Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Woof Woof Wednesday with the Letters K and L

I think our technical difficulties we've been discussing as of late are coming to an end. I believe I have the WiFi and scanner issues sorted out as of this morning. At least, I hope that's the case. Fingers and paws crossed. Maybe I should rub pup Astrid's nose for good luck?

Wait, no, Astrid says phooey to that idea.

And now that we have a functioning scanner again, how about we share our A to Z Challenge doodles for both yesterday and today?

For anyone who hasn't heard us say this yet, our A to Z theme is Halfoween, because April is halfway to Halloween. Sound weird? Yes? I don't disagree, but I still dig it, so I'm going to keep going with it.

Anyway. Thanks to a malfunctioning scanner, we couldn't share our doodle for the letter K yesterday. So, let's share it first today. What does K stand for? I went with knife, and I did so honestly because it reminded me of the classic, knife-wielding Halloween character Michael Myers.


Not only did Rosie have to see that weird scene on the TV during this month of April, but she had to witness something even weirder for today's letter L. I decided to have L stand for Lovecraft. As in H.P. Lovecraft, one of the original, master writers of horror. Lovecraft was largely famous for creating Cthulhu, an octopus-like creature known by many horror fans. Rosie hung back a bit for this one, because who wants to get close to this?


Rosie has no interest in being a friend of Lovecraft's Cthulhu. What do you all think? Does Cthulhu look friendly crawling out of that book there?

Happy Wednesday, friends!


***

Tip of the Day

One of our doodles today involves a knife, as you might have noticed. We would give a tip today on keeping knives out of your furbaby's reach, but we've already discussed that topic multiple times, and you all surely already know the importance of that. So, how about we discuss a different sharp object?

Let's talk about needles. Throughout the life of some furbabies, they may require at-home treatments that involve needles. This might mean they're subcutaneously receiving insulin for diabetes, receiving fluids for kidney or other similar diseases, or they even might be receiving vitamins or other similar medications by way of needle. If you do find yourself with used needles at your home as a result of your kitty or pup's care, don't just throw them in the trash. According to the CDC, each year roughly 600,000 people are injured by needles not properly disposed of. And that's just one example as to why disposing of needles with typical trash can be a dangerous thing. When it comes to those needles, it is best they be disposed of in a more proper way. You can discuss with your veterinarian possible options for sharps disposal, as it's often called. Some veterinarians will even allow you to bring the used needles back to their facility and will dispose of them for you. There are also certain pharmacies that might be able to assist you with the disposal of needles. If your veterinary office does not take used needles for disposal, simply familiarize yourself with your community's guidelines and find a pharmacy or other similar business in your area where needle disposal is accommodated. This is for the safety of other people, animals, and even the environment.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

A Disgruntled Tonks Tuesday


Does Tonks look a tad bit disgruntled here? Yes? That's because she is. I kind of am, too.

Last week I mentioned having some technical difficulties. My WiFi was acting like it didn't know what the 21st century was, and then by the end of the week my scanner was also having trouble working. I indicated that over the weekend I planned on sorting all of that out, and let's just say I didn't fully succeed at that. The WiFi is actually mostly improved now. Mostly. But as for the scanner, which I use to scan and thereby share my art, it's still acting up. Mind you, this scanner is a relatively cheap one that I bought nearly 10 years ago. It's had its fair share of issues over the years, and I'm honestly surprised it's even lasted this long.

Anyway. I've been messing with the scanner for days and thought it was back to its weird but functioning self. As of last night, though, it is definitely not back to its functioning self. I was hoping a good night sleep might sort it out, but it's still not working this morning, so that hope is dashed. Even worse, I didn't get today's A to Z Challenge doodle scanned before I realized that the scanner is really just not okay. After much frustration with the scanner, which was futile and led me nowhere, I'm just going to have to share a different doodle today. Whether my far more tech savvy sister can fix my scanner or whether I go out and buy a new one today, our A to Z Challenge doodles will resume tomorrow, when I'll share the doodles for both today's and tomorrow's respective letters.

Since we always share a doodle of some sort, today's unintended flashback doodle stars angel Rosie and a computer. It seemed fitting, given our technical difficulties.


This doodle is actually from the 2019 A to Z Challenge. It looks nothing like the one that's supposed to be shared today, but you'll see that for yourself tomorrow.

Happy Tuesday!



***
Trivia of the Day

Many cats love computers. They love laptops. They love lying our your keyboard when you're trying to use it. Is this the case for you and your kitty? If so, can you guess why your cat is so keen on snoozing on your laptop? There are two very possible reasons, and you can probably guess at least one or both of them. One reason is that computers can get warm when powered up and running, and cats love warmth, so in their minds this warm computer is a great place to snooze. Another very possible reason that cats steal laptops from humans is to get attention. If the computer has your attention and your cat wants your attention instead, then kitty simply must get between you and the computer. A cat's gotta do what a cat's gotta do!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Mancat Monday and the Letter J

It's Mancat Monday, and Evan is spending it basking in the sun.


As a ginger, Evan is also glad that today's doodle for the April A to Z Challenge involves his favorite color of orange. After all, for our alphabetic theme of halfway to Halloween, or Halfoween, we decided that today's letter J stands for jack-o'-lantern.


For the letter C we shared a cat-o'-lantern or two, and so for the letter J we thought we'd go the more classic route with jack-o'-lantern. Because there's nothing weird about that in April, obviously.


Wishing you all a magnificent Monday!



***
Trivia of the Day

Did you know that cats and dogs get little to no vitamin D from the sun? While humans can synthesize vitamin D as a result of exposure to sunlight, cats' and dogs' bodies do not work this way. Rather, our kitties and pups must get vitamin D from their diet. This is just one of the reasons why it's important to feed your furbaby a diet formulated specifically for their species.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

A Silly Sunday Selfie with a Rhyme on the Side

Today's selfie is sort of a blooper, but it's also sort of adorable, so we thought you all might enjoy it regardless.


I asked Tonks to snap a selfie when she was in the middle of a bath. She agreed and struck a pose, but she failed to get her tongue fully back in her mouth. I don't mind that one bit, though, because I think Tonks and her tongue are an adorable pair. What do you all think?




***

As we've mentioned, while we participate in the A to Z Challenge during April, we'll be sharing our Thoroughly Poetic Thursday Challenge poems on Sundays. This is because Sunday is the day each week that the alphabetical challenge is a on a small hiatus, making it a bit less busy. So, let's get poetic.


Our poetic host Angel Sammy always shares a photo prompt to help guide us. This time around, the prompt was this fun little image here.


I usually create a new doodle to illustrate my weekly poem. Since I'm scribbling up 26 other doodles this month for the A to Z Challenge, though, I've decided to instead find an older doodle to at least sort of go with the photo prompt and to also use it as guidance. For today's poetic illustration, I'm using a flashback doodle from the 2019 A to Z Challenge, and it of course stars my calico angel Rosie.


I stuck with the our host's kitchen theme with my chosen flashback doodle, and then I wrote a poem about what kitchens are really about. This poem is also wildly shorter than my usual rhymes, which typically go on for ages.

The Aftermath

Rosie loved to cook and bake.
Friends and family enjoyed everything she did make.
One day, Rosie decided out to prepare a feast for everyone in her life,
Preparing everything from spaghetti to five kinds of pie.

Finally, in her quaint little kitchen Rosie set out all the many foods,
Inviting everyone and anyone so as not to be rude.
Rosie's house was soon filled with laughter and smiles.
It was the best party anyone had attended in a long, long while.

When the sun set and everyone bid farewell and went home,
Rosie walked into her kitchen, content though she was now alone.
But then she looked at the sink and said, "Oh bother."
Then she set to washing the mountain of dishes created by all of that fodder.


***

Tip of the Day

Today we're giving a tip we've mentioned before, but it heavily relates to today's poem and doodle, and so we'll mention it again. And this tip is to be aware of the dangers dirty dishes might pose. We all know there are foods and other items in the kitchen that can be dangerous to our kitties and pups, but those aren't just dangerous when freshly cooked and being placed on the table for a meal. After the meal, dirty dishes could have leftovers on them that could pose risks. If you have a kitty or pup who is especially curious or adventurous, don't leave dishes with dangerous leftovers on the counter or in the sink. And if potentially dangerous dirty dishes are in the dishwasher, make sure the door is securely closed. In addition to potentially toxic leftovers remaining on plates and the like, also be cognizant of risky utensils such as knives that were used for a meal, and be sure to not leave them sitting dangerously on the counter or in the sink. If potentially toxic scraps are put into the garbage, also make sure your kitty or pup cannot reach them there. All in all, even after a meal has been eaten and all that remains are dirty dishes and scraps, make sure any dangerous component are left well out of your furbaby's reach.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Caturday Art with the Letter I

Today for the April A to Z Challenge we have the letter I. For anyone who hasn't heard us repeat this every single day this month, our A to Z theme relates to the fact that April is halfway to Halloween, or Halfoween, and so we're sharing spooky springtime doodles. In this realm of things, what does I stand for? We went witchy for this one, and Rosie found herself with a book or two of incantations.


We hope your Caturday isn't as creepy as Rosie's!





***
Trivia of the Day

Some historical lore would indicate that witches could have animal familiars of various sorts, including cats, dogs, toads, and mice. If such a variety of animals could be considered a witch's familiar, then what made cats such a popularly depicted choice? Some sources state that this simply relates to the fact that cats are seen as nocturnal and independent, which people most readily associated with the supposed evil nature of witches and their familiars. Despite this association, us cat lovers know that our feline friends are not evil, no matter how nocturnal or independent they are.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Friendly Fill-Ins and the Letter H

Hello, friends. I apologize yet again for yet another late post. I especially regret it since it's the day of the Friendly Fill-Ins. Yesterday the scanner I use for my drawings decided to start acting up alongside my WiFi, so that turned into another battle of me versus technology both last night and this morning. Now that it's the weekend, I'll finally have some extra time to get these issues all sorted out, so that next week I'll be back to whatever my normal level of functioning might be.

I hate to be posting so late for the Friendly Fill-Ins, but luckily my co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing always has her post up well ahead of time, so you all were able to trust in her as usual. That being said, shall we get right on to the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge now, finally? Ellen came up with the first two statements, and I came up with the second two.


1. I don't like to _________, but I have to.

2. I _________ like a _________.

3. I secretly _________.

4. _________ wears me out.


My answers are below in bold. This week they're all about the furbabies, because nothing is better than that.

1. I don't like to take my kitties to the vet, but I have to.
(Though pup Astrid doesn't mind leaving the house and going for car rides, not a single one of my cats enjoys these things. All of my cats are terrified when in a carrier and when in the car, and they're equally terrified when strangers in strange places start poking and prodding them. It breaks my heart seeing them so scared. That being said, I do know and agree that vet visits are a necessary evil when it comes to being a pet parent. I even take Evan in every 6 weeks now for a small bit of grooming. This is because his urinary incontinence is best managed if he is good and trimmed up back there, which makes him only kind of look like a baboon. Since Evan definitely doesn't like when I try to spruce him up back there, he gets to go to the vet for that every 6 weeks. Sorry, Evan, but it's for your own good.)

2. I treat each of my furbabies like a member of the family.
(I have a feeling this goes for all of you animal loving friends of ours out there.)

3. I secretly steal my cats' toys.
(Sometimes my kitties will get a certain toy in a variety toy pack or in a box of goodies, and if it's an especially cute one, I'll steal it for my own collection of tchotchkes. I mostly only steal the ones that look like cute cats, or that relate to my favorite holidays of Halloween and Christmas, so I'm only slightly a monster.)

4. Eddy's midnight madness wears me out.
(Eddy is nocturnal. Wildly nocturnal. As in, she often quite literally bounces off the walls once the sun goes down. I try to beg her to sleep, so that I in turn can sleep, but she thinks that suggestions is absolutely absurd. It's okay, though, because Eddy is adorable and I love her and I obviously can't get mad at her.)


Now it's your turn!
To add your link to the Friendly Fill-Ins Linky list, just click HERE!
You can also click on the badge below to add your link.


You are also welcome to complete the fill-ins in the comments below,
or in the comments on Ellen's blog, 15andmeowing.



***

And now it's time for another installment of the April A to Z Challenge.


Today's letter is H, and it's one of the letters I've been most looking forward to for our theme of halfway to Halloween, or Halfoween. That's because our H is for haunted house, and I simply enjoy the imagery of spooky little homes. And so, I made poor angel Rosie visit a haunted house this spring.




***

It's Friday, so who's ready for your Eddy fix? Today you get to see this active girl in the midst of a half-second break during a wild time on her cat tree.


Just look at that open window! Isn't window whiffies season the best?

Happy Friday to all!



***

We couldn't leave without wishing Marg a most wonderful birthday! Have a happy and blessed birthday, Marg!


To join Marg's birthday blog hop, click here.



***
Tip of the Day

Today's tip relates to the haunted house in our doodle, or at least sort of. This tip is to keep your kitty or pup's safety in mind if you happen to be buying or visiting an old or dilapidated home, such as a fixer-upper. More relatable, though, is a situation in which your home is simply undergoing any form of construction. Living in or visiting a home under construction could indeed affect your furbaby and their safety. In such a situation, make sure there are no nails, broken glass, or anything dangerous that might be scattered about, as such things can of course injure an animal.

One example from our own personal experience is the recent work we had done on our roof. Aside from giving your furbaby a safe place to hide should all the noise bother them, there are many other considerations to make. Inevitably, debris of various sorts might end up on the ground when any work is being done on or in a house. Our own roofers did a wonderful job picking up after themselves, and so pup Astrid, our neighbor's oft visiting cat, and other animals who have visited our yard have safely made their way through without any injury. Also be cautious, though, if any other home in your neighborhood is being worked on, especially when it comes to animals who go on walks or otherwise leave your property. As another related example, our neighbors had their roof done last year, and after the roofers left I found and picked up quite a few of their abandoned nails in our own yard. So, whether it be an old or dilapidated house or a house under construction in any way, be aware of the dangers that various debris might pose to your kitties and pups. Always make sure the area is truly safe for your furbaby and their paws, both during and after any work on your home or a nearby home is being done.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Thankful Thimble Thursday and the Letter G

First, I apologize again if some of our posts this week are going up late. I'm still fighting some battles with my WiFi at home, so much so that I sometimes have to wait until I get to work in the morning to publish our posts using the WiFi there. Technology and I are currently at odds, but that's nothing new. Anyway, now we'll finally get to today's post.

As always, we're happy to participate in Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.


Thimble yet again has some gratitude to share, and this week she's grateful for her adorable toesies.


Thimble and this here mom of hers are also very thankful for our favorite store Target, and for when our goods from there actually arrive in one piece despite the box looking like it got drop-kicked by an ogre. That there box Thimble is sitting on was falling apart when it arrived, yet it was actually one of the better looking ones we've received lately.

What else are we thankful for? The fun April A to Z Challenge!


With our spooky springtime theme of halfway to Halloween, or Halfoween, what did we do with the letter G? We brought in some ghosts, of course!


I couldn't convince poor angel Rosie that these are friendly ghosts, so she's just going to hang out back there in that bush, well away from the weird specters.



***

Now, let's share the fill-ins statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, shall we? My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I don't like to _________, but I have to.

2. I _________ like a _________.

3. I secretly _________.

4. _________ wears me out.




We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



***

P.S. As we mentioned last week, while we participate in the A to Z Challenge during the month of April, our usual poems for Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge will be posted on Sundays. 



***
Trivia of the Day

Did you know that Stephen King's novel Pet Sematary was based on actual events in his life? Prior to writing that novel, King, his wife, and their children had moved to a new home on a busy road. Unfortunately, many local pets lost their lives on that busy road, and so a pet cemetery had been set up in a nearby wooded area. The cat of King's daughter sadly passed away after being hit on that road, and they buried the cat in the nearby pet cemetery. Though it's a very sad course of events, this time in Stephen King's life was nevertheless one of the main inspirations for his novel Pet Sematary.