A-Z Theme Reveal

Hi everyone! Today is the day those of us participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge can reveal our themes.   My sweet little Phoebe pretty much gave it away yesterday. I am going to crochet a cat toy ( 4 hats too) each day of the challenge. At the end of the month, I will have a giveaway and 2 lucky winners will split everything.

We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww…Mondays Blog Hop today. I am also joining It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

I just finished a wonderful book called Let Your Spirit Guides Speak: A Simple Guide for a Life of Purpose, Abundance and Joy by Debra Engle Landwehr. The author explains how we all have spirit guides with us throughout life and all we need to do is ask them for help. She refers to them as spirit guides, but I think of them as guardian angels as I am sure many do. There are meditation exercises to help us open up to them. I have never heard a message from mine, but I know they have saved me from countless accidents and bad choices.

Erin the Cat Princess was the only one that figured out what kind of car Sammy is making for the cardwood derby- good job Princess Erin!

 

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A-Z Challenge Reflections

Hi everyone! Today’s post is our reflections on the a-z challenge. This was our second year participating. I really enjoy writing posts for the challenge, but this year was certainly not as fun as last year because of Spooky’s illness and passing. The challenge did provide a distraction for me while grieving though. I will definitely participate next year and I am already trying to decide if I will do more books, or maybe blogging cats.
I was thrilled to find more cat blogs to follow including The Kitty Corner, ScootersTale, Six Cats and Counting and That’s Purrfect. If you don’t already follow these, you should check them out.

And for Toby’s Mom and anyone else , I am going to list all the books and authors I recommended so they will all be in one place for you.

A: Cleveland Amory ( The Cat Who Came for Christmas )

B: Basil the Bionic Cat by Cathrine Garnell , Bailey Boat Cat by Louise Kennedy

C: Casper the Commuting Cat by Susan Finden

D: Dewey the Small Town Library Cat by Vicki Myron

E: Quotable Cats edited by Charles Elliot

F:The Story of Fester Cat by Paul Magrs

G: Grumpy Cat ( she has several books)

H: Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper

I: I Could Pee on This by Francesco Marciuliano

J: Jackson Galaxy ( Cat Daddy) and Lillian Jackson Braun ( Cat Who Series)

K: Kitty Kapers by Martha Bayless

L: Lola : Diary of a  Rescued Cat by Dawn White and Lola White

M: Miaow! Cats Are Really Nicer than People by Sir Patrick Moore

N: The Norton Trilogy by Peter Gethers

O: Making Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa

P: The Klepto Cat Mysteries by Patricia Fry

Q: The World is Your Litter Box by Quasi

R: Rescued edited by Janiss Garza ( Summer’s Mom)

S: Dear Sparkle: Advice from One Cat to Another  edited by Janiss Garza

T: Tortitude by Ingrid King and Toto the Tornado Kitten by Jonathan Hall

U: Under the Paw by Tom Cox

V: Vi-Purrs by Jeanne Foguth

W: What My Cat Has Taught Me About Life by Niki Anderson

X: Xander de Hunter- main cat in The Sea Purrtector Series by Jeanne Foguth

Y: Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell

Z: The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey by Deborah Barnes

For more reflectionss click here

 

 

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Z is for Zee & Zoey

Hi everyone! Today is the last day of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. We highly recommend The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey by Deborah Barnes. I love the blog Zee and Zoey’s Cat Chronicles and this book is love story of Zee and Zoey and their family. It is so much more than that though. I think it is an inspiration that one can survive anything as long as you have cats to help you through. Phoebe4  I love the photos and design of the book too.

And for Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop,  we are celebrating National Tabby Cat Day- I realize I didn’t do anything to these photos, but tabbies are all works of art. Prancie didn’t want her photo taken so she jumped inside Sammy’s TARDIS.

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And the reason tabby cats hold a special place in my heart- KaChoo- my first cat (1994-2010)

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We were very sad to see another kitty leave this world , Cinco’s family is heartbroken.

Cinco FOREVER

 

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Y is for Yarned and Dangerous

Hi everyone! Today is Y day for the A-Z Blogging Challenge. And we are recommending Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell. This was another fiction book that caught my attention because there was a cat in it and yarn too.

A young woman named Josie returns to a small Connecticut town to help her great uncle who was injured in a car crash. That crash killed his new wife and Josie is also there to help close the yarn store she owned. As she does this, a body of one of the knitters in town shows up and she begins to realize that accident maybe wasn’t an accident after all. She brings her cat with her and he is mentioned several times. phoebe3

I am yarned and dangerous too! I can’t believe my Mom made me wait a whole day to write my post- phooey! I did get to see my Grammie on Wednesday- I love her so very, very much. And she is going to see me tonight too.

My Mom is driving me crazy, she binge watches a show called Flip or Flop on HGTV. These people buy houses and are supposed to improve them and sell them for more money. I don’t understand, they don’t look improved to me. They never add cat trees, wall carpets, water fountains or ceiling walkways. Those people that buy these houses are pretty stupid if you ask me.

 

 

 

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#Chewyinfluencer Kong Cat Scratcher

Hi everyone! Today we are finally getting to our ChewyInfluencer post which is over a week late. This month I chose the Kong Cat Scratcher, Incline because I wanted Brody to have something of his own.

He had no interest in it, but Sammy loves it. The minute the Chewy box arrived, Sammy figured it was something for him and Joanie hoped it was a new food to try.

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DSCF1019 Phoebe, Sammy and Joanie helped me assemble it. It was mostly assembled, we just had to add the mat to the incline. This one is extra special and has a little ball hanging inside that the cats can see from the sides.

DSCF1024Sammy immediately got to work claiming it as his own.

DSCF1021Look how talented he is, he can use going up or down. After this, I did give it to Brody, but he didn’t want to use it so it is back downstairs where Sammy monopolizes it. Joanie takes a turn once in a while too:

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This is a sturdy scratcher and it is on sale for only $5.79. And don’t forget Chewy offers free shipping on orders over $49 so stock up.

Disclaimer: We received this item for free from Chewy in exchange for giving it a fair review. All opinions are our own.

For other reviews Click here

I am also slipping my X in for the A-Z Blogging Challenge so I don’t have to do a separate post. X is for Xander de Hunter, the main character in Jeanne Foguth’s The Sea Purrtector Files which I told you about 2 days ago. Make sure you get your free prequel titled Lattitudes and Cattitiudes if you haven’t yet.

Another beloved pet has left , Bev ( Fozziemum) and family had to say goodbye to Forrest. Forrest, FOREVER

Phoebe will be writing tomorrow- sorry I had to push her off a day to get our Chewy post done.

 

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What My Cat Has Taught Me About Life

Hi everyone! Today is W day for the A-Z Blogging Challenge. I am recommending What My Cat Has Taught Me About Life by Niki Anderson. phoebe1

The original came out in 1997 and it was reprinted in 2007- you can get it on half.com for 75 cents plus shipping. Every chapter has a story about a real cat, a quote, a scripture and a cat care tip. It also has lots of adorable photos.

And you know we love to hop so we are  joining Shopping Around the World hosted by Bacon and Fozzie. This month is sandwiches: My favorite is chicken salad:

2 cooked boneless chicken breasts $2.99/pound

1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries 5 ounces for $2.99

1/4 cup pecans 6 ounces $5.69

1 slice of onion $2.99/ 5 pound bag

mayonnaise $ 2.99 jar

Directions: Toss first 4 ingredients into food processor and chop up then add mayonnaise . Put on your favorite bread.  This is also good with leftover turkey at Thanksgiving. Make sure you give the cats a little chicken before you add the onion.

Please visit William’s Mom if you haven’t already. He is sadly getting ready to journey to The Rainbow Bridge. Purrs Prayers for WILLIAM (WMD)

 

 

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U is for Under the Paw

Hi everyone! Today is U day in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. I am recommending Under the Paw: Confessions of a Cat Man  by Tom Cox. He lives in England and has written four books about life with his cats, this is the first of the four books. They are mostly funny, but you may cry a little too ( I did).

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Sammy has a Cat Scout friend visiting. Flat Mango, has been here for over a week. I feel bad that we haven’t had much fun, but this week we will. Here is Phoebe telling her all about her Purrince:blog1 and here is Sammy sharing a snack with her: blog3

 

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T is for Toto and Tortitude

Hi everyone! Today is T day in The A-Z Blogging Challenge and we have 2 T’s for you.

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First, Penny highly recommends Tortitude by Ingrid King. Penny definitely has Tortitude and anyone with a Tortie knows what that means.

I also want to recommend a local celebrity. Toto The Tornado Kitten. Almost 5 years ago, there was a tornado in a nearby town and a little kitten was found in a tree by a rescue worker. The kitten was too small for him to keep at the time, but later, his wife surprised him by adopting Toto. He has 2 children’s books and visits local libraries and schools. I had the pleasure of meeting him last summer, to see photos of that click here. All the money from the books goes to local shelters and as of last summer $56,000 had been raised.

I am also joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop . I am displaying all the beautiful images that were made for Spooky. I hope to have an angel page set up in the very near future. Thank you again everyone for your love and support.

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Spooky FOREVER  from Ann of Zoolatry

Spookybadge  from Pipo and Minko of WebeesSiameezers

spooky7  from Toby and family of DoggieCaperz

 

 

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S is for Sparkle

Hi everyone! Today is S day for the A-Z Blogging Challenge. We are recommending Sparkle’s 2 books. They were some of the first books Lucy and I ever reviewed back in June of 2014. I only had one comment back then- thank you to The Island Cats.  I am not sure why I didn’t answer it- sorry.

For anyone that doesn’t know about Sparkle, she was Summer’s predecessor. She was the Dear Abby for cats and had 2 books published with advice. Lucy and I were thrilled to get her pawtograph. phoebe1 Phoebe is posing with our books. You can get Dear Sparkle: Advice From One Cat to Another and Dear Sparkle :Cat- -to- Cat Advice from the World’s Foremost Feline Columnist by Sparkle can be purchased on their website or Amazon. They will definitely make you laugh.

 

 

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O is for Oscar

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.

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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 also want to join The Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Blog Hop

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.

 

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