Friday, July 19, 2024

Friendly Fill-Ins and Eddy's Derriere

Hello, friends! It's time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, and we'd love for you to join us. My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.


1. I refuse to shop at _________ because _________.

2. _________ is my screensaver.

3. If I had a pet parrot, I would teach it to say _________.

4. Even though _________ isn't until _________, I'm already _________.


My answers are below in bold.

1. I refuse to shop at Starbucks because I personally see it as an overpriced status symbol.
(This is very much just me and my opinion. This is certainly not a judgement on anyone who enjoys Starbucks items. To each their own. I personally will just never buy anything from there. Starbucks was incredibly popular when I was in high school, but it always seemed like it was popular for the wrong reasons. Some students would show up every day touting their Starbucks cups and would carry them around all day. It was a thing. And, admittedly, that kind of thing immediately makes me dislike something. Also, the prices just seem insane to me.)

2. Evan is my screensaver.
(I of course have images of all of my furbabies all over my devices and all that jazz. But, my momma's boy Evan has been my screensaver for years.)

3. If I had a pet parrot, I would teach it to say spooky things.
(I might teach him some of my favorite lines for Poe's works or my favorite quotes from horror books and movies. This is in part because I just love these kinds of things, but it could also be incredibly useful if someone were to break into my house and hear a creepy little voice say, "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.")

4. Even though Halloween isn't until October, I'm already enjoying horror movie marathons and putting out creepy home decor.
(I technically do this kind of stuff all year round, but with Halloween creeping up on us, I've been picking up my pace with it all. I'm sure my entire house will be decorated for Halloween before August is 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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Eddy apologizes that your view of her for today is a bit, well, you can just see for yourself.


Eddy didn't intend on giving you a rear view, but this mom of hers opened the window because it's been beautiful outside lately, and so Eddy just had to investigate.


Don't worry, the window only stays open like that if I'm standing right there. My angel Rosie once fell out of a window when the screen busted out, and though she was fine and we got her back inside, I now trust no open windows to keep my kitties safe.

Happy Friday, friends!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day




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Tip of the Day

Today's pet parenting tip relates to the dreaded vacuum cleaner, but at the same time, it doesn't. Especially if you have a furbaby who is fearful of the vacuum, you can do them a favor by using other methods to clean carpets and rugs, when possible. For example, did you know that a squeegee can be used to remove pet hair from carpets and rugs? That being said, there are also actual rug brushes on the market, which can similarly be used to remove hair from carpets and rugs. So, especially if you have a furbaby who is fearful when you vacuum, you can use these alternative, far quieter such methods when possible. Though the vacuum cleaner may not always be avoidable, when it is, such methods as the aforementioned ones can help remove hair from carpets and rugs while causing far less fearful reactions from your kitties or pups.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Thankful Thimble Thursday with Angel Tickey

It's Thursday, so you better believe Thimble is here and ready for Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Today, Thimble is thankful for the outside attention her adorable self draws.


That kitty in the background was our neighbor kitty, Tickey, who passed away last July. He was beyond sweet and visited us almost daily. We miss him a great deal, but Thimble and all of us are so very glad and grateful for all the visits we got to enjoy with him.



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

1. I refuse to shop at _________ because _________.

2. _________ is my screensaver.

3. If I had a pet parrot, I would teach it to say _________.

4. Even though _________ isn't until _________, I'm already _________.


We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day




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Tip of the Day

Today's pet parenting tip is one that relates to that dreaded vet's office. As you all certainly know, it is recommended that your furbaby be seen by a veterinarian at least once a year. But, if you're anything like me, all throughout the year you find yourself questioning this or that about your furbaby. Of course, if you notice any abnormalities that are a concern or that are in need of immediate attention, do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian. Otherwise, sometimes we find ourselves with questions that we know are not emergencies and that are not truly in need of immediate attention, but that do pique our interest. That's why today's tip is to, if needed, keep a little notebook or note sheet handy, such as on a counter or on the refrigerator, where you can write down questions to ask your veterinarian at your furbaby's next exam. Whether it be a general question about food, exercise, grooming, behavior, or anything else, write it down when you think of it. That way, you can take your notes with you to your furbaby's next exam and sort out any questions you have in one fell swoop.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

The Healthy Hound

Pup Astrid had her annual exam and senior lab work last Thursday. We just got all of the results yesterday, and all is well for the 11-year-old lady! And you better believe the perfect little angel of chaos got her usual ice cream treat after her vet appointment.



Astrid has one liver value that's a bit elevated, but this is actually not new for her. She has osteoarthritis, and though she's on a supplement for this, which actually puts quite a pep in her step, the condition can still cause some of the liver values to be a bit off. Her vet is not concerned, though, and everything else looks great, so Astrid is overall in really good health.

We also had a newly discovered lump on Astrid tested by way of a fine needle aspirate. It came back as just yet another benign fatty lipoma. She has at least half a dozen of those, as well as some benign adenomas. She's a bumpy little lady, but as long as they're all benign, we're more than happy.

Happy Wednesday, friends!




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Flashback Doodle of the Day

Today's flashback doodle is from quite a few years ago, but it's one of the first spooky, Halloween-inspired doodles I created in the summer months. I scribbled it up after seeing a piece of Halloween decor during the summer, that piece being a spooky typewriter. So, I scribbled up my own.


And now this is yet another old doodle I really want to recreate.



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Tip of the Day

Today's pet parenting tip is a simple one about creating a masterpiece of a memory using your furbaby's adorable toesies. If your furbaby is willing to participate and does not get stressed, you can get non-toxic, pet-friendly paint in order to create some paw art. After finding somewhere in your home where you don't mind making a tad bit of a mess, put some of the pet-safe paint on your furbaby's feet and either have them walk on some paper, or press their paw on the paper yourself. You can then leave the paw prints as-is, or even get creative and turn some of them into flowers or other cute designs. Either way, this is one way to create a simple yet long-lasting memory of your furbaby.

As morbid as it sounds, in the future, you will likely be glad you created these such lasting memories while your furbaby was still with you. We all know that some similar items, such as clay paws, are often created during a time of grief. This is why the aforementioned paw art is one way to create such a memory in happier, healthier times. Again, as morbid as it may sound, it's never too early to think ahead about what memories you might want to have after your furbaby is gone. Of course, do take into consideration your furbaby's comfort. If your furbaby is too stressed to participate in paw art, for example, brainstorm and think of other ways to create lasting memories with them. The options are endless.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

A Happy Tonks Tuesday

It's Tonk's Tuesday, and today this girl is looking extra cute. Then again, she's always looking extra cute. But, really, just look at that face!


Tonks is also extra happy because her orange tabby brother Evan is feeling much better today. We mentioned yesterday how he was struggling with constipation again, and I ultimately had to give him an at-home enema last night because he was really straining and exhausting himself. And, thankfully, the enema worked immediately and cleared his colon out real good. That makes Tonks very happy. After all, Evan is the only cat in the house universally loved by all the other cats in the house, and this calico girl missed the playful version of her brother as he struggled with his constipation. But now he's back!

Happy Tuesday, friends!




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Flashback Doodle of the Day

Today we have for you another spooky summertime flashback doodle, this one chosen because I'm really trying to get back on track with regularly working on my writing projects.




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Tip of the Day

We've all seen those chew toys for pups. Puppies, and even grown dogs, often love to chew, and so chew toys can allow them to gnaw on a designated item rather than one that is not ideal or one that is dangerous. But, did you know that there are chew toys for cats as well? Like dogs, some cats love to chew. Chewing is sometimes more common in kittens, but some adult cats are chewers, too. If this is the case with your cat, perhaps look into getting them some feline-friendly chew toys. This could potentially save them from chewing on items that they should not, which could be beneficial to your goods, and also of course to your kitty's health.

Of course, whether a chew toy is for your kitty or pup, it is important to take into consideration the material out of which a chew toy is made, as well as whether it will withstand a particular furbaby's level of chewing. Some toy brands will label whether a chew toy is suitable for powerful chewers, for example. Even so, you know your furbaby best, and so you must decide whether a toy will be able to survive their chewing habits, and therefore whether it might be a hazard. There are a great many pet toys available these days, you simply have to consider a toy's benefits and safety for your furbabies.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Another Mancat Monday with Megacolon

It's Mancat Monday, and my poor orange boy Evan is having another rough time with his megacolon and resulting constipation. He goes through cycles. He'll get his system all cleared out, whether or not an enema is involved, and then for 2-4 weeks he'll do okay on all of his usual medications. And then the constipation starts up again. Right now, we're indeed in the constipation stage of the cycle.


It exhausts poor Evan when he can't get his stool out, understandably. I'm giving him a chance to evacuate things with the maxed out doses of his meds, which almost always results in diarrhea. That said, sometimes the medication-induced diarrhea doesn't amount to enough stool to actually clear his colon of the backlog. If he doesn't manage to sufficiently evacuate his system after a day or two on these hefty doses of meds, I'll be giving him another at-home enema. We'll get this stool out of Evan one way or another.

Now, on to a drastic subject change. The kitties and pup here want to wish their grandma a very happy birthday!


The kitties' and pup Astrid's grandma, that being their Gammy, is one of their all-time favorite people. And for good reason.

Given that this is Mancat Monday, Evan wants to specifically express how amazing his Gammy is. After all, she's the one who often rescues Evan and takes him home from his grooming appointments after I've dropped him off and headed to work. So, from Evan, all the kitties, and pup Astrid...Happy Birthday, Gammy!



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Tip of the Day

Today's pet parenting hack of a tip is one to help you sleep better at night. Does your kitty or pup ever wake you up during the night, perhaps seemingly bored or hungry? The first step in a case such as this is of course to make sure there is no medical explanation. If your furbaby is indeed healthy, though, and they simply wake you in the middle of the night for some playtime or a midnight snack, then there are a couple of simple things you can do to try to combat this.

First, you can do a bit of a pre-bedtime play session with them. One of the last things you do before you go to bed can be a game of fetch, perhaps a little fun with a wand toy, or anything that your furbaby finds fun and that expends their energy. This will help tire your furbaby out, and will hopefully help satisfy their desire to play so that they can sleep through the night.

Second, in the case that your furbaby wakes you up in the middle of the night out of hunger, perhaps save their last meal of the day for right before bed. Fill their bowl just before you go to bed, so that they will go to bed with a full stomach. If needed and possible, you can also make this nighttime meal their largest of the day, to even further satisfy them and their stomach. In some cases, this is all it takes to help keep those hungry furbabies satiated until their breakfast.

Just like us, our furbabies are not immune to restless nights or a desire for a midnight snack. If a medical concern has been ruled out, then try to find a way to help both you and your furbaby sleep through the night. Satisfying the play or hunger drive just before bed may be all that is needed.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Friendly Fill-Ins and Eddy's Adorable Face

Hello, friends! We're ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, and we'd love for you to join us. My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.

1. It would be nice to be _________ for a day.

2. The older I get, the more I appreciate _________.

3. I like to decorate _________ with _________.

4. You'll often find _________ on my kitchen counter.


My answers are below in bold.

1. It would be nice to be retired for a day.
(I'm grateful to have a job and therefore a paycheck, but I'll admit there are plenty of days when I would love to try out retirement. That said, I'm currently 35 years old, so those days are still in the distant future. Still, though, a girl can dream.)

2. The older I get, the more I appreciate downtime.
(As a kid, I would lament about how much time school and homework took, but that was before a full-time job, cleaning an entire house, grocery shopping, cooking almost every meal, making sure I have clean dishes and clothes, tending to home repairs, yard work, and all that jazz. So, times when I can just sit on the couch and read or watch TV without some sort of responsibility needing my attention, I really savor those moments.)

3. I like to decorate my home with my personal style.
(I assume this is the case for most people. That said, I've never wanted a home that looks like one you'd see in a catalogue. I prefer things that are admittedly a bit more weird, like Halloween decorations that stay out year round. For example, my art desk is set up with witchy and macabre decor, complete with little potion bottles and skulls, and even a skeleton sitting in the chair when a living human isn't using it. It's weird and I'm fully aware of that, but that's what brings me joy and inspiration.)

4. You'll often find syringes on my kitchen counter.
(I've mentioned before how my orange tabby boy Evan is on something like 9 different medications, and his medication station is tucked away in a little nook on the kitchen counter. All of the medications live in a cute kitty bowl (a Halloween one, of course), but the syringes used to give some of his meds just tend to find themselves scattered on the counter sometimes. They have a designated place with the medications, but they still just always seem to end up hanging out elsewhere. Need to pour yourself a drink? Better move these syringes out of the way. Ready to make that spaghetti dinner? Let's just get these syringes off the burner first.)


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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Your Eddy fix today may not include great lighting or a great angle, but it sure does include a cute little face.


You can even get a little glimpse of that little snaggletooth in Eddy's adorable mouth. Of course, you can also admire those whiskers and those eyes and that nose and pretty much all of Eddy's adorable face.

Have a fantastic Friday!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

Given my answer to fill-in #3 above, this flashback doodle seems apt enough.




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Tip of the Day

Today's pet parenting hack of a tip is one to help you save on floor space. When it comes to storing some of your pet supplies—whether it be treats, canned food, medications, brushes, toys, or cleaning supplies, just to name a few—you can try using a shower caddy or other similar shelving system. You can even get shelving units that are meant to hang from a door, such as by a hook that goes over the top of door, to further save on both floor and wall space. Sometimes our furbabies come with a lot of supplies, and we have to find a place to put all of those items. So, as needed, think outside the box and find ways to use a variety of storage systems that will help save you on floor space or even wall space.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Thankful Thimble Thursday in the Sun

Hello, friends! It's Thursday, which means Thimble is happily here for Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

After days and days of rain, today Thimble is grateful for the return of sunshine.


Thimble is also thankful for all of the prayers you friends of ours sent for her grandma and grandpa's kitties Flitwick and Trapper! Both boys are still slowly but surely improving. Flitwick has cystitis, which is nothing new for him. He's in a flare, but it's indeed slowly improving. Diabetic Trapper suddenly stopped eating and not acting like himself, and his vet believes he has a mild case of pancreatitis. With various medications, he is also slowly improving. Thank you all again for the purrs and prayers for Flitwick and Trapper!



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Now, how about the fill-in statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge? My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. It would be nice to be _________ for a day.

2. The older I get, the more I appreciate _________.

3. I like to decorate _________ with _________.

4. You'll often find _________ on my kitchen counter.


We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

I'm feeling extra hungry right now, and I always have a sweet tooth, so here's a flashback of angel Chef Rosie offering up some donuts.




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Tip of the Day

Today's pet parenting hack tip is a simple yet important one. Especially if your furbaby is a known chewer, do consider getting covers for power cords and other cables. I'm sure you all know the dangers that chewing on a cord can pose to our furbabies. So, to prevent this, cover up those cords and cables. There are a variety of cord and cable covers available on the market. There are covers that encase cords so that they are safe yet still able to be easily moved, and there are ones that essentially pin cords safely and securely to the floor. Of course, those are just two examples as to how you can make cords and cables safe around your furbabies. Perhaps do a bit of research, and, depending on your home and technological setup, determine what kind of cord and cable covers would best work for both you and your furbaby. As we always say, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Adventures with Astrid at the Bridge

Today, Astrid wanted to yet again share one of her favorite spots in our neighborhood.


That there bridge can be crossed to go on a quiet scroll through another part of our neighborhood. Or, Astrid's favorite, you can turn left and walk through the park near our house. Either way, Astrid always stops and gives the bridge and its surroundings a good sniff. More often than not, another dog will have left a fresh urine sample on the bridge for Astrid to get a good whiff of.


Happy Wednesday, friends!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

I've been reading lots of horror novels lately, so here's a flashback doodle in honor of that.




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Tip of the Day

We claimed that yesterday's tip was the last one in our pet parenting hacks series. But guess what? This silly human here found a whole other set of pet parenting hacks, and so we have more. Many of these are all sorts of randomness, but sometimes randomness can come in handy. Well, at least we think so.

Today's tip is one a bit more for the dogs, but of course could be used for kitties if the situation applies. What we're talking about today is bell training. It can help to have a way for your dog to tell you they need to go to the bathroom. Since jumping and scratching at the door is not all that ideal, you can hang a bell, or a strand of bells, on the doorknob. Of course, make sure the design of the bell and any attachments are safe for your furbaby, especially if they're a chewer. Once you've selected and placed the bell to be used, training techniques such as positive reinforcement can be used to teach your dog to ring the bell prior to going outside to use to the restroom. This will allow your dog to make the connection that, if they ring the bell on the door, they will be let out to use the restroom. Just as with any training, this may take time, but with patience, practice, and positive reinforcement, everyone involved can get the hang of it.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Tonks Tuesday with Toesies

It's Tonks Tuesday, and today this sleepy calico girl's toesies decided to partake.


Tonks hopes those toe beans help brighten your Tuesday!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

I'm still working on this year's spooky summertime doodles, so here's another flashback one. This one makes it pretty obvious that I crave Halloween even in the warm months.




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Tip of the Day

We have one last pet parenting hack tip for you today, and it's a quick and simple one. Do you have a spare pitcher or two floating around your kitchen? If the pitcher is airtight, you can try using it as a pet food storage container and dispenser. When it's time to the feed your furbaby, you can open the pitcher's spout, and pour the into the bowl. Of course, we'll repeat that it is best to use a pitcher that is airtight. Storing and pouring your furbaby's food using a pitcher can be very handy, but only if that doesn't mean your furbaby is eating stale food.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Mancat Monday: Purrs and Prayers for Flitwick and Trapper

Hello, friends! We hope all of you in the USA had a wonderful Independence Day, and that all of you had a wonderful weekend! I'm grateful to have had a four-day weekend. But, it was also filled with some sick kitties. My kitties are all doing well, though Evan did have one of his usual sanitary shaves at our vet's groomer on Friday, as well as some of his typical megacolon issues. Even so, none of the kitties at my house are the ones in question today.

The sick kitties in question are two of my parents' kitties. Flitwick, who happens to be my Tonks's and our housemate Winky's littermate, ended up at the vet on Friday.


That boy there has a history of urinary tract issues, mostly cystitis that leads to difficulty urinating. He has that in common with my boy Evan. Luckily, Flitwick was deemed not blocked when he went to the vet. He is, however, in a pretty severe cystitis flare, which I believe is probably very much related to an entire long weekend of fireworks going off in our town. Flitwick's meds were all increased by his vet, though he's still having a bit of trouble urinating even today. He's improving, but very slowly. So, if you have any purrs and prayers to spare for Flitwick, we'd all appreciate it so very much!

And, we have another sick kitty. This one is my Thimble's and our housemate Toby's brother Trapper.


In case anyone remembers, we mentioned last summer how Trapper was diagnosed with diabetes. For nearly a year, Trapper's diabetes has been successfully managed by the somewhat new drug known as Bexacat. This is a pill that works by essentially redirecting sugar in the blood to be excreted out in the urine instead. Again, this has been working great for Trapper for nearly a whole year. It might still be working, but that's going to be confirmed today.

As of yesterday morning, Trapper is acting quite lethargic. He's not getting excited about food time, he's not begging for someone to run the faucet for him, and pretty much, he's just not acting like himself. He's acting very much like when he was first diagnosed with diabetes. Part of me is hoping Trapper "just" has a UTI or some other easily treated diabetes-related issue, but overall, I'm really just praying that whatever is going on can still be managed. Even if the Bexacat medication is no longer working, he can still be put on insulin. I'd love for the Bexacat to still be working for him, though. All that to stay, if you also have some purrs and prayers to spare for Trapper, our whole family would greatly appreciate it!

Wishing you all a happy and healthy Monday!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

I recently had a discussion with my sister regarding treehouses, so how about this flashback with a kitty showing off none other than his weird and wacky treehouse?




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Tip of the Day

We have just a couple more tips in our series of pet parenting hacks. Today's tip is a bit of a silly one, but perhaps it could be useful to someone out there. Do you have nooks and crannies in your house where all sorts of cat hair, litter, and other fubaby debris settles? You know, those nooks and crannies where the vacuum and its attachments and even a broom can't easily reach? Let's move on to another question. Do you know those pointed, open-tipped lids that are often used on ketchup bottles at cafeterias or restaurants? If you get your hands on a lid of this type, you can trying placing it on your vacuum's hose attachment and use it to help suck up the pet hair and other debris that can be found in difficult to reach cracks, crevices, and corners throughout your home. This may very well be a weird and random tip, but perhaps it will help you keep your home clean from top to bottom and from corner to corner.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Friendly Fill-Ins and Eddy's Glamour Shot

Hello, friends! We're ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, and we'd love for you to join us. My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements and I came up with the second two.


1. My favorite beverage to drink when it is hot out is _________.

2. My favorite summer activity is _________.

3. I'm grateful that I have the freedom to _________.

4. If I don't _________, I'll forget _________.


My answers are below in bold.

1. My favorite beverage to drink when it is hot out is sweet tea.
(I love sweet tea. I don't need it so sweet that I'm pretty much drinking syrup, but I do love some sweetness to that tea, especially when it's hot outside. Chilled or iced is of course even better for that sweet tea on those hot summer days.)

2. My favorite summer activity is staying indoors.
(I enjoy me a nice walk with pup Astrid or even a little mowing session when it's a moderate summer day. However, if it's going to be hot and humid, inside with an air conditioner is the only place I want to be.)

3. I'm grateful that I have the freedom to do what I want when I want.
(This is obviously within reason. That said, this answer was inspired by a conversation I had with my sister the other day. We were talking about how as kids you had to ask permission to do a lot of things, whether that be eating certain things or going to the restroom during class. It's interesting yet quite nice how most of that just sort of disappears when you're an adult. If I want to eat a whole container of ice cream at midnight, I can. And if I need to go to the bathroom at any point in the day, I don't have to ask an adult or get a pass to do so.)

4. If I don't write down my to-do list, I'll forget to do at least half of it.
(Some things I automatically remember. At this point, I have a routine for medicating Evan and doing my basic daily chores. Other things that don't happen every day, though, I have to write down or else I'll probably forget to do it on the day it needs done.)


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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Today, for your Eddy fix, this tabby lady decided to give you all a non-blurry view of her gorgeous face, snaggletooth and all.


Is that not a glamour shot of this pretty gal? It definitely is. And I'm totally not biased.

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



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

We have yet another flashback summertime spooky doodle for today, this one in honor of the fact that we have skeletons out year round at our house. Luckily, though, none of them occupy Eddy's favorite chair.




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Tip of the Day

Is your kitty a chewer? Do they put anything and everything in their mouth? While we're sure you all know to keep potentially dangerous plants out of your home, do you have safe or fake plants on which your kitty chews? If your cat goes outdoors, do they tend to eat grass on the lawn? If the answers to any of these are yes, and if medical issues have been ruled out for any abnormal behaviors, do perhaps consider keeping some cat grass growing in your home. Even if any of the above statements aren't true of your cat, you can of course still offer cat grass. Cat grass is a safe plant on which many cats enjoy chewing, and which also serves as a source of fiber than can help keep things moving sufficiently through the GI tract. For example, cat grass might be able to help prevent issues with hairballs.

You can purchase cat grass that has already been grown and is ready for your kitty's chompers, or you can grow your own. It is relatively simple to grow, and is also typically cheap. So, do consider looking into keeping cat grass in your home, both for your kitty's entertainment as well as for their health. Some cats might try to eat the whole plant in one fell swoop, so you might have to consider only leaving it in their reach for short amounts of time, but even that way it can still be fun and beneficial.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Happy Independence Day!

Today, we are celebrating the birthday of the United States of America, our home sweet home.


We hope all of our friends in the USA have a happy and safe 4th of July!

To all of our friends outside of the United States, we hope your Thursday is wonderful as well!

Of course, for Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, we're all incredibly grateful for our freedom.


Thimble is also thankful that, though we're getting some much-needed rain today, we'd had many sunny days lately.


Thimble and all of us here hope you truly have a wonderful, sunny, and safe Independence Day!



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

1. My favorite beverage to drink when it is hot out is _________.

2. My favorite summer activity is _________.

3. I'm grateful that I have the freedom to _________.

4. If I don't _________, I'll forget _________.


We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Tip of the Day

Today's tip is one we've shared many times before, but it's fitting for this day of fireworks. On this 4th of July, there are ways to help keep your furbaby calm and safe during the often booming festivities. While those fireworks go off outside, close all window and doors, as well as blinds and curtains. This will help keep out the sights and sounds of the fireworks. You can further drown it out by putting on a movie or some music, and turning up the volume enough to mask the sounds of the fireworks. Just make sure it's not so loud that it is uncomfortable for your kitty or pup's sensitive ears.

How about some other ways to distract a kitty or pup while those fireworks boom outside? You can start a game inside with them, such as fetch or hide-and-seek. You can also offer some treats or a special meal, perhaps their favorite snack. Sometimes simply talking to them can help, or even reading a book out loud to them.

Still, there are a few more potential ways to help a cat or dog feel as calm as possible while fireworks are set off this time of year. You can use a ThunderShirt, which, as many of you know, may help reduce anxiety in dogs and cats. You can also fashion something makeshift yet similar, using a blanket, towel, or even one of your shirts. If nothing else, simply provide a scared or anxious furbaby somewhere safe to hide inside the home. Ensure that they have somewhere to retreat that is pet-friendly, whether that be under a bed, behind a couch, or in another nook or cranny. You can also offer them boxes in which to settle down, if that helps your furbaby feel safe.

Lastly, in the unfortunate event of an escape or other emergency, ensure that your cat or dog has identification on them. Of course try to ensure that they are safe indoors and unable to get out of the house, but should they escape, be prepared. Many animals are uncertain of the sights and sounds of fireworks, and so if they find themselves outdoors on days like today, they might very well run and hide. This is why it is so important that, today and every day, your furbaby have an updated microchip and/or an identification tag to help them find their way back home. Of course on one wants to think of their furbaby escaping and getting lost, but it is always best to be prepared for the worst case scenario.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Adventures with Astrid...and Her Bladder

While going through some of Astrid's photos from her walks, I found quite a trend.


Apparently, Astrid has the farthest thing from a shy bladder.


It seemed like every time I pulled out the camera, at least one of the shots I got was her urinating on nature. And these are honestly just a couple of the photos like this that I found. I could easily make another compilation post just like this one.


Of course, after marking her territory all over the neighborhood, she also had to do her wild dance that involves kicking dirt and grass everywhere and then running around like the chaotic gal she is.



Astrid hopes your Wednesday is just as fun as hers!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

Today's flashback was a quick one I scribbled up a couple years ago when I suddenly had this image pop into my head. Now I really want to re-create it. I'll get on that.




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Tip of the Day

We've been offering some pet parenting hacks, including ways to save money or space while also having a happy furbaby. Today's tip is another plain and simple one, and that's to consider making your own toys for your cats, or even your pups. For example, if you have an old shirt you no longer intend to wear, you can cut it up and use the cloth to create simple knot toys for your cat. If you have some catnip on hand, you can even include some of that in the knot itself, or let the toy soak up some catnip in a sealed bag prior to gifting it to your cat. You can also use old clothes to make knotted or braided toys for a dog, as long as the dog is not know to eat such items. Even a lone or unwanted sock could be used as a toy, such as simply by rolling it into a ball that a cat or dog could bat around or chase.

You could even try your hand at making an interactive toy for your kitty, or even your pup. One such idea is to take a Tupperware container, cut roughly golf ball-sized holes in its lid, put some of your kitty's toys or treats in the container, put the lid on, and let your kitty use the holes to have fun trying to access their goodies. Then again, a cardboard box might work just as well for this DIY interactive cat toy. Interactive toys such as this can be great for a cat or dog's physical as well as mental health, especially if they are spending extra time closed up indoors due to the weather. It's even better when you can save money by creating such toys yourself.

The options for making your own cat toys, or even dog toys, are endless. You can even take cardboard boxes to make a cheap castle for your kitty! So, if you're looking to save some money, or if you want to find a use for safe yet unused items such as clothing, then consider how they might be used to create something fun for your furbaby. If you want further ideas, there are an astonishing number of ideas online, so look into all of your options if you wish to! Of course, always make your furbaby's health and happiness your highest priority, and do not create any toys that might put them at risk.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Tonks Tuesday: Nap, Interrupted

It's Tonks Tuesday, so of course the calico herself is here to grace you with her presence.


Don't mind if Tonks looks a tad bit annoyed. I may or may not have interrupted her nap.


Tonks and all of us here wish you a terrific Tuesday!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

Since yesterday's flashback summertime spooky doodle co-starred Freddy Krueger (in kitty form, of course), today's might as well also include another killer kitty. Because why not.




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Tip of the Day

We're continuing with our pet parenting hack tips. So, yesterday we mentioned wrapping sisal rope around furniture legs in order to create money-saving scratching posts that also save you extra floor space. That's not the only way furniture can be used to create something special for your kitty, though. We all know that cats love cozy places to relax, including, of course, hammocks. If you yet again want to save money and floor space, you can suspend a hammock from beneath an end table or other similar piece of furniture. You would start with some cloth, which could be securely attached to or tied around the legs of the table. You could use velcro, some safely tied rope, or even just the corners of the cloth to suspend the hammock. In this way, you could create a cheap, easy, space-saving DIY hammock in which your kitty could snooze.

Monday, July 1, 2024

Mancat Monday: Evan and the Enema

It's Mancat Monday, and orange boy Evan would like to know if anyone would like to come rescue him. After all, this here mom of his came home with this enema kit from the vet on Friday afternoon.


Evan has been having enough issues with his megacolon and constipation that the vet sent me home with not only refills of six of Evan's medications on Friday, but also, indeed, an enema kit. I've given enemas to cats before, both at the clinic where I used to work as well as at home with my angel Rosie. So, the vet and I were both comfortable with me giving Evan enemas at home as needed.

Though he did pass a good amount of stool last week after getting increased doses of his meds, Evan then almost immediately became bloated again by Saturday morning. So, I already gave Evan an enema this weekend. It's amazing what some warm water, dish sap, and lubricant can do. Evan emptied those bowels and his bloating disappeared for at least a couple days. The poor boy's colon just doesn't want to give consistent gifts lately, so we'll see what meds need increased now, and when he'll need another enema.

Evan hopes you all have a better Monday than his weekend went!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

Today's flashback summertime spooky doodle was requested by Evan, given the nightmare that his weekend was.




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Tip of the Day

Are you interested in saving the money or space that is required for store-bought cat scratching posts? One simple option is to securely wrap sisal rope around table legs, chair legs, banisters, or other similar furniture or home features. This also can spare said furniture from damage from kitty claws. Therefore, this sort of DIY cat scratcher is not only simple and easy, but can also save you money, space, and damage to certain pieces of furniture or areas of the home.