Friendly Fill-Ins Week 66

Hi everyone! Time for Friendly Fill-Ins. Be sure to add your link at McGuffy’s Reader. You can also answer in the comment section. Thank you to all who participate, it is a pleasure getting to know everyone better.

1. Blind dates _______________.
2. _______________years ago, I _______________________.

3. I admire                         because                             .

4.                         makes me think                              .
My answers:
1. Blind dates can actually work out sometime. That is how I met my hubby, a friend of a friend thought we would be a good match-and she was correct. That blind date was June 4, 1989. I actually refused at first, but changed my mind a week later.
2. 25 years ago, I was planning our wedding and working as a mental health counselor. I only have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and still can’t believe I used to meet with mentally ill people and attempt to help them. They still had therapists and psychiatrists,  but looking back now I realize how unqualified I was along with the rest of the staff. This is probably why so many people with mental illness don’t get to function as well as they could.
3.I admire anyone who fosters cats because I know my heart won’t let me. Maybe I am selfish, but once something is in my care, I can’t give it up. I am sure it breaks their heart every time they have to part with a kitty, but they keep doing it and saving so many.
4. My inflamed ingrown toenail makes me think using scissors to cut my nails wasn’t a wise choice. 🙂
We are also joining Feline Friday which is currently being hosted by Comedy Plus.
My Sammy has been at Cat Scouts summer camp ( virtually) all week. Here he is working on a project of sewing a cap. Come back tomorrow to see how he looks in it.

 

C is for Cork

Hi everyone! Today is C day for The A-Z Blogging Challenge. C is for cork toys. 

I found the pattern on the Animal Rescue League of Iowa’s website years ago. Here is the link, they have several free patterns there. When I originally found it, I made a bunch to send them and I plan to again when I have time to crochet more.

  Brody is posing with the box of yarn ( 50 different colors) that our friends, Purrseidon and Mr. M sent us. It is coming in very handy for this challenge. Thank you!!!!

If you are participating in the A-Z Challenge be sure to add your link at Blog Chatter.

 

 

We Have Spiders!!!!!

Hi everyone! Today we are skipping the book blog hop because Mom hasn’t had time to read much. I want to tell you about our spiders.

100_4989 Here are some of their webs, I helped Mom make them.

After Halloween, Mom bought a spider kit on clearance at Michael’s. Have you ever heard of The Legend of the Christmas Spider? If not, click here to read about it.

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Her kit came with the black pipe cleaners already cut and 2 sizes of pompoms. You just twist 4 pipe cleaners together, then glue a small pompom onto a big one then glue that onto the pipe cleaners. A spider needs a web though so Mom bought some silver pipe cleaners and had Dad cut them in half for her.

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She made a plus sign out of 2 pipe cleaners and an x with 2 more then wound some gold yarn around them. Then she twisted the yarn around each piece going in a circle two times. 100_5028 She copied the story onto Christmas paper and will give these out as party favors on Christmas Eve so everyone can have a spider in their Christmas tree.

We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww…Mondays and Create with Joy’s Inspire Me Monday.

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PS: I love my Grammie very much, I can’t wait to see her soon.

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It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi everyone! We are joining 3 hops today. Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? Comedy Plus’ Awww…Mondays and Create with Joy’s Inspire Me Monday.

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100_4928 Can you tell what these crocheted objects that Phoebe is sniffing are?

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Have you ever heard of putting a pickle ornament on your Christmas tree? Whoever finds it first gets an extra present or can open their gift first. There are many versions to the story. Here is a link on Wickipedia about it.

I thought it would be fun to make little catnip pickles so people can put them on the bottoms of their trees for kitties to find. My niece is going to sell them at the vet clinic with all the money going to PAL, a local shelter. We will be including one in a giveaway soon too. If you crochet, here is the recipe, I looked at a few different ones and made this one up for a baby gherkin.I used a G hook.

Round 1:Chain 2, single crochet 5 into second stitch from the hook.

Round 2: 2 single crochet into each sc ( 10)

Rounds 3 -12: one single crochet in each stitch ( 10)

Round 13: single crochet decrease- 5 times.

Round 14: single crochet in each (5).

Stuff with polyfil and catnip then fasten off.

________________________________________________________________________100_4917I am reading Oliver The Cat Who Saved Christmas by Sheila Norton.

It is a sweet book about a cat named Oliver who brings many villagers together. Oliver narrates as he tells his story to a kitten. There was one upsetting part when he talks of his life as a kitten and something bad that happened, but I was able to get through being this is a fictional story. It is definitely worth reading.

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My thoughts and prayers are with all who have recently lost furbabies. I was deeply saddened to read that sweet Fiona had lost her battle against evil kidney disease.

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and dear Bhu also went to The Bridge.

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Monday Hops

Hi everyone! Today we are joining 3 hops: Comedy Plus’ Aww….Mondays, Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? And Create With Joy’s Inspire Me Monday.

100_9902-2 KaTwo is posing with The Lion in The Living Room by Abigail Tucker. I wish I could say I was enjoying this book, but unfortunately, I find it to be a little boring. It reads like a History text book and tells about bad things that were done to cats centuries ago which was very disturbing.

100_9904 Prancie is posing with a turkey decoration for Thanksgiving. I made it with an old light bulb that I painted brown. Then I added feet cut out of foam and googly eyes and feathers. They are breakable though so you have to be careful.

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Make a Bandana Pumpkin

HI everyone! I am joining Create with Joy’s Inspire Me Monday Blog Hop ( I know it is Wednesday). I am obsessed with Pinterest and found some cute pumpkins made out of  bandanas on SadieSeasonGoods. I changed it a little and made mine into a catnip/silvervine pumpkin.

100_9695 100_9722  I cut an orange bandana in half, then folded it inside out and stitched it on 3 sides with the sewing machine. I filled it with polyfil and catnip then hand stitched the top. Then I used embroidery floss* to sew some lines on the pumpkin. And to top it off I stuck a silvervine stick in the top for a stem. I got the silvervine stick from CatABliss on Etsy.

*I only let me cats play with this under supervision because of the embroidery floss. No one has tried to chew it, but you never know.

The word today for #JHC is blood, but I decided to go with eyeball instead. And the winner of Phoebe’s eyeball giveaway is : The Island Cats-Congratulations! 100_9687

And one more thing- pawTree is having a contest to celebrate their new line of treats and Superfood seasonings. You can enter a heart warming story about your cat for a chance to win a gift basket of products and $500 worth of products to the charity of your choice. Hurry the deadline is the 23rd! Click Here