Penny’s Tips Volume 36

Hi everyone! Did you miss me? I haven’t been able to give a tip in a month. Now I won’t be getting bumped because of Chewy because they ended their influencer program so you will see a lot more of me.

You probably want to know why I have on this joker hat. It is because mom is an idiot I have the perfect April Fool’s Day joke for you to use on someone.

Take a penny and glue it to the sidewalk then have fun watching people try to pick it up. Just be careful not to get glue on your paws.

See you next week!

We are joining Comedy Plus’ Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

Grateful American

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

I just completed Grateful American by Gary Sinise. It was fantastic!

*Disclosure: I received this book for free as part of The Book Look Bloggers book review program. I am not required to write a positive review, all opinions are my own.

I haven’t seen a lot of Gary Sinise’s work, but what I have seen was excellent. I know he was the lead in CSI: New York for several years, but I never watched it. I did see Forrest Gump though ( is there anyone who has not seen it? ). As you all know, he played Lieutenant Dan. Little did he know when he played that role, it would set a course for his life.

Gary Sinise was already familiar with the plight of Vietnam vets, his brother-in-law was one. He also went through rigorous training to play that role. Once Forrest Gump was released, Lt. Dan became a symbol for vets. He received letters and was approached by many to praise him on the accuracy of his portrayal in the role. After that, he started to go to VA hospitals to meet injured soldiers. That snowballed into his band going overseas to entertain vets and he is now considered a modern-day Bob Hope. He is truly grateful to the soldiers who keep us safe.

I was amazed to read about all the humanitarian work he does. He helps raise funds to build smart homes for severely injured soldiers. His foundation has also helped children in war-torn countries by supplying them with school supplies. The list of things he has done is endless.

This memoir also included very personal details of his life. I admire his honesty at telling his wife’s battle with alcohol and how it affected his children. I enjoyed reading about how he started his acting career in high school and moved on the theater in Chicago. I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes memoirs, especially grateful Americans.

I enjoyed the book so much that I want to share. I am going to give it away, I can only afford to mail it within the US though. If you want to enter for a chance to win it, let me know in the comment section before Wednesday at 9PM (EST).

I review for BookLook Bloggers

Sunday Selfies

Hi everyone! Today we have an “ussie” from Sammy, Joanie and Emmy. Lately, Emmy has decided she likes to sleep on the bed at night with us and also part of the day. She used to whap Joanie, but now they are friends.

And here is Trouble, “helping” me fix Grammie’s glasses.

We are joining The Cat on My Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop.

Caturday Saturday

Hi everyone! We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and The Pet Parade.

I know this is late for Dr. Seuss Day this year, but I wanted to let you all know about this website I just discovered where you can make a sign with your choice of many Dr. Seuss characters. RedKid.Net

We are also joining Sabi Saturday, the new hop my Cactus Catz. You show something you have rescued from the trash or something you repurposed. To find out more, click here.

This wine glass has a crack in it, but instead of tossing it, I use it as a dust cover for the kitty my friend made me.

Friendly Fill-Ins Week 149

Hi everyone! Time for the Friendly Fill-Ins. Please leave your link (at bottom of post) here or at my co-host’s Four-Legged Furballs. You can also answer in the comment section. Thank you to all who participate. Don’t forget to add your link to the hop so everyone can visit you.

1. I admire ____________________.

2. I can’t wait for _____________to bloom.
3. I’m proud to say _________.
4. _________ make(s) me nervous.
My answers:
1. I admire anyone who adopts a child. It seems like a lot of effort to adopt and you have no idea of the troubles the child will have. I am not that brave.
2. I can’t wait for the magnolia tree to bloom, it is my favorite.
3. I’m proud to say I have a dozen cats even though most are shocked when I say that.
4. The bump on Sammy’s nose makes me nervous. I can’t stop obsessing about it. He has an appointment Monday to get it checked.

We are also joining Create With Joy’s Friendship Friday and Feline Friday currently hosted by Comedy Plus. We are also joining FiveSibes Flashback Friday.
This is my Angel Lucy from March 2015.She was a great model.

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Thankful Thursday

Hi everyone! We are joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Emmy is thankful her book has the same illustrator as Prancie’s Prayer. Here she is reviewing some of the illustrations.

And I am thankful her blood work was good and Prancie’s was too.

Emmy wrote the poem for Sammy’s Poetry Day based on this photo prompt.

Living on the water is not for me,
I would rather live in a tree.
I don’t like to be wet,
staying on land is a safer bet.

Here are the Friendly Fill-Ins for tomorrow. Mom came up with the first two and our co-host, Lorianne of Four-Legged Furballs came up with second two.

1. I admire ____________________.

2. I can’t wait for _____________to bloom.

3. I’m proud to say _________.
4. _________ make(s) me nervous.


Wordless Wednesday

Happy Purim to all our Jewish friends! Trouble got to dress as Queen Esther this year because this is her first Purim with us. She is a big boned girl so the cape is too small.Here are some of the other kitties in the costume from years past.

Emmy 2018

Joanie 2017

Phoebe 2016

Lucy 2015

Comedy Plus’ Wordless Wednesday

Create with Joy Wordless Wednesday

Be There 2Day Wordless Wednesday

#WW Curious as a Cathy

XMAS Dolly ‘s Wordless Wednesday



Hi everyone. Thank you for all the purrs and prayers for my sick kitties, they are greatly appreciated.

We have a Chewy Review today. I let Millie have this toy all to himself.

*We received the Ethical Pet Shimmer Glimmer Fish with Catnip Toy in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are our own.

He was excited to smell the package.

It is a good-sized fish. Colors vary, but Millie is quite pleased with his pink.


He gives it 4 paws up.

The Ethical Pet Shimmer Glimmer Fish with Catnip Toy is only $3.99. Click here to find out more information. And don’t forget orders over $49 include free 1-2 day shipping.

We are joining the Chewy Blog Hop and the  Comedy Plus’ Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.



Millie Monday

Hi everyone! We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww….Monday. 

Millie is giving a sneak preview of our upcoming Chewy review.

I have a few medical updates. Millie could use some prayers. Last Tuesday, I felt a small lump on his side so we took him to the vet on Wednesday. The vet did a needle aspiration  and it is a mast cell tumor. Apparently in cats, they don’t tend to spread. Joanie had one removed from her face a few years ago and Angel Lucy had a toe removed when she had one. Ideally, we would just get it removed to be on the safe side. Nothing is ideal though, Millie has a heart murmur and is almost 15. He has also lost weight despite the fact that his thyroid is under control with meds. He will need an ultrasound to check his heart before any surgery, he also needs an ultrasound on his tummy to be sure he doesn’t have a cancer.

KaTwo’s lumps are a little bigger. Fortunately, her appetite is still good and she is still playful and enjoying life.

Sammy is also scaring me. He has a bump on his nose. I have been watching for about 10 days and it is still there. I think it is a little smaller, but I am not sure if that is wishful thinking. I will be making an appointment for him soon.

Today Prancie has a recheck on some of her blood work and Emmy is getting her annual blood tests. Seems like we are always at the vet.



St. Patrick’s Day!

Hi everyone. Happy St. Patrick’s Day !

We are joining The Cat on my Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop.

I am joining another started last week at CactusCatz called Sabi Saturday. I am a day late this week, but better late than never. In the hop, we will show something we have found and rescued or repurposed, etc. You can read about it in full by clicking here.

I rescued this ironing board from a dumpster back in 2007. My mom and I were picking up my niece at college after her freshman year. A lot of kids were tossing good things in the dumpster and I spotted this. Much to my niece’s embarrassment I shamelessly grabbed it. Then she spotted a poster she wanted and asked me to get that for her- so I went dumpster diving again. It is very handy and much easier to use than dragging out the full-sized one.