Monday, October 15, 2018

Mancat Monday

Are you ready for some mancat on this Monday?


Aren't those such magnificent whiskers on mancat Evan? His momma sure thinks so.


Are any of our friends showing off their whiskers today, too? We bet you all have whiskers just as stunning as Evan's!

Happy Monday, friends!



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Our Halloween Doodle of the Day:

Today, we have for you another Halloween bookmark that we doodled up.


And, just like with yesterday's bookmark, we added to this one a little saying to make it a tad bit more festive. That resulted in this:




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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's tip is an extension of yesterday's tip, when we reminded you to only put Halloween costumes on furbabies who tolerate or enjoy it. Now we're here to mention the importance of choosing safe and secure costumes for those kitties and pups who do enjoy wearing them. There are a number of considerations to make in order to ensure that a Halloween costume, or other item of clothing, is safe for your furbaby. For example, you of course have to make sure that there are no embellishments or other decorations on the costume that could be chewed off and ingested, as this could indeed be dangerous. You also want to make sure that no strings or other similar parts and pieces could lead to a furbaby getting tangled in the costume. What's more, make sure the costume is the correct size and fit. A costume with too small of a neck hole or with too small of leg holes could be not only uncomfortable, but also dangerous for circulation. Dressing up our furbabies can indeed help you and them get into the Halloween spirit, but it is more so important to ensure their comfort and safety.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday Selfies

When most of the furbabies in the house are unwilling to snap a selfie, Thimble always steps up to the plate. Well, today she stepped up to the window, but same difference. Thimble's selfies are all about her adorable profile.



Thimble's side shots are of course our contribution to the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Kitties Blue of The Cat on My Head.


Have a super Sunday, friends!



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Our Doodle of the Day:

I'm participating in a craft fair this weekend that is largely focused on Halloween and Christmas goodies. I could die happy in a room full of crafts dedicated to my two favorite holidays. What's more, the nice lady at the booth neighboring mine loves animals, and she creates jewelry featuring all sorts of cats. Needless to say, I raided her booth.

Anyway, over the next couple of days, I'll share some of the Halloween bookmarks I created for this craft fair. The first bookmark I created looks like this in its raw form:


Then, for the fun of it, I added a bit of a Halloween pun I saw online. It goes a little like this:


I'm not sure if that's too small to easily read or not. In case you can't tell, it says, "Carve out time to read." The other bookmarks I created will also come with silly little puns I found online. You'll get to see just how corny they are over the next few days.



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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's tip is about none other than costumes. As you might see upon visiting a pet store this time of year, Halloween costumes are sometimes just as popular for kitties and pups as they are for children of the human sort. That being said, though, it is best to only put and keep a costume on a furbaby who tolerates and enjoys it. Some cats and dogs simply do not like wearing costumes or other clothing items, and those such furbabies should not be forced to wear a costume for Halloween, or any time of the year. If you do try a costume on your kitty or pup, watch for signs of stress, such as trying to remove the costume or restlessness. If you do notice any signs that your furbaby is not enjoying a costume you've chosen for them, remove it and simply let them don their birthday suit this Halloween.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Caturday in the Graveyard

I feel kind of weird sharing a Halloween doodle today, after watching snow fly through the air the entirety of yesterday afternoon. We went from summer to winter in 24 hours. I see how it goes, Mother Nature. You're just going to skip over autumn, are you? Well, that won't stop us from sharing our autumn and Halloween doodles, no it won't!


It's all about the black cats and cat-o'-lanterns in this haunted little doodle. Terrifying, huh? We hope we didn't scare you too much.

Of course, we're participating in Athena's Caturday Art Blog Hop!


We hope all of you friends of ours have a happy day!



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Our Tip of the Day:

We've made it to day 13 of our 31 Halloween tips. Today's tip is likely the last in our discussion on pumpkins, and it's also more than likely an obvious one. Nevertheless, we're here to remind you to take precautions and to keep your furbaby safe if you get festive by carving a jack-o'-lantern. Carving a pumpkin means pulling out knives or other sharp objects, which can of course be a danger to your kitty or pup. Do not leave any knives sitting where your furbaby might walk or jump, and certainly don't leave knives unattended. If need be, activities such as pumpkin carving can be, and perhaps should be, done in an area where your furbaby does not have access. This would allow for the prevention of any accidents. Also think about after you've carved the pumpkin, and do not leave the knives sitting dangerously in the sink or elsewhere. We've also already discussed safety around candles in jack-o'-lanterns, as flames are of course another danger. All in all, if you are carving pumpkins or partaking in other similar Halloween festivities, always be aware of your furbaby's proximity and safety.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins

Happy Friday! If you'd like to join us for the Friendly Fill-Ins, we'd be happy to have you! In case you missed them yesterday, we'll share the fill-ins statements again here. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I have _________ for _________.

2. _________ make me _________.

3. I'm surprised that _________.

4. To make a long story short, _________.


This is another week when all of my answers involve the furbabies!

1. I have a weakness for four-legged furballs.
(Go figure. Actually, though, the number of legs doesn't matter. I have weakness for anything furry and cute.)

2. Stories of animal abuse and neglect make me fume.
(I feel like I usually, for the most part, have a pretty good handle on my temper. When it comes to seeing or hearing news stories about those who abuse and neglect animals, though, I feel truly angry. My sister and I were talking about this the other day, and I admitted to her that if I ever come across someone abusing an animal, I would quite possibly end up in jail.)

3. I'm surprised that Thimble hasn't found her Christmas gift yet.
(Don't tell Thimble, but one of this little lady cat's Christmas gifts is a giant bag of her favorite green, leafy drug. Thimble, the resident catnip fiend, is known for sniffing the stuff out the second it enters the house. So I hid her gift as best as I could right off the bat. I must have done a pretty good job, because she hasn't found it...yet.)

4. To make a long story short, my best friends have fur.
(Again, go figure.)


Now it's your turn!
To add your link to the Friendly Fill-Ins Linky list, just click HERE!
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You are also welcome to complete the fill-ins in the comments below,
or in the comments on Ellen's blog, 15andmeowing.



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Friday is the day that we give you your Eddy fix. So, are you ready for Eddy?


Eddy and all of us here wish you a fun, fantastic, fabulous Friday!



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Our Halloween Doodle of the Day:




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Our Tip of the Day:

Can you believe we're still on the topic of pumpkins? We talked about the benefits of pumpkin, and even pumpkin seeds. All of that aside, though, always keep in mind the age and condition of any pumpkins to which your furbaby has access. This time of year, pumpkins are indeed often used as beautiful outdoor decorations or spooky jack-o'-lanterns. Pumpkins won't stay pretty forever, though, and we're sure you've all witnessed the ultimate demise of pumpkins. That being said, old pumpkins can indeed begin to rot, and if pumpkins in this state are consumed by your kitty or pup, issues such as gastrointestinal distress can occur.

In addition, also keep wildlife in mind with regard to this, as old, rotting food may not sit well for them, either. What's more, pumpkins that are left to sit outside and rot will sometimes ferment. If squirrels or other wildlife consume fermented pumpkins, they can potentially end up in a more or less drunken state. Therefore, be sure to compost or otherwise dispose of old pumpkins in a timely, safe, secure manner, for the safety of your furbabies and the wildlife.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

It's Thursday, which means we're ready to rhyme. Just like always, we're excited to be participating in Angel Sammy and Teddy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.


Each week, our hosts share a photo prompt to help guide us on our poetic endeavors. This week's image is this fun one here:



I think I mentioned this last week, but I've sort of made an extra challenge for myself. For the month of October, I am of course using the photo prompts as inspiration for my poems. In addition to this, though, I'm also trying to make all of my poems Halloween-esque. I can't help it. I love Halloween.

There isn't a whole lot more explaining to do than that. So, what happened when I used that pedaling photo prompt up there to attempt to scribble up a Halloween poem? This lengthy, strange thing here happened:


Broken Broomsticks and Bicycle Rides

Helga was a young witch.
Two days before Halloween, she found herself in a bit of a pinch.
You see, Helga was not all that good at flying.
Her skills with a broomstick were lacking, there was no denying.

On this particular occasion, she broke her broomstick clean in half.
She had flown right into a tree, and that was that.
She asked for advice from her cats, Poggins and Padge,
Who led her to the little shop called Broomsticks by the Batch.

About her situation, Helga now felt hope.
She entered the store and began to scope.
There was just one little problem, though.
There were no broomsticks in sight, no!

Shelves and shelves lined the shop's walls,
But they were empty and Helga wanted to bawl.
The shop owner then suddenly appeared,
Finding Helga nearly in tears.

"Where are all of the brooms?" Helga asked.
"Mine is broken and I need one for my Halloween tasks.
I have glowing pumpkins and fall flowers to deliver,
And I must fly to the grocer's for eye of newt and werewolf liver.
Oh, and I can't forget that I must dash to my lab to stir up some potions.
Please, I need a broom to get me back in motion!"

The shop owner laughed and put up his hand.
He begged, "Now, wait just one minute, if that you can stand.
You and every other witch in town needs a broom.
That's why off the shelves every single broom already did zoom!"

Helga cried, "There are no broomsticks left all?"
Now she was certain she was going to bawl.
But the shop owner said, "Hold on just one second.
There is one solution, that I do reckon."

The shop owner disappeared through the back door,
And he was gone for ten minutes and more.
Upon his return, he was wheeling a bicycle.
Helga did not deem this solution even a little bit passable.

Helga stepped back and shook her head,
And to the shop owner, this is what she said:
"If I ride a bike, I will fall and hit my head.
I do not want to end up amongst the dead!"

It was then that Helga added, looking the shop owner in the eye,
"I need something that will allow me to fly!"
The shop owner smiled and he then did reply,
"Trust me, this bike right here will soar in the sky."

The shop owner suggested she at least give it a try,
Insisting and insisting that this silly bicycle could fly.
Poggins and Padge even jumped into the bicycle's basket.
Clearly, Helga's cats did not fear ending up in a casket.

Finally, Helga threw her hands up and caved.
After all, no other solution was being raised.
Helga wheeled the bicycle outside,
Though she did not really want to go for a ride.

Helga asked, "So, how do I make this thing fly?"
"Get on and pedal!" was the shop owner's reply.
Helga was nothing if not skeptical.
She hoped this didn't turn into an embarrassing spectacle.

Helga had never before ridden a bike.
The thought of it sort of gave her a fright.
Poggins and Padge waited in the bike's basket, eyes excited and wide.
Helga told the cats, "This is surely going to be a bumpy ride."

Balancing on a bike was nothing like a broomstick,
And Helga did not like it even one little bit.
She could barely even sit on this thing.
How was she supposed to ride it as if it had wings?

The shop owner clapped his hands and said, "Pedal!"
In truth, Helga felt really quite unsettled.
"Take it for a test drive," the shop owner encouraged.
Helga's anxiety on the matter really began to flourish.

Nevertheless, Helga put her feet on the pedals.
If she survived, she would surely deserve a medal.
Struggling to balance, she pedaled with eyes shut tight.
But, believe it or not, the shop owner was right!

With the very first pedal, she hovered above the ground.
The air filled with Poggins and Padge's purring sounds.
Helga herself let out a cheer.
She now felt ready to set aside her fear.

With more pedaling, the bike and its passengers rose above the trees.
Riding this thing was really quite a breeze!
The faster Helga pedaled, the faster the bike flew.
Everything the shop owner said had been true.

Indeed, she took the bicycle for quite a test drive.
This thing made her feel ever so alive!
On the bike, she ran all of her Halloween errands.
She delivered glowing pumpkins made for scaring,
And she delivered flowers with fall colors quite daring.
Then she flew to the grocer's and thereafter to her lab,
And oodles of spare time she even then had.

When she returned to the shop with the bike in tow,
The shop owner asked, "So, how did it go?
Do you think the bike is a good fit?"
In response, Helga declared, "I'll take it!"




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Does anyone know what's up next? If you guessed Thimble, and of course Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, you're right!


Thimble wanted to show off her whiskers today.


More often than not, it's the whiskers on the cute little cheeks that get all of the attention. So, Thimble decided to change things up today. That's why you're getting a good look at those whiskers above her cute little eyes!


Thimble thinks that long, healthy, adorable whiskers are something for which to be very grateful. That's why she's entering this as her thankful for Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.


We're sure we sound like a broken record here, but of course we also have to say that we're so very thankful for all of you!



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As we do every Thursday, we're here now to share with you all the fill-in statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I have _________ for _________.

2. _________ make me _________.

3. I'm surprised that _________.

4. To make a long story short, _________.




We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Yesterday's Halloween tip was about the benefits of feeding pumpkin to your furbabies. Today's tip is related to this, but is about a part of the pumpkin that isn't as often discussed with regard to a furbaby's diet. We're talking about those pumpkin seeds. If fed in a manner that is safe, pumpkin seeds can have health benefits for our furbabies, just as they can for humans. For example, pumpkin seeds contain valuable nutrients, and they can have anti-inflammatory properties. It is also believed by some that pumpkin seeds have some deworming properties as well.

All of the above being said, if you decide to offer pumpkin seeds to your kitty or pup, of course do so safely. First, feed them only as an occasional treat or food topper. In addition, if the seeds are a potential choking hazard, you can cut them into small pieces. Also, of course, ensure that the pumpkin seeds are plain, and that they do not contain any added ingredients, such as onion, garlic, or even salt or sugar. We'll again also add that, should your furbaby have any health concerns, of course first discuss adding anything such as pumpkin seeds to your furbaby's diet with your veterinarian.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Woof Woof Wednesday

Sometimes, you're just chilling on a park bench, when something in the distance catches your attention.


Should you be alarmed? Is it safe to remain on the cozy bench?


Uh-oh. The sound you heard was a dog barking. What should you do? Skedaddle!

That's right. Pup Astrid thinks cats are cool, but that other dogs are just downright scary. Don't all of you kitty friends of ours out there agree?

Happy Wednesday, friends!



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Our Halloween Doodle of the Day:




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Our Tip of the Day:

We're on the 10th day of our 31 days of Halloween tips. Now, we simply couldn't go this entire Halloween month without mentioning none other than pumpkins! As most of you likely already know, pumpkin can make for a healthy treat for a kitty or pup. Plain, cooked pumpkin can be an excellent source of fiber. This can help to keep the bowels regular, and so could be something to keep in mind for those furbabies with irregular bowel movements. Pumpkin and the fiber it provides can also help move hairballs more easily through those kitty intestinal tracts. Fiber, such as that from pumpkin, can also help a kitty or pup feel full for longer, which means that it can also potentially aid in weight loss. All of these benefits are also on top of the fact that pumpkin is also high in a variety of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamin A and vitamin C.

That all being said, do of course ensure that you only feed your furbaby cooked pumpkin of the plain variety. You can feed your furbaby pumpkin puree from a can, of course ensuring that it contains no spices or other added ingredients. You can also cook up your own pumpkin and feed it to your kitty or pup as a treat. What's more, these days, there are many types of dry and moist foods, as well as treats, that contain pumpkin as an ingredient. These such foods might assist certain furbabies with bowel regularity or weight loss. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your furbaby's diet and digestion, discuss options such as pumpkin with your veterinarian.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Orange Tabby Tuesday

Evan took a bit of a vacation yesterday and let housemate Toby take care of the Mancat Monday post. But, Evan is back to work today and has some orange tabby to show you on this Tuesday!


Well, I guess Evan's back in a physical sense. He's a bit too sleepy for anything more than that, though.


No matter, though, because just look at those stripes on this napping tabby! That is, if you can see them through all of that glare. This here human never takes proper time or care to get proper lighting, does she?

Have a terrific Tuesday, friends!



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Our Doodle of the Day:

Before we share our doodle, we have to let you know that, no, you are not having déjà vu. Well, maybe a little, but not too much. Today's doodle looks a lot like yesterday's, but it's not identical to it. My sister is the one who requested that one of my Halloween drawings star black cats, a white fence, and some pumpkins. That's a type of scene that I do indeed enjoy drawing this time of year, and so I ended up drawing two versions. The first version, and my favorite version, was the one you saw yesterday. Now, today, we're sharing with you the other version I doodled up for my sister's request.




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Our Tip of the Day:

It is not only important to prevent your furbaby's access to dangerous products during the Halloween season, and to know the signs of potential toxicity, but also to know when and where veterinary offices are open in your area. Of course, it is ideal that emergencies be prevented by taking precautions. Sometimes, though, accidents and emergencies do happen. For this reason, it is important that you are aware of the hours and locations of certain veterinary clinics in your area. What time does your regular veterinary clinic close? Are there emergency clinics in the area? If so, when are they open, and where are they located? Planning ahead for potential emergencies may sometimes prove unnecessary, which is a good problem to have. But, in the event of an emergency, such as if your kitty or pup breaks into the candy stash on Halloween, you can save precious time and potentially your furbaby's life by knowing ahead of time where you can take them for veterinary care in an emergency situation. This is important any time of the year, but of course including during holidays such as Halloween, when dangerous products and situations may be more prevalent.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Mancat Monday

Our usual mancat on Monday is my boy Evan. Today, though, Evan decided to take a day off and let the other mancat in the house make an appearance. And that would be housemate Toby!


Toby went for a close-up shot. He wanted you all to get a good view of his handsome nose and whiskers. He hopes you like them.

Toby and all of us here wish you a magnificent Monday!



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Our Halloween Doodle of the Day:




Our Tip of the Day:

We've been discussing potential dangers and toxins associated with Halloween. Today, we're going to finish that topic with a couple of slightly random yet still relevant Halloween products with which to be cautious. We're referring to items such as glow sticks and fake blood. These items sometimes make appearances on holidays like Halloween, and they might very well contain ingredients that can potentially be toxic to kitties and pups. Glow sticks can especially be dangerous if they are bitten or otherwise punctured, and fake blood can also pose a risk if ingested. Be cautious, therefore, of using these items, as well as any other items that might be dangerous to your furbaby. If you do have any of these items at your home, keep them securely hidden away, so as to prevent any emergencies.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday Selfie

Kitten Tonks may not often be able or willing to sit still, but sometimes she'll stop for half a second and strike a pose. This time around, Tonks didn't just strike a pose, though. She also snapped a selfie!


Tonks is quite proud of this selfie, especially considering she's a newbie to the whole thing. Sure, the tips of her ears got lost in the shuffle of snapping this selfie. But, there's always room for improvement.

Tonks is of course entering her selfie into the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Kitties Blue over at The Cat on My Head.


Happy Sunday, friends!



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Our Halloween Doodle of the Day:




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Our Tip of Today:

Today's Halloween tip relates to Halloween parties or other festivities of that nature. There are a number of potential dangers that such gatherings can pose. First, parties mean that guests are arriving, which means the door will be a busy place. When guests are arriving, keep your kitty or pup away from the door, such as by secluding them to a safe area away from the door, so that there is no chance of them escaping the house. Sometimes, it might also be best to keep your furbaby secluded to a safe area during the duration of Halloween or other similar party, for their continued safety. There will be extra foot traffic in the house when there are guests, which could potentially lead to your furbaby getting stepped on or otherwise injured.

In addition, there could be toxic foods present at a Halloween party, such as alcohol or chocolate. If your furbaby steals a taste of such foods, or if unwitting guests feed your kitty or pup treats of chocolate or other foods, there could be dangerous side effects. There is a variety of dangers to your cat or dog that can be present at festivities. Therefore, always do what you must to ensure your furbaby's safety during Halloween or other parties. Even if your kitty or pup is friendly and enjoys the company of others, there are still many dangers for a kitty or pup when gatherings are hosted at their home. If there is any doubt for their safety, or simply to prevent any accidental dangers, keep your kitty or pup confined to a safe area of the home during festive gatherings.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Cauldron Bubble

I sure hope you all aren't going to get tired of our Halloween doodles. They're going to be here for a while. After all, we're only just now on the sixth day of Halloween.


That there doodle was inspired by my fondness for both Halloween and my dear angel Rosie. My angel Rosie and her brother Sammy were my first cats growing up, and they sure turned me into a true cat lady early on. That's probably why my childhood self dressed up as a cat on more than one occasion for Halloween. My mom even once made me a cat costume completely by hand, all the way down to the tail. I was a black cat in that costume rather than a calico like my Rosie, but Rosie, as well as her sweet brother Sammy, heavily inspired it. That was my favorite Halloween costume I ever wore.

As always, our doodle on this day is our contribution to Athena's Caturday Art Blog Hop.


Be sure to visit Athena to see all the masterpieces our friends have created!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Yesterday's Halloween tip was the obvious recommendation to keep candy away from your furbaby, since chocolate and other such goodies are indeed toxic to kitties and pups. Today, we're going a tad bit further and reminding you that even the inedible parts and pieces of candy can pose a risk to our furbabies. We're referring to candy wrappers, sucker sticks, and other candy-related bits and bobs. These remnants of a scrumptious piece of candy can smell and taste good to a pup or kitty, and might therefore end up in their mouth. If ingested, wrappers, sucker sticks, and the like could result in gastrointestinal distress or more serious bowel obstruction or perforation. So, needless to say, don't only keep candy out of your furbaby's reach, but also wrappers and other leftovers after the candy itself is gone. Put any trash left behind by candy in a secure trash can where you kitty or pup cannot get to it, in order to keep your furbaby happy and healthy.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins

TGIF! Now that it is indeed Friday, are you ready to fill in the Friendly Fill-Ins? In case you missed them yesterday, I'll share them again here. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. My favorite font is _________.

2. October is perfect for _________.

3. Where I live, _________.

4. I feel very _________ this time of year.


Here's how I filled them in:

1. My favorite font is Times New Roman.
(I have always appreciated and enjoyed using fonts that are more old-fashioned and reminiscent of the typewriter days. I never even grew up in an era where the typewriter was primarily used, to be honest, as by the time I reached school, we had moved on to computers. However, I have always been interested in the use of typewriters, and would love to own and play around with one.)

2. October is perfect for getting cozy.
(I tried to decide on a more specific answer for this one, but there are just too many things I love about October. The majority of these things, though, involve how cozy this month can be. In October, I love to bundle up in autumn attire, and to get cozy on the couch with my furbabies for a warm reading or writing session. I also love anything to do with Halloween. For me, that indeed can, yet again, involve cozying up on the couch to read a spooky tale, or to watch a spooky movie, or to doodle up a spooky drawing.)

3. Where I live, it still feels like summer.
(Didn't I just say that I love to cozy up in October? We had us two cool, crisp autumn days last week, on which I felt perfectly cozy in my favorite autumn clothes. Since then, it's been hot and humid again. Come on, autumn, you can do it. Seriously, why am I still wearing a tank top?)

4. I feel very eager this time of year.
(Halloween and Christmas are my two favorite holidays. Though I try to savor the entire holiday season, I still always feel eager and a tad bit impatient when awaiting the arrival of the holidays. Of course, after all of my eagerness for the holidays to arrive, I then feel sad when they're over.)


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.



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Believe it or not, we still have some miraculously non-blurry photos of Eddy to share with you all. So, here's your Friday fix of Eddy, with a little peek-a-boo shot from beneath!


Happy Friday, friends!


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Our Halloween Doodle of the Day:




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Our Tip of the Day:

We're just in the early stages of our October-long Halloween tips. Today, how about we get one of the most common Halloween tips out of the way? That's right, today we're talking about candy. The long and short of it is that you should never leave candy sitting out where your furbaby can find it and help themselves. Whether it be candy you're saving for yourself, or the candy dish you've prepared for those trick-or-treaters, always keep it well hidden from the kitties and pups.

As you all certainly know, chocolate can very toxic to our furbabies. Another candy danger includes artificial sweeteners like xylitol, which can be found in sugar-free candy, among other foods and goods. This candy discussion can also include raisins, and the double whammy that is chocolate-covered raisins. After all, raisins are toxic to kitties and pups just like chocolate is. To be on the safe side, no matter what kind of candy you're handing out this Halloween or have around the house, keep it hidden away from curious paws and maws.

In the event that your furbaby finds the candy, know the potential signs of toxicity. These can vary, and might include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or even neurological symptoms. Should you think or know that your furbaby has gotten into your candy stash, or should you observe any signs of toxicity, do not hesitate to seek veterinary assistance. It also does not hurt to have on hand a poison control number, such as the ASPCA at 1-888-426-4435.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Aren't Thursdays just wonderful? They mean we've almost reached Friday. That means we've almost reached the weekend. And, of course, Thursday also means we've reached the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge!


Our hosts, Angel Sammy and Teddy, provide us with a photo prompt each week. The image they shared this week in order to get our creative juices flowing was this sweet one here:


This photo is just so cute and peaceful. That being said, my mind wanted to turn this week's poem into one suitable for Halloween. In case you missed every time I've already said it, I love Halloween. I celebrate Halloween all October (sometimes even longer). But, as per usual, I digress.

So, I told my brain to figure out a way to twist this image into something suitable for Halloween. The result involved morphing those pretty blue birds into crows. Then this (insanely long) poem happened:


The Murder House

Jack and Jill's parents moved the family to a new town,
Something which brought to the children's faces great frowns.
The brother and sister were certain this new town was boring as could be.
If you asked them, there was absolutely nothing here to see.

The town was bland, quiet, and small.
There was nothing fun going on here at all.
Jack and Jill were certain those were the facts,
And they surely would not be swayed from that.

The only one who didn't mind the move was Frog,
Who, despite the name, was Jack and Jill's dog.
In fact, Frog begged for walks again and again.
He insisted on investigating the town from end to end.

During one of their adventures out with Frog,
Jack and Jill heard a shrill caw caw caw!
Shrieking and nearly jumping out of their skins,
The siblings finally glimpsed the source of the din.

The tiny town was flat except for one tiny hill,
Upon which stood a house that gave them some mighty chills.
The house was old, decrepit, and currently covered in crows.
The gnarly old trees in the yard were even filled with crows in rows.
Caw caw caw, the birds cried and screamed.
How could something so small sound so mean?

As if the birds didn't already have them uneasy,
Someone suddenly came up behind Jack and Jill, ever so sneaky.
"Hello!" this newcomer did shout.
"I'm Sally," she added as she stuck her hand out.

Sally then squealed at the sight of Frog.
"Oh," she exclaimed, "I do love me an adorable dog!"
After such greetings were out of the way,
"I see you found the Murder House," Sally did say.
She pointed up at the haunting old house on the hill,
Smiling as if she hadn't just referred to the place with a synonym for kill.

It was late in the day and growing quite cold,
As they stood beneath that house that was creepy and old.
Lights glowed in the battered old windows as darkness did fall,
And silhouettes appeared in each and every one of them all.

Jill gulped and could not help but ask, "Are those ghosts?"
Sally replied, "Don't be silly! That's where the residents always stand post."
Was that supposed to make even a lick of sense?
Jack and Jill couldn't tell if it was them or Sally who was dense.

Trying to remain polite, Jack and Jill swiftly waved goodbye,
Leaving Sally in front of that house with its name that meant die.
Tugging Frog's leash, Jack and Jill dashed away,
Just as caw caw caw the crows again did say.

After that, Jack and Jill did all they could to avoid that route.
Who would want to walk past a place called the Murder House?
The problem, though, was that Frog had other plans.
During his walk one night, he yanked his leash right out of Jack's hand.

And to where did Frog run and lope?
Right toward the Murder House up on its slope!
Jack and Jill yelled, "Come back here, Frog!"
Unfortunately, obedience was not the strong suit of the dog.

"What are we going to do?" Jack asked at the base of the hill,
As he stared up at the house where the crows cawed so shrill.
Up and up that hill Frog ran and tore.
Jill cried, "We can't let him reach that deadly door!"

Jill began to run up the hill, and Jack did the same.
They hoped to reach Frog before they became statistics to the home's name.
Crows circled above, and Jill thought, Don't those birds eat carrion?
She wondered if, truly, the owner of this home did a lot of burying.

Jack and Jill were halfway up the hill and really quite scared,
When they came upon two pumpkins in a pair.
They were unusually carved and glowed with candlelight,
Flickering quite frighteningly on that downright spooky night.
Were the pumpkin's carved eyes watching their flight?
Oh, they had surely found themselves in quite a plight!

Shuddering while continuing their race up the hill,
Jack and Jill saw that from the home's windows light suddenly spilled.
Figures could be seen standing in the yellow glow.
At least Jack and Jill could now tell that these forms were not ghosts, no.

In the windows were, in fact, countless whiskered cats.
They were but silhouettes and all appeared black.
In the glow of the now open door was the shape of a dog.
Oh no, was that Frog?

"Get out of that house!" Jill yelled at the pup.
What if dogs were on what the Murder House's owner did sup?
"Frog, come here!" Jack did command.
But, in the glowing doorway someone else now did stand.

Jack and Jill halted and froze in place.
They were afraid to look upon that stranger's face.
But, stepping forward, the stranger suddenly became Sally,
Just before the siblings planned to go on the defensive and rally.

Jack and Jill pondered Sally's presence,
But every thought just left them guessing.
Was Sally destined to be the house's next victim?
And what if with the same fearful fate they too were stricken?
Was this Murder House to be their haunted prison?

But, Sally then did happily exclaim, "Oh, there you are!
Since your dog arrived, I you knew you must not be far."
Jill blurted out, "Why are you here?"
"Why not?" Sally replied. "There's nothing to fear."

"This is my grandma's house," Sally said with a chuckle,
Just as she crouched down to give Frog a cuddle.
"Actually, Grandma's inside preparing Frog a snack.
My granny, she loves animals, but most especially cats.
Every day she feeds all sorts of critters.
One year, she even raised baby squirrels by the litter."

"Wait, I'm confused," Jack finally had to admit.
"This doesn't make any sense, not one bit."
"Why not?" Sally asked with a smile.
This girl was certainly coming across as a strange little child.

"Just the other night you called this the Murder House," Jill said.
"So, isn't this a place where people end up, well, dead?"
At that, Sally laughed, laughed, and laughed some more.
She laughed so hard, she began to snort.

Finally, Sally calmed herself down,
And what she said next made both Jack and Jill feel like a clown.
"Granny's bird feeders have turned this place into a hotel for crows.
And, well, a group of crows is called a murder, didn't you know?"




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Just as it goes here every Thursday, we're now shifting to Thimble, as well as to Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. This time around, it's also a Throwback Thursday.


Our home library has had some redecoration since this photo was taken two years ago. But, don't worry, it still gets perfectly decked out for Halloween.


This Thankful Thursday, Thimble and all of us here are not only grateful for this festive time of year that we love so much, but also for wonderful reads. Books are such a blessing in life.

What's more, we are thankful that our wonderful friend Ellen at 15andmeowing shared beautiful Prancie's beautiful story in her new book, Prancie's Prayer.


This silly human here thought she had ordered the hardcopy of this lovely tale already, but then realized it was still in her cart. So, though we were hoping to have it in hand for a photo on our bookshelf today, for now it's at least on our bookshelf in spirit. (Don't worry, this silly human has ordered it now, and so you'll be seeing photos of Prancie's Prayer in our library in the near future!)

Oh, and of course, on this Thankful Thursday, we're so very thankful for all of you!




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Last but not least, here are the Friendly Fill-Ins for tomorrow! The first two were crafted up by Ellen of 15andmeowing, and I came up with the second two.


1. My favorite font is _________.

2. October is perfect for _________.

3. Where I live, _________.

4. I feel very _________ this time of year.




We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Our month-long Halloween tips continue! We've mentioned being aware of what decorations you use, and of course keeping in mind your furbaby's safety. Today, we're expanding on that. We're here to remind you to also keep in mind wildlife, as well as stray and feral cats, when decorating outdoors. Cords to light strands, for example, can be just as dangerous to outdoor animals as they can be to indoor animals. The same goes for candles, such as those in jack-o'-lanterns that you might set up on your porch. So for the safety of animals outdoors, keep cords outdoor-safe, and keep them as safely and securely hidden as possible. Just as we mentioned for indoor furbabies, you can use battery-operated or other artificial candles to prevent burns or fires when lighting jack-o'-lanterns outdoors. Again, though, do keep in mind that batteries and plastic pieces can also pose threats to animals.

One other particular outdoor Halloween decoration we want to address are artificial cobwebs. Please use these with caution. These fake cobwebs could lead to animals outdoors becoming dangerously tangled. What's more, ingesting them can lead to issues such as bowel obstruction. Decorations such as artificial cobwebs might be fun and festive, but always keep the safety of both indoor and outdoor animals in mind when using any such products.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Pearly Whites on Wednesday

You'll always catch Astrid smiling during one of her most favorite activities of all time. And what is that activity? Going for a walk!


This girl has been complimented on her smile by many a stranger.


Now, if only she wasn't petrified of said strangers petting her.


Is anyone else showing off their pearly whites today?



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Our Doodle of the Day:




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Our Tip of the Day:

Our past two Halloween tips were about potential hazards of Halloween decorations. Wreaths, garland, and festive trinkets can pose dangers, as can candles in or out of jack-o'-lanterns. And, of course, don't forget cords for strands of lights or other decor. Relating to these previous decor tips, today we're talking about ways you can keep your furbaby safe while also getting festive.

First, of course, keep any and all potentially hazardous items high off of the ground, or out of the reach of your furbaby in any other way necessary. In addition to this, you can tape down or tuck away cords to lights or other decor. There are even pet-safe and child-safe cord covers, under which cords can be tucked away from curious paws. But, what about when it comes to candles? Aside from refraining from burning them, or keeping them out of reach or in a room away from your furbaby, you can try battery-operated or other similar artificial candles. You can use safer option in festive candle holders, or even to light your jack-o'-lanterns. Of course, though, do keep in mind that batteries and plastic parts and pieces can also pose their own risks to furbabies. So, while fake candles might not burn your furbaby, it is still wise to keep an eye on your furbaby around such items, especially if your kitty or pup is a chewer.