Monday Hops

Today is the A-Z Blogging Challenge Theme Reveal. I already blabbed about that though so you know I am crocheting an item for each day- it will be a cat toy or a cat hat. At the end of the month, I will have a giveaway with 2 winners splitting the loot like last year.

We are joining Hi everyone! We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww…Mondays, McGuffy’s Reader’s Sparks and Mewsic Moves Me ( hosted by Curious as a Cathy, Xmas Dolly, JAmerican Spice and Stacy Uncorked.) I am also joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

My Spark today is to pay tribute to Stephen Hawking with a quote of his. ” However different life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”

This week was your choice on the Mewsic so I decided to pick some Bryan Adams songs. When my niece got married 4 years ago, she told the dj no Bryan Adams songs even if guests requested them. I was surprised she disliked him so much, well, I like him so here are my choices-

  1. Summer of 69 ( 1984), because that is when I was born-

2. The Best Was Yet to Come ( 1983)- This was my junior prom theme song

3. Heaven (1984)- I just like the song.

My book recommendation is one I just finished reading,

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery.

Emma Gatewood was from a family of 15 children and had 11 of her own. She had been abused by her husband for 30 years. When she was 67 she decided to walk The Appalachian Trail alone, it was 1957. She wore Keds sneakers ( and replaced them a few times along the way), she didn’t even have a tent or sleeping bag. She completed it 2 more times after that too. What an inspiration.

Have you seen Joanie’s latest guest appearance on The Codmother?

Wordless Wednesday ( with Words)

Happy Pie Pi Day!

I have a book recommendation for today. I’m Not Sorry: Poems By Cats by Rosa Silva is a fun book. She has a great sense of humor, as she proved when she wrote Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep which I also reviewed- click here.

To read some samples of the poems and enter to win a copy, you can visit her blog Cat Lady Confidential.

*Disclaimer- I was given a Kindle copy of I’m Not Sorry: Poems By Cats in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own.

I felt like most of these poems could have been written by my cats and I think you will feel the same. There was some bad language, which I am sure some of my cats would use too- I just want to warn you not to get this book for a child. My only complaint is that it isn’t longer. Hopefully, there will be another collection of poetry soon.

It is available for free with Kindle Unlimited and $2.99 on Kindle. Click here.

Comedy Plus Wordless Wednesday

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday

#WW Curious as a Cathy

Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?(I know it is already Wednesday)

 

Another Hopping Monday

Hi everyone! We are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? , McGuffy’s Reader’s Sparks, Comedy Plus ” Awww…..Monday and Mewsic Moves Me ( hosted by Curious as a Cathy, Xmas Dolly, JAmerican Spice and Stacy Uncorked.

 

First, a word from Joanie.

No one wants to hire me to train gremlins so I iz studying to be a paw reader. Pawmistry: How to Read Your Cat’s Paws by Ken Ring and Paul Pomhany is good book. So far, I learned the bigger the space between your lower pad and upper pads means the more independent you are.

Thank you Joanie. I am enjoying book 3 in The Miss Cuddlywump’s Series, titled Siren Song. I love this series!

This week was a freebie week to pick your own theme on the Mewsic Moves Me so I am combining it with Sparks. I have chosen 3 songs that will hopefully brighten your day. Two are from the movie, Annie which I was obsessed with when it came out.

 

And the last one is Accentuate the Positive- I chose the version that was used on the tv series, Homefront.

 

It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi everyone! Thank you to everyone who gave me some ideas for the A-Z challenge, they are greatly appreciated. I will try to find a pattern for kitty underwear-thank you Summer 🙂

We are joining McGuffy’s Reader’s Sparks, Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays, Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? and Curious as a Cathy’s Mewsic Moves Me blog hops. We love to hop!

 We just finished Lessons from Stanley the Cat by Jennifer Freed. Psychotherapist, Jennifer Freed writes about lessons she learned from her beloved cat, Stanley. This book was published in 2010 so you can get a cheap used copy on Amazon. My Spark is one of his lessons, “Do not let any bad comments or derision bother you. Consider negativity as passing gas.” Very wise advice.

This week’s mewsic theme is your favorite love songs so here are mine:

I have never seen a Twilight movie, but I love this song.

 

Sparks and a Review from Joanie

Hi everyone! We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww…. Mondays and McGuffy’s Reader’s Sparks blog hops.

Joanie finally had time to do some reading not that the furbies are hibernating.

 

Henry the Christmas Cat by Mary Calhoun is a children’s picture book about a Siamese cat named Henry. He follows his family to church where the kid is in a Christmas pageant and he ends up rescuing the sheep. It was cute story and there are many other books about his adventures.

And for my Spark, I am continuing with ideas to spread joy this holiday season. This may seem like an odd one, but you should give a tip or a gift to your garbage man. We give ours a Dunkin Donuts gift card and a bottle of the hubby’s homemade wine. I know this is a tough time of year for many , but it is the thought that counts. If you can’t afford to give  tip or gift, you could make cookies or candy. I am sure they appreciate being though of. I know my delivery people are enjoying our snacks, especially the ones that work late.

 

Thanksgiving Giveaway-1

Hi everyone! Welcome to our first giveaway for Thanksgiving week, but first Joanie has something to say. 

The gremlins had 2 babies and then went to hybernate now I iz stuck with them so I haz no time for book reviews.

Our first giveaway is a paperback copy of :Cats are Not Stupider on Jupiter: Vacuum Man vs. Cats (Mighty and Brennon Book 2) by Alexis Cleoford.

I reviewed book 1 of the series back in June, if you missed it you can click here

*Disclosure: I received a free Kindle version of the book in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own.

The second book is even better than the first. Mighty and Brennon are two house cats that want to enter a competition so they train themselves to swim. Another cat enters the competition with a Vacuum Man. After the contest, Vacuum Man somehow escapes and plans to destroy Jupiter which will affect the entire solar system. Will Mighty and Brennon be able to stop him?

This is a book written for older kids and young adults, but it is a fun read for any age. The author has set up a rafflecopter giveaway, to enter click here.

I apologize, but this giveaway is only open to US readers. The author will send the book to the winner.

If you don’t win, but want to purchase a copy you can get the Kindle version for 99 cents and the paperback for$8.99 at Amazon. Click here.

We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww… Mondays and the Kid Lit version of It’s Monday What Are You Reading hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts.

And our Spark for today is: “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha

 

It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi everyone! Sorry , but Joanie will not be doing a book review. She has some trouble with her “gremlins”.

  Help!! They iz multiplying.

We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awwww….Mondays, McGuffy’s Reader’s Sparks and Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Emmy is posing with A Bump in the Road by Roby Sweet. I am sure most of you are familiar with her Miss. Cuddlywump’s Investigates series, but I am a little late to the party. I have been following her blog, The Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles for a long time.

A Bump in the Road is the first in a series of five mysteries. I really enjoyed this book and didn’t want it to end so I am thrilled there are four more to read and Christmas is coming ( hint, hint Mom). Miss Cuddlywumps is a beautiful and very intelligent calico cat that is adopted by a 40-something year old single woman named Rory.

Miss Cuddlywumps happens to witness a murder in Rory’s front yard. She attempts to investigate it herself, but is caught every time she sneaks out. I am in love with Miss Cuddlywumps and enjoyed reading her efforts to help solve the murder.

And here is my Spark for the week. “A minute of thought is worth more than an hour of talk.” from the book , How Would Buddha Think by Barbara Ann Kipfer.

 

 

 

It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Happy Monday everyone! We are triple hopping today with Comedy Plus’ Awww…. Mondays, McGuffy’s Reader’s SPARKS and Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Joanie will not be reviewing a book today.

I haz no time to read. I find 3 gremlins* and need to take care of them.

I have been reading All Hands on Pet! Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets by Susan E. Davis PT.*

*I received a free copy of All Hands on Pet ! in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own.

When I accepted the free copy of All Hands on Pet! I had no idea I would be needing it. It has actually come in very handy in dealing with Prancie. This book is filled with a wealth of information for all pets, although the main focus is dogs.

It covers many health issues and the treatments available. I finally learned what an Assisi Loop is, I had seen them in giveaways, but never understood why they are therapeutic. I also learned that reptiles can get gout.

For Prancie, I am using the spreadsheet for managed care to keep track of her medicines ( ear drops and thyroid pills) as well as her condition. There are many photos showing where to rub dogs for massage and therapy so if you are a dog owner, I highly recommend this.

And now for my SPARK this week, it is a quote I found on Pinterest.

“People who winder whether the glass is half empty or half full are missing the point. The glass is refillable.” I think it was a joke about wine, but it made me think about life in general and how we can add anything to our glass ( lives) so why worry about the full or empty just fill it with what you want.

*Please don’t tell Joanie those are not gremlins, they are furbies.

 

 

Another Hopping Monday

Hi everyone! We are joining three hops today, but first I would like to ask for purrs and prayers for our friend Astrid of Four-Legged Furballs. She had surgery on what was thought to be a benign tumor, but now needs more surgery because it is a malignancy. Her mom is very worried so please pray for her too.

First off is Joanie’s review:

I haz no time for review this week. Halloween only 2 weeks away and I needz costume.

Sammy and I thank Grammie for late birthday gifts. 

The book I am going to review ties in with my “Spark” for this week.

Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul by Naomi Levy is an amazing book. The author was inspired by a letter that Einstein wrote to a man who had lost his son.She searches for the man and many others whose lives he had touched. Her search is only part of the book though, she also offers ways we can connect with our soul. One way is through meditation, she recommends just meditating on the word “husa”. I was not familiar with the term before reading this book. It means an artists love for his ( or her) creation even if it is flawed. Much like we are all flawed, but God still loves us. By meditating on this we will become more forgiving and soften our judgement of others and ourselves.

So my spark for the week is simply, husa.

I am joining Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays, Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? And Sparks by McGuffy’s Reader. Sparks is a new hop, this is week two. The goal is to make the world brighter by each posting a positive quote or photo.

 

 

Three Hops in One

Hi everyone! We have three hops to join today. Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?, Comedy Plus’ Awww…Mondays and McGuffy’s Reader Sparks.

First off is Joanie’s weekly review.

Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche. I not drowning for anyone, I am glad my boyfriend, Simon is land lover like me.

Thank you Joanie. I actually loved this book. I am not sure why because I am not a fan of the ocean, I can’t even stand the smell. For some reason though this memoir pulled me right in. A 25 year old Australian girl spending a year in the USA meets a 30 year old man planning to embark on a journey around the world in his used yacht. When the time comes, they are still together and she joins him. It is quite an adventure with some humorous parts and some dangerous ones too.

I actually bought this at The Dollar Tree, the word memoir on the cover got me.Now that I have enjoyed it, I am going to give it away. If you want to be entered in the giveaway just say so in the comments. Books are heavy though so I can only afford to send it to someone in the USA, sorry.

My Spark for the week is: Kindness is free, sprinkle that stuff everywhere.I saw that quote on Pinterest with no author listed. Emmy made a little twist on it.