Friendly Fill-Ins: Week #98

Once again, I received some assistance with the fill-ins. Not only is Sawyer completing one of the fill-ins, but Mauricio is as well.

1. Sawyer: I am the baby in my family. But then you all know that. Mom will use any opportunity to show photos of me.


Sawyer helps with fill-ins.


2. Mauricio: I have two sibling(s), Misty May and a brother I have not seen since Mom and Dad adopted Misty May and me. Here we are as kittens (2004) shortly after our adoption.


Fill-ins with Misty May and Mau.


3. I am looking forward to the BlogPaws Conference in Kansas City, MO, this Spring, as we used to live there.

4. The first sign of Spring this year was snow. Some daffodils, forsythia and our quince bush were blooming when they were covered in snow. Another snowstorm is forecast for Saturday.


Snowy fill-ins


Friendly Fill-Ins is a blog hop hosted by Ellen (15 and Meowing) and Annie (McGuffy’s Reader). The intent is to give bloggers the opportunity to learn more about each other, and in this case, a couple of the Kitties Blue.

Ellen and Annie each compose two incomplete sentences for participants to complete. If you’d like to play along, you can find the blank fill-ins on their blogs each Thursday.

The blog hop takes place at McGuffy’s Reader. To join, click on the badge.



Caturday Art

I suspect I’ll pay dearly for this post when I get home. I most likely will be getting the cold shoulder and silent treatment all around. Did I hear you ask, “Why?” I’ll let you see for yourselves.


Sophie Hall as Caturday Art


Can you tell what the problem is? This cat may look a bit like Lily Olivia, but it isn’t. This is the sweet, birthday girl from yesterday, Sophie, from Kitty Cat Chronicles. She is here with Mom Emily and Dad Bobby as well as two of her brothers, Kylo Ren and Caster. Most of you know by now that my Astrid married Emily and Bobby’s Sampson at BlogPaws last year.

Sophie is so beautiful and charming, loves everyone and has no idea she has CH (Cerebellar Hypoplasia). I have delighted in watching Dad Bobby as well as Dad Tom walking her around on her leash. She exudes exuberance and unabashed joy. I cannot help but smile when I see her.

I created today’s art selection using PicMonkey. This is not my original version, which I unfortunately lost in a computer hiccup. When I tried to recreate it, I couldn’t remember in which order I’d used the various effects and filters. Consequently, this does not look as good as the original art piece.

Here’s the photo of Sophie I used as the base for today’s Caturday Art. She was sitting on Mom Emily’s lap.


Caturday Art - before


This is my entry into Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty’s Caturday Art blog hop. To submit some art of your own and/or see the beautiful art created by your fellow bloggers, please click on her badge.

I’d like to say, “thank you” to Athena and her mum, Marie, for having this hop each week. I always look forward to “playing” with all the various on-line, photo-editing apps.

Sunday Selfies

Here’s your usual reminder to get those selfies snapped for tomorrow’s  blog hop. Since Dad Tom and I still will be at the BlogPaws Conference, a good chance exists that I will not be featuring one of the Kitties Blue. I doubt this will get me into any trouble with them.

Please keep in mind that you do not need to post on Sunday to participate. The hop always remains open through Thursday.

If you’d like to know what’s been happening at the conference, check-out Twitter for items posted with #BlogPaws.


Friendly Friday Fill-Ins: Week #54

1. I have googled anything and everything for which I’ve needed an explanation or answer. It sure beats having to go to the library to check an encyclopedia, like I had to when I was a kid.

2. I have purchased many things on Ebay, including a replacement wedding ring for Tom after he lost his original.

3. I think the BlogPaws Conference rocks! Here are a few photos from today.


BlogPaws 2017

Emily (Kitty Cat Chronicles) felted a mini Fiona for me. She’s purrfect!


Samson - BlogPaws 2017

I met Samson at BlogPaws 2016 when he was just a kitten. To see my photo with him from last year, click here. It is the photo in the bottom left of the bottom collage.


Sophie's birthday party at BlogPaws 2017

Sophie Hall, in Emily’s arms on lower right, celebrated her upcoming 5th birthday with a party in her honor.


Sophie at BlogPaws 2017.

Sophie playing at her party.


4. Mauricio thinks his wife Allie (Friends Furever) is the gentlest, kindest and most gorgeous cat in the universe.

Friendly Fill-Ins is hosted each Friday by Ellen (15 And Meowing) and Annie (McGuffy’s Reader). It is a blog hop. To join click on their badge. It will take you to Annie’s blog where you can enter your link.


I’ll be back tomorrow with Caturday Art and more from the BlogPaws Conference. You can follow the conference on Twitter at #blogpaws.



Nose-to-Nose Nominate our mom.


Mauricio and Lisbeth are sharing this nose-to-nose photo of themselves to remind you that the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards nominations are now open. We kitties think our mom does a pretty good job on our blog and hope our readers do as well. If this is the case, it would make all us Kitties Blue very happy if you’d nominate our mom in one or more of the available categories.

Here’s the information you’ll need to know.

  • Contact Name for Creator of the Work being entered: Janet Blue
  • Contact Email for the Creator of the Work being entered:
  • BlogPaws Community Profile Page of nominee: Janet Blue
  • Facebook page of nominee: N/A
  • Twitter account of nominee:

Mom says that she knows we do not have the Best Cat Blog, but if you think we do and want to nominate us in that category, the above info is all you need. Purrsonally, we think she does a great job of sharing all different types of information with you purrtaining to cats, especially us!

Other categories you might consider and suggested posts to support your nomination(s) are listed below. Of course, you are free to select any post you like in support of your nomination.

Best Written Pet Blog Post ‎ ‎

Best Pet Humor Blog:

The nomination form can be found here. You do not need to be a member of the BlogPaws community to make nominations. The final day to make nominations is April 11.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have to go nominate all our friends and favorite blogs.

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



C.J. with mouth open to grab white mouse toy.I know you are stopping in today in order to find out who is the winner of my birthday giveaway. But first, I’d like to tell you a bit about my day.

My birthday started out with nommy bonito flakes added to my stinky goodness breakfast. And none of my fursibs got any, which made them taste all that much better! I played with my favorite toy…the white mouse that hangs from the door frame, spent time on the catio, and best of all, cuddled with my mom for a good part of the day. And, of course, there was nip!

I had lots of fun visiting with all of my friends who attended my party; though, I might have over-indulged on the noms a bit. It was that nip; it gave me a huge appetite.

I received a kiss on my nose from my special friend, Zorro (The Swiss Cats). I also got this really cute card from Pipo, Minko and Mr. Jack Freckles (WeBeesSiameezers and Barks from Mr. Jack Freckles).




My adorable woofie friend, LadyBird, posted this cute graphic on her blog. She’s wearing one of the tiara birthday favors I had for the ladies who attended my party. She was kind enough to say I could repost it her.


Birthday card featuring dog wearing tiara.

And the winner is…

Concatulations to our dear friends, Moosey, Gracie and Zoe, from Animal Shelter Volunteer Life. They are the winners (selected using of our BlogPaws swag giveaway. Some of the items we brought home from BlogPaws and others are from the goodie bags we gave out at the conference. We really hope they enjoy the nip, toys, treats, food and tote bag.


Cat toys and other cat items from Blog Paws Swag bag.


Finally, I need to thank my mom and brother Mauricio for planning such a great Princess Birthday for me.

Purrs and paw-pats, Calista Jo


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


You probably are asking yourselves, “Who the heck is Frank and what is he doing at BlogPaws?”

Did you think BlogPaws is only for cats, pups, ferrets and other animals with paws? If so, you’d be wrong. Piggies and duckies and even camels attend BlogPaws. That’s right…camels! And here is Frank* to prove it.


Frank the camel quest hosts Sunday Selfies


Okay…really! How naive are you? Frank is actually standing in front of a pyramid in Giza, Egypt. Our dad helped him take this selfie before anyone even knew what a selfie was.

Yet again, our goal is to point out that all anipals are welcome to take part in our Sunday Selfies Blog Hop. It is not just for kitties. If you have been hesitant about joining in on the fun, make this Sunday the one when you snap and submit your very first Sunday Selfie. It is quick and easy, and you have the remainder of the day to get your Easy on.

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

p.s. Mom will have at least one more report from BlogPaws on Tuesday for those of you living vicariously through the photos.

* His actual given name.




I couldn’t think of anything better for a Friendship Friday post than photos of friends at BlogPaws. Here are a few from Thursday.



Top: Lobby Floor
Middle: Sophie – Kitty Cat Chronicles
Bottom: Sophie – Critters in the Cottage, Sue – The Island Cats, me



Clockwise beginning in upper left corner: Coco – Coco the Couture Cat; Sophie, me, Linda – Savannah’s Paw Tracks; Leo – a vendor’s terrier; Yappy Hour cocktail reception



L to R: Summer Samba – Sparkle Cat; Emily and Sophie – Kitty Cat Chronicles


I was super excited to meet Cathy Keisha’s mom, TW (Patty) and Lola, the Rescued Cat’s mom, Dawn. People are still arriving. Tomorrow I hope to see more old friends and make some new ones as well. I am participating in Create With Joy’s Friendship Friday Blog Hop.



I am known far and wide for my ability to procrastinate. In fact, those who know me well would probably say I am the Queen of Procrastination.  But then I have had lots of practice. I was the kid in school who always had to stay up all night to finish a project I’d been assigned six weeks earlier. And then there was the instance 42 years ago when I was hemming my wedding dress on the airplane on my way from Missouri to California to get married.

This penchant for putting things off always drove me to jobs with deadlines. I just cannot seem to accomplish anything without that deadline staring me down.

Getting ready for BlogPaws was no exception. Here I am in the process of putting together 30 kitty goody bags on the way to Nashville. Good thing Tom came along and drove, or I’d be working on these after we arrived.



Plush Calista Jo acts as quality control inspector to make certain each bag has the same number of items.



The two Sophies.

While waiting to check in, I saw Kitty Cat Chronicles‘ Emily (Astrid’s boyfriend Sampy’s mom). She brought with her Sampy’s sweet fursib, Sophie, the CH kitty. And their roommate is Mom Sophie from Critters in the Cottage.

Both Sophies are sweet and beautiful, but I am thinking no one will mix them up. Only one of them purrs.

I’ve already seen several other friends and will not procrastinate when it comes to sharing more photos tomorrow from the first day of the conference.