Sunday, October 25, 2020

Back To Business: Caspurr's Caturday Art And Sleepy Sunday Selfie

Hallo, Effurryone!

Shavua tov (a Good Week) to you all.

Sir Caspurr the Courageous here, Furrst of My Name, Commander-in-Chief of the Impurrial Forces and King of the Tigger-Tabbies!

Well, last night We got back the Hour that was stolen from Us earlier this year, when the clocks were put back one hour and Summertime officially ended. I got to sleep an extra hour, as you can see, but I have to say, it's furry depressing when it gets dark so early. However, the weather is still summery - it's expected to remain in the upper 20s Celsius all week.  We did have one day last week when it rained heavily and there was thunder and lightning for a couple of hours - it was beautiful and the smell of the rain was sweeter than any purr-fume, Mummy says - but it was still warm. However, instead of the endless blue skies of summer, there are now little clouds in the early morning and towards evening, which make for beautiful sunsets, like this one:

Please note the birdie up at the top in the centre - a lucky shot of Mummy's.  It's a pity the birdie didn't come a bit closer, however. We would have liked to be able to "play" with it (mol)!

Now that We have Our internet connection back again, We are taking part, as usual, in both the Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie, and the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by our dear  Furriends the Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

Here are the blog hop badges:

You can see my Sleepy Sunday Selfie above. Mummy was thinking about how lovely it will be when the museums and art galleries finally open up again and that must have influenced her sub-conscious when she created this week's Caturday Art (with a little help from PhotoFunia):

Now, as usual, before We go blog-hopping, We want to remind you all that the Evil Chinese Coronavirus is still with Us, and so it is furry impawtant for your Humans to keep Social Distancing and wear their facemasks (prefurrably with kitty faces on them).
And Most Impawtant of All - Wash Your Paws furrequently!

See you next week.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Angel Possum's Meowmorial Selfie

Greetings, Anipals!

We're a bit late posting this week, due to being without internet for a couple of days,  and We have missed the deadline for the Caturday Art blog hop, but We still have one more day to take part in the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

As today is the eighth anniversary of the day Possum the MagnifiCat received his Angel Wings, instead of posting a selfie of one of Us, We are going to post some pictures of Possum. This isn't by any means a Guest Selfie, because Possum and his sisfur, Angel Pixie, were the Founders of this Bloggie and this will always be his Home.

Possum sent Us a message from the Rainbow Bridge, telling Us which were his favourite pictures out of the many We had to choose from. Each of them tells a story, of course - so let's start.

Furrst of all, here is a picture of Possum when he was quite a young kitten (Mummy doesn't remember exactly how old he was when this was taken) - he had already made it quite clear that, young as he was, he was the boss and the bed belonged to him.

After all, a kitty spends much of his or her time napping and the existence - or lack - of a cosy, comfortable spot for that all-impawtant activity is a pawsible Dealbreaker when it comes to choosing one's Residence, is it not?

At all events, Possum seems to have been furry satisfied with his choice:

One of Possum's idiosyncrasies (Goodness! What a BIG word - mol) was the way he used to sit on the the armchair, with all four paws dangling down on each side of the armrest:

You can only see one leg here - but you get the general idea, don't you?

Like Caspurr, Possum absolutely loved having his tummy rubbed. Many a time, he would jump on the sofa next to Mummy, roll over on his back with his legs in the air, and demand his due. And Mummy could neffur resist:

Finally, here is a picture of Angel Possum displaying the extraordinary floofiness of the tail for which he was justly famous, and which earned him the name "The MagnifiCat". A more magnificent tail it would be hard to imagine!

This latter is the picture which will repurresent the J-Cats in the aforementioned Sunday Selfies blog hop, whose badge is herein displayed:  

We love it when Mummy tells Us about Possum and Pixie and Minxie, the kitties who came before and We are proud to be the Guardians of their Legacy. We hope that this post will bring fond meowmories to those of you who knew Angel Possum - and will be of interest also to those of you who did not have that purrivilege.

Now, before We go, We want to remind you once again to make sure your Humans continue to stay safe, wear their masks, keep socially distancing and above all (this is to you too, kitties!) - WASH YOUR PAWS FURREQUENTLY.

Okay - it's time to blog hop!

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Trixie on the Telephone: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies

Hallo there, Effurrybody!

Have you noticed how Humans seem to have no sense of Timing and are always calling Us to come and take Selfies at the most inconvenient meowments?

For example, I was awaiting a furry impawtant telephone call when Mummy burst onto the scene and demanded begged that I repurresent the J-Cats in this week's Caturday Art Blog Hop, hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena  and her HuMum, Marie, and in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by the lovely Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

No, I was NOT anxiously awaiting a call from a Mancat!  As if!!!  I, Trixie, Queen of Hearts, am at no Mancat's beck and call!

If you must know, I was waiting for the pet supply shop to call back with news if they had what I wanted Mummy to buy.

This picture is Our Entry in this week's Sunday Selfies Blog Hop - and here is their badge:

We artified it with a Halloween theme from PhotoFunia, for the Caturday Art Blog Hop, whose badge we present below:

Halloween is not celebrated here in Israel, but since Our own High Holy Days and festivals are now over, and We have nothing until Hanukkah, in two months time, We'll take what We can get (mol).

So, what do you think? Spooky Black Cat surrounded by Pumpkins. Not bad, huh?

We are still in almost full lockdown here, but there are hopes for a partial easing of restrictions next Sunday. In any case, many Humans are openly defying the regulations - which We think is furry foolish of them. Not Mummy, though. As usual, She is being a Goody Two-Shoes Law-Abiding Citizen and sticking to the Letter of the Law. 

We need you all to understand that the regulations are for Your Own Good. We don't want you getting sick and unable to care for Us. Besides which, We sort of love you. I know, We don't always say it,  but if this Pandemic has taught Us one thing, it is that you can neffur be sure your Loved Ones will be here tomorrow and if you wait to tell them you care - it may be Too Late.

So remember, Effurryone - remember to stick to the rules and regulations. They are there to keep you safe from the Evil Chinese Coronavirus. Make sure your Humans do so too. Remind them, if they must go out, to wear their facemasks, keep to Social Distancing guidelines, and always - but always - wash their paws.

And now, Shavua Tov - have a Good Week. And let's BLOG HOP.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Shimshi's Sukkot Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies In Lockdown

Hallo again, Effurrybuddies! 

Shimshi here, wishing you all Shavua Tov (a Good Week) and Chag Sukkot Sameach (A Happy Sukkot festival)!

Sukkot is one of the happiest festivals for Mewish cats and their humans, when We have lots of guests join Us in the Sukkah, and friends and families who might not have seen each other all year have a chance to get together. Mummy's brother, who lives in England (the one who claims he doesn't care for cats - but We don't believe him), usually comes to visit for Sukkot. But this year, because of the Evil Coronavirus, he can't come and as for Us, the country is again in full lockdown and people are supposed to stay home and celebrate only with their nuclear families, who live with them!  Mummy is furry upset about that, as you can well imagine. The Zoomie app is no real substitute. (We don't understand, anyway,  why they call it a Zoomie app, when effurryone stays where they are. When We do zoomies, We are all over the place!)

We have seen on other bloggies that today, October 4th, is also World Animal Day - known, too,  as World Pet Day - an International celebration for Animal Rights and Welfare. Naturally, We wholeheartedly support that too.

As usual, today being Sunday, We are taking part in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by Our Furriends, the Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

Here is their badge:  

And, of course, We are also taking part in the Caturday Art Blog Hop, hosted by the lovely Athena and her HuMum, Marie.  Here is their badge:  

To artify my already arty-looking selfie, We used the Smoke Art effect from LunaPic, at 60%. How do you like it?


Now We have to go as Mummy is expecting a visit from the plumber, because there is a leak in the bathroom (which, naturally, manifested itself on Furriday evening, since, of course, these things ALWAYS happen at the weekend - and especially a holiday weekend. And the fact that the whole country is in lockdown was just the icing on the cake!)

Before We go, We would remind you once more to stay safe, observe all the rules put in place to purr-tect you and your Humans from the Evil Coronavirus which is still lurking out there, and remember to Wash Your Paws furrequently!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Caspurr's Caturday Art and Sunday Selfie for Yom Kippaw

Greetings, Effurryone and Shavua Tov (a Good Week).

It is ME - I mean I - Caspurr the Courageous, King of the Tigger-Tabbies here this time, to represent the J-Cats in the Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie and in the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by our wonderful furriends, the Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

Mummy woke Me up to take this Selfie, and - as you can imagine - I was not best pleased!

Then She artified it with the Luce filter from the Paper Artist app on her meowbile phone:

Here are the badges of the two blog hops:


This is going to be a furry short post today, because this evening is the start of the 25-hour-long fast of Yom Kippaw, the Mewish Day of Atonement, and We all have lots and lots to do to get ready (although only the Humans actually fast). It will be a furry strange Yom Kippaw, because of the new lockdown (see Mummy's own bloggie for more on that).

Mewish people (and kitties) believe that on Rosh Hashana (the Mew Year, which We celebrated last week), the Great Cat in the Sky judges the whole world, both animal and human, and writes down in a Big Book, the fate of each and effurryone of them. Who will live, who will die, who will prospurr, who will be brought low....
For ten days, by purrayer and good deeds, We still have the oppurtunity to change that decision - but on Yom Kippaw, in the evening, as the day ends and the stars come out, the Book is signed and sealed. That is why the traditional greeting for Yom Kippaw is "May you be sealed in the Book of Life" (G'mar chatima tova).

May you all be sealed in the Book of Life, dear Furriends. May the horrible coronavirus plague go away, may you and your Humans be happy and healthy - and may effurry kitty and woofie and effurry other lost and homeless animal find their fur-ever homes.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Getting back to Business: (Belated) Rosh Hashana Greetings, Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies

 Hallo again, Effurrybuddies!

Shimshi here, wishing you Shavua Tov (a Good Week) and Shana Tova (a Good Year).  Yes, on Caturday and Sunday, We celebrated the Mewish Mew Year, Rosh Hashana. We are sorry this is all a bit late, but something furry unfortunate happened the week before last. The computer broke down and Mummy had to take it in to be fixed. It is still quite a new computer. We've only had it for two years, so it was still under warranty. Unfortunately, it seems the hard disk was corrupt and had to be replaced and a lot of stuff was lost (mostly pictures from the last three months which hadn't yet been backed up). Mummy thinks they didn't even try, because as of Friday, We are once more in lockdown and they told her that to try to recover data from the hard disk would take quite a lot of time and even then, there was no guarantee they would succeed, and meanwhile Mummy would be going into lockdown with no computer. She did borrow Grandpaw's laptop, but it is completely useless (says Mummy).  When Mummy has time, She will sit down and see what can be retrieved from "the Cloud". We didn't know that pictures can be kept up the clouds, did you? Does the Great Cat in the Sky look after them?

At any rate, Trixie decided She would guard the laptop, until Mummy has a chance to return it to Grandpaw (whom She can't go to visit because of the new lockdown).

So, Mummy got the computer back on  Thursday evening, but was furry, furry busy pre-purring for Rosh Hashana. And of course, She wouldn't sit down at the computer on Rosh Hashana itself, so this is the furrst chance We have had to blog in a fortnight.

The picture of Trixie guarding Grandpaw's laptop is Our Entry in this week's Sunday Selfies Blog Hop hosted by Our Furriends, the Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

Here is their badge:


And that wasn't the end of the disasters that have befallen Us this past fortnight. Caspurr got some kind of a wound on the back of his neck (no, I did not bite him!) and although, under normal circumstances, Mummy would have waited a few days to see how it  developed, and whether it was a scratch or a bite or maybe a fungus or some kind of parasite, the impending lockdown made her nervous so She called the v-e-t, who said to bring Caspurr in to see her. But when they got to the clinic, Mummy saw that Our usual lady v-e-t, Dr. Einat, wasn't there and instead, there was a young, good-looking (so Mummy says, though how could She tell, he was wearing a face-mask?) v-e-t called Dr. David. Anyway, he examined Caspurr with a sort of torch that has a blue light at the end, and he said it wasn't a fungus, it might be a scratch and it was getting better already - and he purr-scribed some ointment. Caspurr tells Me he breathed a sigh of relief at getting off so easily - but then, Mummy remembered that Caspurr hadn't yet had his annual shots and so he got stabbed! Caspurr was so brave. The EVIL v-e-t told Mummy that Caspurr was furry frightened. Mummy asked how he could know that, because Caspurr was being as good as gold and not hissing or biting or scratching. Dr. David said he could tell by the way Caspurr's pupils had narrowed. But Caspurr didn't let on and he behaved like the purrfect gentlemancat that he is. My Big Brofur is a True Hero, he is furry, furry brave and I hope I shall always be able to live up to his standards!

Here is a picture of Me and my brofur Caspurr chilling out on the bed. Mummy artified it, so We could use it as Our Entry in this week's Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie:

Mummy isn't sure, but She thinks She used the Dark art effect from LunaPic.  
And here is the blog hop badge:

Now, all that is left to do before We set off on Our Blog Hopping expedition and visit Our Furriends, is to remind you all that the Evil Chinese Coronavirus is still with Us. Many countries, not only Israel, have expurrienced an upsurge in new cases and are heading for a second lockdown or other restrictions. So make sure your Humans stick to all the rules designed to purrtect them, wear their facemasks, observe social distancing guidelines and keep washing their paws hands.

And let us all purray to the Great Cat in the Sky to make the Evil Virus go away and to send Us all a Good and Sweet Year.  

Sunday, September 6, 2020

A Pause for Paws: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies with Shimshi

Hallo there, Effurrybuddies!

Shimshi, here. I would like to wish you all Shavua Tov (a Good Week), but once again, the week has got off to a furry sad start, with the news that sweet Allie, from the Friends FurEver blog, has flown away to the Rainbow Bridge, to join her beloved husband Mauricio (Mau) of The Cat On My Head blog, who himself left for the Bridge less than two months ago.

The Kitties Blue  (Allie's in-laws) have naturally dedicated the Sunday Selfies blog hop to beautiful Allie and the hop will take place, even though though their HuMom, Janet hasn't been well herself. We wish her a full and speedy recovery.

I didn't really feel like taking any selfies after hearing such sad news. We have lost far too many furriends this year and even these past few weeks, and I don't really feel like blog-hopping today. So I hid under the fridge. But Mummy said We owe it to Allie. We are hopping in her honour.

Besides which, We should neffur put off visiting Our Furriends. We should always remember, (especially in these days of the Evil Chinese Coronavirus), that Tomorrow is no longer a Certainty (if it effur was) and that for some of Us, Tomorrow may neffur come :-(

Here, then, is Our Entry:

If you look hard enough, you can also see my white pawsies, which I happen to think are effury bit as beautiful as Caspurr's pawsies, which We showed you last week.  In case you can't, here is a close-up:

This weekend was even hotter than last weekend. In Jerusalem, where We live, the tempurrature reached 42.8 degrees Celsius! And in Eilat, it hit 49.8!!! EEEEEEEK! Is it any wonder I took refuge under the fridge?  I would have climbed INTO it, if I could!

At all events, the Extreme Heat was the inspurration for Our Caturday Art entry in the blog hop hosted by the lovely Athena and her HuMum, Marie:

But don't worry. I wasn't really in any danger from the flames.  They are just an optical illusion, created with the Flames effect from LunaPic.

Now it is time to start hopping, Dear Furriends. We will be seeing you.
And don't forget - stay safe, keep washing your paws and make sure your Humans wear their face-masks and remember to observe all the Social Distancing rules.

Till next week...