Wordless Wednesday



Sawyer is participating in the Cat Blogosphere’s February Challenge. He is sharing his photo today with one of my older sister Judy. She was approximately eight years old in that photo. It is in a double frame. Sawyer is sitting in front of the photo of me at about age one. My sister died at age 67 in 2009. I think remembering loved ones meets the challenge.

Sawyer also is joining the Wordless Wednesday blog hop at Comedy Plus.

Looking Back

This week’s Looking Back post is “Cat in a Box.” It is from August 26, 2012. I think you will really enjoy it. It’s got lots of fun photos and explains the relationships between some of our angels. If you like it, please leave us a comment on the post.






My final quote in the Three Day Quote Challenge is another from Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha). It represents a goal I am constantly striving to achieve.

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

This is one of the most difficult attributes for me to accomplish. Children are good at learning new things and have terrific memories as everything is new to them. They cannot go through the motions as we can when we reach adulthood and “senior” status.

I do not dwell in the past. There was nothing about it that was better than my life is today. I spend very little time dreaming of the future; though, I have a very long “bucket” list of things I’d like to do. Regardless, I have an impossible time keeping my mind on the moment at hand. I proceed through my days by rote. My routine rarely varies, and I find I often forget what I am doing or have done as I do it mindlessly. I am trying hard to remember to be “present” in whatever it is I am doing. I’m hoping that by keeping this quote in mind, I will be able to change this habit of living my life automatically without thought.

I was selected for this challenge by Annie from McGuffy’s Reader.

The rules of the challenge are simple. They are as follows:

1.  Post for three consecutive days.
2.  Choose and share one or three quotes each day.
3.  Challenge three additional bloggers each day.

Today I am selecting:

If this is something in which you would rather not participate, please don’t feel obligated.

That completes the challenge for me.




I was tagged by Annie from McGuffy’s Reader to participate in the Three Day Quote Challenge. Yesterday I presented my first quote, and you can read that post here.

Today I am sharing my second quote in the Three Day Quote Challenge. Each of the quotes I have selected are from Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha). Here’s my second quote:

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

I selected this quote as Tom and I had a candle ceremony as part of our wedding ceremony. Like all couples, we have had our ups and downs through the years. In the 42 1/2 years that we have been married, however, I believe that we have  mostly been happy. That happiness has come from supporting, loving and caring for each other. And I do know that when Tom is happy, I feel happy as well. Just as with a smile being contagious, happiness breeds happiness!

The rules of the challenge are simple. They are as follows:

1.  Post for three consecutive days.
2.  Choose and share one or three quotes each day.
3.  Challenge three additional bloggers each day.

Today I am selecting:

Of course, If any of you do not wish to participate, please don’t feel obligated.

I’ll be posting my third quote on Thursday as tomorrow is Wordless Wednesday.



My friend Annie from McGuffy’s Reader tagged me to participate in the Three Day Quote Challenge. I never back away from a challenge, so I, of course, accepted.

The rules of the challenge are simple. They are as follows:
1. Post for three consecutive days.
2. Choose and share one or three quotes each day.
3. Challenge three additional bloggers each day.

I am choosing to share one quote per day. I participated in a quote challenge in September, which you can view here. I didn’t want to share any of the same quotes, so this really did become a challenge. It also can be a bit daunting to do this as we end up revealing things about ourselves that we maybe rather not. My three quotes are all by the same author, Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha). Today’s quote is:

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”

When I was younger, I had a really short fuse, and it didn’t take much to set me off. I usually didn’t get angry with other people but rather at situations over which I had no control. Since I was a control freak, (and still am to a degree), this is no surprise. Though I still like to be in control, I have learned things happen that I cannot do anything about. Getting angry in these instances is a waste of my energy and detrimental to my mental and emotional health, which is punishment I was bringing upon myself. Being able to let go has made me a much calmer and happier person.

If you’d like to know more about Siddhartha Gautama and how he became Buddha, click here for a short, five-minute video.

I am going to pass the challenge to these three bloggers:

Obviously none of you are obligated to participate, but I hope you’ll accept the challenge.

I will share my second quote tomorrow.


Pixel Blue Eyes “tagged” us to take part in a Quote Challenge. We are supposed to post our three favorite quotes. We kitties really don’t know anything about this kind of stuff so we are handing this off to Mom. Take it away Mom.

Thanks, Kitties Blue! This was a bit hard for me. I have two favorite quotes and then a whole slew of ones that do mean something to me when I see them.

The first quote is from a song originally published in 1808 in A Selection of Irish Melodies. It was written by Thomas Moore for his wife Elizabeth, who was badly scarred by smallpox.

Here is that song:


BELIEVE me, if all those endearing young charms,

Which I gaze on so fondly to-day,

Were to change by to-morrow, and fleet in my arms,

Like fairy-gifts, fading away!

Thou wouldst still be ador’d as this moment thou art,

Let thy loveliness fade as it will;

And, around the dear ruin, each wish of my heart

Would entwine itself verdantly still!


It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,

And thy cheeks unprofan’d by a tear,

That the fervour and faith of a soul can be known,

To which time will but make thee more dear!

Oh! the heart, that has truly lov’d, never forgets,

But as truly loves on to the close;

As the sun-flower turns on her god, when he sets,

The same look which she turn’d when he rose!

The kitties’ dad and I used this song 42 years ago in our wedding vows, and the line highlighted was engraved in our original wedding bands. We have used the quote again. It is carved into our headstone. (Yes, we already have one. It never hurts to be prepared.)

My second quote is one of my own: “Cats are predictably unpredictable.”

TiggerLily Olivia and Astrid (and on rare occasions Calista Jo and Lisbeth) sleep in the bowl on the kitchen counter. Mauricio DOES NOT…well, until yesterday. I could not have predicted this. You saw him yesterday and in a previous post on Fiona and Gulietta’s bed. Now here he is in the counter bowl. He was back in the bowl again when I headed upstairs last night to go to bed. Like Goldilocks looking for just the right bed, he seems to be on a quest to find one he likes best.

Identifying a third quote as a favorite was a challenge, so I am sharing two additional ones.

In the ’80s and ’90s, I worked at a local college. It was the early days of the internet and e-mail. Morale was quite low among the employees, and I started sending out an uplifting quote via e-mail each day. I selected the following quote one morning specifically for my co-worker and dear friend who was suffering from malignant melanoma. It became the quote she used on all her correspondence until her death.

“Hope is the thing with feathers/That perches in the soul/And sings the tune without the words/And never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson

Just about any line from the book The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch could be on my favorite quote list, but I have selected this one to share with you.

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

This basically has been my mantra most of my adult life—long before Pausch’s last lecture. Being dealt a somewhat crummy hand by being born with a congenital and progressive neuro-muscular disease, I have always worked hard to make the most of the abilities I do possess. To use Pausch’s analogy (and that of some others), I am a Tigger, not an Eeyore.

Those are my quotes and why I selected them. Like most challenges, this one has some rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you: Thanks Pixel Blue Eyes for this opportunity to reveal a bit about myself through the quotes I selected.
  • Post three of your favorite quotes (this can be done all in one post or on three consecutive days).
  • Nominate 3 bloggers and challenge them.

I challenge Annie from McGuffy’s Reader, Melissa from Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries & Meows and Ellen from 15 and Meowing.

Wishing you all a Tigger-type of week.




Our dear friends from Critters in the Cottage (Mitalee, Levon, Malou, Esme, Isadora, Duffy and Mom Sophie [aka LP]) invited us to participate in the Eight Photos of Happiness Challenge. As far as our mom is concerned, any photo that isn’t blurry or fuzzy makes her happy. But after a few hours of searching through our photo archives, she selected eight photos that put a smile on her face.

We probably have posted some of these photos previously or, if not, at least some from the same photo shoots. It is our wish, nonetheless, that you will enjoy and find happiness in the photos Mom selected.



Lily Olivia happily covered in catnip.



Mauricio (un)happily shows off his Easter bonnet.



A trio of tuxies (Misty May, Mauricio, & Lisbeth) plus Fiona happily snuggled up to their dad.



Giulietta is happy to curl up for a nap in bubble wrap.



Lisbeth and Fiona are happy to add their paw stamps of approval to our Santa Kitty Toy Hop donation to Angels of Assisi.



Astrid happily relaxes in the teleportation tunnel.



C.J. enjoys a happy nappy in the “cat” bowl and shows off her cute toesies!



We all are happy to have resident squirrels to entertain us.


We hope you have enjoyed our selections and that they brought smiles to your faces.

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo




Last night I had some cans to open to make a bean and beet salad so decided to try the electric can opener experiment as mentioned in my post, “Feeding Time at the Blue Zoo.”

All the kitties, except Lily Olivia, were in the kitchen waiting for their dinner. When I opened the first can both Astrid’s and Lisbeth’s eyes widened with a look of surprise tinged with a smidgen of fear. Sort of the same face they get when the city recyling truck comes by and makes a huge racket collecting cans and bottles.

Fiona and Giulietta just looked at me with their usual wide-eyed stares. Mauricio and Misty May had no reaction. I know the latter two shared in the water drained from the canned tuna. Maybe that was so long ago, they’ve forgotten. And I suspect the former two, only being two-and-a-half years old, never had this treat. I’ll be darned if I remember!


Chubby tabby and white cat lying on its back.

Skooter prided himself in never missing a meal or a treat.


I am certain if Lily Olivia had been present, she would have had her nose in each can to see if anything she liked was being dished up.

So…the response to the electric can opener is neither instinctual nor inbred. Not a huge observation but good to know. I won’t be able to use the can opener on the front porch trick to entice any of the current brood to come in the house as I did with Skooter!

Update 1/03/2023: All the stinky goodness food cans now have pop tops, as do most other cans. The sound of the electric can opener means nothing to the current Kitties Blue crew.