Hi everyone! We are joining three hops today, but first I would like to ask for purrs and prayers for our friend Astrid of Four-Legged Furballs. She had surgery on what was thought to be a benign tumor, but now needs more surgery because it is a malignancy. Her mom is very worried so please pray for her too.
First off is Joanie’s review:
I haz no time for review this week. Halloween only 2 weeks away and I needz costume.
Sammy and I thank Grammie for late birthday gifts.
The book I am going to review ties in with my “Spark” for this week.
Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul by Naomi Levy is an amazing book. The author was inspired by a letter that Einstein wrote to a man who had lost his son.She searches for the man and many others whose lives he had touched. Her search is only part of the book though, she also offers ways we can connect with our soul. One way is through meditation, she recommends just meditating on the word “husa”. I was not familiar with the term before reading this book. It means an artists love for his ( or her) creation even if it is flawed. Much like we are all flawed, but God still loves us. By meditating on this we will become more forgiving and soften our judgement of others and ourselves.
I am pleased to report that I have had more time to read this week. First off, I have the honor of reading a preview version of Hilary Grossman’s newest book entitled Plan Cee. I am loving it so far. If you are not familiar with her work, I highly recommend you read her other 2 books. They are only $2.99 on Amazon and free with Kindle Unlimited. Click here.
I am also reading Kit Kat and Lucy: The Country Cats Who Changed a City Girl’s World by Lonnie Hull Dupont. I am not even half way done with it yet, but I think it is safe to recommend. It is a true story of how two cats that just showed up at a couple’s home become part of their family. The first cat, Kit Kat is given away to a friend because the husband had allergies, but she walks for several miles to return to them. Cats are amazing.
Sammy is practicing his elevator butt so he can get his badge for it at Cat Scouts.
KaTwo is posing with The Lion in The Living Room by Abigail Tucker. I wish I could say I was enjoying this book, but unfortunately, I find it to be a little boring. It reads like a History text book and tells about bad things that were done to cats centuries ago which was very disturbing.
Prancie is posing with a turkey decoration for Thanksgiving. I made it with an old light bulb that I painted brown. Then I added feet cut out of foam and googly eyes and feathers. They are breakable though so you have to be careful.
Hi everyone!We are participating in Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? blog hop. I have been reading a lot and I hope to be reading even more after today. My Mom and I are going to a big book sale that we go to every year, it is almost 2 hours away, but so worth it ( 120,000 books). Plus it is half price day.
I just finished Changing Normal: How I Helped My Husband Beat Cancer by Mariliu Henner. I enjoy reading about how people overcome diseases with a combination of regular medicine, healthy eating and supplements as well as a positive attitude.
I also just completed an older book ( published in 1943) called The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway. When the author was 5, she was afflicted with spinal tuberculosis causing her to have to be in bed strapped to a board for 10 years. Unfortunately, after all that torture, she still ends up with a hunched back. She does eventually manage to live alone in a house in Maine and get married. Her story and attitude are amazing.
I am reading Listful Thinking Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed by Paula Rizzo. I hope it works.
Hi everyone! I have a great book to recommend today. We were given a copy to review of To Catch a Cat How Three Stray Kittens Rescued Me by Heather Green. It is one of the best books I have read in a long time.
I love memoirs, especially ones that include cats so this was the perfect combination. And as an added bonus, it didn’t make me cry, it was very uplifting. The author tells of how when she was first dating her future husband, they rescued 3 feral kittens from a neighbor’s backyard. This brought them closer together as a couple and helped her see what was important in life.
They were very smart about the rescue and didn’t just try to grab these kittens. Her boyfriend took a class to learn about ferals and they borrowed a trap from a woman involved with TNR. From these first kittens, they continued on to save 65 total. I don’t like to give away many details, but I highly recommend this book to all cat lovers.
I wish I had gotten to read this before dealing with Brody. I am hoping this book will help people understand feral cats and want to join in with TNR and socialization of kittens.The book’s release date is July 5th, but you can preorder on Amazon.
*Disclaimer- we received the book for free in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own.
Rome at Home and No Need to Knead are both cookbooks by Suzanne Dunaway. I have been following her kitty LouLou’s blog for over a year and once in a while she posts a great recipe so I figured it was about time to check out the cookbooks. I haven’t had a chance to make anything yet, but I will as soon as I get done with Phoebe’s crown. I am planning to make English muffins and a French baguette from No Need to Knead. I also want to make potato gnocchi recipe in Rome at Home.
Phoebe already has 12 names collected for the sunglasses to travel. She is still taking names and will display the badge tomorrow. This is going to be fun. Now I must go finish Phoebe’s crown or I will never hear the end of it.
It is a cute little book ( 43 pages) with lessons the author has learned from cats throughout her life. Her cat Louie has tips in the book too. They have a blog called Awesome Louie and I was very sad when I just went to check it out and saw the post that he went to The Rainbow Bridge on May 20th. Click here to visit. I had Prancie pose with the book because Louie was a ginger cat too.
I also just finished a great memoir called Dimestore: A Writer’s Life by Lee Smith. I am embarrassed to write that I had never heard of her before this book came out. I love memoirs though so I gave it a chance and I am glad that I did. Her memoir tells an honest account of growing up in a coal mining town in Appalachia. Her father owned the dime store and also suffered from severe depression. It is so much more than an account of her life though, I love how she explains the writing process and how even when writing fiction an author uses his or her life for ideas.
Hi everyone! We are joining 2 hops today plus I have some great deals to tell you about.
First off, we are joining Comedy Plus for Awww…Mondays.
Another Brody sighting. He is really starting to catch on, he doesn’t run as fast through the room- I think that was startling everyone. Plus he investigates things, last night he climbed Phoebe’s pole and was walking along the curtain rod. I tried to get a photo, but he got down too quickly. He was watching Joanie sit on my lap so maybe someday he will realize that can be fun.
And for The Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? I am reading Love The House You’re In by Page Rien. I was getting depressed watching Flip or Flop, knowing I could never make such big changes to my home, this book made me appreciate what I have and find ways to make our home reflect all we love. Being that it is filled with cats, I have that part covered.
Now for those deals. I know many of you were interested in the book, Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell. She commented yesterday to let us know the Kindle is version is on sale for $2.99. Here is the link.
And for those of you that want some high quality nip ( blends contain silvervine and valerian) from Cat-A-Bliss on Etsy, you can get 10% off for the rest of the month by using the code: 15ANDMEOWING
Phoebe couldn’t get into our latest delivery fast enough ( she may have a nip problem)
Hi everyone! Today is O day for the A-Z Blogging Challenge. We are recommending Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of An Ordinary Cat by David Dosa. I am sure most of you have heard of Oscar and his ability to know when patient’s at an Alzheimer’s facility were ready to pass on.
This book was published in 2011, but I didn’t read it until last year. I was afraid it would be too sad, but it really wasn’t. Lucy and I used this book for our O last year in the A-Z Blogging Challenge.
You are not seeing double in the photo. We have our own copy and I bought an extra copy at a book sale that we are going to give away. Just leave a comment on today’s post to be entered. Phoebe will announce the winner on Wednesday. I apologize that we can only offer the giveaway to US residents, but you can enter for a friend in the US if you don’t live here.
I am reading several books, but my favorite is Paper Love :Searching for The Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Sarah Wildman. The author tells of her travels around Europe to find out what happened to her grandfather’s girlfriend during The Holocaust. He had managed to get out of Austria and come to America, she stayed behind to be with her mother. The author finds several letters to her grandfather that ask for help to get her and her mother out of there, but she knows he was unable to help. It is very well written and has me hoping she finds out that the woman survived.
I am reading Casper the Commuting Cat by Susan Finden, It came out in 2010, I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get around to reading it. I will be reviewing it on April 4th for the a-z challenge which starts this Friday.
I am also planning a big decluttering project now that my hubby is more open to parting with things ( hopefully, not me). I am reading The Joy of Less by Francine Jay. I always thought of myself as being good at parting with objects, but no matter how often I declutter, I still have too much stuff. I am glad my hubby is on board this time and is planning to part with a lot of books , hockey equipment from the 1970’s , etc.
Easter was so early this year that I only put up a few decorations and I was pleased with those. I am definitely going to get rid of any decoration that doesn’t give me joy. If you are looking for a way to motivate yourself to declutter, I recommend this book. I actually like it better than the one that is so popular now called The Joy of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.