Sunday, August 1, 2021

Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies With Caspurr the Caspicatious

Greetings, Effurryone!

Caspurr the Caspicatious here, to update you on all the News (such as it is) and to lead the J-Cats on this week's blog hops - the Caturday Art Blog Hop, hosted by the Wise and Lovely Athena and her HuMum, Marie, and the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by the predictably Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.


I had just awoken from my post-breakfast pre-lunch nap and was having a lovely stre-e-e-e-e-etch, when I was tricked into becoming the Star of this week's photo-shoot.

Not that I am not fully conscious of my Star Quality, but I am far too Modest to volunteer for the job (mol).

For Our Caturday Art, We tried a couple of different styles.

Furrst up, We let PhotoFunia turn me into a black and white street mural:

And for something a wee bit more colourful, here I am using LunaPic's Escher Art effect at 60% and using one of their nice, clean-cut frames:

Let Us know in the comments section, which you prefurr.

Now, for the rest of Our News.

Here in Israel, they have decided to go ahead with giving a third COVID jab to the over-60s (a booster shot) starting from today. That is despite the fact that neither the FDA, nor the WHO have yet authorised such shots.

Mummy is in no hurry to receive a third jab. Only 2 months ago they were telling us that the double shot vaccination was apparently good for a whole year. Now, basically,  they are telling us it isn't even all that effective for the 6 months for which they claimed it was effective when they started the vaccination campaign. What next? Will they tell us three months from now that we need to have a FOURTH dose? Will we be expected to have boosters every three months? Every two? Every month?

So, kudos to President Herzog and his wife for their purr-sonal example in getting the booster shot - and on live TV, for which they halted the regular scheduled broadcast.  But Mummy is tired of being a guinea-pig and intends to sit out this round and await developments.  That does NOT mean She has entirely ruled out getting another shot. BUT, She wants to wait and see...

It goes without saying, of course, that She will continue to observe all the Social Distancing and Hygiene rules and recommends that you do too. That means Face-Masks, and, of course, remembering to keep washing those Paws!

And now it's time to start blog-hopping. Furrst of all, here are the Blog Hop Badges:


And off We go. Till next week then - and meanwhile, Be Well. Be Safe. We love you all!

Sunday, July 25, 2021

The Floofiness of Trixie: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfie

Hallo again, Effurrybody!

It's Me once more - MOI, Queen Trixie, Furrst of My Name, Empurress of Jerusalem, Israel and the Entire Middle East, Queen of Hearts, Guardian of the Boudoir, Alpha Kitty Extraordinaire.

What wonderful news We all had this week! Sawyer, from the Cat on My Head blog, is finally HOME AGAIN, after being AWOL for 24 days and twelve hours!  We are so furry happy for him and for his Family, both feline and human. And We are delighted to take part in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by him and his fursibs, the Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

Here is My Selfie:

And here is the Sunday Selfies blog hop badge:

We are also pawticipating in the Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie. Here is their badge:


We used the same picture, and then We artified it, using Lunapic's Beauty effect at 50% and added one of their simple, but elegant frames.

But then Mummy started wondering if that frame, elegant as it is, was not sufficiently majestic for a Feline of My Stature, so She hauled me off to PhotoFunia to pick out a fancy-shmancy frame.

To be quite honest, I kind of feel that frame is a bit overwhelming, and detracts from My Natural Beauty.  

Let Us know in the Comments what you think.

Another great piece of news is that the Cat-O-Lympics have finally started. Are any of you kitties taking part? In which events?

Mummy also found time last week to write her own blog. If you enjoy her caterwauling, do pop over and visit.

Meanwhile, before I set off to visit my fellow bloggers, I want to remind effurrybody, Furries and Naked Bipeds alike, that the Evil Coronavirus has not yet been defeated. In some places, things are better than in others and the Precautions to be taken differ from country to country, but wherever you are, the Rules are there for Your Purrtection, so make sure you and your Humans observe them.

So carry on Social Distancing wherever necessary, wear facemasks (especially in crowded venues) and, most impawtant of all - ALWAYS - keep washing those paws!

Be safe. Be well. We love you all.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Shimshi's Undecided Caturday Art and Sunday Selfie

Hallo, Effurrybuddies!

It is furry, furry, furry HOT!

We have heard that all over the World, the Weather has been furry hot - and if not that, then there have been FLOODS.  It seems like the Evil Coronavirus wasn't enough! The Whole Wide World has gone CRAZY!

We haven't had floods here in Israel, but, as I said, it is H O T!!!

This Little Kitty isn't dumb enough to go and sit on a Hot Tin Roof, however and I have been attempting to chill out indoors. But the heat makes Me furry tired and sleepy, so I haven't been inventing many new Mischiefs lately, despite being Officially designated Master of the Queen's Mischiefs. Instead, I have been snoopervising Mummy furry closely to see what She is getting up to.

For example, when She opens one of the cupboards in the Kitchen, I have to check out the contents furry diligently, to make sure Mummy is eating the right noms. Otherwise, how will She stay healthy and be able to take propurr care of Us?

We thought this would be a good choice for Our Entry in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by the Adorably Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.
This week, they are commemorating the Amazing and Handsome Mau, who flew away to the Bridge a year ago.  And, like all of Us, they are still waiting and purraying for Sweet Sawyer to come home.

Here is their Badge:

We are also pawticipating in the Caturday Art Blog Hop, hosted by the Wise and Lovely Athena and her HuMum, Marie, whose Badge We present below:

For this, We used a slightly different picture, which was slightly (only just slightly) blurred:

We tried all kinds of LunaPic filters, and in the end, We found no less than FIVE which We thought looked really good, only Mummy and I could not agree which one was best - not with each other, and not with ourselves (mol).

Furrst of all, the Delaunay filter at 75%:

Next, the Grey filter at 30%:

Next up - the Waves filter at 25%:

One of the reasons We found it hard to choose, was the similarity between these two.  In fact, the next one, Smoke - at 50% - is also quite hard to distinguish from the previous two.

But Option #5, Nouveau at 70%, is completely different - and furry colourful:

Let Us know in the Comments section, which is your favourite.

Here in Israel, We are again seeing almost a thousand new COVID-19 cases daily - mostly the Delta Variant. The Humans in Charge want to see if the Crisis can be managed without going back into lockdown, but that depends on the Goodwill and Cooperation of the People (and so, it seems unlikely, says Mummy, cynically).

Anyway, if We are facing a 4th Wave, you probably are too - or will be, sooner or later. That being the case, We hope you and your Humans are remembering to take all sensible Precautions for your Purrtection: Social Distancing, Face-Masks and (it goes without saying) - WASHING YOUR PAWS!

Be safe. Be well. We love you all!


Sunday, July 11, 2021

Caspurr's Peekaboo Caturday Art and Sunday Selfie

Hallo there, Effurryone!

It's Me again!

In case just one of my beautiful Eyes and Ears aren't enough for you to identify ME, I will reveal that it is I, Ser Caspurr the Courageous (and Caspicacious), Furrst of My Name, Commander-in-Chief of the Impurrial Forces and King of the Tigger Tabbies (but you knew that, didn't you? - MOL) and I am here to lead the J-Cats on this week'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 Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMum, Janet.
The Blue Family are still awaiting news of sweet Sawyer, who has been MIA for over two weeks now. We have been purraying all day and effurry day for him to come home, and We know you all are too. Wherever Sawyer is, may the Great Cat in the Sky continue to watch over him.

It has been a furry busy week for Mummy, who took part in not one, but TWO concerts with her Caterwauling Club. Tonight, they are having their End-of-Season Pawty and then We will have Her to Ourselves for the rest of the Summer, thank goodness!

The Box you see in the picture above was one Mummy ordered for Us specially, from SuperPharm. There was a lot of junk in it, such as shampoo and scented soap, and Other Such Things. We didn't want to throw them all away and waste them, so We gave them to Mummy. Mummy was so grateful, She cut out windows in the Box, to make it more interesting for Us.  Each of Us posed for Our Pawtraits in The Box, but, as I said, this week it is MY turn to lead the blog hops. 

We chose another picture of Me in the Box, for Our Caturday Art - with both eyes, this time (mol).

We artified the picture with LunaPic's Mosaic Effect, which We overlaid with the Yarn Effect at 70%. Then We added an elegant frame - and THIS was the result:

And now it is time to join the blog hops. Here are the badges:


Before We go, We want to remind you that the Evil Coronavirus has not yet been defeated (indeed, here in Israel, it seems to be on the rise again - especially the "Delta Variant"). Until it is, remember to carry on Social Distancing and wearing Face-Masks and, most impawtant of all - keep washing those Paws!

Be safe. Be well. We love you all.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Trixie's Sultry Summer Sunday Selfie and Caturday Art

Hallo again, Effurrybody!

Once more, I, Queen Trixie, Furrst of My Name, Empurress of Jerusalem, Israel and the Entire Middle East, Queen of Hearts, Guardian of the Boudoir and Alpha Kitty Extraordinaire, have been chosen to lead the J-Cats as We pawticipate in 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 Amazingly Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

It is a furry hot and sultry day, kitties - and I think I am looking pretty sultry too, don't you?

This is my Sunday Selfie - but what I was thinking about, when it was taken, was Sweet Sawyer, of the Kitties Blue, who is still missing, without a trace. We can only imagine what his family must be going through. Please, please, please, Great Cat in the Sky - look after Sawyer and send him safely home to his family!!!

Next, here is Our Caturday Art. We took My Sultry Sunday Selfie and Artified it with LunaPic's Landscape Filter at 70%.

Mummy then added the Finishing Touch with a Flower Frame, from PhotoFunia, to make it really and truly summery.

Here are the Blog Hop badges:


We had a bit of a scare last week when Grandpaw had to go back to hospital because of a post-surgery complication, but luckily, the doctors were able to clear up the purroblem quite quickly and send Grandpaw back home later the same day.

You may have heard that the Evil Coronavirus is on the upsurge again here in Israel. So far, they have reinstated the obligation to wear masks at public indoor gatherings (like the theatre, etc.) and (we hope) tightened the enforcement of restrictions at ports and airports. Mummy hopes there won't be any need for further restrictions, as her Caterwauling Club is giving a concert tomorrow - the first one in months - and next week, she is going to the Opurra for the first time in over a year.

Also, you remember We mentioned that the Washing Machine broke down. Well, Mummy bought a new one last week and We She has just done the furrst batch of Laundry with the new machine!

Now, before We set off on the Blog Hops, We would like to wish Our many furriends in the United States a Happy Independence Day.

We also want to remind you, and your Humans, so long as the Evil Coronavirus is still around, to carry on Social Distancing, wearing Face-Masks and - most impawtant of all - Washing those Paws!

Be safe. Be well. We love you all!


Sunday, June 27, 2021

A Plethora of Bad News: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies with the Mighty Shimshi

Hallo again, Effurrybuddies! 

It's Me again, the Mighty Shimshi, with greetings from Jerusalem, Israel.

As many of you will already know, there is no Sunday Selfies Blog Hop today, because Sawyer of the Kitties Blue, who host the Sunday Selfies blog hop, together with their HuMom, Janet,  has gone missing and his HuMom is much too worried to be hosting a blog hop.  We're furry afraid Sawyer might have had another seizure when there was no-one around to look after him. Please, effurryone, put your paws together and purray for his well-being and safe return to his family.

And that's not the end of the Bad News. This meowning, We were absolutely GUTTED to read that Our Dear Furriend, Timmy Tomcat, flew away to the Rainbow Bridge on Furriday, leaving his family heartbroken - as are we all.
Fly free, Angel Timmy. We will meet again one day.

Grandpaw is back home (after a second spell in the hospital) but not healing as fast as he should after his surgery, due to Unexpected Complications. So please purray for him too.

And then there is the Evil Coronavirus, which We all thought hoped We had seen the last of, but it's back, so it seems, in a new form - the Indian Variant, aka the Delta Variant. So now, once more, We have to wear face-masks in closed public spaces and on public transport - and Mummy is hoping and praying it won't affect her Caterwauling Club's concert next week. Step-Grandma (My Godmother) is furry suspicious about the timing of this new outbreak, coming, as it does, when we are left with a million vaccine doses on our hands, whose expiry date is a month away, and wonders how we suddenly jumped from less than 10 new cases a day, to more than 200! This couldn't all be due to a few hours last week when there were problems in the testing of incoming travellers at Ben Gurion Airport.

All of a sudden, they are urging parents to vaccinate children aged from 12 to 15.

Mummy doesn't know whom to believe any more. 

This week, We are taking part in one blog hop only - the Caturday Art Blog Hop hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie.  Here is their badge:

We artified My Sunday Selfies photo with three different filters from LunaPic. Furrst of all, We used Picasso at 55%. We overlaid that with Paper Folding at 60% and topped it all off with Edtaonisi at 30%. We framed the final result with one of LunaPic's elegant frames and voilĂ !

BTW - if you look carefully, you can see in the background, in the top left corner, the washing machine, which has been on its last legs for a couple of weeks and today, all but expired. So now Mummy will have to buy a new one. More bad news. It never rains but it paws...

Since the Evil Coronavirus is back, We cannot stress too strongly the impawtance of observing all the rules Some of Us thought were no longer necessary. Wear face-masks, purractice Social Distancing and above all - KEEP WASHING THOSE PAWS!

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.

And now, let's blog hop!

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Me and Mummy: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies

Greetings, Effurryone!

Caspurr here - the Undisputed King of the Tigger-Tabbies!

I know, I know. You are going to tell Me that my grammar is wrong. That the title ought to be "Mummy and I", not Me and Mummy. But it's Me I who is am is the Star of this week's Blog Hops, not Mummy! It is I, Caspurr, Furrst of My Name, etc. etc. in this picture. Yes, it is Mummy's arm which has Me in a Suffocating Loving Grip Embrace, but it is MY handsome face you see, and Mine alone!

This is the Face That Launched a Thousand Cans of Fancy Feast! And it is Our Entry in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop hosted by the  Charmingly Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

But Mummy did something furry clever and a little bit different this week, when it came to Our entry in the Caturday Art Blog Hop, hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie.

She took the original, uncropped picture and created an emeowji of herself, using an app on her meowbile phone. We then popped over to LunaPic, where Mummy artified the picture with  the Edtaonisi art effect at 40%, and further overlaid that with the Paper-folding effect at 30%.

And this is the result:

What do you think of that, My Furriends?

As for the mewsical notes - well, they are a tribute to My Wonderful Voice and a Hint to Mummy that maybe She should invite Me to accompany her to her Caterwauling Club next time She goes to rehearsal.

Now, I am sure you are anxiously awaiting an update about Grandpaw, aren't you?

Well, Grandpaw came home from the hospital a week ago and has been slowly recovering. Tomorrow, he has to go back for some more tests and might pawsibly have to stay overnight. We hope that he will be home again to celebrate his 94th birthday by the Mewish calendar, this Wednesday.

Now it is time to join the Blog Hops. Furrst of all, here are the Blog Hop Badges:


Last - but by no means least - before We go, We would remind those of you living in regions still affected by the Evil Coronavirus, to carry on complying with whatever restrictions are in place for your safety and that of your Humans - Social Distancing, Face-masks and (most impawtant of all), the regular Washing Of Paws.

Be safe. Be well. We love you all!