Friendly Fill-Ins: Week #82

1. I can’t believe Silly Putty is still sold, as it is so low-tech. It was always on my Christmas list as a kid. SillyPutty is a trademarked name of Crayola. Similar brands are marketed under other names. According to Wikipedia, Silly Putty was invented in 1943 and since 1950, more than 300 million eggs of Silly Putty (approximately 4,500 short tons or 4,100 tonnes) have been sold.

2. I have been on Craigslist only once when I was looking to see if anyone had listed (not Charlie) Cooper Murphy as “lost.”

3. Going into December, the weather outside is mild, just the way I like it. Growing up in California, the temperatures were usually in the 60s during the day at Christmastime. Some people get all mopey when it isn’t cold and snowing on Christmas. I get happy if it isn’t. 

4. My current weakness is just about everything. My all-time weakness would be the (handmade on-site since 1850) dark chocolate truffles from a shop in Lausanne, Switzerland, named Blondel.

Friendly Fill-Ins is a blog hop hosted by Ellen (15AndMeowing)  and Annie (McGuffy’s Reader). You can find the sentences to complete each Thursday on their blogs. The hop appears on Annie’s blog. You can enter it by clicking on her badge. My completions are in teal italics.

More From Sawyer

Now for the expected and required kitten photos. Be prepared to SQUEEE!






Sawyer is in the pouch of my KittyRoo sweatshirt. The first photo was taken before he got his eye meds and amoxicillin. The second was taken after. He’s all tuckered out from the ordeal. Sawyer’s eyes are looking great, and he is sneezing and sniffling less. Dad Tom and I will be happy when he is no longer quarantined. He really doesn’t like being alone, and we cannot be with him 24/7.


Though I wrote a poem for Fiona yesterday, reflecting upon her getting her angel wings last year, today is the actual one-year anniversary of that event. She lay cuddled on my chest that entire day and so many times I wanted to call Dr. Neel and ask her to come and help her. I could tell she was suffering. I was both relieved and heartbroken when she took her last breath. Fiona fought hard for 49 weeks. She was brave and strong and fearless and will remain an inspiration always. I thank God she was a part of our family for those six-and-a-half years.

I’d like to thank all those who visited and commented on yesterday’s poem. Your kind words warmed by heart. If you missed yesterday’s post, you can find the link below.



Sunday Selfies: Week #158

Welcome to the Third Anniversary of our Sunday Selfies blog hop. Kitties Blue and I honestly are flabbergasted that this hop is still going strong. We do have times when our entries wax and wane, but usually we stay around 50 entrants. For all of you who have been with us from the beginning (and there are several), we send a huge THANK YOU, as well as kitty kisses and hugs. If we didn’t have two giveaways already in progress, we’d have one, and we just might anyway. We’ll surprise you next Sunday and let you know!

While trying to determine which of the Kitties Blue should have the opportunity to be the face of our third anniversary post, I had a light bulb moment. I’m a bit surprised as my brain has been stuck somewhere between gears today. I decided to share some statistics about our first Sunday Selfies post and our previous two anniversary posts along with a photo from each.

Starting from the beginning: Post #1 on August 17, 2014. We had seven entrants and Lisbeth was your host with three selfie photos. This was one of them. She was in the midst of having a catnip snack.


First Sunday Selfies post featured Lisbeth.


We celebrated Astrid and Lisbeth’s birthday as part of our first anniversary post on August 16, 2015. We had 61 entrants. Can we beat that today? A photo of the girls as babies was shared as well as a selfie of each girl. As Lisbeth got the first entry on today’s post, Astrid gets this one.


First Anniversary of Sunday Selfies featured Astrid & Lisbeth's birthday.


For anniversary #2, we posted at week #104 which fell on August 7, 2016. We had 59 entrants and both Calista Jo and Fiona were your hosts.


Sunday Selfies 2nd anniversary with C.J. and Fiona.


If anyone is interested in revisiting those posts, just click on the appropriate photo. We will charge ahead toward anniversary four as long as most of you are still enjoying the hop and willing to come along for the ride. You can let us know in the comments.

Remembering a Precious Angel

If you joined us yesterday for Caturday Art, then you know that today we are remembering and honoring another dear friend from Critters in the Cottage. Just a little over two weeks ago, the Critters said good-bye to sweet Mitalee Honeybee. We honored her on the Sunday Selfies post, C.J.’s Sad Selfies in Remembrance of Mitalee.

Today we remember the Critters’ four-pound, tiny dancer, Esme. Esme received her wings on Wednesday at only 11 years old. My dear friend, Mum Sophie (aka LP) is not certain she wants to continue blogging; though, we hope she will after a break to grieve for her angels. She has promised to post today. That way you can stop by and leave your condolences there. The entire family is devastated by yet another loss so quickly after Mitalee, as you might imagine. All our prayers and purrs go out to the entire family.




We currently are running two giveaways. You still have time to enter either or both. They close tomorrow (Monday, August 21) at 5 p.m. ET. Winners will be selected using and announced on Tuesday. The first is for some swag from the BlogPaws Conference as well as The Cat on My Head exclusive items. To enter, leave a comment on the girls’ birthday post, Astrid & Lisbeth Are Birthday Girls.

Our second giveaway is for the must have 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. This giveaway is open to all readers worldwide.

Today’s Blog Hop

By now most of you know how this works, but if not, here are some guidelines:

  • The link to add your selfie to the hop is below.
  • You also will find below the code to use if you’d like the hop to appear on your blog.
  • You do not need to post on Sundays to join.
  • The hop remains open for entries through Thursday midnight.
  • Please be so kind as to display our badge and/or link to The Cat on My Head.

That’s it for us today. We look forward to seeing all our loyal supporters hopping. And remember, invite your friends. Newbies are always welcome.


Yesterday was such a special day, and I want to thank everyone who dropped by to help Allie and me celebrate our first anniversary. We are such lucky kitties to have found each other, fallen in love and had the opportunity to get married. We both have such wonderful memories of our wedding day in 2016.

I also want to share the lovely card I received from my sweet and thoughtful wife.


Allie's anniversary card for Mau.


My other duty today is to remind everyone about our blogoversary giveaway and our anniversary comment-a-thon.

Blogoversary Giveaway

In celebration of our fifth blogoversary, we are giving away some swag from the BlogPaws conference as well as some exclusive The Cat on My Head loot. If you have not had an opportunity to earn a chance to win, leave a comment on our Fifth Blogoversary Blowout post before 5 p.m. ET today. The winner will be selected using and announced tomorrow.

Anniversary Comment-a-thon

Would you like to win a donation to your favorite 501(c)(3) shelter or rescue? If, so you only need to leave a comment on yesterday’s Allie & Mau’s 1st Anniversary post. Mom has agreed to give one green paper for each comment with no cap on the amount.

If you leave a comment on Allie’s anniversary post, Sunday Selfies and a special Anniversary!, you will gain a second entry to win this donation. And you will have the opportunity to win a $25 Amazon gift card from Allie.

Your comments must be made on both posts prior to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 27.

Once gain, thanks for celebrating these two special occasions with us. Kitties Blue appreciate the support and friendship you have shown us during the past five years.

Ciao and meow, Mau


Sunday Selfies: Week #154

One year ago today, Allie and Mau were married at Cat Scouts with Denmaster officiating. It’s was the first (and so far, the only) marriage of two Cat Scouts. Today were are celebrating that special day with a selfie collage as our entry in the Sunday Selfies blog hop.


1st anniversary Sunday Selfies


Here are a couple of photos from last year’s wedding celebration.


Allie & Mau's Wedding Day. (1st Anniversary)

The Wedding Party: Mau and Allie; Best Man Sammy, Maid of Honor Gracie, Groomsman Charles, Bridesmaids Anya and Sundae.


1st anniversary of Allie and Mau

Allie and Mau on the dance floor.


The couple received this beautiful anniversary card from Mau’s best man (now angel) Sammy and his brother Teddy (Two Spoiled Cats). Both Allie and Mau send them their heartfelt thanks for remembering this day with such a special memento.


1st anniversary card



In honor of Allie and Mau, Kitties Blue are having a comment-a-thon. Anyone leaving a comment here prior to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, will be entered in a drawing for the opportunity to have a donation made to a 501 (c) (3) shelter or rescue of the winner’s choice. For every comment made Kitties Blue will give one green paper with no cap on the amount.

Additionally, a second entry can be earned by leaving a comment on Allie’s Sunday Selfies post. In addition to the second entry in Kitties Blue drawing, you will earn an entry into Allie’s drawing for an Amazon gift card. So, jump on over to Allie’s blog at Friends Furever after you post your selfie. Winners on each blog will be selected using


If you missed our Firth Blogoversary post two days ago, you also missed the opportunity to win some BlogPaws Conference swag as well as some special The Cat on My Head loot. But don’t panic, you still have time to enter by leaving a comment at Fifth Blogoversary Blowout. The giveaway closes at 5 p.m. ET tomorrow.

Blog Hop

Finally, it is your turn to post your selfie and add it to the blog hop. The link is below.

Each week we have new participants and several more woofies are joining us. Kitties Blue are extremely grateful to all the new participants as well as those who continue to support our hop, as we fast approach our third anniversary of Sunday Selfies. Remember, all anipals are welcome regardless of species. For those who don’t post on Sundays, the hop remains open through Thursday.

If you’d like to include the hop on your selfies post, the code to do so is below. Would you please be so kind as to display our badge and/or link to The Cat on My Head so your followers will know the origination of the hop.

Thanks for joining us today. We look forward to having lots of comments so we can make a large donation.



Two days ago, Sampson (Kitty Cat Chronicles) and I celebrated the two month anniversary of our marriage. With that in mind, I asked Mom if I could write the poem for Sammy‘s Thoroughly Poetic Thursday. Our prompt letter for this week is “K.” Without unnecessary additional preamble here is my poem.

 Ode to My Husband

Sampy is my knight in shining armor.
He is gentle and kind and a charmer.
I am super proud to be his Missus.
When he writes he always sends me kisses.
A quadrillion kisses are never too many.
If for each one I had even a penny,
I ‘d be the richest kitty in the world.
But I don’t need money as I’m Sampy’s girl.
Sampy encourages me to be brave and strong.
With his love and support I can’t go wrong.
I am learning to chase my sisfurs away
When they try to bug me day after day.
Sampy has my heart. He’s my one true love.
Every night I pray to the stars above
We’ll have years and years to be together,
As I know our love will last forever and ever.

So no problem with that “K” prompt: knight, kind, kisses and kitty!




Purrs and paw-pats, Astrid with love, kisses and purrs to my husband Sampy


Well not all of my teefs, just two. I cannot believe my humans gave their permission for such a thing. Supposedly one of those teef was dead and the other was being reabsorbed. And the vet discovered I had lost three teefs all on my own. That’s five toofies gone! Hope I don’t have to get kitty dentures. Do they have those?

Tuesday was a long day. Dad dropped me off at the vet office at 8 a.m.


Teefs: In the PTU in the Cat-Only Waiting Room.

In the PTU in the Cat-Only Waiting Room.

Teefs: Waiting in the exam room. No way I was voluntarily leaving the PTU.

Waiting in the exam room. No way I was voluntarily leaving the PTU.


That was the last I saw of my parental units until Mom picked me up at 3:30 p.m. Heather, who did my toofie cleaning, met with Mom. She gave her a complete set of the x-rays of my teefs, photos taken during the procedure and diagrams and descriptions of my exam and extractions.


Look at these nice clean teefs.

Look at those nice clean toofies.


I’m supposed to be eating only stinky goodness for a few days, but I’m a tough guy. I went straight for the “hard stuff” the moment we got home.

I’m on pain meds for three days. My stitches are supposed to dissolve. Thank Cod, I don’t want another trip in that PTU. Neither Mom, Dad nor I could remember the last time I visited the vet’s office. Since I never get sick, I only see Dr. Neel at our yearly round-up at the house.

They also sent a toothbrush home with Mom with instructions to brush my toofies everyday. That just ain’t going to happen!  Knowing that, Mom bought me a gift today. Don’t I look excited? I think a toy or some nip is a more appropriate gift after being tortured.


Teefs: Water additive.

Water additive to remove plaque and tartar.


I did not make one peep on the way to the vet nor did I make one on my return home. Those of you who know me also know that I am a chatty catty. But I am also a Cat Scout…strong and stoic. I wasn’t going to vocalize my fear and let anyone know I was frightened. I really didn’t start talking again until yesterday. Those mean humans didn’t deserve to hear my sweet and soothing voice.

I am getting some oh so sweet revenge when it comes to teefs. Mom discovered on Saturday she had broken the corner off of a molar. A trip to her dentist today got her a temporary filling and two more appointments to get a crown. Bwa-ha-ha-ha!

For the moment I am forgiving the humans to wish them a happy 43rd anniversary on behalf of my sisfurs and myself.


L - R: Dating, 12/71; Wedding, 05/19/73; Atlanta Olympics, 08/96.

L – R: Dating, 12/71; Wedding, 05/19/73; Atlanta Olympics, 08/96.


Purrs and paw-pats, Mauricio the Toofless