Sparks

Hi everyone! We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww…Mondays and McGuffy’s Reader’s Sparks blog hop. I haven’t had a chance to do much reading with decorating , shopping and working on Christmas cards so I am skipping the reading hop.

I have a double spark this week. I have been recommending forgotten people to remember this holiday season. This week, I am suggesting the staff at the vet clinic. Most of you probably don’t spend as much time at the vet as I do, I usually get there at least once a week- not a good thing, The receptionists are always so sweet and the vet techs too. I will be there this week with Sammy for his dental and Polar Bear for his thyroid blood work. When I go, I plan to bring a treat for them , probably peanut butter fudge that I will make. I know most receptionists get minimum wage or not much more so I like to acknowledge their hard work. Is there a place you frequent that you could bring a treat to?

My other spark was of all things, on my McDonald’s coffee cup. They have nice festive cups, mine said ” Give the gift of kindness and hope it gets regifted.”  I thought that was such a great idea. I never thought of wanting something to be regifted, but kindness should be.

Don’t forget to comment on Sunday’s post for a chance to win Prancie’s Grumpy giveaway.

 

Sparks!

Hi everyone! We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww…Mondays and McGuffy’s Reader’s Sparks Blog Hops today, but first, a word from Joanie.

I has been duped! Those were not gremlins, they was Furby’s. I still want gremlin to train.

Our Spark for today is not a quote. From now until Christmas we will be giving ideas to make people happy this holiday season.I think that counts as a spark.

I put a basket of goodies outside on the steps with a note for all Fedex, UPS and USPS to help themselves. I put out bottled water, chocolate, apples and some packages with crackers and cookies. I am sure anything you choose will be appreciated by these hard workers and will brighten their day.

We will get back to reviewing books next Monday. And Penny will be here tomorrow with one of her tips.

  Today is 7 years since my KaChoo left for the bridge. This was taken at Tufts a few days before she passed. I miss her every day.

 

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?

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.

 

 

Awww…Monday

Hi everyone! We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays and McGuffy’s Reader’s SPARKS. I am skipping the reading hop for this week because I haven’t had a chance to read much.

Joanie has a DVD review today.

I watched this scary movie because my mom is in it. Victimized, iz too scary for me and no cats in it, but mom said I have to recommend it. You can buy it on Amazon or watch it with Amazon Prime

I looked on Pinterest for today’s SPARK and chose this:

“When it rains, look for the rainbow.When it’s dark, look for the stars.”

There is something good to be found in every situation, although sometimes we need to look hard to find it.

Hubby and I got to see 11 meteors Friday night, that was fun. Did anyone else watch for them?

PS: Some of you misunderstood our post yesterday. Feline Opines is not ending, just the Blogger Showcase hop that was twice a month. We are glad they will still be there.

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.

It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi everyone! We are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading and Comedy Plus’ Awww… Mondays.

Joanie has a review prepared for today.

Taming Your Gremlin by Rick Carson. Book tell me how to tame a gremlin, but not where I can get a pet one. Mumma just laughs and says if I get one not to feed it after midnight.

Me and Sammy had birfday on Saturday. We iz 12.

We had a pate cake And got a bag of Temptations 

Nothing from Grammie though.

Sammy wants to thank his friend Teddy for the nice card:

Thank you Joanie. I have two good books to recommend by the same author, Marianne Leone. She is an actress that played Christopher’s mother on The Sopranos. Her latest book is about the strained relationship she had with her mother , Ma Speaks Up: And A First- Generation Daughter Talks Back. In this book, she referred to her son that she found dead in his bed at the age of 17. She had written a book about him , Knowing Jesse: A Mother’s Story of Grief, Grace and Everyday Bliss.

Jesse suffered from severe cerebral palsy. Her book about him tells of all the struggles to get him a proper education. He was highly intelligent, but many couldn’t look past his disabilities to see that. The book includes many beautiful poems he had written.

I was reading this as I was watching Phoebe decline at a rapid pace. I was angry that God wasn’t going to give me more time with her, but reading this made me appreciate the 14 wonderful years I did have with her.

Tomorrow we have our Chewy review from September. Later in the week, one of the kitties will attempt to write. Phoebe chose Prancie as the new ruler, but I don’t know if she wants to write. We know that no kitty can replace Phoebe.

 

It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi everyone! We are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? and Comedy Plus’ Awww.. Mondays Blog Hops.

Joanie has today off with pay because Phoebe told her that last Monday was a holiday and she should have gotten twice as many treats for working. They threatened to report me to NUCAT.

I just completed The Good Son: JFK Jr. and The Mother He Loved by Christopher Anderson. My mom has always been a fan of the Kennedy family and has read several books about them. This is my first one and I already ordered another one from the library. I found this book very interesting and sad. This family has had more than their share of tragedies. I admire that the whole family was so hard working and committed to public service. They were far from perfect, but they did help others.

Today is the two-year anniversary of Lucy’s passing. I miss her every day. She was my grumpy, yet affectionate girl. She always loved to be on my lap and she came running whenever I would blow my nose ( I think she assumed I was crying every time).

It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi everyone! We are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? and Comedy Plus’ Awww… Monday Blog Hops.

While Joanie is on hiatus from her role on The Codd Mother, she will continue with her book reviews.

 

This one is good idea, every year only 12 weeks long so that means we will have Christmas every 12 weeks.

Thank you Joanie. I really enjoyed The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lenington. This book came out in 2009 so I am a little late to the party, but it is definitely worth a read. They explain how we accomplish so much from October through December because we are at the end of the year and running out of time so if we think of a year as 12 weeks we will start to accomplish more all the time. They explain how to break down goals into tactics to accomplish them and how to keep score.

I also enjoyed comedian Kevin Hart’s memoir, I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons. I had actually never heard of him before, but I like memoirs so I gave it a shot and was pleasantly surprised. Kevin Hart is a comedian so there was some vulgar language, but overall it was a nice book. He writes about all the hard work he had to put in to become a comedian. So many people think they are funny and can just get up on stage and tell jokes, but it is so much more than that. He has also learned a lot from his mistakes and shares that information too.