Sunday, May 19, 2024

The Flower In My Garden: Caturday Art and Sunday Guest Selfie With Uncle Messi

Greetings, Effurryone!

It is time for the J-Cats to join this weekend's blog hops - the Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie and the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Delightful and Predictably Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMum, Janet.

This week, We have something Special for you. Since Friday was Step-Grandma's Birthday (she is also Shimshi's Godmother), Mummy and the rest of the family went round there for supper. Our woofie Uncle Messi was also there, of course - but he was a bit alarmed by all the people who were there and he sort of disappeared. Effurryone was searching for him all over the place, but there was no sign of him and Step-Grandma began to worry maybe he had slipped out of the house when the door was open so Auntie Y. could bring in all the food from the car. 

They looked on the patio, but still couldn't see Messi anywhere - until somebody caught a glimpse of him hiding amongst the plants in Step-Grandma's herbaceous border!

It took a lot of coaxing - plus a few Treats - but eventually, Messi was purr-suaded to come inside.  He looks a little bit sad, doesn't he - but don't be fooled. Step-Grandma said this is his usual "I see all the food you've got on the table there. I am a poor, starving doggie. Please feed Me" expression!  He's no fool, is Messi (mol). 

Mummy realised immediately that Messi had been chosen by Fate to star as a Guest  in the weekend blog hops. So, furrst of all, She prepurred  beautiful pawtriotic frames for the pictures. And then, She artified them, with the help of LunaPic.

This furrst one used the Dark artsy effect, at 45%:


For the second, She chose the Scribble effect, at 40%:

And in case you were wondering, the big, sad eyes worked like a charm and Messi got plenty of tidbits (unlike Us. Mummy brought home lots of food, but We haven't received ANY. Maybe She is saving it for Lag b'Omer).

Now for the blog hop badges:


Speaking of Lag b'Omer - of course We will be celebrating, as usual, with a bonfire and barbecue up in the Enchanted Forest, on Saturday night, from 8.30 pm - and We hope to see you all there. Pawty Season is well and truly underway!

And now, it's time to start hopping. We hope We manage to visit you all before Mummy turns off the computer and goes to lie down and rest. She has a FURRY, FURRY, busy week ahead. This evening, it is the General Rehearsal for her Caterwauling Club's Gala Concert, which takes place on Tuesday. It's a longer-than-usual rehearsal, and when She gets home from that, She has to prepurr effurrything She needs for her archaeology field trip tomorrow. And then, of course, on Tuesday is The Concert.  Mummy is going to be Totally Exhausticated!

Still, We will do the best We can to visit as many of you as pawssible.

Till next week then.

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.



Sunday, May 12, 2024

Two Celebrations Coming Up: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies With Shimshi

Greetings, Effurrybuddies!

Guess whose turn it is to lead the J-Cats on this weekend's blog hops - the Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie, and the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Deliciously and Predictably Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet

That's right! It is I, the Mighty Shimshon (Shimshi for short), Furrst of My Name, aka The Little Purrince, aka The Baby Mancat, Master of the Queen's Mischiefs and Captain of the Guard!

Coincidentally, that turns out to be furry appawsite, because this coming Wednesday, May 15th, is My 10th Gotchaversary. In honor of that Meowmentous Occasion, PhotoFunia has issued a Special Commemorative Stamp:

The day before that, Tuesday May 14th, is Israel's Independence Day. Of course, the celebrations this year are likely to be somewhat toned down, because of the War, but Mummy says it's impawtant to show all those who want to destroy Us that We are here and will remain so, in spite of Anything and Effurrything they try to do to Us.
So, We are going to have a Joint Celebration for Independence Day and My Gotchaversary, starting with a Barbecue on Tuesday afternoon at 4pm Israel time, to which all Our Anipals are invited. It will go on all night long, and well into Wednesday, and there will be Mewsic and Dancing and, of course, lots and lots of Food and Drink.


Do you even need to ask? 

Where else but up in the Enchanted Forest (mol)!

Now, getting back to the blog hops - We have two more selfies for you and you can choose which you like best. Furrst, here is Me trying to avoid the Flashy Box and not succeeding:


We went back to LunaPic to artify this one, and made it furry colourful, with a combination  of Quirky at 52%, and Dawn, at 29%:

Our third and final selfie today shows Me stretched across two chairs in the living room, keeping Mummy company while She watched some silly old film from 60 years ago that She found on MewTube:

Judging by the look on My Face, it seems I was quite enthralled by the film too (mol). At any rate, We thought this picture was worthy of being hung in a gallery, once it was turned into an oil painting, with the help of PhotoFunia:

And now, We shall put up the Blog Hop badges:


We are posting a bit late today, because Mummy is furry tired, having stayed up till the wee hours of the meowning watching the Eurovision Song Contest and then commenting about it on Fursbook and WhatsApp. But She doesn't have Caterwauling Purractice this evening, because it is the start of Remembrance Day, which is always marked the Day before Independence Day, so She doesn't need to sleep during the afternoon (though She purrobably will, as She can hardly keep her Eyes open).

So We will do Our Best to visit as many of you as We can before Mummy falls asleep at the keyboard (mol) and if We don't manage today, there's always tomorrow.

Don't forget - the Pawty starts on Tuesday afternoon. We look forward to welcoming you to the Barbecue.

Till then - Be well. Be safe. We love you all.

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Caspurr's Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies - and Yet Another Sad Farewell

Greetings, Effurryone! 

Today, I, Caspurr, will be leading My Fellow J-Cats on the weekend blog hops - the Caturday Art blog hop hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie, and the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Delightful and Predictably Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

But before We do any of that, We wish to bow Our heads in honour of another Dear Furriend, who received his angel wings the day before yesterday - dearest, handsome Ernie of the Island Cats blog, He of the Golden Eyes. He was 18 years old, but however many years We are granted, it is never enough, certainly not for Our Humans, who are left bereft and alone. Yet although Ernie has left this world, when he received his wings, he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge into the world of Eternal Sunshine, where he will live forever, restored to youth and health. Fly free, dearest Ernie, safe in the Loving Paw of the Great Cat in the Sky.


In our own little corner of the World, We have to report that Uncle D. has gone to spend the next couple of weeks with Auntie N. (who also lives in Jerusalem), so We now have Free Access to the Guest-Room Our Room once more. We are glad about that, but will miss Uncle D. We think an extra week or so of Reinforcement Training would have helped him remain a Committed Cat Purrson after he returns to England!

Another impawtant news item is that Mummy FINALLY finished writing on her own bloggie about her field trip to the Galilee and Golan Heights last month. You are cordially invited to take a look - and also to say hallo to a couple of kitties She met there.


And now, to Blog Hop business.

Here are not one, but THREE selfies, each one artified with different LunaPic filters!

In this furrst, the background is slightly blurred but you can clearly see My Tummy and, most impawtant of all, My Murder Mitts:

We artified this with the Fairy effect at 80%, and then added an overlay of Tattoo at 20%.

The second selfie shows me sprawled reclining on the living room sofa, displaying my Tongue and My Smoochable Tummy (smoochable by those Select Few to whom I have deigned to purr-mit Tummy Access, that is):

We made a lovely, artsy-fartsy version of this one - including the frame - with the Sketch2 effect at 48% and the Beauty effect at 46%.

Finally, here is a close-up of Me, with My Raspy, Little Pink Tongue sticking out:

The artification for this last one used Crayon at 42%, followed by Pen at 27%.

And here are the blog hop badges:


Before We go, We would like to remind you that next Caturday night is the Meowrovision Song Contest Final - preceded on Tuesday night and Thursday night by the two semifinals. Israel's song is in the second semifinal, on Thursday night. Please, please, please, make sure your Humans support Us, by voting for Our Song.  We understand that viewers all over the world will be able to vote, not just in competing countries. Israel needs YOUR vote, to get through to the Final and to win. The broadcasts are at 10 pm Israel time, so if you are in North America, that's 3 pm on the east coast, 12 noon on the west coast - and somewhere in the middle for all points between. If you are in Europe - you will know when to tune in.

That's all for now. See you next week. Till then - Be well. Be safe. We love you all.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Keeping Our Heads Above Water: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies With Trixie

Hallo once more, Effurrybody!

It is I, Queen Trixie, here to lead my Fellow J-Cats on this weekend's blog hops - the Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie,  and the Sunday Snoozies Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Delightful, Predictably Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

Despite the steadily increasing tensions on Israel's northern border, We ourselves don't have anything special to report. Mummy is getting more and more upset at the lack of progress in freeing the Israeli hostages being held by the Evil Humans in Gaza, and does not understand why the whole world is putting pressure on Israel, rather than on the Evil Ones who kidnapped and murdered Our People and started this war. But We are keeping Our heads above water and trying to get by from day to day. 

We had a furry nice seder last week. Tonight, Mummy and Uncle D. are dining with Auntie N., to celebrate the seventh and last day of Pessach (Passover). We hope they remember to bring Us a kitty bag!

Now, to business!
We artified My Pawtrait (above) with LunaPic's Frida art effect, which 
is high on Our list of favourites, although We haven't used it for quite a while. We set the filter at 80%. Isn't it purrty?

In honour of Pessach, We are giving you 2 more of My Selfies, with artifications by LunaPic. Furrst, here is one which Mummy snapped while I was sleeping (furry rude of Her to do that, I think. Don't you agree?)

This was artified with the Smoke effect, at 44%:

The third picture came out just a tad blurred, but since it shows my tummy and tongue, Mummy thought you would forgive Us just this once. You do, don't you?

And in the artsy-fartsy version, which uses Sadness at 50% and Picasso at 45%, you don't notice the blurring at all!

Now We shall add the blog hop badges:


That's all for the time being. We will see you next week (Great Cat in the Sky  willing). Till then - Be well. Be safe. We love you all.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Purrs for Pessach: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies

Greetings, Effurrybody!

We are so excited! Tomorrow evening  (April 22nd) is the seder night  - the start of Pessach (Passover). And Uncle D. is here for a whole month. Well - he isn't exactly HERE with Us for the whole time, but here in Israel. He is staying with Us for a fortnight and then he will go to Auntie N, Mummy's and Uncle D.'s sister, for the rest of his stay. Meanwhile, of course, that means that, once again, We are barred from the Guest Room - but, since We are quite successfully training him to be a Cat Purrson, We have decided to acquiesce gracefully. You can't turn a Human into a Cat Purrson in just one day, and since he is not here all the time, pawtial relapses are only to be expected. 

Now, getting back to the seder - for the furrst time in about a gazillion years, Mummy will be hosting it here, in her Our own Home. Meanwhile, We furries shall be having a com-mew-nal seder  for all Our Furriends up in the Enchanted Forest at 8 pm Israel time tomorrow evening. We hope to see all of you there. Precise co-ordinates have, as usual, been sent directly to your transportation devices. If you have not received them, let Us know.

Okay, now down to the Immediate Business of the weekend blog hops - the Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie, and the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Delightful and Predictably Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

Since tomorrow evening is Pessach and We all wanted to wish you Chag Sameach, all three of Us posed for selfies this week, and Mummy helped Us artify them all, with the help of those clever cats over at LunaPic.

Furrst up - Trixie, the Queen of Hearts. You cannot escape her Melting Gaze, can you?

This was artified using the Flowers filter, at 48%:

We think this was a furry suitable choice, considering that Pessach is a Spring festival.

Next, We have Caspurr, the Snuggle-Bug, all pink tongue and tummy.

For Caspurr's artification, We used the Sunshine effect at 73%, overlaid with Grey at 27%:

Finally, Shimshi, the Master-of-the-Queen's Mischiefs, in a pose which shows off his toesies and his pink and grey pawpads to purrfection.

Shimshi was in a really artsy-fartsy mood and chose the Pen effect at 42%:

Here, now, are the blog hop badges:


Oh, and if you want to read in more detail about the scary night We had last weekend, Mummy wrote about it in Her Own Bloggie.

Now, it is time to wrap things up and start blog hopping. To those who celebrate Pessach, We wish you חג שמח (Chag Sameach - Happy Holiday). We look forward to seeing all of you, even those who don't celebrate Pessach, at Our Com-mew-nal Seder (which, apart from the Ceremonial bits, includes a bang-up Feast - featuring, amongst other things, plenty of gefillte fish and plenty of other Goodies).

To all of you, We say - Be well. Be safe. We love you all.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

White Night: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies With Shimshi

Greetings, Effurrybuddies!

Boy, oh boy! What a fur-raising night We had!

Evil humans in Purr-sia (Iran) tried to kill Us last night. They shot hundreds of missiles and sent drones to attack Us. We knew they were coming but on the radio, they said the drones would arrive between 2 - 4 am. Mummy went to bed, thinking that if and when they arrived in Jerusalem, She would be woken by the sirens. But She couldn't fall asleep and at about 1:40 am, She thought She heard loud boomies overhead. She sat up, not sure if that was what She had really heard and THEN, the sirens started (NB: the app in her phone that was supposed to warn her of an impending attack did NOT go off!!!). There was no time even to think about running down to the shelter. Mummy grabbed her phone and a bottle of water and a pillow and rushed into the inner corridor which is the safest place in the apawtment (no outer walls or windows) where She lay down on the floor. It's a good thing Uncle D. had suggested the pillow earlier in the evening. The floor is hard and cold.  Civil Defence instructions were to wait 10 whole minutes in the "Safe Space", but Mummy waited half an hour, all the while texting family and neighbours, because there were quite a lot more boomies. As far as We know, only the neighbours on the ground floor went to the shelter.

After that, She turned on the TV and listened to that a bit, before returning to bed. That was when it became clear that the boomies were the result of ballistic missiles being intercepted over Jerusalem! As a result, Mummy got only about four hours sleep, so We are going to keep this post brief and let her try to catch a couple of hours more Shut-Eye before going to Caterwauling Club this evening.


In the midst of Our Own Troubles here, We would like to take a moment to pay tribute to a Dear Furriend who departed last week for the Rainbow Bridge - a furry handsome, sweet woofie, dearest Lightning, of the Chronicle of Woos blog, who received his Angel wings last Wednesday, leaving his Humans and his fursibs, Misty and Timber, as well as his many friends here in the blogosphere, heartbroken.

Run free, sweet Lightning, now made young and healthy again, to bask in the Eternal Sunshine beyond the Rainbow Bridge.


It is My Turn, as you have no doubt realised, to lead My Fellow J-Cats on this weekend's blog hops - the Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie, and the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Delightfully and Predictably Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

We picked out three photos of Me and artified each one with a different filter from LunaPic. We have also made mewtiful, pawtriotic frames for them all:

In this furrst one, I am enjoying a really nice, big sunpuddle: 


The artification uses the Dark filter at 62%, topped up with an overlay of Brave at 33% (because I am - I'm the Mighty Shimshon, after all). 

Next is a picture of Me trying to have My After Lunch Snooze (and not being allowed to, till I cooperated and agreed to pose for a Selfie):

The artsy-fartsy version of this one uses just one filter - Picasso, at 68%. It makes Me look much more like a tabby, doesn't it? And just look at my snaky-looking tail!

And finally, here is a close-up of Me, taken in honour of My Upcoming Birthday, this Wednesday, April 17th:

We artified this one with the Quirky filter. We liked it so much, and think it expurresses My Purr-sonality so well, that We left it at 100%.  It completely changes My Colouring and makes Me look much more like My Brofur, Caspurr.

And here are the blog hop badges:



As We said, this Wednesday, April 17th, is My Birthday. I will be 10 years old! That is a furry impawtant number, isn't it? And naturally, We will be celebrating up in the Enchanted Forest, from 6 pm Israel time on that day. As always, you are all invited (and anyone who can get there a bit earlier to help set up the Bar - and the Barbecue -  will be most welcome).


Now it is time to wrap this up and start blogging. We might not get to visit as many of you as We would like today, because We are all furry tired and need to catch up on the sleep We lost last night, so if We don't visit you today, We will continue hopping tomorrow.

One last thing - purrhaps the most impawtant of all - We would like to thank all of you who reached out to Us last night and earlier this morning, on WhatsApp, Fursbook and E-Mail, as well as via this blog, to make sure We were safe. It is most comforting to know We are not alone and that We have such good friends, both furry and human, all over the world.

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Caspurr Prepurrs For Gotcha Day: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies

Greetings, Effurryone!

How are you all? Are you ready to pawty? I hope so - because this coming Thursday, April 11th,  is My Gotcha Day and you know what that means, don't you? An all-night pawty, starting at 7pm, Israel Time. 


Well, in the Enchanted Forest, obviously! Where else?! Co-ordinates will be sent directly to your Transportation Devices. We are looking forward to seeing you all there. 
If it should happen to rain (unlikely, but at this of year, early Spring, anything is pawssible), We can repair to Our Castle. Mummy is going to the Opurra that evening, so She will be safely out of the way (mol).

Meowing of Mummy, tomorrow is Her Birthday and She will be spending it on another one of her field trips, once again in The North (does She think this is Game of Thrones, or something?). Which reminds Me, She finally got round to blogging about her previous field trip, last month.

Now, as I am sure you have guessed, it is My Turn to lead My Fellow J-Cats on the weekend blog hops - the Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie, and the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Deliciously and Predictably Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

We chose a series of three photos of Me, shot in quick succession. In the furrst, I have just woken up and am enjoying a refreshing stretch:

In the next, I am waiting for Mummy to snorgle My Tummy and give Me some well-deserved Tummy Rubs:

And in this last one, I was already rather bored and wishing Mummy would just let Me get back to snoozing:

We used filters from LunaPic for all three artifications. For My stretchy picture, since I was still half asleep, We chose Dreaming, at 65%:

For My tummy rub picture, We used Tattoo, at 75%:

And the picture of Me yawning was artified with Dark, at 85%:

Mummy says the expression on My Face in this last artification reminds her of The Scream, by Edvard Munch, only upside down (mol)!
What do YOU think?

Now, let Us put up the blog hop badges:



Oh, We almost forgot! We heard that tomorrow, the Sun is going to disappear for a few hours! This was a furry alarming piece of News, but it seems We won't be able to see this Phenomenon here in Israel. Nevertheless, We think it is Highly Significant that it is taking place on Mummy's Birthday! That must mean something Impawtant, don't you think?

Right, time to finish up here, and start blog hopping. See you next week. Till then - Be well. Be safe. We love you all.