Friday, July 21, 2017

It's finally Friday!

This week has been a scorcher. Going outside usually resulted in some semblance of melting into a puddle. Nevertheless, we have made it to Friday! The weekend is going to be just as hot here in our corner of the world, so we'll be spending it chilling inside.

Now, since it's Friday, guess what's going on? The Friendly Fill-Ins, of course, hosted by none other than 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader!

Here are the fill-ins our fantastic hosts cleverly created for us this week:

1. My favorite thing on my daily to-do list is _________.
2. My least favorite thing on my daily to-do list is _________.
3. I could really do without _________.
4. I would love to have more _________.

And here are my best attempts at them:

1. My favorite thing on my daily to-do list is my morning workout.
(This answer could really change depending on the day and my mood. But, today, this is my answer. I'm an early riser, and though this may sound less than enjoyable to some, I really enjoy starting my day with a workout. Not only does it wake me up, but I have found a routine that I actually enjoy. I do combat fitness, and there's something really fun about that. Well, at least to me there is. Fear not, though, before I work out I always feed the kitties. And, of course, I always get help during my workout from those full-bellied kitties. They're ridiculously cute, though, so I don't mind.)

2. My least favorite thing on my daily to-do list is heading out to work.
(I don't like to complain about work. After all, #adulting typically involves heading out to earn a paycheck, and I'm grateful for my job. But, being more introverted and a dedicated homebody, I admittedly prefer being home with my cats and pup. So, I'd be lying if I denied that I'd rather not have to head out to work every day. It's not that I dislike what I do, and my workplace is actually pretty relaxed and lenient and so it's really not a terrible place to work. But, if working from home ever becomes an option for me, I'll probably jump all over that.)

3. I could really do without this heat and humidity.
(These days, when I step outside, I feel like I'm constantly on the verge of melting. I'm more of an autumn kind of girl, and I am very much looking forward to September and October.)

4. I would love to have more patience.
(In some regards, such as when it comes to things about which I am passionate or intrigued, I think I am a fairly patient person. In other regards, though, I could really use more of this wondrous stuff. I think I lack most of my patience when it comes to learning new skills that don't really interest me, such as skills involving anything too high tech for the Luddite that I am. For example, I got my first ever smart phone not too long ago, and even figuring out new apps on it really tries my patience. In other words, I usually just hand it over to my sister so that she can figure it out for me. I would love to be self-disciplined enough to be patient in any situation, but I am definitely a work-in-progress in this regard.)

So, now, all this week the furbabies here have been showing off their love for their new Fish TV. The only one who hasn't shown off her fishy fondness is Eddy.

This girl can multitask, enjoying Fish TV and Squirrel TV all at the same time. What's more, did you know that a fish tank can make for a great spot to relax?

So cozy.

We hope all of our furiends out there have a fantastic Friday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Never forget that, just as with a human child, raising and training dogs or cats takes patience. No person, no animal, can learn tricks or learn what is right and what is wrong without a bit of trial and error, so never lose your patience if your furbaby has moments of slow progress or slip-ups. Teach tricks in short sessions, so that neither of you get tired or frustrated. And during those sessions, use training tools such as treats and toys, which can help keep your furbaby focused and positively rewarded. If you do find yourself growing frustrated, do not take it out on your pup or kitty, but instead take a break, for both your sake and theirs. After all, our furbabies can sense when we are uptight, and that could perhaps even hinder their progress. Rome wasn't built in a day, as they say, and neither can we or our furbabies. Patience is a virtue, and of course that even goes for raising and training a furbaby!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Look at us, making our way through the week, already to Thursday. Even better, it's time for the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, hosted by Angel Sammy and Teddy.

Though I am the farthest thing from a poet, I am enjoying this challenge a great deal. I have never been one with a passion or ability for working in rhymes, but I am finding myself eager to write my poem each week.

That being said, has anyone noticed the scheme in the poems we've been sharing here on our blog? Some of you may have already realized that each one is about a special little worker. Did you notice the names, though? Coming up with names sure can be tough. So guess what? I've been using names of some of our fellow furry bloggers. So far we have gotten to know Annie the Astronaut, Bubba the Baker, Calista the Carpenter, Dougie the Dentist, and Ernie the Entomologist.

This week, there is someone else paying us a visit. A special someone. And that is...

Fiona the Ferrier

Fiona the Ferrier is one-of-a-kind.
She is a dear friend with a beautiful mind.
On her ferry she is ever on the go.
She will take you here and there, to and fro.
And not even one cent of fare does she charge,
For her heart is kind and ever so large.

So where would you like to go today?
There is no land Fiona deems too far away.
And you certainly need not have any fear,
For Fiona’s voyages bring nothing but cheer.
Fiona the Ferrier can calm even the fiercest of seas,
And her passengers sail wherever they please.

Do you wish to visit lands with grass ever so green?
Or meadows with wildflowers brighter than you’ve ever seen?
Fiona the Ferrier can even offer a suggestion or two.
She can tell you where the sky is bluer than blue.
She can show you a place shining with every hue.
It is a place where the most beautiful of gardens grow,
And where every day the sky is lit with a rainbow.

So all aboard and away we go,
To this land of the beautiful rainbow.
Fiona the Ferrier can show you the way,
And you can stay as long as you like, even if only for a day.
Whenever you are ready, just give Fiona a ring.
After all, Fiona the Ferrier will kindly take you under her wing.

I'm sure many of you already know dear Fiona.

To be honest, it was Fiona's mom Janet who really got me interested in joining this poetry challenge. I first learned of this challenge on the blog of her and her kitty crew, over at The Cat on My Head. Though poetry was never before something on my radar, her beautiful pieces always pulled me in. So, now I'm giving it a go myself.

Seeing Fiona with her rainbow, Thimble knew exactly what kind of shot she wanted to share for her part of this post. Just like the other kitties here, Thimble loves our new fish aquarium. One of her favorite things about it is how sometimes the sun shines in and makes fun little illusions on the glass. You know, like giving it pretty rainbows.

For Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, Thimble is indeed grateful for Fish TV, and pretty rainbows.

All of us here are also thankful for all of our friends, human and furry, both those still here with us and those having a grand ole time over at the Rainbow Bridge.

Purrs, barks, and happy Friday to all!

Our Tip of the Day:
No one likes to think of the day they'll have to say goodbye to their furbaby. That being said, as we've mentioned before, do your best to collect wonderful memories and memorabilia during your furbabies life with you here on this earth. Whether it be saving some of their fur and whiskers or taking plenty of pictures and video, try to gather memories while living in the now. Another great idea is to make clay paws or something similar from your furbaby while they're young. Earlier this year, our fellow bloggers over at Cats Herd You shared this fantastic post about making homemade paw prints. If that's something that interests you, do be sure to check it out! So, live each day with your furbaby with lots of love, and gather those memories each and every day.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

The kitties around here have been enjoying our new fish aquarium. Now, what does pup Astrid think about it?

Eh. Squirrel TV is way better than Fish TV, if you ask her. She'll let the kitties have the tank, so long as they leave the window for her.

Astrid and all of us here wish you a wonderful Wednesday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Did you know that there is flotation gear for dogs intended to help keep them safe when in or around water? For example, there are flotation vests for dogs available on the market. And if it's a pool you have, there are even floaties made especially for those pups in your life. Of course, kitties could use them as well, if you ever find yourself with one who enjoys a little pool time. All of this being said, if you know you and your dog (or kitty) will be spending time near water, don't forget to consider their safety. Just as with humans, all animals will have different experiences, skills, and preferences when it comes to being exposed to water or swimming. Some furbabies love it, some don't, and some might need a little extra protection to ensure their safety. If in doubt, either keep your furbaby away from water, or be sure that they are equipped with a flotation device.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Toby Tuesday

Yesterday, Evan showed off his love for Fish TV. Today, our housemate Toby wanted to do the same.

Thimble insisted that Toby share his front row seat.

In case you were wondering, Toby's favorite method for getting another kitty out of his way is employing the sniff-the-tooshie-and-hope-they'll-skedaddle maneuver. That is, indeed, what he is doing to Thimble in that there picture up there. She is a pro at ignoring him.

We sure do love Fish TV around here!

And do you know what else Toby loves?

The Jackson Galaxy Space Station that we won from our furiends the Kitties Blue over at The Cat on My Head! Toby's mom, this human's sister, came home the other day and found Toby chillaxing in the Space Station. She snapped these shots and shared them with me.

This toy is a huge hit at our house. Toby loves to snooze in it like this, as well as use the scratcher that is inside and that apparently makes for a great mattress. My girls Thimble and Eddy love love love to slap that sunny yellow ball around the track. All the time. Day and night. Eddy even figured out how to remove the ball from the track so that she could chase it around the house. I have since figured out how to keep the ball inside the track, and Eddy's okay with this, as she loves to sit beside the Space Station and get the ball going just like that.

This here human is a pretty pathetic photographer and has yet to succeed at getting shots of her own happy kitties enjoying their new toy. Between forgetting to charge the camera batteries and having no clue how to snap a decent action shot, this silly human really needs to get her act together. While I work on that, you can at least enjoy these shots that Toby's mom snapped of him.

This one is for the Toesies part of this Tuesday!

It looks like maybe Toby would like some privacy. As you wish, Toby.

Happy Tuesday, everybuddy!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
We know we've given this tip before, but since it is something that we happily employ at our home, we thought we'd share it again. And that tip is, if possible, to ensure that your kitty has some interactive toys to keep them busy and happy. More importantly, try to ensure that plenty of these toys are ones that won't be lost beneath furniture, such as by choosing ones that are stationary or large. Such interactive toys can really help to combat boredom in our felines. There are a plethora of enticing interactive toy options, including track ball toys, motor toys (such as mice that run on a small motor), and wand toys, including those that can be suctioned to windows so as to remove the necessity of human hands. There are also plenty of cat trees, cubes, and tunnels that come with attached interactive toys, to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. So, especially if you have an active kitty who might tend to get bored, try to ensure that they have some interactive toys that they can rely on to keep their bodies and minds happy and healthy.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Mancat Monday

Remember when, not too long ago, we mentioned how we got a new fish aquarium? Well, Evan is here on this Mancat Monday to show you how much he enjoys him some Fish TV.

Using a footstool, the arm of the couch, and his beloved cat tree, hind limb paralyzed Evan frequently makes his way up to the aquarium for some fishy entertainment.

It's like a 3-D movie. It's so real, you can almost touch it.

Front row seats sure are the best.

Whether it's Bird TV, Squirrel TV, Fish TV, or another program you're watching, we sure hope you enjoy some entertainment today! Happy Monday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Despite stereotypical images and commercial cat foods, keep in mind that feeding too much fish to your cat could be potentially harmful. While small tastes of fish can be okay every once in a while, be aware that it is possible for a kitty to be negatively affected by fish. For example, it is possible for your cat to obtain too many fatty acids from eating too much fish, which can then affect their balance of vitamins and other essential nutrients. Another concern is also mercury, which is potentially found in higher concentrations in fish such as tuna. Also keep in mind that, especially if not handled or prepared correctly, some fish could potentially contain parasites, such as tapeworm. So, while small amounts of safe forms of fish can be a tasty treat for your kitty, it is often not advised to feed fish in large amounts. Of course, when in doubt, do talk to your veterinarian about a proper diet for your kitty.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Desk Work

Hi, furiends! I, Thimble, get to post all by myself today. What's especially great is that means I get to be in charge of our post for the Sunday Selfies blog hop, which is of course hosted by our Kitties Blue furiends over at The Cat on My Head.

So, guess what? I snapped a lovely selfie.

Guess what else? I snapped another lovely selfie.

Don't I have the cutest little nose? My mom says I do.

Anyway, cute nose aside, can you guess what I was doing when I snapped those selfies? Can you? Well, I was helping my mom with a bit of desk work, of course!

Mom got our her sketchbook, so obviously that meant she needed my help. It's hard work, keeping an eye on Mom and making sure that I help with whatever desk work she has going on that day. If she brings out any books, or those bills and that checkbook (which always means there will be a pen involved to slap around!), or that fun trampoline computer, and especially if she's in my library, I simply can't let her work unattended. Can you imagine? If I let my mom do all that by herself? MOL! What a silly thought.

Anyway, I hope you liked my selfies! I know I'll like all of yours!


P.S. Since I was helping Mom work in her sketchbook anyway, I told her she had to draw this while she was at it:

It's certainly not as good as the real deal, as Thimble in the fur, but it's okay. My mom does her best.

Purrs again,

Our Tip of the Day:
How about a common sense tip today? We're sure all of you smart pals of ours already know this, but always be sure to take your kitty's or pup's habits and preferences into play when deciding what you pull up on that computer screen when they're nearby. And what do we mean by that? Well, are you about to sit down on the couch where your furbaby always enjoys attention and lap time? Then perhaps don't use that time to open your laptop to your banking account or start browsing to make purchases online, so that no paws will accidentally use that keyboard against you. Though it is of course possible to train our kitties and pups to stay off of computers and other such devices, sometimes their enthusiasm to see or snuggle you outweighs the training. So, if you're planning to do some online banking or shopping, perhaps have a specific space in the house designated to such tasks, a space your furbaby cannot reach. Or, use a smaller or more mobile device that your furbaby is less likely to step on or otherwise bother. Sometimes our furbabies just can't help but demand some attention or some cozy laptime, no matter what your laptop is open to. So, take this into consideration and always plan accordingly in order to keep those paws from transferring funds or purchasing an ugly sweater.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Shoot for the moon.

It's that terrific time of the week. It's the weekend, which means some fantastic blog hops. To kick things off, we have Athena's always fun Caturday Art blog hop.

I don't know why certain moods strike me sometimes, but lately I've still been in the mood to use some of my favorite inspirational sayings in my doodles. And so that's what happened for today's piece.

I think I've used this saying in a doodle before, but I can't remember for sure (and I'm also too lazy to go look through my past doodles to verify). Anyway, "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." is one of my favorite sentiments. Evan said he wanted to help illustrate it, and so he gets to be a moony mancat today.

Happy Caturday, everybuddy! And don't forget to shoot for the moon!

Our Tip of the Day:
Have you heard of how you can name stars after people? You can do this as a special gift to someone, or in memory of a lost loved one. What's more, if it is something that interests you, you can also name a star after a furbaby. So, if you are looking for something a bit different or special to do in honor of a beloved kitty or pup, living or passed, you could consider naming a star after them. If you do this, do try to avoid scammers, of course, and to find a source that is reputable.