It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi everyone! Today we are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading blog hop and Comedy Plus’ Awww…Mondays. But first, I will list my three things I am thankful for today.

I am thankful for central air and that it is actually working. I am thankful that my niece is so sweet and brought a Father’s Day gift over for my hubby ( Uncle David) and I am thankful that Pipo and Minko’s Mom copied and pasted my post from last Monday for me. The one that GoDaddy stole and never gave back. Now I don’t have to waste brain cells trying to rewrite it.

I am sure many of you have heard of Norton the cat and read the 3 books his owner, Peter Gethers wrote about him back in the 1990’s. I wrote about them during the 2016 A-Z challenge, you can click here if you missed it.

Peter Gether’s latest book is a memoir/cookbook about his wonderful Mom titled, My Mother’s Kitchen. She had been a stay at home Mom to her two sons and a dutiful wife to her husband then at the age of 53 she started a career as a chef. She trained with Wolfgang Puck and became quite famous herself, even authoring several cookbooks.

I enjoyed learning more about the entire family. His mother was truly amazing, surviving 3 kinds of cancers and a stroke. She proved that attitude really does matter in recovering from illnesses. She also loved cats and would cat sit for her son’s cats. Norton used to travel with him, but after he passed, the other cats did not.

The author wanted to honor his Mom by cooking some of her favorite meals. This gives him quite an education in cooking too and a chance to bond with many friends. I learned several cooking tips and I plan to try some recipes too. If you are interested in reading it, here is the Amazon link.

I chose Prancie to pose with the book because Norton was a Scottish fold and Prancie reminds me of one because of her ears ( hers was frostbitten though)

And today is also International  Box Day

Penny is our box lover in the family. Sometimes she gets so excited, she pees in them. She hasn’t in a long time though so maybe she outgrew it.


  1. Minko was the best friend of any box that came into the house. Pipo sometimes gets in…but not for long. Minko would sleep long hours in one if he got in one at ‘nap time’.

    Penny sure looks cozy in that nicely lined box!

  2. Sounds like a super good book!! Angel Sammy was the box guy in our house and so far other than my Cat Scouts Derby car, I’m not BIG on boxes but Mom thinks I will be eventually. We were sad to learn of Minko’s passing on Father’s Day……

    Love, Teddy

    1. I learned of Minko’s passing when I saw your comment, I was shocked and heartbroken. Just too many losses all the time in the blog world. 🙁
      XO and love to you and your Mom!

  3. I was one of the lucky ones who actually got to read your post last Monday, before GoDaddy up and stole it. I don’t mind reading it again, though, because this book sounds fantastic. And look at you, Penny, enjoying your lovely box! It sure is kind of you to not pee in it. Purrs, and happy Box Day!

  4. That book does sound interesting, it’s fun to cook and to learn new things to cook.

  5. I am still not reading books… I don’t know what has happened this summer. Maybe just distracted. I almost ordered books for my reader yesterday but I never got it done… PROcrastination.

  6. Penny, that’s some serious box-like! Our mom is currently listening to an audio version of Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. She prefers print but got a free deal on this one. This is a Star Wars book.

    1. Penny thanks you 🙂 I prefer to read too because I read faster than the audios 🙂

  7. You’ve rolled up thankful, box day and Awww Mondays very nicely. Also what are you reading.

    I’m reading One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline. It’s a really good book.

    Have a purrfect Awww Monday. ☺

    1. Thank you 🙂 I like multihopping. Lisa Scottoline is good, I like the books she writes with her daughter.

  8. I had no idea that Peter Gethers wrote a cookbook. I read the three Norton books and loved them. I’m reading a non-fiction book called The Perfect Horse. It’s about horse breeding during WWII–it’s very interesting so far.

  9. The Peter Gethers book does sound good. Having an allergy to cats, I can’t share any cute cat stories but enjoy hearing about yours. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. I have them in my collection too. You wouldn’t like this one though it you don’t like cookbooks, although you might if you like memoirs.

  10. penny….HA !!!!!! all wayz keep de peepulz guessin 🙂 wait til ya get outta de box huh 😉 ♥♥♥

  11. Let’s hope Penny has truly outgrown her peemail. I am reading (er, listening to) “Gone Girl” but no one tell me how it ends…I did NOT see the movie!

    1. I hope she has outgrown it 🙂 I wish I had read the book instead of just seeing the film- I won’t tell you any spoilers.

  12. I just finished a book from the Gaslight Mystery series. There are no pets involved, but I really enjoy the series.
    I don’t think of kitties of peeing when excited. Maybe Penny had a little puppy in her!

    1. I am not familiar with that series, but a good mystery is fun. Yes, Penny is unique 🙂

  13. Penny looks so cute! All of ours like boxes. I need to find another cardboard house for them.I did not even know it was Boxing Day. I am treading water until I can sort out this cough. HUGS!

  14. Peter Genther sounds like a good guy! He loved cats and his mother 🙂

    Mitalee is the Queen of the boxes here …she just loves them so much! But everyone else loves them too…just not as much as Mitalee 🙂

    the critters in the cottage xo

    1. Penny loves boxes.Most of mine do. Too bad yours don’t , they would have loved all your moving boxes.

  15. Mee-you Lady Ellen you reed thee kewlest bookss!!!
    LadyMum finished “Dark Undertakings” an “A Market fur Murder” by Rebecca Tope. Wee leerned all about Mistur Drew inn thee 1st book an all about his wife Lady Karen inn thee 2nd book.
    Then LadyMum started Miss Tope’ss Lake Dsitrict Misstery seriess reedin “Thee Coniston Case” an it was berry innterestin!
    LadyMum iss huntin fur thee other 3 bookss now.
    Shee did find a new author named Anna Smith frum Scotland who has rote 3 bookss an LadyMum found ALL 3 bookss at thee store….so wee now reedin about Scottish crime an culture!
    WHEW, that was a l-o-n-g reeport, mew mew mew….
    Pleeze give mee LUV to mee deerest Phoebe all so.
    ***paw kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    1. Thank you, your Mum reads cool books too. I hope she can find those 3 she wants. Has she looked on for Canada? XO and paw kisses from Phoebe

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