Z is for Zeppelin

Hi everyone! I am such a dip that I forgot to post my Z for the A-Z challenge in Sunday’s post.  Z is for Zeppelin. I couldn’t find a free pattern so I made it up as I went along.

And now for the fun part, I am giving everything away to 2 lucky winners. Each winner will get 11 toys and 2 hats.Just leave a comment saying which item I made was your favorite. Phoebe will announce the winners on Thursday.

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

Memoirs are my favorite genre so I read Insomniac City by Bill Hayes even though I was not familiar with his writing before reading this. I can’t even put into words how much I enjoyed this book. Mr. Hayes lost his partner in San Fransisco suddenly then he moves to NYC and finds love again with Oliver Sacks ( another author I was unfamiliar with, but will read now).

I really enjoyed his style of writing and how he chose his words. Here is one quote, ” I’ve come to believe that a good cry is like a car wash for the soul.” Another quote after describing some books falling over and making a sound ” …..that sound alone is the reason to have books. May books never disappear. ” I also enjoyed his love of NYC and all the positive encounters he has with strangers.

I feel bad that I haven’t read any cat books lately, I will soon though. I think I spotted a black and white cat last night so I put out food and something ate it, but hubby thinks it was a skunk. Time will smell, I mean tell.

 

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Animal Hearted

Hi everyone! It is getting to be t-shirt weather which is the perfect time to stock up on some cute cat t-shirts.

*Disclaimer: We received a $40 gift card to Animal Hearted in exchange for spreading the word about their products.

These are some of my favorites:

 

They also have specific breeds too:

And they don’t just have cat products, they have dogs, alpacas, frogs, chickens and guinea pigs too!  The best part is they donate 25% of proceeds to animal charities, they have a list of them on their website.

I used my gift card for the black cat shirt and also some items for a giveaway.

Just leave a comment on today’s post for a chance to win these goodies which include a bag, 2 car magnets and a key chain. Phoebe will announce the winner on Thursday.

And be sure to check out their website. Click Here

And for the A-Z challenge we have O for Octopus.

Today is one year since Spooky left us, we miss him every day.

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It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

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

  Sammy hopes he is awww…worthy.

This has been a slow reading week. I read a Biography about James Gandolfini, but it wasn’t authorized by his family so I was not thrilled with the information the author gathered.

I am enjoying a book sale find, A Cat’s Life : Dulcy’s Story by Dee Ready. It was written in memory of the author’s cat that lived with her for 17 and a half years. I love reading about the bond between humans and their cats, they are all unique. It is available on Amazon new, used and a Kindle version too. Click here

Don’t forget to comment on yesterday’s post for a chance to win a St. Patrick’s Day catnip mat. Winner will be announced Tuesday.

 

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Time for Plan Cee

Hi everyone! Today, I want to tell you about a great novel that is being released today.

*Disclaimer -I received a digital copy of Plan Cee in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own.

I am a fan of author Hilary Grossman’s blog and all 3 of her books. Plan Cee is the second in a series picking up right where Plan Bea leaves off. In Plan Bea, a woman and her mother heal their relationship. In Plan Cee, that woman’s friend is the main character. Cecilia seems to have a perfect life with a great job, loving husband and adorable twin boys.

At a wedding, she runs into her old flame that broke her heart. I am not going to give away any details about what she does. I will say that for most of the story, I hated Cecilia, but by the end I liked her. I know I can be too judgemental of people’s choices when I should only worry about my choices. This book made me realize that there are always reasons for choices we make and some have not been blessed to have had positive experiences as children and they carry that into adulthood.

A good book makes you feel strong emotions as well as making you think. I highly recommend Plan Cee as well as Plan Bea and Dangled Carat. Once again, Hilary Grossman doesn’t disappoint. Until March 11th, you can get a free digital copy of Plan Bea.

Click here for Plan Bea

Click here for Plan Cee

 

By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island. 

 

Hilary is also having a giveaway for a $25 Starbucks gift card. Be sure to enter, if you don’t like coffee, they have lots of pastries and if you don’t live near one, you can order online.

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Happy Gotcha Day Brody!!!!

Hi everyone! We are celebrating Brody’s Gotcha Day today, but apparently I have the day wrong. I was just looking for last year’s post about him and I now see it was February 23rd.

Here is the link to last year’s post.   This is one of his first photos, he was scared and got up as high as he could.

This is him now , all relaxed.

And now Brody has some things to say.

Hi, this is my first time getting to write. Thank you all for being my friends and making me feel so welcome. I want to thank beautiful Leia for being my girlfriend, I am so lucky.

  And thank you to my Pipo, Minko and Mr. Jack Freckles for this beautiful card.

Mom said I could have a giveaway to thank everyone for being so sweet to me. Being that Dr. Seuss Day is coming up on Thursday, I thought I would do a Dr. Seuss giveaway.

   There is a catnip mat, a blue water activated fish and a Cat in the hat styled hat. All you need to do is comment on today’s post and you will be entered in the giveaway. The winner will be announced on Thursday.

Phoebe said she isn’t going to call me a suck up anymore- isn’t that nice? And I want to say that I love Grammie very much too!

Mom says I can join Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays Blog Hop because I am awww..worthy.

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Sleeping with the Fishes

Hi everyone! Brody is sleeping with the fishes.

Just kidding, I have been wanting to say that. Mom and Dad have been watching a mobster show on Netflix called Lilyhammer, it is like The Sopranos in Norway. There are even some of the same actors in it from The Sopranos.

A few weeks ago, we showed you the water activated fish we got for Christmas. If you missed it, click here.

Mom ordered 2 more and they finally came in. I am doing a giveaway today for one of them, just comment on this post by 9 PM ( EST) Wednesday. I will announce the winner on Thursday’s post.

I haven’t seen Grammie yet this week and the weather is going to be bad so I don’t know when I will get to see her. I love her so very much.

 

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Plan Cee

Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?

While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.
 About Hilary:
 
By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island. 
For my review on Plan Bea Click here
For my review on Dangled Carat Click here
To follow Hilary on Twitter Click here
To follow Hilary on Facebook Click here
 To celebrate the cover reveal, Hilary is having a giveaway for a $10 Dunkin Donuts gift card

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Thankful Thursday

Hi everyone!  We are joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.  We are thankful for all the purrs and prayers for my Dad. And thankful that his blood clot was caught in time. His appointment went well, he doesn’t need surgery, but he needs to take blood thinners forever. I am also thankful that my Grammie has spent a lot of time with us this week.

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I wrote my poem about her for Sammy’s Poetry Day, featuring the letter G.

Grammie
You all know I love Grammie lots
she is always in my thoughts.
My Grammie is very sweet
and she is always upbeat.
My Grammie is the best.
Now lets start that test.

 

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Test time! The first one to get all the answers correct wins this catnip mat and adult coloring book ( tea themed). Mom will check the answers at 10 PM on Thursday night.

  1.  Cats have __________ claws.
  2. Which cat at our house doesn’t have that amount of claws? ____________
  3. How many teeth do cats have? ___________
  4. Which cat at our house does not have that amount of teeth because of resorption? ____________________
  5. Cats can make as many as ___________________ different vocal sounds.

And here are the Friendly Fill-ins for tomorrow. Mom came up with the first 2 and Annie of McGuffy’s Reader came up with the second 2.


1. I have seen _______________________ on Broadway.
2. My Chinese zodiac sign is ___________________

3. Celebrities                            .

4. A                                day is                          .

 

 

 

 

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Festivus Details and Lots More

Hi everyone! I have a lot to tell you about today. I saw Grammie on Wednesday and I can’t wait to see her again, I love her so very much.

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Now for the Festivus details. The party will be on Friday, December 23rd. I will ask that you air your grievances in the comments. Cats can complain about everything, humans can complain about anything except cats ( it’s my party so my rules).

For the “feats of strength”, if you have a photo of you with a pole or wrestling please send it to me with permission to share it on the 23rd. My email is pilch92@aol.com. I will have a giveaway that day for all who comment. I hope you will all join the party.

Now it is time for Sammy’s Poetry Day and it breaks my heart he isn’t here for Z. This is for you, my friend.

Zest
My friend Sammy had a zest for life,
though he never took a wife
he had a special gal
and he was everyone’s pal.
May we all learn from him
let’s jump into life and swim.

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I am having a giveaway for one of Mom’s crocheted pickle plus a glass pickle and some blank letters to Santa for you to fill in. Just comment on this post to be entered. I will announce the giveaway Sunday.

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We are joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Mom is thankful that she won a year of Amazon Prime from Mousebreath. She loves getting free shipping.

And here are the fill-ins for tomorrow. Mom came up with the first 2 and Annie of McGuffy’s Reader came up with the second 2.

1. I love the following Christmas film(s)______________________________.

2. I don’t care for the following Christmas film(s) ______________________.

3. At the holidays, I cannot resist __________.

4. A favourite holiday memory of mine is ___________.

 

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Selfie Sunday with Phoebe

Hi everyone! I am having a great week. I got to see Grammie on Friday and look what she brought me us. I love her so very, very much.

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Mom has gone crazy again and chopped up 7 more books. Plus she has been chasing us around the house to get photos of our Halloween costumes. I must say that I did a great job with mine- they will all be on display tomorrow. Look at all this nip Mom is drying and she has it in the dining room which is off-limits to us- phooey!

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“The Great One” is going to be one on Tuesday. She has really cut into my Grammie time, but I feel bad for her because my Mom sings Soft Kitty to her all the time. And you know how bad my Mom sings. So I got her a birthday gift, a soft kitty with Penny’s voice singing ( not our Penny, the one from Big Bang Theory).

 

I decided to have a giveaway for The Day of the Dead even though we don’t celebrate it. We celebrate All Soul’s Day and All Saints Day, but they all recognize our departed loved ones.

100_9786  There is a catnip mat, a catnip ghost, a magnet and a button skull Mom made. Just comment on this post to be entered in the giveaway- I will announce the winner on Tuesday.

Today’s word for the #JHC is creature: 100_9596

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

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