by Janet Blue on January 20, 2017

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week #37

Mauricio has some news to share, so he is doing the Friendly Fill-Ins today. His completions are in teal italics.

1. Cooper Murphy’s energy and enthusiasm make me feel old.

2. My beautiful wife Allie makes me feel young. We always have so much fun together, like we did at the Cat Scouts Sock Hop dance contest.




3. I have two infected boo-boos on my back.

So here’s my news: I had to visit Dr. Neel on Tuesday. Mom was petting me on Monday evening when she felt a lump on my back. She panicked and thought it was a tumor, but then she discovered an open, infected-looking wound. I wouldn’t stop licking it, so Mom thought she should apply a bandage until I could see Dr. Neel.


mauricio's boo-boos


Mom’s bandaging technique leaves a lot to be desired if you ask me. She claims this was such a mess due to my continued wiggling. Excuses…excuses! She sure is good at those.


mauricio's boo-boos


When Dr. Neel started looking through my furs, she found a second wound. This is how I look now. Sheesh! Look at all those missing furs. Dr. Neel says it appears as if I was bit by another cat. The holes would be from an upper and lower fang.

We do have neighborhood cats who occasionally invade our yard. Misty May and I always have to let them know they are not welcome. Dr. Neel thinks one of those hooligan cats did not appreciate my urging it to leave and attacked me from behind.

Dr. Neel opened my wounds a bit more to get out as much infection as possible and gave me an antibiotic shot. And now Mom and Dad have to put warm compresses on the wounds twice a day.

All three of us are super happy that I do not have to wear a stupid cone.

4.  Going to the vet is no fun, but I was the purrfect patient. At home I am chatty Mau, but I only made two peeps when we first left the house. I sucked it up like a good Cat Scout and didn’t complain at all.  I saved that for after I got home!


The Friendly Fill-Ins are hosted by Ellen (15AndMeowing) and Annie (McGuffy’s Reader). Ellen selected the first two statements and Annie the second two. This is a blog hop, and you can enter by visiting Annie’s blog.

Caio and meow, Mau




by Janet Blue on January 19, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic and Thankful Thursday

I am taking advantage of today’s prompt letter for Angel Sammy’s (onespoiledcat) Thoroughly Poetic Thursday to write about our sweet angel Fiona. The prompt letter is “F.”


Fiona, I felt compelled to find
every “F” word I could to describe
you, and run them all out in a list.
So that is exactly what I’ve done.
You were my favorite (don’t tell the
others). You were fun and funny,
feisty and friendly. You were fair
of face and character. You were
fascinating and faultless, fetching
and faithful, but most of all you
were and are my forever love.
Though you’ve brought us Cooper Murphy,
whom we already adore, he
almost makes me miss you more. I see
his silly and adorable face
and long to have yours in its place. But
I know you and I will never be
apart, because you’ll stay forever
and always in my heart. And I
promise you, my sweetest angel,
to give Cooper a perfect life and home.

© Janet Buickerood Blue 01/18/2017



For the Thankful Thursday part of this post, Kitties Blue, Dad Tom and I want to thank all of our friends and followers for your love, support and friendship during the year of Fiona’s illness, at the time of her passing and as we have grieved for her. We received so many kind words and condolences through e-mail and blog comments, and we also received many through regular mail.


love for Fiona


Included among the cards, is one of Quint Cole’s (Colehaus Cats) gorgeous paintings. The person who gifted us with this asked to remain anonymous. We are no less thankful for this gorgeous creation. I love Quint’s art and already have a substantial collection. This piece will be framed and placed on an easel next to Fiona’s urn.

The small object in the very back is a silver heart from Clooney (Clooney’s Num-Num Fund) for Giulietta. (Fiona, Giulietta and Clooney were very special friends and attended a number of blogville events together.) Engraved upon the heart are the words, “Fiona Forever, Love Clooney.” The heart will be attached to Giulietta’s collar. As I type this I am touched again by this sweet and loving gesture. Clooney, Neytiri and Mom Karyn included a quote as part of the note they wrote. I think you will agree that it is both beautiful and fitting.

“Sometimes when the wind blows, I hear you whisper, ‘My spirit is alive. My soul is free. My love is as near as you need it to be.’” (Author Unknown) I will remember this whenever I think of Fiona.

This post is part of the Thankful Thursday blog hop hosted by Brian’s Home.



Thank you for allowing me, once again, to write about Fiona, the cat who stole my heart.

love for Fiona




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January 14, 2017

Caturday Art I think most of you have met me by now, but if not, my name is Cooper Murphy. I have been living with Kitties Blue for a week, and the lady here said I could “talk” to you today. I discovered that this place I now call home has other cats living here. […]

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January 13, 2017

Not Charlie is the newest member of the Kitties Blue Krew (as Angel Sammy Kimmell likes to call them). Not Charlie visited Dr. Neel today at Vinton Veterinary Hospital, and he was cleared to meet the current, resident furballs. He is: not microchipped FIV and FLV negative a healthy, young adult between the ages of […]

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January 12, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic and Thankful Thursday   Number Eight/Eighteen Is he the eighteenth Kitties Blue? Will he have a home brand new? Or will this ginger tabby boy Be reunited and bring great joy To the family he once had Who we are certain must be sad Missing their most friendly kitty Who has had an […]

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January 11, 2017

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January 10, 2017

Tabby Tuesday - Not Charlie Update This is the first time we’ve ever been able to present a Tabby Tuesday post, as our last tabby, MacKenzie, had flown to the RB before we started blogging. We don’t know if our first also will be our last, but we certainly hope not. I have checked every website […]

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