Cardwood Derby


Friendly Fill-Ins: Week #68

As we do each Friday, we are participating in the Friendly Fill-Ins blog hop hosted by Ellen (15 And Meowing) and Annie (McGuffy’s Reader). Kitties Blue have allowed me to complete all the fill-ins. My completions are in teal italics.

To join the hop, click on the badge below to go to Annie’s blog where you can add the link to your post. Both Annie and Ellen publish the Fill-Ins on Thursday, so if you haven’t joined in this fun hop, check out their posts next week so you can complete the Friendly Fill-Ins. It’s a fun way to learn a bit more about your fellow bloggers.

1.  Making the bed is a waste of time, But Dad Tom likes it made. He does it each day, usually having to work around Lily Olivia and Calista Jo.


Lily naps through Friendly-Fill-ins.

With 18 years of practice, Lily Olivia is the consummate napper.


2.  My favorite app is PhotoFaceFun.

3.  My first car was a lemon yellow 1966 Plymouth Valiant with black interior and bucket seats. I was 22 years old when I got it in 1971.

4.  The best car I ever owned was is my current car (a 2011 red Ford Fusion), because it has heated seats and a vanity plate that reads, PRRFCT!

Mau would like to add that he has owned three “cars.” His favorite is his Cat Scouts Hooligan Paddy Wagon. If you’ve never seen it, visit our post, “Cat Scouts: Start Your Engines.”


Friendly Fill-Ins

Prior to leaving for 2015 BlogPaws Conference


As this is a short post today, Kitties Blue and I would like to take the opportunity to ask for your continued prayers, purrs and POTP for the Friends Furever kitties, Allie (Mau’s wife) and Raz’s, Dad Bill. He remains hospitalized and on a ventilator. Thank you.




Thoroughly Poetic & Thankful Thursday

Writing poetry is hard. Though I write about half the poetry that appears on this blog, sometimes it makes my brain hurt. This week my rhyming mojo is just plain missing. So, I am apologizing now if this week’s offering makes you feel like hissing.

The prompt letter for this week’s poem is “W.”




Even Runners-up Can Be Winners


It’s always fun to be declared a WINNER
Even better than having a chicken dinner,
Unless, of course, you are Ashton or Bear,
Then for a tasty chicken is your only care.
Cooper and I were in the Cardwood Derby,
And Cat Scout Denmaster thought us worthy
Of this cool trophy for being first runner-up.
I think this is what they call a loving cup.
To receive it was a huge surprise.
We could barely even believe our eyes.
Both our names on a plaque are engraved
To indicate the stiff competition we braved.
Cat Scout Obi won for the second year
In a super fast dragster that had no peer.
But all the others followed our Paddy Wagon,
And in the dust we left their tails a draggin’.
Next year we’re planning to drive mush faster,
As this Derby race we’d someday like to master.
But as you can see we’re not complaining
Just planning for our designing and training,
As WINNING this race would be such a pleasure,
As well as a memory we would always treasure.

© Cat Scout Mauricio Blue 05/17/2017


We are joining Teddy and Angel Sammy at TwoSpoiledCats, and hope you will do the same by writing a poem each Thursday. It’s a great way to exercise your brain. To read their poem and find links to other poems, click on Sammy’s badge. We believe that Teddy is also writing a poem about his Derby wins and trophy.



As you might suspect, winning this cool trophy finds us very happy and thankful. So we are entering Brian’s Thankful Thursday blog hop as well. To join that hop, click on Brian’s badge.



Do you have something for which you are thankful, like being plied with catnip while your humans are away at the BlogPaws Conference? Let us know in the comments.

Ciao and meow, Mau


Cat Scouts Cardwood Derby Results

This is the happy portion of today’s post.

The Hooligan Paddy Wagon - Cat Scouts Cardwood DerbyOur Cat Scouts, Mau and Cooper Murphy, are thrilled to report that they did quite well in this year’s Cat Scouts Cardwood Derby thanks to our readers and friends voting for them. No they did not take first place. For the second year in a row, Scout Obi took that honor in his Furrarri. But…wait for it…they and Cat Scout Teddy (Angel Sammy’s young brother) and his Moojuice Truck were the first runners-up. Jackson Galaxy was this year’s celebrity judge. This is what he said about Cooper and Mau’s entry, “Since I deal with hooligans in my line of work, I could use a Hooligan Paddy Wagon!”

Cooper Murphy and Mau also placed in two of the four voting categories. These were determined by popular vote. They placed second in the Most Creative category and third in the Crowd Favorite category.

This is what Denmaster said about the boys’ entry, “I’d also like to thank Scout Mau and Scout Cooper Murphy for their service in keeping hooliganism down at the event. Scouts Reno and Homer (two of Denmaster’s Cat Scouts) enjoyed their time in the Hooligan Paddy Wagon. As a thank you for the service, you will receive Shenanigans brand ‘Hooligan in a Can.’ Hooligan in a Can purrvides you with all the stuff you need to engage in shenanigans and mayhem. It is not endorsed by the Cat Scouts High Council.” We don’t think this product actually exists!

Cooper Murphy, Mauricio and I would like to thank all of our friends and followers who voted for them.

Nellie Gets Her Wings

We learned yesterday that a good friend and blogging icon, the beautiful Queen Nellie, passed on Good Friday. Though Nellie’s health has been failing for quite sometime, she and all her friends hoped to celebrate her 19th birthday with a big party on May 15th. We know she’ll be having a huge party at the Bridge with all her friends who passed before her. And we know she was greeted with huge hugs and rousing purrs and woofs. Though she is no longer with us physically, she will remain in our hearts and memories forever. Run free, Nellie! We love you.


Nellie, Forever (1)


If you haven’t had the opportunity, please stop by Nellie’s blog, Nellie on the Edge, and leave your condolences for her mom, Barb.

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* Gnash, American Musician


Sunday Selfies Blog Hop: Week #139

Phoebes-Traveling-ShadesWe have been waiting and waiting and waiting… Last summer we joined Pheobe’s (15AndMeowing) Traveling Shades tour. Summer came and went, fall came and went, winter came and went, and we were still waiting. Finally the shades reappeared, being worn by Mudpie (Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows). We had hope that we’d get our turn. And two days ago the sunglasses arrived in our mailbox.

Petretary wants to get at least one photo of each of us wearing them. We are not going to hold our collective breaths, but let’s make it clear right now—ain’t ever gonna happen! One reason for that is the shades don’t fit all of us. Lily Olivia tried them on but they just kept falling off. Then I, your selfie host today, tried them on. They were too small for me. With any luck at least one of my fursibs will have a head that is somewhere between the size of Lily’s and mine.

I did manage to snap a couple of so-so selfies with the shades atop my head. Then I went to piZap and picked a nice springtime frame to complement the frame on the shades. And here it is. Sorry I didn’t look at the camera.


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Astrid thought she was pretty special last week when she got three posts in succession. My plan is for the same thing for myself. Keep your paws crossed for me.


Now, the petretary says that I have to do the business of this post. Frankly, I think that is her responsibility, but if I want that third post, I figure I best comply.

This is our Sunday Selfies blog hop. All critters and their humans are invited to join in the fun. The link to add your selfie is below as is the code to add the hop to your post. If you decide to do this, would you please do us the courtesy of linking back to The Cat on My Head and/or displaying our badge.

If you cannot join us today, the hop remains open through Thursday.

My fursibs and I and the petretary are so grateful to have so many friends and supporters of our Sunday Selfies blog hop. Please accept my sincere thanks on behalf of all of us.

Cat Scouts Cardwood Derby Competition

Screen Shot 2017-04-05 at 10.06.30 AMMy brofurs, Mauricio and Cooper Murphy, asked me to remind you that they are competing in the Cat Scouts Cardwood Derby. If you missed our post with regard to the Cat Scouts Derby, you can see it here. Mau and Cooper have entered with a Hooligan Paddy Wagon and could use your vote in any or all of the race categories. Voting is open through April 10. If you have already cast your ballot, thanks very much. If not, you can do so by clicking here.

That’s it from me. It’s past my bedtime. Thanks for joining me.

Purrs and paw-pats, Calista Jo

* “Good Day Sunshine” by Paul McCartney from The Beatles Revolver album, 1966.



Caturday Art


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Today’s art was created using the following two photos: Calista Jo rolling around on the kitchen rug and a photo Dad Tom took a few years ago of a glass ceiling at a Chihuly* exhibit in Montreal.



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caturdayartbannerAfter laying the ceiling photo over C.J. using PicMonkey, I added one of the “space” effects in the hardlight mode. I followed that by adding the HDR effect and the double border in Picasa.

This is our entry in Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty’s Caturday Art Blog Hop. To enter some art of your own and/or see the other submissions click on her badge.

Cat Scouts Cardwood Derby Competition

Screen Shot 2017-04-05 at 10.06.30 AMIf you missed our post with regard to the Cat Scouts Derby, you can see it here. Mau and Cooper Murphy have entered with a Hooligan Paddy Wagon and could use your vote in any or all of the race categories. Voting is open through April 10. If you have already cast your ballot, thanks very much. If not, you can do so by clicking here.

Cat4-001Sunday Selfies Reminder

We’ll be here tomorrow for our Sunday Selfies and hope you will join us on our blog hop. We have no idea who might be our representative and hosting tomorrow. We just know it will not be a guest. Until then…

* Dale Chihuly is an American glass artist whose work is included in the collections of more than 200 museums worldwide. To learn more, click here.



Cat Scouts Cardwood Derby




hodgepodgeVoting is open for the Cat Scouts Cardwood Derby. Please vote for Mau’s and Cooper’s Cat Scouts Hooligan Paddy Wagon. If you missed our post with photos of this outstanding vehicle, please click here. To vote, please click here. There are several categories and Mau and Cooper’s Derby entry can be found in each of them. Voting is open until April 10. With many thanks.

KittyRoo Sweatshirt Winner

I am so excited to announce the winner of the warm and cuddly KittyRoo Sweatshirt. selected comment #22. When I counted up from the first comment, #22 was from Annie from Lucy’s Lounge. This is what she said about the KittyRoo is her comment, “That sweatshirt looks so cute, warm and cozy!” When it arrives, she’ll find out how right she was.

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week #48




We are taking turns doing the Fill-Ins this week. Our completions are in teal italics. We want to thank our friends Ellen (15AndMeowing) and Annie (McGuffy’s Reader) for providing the four sentences each week for us to complete. This is a blog hop. To enter, visit Annie’s blog by clicking on the badge above.

Lily Olivia: 1. I don’t understand why the other seven kitties I live with (are) is so popular?

Kitties Blue: 2. My (our) in case of emergency person is our mom and in some instances our dad as well.

Petretary: 3. There is so much more I’d like to learn about blogging, coding, and SEO! 

Mauricio: 4. I would be lost without my beautiful, sweet and intelligent wife, Allie (Friends Furever).




Tuesday Teaser Boo-Boo Award

Tuesday, Angel Sammy and Teddy (Two Spoiled Cats) told us that we were one of three “First Commenters” on their Tuesday Teaser post. Unfortunately WordPress made a mistake. As an apology, we got this super cool badge. Thank you Angel Sammy and Teddy.



We’ll be back tomorrow with Caturday Art. Hope to see you then. And please don’t forget to vote in the Cardwood Derby.



Not So Wordless Wednesday

After Misty May hijacked the blog yesterday, Cooper Murphy and I decided to do the same. This means the petretary was forced to put her scheduled post on the back burner again. Woohoo…Kitties Blue = 2/petretary = 0. How many days do you think we can keep this up?

Bet you are wondering what is so gosh darn important that we had to bump petretary’s post. It is the third annual Cat Scouts Cardwood Derby. It is my third entry, but only Cooper’s first, as he’s a new Scout.

I think this is my most pawsome entry to date. Seems Mom and I are getting to be better builders with each successive year. And Dad Tom helped some this year as well. I know that made a huge difference.

Cooper Murphy and I want to share some photos of our Cat Scouts Hooligan Paddy Wagon. We are up against some stiff competition this year: a Furrari, Bucatti, milk delivery truck, a monster truck and a flying saucer, just to name a few of the entries. Voting will begin soon to determine the popular vote winner. We hope we can count on your votes. We’ll let you know how and when you can vote.

Okay, now that I’ve set the scene, here are a few photos.


Cat Scouts Hooligan Paddy Wagon

Cat Scouts Hooligan Paddy Wagon
Cat Scouts Hooligan Paddy Wagon

Cat Scouts Hooligan Paddy Wagon


We’ll share more photos in another post. If you’d like to see my previous two Cat Scouts Cardwood Derby entries, you can do so here and here. I think you’ll agree that this year’s entry is superior to my previous ones.

Giveaway Reminder

You only have two more days to enter our current giveaway. We are giving away a really wonderful product: the KittyRoo sweatshirt. It offers a warm and snuggly pouch for kitty or a small puppy. The petretary claims this hoodie (with cat ears) is luxuriously soft and comfy. She feels as if she has on her P.J.s when she’s wearing it. To read our original review and see some photos, click here. To win a sweatshirt for you and your human, leave a comment on the KittyRoo post prior to 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 6.

Though this is a darn wordy post, we are still entering the Wordless Wednesday blog hops.

Ciao and meow, Mau


 Wordless Wednesday at Create With Joy








Sunday Selfies: Week #77


Misty May's one-eyed selfie: Tuxedo Cat lying down and winking.


Misty May claimed that she didn’t need more than one eye open to take a good selfie. For a kitty who doesn’t do the selfie thing very often, I’ve got to admit she did a darn good job. She was resting her head on her dad’s knee when she snapped this.

If you haven’t entered our Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, what are you waiting for? Ninety percent of cats are taking selfies, which means you are in the minority if you’re not. No cat wants that. So pick up your paw and push the button on your human’s cell phone and hop along with us. If you aren’t a cat, you can still enter. All anipals are always welcome.

Cat4-001Personally, we think tongue selfies are just fine, and we encourage them. What would selfies be without a great tongue shot from Crockett at Lone Star Cats.

The link to join our blog hop is below as is the code to include the hop on your blog. Should you decide to do this, please include our badge and/or link back to The Cat on My Head. Thanks for your continued support.



My dear friends,

Thank you so much for celebrating my birthday with me. Each and every one of you are so special to me and my family.

I had a very nice and quiet day. The best part was getting bonita flakes atop my dinner and also for dessert. I also got a little piece of Dad’s tuna from his dinner. Oh, and I stole a Wheat Thin, just ’cause I could. I licked it some and then threw it on the floor. Good times. As I dictate this to the typist, I am curled up next to Dad while he watches The Blacklist on T.V.

Two of our wonderful friends made me birthday cards. They are both so beautiful, and I am thrilled to have received them.


Thank you and request from Lily Olivia

This card is from Toby at Doggie and Kitty Caperz. Isn’t he handsome?


Thank you and request from Lily Olivia

This card is from Pipo, Minko and Mom Ingrid at WeBeesSiameezers.

I am not that fond of my brofur Mauricio. But I am feeling generous since he made that gorgeous cake for me. So I offered to do him a favor. As reported earlier, Mau has entered the Cardwood Derby with his Cat Scout University Campus Security vehicle. He could use your votes to to get in the derby finals. The deadline for voting was extended until today at noon EST. We know some of you tried to vote and couldn’t because of an error in the link. Mom sent the correct link to those of you who asked.

For anyone who wanted to vote and couldn’t or anyone else who’d like to, here’s a reminder of what Mau’s car looks like.


Thank you and request from Lily Olivia


You can vote by going here. Several voting categories exist. Mau is listed in each category. I thank you and so does Mau.

Purrs, paw-pats and my heartfelt thanks, Lily Olivia




Second Cat Scouts’ Cardwood Derby

cardwood derby  trophyMau has entered the second, sort-of-annual Cat Scouts‘ Cardwood Derby, and he needs your votes to win this super cool trophy. It would have his name and not Scout Banzai should he win.

As Mauricio is Director of Campus Security at Cat Scouts University he thought it would be nice to have an official campus vehicle. Here are a few photos of Mau, his car and his pit crew. We’ll tell you how to vote at the end of this post.

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The back of Mau’s official CSU Security vehicle.
(c) The Cat on My Head 2016

2016 Cardwood Derby

Lisbeth served on Mau’s pit crew for the second time.
(c) The Cat on My Head 2016

2016 Cardwood Derby

Mau’s pit crew, Calista Jo and Lisbeth, were stoned on catnip and acting like hooligans. (The arrows point to the nip.)
(c) The Cat on My Head 2016

2016 Cardwood Derby

Mau jumping from his vehicle to apprehend his hooligan sisters.
(c) The Cat on My Head 2016

1st Cardwood Derby

Mau with pit crew, Lisbeth, in his first cardwood derby entry.
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I am pretty happy with my improved design and construction skills in comparison to Mau’s last derby car. If you weren’t following us then, here’s a photo. It was more elaborate, but the craftsmanship was definitely lacking.

Though Mau’s car is better constructed this year, I fear he has no chance of taking home that trophy. The competition is really tough. Scouts were able to create any type of vehicle they wanted, and some are more imaginative than his. There’s a hot air balloon, a food truck and a stagecoach to name a few of the unique entries.

If you would like to vote for Mauricio, you can do so on the Cat Scouts Organization page on Facebook. He has two photos. Scroll down until you find them and then “LIKE” them. You have through January 22 to cast your vote. While you are there check out all the entries. They really are creative.

Mau says, “Please drive safely and never while stoned on catnip!”