Happy Mother’s Day!

Hi everyone. Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. Some of us have 4-legged children, some have 2-legged too- I wish you all a wonderful day. And I want to wish my special Mom ( AKA Grammie) a Happy Mother’s Day too!

Brody was the only one willing to take a selfie. He is most happy to have a mother.

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

We are also joining  Cactus Catz’ Sabi Saturday. A fun hop where you show something vintage/antique, recycled and repurposed. Last week, I showed you the war ration book my great-aunt left me. This cookbook was also with the ration book.

 

Caturday Saturday

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

For our art today, I am showing you the masterpieces The Great One made for Mother’s Day gifts.

She made 8 coasters. One for her mom, one for me, one for my mom and then she has a Grandma, Nana and Mimi too.I also helped her make a glitter bath scrub for her mom and she decided to keep one for herself 🙂

We will join Sabi Saturday on Sunday.

 

 

 

Friendly Fill-Ins Week 156

Hi everyone! Thank you all for the purrs and prayers for Sammy.

Things did not go as planned. Sammy did not get his dental because the vet heard a “gallop” in his heartbeat. She didn’t hear it when he got his blood work 2 weeks ago. He will need an ultrasound of his heart before he can go under anesthesia. I am glad the vet chose to be cautious.

I still have no answers on the nose. She numbed it and tried to get a fluid sample, but there was no fluid. She couldn’t take a sample unless he was under anesthesia so that had to wait. She took an x-ray, but there “expert” needs to review it.

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. ______________ was a very good year.
 
2. There is nothing quite like _______________.
3. If I had a talk show, I would want to interview _________.
4. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for _________.
My answers:
1. 1992 was a very good year. That was the year we got married. I was thinking of other years when good things happened, but unfortunately bad ones did too in the same year.
2. There is nothing quite like sharing a bed with cats. It is wonderful in some ways like falling asleep to the sound of purrs, but then there is the scratches they accidentally give me and the pillow hogging. I can’t sleep without at least one though.
3. If I had a talk show, I would want to interview Nicolas Cage.
4. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for my immediate family and my cats.

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.

Here is a flashback from 2014 or 2015. Sadly, 3 of the 4 of these kitties are no longer with us. Snowball, Lucy and Spooky are at The Rainbow Bridge.

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Thankful Thursday

HI everyone! We are joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. Prancie is thankful for the enormous package of prizes that arrived last week. As you know, she won the Easter Bonnet contest at One Spoiled Cat.

She won this great hat-

And all this-

She loves her unicorn. We have to hide it when The Great One is here because she will want it.

Look at all these treats! And she is not planning to share.

She did give this cute pen to her Dad though. Thank you to Teddy and his mom for all these goodies. And thanks to all who voted for Prancie in the contest.

Prancie is so happy that she agreed to write today’s poem for Sammy’s Poetry Day based on this photo:

I already told you I don’t like being wet
if that is what you want, get a dog for a pet.
Have fun in your white river raft ,
I didn’t realize you were so daft.
I will stay here and guard the house,
try to remember to bring me a mouse.
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. ______________ was a very good year.
 
2. There is nothing quite like _______________.
3. If I had a talk show, I would want to interview _________.
4. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for _________.
One more thing- today is Sammy’s big day for his dental and an x-ray on his nose as well as a biopsy. All purrs and prayers will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Penny’s Tips Volume 38

Hi everyone! Penny has a tip for you today, but first Joanie wants to announce the winner of the Star Wars Giveaway.

And the winner is Mark’s Mews. Congratulations!

Hi everyone! Did you know there are some pennies out there worth up to $200,000. Not me, I am worth way more than that.

In 1943 there was a copper shortage so pennies were made out of steel, but about 40 were made of copper and some are still in circulation. In January one sold for $204,000 at an auction. To read more, click here.

Let me help you Penny. We sure could buy a lot of treats with that kind of money.

We are joining Comedy Plus’ Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

A Brave Face

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

I just finished reading A Brave Face by Barbara Marlowe and Teeba Furat Marlowe. It was a beautiful story about many people working together to help an injured little girl.

*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.

When Teeba, an Iraqi, was a toddler she was badly burned by a roadside bomb that killed her brother. Through a miracle, an American woman, Barbara Marlowe sees her photo and falls in love with this little girl. She reads about her and learns she wants a wig because her hair no longer grows from all the scarring on her head. Barbara happens to be involved with a charity that provides wigs for children so she decides to help grant her wish.

From that wish everything spirals and Teeba ends up moving to the US to have proper care for all her injuries. To do this, she has to leave her parents and siblings behind in Iraq. It breaks her mother’s heart, but she lets her go because she knows it is for the best. Barbara and her husband become Teeba’s second family and she even calls them mom and dad .These reconstructive surgeries take many years to complete because it is a slow process. A balloon is placed under her skin on her neck and one on her back then fluid is added weekly to extend it so she can grow new skin to be used for grafting. She has been here over 10 years and the work is still not completed.

This memoir is a combined effort of Barbara, Teeba and Teeba’s mother. It is interesting to read what each one’s thoughts were as all this was happening. I admire her mother ( and father too) for letting her go because it was best for her. They were finally able to all meet again 9 years later for a week-long visit in Dubhai. Teeba’s father was unable to get permission to join them because he is in the Iraqi army.

All the acts of kindness and efforts to help Teeba helps restore my faith in humanity. Her surgeries are covered by a special group. Disney treats her to a free princess makeover, people help translate, etc. And now Teeba speaks to other children that have burns to help them so she is paying it forward. Such an inspirational story.

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Kentucky Derby Selfies

Hi everyone! For selfies today we are showing off our hats from The Kentucky Derby.

Prancie

Sammy

Gremmie snuck into the winner’s circle

Joanie

Who do you think looked best?

I am a day late for Sabi Saturday, but here is my entry. (Sabi Saturday is a hop where you show something old, repurposed or upcycled. I wish more bloggers would join this fun hop.)

I was close to my Great Aunt. When she passed away in 1988, she left me her photo collection and this war ration book from WWII was in there too.

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

And don’t forget to comment on yesterday’s post to enter our Star Wars Giveaway.

 

 

 

Star Wars Giveaway

Hi everyone! We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and The Pet Parade. We are having a Star Wars themed giveaway for May the Fourth Be With You Day!

I used Face In The Hole to make Sammy into Yoda.

And now for our giveaway-

We have a Star Wars themed catnip mat, 2 catnip mice dressed as Princess Leia and Darth Vader, a plastic Darth Vader head filled with our home grown nip and a Star Wars keychain. ( Sorry, Joanie is not included).To enter just leave a comment on this post by Monday at 9 PM ( EST). Winner will be announced Tuesday. Sorry I can only afford to send this in the US because the keychain is quite heavy.

And I have to show this old photo of Angel Lucy as Princess Leia. And yes, I ate the cookies. She peed on me that night too- the only time she ever did so I guess she was mad about this photo.

We will join Sabi Saturday tomorrow. Be sure to stop by to see our Kentucky Derby hats for Sunday Selfies.

PS: Don’t tell my Trekkie hubby we are having a Star Wars giveaway.

Friendly Fill-Ins Week 155

Hi everyone!Before we get started, we want to give our condolences to Ann of Zoolatry who lost her beautiful cat, Maggy. To visit her, click here.

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. 13 years ago, I __________________.
 
2. By this time next year, I hope to ________________________.
3. One word that describes me is _________.
4. If my life were a book or movie, it would be in the _________ genre.
My answers:
1. 13 years ago, I was still working as a tutor for the high school and my niece was still living with us ( she did until 2011).  I knew nothing about cat blogs back then, I sure missed out on a lot.
2. By this time next year, I hope to still have all my loved ones ( 2-legged and 4-legged). I know this is not likely being that KaTwo has mammary cancer and Millie is shrinking away despite his big appetite and his thyroid meds.
3. One word that describes me is quirky I asked my mom what she thought and she said “weird”. I asked my hubby and he answered, compassionate. I like his answer.
4. If my life were a book or movie, it would be in the comedy genre.

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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.
For our flashbacks, I have some photos of Angel Phoebe on Cinco de Mayo. It was her favorite holiday. As many of you know, she had a cup on her pole and used to collect tips. On Cinco de Mayo her Grammie and her Dad each gave her $5.
And now to tell you about the logs with red spots that I showed you yesterday. My hubby and I are attempting to grow mushrooms, I purchased plugs that have the spores in them. You need to cute logs and let them sit for 2 weeks, then drill 20 holes in each log. You hammer the plugs into the holes and use cheese wax ( or beeswax) to coat them so no other organisms get in. You also have to coat the ends of the logs. In 6 months we should have Hen of the woods mushrooms. This is new to us, we have only grown the button mushroom kits indoors.
Be sure to come by tomorrow for our Star Wars giveaway for May the 4th.