Thoroughly Poetic Thursday


Thankful Thursday

We usually begin our Thursday post with our Thoroughly Poetic Thursday poem; however, we are switching it up this week. Cooper Murphy is so much improved after having a high fever and being quite sick at the end of last week. His right eye is not 100% yet and he continues to get ointment in each eye. He also has meds to take for a few more days. But he should make a full recovery for which we, especially Mom and Dad, are all grateful. Cooper and the entire family thank you for the purrs, prayers and POTP.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by our pal, Brian. To join in and let all your friends know for what you ate thankful, click on his badge.


Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

This week’s photo prompt is a day at the beach. Having grown up in California, the beach is a place our humans really enjoy visiting. We, however, have no interest in such a thing, as evidenced by our poem. That little boy in the photo doesn’t look very enthusiastic either!


Kitties Blue have no intention of visiting the ocean.

No Ocean Vacation for Kitties Blue

We’ve never been to the beach.
The distance makes it out of reach
For cats who don’t like the PTU,
Which includes most of the Kitties Blue.
Even a short car ride is not enjoyed,
So a six-hour drive would surely make us annoyed.
Sand between our toes might be okay,
Much like the litter box we’re in each day.
But we definitely don’t like wet feet,
Which might occur if the ocean we meet.
We’ve all seen the video of Mau in the pool.
None of us plan to be similar fools.
Taking a dip in the great big ocean
Would be an incredibly stupid notion.
We’ll just ponder this photo picked by Teddy’s mom
And stay home in bed safe and calm.

© Kitties Blue – 01/10/2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday is hosted by our friend, Teddy, and his big brother, angel Sammy. Sammy transmits a poem each week from the Rainbow Bridge. To read his poem, which is always a masterpiece, visit Two Spoiled Cats by clicking on his badge. You also can find links to other poems among the comments.

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Secret Paws

We’re all hoping we can open our Secret Paws package today, since Cooper Murphy is feeling better. If that happens, we’ll tell you all about it tomorrow and combine Friday Fill-Ins with Caturday Art the following day. Guess you’ll just have to check back tomorrow to see what we’ve been doing.

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


Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

As we do each Thursday, we are joining Teddy and Angel Sammy’s Thoroughly Poetic Thursday. Mom Pam posted a really cool photo last week for inspiration. I had been looking forward to writing that poem, but that was not to be. I have written a poem to and for Lily Olivia.

One of a Kind

I don’t know how to say good-bye.
I thought you were invincible; though,
You used up many of your nine lives.
You ruled us all with an iron paw;
Never took “no” for an answer
And always got your way.
If not, you’d bark to signal your
Displeasure and sometimes raise a paw.
I always joked that you were bi-polar.
When I told people you were a calico
They immediately understood what I meant.
Today was unnaturally quiet in the house.
Can a home seem empty with eight cats?
I will miss waking up at night to find you
Sitting next to me and staring at me.
I will miss you yelling at us as you did
When you wanted breakfast and dinner.
I will miss watching you lounging and snoozing
On the porch settee on a warm afternoon.
But most of all I will miss your kisses!
When kitten Sawyer befriended you,
We suspect you were imparting your
Wisdom and secrets for controlling us.
Time will tell if he was a good listener.
But whatever he may have learned,
Neither Sawyer nor any other cat
Can or will replace you in our hearts.
Lily Olivia, you were one-of-a-kind.

© Janet Buickerood Blue 01/03/2018


To find Angel Sammy’s poem, which he transmits each week from the Rainbow Bridge, click the badge below. You can also find links in the Comments to other poems as well as see the photo prompt for this week and next week.

Thankful Thursday

It is beyond difficult to be thankful today. Losing Lily Olivia is not a good start to the new year. I am, however, thankful to have had her in our lives for nearly nineteen years. And I am grateful to everyone who has left comments on our “Saying Good-bye” post as well as on the Cat Scouts and Crotchety Cougars websites and Tom’s Facebook page and sent e-mail messages and texts of condolences. Thank you. I will do my best to thank each of you personally during the next few weeks.

As a tribute to Lily Olivia, I am sharing a few photos from the afternoon of New Year’s Day. These are the last photos taken of her. I apologize for the quality. Lily was enjoying her last sunpuddle, and Sawyer was soaking in all those secrets she was sharing.


One of a Kind


One of a Kind


One of a Kind


Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by our friend, Brian. To share your “thankfuls,” click on his badge.



Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

We kitties had a terribly difficult time creating a poem this week. We had this gorgeous photo, selected by Mom Pam and angel Sammy, as our inspiration. Regardless, our poetic abilities fizzled.


Kitties prefer quiet.


Quiet, Please!

Fireworks are extremely pretty,
Unless you are a sensitive kitty.
The booming loud noises
Never cease to annoy us.
All the people oohing and ahhing
Just causes our frantic ear pawing.
As humans seem to enjoy the show,
Under the bed we all plan to go
And not come out until it’s 2018,
When we can return to our regular routine.

© Kitties Blue 12/27/2017

We must apologize to Teddy and angel Sammy for this feeble excuse for a poem. If you go to Two Spoiled Cats, by clicking on the badge below, we know you will find an expertly crafted poem by angel Sam. You will also find links to other poems among the comments.

Thankful Thursday

This section is lots easier today, and wow are we thankful for that. We also are grateful for all the holiday cards we have received from our friends, which we will share in a few days. We received lots of new toys, wrapping paper, tissue and boxes. As with the greeting cards, we will be showing you some of our gifts in a future post. But just to give you a bit of a preview, here’s a photo of Sawyer and Cooper Murphy enjoying Christmas.


Kitties prefer quiet.


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



Thanks for dropping by to see us.

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


Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

We are begging forgiveness this week from Teddy and Angel Sammy for going off-script with our poem this week. This is the photo for which we were challenged to create a poem.



We thought it was pretty depressing for the week prior to Christmas. And we really wanted to reshare this poem, which we originally wrote and posted for Christmas 2014.

 A Cat’s Letter to Santa Claws

Oh dearest Santa, I promise I’ve been good.
Always used my litter box and eaten all my food.
That broken lamp was a minor transgression.
I don’t think it required that time-out session.
And it wasn’t I who shred the arm of that chair.
Besides, isn’t that why they come as a pair?
The hairball on the human’s pillow didn’t come from me.
I don’t have floofy furs, as you can plainly see.
And all that litter spread throughout the house hither to yon…
It sprang right out of the box long after I had gone.
And you know that sandwich the human left on the table…
I swear it was stolen by a stray mouse named Mabel.
And the Christmas tree that suddenly toppled over…
Was not pushed by me but a marauding gopher.
I have no idea how these critters invaded my space.
I never leave the cat door open or out of place.
Oh. dearest Santa, I’ve truly never ever been naughty.
So please bring me some toys from Jackson Galaxy.
And a big bag of nip to last a whole year…
Please, oh please, oh please Santa dear.
And some nommy treats would be totally pawsome.
I’d eat every one and not leave a crumb.
For I, the cat, have been as good as a cat can be.
So please don’t pass me by this Christmas Eve.
If you’ll stop by my house once again this year,
I promise to leave cookies and a bit of good cheer beer.
And as to next year, I raise my right paw
And promise to be a good cat, oh dear Santa Claws.
Yours truly, The Cat

So now you know what happened yesterday…a marauding gopher! If you missed yesterday’s post, the link is at the bottom of this post.

We also are sharing this today, as on Mondays we participate in the Sparks blog hop at McGuffy’s Reader, which we think is a good thing for sharing on Christmas Day.

We are joining Thoroughly Poetic Thursday at Two Spoiled Cats. To read Sammy’s poem, which he transmits each week from the Rainbow Bridge, click on his badge. You also will find links in the comments to other blogs with poems.


Thankful Thursday

We also are joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday blog hop. Our “thankful” was easy to select this week. No one got in trouble yesterday for the little “oopsie.” And it was not reported to Santa,

If you’d like to tell everyone for what you are thankful, join the blog hop by clicking on Brian’s badge.


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



Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Today we begin a new challenge for Angel Sammy’s Thoroughly Poetic Thursday at Two Spoiled Cats. After three rounds of using prompts from the alphabet, we now are challenged to write a poem inspired by a photo posted by Sammy and Teddy’s mom, Pam.

This is the photo Mom Pam posted last Thursday. It is followed by our poem.


Kitties Blue Save Christmas


The Day Kitties Blue Saved Christmas

As the nine of us hunkered down to wait for Santa,
the sky grew cloudy; we watched a huge storm brewing.
It was massive with turbulent mammatus clouds, and we
worried that Santa’s RPS* would not be working.
When a bolt of lightening caused our lights to flicker
all we could do was cross our paws, purr and pray
that Santa and his reindeer would come through okay.
We were certain he had faced similar conditions
in the four centuries he’d been delivering presents,
but still we feared for the reindeers’ and Santa’s safety.
We paced the floor, wondering how we could help when
the youngest of us, Sawyer, cleared his throat and meowed, “I
bet, if we turn on our lasers, we could guide him through.”
We were amazed the whippersnapper knew just what to do.
It’s his first Christmas, and we didn’t know he was a
smartypants. First we contacted all our fursibs at the
Rainbow Bridge: Skooter, Steamer, Daphne, Thelma, Louise,
Twinkle, Chloe, Madison, MacKenzie and Fiona
and had them gather. Together, they set their halos
to high and shone the light toward earth. Then we all grabbed
our antlers, turned on our high beams and directed our eyes
toward heaven. The dazzling glow caught Santa’s attention,
and he knew just where to fly, directing his reindeer
through the dense clouds and down to earth from the sky.
As he put gifts in our stockings, we asked our friends to do
the same, and that’s how Santa delivered gifts to all in 2017.

© Kitties Blue 12/13/2017

* RPS = Reindeer Positioning System

A few of us agreed to to have our photos taken in our antlers: Giulietta, Cooper Murphy and the elusive Misty May.


Kitties Blue Save Christmas


If you’d like to read Sammy’s poem, which he transmits each week from The Rainbow Bridge, click on his badge below. You also can find links to other poems in the comments.


Thankful Thursday

Each week we participate in this blog hop hosted by Brian. We have so much for which to be thankful, especially this time of year. Today we want to thank all are wonderful blogging friends who have remembered us by sending Christmas greetings. It touches our hearts that you care for us enough to make this kind gesture. The pet blogging family is the most caring, thoughtful and generous community, and we are grateful to be members and to have made so many fabulous friends.

To join the Thankful Thursday blog hop, click on Brian’s badge.


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


Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

This week’s poem was not easy to write. It is now the third poem in a series about Angel Fiona. The first was “You,” written the day before she got her wings. The second poem was “Yesterday,” written six-months later. Today’s poem comes one-year (tomorrow) since she flew to the Bridge. Each of these milestones has fallen when the week’s prompt letter as been, “Y.” Because of that, this poem is entitled “One Year Missing You.” “Year” also is one of the suggest prompt words. The others are: 1) Yesterday, 2) Yummy and 3) Yellow.

You can read the first two poems in the series on the sidebar. This poem will be added to those on Friday.

One Year Missing You

One year has passed since you flew away,
And I still think of you everyday.
I see your sweet face in my mind’s eye
And wish we’d never had to say good-bye.
It’s nice you’ve sent us kitties needing a family,
But my dearest love, we are now at capacity.
You thought it would take more than one cat
To take your place in our habitat.
We love Cooper Murphy and baby Sawyer dearly
But thinking either could replace you makes me teary.
You were one-of-a-kind and will stay in my heart
Until the day I join you and we’re no longer apart.
When once again I can hold you in my arms
And revel in all your love and feline charms.
Together with you and all who have passed.
I will spend eternity contemplating how blessed
I was to share my life with my furry children,
Each and every one of you one-in-a billion.

© Janet Buickerood Blue 11/30/2017

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday is the creation of now angel Sammy, who passed last year, the day after Fiona. Each Thursday he transmits his poem from the Bridge. He is a masterful poet, and you really need to visit Two Spoiled Cats each Thursday to read his thoughtful and inspired verse. You also will find links to other poems in the comments section. To visit, click on his badge.


Sammy also presented Fiona with this badge for looking out for and finding a home for Cooper Murphy and Sawyer with her family. He has, however, promised to keep her in check in the future. Thank you, Sammy!



Sammy has been exceptionally busy lately, as he also made this welcome badge for Sawyer.



Thankful Thursday

We have so much for which to be thankful this week. First off, Cooper Murphy is thankful that the mouse from yesterday’s post was dumb enough to return to the catio. This time he deaded it.

All of us are grateful we had the opportunity to take Sawyer off the streets and give him a home for the holidays and all the years to come.

Finally, we are thankful to have such a great friend as Angel Sammy as well as his little brother, Teddy.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Brian’s Home. To join in, click on his badge.


Thoroughly Poetic Thanksgiving Thursday

Today’s prompt letter should be “X,” an exceptionally hard letter to poetize about. Being the good pal that he is, angel Sammy gave us all permission to chose our own subject. He didn’t even post any suggestion words. We are quite thankful for this!

As you might expect, we decided to write a poem of Thanksgiving for our Mom and Dad. Though it lists some of our many transgressions, our humans understand we are cats and mostly do as we please.


Thankful for the Bestest Mom and Dad


Sometimes Kitties Blue are not well behaved.
We act as if we’re totally depraved.
We whine and caterwaul for our dinner…
Can’t help it if we don’t want to get thinner.
We ask to go in and out dozens of times a day;
It is one of our favorite games to play.
We camp on the stairs so no others can pass.
Yeah, sometimes each of us can be a gigantic ass.
We like to wrestle and bite each other on the necks.
I guess you could say we are the worst smart alecks.
Growling, hissing and spitting can be fun,
When we can make the other kitty squeal and run.
All of these pastimes drive the humans to distraction,
As they try to stop us from committing each infraction.
We pay them back by sleeping east/west in their bed
Or, like Misty May, upon their faces or heads.
You’d think we’re not fit to live in a house…
That we should be outside to catch a mouse
And have it for our breakfast, lunch and dinner,
As punishment for our being incessant sinners.
But our humans love us. We know this to be true.
It doesn’t matter what we meyowl or do.
So today we thank them for giving us a home
From which we have no desire to roam.
And good noms, snuggles, scritches and kisses.
We are kitties whose lives are filled with riches.
Happy Thanksgiving to our Mom and Dad.
Now fetch us some turkey or we’ll be very bad!

© Kitties Blue 11/23/2017

We are joining Sammy and Teddy for their weekly poetry day. To read angel Sammy’s poem, which he transmits from the Rainbow Bridge, and find links to other poems, click on his badge.

Thankful Thanksgiving Thursday

We have so much for which to be thankful, as we outlined above. We also are thankful for all our blogging friends. The relationships we have made over the past five-plus years are precious to all of us and Mom nd Dad as well. We wish you all a blessed day filled with love and happiness.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by our friend, Brian. To join the hop click on his badge. We are sending Brian a special thank you for hosting this hop and a reason to reflect each week on all the things for which are thankful.


Finally a photo for you from our favorite and original turkey, Lily Olivia.


Lily Olivia wishes you a happy Thanksgiving.


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



Thoroughly Poetic Thursday 

We have almost reached the end of the alphabet again with the prompts for our weekly poetry. This week’s letter is “W.” The prompt words for this week are: 1) Window, 2) Wink, 3) Worry and 4) Wiggle. We elected, however, to write about winter. Though it is not here yet, we have had more than our share of cold weather. We know some of you have already had snow, and we ask that you keep it right where it is.

Here’s our entry for this week.

Winter is Coming

Are you a fan of wintertime?
Kitties Blue definitely are not.
But we also don’t like when it’s hot!

It’s been dreary, grey and cloudy
For what seems like forever.
We do not like this crummy weather.

Though we’re not fond of these cool temps,
We’re grateful it isn’t winter yet,
When snow turns into a grimy mess.

We avoid walking in it if we can,
As it’s cold and wet on our paws.
And they feel as if they’ll never thaw.

Even the catio is chilly and no fun,
In spite of squirrels on the feeder.
We think Santa should bring a heater.

If you live where you already have snow,
Kitties Blue send you our condolences
And hope the snow hasn’t come in bunches.

We are going to pray for a mild winter
With temperatures warmer than usual,
But we suspect we’re being delusional!

© Kitties Blue 11/15/2017

This yucky white stuff is not what we want to see this winter. Squirrels and birds, however, are welcome for our viewing pleasure.


Squirrel looks for food during a snowy winter.

Cardinal in winter with sunflower seed in beak.


Thoroughly Poetic Thursday is hosted by our special friends, Teddy and angel Sammy. Master poet, Sammy, transmits a poem from the Rainbow Bridge each week for our enjoyment. And every poem is a gem. Even if you do not want to participate with a poem of your own, Sammy’s poem always is a must read. To fly on over to his and Teddy’s blog, click on the badge below. While there, check out the comments for links to other poems.

Thankful Thursday

We all, and especially Cooper Murphy, are thankful for a nice cozy home. Last January Cooper found himself homeless and wandering in the snow looking for shelter and food. He fortunately made his way to a friend’s front porch, and then our house by way of Dad and a SleepyPod. So no matter what type of winter we get, Cooper and all of the other Kitties Blue will be thankful to  be safe and warm.

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

Wonky WordPress

If you were here yesterday, you may have noticed that our blog looked a bit strange. Some “ghost in the machine,” stole our entire sidebar, including our logo. Mom is busily rebuilding everything, but we expect it will be a couple of more days before she is finished. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

We’ll see y’all tomorrow with Friendly Fill-Ins.

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



Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Today we were challenged by Teddy and Angel Sammy (Two Spoiled Cats) to write a poem using the prompt letter “V.” Though they provided us with four possible subjects, 1) Vicious, 2) Vanity, 3) Vigorous and 4) View, we selected one of our own: veterinarians. We kitties complain a lot about having to visit the vet, but we know they have our well-being at heart. With that in mind, we are dedicating our poem to our veterinarian—Dr. Kathy Neel, Vinton Veterinarian Hospital, Vinton, Virginia.

Visiting the Veterinarian

Veterinarians are a necessary evil,
But we despise the upheaval.
When we see the PTU, we run;
Going to the vet isn’t really fun.
But we don’t want to grouse,
As our vet comes to the house.
Unless we need special care,
Which thankfully is very rare.
Fiona had to go almost every week
To see if treatment should be tweaked.
She didn’t enjoy those countless trips,
But a complaint never passed her lips.
The rest of us tend to meyowl a lot.
Good travelers we definitely are not.
But we always behave for Dr. Neel;
Though, being at the vet isn’t ideal.
If you have to go, try your nerves to quell,
As our vets are there to keep us healthy and well.

© Kitties Blue 11/08/2017

Fiona visits the veterinarian.

Fiona gets weighed by Tech Tameka on a visit to Dr. Neel.


Veterinarian Dr. Neel visits the house for the kitties yearly check-up.

Dr Neel, Tameka and Mom weighing Astrid at home.


If you would like to read Sammy’s poem, which he sends each week from the Rainbow Bridge, click on his badge. You also will find links to other poems in the comments.

Thankful Thursday

We also join Brian’s blog hop each week and tell you for what we are thankful. That’s a no-brainer for us this week. We are grateful that none of us have needed to visit Dr. Neel. We know some of our friends have not been that lucky. We send purrs, prayers and POTP to all of them.

To visit Brian’s blog and join the hop, click on his badge.


Purrs and Paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy


Thoroughly Poetic Thursday


Giulietta Remembers Fiona.



I miss you each day.
Until we meet in heaven,
The pain will remain.

© Giulietta Blue 11/01/17

Eleven months ago, I lost my sisfur, Fiona. I still miss her as do Mom and Dad. She was beautiful and special, so I decided to remember her today with this little haiku. I don’t think I need more words to describe exactly how I feel.

The prompt letter this week for our poem was, “U.” That’s one tough letter with few good words from which to select. Because of that, I selected one of the prompt words. The words for this week are: 1) Ugly, 2) Under, 3) Uncle and 4) Until.

We are joining Teddy and Angel Sammy’s Thoroughly Poetic Thursday. To read Sammy’s poem, which he transmits from the Bridge each week, and find links to other poems, click on the badge below.

Thankful Thursday

As we also do each Thursday, I am joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday blog hop. I am thankful everyday that I had six years with my sisfur. We all have wonderful memories of her. To join the blog hop, click on Brian’s badge below.


Total Cat Mojo Giveaway

If you missed our Monday post, Mom reviewed the new Jackson Galaxy book, Total Cat Mojo. She says that this is the reference manual all cat guardians or anyone considering adopting a kitty needs at their fingertips. Galaxy addresses every cat behavioral problem he has ever encountered or been questioned about.

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Purrs and paw-pats, Giulietta