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.



  1. Happy Birthday, Joanie & Sammy!

    Those books sound excellent. When I get time, I will look them up. At present, I’m reading The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery by Ruiz…. it’s a good followup to The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom …. perhaps one day this excellent advice will sink in.

  2. To the library i go, very soon.

    Wishing many happy returns of the day to Joanie and Sammy!

  3. Happy birthday, Joanie and Sammy! And we think you did a fantastic job reviewing that book, Joanie. We wish we knew where to find a gremlin to tame. Of course, your mom’s right, and we would never feed ours after midnight either.

    We are still sending our most heartfelt purrs and prayers your way. You’re right in that Phoebe will never be replaced, but we have no doubt that she is so proud of you all and that she will continue to guide you in every aspect of life, including your wonderful blog.

    1. Joanie and Sammy thank you for the birthday wishes. Joanie is glad you like her review too. And I thank you for your kind words. XO

  4. Awww on all your four legged babies. They are most precious. I hear you about being thankful for your 14 years with Phoebe. I’m thankful for my almost 13 years with our beloved Little Bit.

    I just finished reading, Charlatans by Robin Cook. I really enjoyed this book. Just starting, Shattered by Allison Brennen.

    Have a purrfect Awww Monday, my friend. ♥♥♥

  5. Happy Birthday Sammy and Joanie! My nickname is “Joni” but spelled differently (lol). Thank you for the reviews. Mommy is always looking for new reading material.
    Phoebe will always be loved and never forgotten. She will help you pick up the pieces where she left off.
    Have a great week! Love you all.
    xoxo Angel Normie, Angel Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

    1. Joanie and Sammy thank you. Joanie is named after her Grammie and Joan is my middle name too.
      Thank you for your kind words about Phoebe. XO and love to you too!

  6. Happy Birthday! That looks like a yummy cake. OK, so Mommy finally finished The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. Now she’s reading her first book, but she can’t remember the name of it right now. It creeps her out so she stopped reading it for a bit. (She’s still addicted to Youtube videos!)

  7. Happy Birthday to Joannie and Sammy. Sure good to see your Mom posting again. That cake looks yummy. Big hugs to the Mom and all of you.

  8. Mee-you Lady Ellen it iss grate to see you back here. An yur rite no kitty can replace Purrincess Phoebe. Mee finkss Brody should give ritin a try, mew mew mew…
    Thee “Tamin thee Gremlin” bookss soundss sorta funny….’Gremlinss’ thee movie iss funny!
    An thee mature bookss sound berry innterestin. Mee anLladyMum are reedin “Gallow’ss Lane” by Mistur Brian McGilloway. Hee rote “Borderlandss”….thee crime drama happenss inn Ireland close to thee North-South border an iss berry spell bindin.
    Wee just can not get enuff crime drama it seemss, mew mew mew…..
    ***nose kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry xXx

    1. Maybe Brody will try his paw at writing. I am glad you and your Mum are reading a lot, maybe it will help her to forget about the awful people in your building. XO and love to you both

      1. Oh yippee wee fink Brody wood have ALOT to say!
        An mee iss berry icky sicky Lady Ellen so not much reedin goin on….an wee still shooked uppy over thee crazy woman threatenin LadyMum!!! 🙁

          1. Deer Lady Ellen mee iss eatin when LadyMum bringss food to mee. Butt mee not drink on mee own so mee gettin syringe water efurry 3-4 hours. Tomorrow Mumma Mary-Ellen iss bringin mee thee anti-biotic pillss. Eeewwww…..**paw patsss** Siddhartha Henry xxxx

          2. I am glad you are eating, but you need to drink too and please be a good boy and take your medicine so you will get better. Grammie read your blog today and she is very concerned about you too. XO and lots of love

  9. Losing a child at seventeen must be devastating. It certainly puts my minor woes into perspective. I was lucky to have had my sweet cat Luna for so many years and see our two remaining kitties looking good despite advancing age. ~hugs~ Be well. Thanks for being a beacon of light in this dark world.

  10. happee bee lated best fishez, mice creem dishz & happee day wizhez two ewe shop vac & joanie ~~~~~~ we hope yur day waz a grate one; we noe itz kinda hard ta bee happee rite now 🙁

    heerz two a yeer a head filled with happee nezz N healtheez N tell mom may bee each week sum one diffrunt can share de “post write spot lite…♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  11. Happy Birthday Joanie and Sammy P, Wow, 12 years old. That is a great age. Only 3 more yeaRS and you can become a Crotchety Cougar like your sis Phoebe.

    Those books sound interesting.

    Shoko and Kali

    1. Thank you. I adopted them at the shelter when they were 4 and a half and that is what I was told.

  12. Happy birthday Sammy and Joanie. Sorry we’re late. We hope your day was a purrfect as ya’ll are. Dat sure looks like a good cake. You both look gawjus. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  13. Happy Belated Birthday, Joanie and Sammy! It looks like you had a very nice day with lots of goodies! ♥

  14. Happy Birthday! Temptations are the best way to celebrate…

    Oh you asked about Young Sheldon on my blog…I enjoyed it. Good show.

  15. ohhh that had to have been hard to read just at the time when Phoebe was declining ….

    We’re tied up reading a bunch of Sci Fi right now (and by we, we mean the MOM) because she’s editing a series of books for an author!

  16. Joanie and Sammy, Happy Birthday dear ones. I am so sorry I missed the day. But here’s a nose tap and a side rub to show you my love,

  17. Oh, Miss Ellen I do wish that you had more time with Phoebe, too. If only we kitties could live as long as our humans. Warm hugs & purrs.

  18. Pleeze tell Grammie mee will start mee oral Aunty-bye-otick at sup-purr time tonite. Mee still feelss paw full butt mee ISS eatin better. LadyMum iss still syringin mee with water. Mee so stuffed uppy iss hard to breethe!
    Mee iss tryin REEL hard to get better Lady Ellen & Grammie. Fankss fur luvvin mee!
    ~~head rubsss~~ Siddhartha Henry~~

    1. I am sorry you are so stuffed up. I will let Grammie know you have a new medicine, she is praying for you too. XO and lots of love to you and your Mum.

      1. Mee-you still stuffed uppy Lady Ellen an Grammie.
        Mee tooked mee 1st dose of Baytrill last nite an went fur a wee walk. Mee even tried to play toyss a bit. Iss goin to bee a long reecovurry…at leest there ISS that rite? Pleeze tell Grammie thee Baytrill should werk.
        LadyMum iss still stressed out butt not as badlee….
        Pawss crossed, it will bee a quiet weekend here.
        ~~head rubsss~~ Siddhartha Henry~~

        1. We are both praying for you sweet boy. XO and a head rub for you. Do you like chin scritches?

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