Sunday, May 16, 2021

Shimshi's Gotcha Day Caturday Art and Sunday Selfie

Hallo there, Effurrybuddies!

This has been a Most Extraordinary Week!  As you may recall, yesterday was my Gotcha Day. It has been seven years since Mummy and I gotcha'd each other. However, the Festivities were overshadowed by the fact that Our Country is under attack once more, by the Bad Humans who live in the Gaza Strip. Of course, not all the Humans who live there are bad. Unfortunately, it seems to be the Bad Ones who are in charge.  For more on that, see Mummy's own blog.

Furrst and foremost, We want to reassure you that We are all okay. Apart from last Monday (Jerusalem Day), there haven't been any boomies falling in Jerusalem. But they sure as h*** have been falling effurrywhere else!

We certainly hope no more boomies land in or around Jerusalem, because on Monday, Mummy didn't even wake up from her afternoon nap when the air raid sirens went off. She slept through it all (She must have been completely exhausticated), and woke up a couple of hours later to discover We were at war! Mummy doesn't believe the Bad Humans in Gaza will shoot any more boomies at Jerusalem (this time round, at any rate). It was just to show us they could if they wanted to. We hope She is right - because We don't have a Secure Room in the apawtment, and We are on the top floor, right under the roof. Civil Defence says if you don't have a Secure Room, go down to the shelter (many apawtment blocks have a communal bomb shelter) and if you can't do that, go down one floor and shelter in the stairwell, because the walls of apawtment block stairwells are reinforced. But Our apawtment block only has an open stairwell and the Shelter is three floors down. Mummy could never make it in the 90 seconds they say We have from the time missiles are launched and the Code Red/Iron Dome sirens go off! Mummy has heard on the radio of several people being injured - some fatally so - by falling in the attempt to get to the Secure Room or Shelter, in time. So She has decided to do as We kitties do in case of Emergency. WE go UTB. Mummy says She will dive under the heavy oak table in the living room and pray.

Now, it is time to join 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 Amazing and Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

You may be wondering why I look so surprised in this picture. Mummy says that's my Default Look. I always look surprised.
Mummy took this picture with her new Meowbile phone - a fancy-shmancy one with four cameras - five, if you count the Selfie Camera. Mummy hasn't got a clue how to switch from one to the other, but She did enjoy playing around with the phone's Special Effects, and She used the Caricature filter to create this week's Caturday Art:

I must say, I rather like it. What do you think?

Next, Here are the Blog Hop Badges:


Tomorrow is Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, when We celebrate the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. Mummy will be hosting the family (those who are in Jerusalem, at any rate) for her traditional Shavuot buffet lunch, which (so a little birdie told Us) will include Salmon. We hope to receive Our Fair Share - as well as a generous helping of the cheesecake She has made for dessert. Last year, because of the Evil Coronavirus, We couldn't have a proper family lunch, but things seem to be better this year.  Well - except for the war and the boomies, of course.  Mummy says, all things considered, 2020 mightn't have been such a bad year after all (mol).

Before We go, We want to remind you all that if you and your humans are still under lockdown (full or partial), remember that the restrictions are impawtant to keep you safe. So carry on Social Distancing, and wearing Face masks when necessary. And (it goes without saying), keep washing your paws.

Chag Same'ach     -     חג שמח

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Caspurr's Surreal Snoozy Sunday Selfie and Dreamy Caturday Art

Hallo again, Effurryone!

We have a busy week ahead of Us! Tomorrow is Jerusalem Day, the 54th annifurrsary of the Restoration of Mewish Sovereignty in Jerusalem.  Mummy might write a bit about that in her Own Blog tomorrow, if She has time to write anything at all. Next Caturday, May 15th, is Shimshi's seventh Gotcha Day (which We will be celebrating with a picnic and barbecue in the Enchanted Forest, as usual) and next Monday (May 17th), as well as being Step-Grandma's Birthday, is Shavuot (Pentecost),  - so We aren't sure if We will have time to post next Sunday, as Our Petcretary will be busy prepurring for Shavuot.

This week, I, Sir Caspurr the Courageous, Furrst of My Name, Commander-in-Chief of the Impurrial Forces and King of the Tigger-Tabbies, will be leading the J-Cats as We pawticipate 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 the charmingly Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

Here is my adorable self, basking in the boudoir:

I know, I know. You all want to snorgle my tummy, I'm sure. Well - My Tummy is reserved for Mummy alone!

And here is the artified version, using two filters from LunaPic: Surreal at 55%, and on top of that, we superimposed Dreaming at 35%:

It kind of looks as if there is a hole in my Tummy, doesn't it?   But fear not. My Tummy is Whole, with no Hole (mol).

We even attempted a jigsaw puzzle this time - and We hope it doesn't take you as long as it took Mummy?

What's that? You don't know how long it took her?  Well, don't look at Us. Our lips are sealed (mol).

preview96pieceCaspurr's Surreal Dream 

Now, before We go, We want to remind you to Save the Date of Shimshi's Gotcha Day Pawty in the Enchanted Forest this coming Caturday at 5pm Israel Time. Coordinates will be sent automatically to your Tunnels and other Teleporting Devices, as usual, for those who have never been there before and don't know the way,

And here are the Blog Hop badges:


Finally, for those of you living in places where the Evil Coronavirus still holds sway, make sure your Humans continue to wear face masks, observe Social Distancing guidelines and, most impawtant of all:  KEEP WASHING YOUR PAWS.

Be safe. Be well. We love you all!


Sunday, May 2, 2021

A Sad Awakening: Trixie's Caturday Art and Sunday Selfie

Hallo again, Effurrybody!

Once again, it is I, Trixie the Black Panfur, speaking to you from Jerusalem, Israel.

You may be wondering why I look so sad in My Sunday Selfie.
As you may recall, last week We invited you all to Our picnic barbecue in honour of Lag b'Omer, on Fursday night. We could not know that, even as We were celebrating, a terrible Tragedy was unfolding at the central Lag b'Omer celebration at Mount Meron, up in the Galilee. 45 people, including children, were crushed to death and over 150 were injured in the worst civilian disaster in Israeli history. We only heard about it on Furriday morning when Mummy turned on the radio. 

Today has been declared a day of National Mourning.
So I am sure you will understand if We are not much in the mood for blog hopping today. Instead, We will just post Our Caturday Art and Sunday Selfie, and link to the Wise and Lovely Athena and her HuMum, Marie (hosts of the Caturday Art blog hop), and to the Sweetly Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet (hosts of the Sunday Selfies blog hop) - and leave the actual blog hopping and visiting Our Furriends, till tomorrow.

Under the circumstances, LunaPic's Sadness filter at 55%, was the obvious choice for Our Caturday Art.

Here, then, are the Blog Hop badges:


We will see you again, next week, hopefully in happier circumstances. Till then - Be Well, Be safe.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Trixie's Tall Tail Sunday Selfie and Caturday Art

 Hallo at last, my Faithful Furriends!

Yes! It is I - 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!

I am back again, after graciously defurring last week and the week before to My Brofurs, who had impawtant dates to celebrate.

I shall be leading the J-Cats for the next two weeks, as We join the Caturday Art Blog Hop hosted by the Beauteous and Wise Athena and her HuMum, Marie,  as well as the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by the Eternally Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

In My Selfie, above, one of the furrst pics taken with Mummy's new meowbile phone, I have just had a papurr-shredding session in the newspapurr basket. As you can see, I have been doing a number on the old telephone directory (mol). It gave my magnificent talons an EXCELLENT workout, and I think I can be justifiably proud of the result, which was certainly deserving of the Pride displayed in the way I present My Tail in this picture.

For Our Caturday Art, We once again used LunaPic. The Grey Art effect is one of Our Favourites, We used it at 80% - and I think I am not mistaken in saying that it gives an extra prominence to my jewel-like eyes, don't you agree?

Later this week - Furriday, to be precise - is Lag B'Omer - and since We J-Cats never pass up an oppurrtunity for a Celebration, on Thursday night, from 9 pm Israel Time, right through till dawn, We shall be having a bonfire picnic in (no prizes for guessing - mol) the Enchanted Forest, overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. All Our anipals are, as always, most welcome.

And now it's time to start blog hopping. Furrst of all, here are the badges:


One last thing, before We go. Since the Evil Coronavirus has not yet been totally vanquished World Wide, it is impawtant to continue to practice Social Distancing, to wear facemasks where required to do so, and to WASH YOUR PAWS.

Be well. Be safe. We love you all!

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Seven Year Itch - Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies With Shimshi

Hallo again, Effurrybuddies!

For the second week in succession, Trixie has furry nobly given up her Turn to lead the J-Cats on the Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies blog hops - hosted by the Wise and Lovely Athena and her HuMum, Marie and by the Famously Unpurrdictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet, respectively. She did this because yesterday was My Seventh Birthday. As We mentioned last week, We had a joint Celebration picnic on Thursday, Israel's Independence Day, in honour of Caspurr's Gotcha Day, My Birthday, and Independence Day.  Also, Caspurr unselfishly gave up his favourite spot in the laundry basket to Me ...

(Trixie here. He didn't really. Shimshi just got there before him and refused to budge - MOL).

(Caspurr here. Don't be such a sneak, Trixie. We all know you wouldn't have given up your turn to Shimshi if Mummy hadn't purromised you that you could lead the next two blog hops!)

(Don't quarrel, darlings. It makes Mummy furry unhappy!)

For Our Caturday Art, Mummy thought it would be nice to issue a gold commemorative coin in My Honour - and here it is!

If you biggify it, you can see that it is a coin issued by the Kingdom of Mischiefs. That is because, in addition to all my other Royal Titles, I am Master of the Queen's Mischiefs (MOL).

Now, here is an update on the Evil Coronavirus. Here in Israel, the vaccine rollout has been going so well and the numbers of sick and newly-infected have fallen so much, that, as of today, it is no longer mandatory to wear a face-mask in public spaces, as long as these are Out of Doors. All the schools have gone back to normal, without having to learn in "capsules" or Study Bubbles, the theatres and concert halls can reopen (as long as the audience is seated in accordance with the two metre distancing rule and wearing masks - because these are indoor venues) and, best of all (for Mummy, at least), Caterwauling Club rehearsals are back to normal, even for the Big Choir, which can now hold rehearsals for the whole 130 caterwaulers at once (as long as they have been vaccinated - which most of them have - or had the Evil Virus and recovered, or can produce a certificate that they have tested negative for COVID within the past 48 hours).  Not only that - they have already scheduled an end-of-the-season concert in July! Mummy is over the Hill Moon (mol)!

And it seems that Spring is here at last. Temperatures this week are expected to top 30 degrees Celsius! Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!  Everything's coming up roses!

And now, Dear Furriends, it is time to join the blog hops. Furrst of all, here are the badges:


And off We go - but not before We remind you, once more, that in many parts of the World, the Evil Coronavirus has not yet been vanquished and that you and your Humans must still take care to abide by all the rules that have been put in place for your Purrtection:  wear your facemasks, observe Social Distancing Rules and, most impawtant of all - WASH YOUR PAWS!

Be well. Be safe. We love you all!


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Happy Gotcha Day, Caspurr: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies

Hallo again, Effurryone!

It is I, Sir Caspurr the Courageous, Furrst of My Name, Purrtector of the Realm (that is a New Title Mummy has bestowed upon Me), Commander-in-Chief of the Impurrial Forces, King of the Tigger-Tabbies!

It is, by rights, Trixie's turn to star in the Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies blog hops this week (hosted by, respectively, the Lovely and Wise Athena and her HuMum, Marie, and the Amazing and Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet). But since today is a Furry Special Day for Me, She graciously de-furred to Me.

Today is My Gotcha Day. Yes, Anipals - eight years ago TODAY, Mummy gotcha-ed Me. Well, the Truth is, I gotcha-ed Mummy (mol). I remember her taking Me in Her arms and asking Me if I would like to come home with her and be Her Kitty and live with her for EFFUR and I just purred and purred. I was a furry tiny kitty then, just about a month old, and I don't suppose I really understood what was going on. I just knew I felt safe and loved in Her arms.  And a couple of days later, my Foster Mummy brought Me round to my New Home and the rest, as they say, is History. Well, actually, it's MYstery (My Story. Get it? Get it? MOL!)

We actually have quite a lot of Celebrating to do this week.  Besides My Gotcha Day today, Thursday is Israel's Independence Day, and next Shabbat (April 17th) is Shimshi's 7th birthday. We are going to be celebrating all three of these meowmentous events on Thursday, with a stupendous Barbecue up in the Enchanted Forest overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, starting at 2 pm Israel time and going on far into the night. We hope to see you there. (Any volunteers ready to come early and help set up the Bar will be greatly appurreciated.)

Now, the picture above was taken this meowning after breakfast, when I was having a little snooze in my Favourite  Post-Breakfast Snooze Spot, in the Laundry Basket, which is in the Utility Room and catches the Meowning Sunshine to Purrfection.  Mummy artified it with the Watercolour Effect from Luna-Pic, set to 50%.

Many faMouse art galleries have expressed interest in acquiring it, so We have made several copies:

And now, it is time to join the blog hops and start visiting Our Furriends. Furrst of all, here are the badges:


Before We go, We wish to remind you that the Evil Coronavirus is still raging in Many Parts of the World, and so, to be on the Safe Side, it is impawtant that you and your Humans continue to observe all the regulations put in place for your Safety, wherever you may be.

That means (depending on where you and your Humans are): Social Distancing, wearing Face-masks - and, most impawtant of all (although any Cat knows this without being told), WASHING YOUR PAWS furrequently.

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.


Sunday, April 4, 2021

Messi Is Not The Easter Bunny: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfie

Greetings, Effurrybody!

We are sorry We missed last week's Blog Hops. It was Pessach (Passover) and Mummy was furry busy with Other Things and hardly had the Computer on at all! She did find time, however, to visit Grandpaw and Step-Grandma, and Our Woofie Uncle, Messi - of whom She took several photos. We have decided, therefore, since he doesn't have a bloggie of his own, to feature Messi as Our Guest Entry in the Caturday Art Blog Hop, hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie, as well as the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by the effur so Unpurrdictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

Furrst of all, here is Messi having trying to have a Sunday Snoozie but being disturbed by Mummy with her Flashy Box. He is furry fond of Snoozies, whateffur day of the week it is - he must have some Feline DNA...(MOL):

Since today is Easter, even though We, of course, don't celebrate it, We have turned Messi's Selfie into a beautiful, artsy-fartsy Easter card:

Now it is time to join the Blog Hops. Here are the badges:


Remember now - not effurry country is so far advanced with their anti-COVID vaccination programme as We are here in Israel, so for the time being, many of you still need to take care to observe Social Distancing rules, wear facemasks - and Remember to Wash Your Paws.

Be Well. Be Safe. We love you all.