Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

THANKFUL ON THURSDAY

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

I apologize to Angel Sammy and Teddy from Two Spoiled Cats for not writing a poem for Thoroughly Poetic Thursday. They provided a super funny inspirational photo, but I just could not tap into my poetry mojo. Click on the link above to check out Angel Sammy’s poem and find the inspiration photo for next week.

Thankful Thursday

Sawyer is thankful for the gifts he received from Noelle for Valentine’s Day. Of course, Audrey, Raleigh and Kizmet, being the youngsters in of the family, are giving him lots of competition when it comes to playing with his new, heart-sharped scratcher/turbo track.

 

Thankful on Thursday: Torbie cat in a three photo collage playing with a heart-shaped scratcher/turbo track.

 

Dad Tom is thankful for all the birthday greetings he received here on the blog, through e-mail and on his Facebook page.

I am thankful to those of you who visited our Looking Back post this week. It was a really great post written by Mau. If you missed it, I do hope you will check it out at, “Mauricio: In My Defense.”

Dad Tom, Kizmet and Audrey are thankful for the new women’s Professional Volleyball Federation. Dad Tom is able to watch matches on YouTube TV with his two sports-fans cats several times each week.

I am thankful that I completed my 2,900th ride on Peloton yesterday.

The Kitties Blue and I will be participating in the Thankful Thursday blog hop. Click on the badge below to join in the hop.

Thanks for stopping by today. We hope to see you again tomorrow for Friendly Fill-Ins and Feline Friday.

 

SIBLING RIVALRY & SNOOZING SIBLINGS

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

I have quite a silly little poem today based on the Two Spoiled Cats, Angel Sammy and Teddy’s, inspiration photo for Thoroughly Poetic Thursday,

 

 

Sibling Rivalry

My brother is a menace.
He keeps sticking his paw in my face.
Then he drools all over me
before he lifts his leg for a pee
right on top of my big bum.
Finally he sprints back to the house
to hind behind Mom—what a louse!

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 02/14/2024

Each week Angel Sammy transmits his poem from the Rainbow Bridge to Teddy for publication. Sammy writes amazing poetry, which is always worth reading. Please stop over to Two Spoiled Cats, by clicking on the poetry badge, to check out Sammy’s poem and get the photo for next week’s challenge.

 

Thankful Thursday

In addition to poetry, Thursday is the day we tell you about the things for which we are thankful.

Unlike the woofies above, Audrey and Raleigh remain pals and even share a snooze in a sunpuddle, for which I am thankful.

 

 

I am thankful I was able to have lunch with my dear friend, Mary Jane, this week.

I also am thankful for the special necklace Dad Tom gave me for Valentine’s Day as well as the box of Godiva dark chocolate truffles.

Last Friday I found and purchased a really comfy chair for myself for our bedroom. That is where our television is, so it is particularly nice to have someplace to curl up with a cat or two.

All the Kitties Blue and I are extremely grateful for all our friends, followers and commenters. Your support means the world to us.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Angel Brown. To participate, click on the Badge below.

 

We look forward to seeing you again tomorrow for Feline Friday and Friendly Fill-Ins.

 

SUNPUDDLE SNOOZERS & THE PROBLEM WITH PANCAKES

Thankful Thursday

Each Thursday, Kitties Blue and I share the things for which we are thankful. Here’s our list for this week.

Kitties Blue are thankful for sunpuddles, especially C.J.,  Sawyer and Kizmet. Sunpuddles are always a great spot for an afternoon snooze.

 

Three cats snoozing in a sunpuddle.

 

Dad Tom and I are thankful Sawyer’s phenobarbital came in the mail. We were out, and he hadn’t had any for a couple of days. He had a seizure on Saturday, so we were quite anxious for it to arrive.

The gang and I are thankful for those of you who visited and left a comment on our Looking Back post for this week. Yesterday evening, I actually added two more categories to our new awards for 2024: Best Biscuit Makers: (tie) Audrey & Cooper Murphy and Most Unique Biscuit Maker: Astrid. Astrid makes biscuits with all four paws usually while turning in a circle at the same time! (If you missed that post, here’s the link, “The Kitten’s Choice Awards.”)

Periwinkle & Stinky are thankful for those of you who joined their adventure on Tuesday and have completed the jigsaw puzzles created from their A.I.-generated art.

Kitties Blue and I are thankful for everyone who visits, comments on our posts and supports us!

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Angel Brian. If you would like to participate, click on the hop badge below.

 

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Thursday is poetry day as well. That’s when I write a poem based on an inspiration photo provided by Angel Sammy and Teddy from Two Spoiled Cats. Today’s photo is super funny. I wish I could say the same for my poem. What I am posting was my second attempt, so I knew it wasn’t going to get any better.

 

Little girl making pancakes with one landing on her dad's head.

 

I did take some poetic license and indicated this little girl was making pancakes; though, it appears she actually was making crepes. The photo obviously has been staged, but is still terrific!

The Problem with Pancakes

I may be a kid, but making pancakes is
my specialty. Mostly they are edible.
Occasionally, though, I make a mistake:
I’ve forgotten ingredients in the past
and left the lid off the blender, so batter flew
through the air, landing on clothes, face and hair.
The griddle might be too cold or too hot or
batter ends up on the stove top. My pancakes can
sometimes stick, burn or tear, or there is an
unfortunate mishap, like the time one landed
in my lap. But today was truly a first. When
I tried to flip my griddled goodie, I sneezed and
sent that flapjack high into the air. Dad now
wears a pancake as a hat, and I have an
hilarious photo to share for show and tell.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 02/07/2024

Each week Angel Sammy transmits his poem from the Rainbow Bridge to Teddy for publication. Sammy writes amazing poetry, which is always worth reading. Please stop over to Two Spoiled Cats, by clicking on the poetry badge, to check out Sammy’s poem and get the photo for next week’s challenge.

Thanks for joining us today. We plan to be right back here tomorrow with some fill-ins, and we hope you will join us again then.

THE FIXER UPPER & THANKFULS

Thankful Thursday

Each Thursday, Kitties Blue and I share some things for which we are thankful. I mention the first one quite often in the winter.

Audrey, Kizmet and Cooper Murphy are thankful for a heated floor on a cold morning.

 

Three cats, a grey, torbie and ginger tabby lying on rugs.

 

Stinky is thankful I have started to construct a landing page of his and Periwinkle’s adventures, which will contain links for all the adventures they have shared here on The Cat on My Head.

I am thankful I discovered the Stevie Nicks concert from 2017 on Tubi. She’s always been one of my favorite artists. Dad Tom and I were fortunate to see her live in concert with Fleetwood Mac some years ago.

I also am thankful that at least some of those who subscribe to our blog are getting e-mail notifications of our posts.

Kitties Blue and I are thankful for everyone who follows, comments and supports us.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Angel Brian. To join the hop, click on the Thankful badge.

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Thursday is also poetry day. Teddy and Angel Sammy from Two Spoiled Cats provided another super fun, inspiration photo for this week’s poetry challenge.

 

fixer upper thankfuls - Photo of a shack with a front porch atop a rock in a river.

 

I kept adding to this poem in an attempt to bring it to a conclusion and am only partially satisfied with how I ended it. I also am not thrilled with all the ands and buts I included.

Advertisement: Private Isle with Fixer Upper

I wanted a place I could call my own,
as I was extremely tired of living at home.
I saw an ad for my own private isle
and knew that was just my style.
It said the place was a fixer upper,
but I had conquered projects much tougher.
I gathered together my hard-earned dough
to make an offer, as the price was so low.
Mind you, this was sight-unseen,
but I was certain it would fulfill my dream.
I finally saw my new retreat and was shocked:
My isle turned out to be only a rock!
The promised covered porch with a view
was real but seemed too good to be true,
when I discovered I had no bath or kitchen
and no space on my rock for an addition.
This itty bitty shack may not be perfect,
and it may seem as if I’ve been tricked,
as it’s more of a tear down than a fixer upper,
but I assure you I am no sucker!
I can make the best of any situation
and will merely use this for the occasional vacation.
My parents will be happy to have me home.
They never wanted me to go out on my own.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – January 31, 2024

Each week Angel Sammy transmits his poem from the Rainbow Bridge to Teddy for publication. Sammy writes dynamite poetry, which we always love. Please stop over to Two Spoiled Cats, by clicking on the poetry badge, to check out Sammy’s poem and get the photo for next week’s challenge.

Thanks for joining us today. We plan to be right back here tomorrow. So, we’ll hope to see you again then.

 

THANKFULS & BUMMER OF A SUMMER

 Thankful Thursday

It is important to be thankful each and everyday, and sharing those Thankfuls on Thursday is a great reminder to always look for the good in every situation. Like I always say, “Believe in Silver Linings.”

This week Audrey is sharing the Kitties Blue thankful.

 

thankfuls bummer summer: Tabby Cat in a grey tent with a plaid base.

 

Dad Tom put together the new tent I gave the kitties for Christmas to replace the one Cooper Murphy won years ago at Cat Scouts.  Most of the gang have tried it out. Audrey is a huge fan. Raleigh squeezed in with her at one point and forced her out. Wish I had gotten of photo of them in it together. As kittens, I transferred them to Cooper’s tent when I cleaned out their enclosure. You can see Raleigh and Audrey as adorable little kittens in the old tent on the post, “Spark of Compassion.”

I am thankful our temperature has warmed up after being dreadfully cold day after day. That and the rain we are having is melting what is left of our snow. Yippee! Unfortunately that does mean the sun disappeared, but I always like the warmer weather!

Kitties Blue and I are thankful for all our followers, supporters and friends.

Periwinkle & Stinky are thankful I answered their questions on Tuesday; though, they didn’t love all the answers. If you missed their Adventure this week, click here.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Angel Brian. To join the hop, click on the Thankful badge.

 

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Thursday is also poetry day. Teddy and Angel Sammy from Two Spoiled Cats provided the most hysterical, inspiration photo for this week’s poetry challenge. I had loads of fun writing this one.

 

Man on a beach covered in bandages and sipping a tropical drink through a straw.

 

Bummer of a Summer

Summer vacation is supposed to be fun—
the ocean, the beach and the glorious sun!
But when snorkeling, a jellyfish stung my face,
and I crashed my jet ski when I tried to race.
My son kicked me in the groin with his swim fin,
and the sun has fried my winter-white, delicate skin.
So, now I lounge here sipping this rum punch
long before it’s even time for some lunch.
Vacation has definitely turned out to be a bummer!
I think I will have a staycation next summer.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 01/24/2024

Each week Angel Sammy transmits his poem from the Rainbow Bridge to Teddy for publication. Sammy always writes a terrific poem. Please stop over to Two Spoiled Cats, by clicking on the poetry badge, to check out Sammy’s poem and get the photo for next week’s challenge.

Thanks for joining us today. We plan to be right back here tomorrow. So, we’ll hope to see you again then.

 

 

THANKFUL ON THURSDAY & A HAIKU

If it’s Thursday, it must be time for thankfuls and poetry. This week, we will be starting with thankfuls.

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful we finally had some snow–about three inches. I will no longer need to listen to my friends complaining that we have not had any in forever. Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing the snow fall, as it did all day Monday. But at the conclusion, I want it to melt quickly. Unfortunately, with the coldest temperatures we have had since December 2022, that is not happening. I am definitely NOT thankful for the cold.

On Tuesday, I was one of two first commenters on The Tuesday Teaser at Two Spoiled Cats. I received this badge. (It also snowed where Teddy lives!)

THANKFUL: TUESDAY TEASER FIRST COMMENTER BADGE.

 

Kitties Blue and I want to thank those of you who visited our Looking Back post yesterday, everyone who joined the Sunday Selfies blog hop and all those who follow us and comment on our post.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Angel Brian. To participate, post on you blog for what you are thankful, then click on the badge below to be transported to Brian’s Home.

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Kitties Blue and I had a good giggle when we saw the photo Angel Sammy and Teddy from Two Spoiled Cats selected for our inspiration this week. I know, however, I would not be laughing if I was the woman in this photograph.

 

Seagull bites woman on the nose as she and her man imitate Rose and Jack's pose at the front of the ship in Titanic

 

My poetry for this week is a haiku.

Are you kidding me?
This was deeply romantic.
Disgusting seagull!

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 01/17/2024

Each week Angel Sammy transmits his poem from the Rainbow Bridge to Teddy for publication. In our opinion, Sammy always writes first-rate poems. Please stop over to Two Spoiled Cats, by clicking on the poetry badge, to check out Sammy’s poem and get the photo for next week’s challenge.

Thanks for joining us today. We plan to be right back here tomorrow. So, we’ll hope to see you again then.

 

 

THE VET & AMOROUS PRAIRIE DOGS

Thankful Thursday

Lisbeth and I have the first of the thankfuls this week. We visited our vet, Dr. Kaitlyn McBane, on Monday. I know Lisbeth was not thankful about going to see Dr. McBane. She let me know at full voice all the way there.

 

Tuxedo cat at the vet's office with veterinarian.

 

My first thankful is that our wonderful (but retired) vet, Dr. Kathie Neel, recommended Dr. McBane. She is so kind, friendly and knowledgeable and treats Kitties Blue with such care.

Our second thankful is that all of Lisbeth’s bloodwork was normal. I took her to see Dr. McBane with the fear she might have diabetes or hypothyroidism due to the condition of her fur and skin. Lisbeth gets probiotics, but we will be switching her to Omega 3s and a topical foam in a hope to clear up the problems.

The next thankful comes from Sawyer and me as well. We both appreciate each and everyone of you who continue to pray for him and wish him well. I don’t always mention when he has a seizure. They happen with regularity and it takes him longer to recover each time. He is so precious to us, and I wish we could do more for him.

As the kitties and I tell you often, we totally appreciate your support, following and friendship.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Angel Brian, and we so appreciate that he continues to host this hop from the Rainbow Bridge. To participate in the hop, click on the Thankful badge.

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

The Two Spoiled Cats, Teddy and Angel Sammy, provided us with an adorable photo of prairie dogs to serve as this week’s inspiration for a poem.

 

hugging and kissing prairie dogs

 

Amorous Prairie Dogs

Come here snookums and give me a kiss.
Hug me with your tiny paws…pure bliss!
Please don’t my amorousness dismiss.

We can retire to our coterie
where I can woo you with poetry,
as I have a huge vocabulary.

We’ll spend our one hour for this year
getting very close together, my dear,
before our mating window should disappear.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 1/10/2024

Each week Angel Sammy transmits his poem from the Rainbow Bridge to Teddy for publication. In our opinion, Sammy is an incredible poet, and he always writes a memorable poem. Please stop over to Two Spoiled Cats, by clicking on the poetry badge, to check out Sammy’s poem and get the photo for next week’s challenge.

Thanks for joining us today. We plan to be right back here tomorrow. So, we’ll hope to see you again then.

 

 

 

MISSED OPPORTUNITY? & THANKFULS

Thankful Thursday

Each week on Thursday, we share our thankfuls and join the Thankful Thursday blog hop hosted by Angel Brian. As usual, we have several thankfuls, and Sawyer has asked to go first.

Sawyer is thankful for the wonderful Christmas gifts his girlfriend Noelle (Friends Furever) sent him. Unfortunately he had a seizure the day they arrived, so he really wasn’t up to playing then. But, he wanted to share this photo and let Noelle know publicly how appreciative he is, especially for the treats. Sawyer does apologize for looking so grumpy. In his defense, I did bother him while he was napping.

 

Grey tabby cat posing with Christmas gifts for which he is thankful.

 

I am thankful for the beautiful gift Noelle’s mom, Sharon, sent me as well as the gifts from other wonderful friends.

I also am thankful for being one of two first commenters on the Tuesday Teaser at Two Spoiled Cats. What made that even more fun was the fact that Noelle’s mom, Sharon, was the other first commenter. We both received this badge.

Tuesday Teaser First Commenter badge.

Kitties Blue and I are thankful to everyone who follows us, joins our Sunday Selfies blog hop and comments on our posts. We wouldn’t be here without all of you.

If you’d like to join Angel Brian’s Thankful Thursday blog hop, click on his badge.

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

It’s time for poetry today as well. Each Thursday, Angel Sammy and Teddy (Two Spoiled Cats), provide interested participants with an inspiration photo on which to base a poem. Here is today’s photo followed by my poem.

 

Child with blue coat, red scarf and striped knit hat catching snowflakes on tongue.

 

MISSED OPPORTUNITY?

This is something I didn’t do as a kid,
as snow didn’t fall where I lived.
One day, however, we had a freak snow,
but about catching snowflakes I didn’t know.
My sister made snowballs, put them in the freezer!

For some years I lived in the mid-part of our nation
where we got too much winter precipitation.
No longer a child, I really didn’t find it much fun—
days and days waiting for the warmth of the sun
to melt the filthy remnants of winter’s wrath.

Now I live where we’ve had years with heaps of snow
and some when there has been nothing to show.
The earth’s warming has changed the climate here.
These days snow rarely finds its way anywhere near—
no chance to catch a snowflake on one’s tongue.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 01/03/2024

I did write another poem based on a snowy inspiration photo to which I added Cooper Murphy. It is titled, “Snow Cat,” and you can find it here.

Each week Angel Sammy transmits his poem from the Rainbow Bridge to Teddy for publication. In our opinion, Sammy is a super talented poet, and he always writes an A+ poem. So, pop on over to Two Spoiled Cats, by clicking on the poetry badge, to check out Sammy’s poem and get the photo for next week’s challenge.

Thanks for joining us today. We plan to be right back here tomorrow.

 

NEW YEAR OPPORTUNITIES & POSSIBILITES

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

NewYear’s Eve is just a few days away, and angel Sammy and Teddy (Two Spoiled Cats) have provided us with an appropriate inspiration photo for this week’s poem.

 

New Year - Opportunities & Possibilities: An older couple wearing party hats and celebrating the new year.

 

At our age, Dad Tom and I rarely stay up to greet the New Year, but these two senior citizens appear to be having a great time. Of course, with drawn curtains, there really isn’t any way to tell what time it was when the photo was snapped. Anyhoo, none of that matters when it comes to my poem.

New Year – Opportunities & Possibilities

With every new year we hope and pray
for the promise of great things: If we
are ill, with God’s grace and the right
treatment we will be cured; if we play
the lottery, maybe we’ll win big!
We pray our kids or grandkids will get
good grades and be accepted to
a prestigious college. Maybe our
boss will recognize our extraordinary
abilities and give us a well-deserved raise.
No matter our age, a new year offers
imagined as well as unimagined
possibilities and opportunities.
We reach for them with hope, a smile and
a shared kiss at midnight with a loved one.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 12/27/2023

Each week Angel Sammy transmits his poem from the Rainbow Bridge to Teddy for publication. In our opinion, Sammy is a super talented poet, and he always writes a first-rate poem. So, pop on over to Two Spoiled Cats, by clicking on the poetry badge, to check out Sammy’s poem and get the photo for next week’s challenge.

 

Thankful Thursday

It’s easy to be thankful around Christmastime. We share greetings with family and friends, give and receive gifts, help out our favorite charities and have yummy treats to eat. I am particularly thankful our gifts arrived at their destinations in time for Christmas, and that I got all the Kitties Blue cards in the mail before the holiday. When those will arrive to our friends living in other countries is anyone’s guess. Hopefully, they’ll have a nice surprise for Valentine’s Day.

Kitties Blue and I are thankful for all the greeting cards they have received. I have promised them we will share the cards with everyone in a future post.

Kizmet and Audrey are thankful for each other!

 

New Year - Opportunities & Possibilities: A grey cat and a torbie cat sleeping and resting their heads on each other.

 

And, of course, we are thankful you visited us today. The kitties and I hope to see you again tomorrow as well for Feline Friday, featuring Raleigh, and Friendly Fill-ins.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Angel Brian. To join it, click on his badge.

 

 

THE REAL SANTA & THANKFULS

Thankful Thursday

As Christmas draws closer, I am thankful that most of my preparations are completed. All ten packages going to family and friends made it to the post office today. Only two will not arrive before Christmas, which is better than I expected. And they are scheduled to be at their destinations on the 26th.

I also finished writing our annual newsletter, “Blues’ News,” which was emailed ahead of schedule yesterday.

The Kitties Blue Christmas cards, which I didn’t order until December 13, arrived on Monday (three days prior to the promised arrival date). Though they will arrive after Christmas for most of you, I will have them in the mail prior to Christmas. I couldn’t be happier.

Kizmet asked me to thank everyone who left Gotcha Day wishes for her. Dad Tom put a brand new, fancy scratching post together, which she’ll have to share. Unfortunately, that’s what happens in a multi-cat household.

I am thankful for receiving three badges as a result of being one of two first commenters as well as the first right guesser on the Tuesday Teaser at Two Spoiled Cats.
The Real Santa: Three Tuesday Teaser badges.
Kitties Blue and I are thankful to each of you who have sent us holiday greeting cards. Your friendships are priceless, and we are so thankful to have you in our lives.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Angel Brian. To join us on the hop, click on the badge below.

 

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Wow, can you believe that Christmas is now only four days away? I hope the Santa in Teddy and Angel Sammy’s (Two Spoiled Cats) inspiration photo for today’s poem isn’t seriously injured. Could turn Christmas Eve into a disaster!

 

The Real Santa: An obviously fake Santa lying on the floor with their head buried under Christmas gifts.

The REAL Santa Claus

This Santa looks deflated.
Those hands are definitely feminine!
Did the real Mr. Claus discover
this imposter on his turf
and decide to bury her in gifts
to play a trick on all the kids,
who came to sit on Santa’s lap?
Today, no department store fake
will replace the REAL, red-suited man.
He’ll meet each and every child
and pledge a visit on Christmas Eve,
as long as they promise to always believe
in the one-and-only, true Santa Claus!

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 12/20/2023

After I wrote this it reminded me a a really fun Christmas song by The Beach Boys, “Santa’s Beard.” It always makes me happy when I hear it. Hope you enjoy it!

 

 

I tried to write a poem that included Kitties Blue, but couldn’t get it right. I plan to keep working on it, and if I can pull it off, I will post it on Caturday.

Each week Angel Sammy transmits his poem from the Rainbow Bridge to Teddy for publication. In our opinion, he’s a talented poet, so pop on over to Two Spoiled Cats, by clicking on the poetry badge, to check out Sammy’s poem and get the photo for next week’s challenge.

Thanks for visiting us today. Hope to see you again tomorrow for Feline Friday and Friendly Fill-ins.