Treat Tuesday

Hi everyone! Today we want to tell you about two kinds of treats we recently won.

First off, we won Blue Buffalo Kitty Cravings Chicken Crunchy Cat Treats from Three Chatty Cats. Being that KaTwo will only eat this kind of treat, I let her keep the entire bag ( don’t tell Phoebe).

We also won some Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Treats from Sweet Purrfections.

  They are supposed to help calm an anxious pet during thunderstorms, fireworks or any other stressful event. Joanie didn’t need calming, but she wanted to try one. I also let Sammy, Millie and Penny try them too. They must taste great because they gobbled them up. They did seem calm, but there was nothing stressful happening at the time. I put the rest away to try during the next thunderstorm. It only takes one treat to help, but up to 3 can be given.

Thank you Three Chatty Cats and Sweet Purrfections! Also thanks to Chewy who sponsored both giveaways.

We also want to thank the blog, KittyClism that gave us a Blogger Recognition Award.

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

I started blogging because I love cats and wanted to share what I have learned about them over the years in the hope of helping other cats. It has now become a big part of my life and I am blessed with the friendship and support of a wonderful group of cat lovers.

Two pieces of advice to new bloggers- comment on other blogs and join Facebook groups for cat lovers( or whatever your blog is about) where you can share your posts.

I can’t pick just 15- if you are reading this then your blog deserves this award too.

We will be having a giveaway tomorrow so please stop by.

 

Liebster Award and Art

Hi everyone! Today we are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop. I didn’t make any art, but I want to show you the great gift I got from Toby’s Mom, Sabina who is very artistic.

 She made us a beautiful calendar with photos of all our kitties that date: Toby and Penny, Millie and BobbieSue and Joanie and Simon. I love it! I also got a pretty magnet from Italy that Pierrot’s mom got while on vacation. Thank you! I have some other gifts to share, but still need to take photos.

Sorry, the photo didn’t come out very clear. I have trouble with closeups of small objects.

Our friends Dezi and Raena gave us The Liebster Award- thank you. The rules are to thank who nominated you , answer their 11 questions, come up with 11 questions, nominate and notify new blogs and post the badge. Liebster Award Badge

1. Do you have interests that keep you busy, but that you don’t blog about?

No, I tell all. 🙂

2. Be Honest: Do you read long posts from beginning to end? Or do you quickly skim through the post, scroll to the end and hit the Like button?

Most of the time I read the whole thing, but if I am pressed for time, I will do that.

3. Do you prefer to read the book or watch the movie?

Watch the movie.

4. When making decisions, do you go by gut feeling or reason?

A little of both, but mostly I ask my Mom what to do.

5. Do you still send hand-written letters or cards, or do you send emails and whatsapp? I love to write letters , but most don’t so I mainly do email.

6. If you could go on a time travel for the day, to where and when would you go?

No where, I don’t want to know the future and if I went back in time to be with those that have passed, I would have to go through the loss all over again.

 7. Do you know any poems by heart?

No poems, but lots of prayers.

8. Which conspiracy theory do you like best or think is weirdest?

I loved the movie JFK about the conspiracy of his death and I believe it was a lot more than one crazy guy. I also believe that Marilyn Monroe was murdered to cover the affair she had with JFK.

 9. Imagine there’s suddenly no power for 3 months. Would you be prepared?

After losing power for 3 days once, we got a generator that runs the entire house so I guess we would be prepared. I would not be happy though.

10. What’s your favorite Music and Movie Genre? Classic Rock, Romantic COmedy

11. Are you a night owl or are you up with the lark? Night owl

I am too lazy to come up with 11 questions and I like these so please take the award and answer these questions if you don’t already have it.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hi everyone! Our friends Kali and Shoko nominated us for The Versatile Blogger Award– thank you! Here are the rules:

  • show the award on your blog
  • thank the person who has nominated you
  • share 7 facts about yourself
  • nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  • link your nominees & let them know about your nomination

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Mom and I are going to share the 7 facts:

Phoebe:

  1. I had kittens before I came to my forever home.
  2. I still meow around the house looking for Spooky.
  3. I love my Grammie very much ( you knew that).
  4. I am going to start taking vitamins thanks to my friend Savvy. I won them on her blog.

100_9935  They are good for my liver, kidneys and tummy. To read more about them click here.

Mom’s turn:

5. I am left-handed ( and my Mom is too).

6. I would love to own 2 reindeer, but my state doesn’t allow anyone to bring deer in from out of state and there are no reindeer breeders near here.

7. I adore Nic Cage and want to meet him- OK, you all know that, but I hope someday through 6 degrees of separation it will happen.

I don’t like to choose nominees, I think all the blogs deserve it. I do have a list of all the blogs I enjoy, click here to read it and please let me know if I missed your blog because I haven’t updated it in about 2 months. Click here

 

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Hi everyone! We thank you for all the compliments on our costumes yesterday. Our friend Jeanne Foguth recently nominated Phoebe and I for The Black Cat Blue Sea Award. We are also thrilled that she has dedicated her latest book Me-YEOW! to our angel Spooky. You can read about it if you click here. Thank you Jeanne!

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The Black Cat Blue Sea Award is for blogs who have inspired and moved a wide audience and there is humor for a smile or a chuckle. The rules are to link to the blog that nominated you ( see above), answer the questions and choose 8 blogs to nominate.

1.) What inspired you to start your blog? I felt that after living with so many cats for so many years that I had some knowledge to share. I also wanted to find a way to help cats in need without actually working with them directly because if I did that, I would end up being a hoarder.

2.)What was your dream of life as a teen? I envisioned a perfect cookie cutter life: Husband, twins, and working as a teacher. I am much happier with how things worked out though.

3.)Do you have any regrets? My only regret is not starting an exercise regimen when I was younger because it seems impossible now.

Sorry that I didn’t let Phoebe answer any of the questions, but they were not really kitty appropriate.

I can’t choose just 8 bloggers, I enjoy every blog that I read so please take this award if you didn’t already receive it.

And the winner of Phoebe’s Day of the Dead Giveaway is Bad Cat Chris. Congratulations!

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The Happiness Tag

Hi everyone! We were recently given the Happiness Tag from our dear friend Annie of McGuffy’s Reader- thank you!List

  1. List 5 things that make me happy :My cats, hubby, mom, niece and great-niece, being home in my pajamas,  reading comments on my blog , crocheting, reading, watching comedies like Big Bang Theory. Sorry, that is more than 5, but lots of things make me happy.
  2. List 5 songs that make me happy: Sinatra’s Young at Heart and New York, New York. Katy Perry’s Roar, the Christmas Song Dominic the Donkey and almost all Christmas music.
  3. List 5 bloggers that make me happy: I can’t pick just 5, I read so many blogs and they all make me happy or I wouldn’t read them so if I have commented on your blog then you make me happy.

Today’s word for #JHC is Bobbing for Apples:

100_9643-2 Joanie loves this bag of apples on the table, she keeps rubbing it every morning. I offered her a piece of an apple though and she had no interest. 100_9645-2I also have these with hands that I put apples in.

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Phoebe will see you tomorrow.

Awards

Hi everyone! We are the honored recipients of some recent awards from other bloggers. I apologize that it has taken me so long to write about them.

We received The Sunshine Blogger Award twice, from Jeanne Foguth and P.S. Annie- thank you both.

The Rules:

1) Thank the person who nominated you.

2) Answer the 11 questions you were asked.

3) Nominate 11 other bloggers and let them know they were nominated.

4) Ask the nominees 11 questions.

Jeanne’s questions:

1. All super heroes have their mild-mannered secret identity, what is yours?

Quiet and bookish lady

2. What is your favorite game?  Operation ( too bad no one will ever play with me)

3. If location and money were immaterial and you could live anywhere, where would that be? Right where I am – but I would add security cameras and fences

4. If you could relive your life, would you make any changes? If yes, what

Only thing I would change is to get into an exercise and healthy eating routine years ago

5. What would your ideal meal be and who would you share it with?

Cheesecake Factory- Nachos then strawberry cheesecake-with my mom, hubby, niece and great niece.

6. What’s in store for you in the future? Do you have any big projects on the horizon?

No plans-I am content being home with my cats.

7. What/who was your all-time favorite pet?

Tough one- KaChoo was a favorite , but so was Lucy. And Barney, Stinky and Spooky were all great too.

8. If you had the power to change the world, what would you do? Yes, if I could make it peaceful where no people or animals had to suffer I would.

9. What has been your best/most memorable experience along the way?

Getting married

10. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

My Mom always say those that brag have the most to hide- so true. She always tells me not to worry what others think of me too.

11. All super heroes have a special power, what is yours? Finding cats.

P.S.Annie’s questions:


1. For the ladies: Are you a girly-girl or a tomboy?
For the guys: Are you a rough-and-tumble guy or do you prefer quiet pursuits?

In between, I am not a girly girl, but far from a tomboy.

2. How did your parents choose your name? Do you like it?
My Mom liked the name and my middle name is my mom’s name-Joan
3. What was your favorite subject in high school? English

4. What do you do to pass the time while you’re waiting? (At the school, doctor’s office, etc.)
Read the magazines that are there or write lists
5. Do you live in the city or the country? Which do you prefer? country and I love it, but I do like to visit NYC.

6. What was your most memorable meal?
A wedding I went to had the best food, pity the couple got divorced.

7. What was your happiest moment this week? Fixing my mom’s printer ( I usually try to fix things and can’t).

8. Do you have the job that is your life’s passion? If not, what is that passion and what is keeping you from doing it?
Yes, I love writing about cats.
9. What types/genre of books do you like to read? Do you prefer to read via e-reader or a real book?
Memoir and self-help. Real book, but, I read both.
10. What is the most interesting story that you know from your family’s history?Nothing interesting, can’t think of anything.

11.If you woke up with a million dollars in your hands tomorrow, what would you do?

Get all my cats dentals and exams. Then get my Mom a new vehicle and my hubby a new really big tractor. Then use it to help cats.

I don’t like choosing people because I don’t want anyone to feel left out so if you haven’t gotten this award yet, please take it. And pick 11 of the above questions to use ( sorry I am lazy).

And today’s word for #JHC is party, being that I have never been to a Halloween party, I choose the word poison. I made these decorations by gluing scrapbook art to old bottles that my parents had dug up many, many years ago.

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One Lovely Blog Award

Happy Friday everyone! We have another award! This is from our dear friend Sammy of One Spoiled Cat- thank you Sammy! Here’s the award badge………………….

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The rules of acceptance are:

1-Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog in the post.
2-Copy the rules and add the blog award badge as an image
3-Share 7 facts about yourself to your fellow bloggers.
4-Then nominate up to 15 people.

7 facts about me ( and my cats)

  1. I used to be a dog person IMG_20160201_0001
  2. Sammy poops on the bed once about every 2 weeks.
  3. Snowball still runs from me, unless I have food, but she will run if I try to pet her.
  4. I started seeing a therapist weekly when I got up to 15 cats- I didn’t want to become a hoarder. That was over 5 years ago and I haven’t surpassed 15 since then.
  5. Prancie loves her Dad more than she loves me.
  6. I absolutely hate football and will not be watching the Super Bowl.
  7. The only thing on my bucket list is to meet Nicolas Cage ( I think you all know that).

I nominate anyone that wants this award. I love all cat blogs and would love to learn more about everyone, but I know many bloggers are too busy so this is optional.

Phoebe says don’t forget to comment to enter her giveaway- winner will be announced on Sunday:

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you Jeanne Foguth for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award– I accept.

The Rules:

1) Thank the person who nominated you.

2) Answer the 11 questions you were asked.

3) Nominate 11 other bloggers and let them know they were nominated.

4) Ask the nominees 11 questions.

The Questions I was asked:

1. All super heroes have their mild-mannered secret identity, what is yours?

Quiet lady that always goes to the library.

2. What is your favorite game?

Cribbage is my favorite card game. I love the game Operation when I can get someone to play with me.

3. If location and money were immaterial and you could live anywhere, where would that be? I would live most of the time right where I am. I would also have an apartment  in New York City with a door man.

4. If you could relive your life, would you make any changes? If yes, what?

I would take better care of my body physically. I would develop an exercise habit while I was young that would hopefully last my lifetime. I would also not have majored in Elementary Education/Psychology in college, I would have focused on writing.

5. What would your ideal meal be and who would you share it with?

I love The Cheesecake Factory ( luckily the closest is an hour away). I would love to go with my Mom and hubby, but the 3 of us are never out at the same time. If I go out with the hubby, my Mom watches the cats and vice versa. We would split nachos, then I would get their orange chicken over rice followed by strawberry cheesecake. I love their mushroom soup too so I want some of that as well.

6. What’s in store for you in the future? Do you have any big projects on the horizon?

I am going to be babysitting my niece’s baby on Thursdays and Fridays. I have never been a baby person, but she is the sweetest, cutest baby ever. I love her innocence and seeing her change from week to week.

7. What/who was your all-time favorite pet? That is a tough one. KaChoo was my first cat ( 1994-2010) and was very special , but Lucy ( 1999-2015) and I had a special bond. And I will never forget Stinky either.

8. If you had the power to change the world, what would you do?

I would make sure every cat had a forever home.  If they were truly feral, they would have a safe place and food.

9. What has been your best/most memorable experience along the way?

It wasn’t my best, but definitely memorable. I was an extra in 30 Rock in 2008. I got to sit near Alec Baldwin ( couldn’t talk though, extras are the bottom of the totem pole). It was still fun to see the process of making a tv show. And I was visible in the finished product.

10. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Not sure where it came from, I read it in a book- do what you love and the money will follow. I am definitely doing what I love so I am sure the money will follow soon 🙂

11. All super heroes have a special power, what is yours?

I can spot a cat anywhere. I am always saying to my Mom, ” did you see that cat? I want

it. ” Then she tells me I am hallucinating.

My nominees:  I know it says to pick 11, but I am going to break the rules and open it to whoever wants to do it. I know this one is time-consuming and a lot of you don’t have time, but I would love to read your answers to my questions:

  1. For what are you most grateful?
  2. What is one thing about your life you wish you could change?
  3. What talent do you wish you had?
  4. Do you prefer to read an actual book or the e-version?
  5. What is your favorite book?
  6. If you could go back in time, what year would you choose?
  7. Cats should be indoor only- true or false?
  8. Do you believe in ghosts?
  9. What is a bad habit you have? ( Come on, we all have them)
  10. What would you like to learn more about?
  11. Do you have any connections to Nic Cage? I really want to meet him.

If you have read this far, you deserve a prize: A tummy and toesies photo of Joanie.

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Happy Groundhog Day!