Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: The Leg Dangle

Meows from Mudpie!

Whenever Mommy holds the door open for me, she always cracks up at how I dangle my leg(s) out the door, just like someone dipping their toes into the water at the pool...

Ahhh, that sun feels sooooo good!!! 

Monday, May 20, 2024

Purrfectly Framed: A Mobile Cat Groomer Mystery by Ruth J. Hartman - Spotlight & Giveaway


When mobile cat groomer Molly Stewart asks her friend Evan to photograph her new feline clients, they both get more than they bargained for when the body of Evan’s old art teacher is found bludgeoned to death in his photography studio darkroom. After one of Evan’s photos catches suspicious activity in the background, Molly is ready to call the authorities with the newest piece of information. However, an anonymous phone call, which threatens not only her but Evan and their pets, convinces Molly to clam up and find the murderer herself. Will the tenuous situation end up being picture-perfect or a photo bomb?

About the Author:

Ruth J. Hartman spends her days herding cats and her nights spinning mysterious tales. She, her husband, and their cats love to spend time curled up in their recliners watching old Cary Grant movies. Well, the cats sit in the people’s recliners. Not that the cats couldn’t get their own furniture. They just choose to shed on someone else’s.

Ruth, a left-handed, cat-herding, farmhouse-dwelling writer uses her sense of humor as she writes tales of lovable, klutzy women who seem to find trouble without even trying.

Ruth’s husband and best friend, Garry, reads her manuscripts, rolls his eyes at her weird story ideas, and loves her despite her insistence all of her books have at least one cat in them. See updates about her cozy mysteries at

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Rosebud the Mommy Stealer Guest Sunday Selfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Good news! My grandpa will be coming home from rehab on Thursday! (Now could someone kindly remind him that cats belong on the floor, not grandpas, so we don't have to go through this again?)

Today I'm reluctantly sharing a guest selfie. This is Rosebud. She belongs to the daughter of another rehab patient, and she gets to visit her grandpa there every day! 

Needless to say, everyone at the rehab facility has fallen in love with Rosebud, most notably, Mommy, and the feeling is mutual! Rosebud adores Mommy, and even flops down in front of her for - gasp - tummy rubs!!!

Yep, there's a serious love affair going on behind my back and Mommy is giving tummy rubs to a DOG!!! 

I guess she is kinda cute, and Mommy says she's as sweet as can be. She's a brindle pittie mix, so her coloring is very similar to my tortie colors. 

Mommy and Rosebud sure are going to miss each other when grandpa comes home, but Mommy belongs to ME!!! 

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

Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Purrtiest Flower #CaturdayArt

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. Back in the day, we didn't have the Internet. How did we live?!?!?!

2. A meerkat is an unconventional pet I would like to have.

3. Though owning my own pet sitting business is my dream job, I'd also settle for working as a pet sitter for someone else.

4. I'd like to get ???'s autograph. I honestly can't think of any modern-day celebrity that I care enough about to want an autograph. And everyone I admire from the past is already dead.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Monday Mischief: The Tortie Tirade

Meows from Mudpie!

It's no secret that I demand to be an only child because I loathe other cats. After all, even at the shelter I had to be sequestered in an office because I didn't get along with the other residents! 

The other day Mommy was holding the door open for me to get some smells, when up the driveway comes one of our neighbor kitties. (Not Mo, I actually don't mind him, which gives Mommy some hope.) Anyways, I've told this neighbor kitty exactly what I think of him before, so Mommy was prepared for what was to come. While holding the door tight (just in case) she whipped out her phone and started recording.

(If you have any kittens around, you may want to cover their sensitive ears. I don't want to be blamed for being a bad influence on the next generation.)

Yep, all of that hissing and foul language is coming from yours truly. The neighbor kitty didn't make a peep! He just stared at me like I had a problem. I did...him on my property! 

Mommy went into the kitchen to play back the video, and the sound startled even me! Laughing, she informed me that it was me on the video. I just don't know where I learned such language! I appear to be the sweetest, most innocent tortie in the world...fooled ya!

MOL...Mommy wishes I would tell off the people who come to our door the same way! 

Saturday, May 11, 2024

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!

1. Life is too short to tolerate others trying to dictate how you live.

2. People who dedicate their lives to rescuing animals give me hope.

3. I've been feeling overwhelmed because LIFE.

4. I'm well aware that my year round Christmas blog header is a bit odd. I have a general header, as well as a Halloween header, but a few years ago when Blogger made some changes I heard people saying they were having trouble getting their headers to show up as the proper size, so I've been scared to change it.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

An Escape Goat by Janna Rollins - Blog Tour with Character Guest Post and Giveaway

After finding long-lost family through a DNA test, Callie heads to Bobwhite Hollow, New Hampshire, to meet a great-uncle she never knew existed. Charmed by the village and more than half in love with her new family, she decides to stay and open a goat yoga studio and retreat space.

When retreat guest Angilene Claudson turns up dead with a wine glass shattered at her side and Callie’s favorite goat lapping up the spill, the death is written off as an accidental overdose. But when the goat gets sick, Callie’s gut tells her it wasn’t an accident at all. With her new business on the line and a possible murderer staying in the guesthouse, Callie sets to work to uncover the truth and keep her family safe.

Character Guest Post by Bugsy the Goat:

Hello Melissa and Mudpie! Thanks so much for having me here today. My name is Bugsy and I live on Haybeck Farm a few miles outside of Bobwhite Hollow, New Hampshire. While I’m a goat, there are a few orange marmalade cats who live here on the farm. I love it when one of the barn cats curls up next to me while I’m taking a nap. That rumbling they make is super peaceful.

My favorite human is Callie Haybeck. She came to the farm where I was born to buy some does and kids for her goat yoga business, The Zen Goat, but fell in love with me, (how could she not!), and brought me home with her. I’m so grateful because I’d heard the farmer talking and it sounded like my days were numbered. Callie rescued me from turning into goat roast!

Most days now, I don’t have to worry about anything. I spend a lot of time munching on clover in the field with my friends, but when Callie comes to get the kids for yoga, I can’t help but be a little jealous. They get to play with all those people, running and jumping on their backs and being held in their laps. Callie says I’m too big. That I would hurt people, but I really want to try so sometimes I yell really loud while she’s teaching yoga so she’ll remember I’m here and maybe come and get me to play. So far, it hasn’t worked.

Callie calls me her escape goat, because if I want to be somewhere other than in the field, I just go. I haven’t met a fence yet that I can’t jump over. Callie shouldn’t worry so much. I never go far. Usually, I’m just trying to find her. It’s a good thing, because recently I sensed she was in danger and went to help her out. When I found that blonde lady sleeping behind the haystack, I stopped to take a drink of the sour grape juice left in her glass. How was I supposed to know it would make me so sleepy? Callie was super upset, but I’m kind of glad it happened. Without me falling into that deep sleep, who knows when she would have met that nice veterinarian?

Even after I woke up, things were really tense for awhile. Hopefully next time, Callie will think twice before she invites a murderer to stay in the guest cottage here at Haybeck Farm.

Well, I’d better run. I don’t want to take up too much of your time, and I’ve got some grazing to do. There’s a whole lot more to the story about the lady behind the haystack, and, not to brag, but I played a very important part in bringing the killer down. You can read all about it in An Escape Goat by Janna Rollins.

About the Author: 

When Janna Rollins isn’t writing, she likes to thumb through New England-based magazines and drool over the pictures. She has a love for red barns, goats, and genealogy. Janna can be found showing her socially awkward side on Facebook or sharing pictures of her tiny one-acre farm on Instagram. She is a member of Sister In Crime, and also writes the Hometown Hardware Mystery series as Paula Charles. Janna lives in Southwestern Washington with her husband and a whole menagerie of furry and feathered critters.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Unboxing April's CatLadyBox

The theme of April's CatLadyBox was the Orange Cats's what was inside!

Featured Cat Lady Artist:
Elizabeth Anderson

Big Stretch Shirt:
You know you say it every time you see it!

Orange Cat Bandages:
Too cute to use!!! Ok, maybe a few...

Orange Cat Tumbler:
I love this tumbler!!! It's super eye-catching, sturdy, insulated, and comes with its own metal straw.

Silly Goose & Crazy Traffic Cone Catnip Toys:
The adorable goose is purrfect for Mudpie, who loves anything with feathers, and I can't help but crack up when I think of a family using the traffic cone to mark kitty messes that need to be cleaned up!

Not a subscriber yet? Visit CatLadyBox today!

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

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's so thankful she's now gotten to see two Triple Crowns in her lifetime. We hope it happens again, but 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. 

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 love watching the Triple Crown races but not horse racing in general. Last weekend I watched a documentary called Broken Horses (on FX and Hulu) about the sky high number of horses that died last year at Churchill Downs and beyond. Sadly, the Sport of Kings is all about money and the true stars - the horses - are paying the price.

2. Just because I adore animals doesn't mean I'm a vegetarian. Although I very easily could be. As it is I eat very little meat.

3. Am I the only one who uses Google Maps to drive somewhere unfamiliar before getting in the car? For example, Dad's rehab facility is in a part of my city I've never been to before, so I test drove the route on Google Maps before attempting to by car. 

4. I used to buy a lot of canned soup, but then I learned how to make my own.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Feline Friday: Feisty Mudpie

Meows from Mudpie!

Mommy told this story on her personal Facebook page, but I wanted to brag about it here too :) 

On Tuesday night around 11:30 Mommy had to run out to the garage to get me some fresh kitty litter. When she came back in I was waiting for her at the door, so she held it open for me for a few minutes so I could check things out and get some fresh air. All of a sudden I stood straight up and started hissing. Mommy looked out to see what was going on and there was a raccoon coming up the driveway, but when he heard from me he backed up and left! Mommy told me I'm too brave for my own good.

Then on Thursday morning Mommy was sitting on the couch eating her breakfast when she heard an awful ruckus coming from the back door (again) where I was sunbathing. She came running out to see what was going on, and found a neighbor kitty who's been visiting lately on the back step. I was sniffing at the bottom of the door, hissing and growling at him!

Mommy thought maybe I had mellowed with age when it came to other animals, but she was wrong! She asked me if I'm PMSing this week! MOL 

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, May 1, 2024

Keeping Grandpa's Blankie Warm

Meows from Mudpie!

Grandpa will be discharged from the hospital on Thursday and needs to go to rehab for awhile. This is the blankie he covers up with in the living room, and I've volunteered to keep it warm for him while he's gone. I'm a helper kitty.