Black Cat Appreciation Day


Birthday Party Time

Astrid and Lisbeth were just kittens and the youngest of the Kitties Blue when I began The Cat on My Head. They turned one year old a month later. I thought it would be fun to share a few of the birthday cards I made for them in past years.


Collage of past birthday cards celebrating birthday of Astrid (tortoise shell cat) and Lisbeth (tuxie cat).


Here is their birthday card for this year.


2022 birthday card celebrating Astrid (tortie) and Lisbeth (tuxie cat).


If you are unfamiliar with Astrid and Lisbeth’s story, you can check it out on The Felines page by clicking the tab at the top of this page. The short version is that they were both born on August 17, 2011, but they are not related. They were, however, raised together along with Lisbeth’s littermates and Astrid’s brother, Bobby, by Lisbeth’s mother.

Cooper Murphy, of course, made them a special cake.


Lisbeth & Astrid's birthday cake feature a star and a crown.


Please join our birthday girls and all the Kitties Blue as we celebrate. We have the cake as well as shrimp, nip ice cream, champagne and berry ice tea.



Thanks for joining our celebration today.

Black Cat Appreciation Day

Before signing off, we’d like to give a shout out to all our black cat friends, as today is Black Cat Appreciation Day. Years ago we had two black cats, Thelma and Twinkle. I’ve wanted another black cat for many years, but it has just never happened. But I still appreciate their beauty. Best wishes to every black cat everywhere.




After Sawyer had a particularly bad seizure yesterday, I thought a Spark about resilience would be a good choice for today. And who better to present that Spark than Sawyer with a little backup from big brother Cooper Murphy. (You probably will need to enlarge the photo to read the Spark.)



Dad Tom and I are always amazed that our little whippersnapper continues to bounce back from the frequent seizures; though, it takes a day or two. He only had a five-day respite this time. Of course, that saddens us.

The author of today’s Spark, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was an Indian aerospace scientist, author and politician who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He died in 2015 at the age of 83.

Sparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend, Annie (McGuffy’s Reader). Annie is taking a “break” from blogging, so there is no hop. Many of us continue to believe in Annie’s vision: “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!”

Awww Mondays

Sawyer and Cooper Murphy are joining the Awww Mondays blog hop hosted by our friend, Sandee, from Comedy Plus. If you would like to participate, click on the badge below.

Black Cat Appreciation Day

Black Cat Appreciation Day

Though, we have not had a black cat in residence for many years, we do love all black panfurs and want to remember and honor the two that were members of the Kitties Blue crew. To learn more about these sisters from different litters, click on The Felines tab at the top of this page.


Black Cat Appreciation Day

Angel Thelma 1992 – 2004

Black Cat Appreciation Day

Angel Twinkle 1994 – 1998









Birthday Party

Today Lisbeth and Astrid turn nine. Confused about the dates, I thought tomorrow was going to be the 17th and posted yesterday that we would celebrate their birthday tomorrow. So, that is still the plan. Please join us tomorrow for a party in honor of our two girls.



Birthday Girls

Where does the time go? Astrid and Lisbeth were just kittens when this blog began. Though Astrid still looks like a kitten (compared to some of the bruisers among Kitties Blue) and can scream like a two-year-old, they are all grown up! Today, they celebrate their sixth birthday. The birthday card from me shows them then and now.


Birthday Cad for Astrid and Lisbeth.


Of course, our resident baker, Mauricio, has whipped up a birthday confection for his sisters. Please join us for a piece of cake in celebration.


Birthday cake for Astrid and Lisbeth.


The girls received this lovely birthday card from the always thoughtful and kind, Pipo, Angel Minko, Mr. Jack Freckles and Mom Ingrid. Both girls send kitty kisses of appreciation to each of them.


Birthday Card from Pipo, angel Minko & Mr. Jack Freckles.


As this is Thoroughly Poetic Thursday, I promised to write them a poem.

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday


Birthday Poem for Astrid & Lisbeth

Nearly six years have come and gone,
Since you became part of Kitties Blue.
Two kittens so devoted to each other,
Side-by-side and stuck like glue.

To see you together now is a treat.
You’ve gone your separate ways—
Personalities divergent and unique.
Never getting together to snuggle or play.

When we see you near each other,
Lounging and snoozing on the cat tree,
We wonder if we are dreaming
Or if sisters again you will decide to be.

No matter what the future brings you,
We pledge our care and love forever.
As members of the Kitties Blue clan,
You are two of our special treasures.

© Janet Buickerood Blue 08/16/2003

Our poem is part of Angel Sammy and Teddy’s Thoroughly Poetic Thursday. Todays prompt letter is “J” and prompt words are 1) Juicy, 2) Jump, 3) Jungle and 4) Jealous. As you can see, we went our own way this week; though, writing about Astrid and Lisbeth, I could probably have selected jealous.

If you’d like to see what Sammy selected to write about this week as well as find links to other poems, click on his badge.

Thankful Thursday

For Dad Tom and I, we are grateful that we decided to adopt both Lisbeth and Astrid. I had seen Astrid on PetFinder. We met Lisbeth when we went to meet Astrid in her foster home. Most of you know that Astrid and her brother were abandoned kittens who were integrated with Lisbeth and her littermates. That does explain a lot about their differences. I know both girls are happy to have a forever home with lots of love, care, toys, treats and a catio.

With this, we are joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. To participate, click on Brian’s badge.


Yes, you read that right! We currently have a giveaway in progress for the gorgeous art book, The Book of The Cat: Cats in Art, by Angus Hyland and Caroline Roberts. For an opportunity to win a copy of The Book of the Cat, please leave a comment on our review post by clicking here prior to 5 p.m. ET on Monday, August 21. The giveaway is open to all readers worldwide. The winner will be selected using and announced the following day.

Additionally, Astrid and Lisbeth asked if they could giveaway a few more items of swag from the BlogPaws Conference as well as some The Cat on My Head goodies. Of course, I could not turn them down on their birthday. If you’d like an opportunity to win this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post. We will end this giveaway at the same time as the other (5 p.m. ET on Monday, August 21). This winner also will be selected using and announced the following day.

Black Cat Appreciation Day

Today we give a shout out to all those gorgeous black kitties, especially those waiting in shelters for adoption. Black cats are not unlucky! They are beautiful creatures with all the same wonderful qualities of any cat of any other color. My very first heart cat was Thelma, an all-black, sweet and gentle cat. So, if you are thinking about adopting, please consider a black kitty. You won’t be sorry!


It may be Wordless Wednesday, but we will be a bit wordy today.

Happy 5th Birthday

Two very sweet girls, Astrid and Lisbeth, turn five today. They are not blood siblings, but they are littermates. Unfortunately these once inseparable girls no longer like each other…AT ALL! Nonetheless, we all love them  and wish them the happiest of birthdays.


Astrid & Lisbeth 5th Birthday


They asked Mauricio to make their cake in his Bake Shop at Cat Scouts. He decided to make a separate cake for each girl. Please join them in a piece.


Lisbeth birthday cakeAstrid's Birthday cake


They received a card from our special and great friend, Sammy (onespoiledcat), that they’d like to share with you.

A birthday card from Sammy.


The girls also each received an animated electronic card from our vet. They send each client a card for their birthday, which we all think is pretty sweet and thoughtful.

The girls have a gift from their dad and me, but I would not let them open it early, so they will share it with you in an upcoming post.

In other news…

Black Cat Appreciation Day


Birthday and Black cat Appreciation Day


Though neither Astrid nor Lisbeth are black cats, they do have black furs. And two of our angels, Thelma and Twinkle, were black. We love black panfurs at our house. If we had room at the inn, I would definitely add a black kitty to our gang. Black cats are the last to be adopted, which we think is crazypants. So as Kitties Blue honor black cats today, we ask that the next time you think of adopting consider a black beauty. To read more about this special day, visit the ASPCA’s website here.

Black Cats Rock and Rule!


Though we have used a lot of words today, we are still linking up with the following two blog hops.



 Wordless Wednesday at Create With Joy