Tortie Tuesday


Surprise, surprise! The dynamic duo of tuxie Mauricio and tortie Astrid are together again. They are in THE BOWL. This has become the preferred napping spot for several of the pusses. But this is a first…a bowl for two! Mauricio doesn’t really fit in the bowl by himself. But that didn’t stop his shadow from shoving in with him. And it didn’t stop him from giving her a bath.


Mauricio and Astrid share the antique dough bowl "bed"

Mauricio bathes Astrid as they crowd together in the antique dough bowl.


The bowl competition is liable to get heated as the colder weather sets in and none of the gang want to spend time on the catio. Their dad suggested we may need to start checking antique shows and shops for more wooden dough bowls. He doesn’t have to twist my arm. One of my favorite places to shop is Black Dog Salvage. If you get the DIY network (we don’t), you may have seen this place on the program Salvage Dawgs. They are located close enough for us to walk, and I don’t need truck to get bowls home!

I know even if we get extra bowls, Astrid will always seek out Mauricio. So, at most, we’ll only need six more bowls and someplace to put them all!

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Today’s Tuxie/Tortie Doozy of a Snoozy is one I’ll never see again. This makes me very sad. Once upon a time in a universe far, far away Astrid and Lisbeth were inseparable. Now they each prefer to snuggle with Mauricio, their dad or me.


I'll Never See This Again


About the only time these two are even in the same room together is at mealtimes. If they accidentally encounter each other, Lisbeth becomes a hissy face.

Cat relationships are complicated, and I don’t know what turned this one from loving to adversarial. I guess it could turnaround some day, but I’m not going to bet the kitties’ kibble on it. For now I’ll just have to look at photos and fondly remember the togetherness times.

Does anyone else have kitties who used to be friends but aren’t anymore? Do you know why the relationship changed? Whatever insight anyone can offer would be appreciated.


We are nipheads, and we can’t deny it.

Don’t criticize us if you’ve never tried it.

It’s good to roll in and sweet to eat.

Nip is by far our favorite treat.

If we are being completely honest,

Maybe we should join Nipheads Anonymous.

No, on second thought, definitely not.

Give us nip and make it a lot.

We are nipheads and darn proud of it!




Whenever Chris comes to the house, whether to clean or look after us when the humans go away, she brings us goodies. It may be treats, catnip, bonito flakes or any combination of the three. Today we got fresh and ground nip and treats. Jackpot!

This is what we did in the morning. Astrid demonstrates what we did during the afternoon. Mom says she was really out of it. She was sleeping on a big pile of toys and let Chris vacuum and clean all around her. She didn’t even blink. Astrid only changed positions after Mom started taking photos. But she never woke up. Good nip!




We love nip, and we love Chris. We wish she would come everyday.

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




It’s My Turn!



That’s Better…Thank you.


Since Lisbeth and Astrid got the new cat tree/condo last week, we all have been enjoying it. Of course, a gift for one cat is really a gift for all of us. I can only think of two things we haven’t shared. The first is the harness Mom bought for Giulietta. None of us are going anywhere near that thing! The second is a fleecy, cat sleeping bag Mom bought for Astrid. Astrid sleeps on it all the time, and I do not recall any other cat trying it out when she’s not on it. I don’t know what that’s about. Cooties, maybe!

Anyhoo…we rarely share the tree; though, there is space for five of us. Giulietta and Fiona are the exceptions. They share everything and are rarely far from each other. Mom says we can share photos of my sisters enjoying the tree in future posts. So far, Mauricio has decided that he likes the box the tree came in best of all.

Until we meet again, have a terrific Tortie Tuesday. I plan to do so…right here on the new cat tree.

Purrs and paw-pats, Calista Jo



My sweet boyfriend and love of my life, Sampy (Kitty Cat Chronicles), sent some special birthday gifts just for ME. He’s always so thoughtful.

Each day we have our stinky goodness breakfast and dinner from generic white bowls. But from now on, I am eating my meals from this special bowl Sampy selected for me.




It has two kitties on the bottom with red hearts. Every time I eat my noms from this bowl, I will be thinking of Sampy and me.

I also got some of my favorite treats, Temptations, and this little, pink mousey toy. When Mom turns on the mouse it scoots all over the place and a bright green light shines from its nose. Mom tried to get a video of me playing with it but was unsuccessful. She’ll keep working on that, and I’ll post a video in the future. I also got this super cute card. The message inside is private, of course.

Thank you, Sampy. You are the best boyfriend in the world. I love you!












Lisbeth’s and my birthday gift from Mom is supposed to arrive today. She hasn’t told us what it is. She’s super good about keeping secrets. We are anxious to find out what we are getting. We’ll let you all know later in the week what it is and whether or not we like it.

See you all tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday. Mauricio and I will be sharing the post.

Purrs and paw-pats, Astrid



It may not look like it in the photos I am about to share with you, but I have been very adventurous lately. Mom doesn’t know what has come over me. I have bolted out onto the front porch three times. One time Misty May, my nemesis, chased me back inside. The other two times, Mom shook the treat container, and I hurriedly reentered the house. Besides that, I have been venturing to the second floor.* She has found me there three times. She’s been so surprised each time that she has failed to get photos.

Without photo proof of these adventurous turns, I am sharing photos of how I usually spend my time…hanging out in the kitchen (where Mom works on our blog) and occupying Mom’s lap.






I am sorry the second photo is a bit over-lit and that you have to look at Mom’s wrinkly elbow. If you concentrate on my lovely eyes and gorgeous tortie furs, that elbow will just disappear.

I am sure that if my adventures continue, either Mom or I will be letting you know. In the meantime, you can find me napping on her lap or doing a purrfect four-paw knead on her thighs.

Purrs and paw-pats (with special nose kisses for Sampy, ), Astrid  

*  If you read our blog regularly, you know that I, by my own choice, stay downstairs.


We haven’t seen much evidence that our humans actually brought anything back for us from BlogPaws. But a couple of days ago Mom assembled the prize she won from the hauspanther Cat Style Lounge. They are these heavy-duty cardboard cubes from Catty Stacks. Giulietta was the first to check them out.


Catty Stacks


Giulietta is not a petite girl, but she still had plenty space to sit as well as lie down.

Lisbeth also was quick to check them out. Stop back by on Caturday to see her photo, which will be used to make our art submission for Athena and Marie’s Caturday Art Blog Hop.

Yesterday morning several of us decided to check out the cubes at the same time. Mauricio was on top and Astrid on the inside.


Catty Stacks


To get Astrid’s attention a wand toy from one of the BlogPaws swag bags was produced. All we have to say with regard to that is, “About time, you stingy humans!”


Catty Stacks


Giulietta, who usually is afraid of toys with feathers, even wanted in on the action.


Catty Stacks


As Astrid is a champion cardboard chewer and shredder, Mom is really impressed with the sturdiness of the Catty Stack cubes. They are made from industrial-strength corrugated UltraboardTM. The cubes are recyclable and made using vegetable-based ink. They are easy to assemble and fold flat to store.

Mom suspects the Catty Stacks should last a very long time and provide us with hours of fun.

Thanks BlogPaws and hauspanther Cat Style Lounge for the Catty Stacks.

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


Disclaimer: This was supposed to be a final post about Mom and Dad’s trip to BlogPaws. Because of a super busy schedule yesterday, they haven’t even unpacked all the kitty swag or assembled the prize Mom won from the hauspanther Cat Style Lounge. So…the final BlogPaws post will occur on Thursday. Please accept our apologies.

Tuesday Doozy of a Snoozy

Some of us were less than enthusiastic to see the humans when they arrived home Sunday evening. Even though it was time to eat and we were anxious for dinner, we had to give them a bit of the back-of-disrespect treatment (especially Astrid) for abandoning us to spend time with other anipals. But they won us over immediately when they got out this Kitty Kush catnip grinder and started making little piles of finely ground nip for each of us. Nirvana!

By yesterday morning all was back to normal…well almost. Our catio time was mostly nonexistent due to men with chainsaws occupying our backyard and noise polluting our neighborhood. They started the removal of a 50-foot elm tree shading Dad’s solar panels. That was halted when the torrential rain with thunder and lighting began. Not sure which caused the most noise, but we didn’t care for either, and those tree stealers will be back tomorrow.


Tuesday doozy of a snoozy


At least for Mauricio and Astrid, the day was not a washout. They enjoyed a Tortie/Tuxie Tuesday Doozy of a Snoozy in Mom’s lap. Astrid even added some precious, pink toe beans for all the Toesy Tuesday fans. 

Mau is never happy when he has to share a lap as you can see from the expression on his face. But 90 purrcent of the time, Astrid will try to join him if he has claimed one of the human’s laps. He’s tolerating her as most of her body is on the counter. Mom is also purrleased by that as together they weigh more than 22 pounds. bet you can guess who the heavy-weight is!

Thank You

Thanks to everyone who joined Frank for our Sunday Selfies Blog Hop. We are still working on visiting each blog and promise to get to all of you by the end of the week.

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


Mix up those meowgaritas, nipjitos and some guacamole. It’s time to celebrate Cinco De Meow.

Astrid and Mauricio will be your hosts for Kitties Blue Cinco De Meow party. They are hosting as they have gotten dressed up for a party at Cat Scouts. Astrid’s Cat Scout boyfriend Sampy‘s Patrol, Powerful Paws, is hosting the party so he’s asked her to attend as his date. Mau NEVER misses a Cat Scout activity. (If you are not a member, he suggests you check out the Cat Scout site here.)

A sombrero decorating contest will be one of the activities, and we are giving you a sneak peek at Astrid and Mau’s entries. Astrid chose a flora and fauna theme for her sombrero, which includes a miniature Sampy. Mau’s theme is evident.




Help yourself to some drinks and noms.





This is our Cinco De Meow graphic from last year. We like it so much, we want to share it again.




Enjoy the noms and libations and have a meowvolous day.

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


Previously Mom has written about and shown photos of me in her lap. Lily Olivia and I actually compete for that prized position. Whoever arrives first has dibs and squatters rights. We never share—calico cooties, you know! Only Mauricio and I try to pile on together!

As Lily goes outside and I usually shun the catio (for fear of running into one of my fursibs), I get more than my fair share of lap time. Just as it should be! Don’t you think? I normally begin with a four-pawed, power knead accompanied by my power purr before settling for a nap.

If I am not feeling napish, I will perform the nose-nudge under Mom’s hand until she pets and loves on me. She always says that my head smells like stinky goodness. It’s true. I like to stick my head in the can to retrieve remaining morsels. MOL!

Since today is Tortie Tuesday, I wanted to share some recent photos of me. I have no idea why I was awake and just sitting quietly. One thing I do know: I am damn cute! Enjoy and squeeeee if you like.


squatters rightssquatters rightssquatters rights


Purrs and paw-pats (with a googolplexian of kisses for Sampy), Astrid