Seaview, so I guess that’s my name now. I’m what they consider a Maine Coon breed of cat, though so far as I know, I’ve never been to a place called Maine—not even a street by that name—and I have no familial relationship to any raccoons. Humans are funny. They think up all sorts of things that make sense to them but to no one else. but they can say what they like—they will anyway.

I am very big, my ears are tufted, and my long silver tabby coat is resplendent. I am strong and in my prime, and I dare say, with my formidable claws and teeth, I could defend myself against a human and win. It had never crossed my mind before that awful ordeal, but now that I’ve seen the unthinkable, I could almost imagine it.

Still, for the most part, I am a mellow fellow. I like to play with toys and sit at the window watching birds and bees. I love a good sideburn scritch and enjoy being brushed. I purr loudly when I’m happy and go elsewhere when I’m not. This system had served me well until that day I was closed in where I didn’t want to be. Since all exits were closed and locked, there was no going away, no matter how loudly I cried.

Yes, it was a terrifying experience, and it didn’t end there. But if you want to know more, you must read the book, Cat Conundrum. The author chronicles my saga well, though I think she spent entirely too much time relating the human side of the story. Who could care that there were not one, not two, not three, but four grisly murders in the small, coastal town of Long Beach? Why would they want to know that the suspects were many and varied? What possible interest could it be that a rich man’s wife had gone missing, aside from the coincidence that her name was Tabby like the markings on my silver coat? But humans are hot for details, so details they shall have. And thankfully it all ended happily, at least for most of us.

Again, thank you for giving me the chance to vent a bit. Happy to do it. And now it’s time for my nap. What about you? 


CAT CONUNDRUM, the 7th Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery

A locked room. A dead man. The cat is the only witness, and he isn’t talking.

Locked-room murders are being committed in sleepy little Long Beach, Washington. As to the killer, Sheriff Matt Boulder has no idea who or why.

The sheriff needs help. He calls his friend, animal cop Denny Paris, and gets a surprise bonus: Lynley Cannon, amateur sleuth. This isn’t how the sixty-something cat shelter volunteer envisioned her beach vacation, but when Denny asks her to join him in the search, how can she refuse?

While the officers investigate one line of inquiry, Lynley takes a different approach. Her only clues, a cat found at the murder scene and a rich man’s missing wife, lead her thread by thread to a scheme more insidious than fiction.

But who will she tell when she turns out to be the one in the locked room?

To read the rest of Seaview’s story, find Cat Conundrum here.


Cat Conundrum is the 7th Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery featuring Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. For cat-lovers who like clean mysteries with a little bite to them. Cat tips, tricks, and facts at the beginning of each chapter. 

About the author:

Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of The Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery Series, featuring Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. The 3rd in the series, CAT’S PAW, was a finalist for the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem Book Award. The 5th, CAT CAFÉ, won the World’s Best Cat Litter-ary Award in 2019. The 6th, COSMIC CAT, is the winner of the Cat Writers Association Muse Medallion Award for Best Cat Mystery 2019.

Mollie’s sci-fantasy, CAT SUMMER (Fire Star Press) also won a Muse Medallion, this time for Best Cat Sci-fi Fantasy. CAT SUMMER is the first in her Cat Seasons Tetralogy where cats save the world from an evil older than history — twice! Mollie published a stand-alone mystery, PLACID RIVER RUNS DEEP, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies. She has a little book of Cat Poems as well.

Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and the Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA). She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

Author Links:

You can find Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer on her blogsite:
www.lecatts.wordpress.com
Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/
Fire Star Author Page: http://prairierosepublications.com/authors_2/mollie-hunt\
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7768987.Mollie_Hunt @MollieHuntCats
Sign up for Mollie’s Extremely Informal Newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/c0fOTn

Purchase Link: Amazon


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Cats & Cat Ladies from Etsy

Meows from Mudpie!

Can you believe Christmas is 5 weeks away??? While browsing Etsy for the purrfect gift for Mommy, I found several things that any cat mom (and the cats that love them) would love to find under the tree on Christmas morning...or to treat yourself with and make sure you get exactly what you want!











We hope you enjoy our 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 so I can buy something special for Mommy for Christmas!

Monday, November 16, 2020

November Retro Country Rewind #MewsicMovesMe

Last year we premiered our 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 have so much fun gathering the songs for it and hope you enjoy our selections.

Let's take a look at November for this freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop...


50 Years Ago - 1970, Fifteen Years Ago, Conway Twitty


45 Years Ago - 1975, I'm Sorry, John Denver


40 Years Ago - 1980, Could I Have This Dance, Anne Murray


40 Years Ago - 1980, Lady, Kenny Rogers


35 Years Ago - 1985, Hang On To Your Heart, Exile


35 Years Ago - 1985, Some Fools Never Learn, Steve Wariner


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

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Snoopervising #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

If you saw our post on Friday you know we planned to put our Christmas tree up that afternoon, and we did! It was much easier for Mommy without the heavy cabinet to move, and since I didn't get to hop inside the cabinet like I usually do, I decided to snoopervise from the top, which is where I snapped my selfie for the week too. If it looks like I'm anticipating a squeezie...I am! 


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

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Caturday Art


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



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

Mudpie's answers:

1. I like being an only child. I don't want to share Mommy or any of my stuff (not to mention my squeezies!!!) with another cat.

2. I don't want to let Mommy out of the house to go to work each day, but I have to. It's up to her to make the squeezie money!

Mommy's answers:

3. I'm counting down the days until normalcy returns. If only we had a definitive date that was going to happen.

4. Arguing about politics is a lot like banging your head against a brick wall. It's frustrating and pointless. Everyone has their own mindset and we've become so polarized that all it results in is hard feelings.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Feline Friday Flashback: Seasonal Snoopervisor

Meows from Mudpie!

If all goes according to plan, guess what we're doing this afternoon? Putting up our Christmas tree! (On Friday the 13th! In 2020, why not?)

Some of you may remember that in years past we've talked about how putting the tree up requires Mommy to move some furniture, most notably a heavy cabinet filled with records. Since she has to do it herself she obviously has to move everything out in order to lift it, then proceeds to grunt and groan while creeping it across the floor a couple feet at a time.

Once the cabinet reaches its final destination and Mommy sits down to rest, I love hopping into the (mostly) empty cabinet to hang out for awhile. 

Well, that part of my fun will be taken away this year because Mommy decided at the end of the holiday season last year that she wasn't going to put herself through that again and left the cabinet in its new forever home by the couch. I'm kind of bummed that I won't get to play inside again but don't want her to have a hernia on my account. 


On the bright side, I love where the cabinet is now because it's my favorite spot to sit and wait for my squeezie treats! Did I mention that the top of it remains nearly empty so I can jump up there whenever I want? I rule this house with an iron paw!


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).

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

It's a Big World Out There


But I'm happy to be safe inside with a Mommy who worships me. 

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Note from Mommy: 
I know all cat moms all hopelessly partial when it comes to their fur babies, 
but could Mudpie possibly be any more beautiful???

Monday, November 9, 2020

Happy Purrthday to November Babies #MewsicMovesMe

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is singers/musicians born in November. Let's get this mewsical birthday party started!

k.d. lang's version of one of the most beautiful songs in any musical genre...

 

Many artists have recorded I May Never Get to Heaven over the years, including Aretha Franklin, but Conway was the only one to take it to #1. This is my second favorite version by Narvel Felts. His voice is so unusual and on this song it gives me chills.


Coincidentally, I May Never Get to Heaven was written by country star Bill Anderson, also a November baby...


I had the opportunity to meet Linda Davis when she opened for Reba at our local fair back in 1990. I love her voice and always wished she'd been more successful in her country career. Trivia time: Linda's daughter is Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum!


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

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Strange Weather #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

I've been busy enjoying open doors and windows during our current 70 degree weather. Isn't that crazy? Friday afternoon Mommy spotted a convertible from Florida with the top down. Bet that driver never expected to be able to do that in Vermont in November! 


I love chilly days cuddling with Mommy but I'll take the warm sun whenever I can get it too. Is the weather "normal" where you live?


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

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Woodsy Mudpie #CaturdayArt


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



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

1. I never thought I would say this, but I'm starting to think I'm no longer a night person. I still much prefer nighttime to mornings but I stayed up even later than usual a few nights this week and I've really been suffering because of it.

2. I can't believe Kevin Harvick is not part of NASCAR's Championship 4 after winning 9 races this year. It's been an incredibly disappointing week all around.

3. Sleeping is how I deal with stress. Most people say when they're stressed they have a hard time sleeping but I'm just the opposite. I guess I use sleep as an escape.

4. Now is the perfect time to start planning for Christmas. Veterans Day is usually my target date for putting the Christmas tree up.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Feline Friday: Mom Gone Wrong

Meows from Mudpie!

Who needs a smile this week? We sure do, and this Instagram video should do the trick.

Mommy says this video fits her to a "T" because if she had ever had skin kids she probably would've treated them the same way. Good thing I'm a kitty!


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).

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Fun Feline Finds: Holiday Cat Tree Hand Towel

Meows from Mudpie!

Have you started thinking about holiday decorating yet? We sure have. We're always early birds anyways but with the shape the world is in this year it seems like others have jumped on the bandwagon and plan to decorate early...if they haven't started already! 

One place we don't usually decorate is the bathroom, but that might change this year after seeing these adorable new hand towels from our friends at Triple T Studios.

How sweet are these festive kitties adorned with red scarves in the shape of a Christmas tree? These towels are 100% cotton, generously sized at 16" wide by 30" length, and are available as a black towel with white cats or white towel with black cats. If you can't decide between the two you can get a bundle with one of each!

Guaranteed to add the purrfect touch to your holiday decor, these hand towels are available at Triple T Studios for $15 each or $25 for a pair, but order soon because inventory is limited!

Disclaimer: These are affiliate links which means if you click on one and buy something Mudpie gets a little money for her piggy bank!