Selfie Sunday -Letter to Santa Part One

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Brody wrote: Dear Santa, Thank you for the friend you brought me even if you were 4 months late. I could use some treats. Love, Brody

Prancie wrote: Dear Santa,Please buy my book, Prancie’s Prayer for everyone on your list. You would be helping a lot of kitties because I am donating all the royalties to a cat rescue group.

Sammy wrote: Dear Santa, I wanted to let you know I think you are looking very thin. I could use a new pole for my “da bird” toy. XO Sammy P

Penny wrote: Dear Santa, Right now I am set with boxes. I could use another heating pad though because Millie steals mine sometimes. Love, Penny XOXO

Mrs. Potato Head wrote: I would like a Mr. I am open to other vegetables, but please no fruits or nuts.

We want to wish all our Jewish friends a Happy Hanukkah which starts tonight.

I made latkes with my air fryer and they were really good.

Penny’s Tips Volume 29

Hi everyone. Before I give you my tip, I want to give my condolences to Marg on the loss of her sweet boy, Lucky.

Sorry I look so sleepy. I am loving the heating pad.

My tip for today is to remind you that today is Giving Tuesday. You could donate your spare pennies ( or dollars) to a good cause today. We just made a donation to Marg’s Gofund me page in memory of Lucky. We don’t have much to donate, but every little bit helps.

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Penny’s Tips Volume 28

Hi everyone! I have a great tip today just in time for your holiday baking.

You can use pennies as pie weights. My mom just learned what that is….every time she makes a crust for the chocolate cream pie, it has bubbles on the bottom. I hope she tries this.

 Sorry, I insist she give me my treats in advance.

You just put the pie crust in the bottom ( use your imagination, I didn’t have a crust for the photo).

Then you put parchment paper or aluminum foil over it and line it with pennies, then bake as usual. They will hold it down so it won’t bubble. I recommend washing the pennies first even though there is a layer protecting the crust.

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Penny’s Tips Volume 27

Hi everyone! I am being difficult for mom, she wants me to pose, but I am sick of having my posts bumped.

I do have a tip for you though. You should always check for wheat pennies whenever you get change.The front is the same, but the backs have wheat stalks on the sides.  Did you know they are all worth more than 1 cent? They were made from 1909-1958. To see a chart with the value of each year, click here.

I have a 1957 one here, sorry for the bad photo.

It is worth 8 cents, I know that doesn’t sound like much, but it is worth 8 times the face value.

Before I go, I want to correct something. When mom wrote that Prancie’s Prayer is a bestseller for the publisher yesterday it just means for Mirror Publishing which is good, but nothing like a real bestseller on Amazon.  I bet if she wrote a book about me it would be a true bestseller.

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Halloween Costumes Part 3

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Today is the last day of our costumes. I apologize that these are not great. These kitties were the most difficult to work with. Polar Bear refused to cooperate so he hired a stand-in. Drake is the stand-in , he is the mystery tock from last week. He has been with us for a year and a half. I haven’t written about him because I took him in with the promise that his family could take him back when they got settled, but they haven’t yet. And now we are attached so we hope they don’t. The spare bedroom is a time share between him and KaTwo. She is OK with the other cats, but will only eat in her room. He doesn’t have front claws, but still tries to fight everyone so he has to be segregated. He is sweet to humans though and loves it when I spend part of the night with him when my hubby snores me out of the room.

 

Penny-not the picture in the background. ( 2002)

Noel is supposed to be a penguin. We will accept 2 different answers on this one from films made in 2005 and 2006.

Drake. (2005)

Jinx is posing as himself, showing you his sharp claws, pardon the white panther in the background. (2018)

Tallulah ( 2007)

Remember, you have until Tuesday night 9PM EST to make your guesses on the 3 days of costumes. The winner will be announced on Halloween. Thank you to all who play along. I realize everyone is not into movies. Next year , we will do singers or tv shows 🙂

 

#ChewyInfluencer

Hi everyone! We have a Chewy review today. We love scratchers around here so we were thrilled to test out the OurPets The Wave Curved Cat Scratcher.

*We received the  OurPets The Wave Curved Cat Scratcher from Chewy in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are our own.

Penny was more concerned with the Chewy box and called dibs. ( Bets on how soon she will pee in it?)

  Jinx loves it. Sammy does too , although, I think it is a little small for 17 pound Sammy.

It is currently on sale for $11.99, click here While you are there, be sure to stock up because orders over $49 ship free. And they always have speedy 1-2 day shipping. Most of the time, our orders arrive in less than 24 hours!

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Sunday Selfies -Tocktober Edition-Part 2

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KaTwo

Penny

Millie

Emmy

 

Polar Bear

Before we go, I wanted to let you know that Athena’s mom is offering another one of her books for free this weekend. The Snowflake Pendant is a great book, I reviewed it back in 2015, click here. To get your free copy on Amazon Kindle, click here.

 

 

 

Penny’s Tips Volume 26

Hi everyone! I’m back! Well, at least for this week.

This razzberry is for my mom for not letting me post last week and I know next week is Chewy week so I will get bumped yet again.

My tip this week is to use a penny to hold your curtain or drape down if it doesn’t sit evenly.
There is usually a space to fit it right in there.

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More Than Just Making It

 

Hi everyone. I have another book review for today. More Than Just Making It by Erin Odom.

Being that I stole Penny’s day, I thought I would let her pose with the book.

*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.

The author writes a blog, The Humbled Homemaker. She grew up middle class with frugal parents, but she always had enough. Her dream was actually to be missionary which she did do after college.with her husband. They thought they were making a wise financial choice when they purchased a home. Unfortunately, the recession hit  in 2009 when they both lost their jobs. They ended up owing more than the value of the house. They also had a little girl to provide for.

The family ended up moving in with the author’s parents temporarily. Her husband found a job teaching in North Carolina, but the pay was very low. She worked for the newspaper, but her salary varied monthly. She ended up having to apply for Food Stamps which she was embarrassed to do, but had no choice. She eventually realized that she didn’t have to feel ashamed because those services were there to help. It made her rethink everything she believed about government services. She always thought those on them were lazy, but she discovered that is not the case. Many are working poor that just can’t make ends meet.

Part of this book is her personal account of her family’ s continued financial struggles. These also led to marital problems, yet they somehow ended up having three more children since 2010 which made it even harder to make ends meet.Once she started making money on her blog in addition to her husband’s salary, they were able to get off of public assistance.

They have more money now, but still live frugally. They purchase all their furniture used and their vehicles too. Much of the book is about how anyone can live on less money. She writes about planning meals and saving money on them. She also explains that some have spending problems and others have income problems. They had an income problem because they did not earn enough to cover the basic needs. The only debt they had was their house.

I think this is a great book for anyone that has financial trouble, especially young couples. I did have one major problem with it though because for me personally, it was useless. My financial troubles are always around veterinary care for my 13 cats. They did not have a pet or write about anyone having one. I know it is my choice to have so many cats, but what would someone in their situation do if they had a dog or cat and it was sick? So many end up returning them to shelters or abandoning them when they can’t afford them. It would have been nice to read some solutions to these issues so people would not resort to that. Because of that , I am only rating it 3 out of 5 stars.

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Penny’s Tips Volume 25

HI everyone! I will let Penny give her tip in a minute. Today is the one year anniversary of Phoebe leaving us. We miss her every day, the house just isn’t the same without her. Her little harness dress still hangs on the hook by the door like Tiny Tim’s crutch.

I have been saving this story for today. Last year, when I kept bringing Phoebe to the vet for fluids and checkups, her vet was expecting a baby. Guess what she named her daughter? When I was there a few months ago she told me that when I kept coming in with Phoebe it struck her that should be her baby’s name.

Now time for Penny’s tip-

Hi everyone! Mom paid me in silvervine so excuse my pose, she caught me rolling in it.

My tip is if you don’t have a ruler, you can use pennies to measure. There are 16 pennies in one foot ( each one has a diameter of .75″ ).

Do you like Mom’s ruler? It is a Peanuts one that she has had since she was a kid.

Tomorrow we will be participating in Madi’s Come Laugh With Us Blog Hop.

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Don’t forget you have until 9 PM (EST) Tuesday to enter to win a copy of Prancie’s Prayer. Rules are on Sunday’s post.

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