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?

100_4933 How about now?

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.


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.


and dear Bhu also went to The Bridge.





  1. If my human still crocheted, she could totally make those gherkins! They’d probably look funny, though, because she was never very good at it.

    1. These are so easy, I am sure she could make them even if she hasn’t crocheted in years.

  2. Another kitty gone to the RB?? Sheesh, will it never end? At least for a while so we can breath?

    Those are funny pickles…we meant the idea is funny…thanks for the instructions.
    Sounds like a cute book to read.

  3. Love the gherkins! Book sounds good. So sad so many friends have left us. We’ll keep praying for they’re families. We hope all is well with you guys and gals!! πŸ™‚

  4. Now I think I love to eat pickles too πŸ˜€ We’re heartbroken for all the losses these previous days, Miss Ellen. Hope God has heard our purrayers to stop now. Soft Pawkisses <3

  5. I used to work in a gift shop and every Christmas season we sold pickle ornaments. They were a big hit! That is a great idea to crochet them and add catnip! So sad about all the pets that have left for the RB. I am reading The Cat Who Came in From the Cold by Deric Longden… I am enjoying it. Must check out your book you are reading.

  6. We have a glass pickle ornament from Germany somewhere in the attic, it’s a fun tradition. My sympathy to all those who have lost their precious pets recently.

  7. I just love reading your hopping posts. You have so much fun stuff to share! I love those pickle toys, and how great that your niece is selling them at the clinic to benefit the shelter! You have the funnest ideas for cat toys.

    We, too, are sending our thoughts and prayers to all those whose furbabies became angels this past week. So many have gained their wings lately.

    1. I hope they sell, people usually buy these right up at the register at the vet because they want to reward their kitties.

  8. Oh, we love the pickle ornaments. We’d bettter buy one because Mommy can’t seem to do anything crafty.
    We were deeply saddened by the loss of those precious furbabies.
    We’ll have to check out your book recommendation.
    Angel Normie, Angel Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

  9. Awww on all of you. Too cute and not I’ve not heard of the Christmas pickle. I like that idea though.

    Too many four legged family members are going to the bridge of late. I hate that too. My thoughts and good vibes goes out to all that have lost their babies.

    Have a purrfect Awww Monday. My best to your wonderful mom. ☺

  10. I have just begun reading Apprentice Cat and so far, I like it.
    I am also reading Black Phoenix, as a favor for a writer-friend (thus far, no cats)

    AND, M and I have begun putting together an ebook box set of Kazza’s Chatterre Trilogy. Kiara designed a really fine cover for the box featuring Kazza. M and I are busy making the interior formatting consistent for the three stories.

    1. I need to look into Apprentice Cat, I am not familiar with that. Kiara a great cover designer.

  11. Those really are cute pickles πŸ™‚
    Bet mum won’t like them the way she likes other pickles ! heehee
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

    Thank you for your kind thoughts for Treasure.
    We miss him.
    So sad to see another kitty (Bhu) has crossed over πŸ™

  12. Those pickles are so cute! We wish our mommy could make things like that.

    We’re so sad about Fiona. We didn’t know Bhu but we’re purring for the family too.

  13. So much sadness lately. Prayers for all those affected.

    I have heard of the pickle legend–a friend told me about it. Am I remembering correctly that’s it’s a German tradition? Those crocheted pickles are adorable!

  14. I’ve heard of the pickle tradition but don’t have one for my tree. It is nice that you are able to find books that mix cats and Christmas. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  15. Ferst let mee say wee were so sad about Fiona an then Bhu…..wee went over an leeved sympaffiess an commintss an it was a ruff day!
    Now on to thee pickless; WHAT THEE FISHCAKE??? These are PAWSUM!!! May mee order one fur LadyMum??? Wee have a tabull top tree (which iss nowhere inn site yet…)
    Maybee if mee givess LadyMum an ornymint shee will bring thee tree out! πŸ˜‰
    An due to all thee sadss wee had, well LadyMum iss still reedin “Thee Redeemer” an iss all most near thee end. It tooked a weerd twist an LadyMum sayss how thee Deetective will sort thee mess out shee can not figure out! This Jo Nesbo fell-oh iss furabuluss!
    An wee luvved thee “Oliver” book ALOT!!!
    Sendin all mee LUV an **paw kissesss** to Phoebe an **nose rubss** to all there, Siddhartha Henry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    1. We were sad about all our lost friends. I am glad you like the pickles, I will try to send you one my sweet purrince. Paw kisses and nose rubs too. XO

        1. MOL! πŸ™‚ I hope it arrives before the New Year, Grammie said she will pay for the shipping. XO

          1. Buudha Kat bless Grammie!! Shee ISS thee best!!! An so are you mee deerest buttercup…..
            ****paw kissesss**** yur pickull luvvin Purrince, Siddhartha Henry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  16. We never heard da pickle thing, but we knew right away they were pickles. Mommy says fiction is always based in fact somewhere and she can’t handle da bad things peeps do to us kitties. But we’re glad you enjoyed da book. As fur da recipe, right over our heads. MOL Bit hugs to you all.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  17. I love seeing the pickles. XXX And today Mom and I rose with the idea of trying to lighten our hearts a bit. IT has been the worst week ever with five fur babies gone, starting with Easy.

  18. guys……we haz hurd oh picklez ona fish samich !!!!!…guezz thatz knot de same huh ~~~~~ β™₯β™₯β™₯

  19. The pickles are so cute. I have never heard of that tradition. It sounds like a lot of fun! We are sad about so many of our friends crossing the Rainbow Bridge. β™₯

  20. I’ve never heard of the pickle ornament tradition before. That’s wonderful that you’re going to make them to help the shelter. I had seen that book at the store the other day and was very tempted to buy it. Maybe I’ll have to go back and get it.

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