It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

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

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Day in the USA so I chose a quote from him for my Spark: “Faith is taking that first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

I hope we are all brave enough and have enough faith to take that first step to wherever we want to be.

Now that Joanie has Gremmie under control , she has a book review.Β  I read, French for Cats: All the French Your Cats Will Ever Need by Henry Beard. Here are some words I learned.

I purr- Je ronronne

I sleep -Je dors

the mouse -la souris

the fish-le poisson

I think I am going to cough up a fur ball- Je crois que je vaid cracher une boule de poils

I don’t know why they call fish poison, it not poison, it is tasty.

Thank you Joanie, I think your gremlin needs you now.

I have also been reading a lot.Β  Before Christmas, I won Jackson Galaxy’s new book, Total Cat Mojo from Caren and Cody’s blog.Β  I have been learning a lot from it. I sometimes think I know everything about cats after living with so many for so long, but that is definitely not the case. He actually recommends having a litter box in the bedroom and living room. Apparently, cats don’t like the privacy we do when going potty. Maybe that is why they like to join us in the bathroom πŸ™‚


At the moment, we are not having issues, but if any do come up, I will try a box in one of those places despite not really wanting to have one in those areas. If you haven’t read this yet, I highly recommend it.Β  ( I won a copy of the book, but I am under no obligation to review it. I just like to tell people about good books).






  1. Ok, Joanie, here’s a little secret about French you should know: fish is not poison; poisson is pronounced “pwassohn.” It goes nasal at the end. You’re doing very well, though, and you are the only multilingual cat I know! Keep it up!

  2. Thank you for the magnificent book review, Joanie! Now we know all of the most important French phrases, thanks to you. And I still need to read this Jackson Galaxy book. I never had a cat that required a litter box in the living room and bedroom until I brought Eddy home. She doesn’t like to use the main boxes that are in the spare room at my house, so I do indeed have one in my living room and bedroom, and those are the ones she uses. She’s not shy about it, either. Happy Monday!

  3. I say paws up to having litter boxes in the bedroom and living room! But for some weird reason, my human’s boyfriend nixes this idea.

  4. I have to look for the Jackson Galaxy book. That sounds perfect for me. I’ll check out the library. Do you watch his TV show? I find it really educational and funny, too.

  5. Sounds like a good book. Almost all of the litter boxes are either in Mom’s bedroom or the bathroom next to the bedroom and they do get used a lot.
    So glad Gremmie is under control. You all have a fantastic day.

  6. Ellen,

    Faith is just that, stepping first and not know where your foot will land. I have to remind myself of this often when my human side dictates to do something other than relying totally on the Master for leadership. Thanks for the beautiful “Sparks” quote. MLK was a wise man.

  7. Love the quote. Spot on.

    Aww on the kitty. Love all the French you learned too.

    I’m currently reading Unholy City by Carrie Smith. Very good book.

    Have a purrfect Awww Monday. My best to your mom. β™₯

  8. What a perfect book for our Mom to get, since she spent half last year trying to learn French – HA! And we like seeing her lips make funny shapes trying to pronounce any of it! Our Mom is getting ready to read Growth of the Soil, a book that was recommended to her by a friend and that is supposed to be all about garden and farming but she’s not sure of that.

    1. That sounds like a good book. That is cool that your mom is learning French. I had 4 years of it in high school, but don’t remember much.

  9. What a smart kittie! My cat thinks I need to read a book on the language of cats. Mwarr means Hello, Mwarrar means I’m hungry, Mwarrk means Let me in now! That sort of thing. I think he needs to read one on the language of humans. Buddy would not like a litter box in the living room. He wants total privacy when he visits the litter box. If we happen to walk in the room when he first steps into the box, he will get out and wait until we are gone. lol

  10. je t’aime is probably a useful phrase to add to your vocabulary.

    Jackon’s advice seems contrary to putting litter boxes in quiet areas where cats feel safe and won’t be interrupted. Sorry, but unless kitty is physically limited, litter boxes will never be in my living room or near my kitchen – but I have a large enough house that it’s not a problem. πŸ™‚

    1. Unfortunately, I do have one in the corner of the kitchen. With 12 cats, we have them in a lot of places, but not the bedroom or living room.

  11. Love your quote from MLK. Not being a cat person (they make my eyes itch), I have never given the location of a litter box a thought. However, living room wouldn’t have been near the top of my list. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  12. We like your Spark. What are we reading? Nothing yet but getting ready to to read a book I won by Courtney Livingston. How to survive your twenties. I can’t wait to see what I did when I was in my 20’s and what I didn’t do. LOL, MOL.

  13. Oui Oui Joanie!! Vous etes fille intelligente!
    LadyMum helped mee with this. Mee said “Yes yes Joanie!! You are a clever girl.”
    Mee an LadyMum finished ‘Death of a Friend” an have started “Grave Concernss” bye Rebecca Tope. Reedin thee books out o order iss a bit confusin butt wee enjoyin them all thee same!
    ***frotte le nez*** (***nose rubsss***) Siddhartha Henry xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    1. Tres bien πŸ™‚ Glad your mum has been reading, we hope it takes her mind off her pain. XO

  14. Joanie, we appreciate the French lesson. We think Galaxy is a very interesting, knowledgable person but Mom really doesn’t want a box in her bedroom. We do have one in the living room hallway and 2 in the other bedroom.

  15. You are such an adorable smart kitty! Actually ” Poison” and ” Fish” is very similar to pronounce in French yet little different. You are doing great, sweet Joanie. Thank you for your wonderful books review because I also want to search and read all. God bless you.

  16. Wow, French for cats! What will they think of next. I need someone to bounce the French off of. Wonder if Phenny is up for a visit from me this year.?

    A litter box in the living room,,,,I don’t think so. We’re too messy with the kitty litter besides I don’t want someone looking at me while I go potty. Really Jackson….you are out to lunch on this one.


  17. Bonjour! You have a very literate household; two book reviews today.
    If we were having problems, we would (and have in the past) put litter boxes everywhere. Knock on wood, Rufus the Red and Mickey Mouser are OK with the three scattered about the house, none of which are in the Living Room.

  18. My mom gave me French for Cats years ago. It’s such a cute book. I bet Jackson Galaxy’s book has a lot of good info. I’m currently reading Bran New Death and there’s an orange kitty in it.

  19. Perhaps you need to look up where the French word for fish came from, i don’t believe it had anything to do with poison. What a fun comment, and these both sound like good books.

  20. We know some Spanish since we’re part Mexicats but we don’t know any French. We’re impressed! As for litter boxes in the living room and bedroom, uh, that’s odd.

  21. Nice quote. And Total Cat Mojo sounds fun. I think we can always learn more about the mysterious cat friends we have πŸ™‚

  22. Thank you, Ellen. We do need to walk in faith.
    I love Joanie. She is so cute. I must say, I do not agree with a litter box in my bedroom or living room. However, I do think there should be several. I have one in the bathroom, and it seems to be the most popular one. The one in my office is second most used.the one in the foyer is not as used, but is Clyde’s favourite one.
    I am having Blogger commenting issues. When I comment, or even respond on my own blog, it takes numerous seconds to take. I reported it, and several bloggers chimed in that they are having trouble, too. I just want to make others aware. Hugs!

    1. You’re welcome. And thank you, Joanie is a cutie and so sweet. I am sorry about the blogger commenting troubles, I hope they get fixed soon. XO

  23. Ces’t nuit…
    Je suis en retard… Excusez-moi pour mon retard.
    Anypaws, we have 2 boxes here…one in the unused part of the kitchen…I can even stand on it and look at the birds outside, MOL! The other one is in pawppy’s office, where he spends a lot of time each day. We don’t use our living room too much. Petcretary’s desk is in the livingroom…I am the most user of the livingroom, I have my toys there, and several ‘nests’. It is a doggy free zone as is pawppy’s office for the most part.

    Au revoir!
    Bonne Nuit!

    1. We think you said It is night, I am tired- Joanie needs to learn more French and I haven’t had a French lesson on 30 years. XO

      1. I did say its night…but then I said excuse me for being late, MOL!!!
        And later, good bye and good night:)

        I know some German and Dutch and Italian, too…and Petcretary knows about to phrases in Polish. I hear her use all those languages from time to time but Dutch is her best. Our Auntie, (Petcretary’s sister) has a degree in languages, she majored in German. My unfurbro-the-elder took 6 semesters of Mandarin(!!) when he was at college…

  24. Perhaps this is a post that Les Deux Divas shall have to address in the future. This human has it directly from the divas that all felines are multi-lingual. They are both French, this human, an ex-pat. We have a number of friends from a variety of countries who stop by. If the feline appears not to understand, I am instructed, it is because they do not acknowledge what you have to say. In my own travels, I’ve never met a feline I could not communicate with.

    1. Yes, cats do seem to understand any language, especially when food is involved πŸ™‚

  25. LOL! I love the French interpretations….especially the one about fish and poison. πŸ™‚ I think I need to draw the line at putting litter boxes in the bedroom. Not my idea of a serene, peaceful atmosphere! Love your spark and think it perfectly applies to most lives. It’s so hard to take that first step, trusting that there is actually a staircase for safe travel.

    1. Thank you. I am not planning on a litter box in the bedroom unless we get desperate. πŸ™‚

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