by Janet Blue on September 15, 2013

I have a jammed packed post today, which none of my adorable but recalcitrant fur balls consented to help with. After all, it is Sunday, so we all know what they are doing!

I know you are here to find out what the big birthday surprise will be on Tuesday, but I am not announcing it until the end. Of course, you can always exercise your free will and skip to the end now.

They did, however, ask to write this paragraph a few days ago and for me to post it, so first of all: “We have been appointed by King Spitty as the Viceroys of Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. We requested this spot as it has special meaning for us. It’s where our humans were married forty years ago! If that hadn’t happened, all of us might be living with other peoples. We are delighted that we have some of our favorite kitties as neighbors. Savannah is in charge of the east Bay Bridge. And Ernie, Wally and Zoey from The Island Cats are viceroys for the west Bay Bridge. When we are not busy, we’re thinking we can have lots of fun chasing each other all over the island.”

“Okay, back to Mom.”

We received a beautiful award from Carmine, Melita and Jewel from Fur Everywhere. The kits, especially Astrid, and I have admired this one for a very long time and are so pleased and proud to accept it. It is The Wonderful Team Member Leadership Award. Of course, we now need to make some nominations of our own, but as this blog is going to get a little long, I will let the gang announce those later this week. Thank you so much to Fur Everywhere.

Our first reveal is next. It is the portrait of our Fiona who is cat #14 in HH’s (Lou’s) 30 in 30 Days of cat paintings. Here she is, but please check out HH and the Boys or Lou’s website for all the portraits and Lou’s other art. If you would like to compare this to the photo I sent Lou, you can see it on our Felines page. It is totally Fiona! I continue to be amazed by how Lou is not only able to capture the exact expression of the cats but also their true essence.

Day 14 - Fiona by Lou Belcher Acrylic ~ 6" x 6"

And FINALLY, the reveal you’ve been waiting for. A couple of very bright kitties, Sparkle and Cathy Keisha, guessed correctly.

For Mauricio’s and Misty May’s birthdays, we will have a commentathon. For every comment on Tuesday’s birthday post (one per household please), I will put 50 cents in the Piggy Bank. Any comment posted through midnight on September 18th, will qualify to have 50 cents deposited. On the 19th, I will determine how much I have raised. Fifty percent of that will go to Barn Cat Buddies, the rescue/TNR with which I am affiliated and from which Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista were adopted.

Now for the exciting part: The other fifty percent will be donated to the nonprofit animal (not restricted to kitties) rescue or shelter selected by the individual who wins our raffle. I will enter all commentors into Random.org to determine the winner.

The only caveat is that should the winner not reside in the USA, the group they select must have a web-site through which I can donate by PayPal or credit card.

And remember, you do not need to be a blogger to enter! I know a few of my readers do not have blogs, but they may very well have a favorite rescue/shelter!

And the very best part. I am not limiting the amount I will deposit into the Piggy Bank. The more money we can stuff into it, the more I will donate. I am not rich, but it is so important to help all the animals in need. And my girls and guy can do without a few perks for a while. After all, they are spoiled beyond belief.

Misty May, Mauricio and I look forward to hearing from you on Tuesday.

P.S. This is our 200th post! So, here’s my challenge: Let’s see if we can get that much into the Piggy Bank.




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Dianda September 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Congrats on the award! 🙂 Lots of news in one post!
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Emmy September 19, 2013 at 2:29 am

It’s 11:27 p.m. PST on September 18th—hope you’re not going by EST. Enjoy.
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Texas September 17, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I forgot to thank you for coming to Milou’s birthday pawty yesterday! I hope your birthday is going great! The pawty is fabulous!
(I didn’t want to comment twice on your birthday post, sorry).
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Maxwell, Faraday & Allie September 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Woot! Oh we’ll DEFinitely be coming back to comment for the green papers!!! And YAY for #200!!
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Cathy Connolly September 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

What a wonderful way to raise funds for furkids! Hope many will follow those tweets and post comments!


Fur Everywhere September 16, 2013 at 9:39 am

We love commentathons!! We think it’s always so wonderful when someone can help the babies who are still waiting for forever homes 🙂
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MyThreeMoggies September 16, 2013 at 5:55 am

Birthday week 🙂 xxx exciting
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36 Claws of Attitude September 16, 2013 at 1:07 am

We will be sure to be there on your Birthdays! Congratulations on your award. And does this mean a Happy Anniversary is in order as well? 😉
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sassmuffins September 15, 2013 at 10:37 pm

All such wonderful news!!! Congrats on the awards, and a very special congrats on the 40th anniversary. My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary this year, and my parents celebrated their 66th (which is simply almost unheard of). So keep up the good work!

I have checked out Lou’s website and love all of the kitties there. Lucky you to have Fiona be kitty painting #14. She’s beautiful!!
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Oui Oui September 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Wow! That was a lot of news in one post! Concats on your award! Good luck with your commentathon, we bet the CB would help get your news out on that.
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The Island Cats September 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Oh we can’t wait to run all over Treasure Island with you guys! We think that makes you honorary Island Cats!

Congrats on your award. And very cool to have a commentathon to celebrate your birthday!
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Cathy Keisha September 15, 2013 at 8:17 pm

No extra treats for your cats? That’s not kosher. That’s for the shout out! Can you believe TW wouldn’t let me have a commentathon for my 4th Blogoversary today? She said I’d have to wait until the 5th. Concats on your award.
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Vlad & Barkly's Dee September 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm

All of those paintings are beautiful! The commentathon is a WONDERFUL idea! How nice of you to celebrate a 40th like this. By the way, Congratulations for your 40th! Not something everyone makes it to these days. You both should feel special, because you definitely are!


Sherri-Ellen T-D. September 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Apawz Apawz on da 200th postie here!!! Pawsum!!
Me finkz her commintathon iz a grrreat idea. Mum sayz if me bee guud me can come over…me doez not wanna miss Misty May n Mauricio’z birfdayz!!! So me will be guud….
Lub Nylablue xo
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Brian September 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm

That is a beautiful painting of Fiona! Oh, and congrats on the award too. We will sure be here for the Commentathon, that is a nice thing to do!
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Ragdoll mommy September 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm

How many kitties do you have? How old are all they,or do you not know?
Ragdoll Mommy~


Sparkle September 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Concatulations on your award! Yes, I knew it was a commenthon, and I think you are putting a very cool spin on it! I can’t wait!

Kitties, that is amazing that your humans have been married for 40 years! My human and her boyfriend have been together for nearly 20 and they are still not even married!
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Penelope at the Cat From Hell September 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Woo! Hoo!!! Mes is going to has to makes sure wes comments on that day! Me loves to sees our humans money goes to great causes!
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Flynn September 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Concats on 200 posts and also your award.
The commentathon is a great idea and very generous.
The painting is lovely.
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Austin Towers September 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

That’s a great idea for a commentathon and very generous of you :))) ConCats on your award too xox
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Whisppy September 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Yay for the commenthon! We will definitely be back to leave our comment!
Congratulations on your award too, you kitties certainly deserve it. 🙂
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Nerissa's Life September 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

What great and amazin’ stuff in your blog today!

CONGRATULATIONS on your award and your 200th post and your upcoming birthdays! Wonderful, WONDERFUL stuff!

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Ann Paws September 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Very cool! I thought about this yesterday and was worried I may have missed it already =X
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Caren Gittleman September 15, 2013 at 11:57 am

lots of great stuff going on! Love the painting that HH did. She did one of Cody some months ago that we just adore!
Hoping you reach the 200 goal!
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Marie September 15, 2013 at 11:42 am

That’s a great idea! Wonderful of you to do it 🙂
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Sage September 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

That’s a purrfect spot for your Viceroyship! Love your commentathon idea–sounds like a lot of fun!!
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Beverly September 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

Sounds like a great deal! We’ll be commenting, and congrats on the award!
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Angel Abby September 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

Oh my look at all that news!!! Wow!
First concats on the Viceroyship, that is pawsome. Angel Abby got awarded one posthumously. We are all honored!!!

woohoo that is so exciting about your commentathon! We will be here and we’re just asking, how would you feel about each of us leaving a comment, or do you want one per household? WE will respect either way!

And now go have yourselves a nice easy!
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Timmy Tomcat September 15, 2013 at 10:23 am

Whee that is a grand Birthday event! We have a surprise too so hope you like it
Timmy and Family
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Sam and Pam September 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

What a kind and dear way to celebrate Mauricio and Misty May’s birthday!! We’ll be here of course to celebrate and participate – wouldn’t miss it. Concats on the award – I love that one too – it’s different and “happy” at the same time. That portrait of Fiona is amazing…..there’s a whole lot of purrsonality in that face and in those eyes – that’s a very difficult thing to capture as an artist (and the reason why I paint landscapes instead of pets and people!!).

Happy Rest-up Sunday and before I forget – WOO HOO on the Viceroyship! I’m pretty excited to be covering Potrero Hill for King Spitty too…..!

Kitty Hugs, Sammy
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meowmeowmans September 15, 2013 at 10:17 am

Such exciting news … all of it! We especially love that portrait of beautiful Fiona.

How generous of you to have a commentathon on Mauricio and Misty May’s birthdays. We will be there, for sure!

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McGuffy Ann Morris September 15, 2013 at 10:04 am

You are all awesome! What a wonderful thing to do! All the best!! ~xo~
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Sometimes, Cats Herd You September 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

What a wonderful commentathon idea! We can’t wait!
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The REAL Maple Syrup Mob September 15, 2013 at 9:37 am

We’re going to comment for sure…and we guessed it!
The REAL Maple Syrup Mob xxxxx
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