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.


Sunday, March 21, 2021

Shimshi's End of Winter Caturday Art and Sunday Selfie

Hallo again, Effurrybuddies!

Shimshi here, presenting this week's Sunday Selfie, with which We are joining the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by the deliciously Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

Here is their badge:

The day after tomorrow, We have General Elections - and Mummy STILL hasn't made up Her Mind who to vote for!
However, there are purrlenty of Good Things happening this week! 

For example .....

Today is the Furrst Day of Spring! Isn't it Wonderful?

Here in Israel, it's lovely and warm - 24 degrees C in Jerusalem and expected to rise to 27C! The sun is shining and there are OODLES of sunpuddles! 

The night between Thursday and Furriday, the clocks will move forward, stealing an hour of Our Precious Beauty Sleep (bad). On the Other Paw, that means that We will receive breakfast an hour sooner (good).

And next Saturday night is the Seder Night - the start of Pessach (Passover).

All of the above inspired Our Caturday Art.

Mummy made a lovely Pessach greeting card:

But She also tried turning My Pawtrait into a vintage-style sepia photo and then inserting it into another Tribute to Spring:

We are having quite a discussion about which one of them should repurresent Us on the Caturday Art Blog Hop, hosted by the Wise and beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie!  Here is their badge.

Which one do You prefurr?

Now it is time for Us to start visiting Our Furriends. Before We go, here is one more quick reminder that, until We are finally free of the Evil Coronavirus, We and Our Humans must carry on Social Distancing, wearing face-masks - and, above all, Washing Our Paws.

Chag Sameach!  Happy Pessach

Keep well. Keep safe. We love you all.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Caspurr's Exhausticating Day - Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies

Hallo again, Effurryone!

Furrst of all, let me wish all My Furriends Shavua Tov (a Good Week) and also Chodesh Tov (a Good Month), as today is the furrst day of the Hebrew month of Nissan. You know what that means, don't you? 
That means it is exactly two weeks to go till Pessach (Passover)!
Pessach is Our Favourite Mewish holiday. That is when Mummy celebrates Her Birthday - and so, too, does Shimshi.

Speaking of Birthdays, yesterday We celebrated Mine, as purromised, with a (belated) Birthday Picnic up in the Enchanted Forest. After that, We went for a walk to the nearby Lupin Hill. In the evening, We came home and I was so exhausticated from all the Fun (and Food - MOL) that I fell asleep almost immediately and only awoke when it was time for Late Night Supper.

We thought this picture, where my fine moustache and eye whiskers are so clearly defined, would make an admirable contribution to the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by the Uniquely Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet, whose badge you can see below:

We then did a bit of tinkering with the help of LunaPic, and added their Grey Art filter at 50%:

 Finally, We chose a classic frame over at PhotoFunia:

Now, the picture is just right to serve as Our Entry in this week's Caturday Art Blog Hop, hosted by the Wise and Lovely Athena and her HuMum, Marie, whose badge We reproduce below:

One last Reminder, before We set out visiting Our Furriends - Many are still waiting to be vaccinated against the Evil Coronavirus, so it is still Impawtant to purractice Due Care and Diligence. That means Social Distancing, Face-masks and, of course (something effurry kitty knows instinctively), remembering always to Wash Your Paws.

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.