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CATIO CATS & A SPARK ABOUT GRATITUDE

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After several days of rain, three of the Kitties Blue enjoyed some catio time.

 

Two ginger tabby cats and a tortoise shell cat are catio cats.

 

Our catio cats, Astrid, Cooper Murphy and Raleigh, will be participating in the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. If you would like to do the same, click on the Awww badge.

 

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I think the Spark I selected for today speaks for itself.

The author of today’s Spark, Kristin Armstrong (Savola), is a former professional bicycle road racer and three-time Olympic gold medalist, having won the women’s individual time trial in 2008, 2012, and 2016.

Sparks is the creation of Annie from McGuffy’s Reader. Sparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend. Annie stated when she began Sparks, “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world.”

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

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Tomorrow is that special day each week when Periwinkle and Stinky set out on a new adventure. It is Stinky’s turn to make a plan. He’s confided in me that he’s going to be in a pickle if he doesn’t decide pronto on what he and Periwinkle will be doing. He’s always comes up with something fun to do, so I am confident he won’t let Periwinkle or our readers down. And I know both the tabbies will be looking forward to seeing you here tomorrow. So, please don’t let them down.

Thanks for joining us today.

 

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LEAPING INTO MONDAY

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Audrey and Kizmet are always up to some sort of mischief. Dad Tom snapped their photo right after we turned off bird TV, which they had been avidly watching. In their haste to depart for some real bird watching on the catio, Kizmet tries to leap over the top of Audrey.

 

A grey cat tries to leap over a torbie cat

 

The girls will be joining the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. If you would like to do the same, click on the Awww badge.

 

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A night sky graphic with the quote: "We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion," by Max de Pree

 

The author of today’s Spark, Max De Pree (1924 – 2017), was an American businessman and writer. His book Leadership is an Art has sold more than 800,000 copies. In 1992, he was inducted into the Junior Achievement’s U.S. Business Hall of Fame. 

Sparks is the creation of Annie from McGuffy’s Reader. It began as a blog hop, created by our friend. Annie stated when she began Sparks, “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world.”

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Tomorrow is that special day each week when Periwinkle and Stinky set out on a new adventure. Periwinkle will be planning what they’ll be doing. I am certain she has something fun in mind, and the tabbies will be looking forward to seeing you over at Friends Furever. Please don’t let them down.

Thanks for joining us today. We will be back with a new post on Wednesday.

 

 

 

SAWYER’S INNER PEACE SUNPUDDLE

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Today, I have combined my Spark with my photo for Awww Mondays.

 

Grey tabby Manx cat napping in a sunpuddle with the quote: "Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset," by Saint Francis de Sales.

 

I think Sawyer looks so content snoozing in his sunpuddle. With that in mind, I wanted a Spark about contentment. Unfortunately, I was unable to find anything appropriate. My next choice was serenity, but I failed with that word as well. I finally went with inner peace, and I am very happy with today’s Spark. I do wish Sawyer could do everything quietly with a calm spirit. Sadly, his seizures prevent that, but I will continue to pray that someday he will no longer be troubled by them.

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Sparks is the creation of Annie from McGuffy’s Reader. It began as a blog hop, created by our friend. Annie stated when she began Sparks, “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world.”

Sawyer will be joining the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. If you would like to do the same, click on the Awww badge,

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Tomorrow is that special day each week when Periwinkle and Stinky set out on a new adventure. Periwinkle is in charge of planning what they’ll be doing. I am certain she has something fun in mind, and the tabbies will be looking forward to seeing you over at Friends Furever. Please don’t let them down.

Thanks for joining us today. May you all enjoy inner peace.

 

 

KIZMET & THE CARDINAL

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When I discovered this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, I knew it was purrfect for the blog, as our tag-line is “Cats are Predictably Unpredictable.” Kitties Blue definitely add a lot of “flavor” to our lives.

 

Grey cat sitting on a bathroom sick counter with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, "If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor."

Sparks is the creation of Annie from McGuffy’s Reader. Sparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend. Annie stated when she began Sparks, “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world.”

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In the past few days I have been finding Kizmet sitting on the bathroom counter staring at the window above her head, just as she is in the above photo.

The following photos reveal what has garnered Kizmet’s attention.

 

Two photos of a male cardinal sitting on a window sill staring in the window.

 

This cardinal has been incessantly pecking and flying at the window. He spent almost the entirety of Sunday doing this. I think he’s a bit of a bird brain, and I have no idea what he wants. Certainly he cannot be interested in coming in a house where eight cats reside.

Kizmet and her bird friend will be participating in the Awww Mondays blog hop hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus. If you would like to do the same, click on the Awww badge.

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Tomorrow is that special day each week when Periwinkle and Stinky set out on a new adventure. It is Stinky’s turn to make a plan. He’s confided in me that he’s been brainstorming but has not come up with anything yet. I am certain he will think of something fun before tomorrow. I know both the tabbies will be looking forward to seeing you here tomorrow. Please don’t let them down.

Thanks for joining us today.

 

TUXEDO CAT APPRECIATION DAY WITH ANGELS

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Today is Tuxedo Cat Appreciation Day, and we are remembering our three angel tuxedo (tuxie) cats, Daphne, Mauricio and Misty May. We are also celebrating our semi-tuxie (more of a cow-patterned) cat, Lisbeth.

Tuxedo Cat Appreciation Day angels - four cats in a fancy frame collage

Most of you should be familiar with Mau(ricio) and Misty May but maybe not Daphne. She was the third of the Kitties Blue. We discovered her and her litter mates in the engine compartment of my car.

Our three angels and Lisbeth will be joining the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. If you would like to do the same, click on the Awww badge,

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With our three original tuxies being angels, I wanted a Spark about angels. When I found this one, I knew it was purrfect!

 

Tuxedo Cat Appreciation Day angels with a quote from Luciano De Crescenzo, "We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another" printed on an angel wing.

 

 

The author, Luciano De Crescenzo (1928 – 2019) was an Italian writer, film actor, director and engineer. Between 1977 and 2019, he published a total of fifty books, selling 18 million copies worldwide. His works have been translated into 19 languages and published in 25 countries.

Sparks is the creation of Annie from McGuffy’s Reader. Sparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend. Annie stated when she began Sparks, “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world.”

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Tomorrow is that special day each week when Periwinkle and Stinky set out on a new adventure. Periwinkle is in charge of planning what they’ll be doing. I am certain she has something fun in mind, and the tabbies will be looking forward to seeing you over at Friends Furever. Please don’t let them down.

Thanks for joining us today.

 

A HAPPY SPARK & RALEIGH’S DISAPPEARANCE

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I have combined these two things this week. The photo and the Spark only slightly match up, but I selected the photo in order to tell you about Raleigh’s escapade of Caturday.

 

Gngar tabby cat being silly on a cat tree with a quote from William E. Gladstone, "Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness."

 

Where to begin is the question? Spark or Raleigh’s story? I vote for Spark.

I wanted a Spark that represented having fun, which Raleigh is definitely having in this photo. Unfortunately, I didn’t find anything about fun. However, having fun and being happy, I think go paw-in-paw, so that is why I selected this Spark.

The author, William Ewart Gladstone, was born in Liverpool to Scottish parents and lived from 1809 to 1898. He was a British statesman and Liberal politician. Gladstone served four non-consecutive terms as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, between 1868 and 1894. He also served as Chancellor of the Exchequer four times, for  total of more than 12 years.

Sparks is the creation of Annie from McGuffy’s Reader. Sparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend. Annie stated when she began Sparks, “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world.”

Raleigh’s Disappearance

In yesterday’s post, “Airplane Ears Selfie & a Good-Bye,” I mentioned that I had spent most of Caturday searching for Raleigh.

Caturday morning, Dad Tom announced he had found the door to the guest room open and had chased Lisbeth out. He also reported that he had counted noses, and Raleigh was missing. He might or might not have been in the guest room. Unfortunately for me, Dad Tom was on his way out of town, leaving me to locate a cat that doesn’t want to come near me.

I could not leave the guest room door open even if he was hiding there. If I did, within moments eight cats would be making themselves comfortable.

Our house is 112 years old and has a myriad of hidey holes. After living here for 40 years with a total of 22 cats, I have discovered nearly all the nooks and crannies big enough for a cat. I made three complete circuits of the house, including the guest room, as well as the catio and upper deck and still had not located Raleigh. With him missing for about five hours, my frustration had reached head-exploding level when I headed back to the guest room. I keep rolls of upholstery fabric and other items in plastic storage containers under the guest room bed. I had moved these items around on each circuit and searched under the bed with flashlight in hand, but had not seen him there.

Thankfully, the fourth time was the charm. My light caught a pair of eyes under the bed. That was the easy part. Getting Raleigh to come out and exit the room was the challenge. Leaving the door open, I went around the opposite side of the bed, grabbed one of roles of fabric and gave Raleigh a shove on the butt! He shot out from under the bed, out the door and down the stairs.

So that’s how I spent my Caturday. Whoop-dee-do!

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The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Tomorrow is that special day each week when Periwinkle and Stinky set out on a new adventure. It is Stinky’s turn to plan what they’ll be doing. He confided in me that he has a couple of special things planned. They are looking forward to sharing the fun with all of you, so please stop in tomorrow. I know they’ll be looking forward to seeing you!

Thanks for joining us today.

 

MLK JR. SPARK & AWWW-DORABLE KIZMET

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Today we honor and remember Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. King said so many meaningful things during his lifetime, that I had a difficult time selecting one. Wanting to be nonpolitical, I selected a quote that spoke to me.

 

A.I. image of Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr., with the following quote: "The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one."

 

Sparks is the creation of Annie from McGuffy’s Reader. Sparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend. Annie stated when she began Sparks, “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world.”

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Kizmet has been snoopervising the packing up of Christmas ornaments. I am so lucky.

 

Grey Cat in a green Christmas ornament storage tote.

 

Kizmet is always awww-adorable, and so she will be participating in the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. If you would like to do the same, click on the Awww badge.

 

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Tomorrow is that special day each week when Periwinkle and Stinky set out on a new adventure. Periwinkle is busy planning what they’ll be doing. I am certain she has something fun in mind, and the tabbies will be looking forward to seeing you over at Friends Furever. Please don’t let them down.

Thanks for joining us today.

 

AWWWDORABLE AUDREY PRESENTS SPARKS

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Usually I separate Awww Mondays and Sparks into two separate sections of our Monday post. When I was unable to find a background for today’s Spark, I decided to put it atop Audrey’s Awww photo. I hope you don’t think the words distract from her absolute awwwdorableness.

 

awwwdorable Audrey Sparks: Torbie Cat lying on her back with four feet in the air with the quotes, "Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word." from Goran Persson

 

 

I believe this Spark speaks for itself, and I definitely plan to do my part in it.

The author of today’s Spark, Hans Göran Persson, is a 74-year-old, Swedish politician. He served as Prime Minister of Sweden from 1996 to 2006 and leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 1996 to 2007.

Sparks is the creation of Annie from McGuffy’s Reader. Sparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend. Annie stated when she began Sparks, “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world.”

Audrey will be participating in the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. If you would like to do the same, click on the Awww badge.

 

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Tomorrow is that special day each week when Periwinkle and Stinky set out on a new adventure. It is Stinky’s turn to plan what they’ll be doing. I have no idea what he has on his mind for tomorrow, so I have no hint to pass on to all of you. Like me, you’ll have to stop in to find out. I know they’ll be looking forward to seeing you! Please don’t let them down.

Thanks for joining us today.

 

 

 

TWO CATS & TWO TREES

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A collage with a tuxie catt and a tabby cat lying under two different Christmas trees.

 

I discovered Lisbeth and Raleigh enjoying some tree time yesterday. Lisbeth was under the cat tree in the foyer, and Raleigh was once again under the bear tree in the dining room. The sunroom, where the tree with my glass ornaments is located, remains off limits to the kitties.

If you read our last Feline Friday post, “Raleigh Discovers Magic of Christmas,” you may recall that I said Raleigh’s fur is not the bright orange color it appeared in that photo. The above photo shows the true color of his furs…sort of beige. If you missed the previous post, click on the link.

Our two tree huggers will be participating in the Awww Mondays blog hop hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus. To join it yourself, click on the badge below.

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Our Spark today is Kitties Blue and my wish for all our friends and their families and furmilies in the new year.

Sparks is the creation of Annie from McGuffy’s Reader. Sparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend. Annie stated when she began Sparks, “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world.”

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Tomorrow also is the day when Periwinkle and Stinky set out on a new adventure. They will be taking off from Periwinkle’s home over at Friends Furever. I know the tabbies are looking forward to sharing their adventure with you, so please don’t let them down. Their adventures are always worth a few minutes of your time.

Thanks for joining us today. We’ll be back on Wednesday.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

 

 

 

 

A MEOWY CHRISTMAS TO YOU FROM KITTIES BLUE

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Today, eight awww-adorable cats, known as Kitties Blue, wish for each of you a most meowvolous Christmas.

 

Christmas greeting card featuring the eight Kitties Blue.

 

This is Kitties Blue Christmas card, which I did mail out to many of you on Friday. Please help yourselves to a copy from here, as it is anybody’s guess when they will arrive in your mailboxes, especially for those of you not living in the U.S.

The kitties and I wish everyone a purrfect day, filled with family, friends, happiness and love. And may all your wishes come true.

Thanks for being our friends and followers.

The entire gang will be stopping by Comedy Plus to join Sandee’s Awww Mondays blog hop. If you would like to be a part of the hop, click on the Awww badge.

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Tomorrow is that special day each week when Periwinkle and Stinky set out on a new adventure. It is Stinky’s turn to plan what they’ll be doing. I have no idea what he has on his mind for tomorrow, so I have no hint to pass on. Like me, you’ll have to stop in to find out. They know you still may be busy with family and holiday celebrations, but if you get the opportunity, please check out their adventure. I know they’ll be looking forward to seeing you!

Thanks again for joining us today.