Sunday, October 24, 2021

Shimshi's Autumnal Snooze: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies

Hallo again and Shalom from Jerusalem, Effurrybuddies!


It is Me again, the Mighty Shimshon (Shimshi for short), a.k.a the Little Purrince, Furrst of My Name, Master of the Queen's Mischiefs and Captain of the Guard.















This week, it is MY turn to lead the J-Cats as We 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 Delightfully Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.


Before We go any further, here are their Blog Hop Badges:


                      
 


The picture you see above is My Sunday Snoozie Selfie.  If you look at it furry carefully (biggify if necessary), you will see that I am not really snoozing. I am peeking out through half-closed eyelids, in order to Confuse the Enemy - all the better to purrform My Duties as Captain of the Guard.

In my Caturday Art picture, you can see more clearly how wide-awake I am. Purrhaps I should have used that one for my Sunday Selfie. I don't know. You decide. At any rate, We used several different effects here, all from our favourite, LunaPic.

In Our furrst attempt, We kept things simple, using just the Negative filter:















After that, We Mummy went a little crazy, using Sunshine at 80%, followed by Redblush at 50%, giving a sunny autumnal afternoon effect, and then She added an overlay of autumn leaves at 70% transparency.


It's not too bad, actually, but let Us know what you think in the comments section.






We have been giving some more thought to this Halloween business. As We have mentioned several times, Halloween is not generally "a thing" in Israel. On the other paw, however, there are no more Mewish festivals until Hanukkah, in December - and since We kitties love to party, We have decided to "adopt" Halloween, so We can share in the fun with all of you.

In further Mews, Mummy and her Caterwauling Friends have yet another Project planned for later this week, about which We shall miaow next time. At any rate, that means We must keep this short, so She can go and have a Nice Long Nap before rehearsal tonight.

Before We go, one more reminder that the Evil Coronavirus has not yet been defeated, so it is most impawtant that you and your Humans, whether vaccinated or not, continue to observe all precautions to avoid catching that Sneaky Bug!

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.


Sunday, October 17, 2021

Angels: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies

Hallo again, Effurrybuddies!

Today, for Our Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies, We are featuring one of Mummy's Angel Kitties - Possum the MagnifiCat, who flew away to the Rainbow Bridge nine years ago come Thursday. On October 21st, We will commeowmorate his passing, and in his honour, Our Entries in this week's Caturday Art Blog Hop (hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie) and the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop (hosted by the Always Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet) will all be of that meowvellously floofy mancat, who, together with his sisfur Pixie, was one of the co-founders of this blog.

So furrst up, here is a picture of Possum when he was quite a young kitty. Mummy does not know exactly when the picture is from, because it was taken on one of those Ancient Cameras with film in that you had to take into a photography shop and have developed, and later, scanned into the computer. But it must be before 2006 because that is when Mummy got her furrst digital camera.



























The next photo was taken on August 1st, 2008, on Mummy's second meowbile phone (and the furrst to include a camera) when Possum would have been about 13 years old:









































As you can see, Possum was a creature of habit. He had his Favourite Places to hang out, and the bed was one of them.  Nor does he appear to have aged one little bit between the two photos!


The last photo was taken on the same meowbile phone, and as it is dated November 8th, 2006, it must be one of the earliest digital photos Mummy took. At any rate, it came out a bit fuzzy:






































That being the case, We thought it would be the purrfect choice for artification, so off We went to LunaPic and added the Grey Art Effect at 65%, as well as an elegant frame:





































But We decided that even that was not enough to give due honour to Angel Possum, so We paid a visit to PhotoFunia, and THIS is the final result:








Now Mummy's eye's have gone all leaky, remembering her sweet, floofy boy...


And, speaking of Angels - this past week, We were all shocked and grieved at the sudden loss of beautiful Giulietta of the Kitties Blue. We send Our Condolences to her pawrents. We are sure that Possum and his sisfur, Pixie, as well as Mummy's furrst kitty, Minxie, who went OTRB before Mummy effur had a blog or even a meowbile phone, would have been waiting to greet Giulietta and show her around and make her welcome.


Now, it is time to go blog-hopping and visiting all Our Furriends. Never put that off, because Life can be shorter than expected and you may find it is too late to tell them you love them.

So here are the blog hop badges:


            


And once again, We want to remind you all that the Evil Coronavirus is still here among us, and so you need to make sure that your Humans continue to take effurry precaution, even if they are vaccinated.

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.





Sunday, October 10, 2021

Getting Ready for Halloween: Caspurr's Creepy Caturday Art and Sunday Selfie

Hallo there, Effuryone!

Furrst of all, I want to make it quite clear that there is NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING, NOTHING WHATSOEVER creepy about Me, Sir Caspurr the Courageous, the Caspicatious, Furrst of My Name, the Snuggle-Bug, Commander-in-Chief of the Impurrial Forces and King of the Tigger-Tabbies!


No sirree!

But since Halloween is just three weeks away, We thought We would start purractising - especially since, not being accustomed to celebrate Halloween here in Israel, We sometimes forget about it when it actually comes around!  

As you no doubt know by now, We take it strictly in turn to lead the J-Cats on 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 Always Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet). It thus falls to Me, Caspurr the Courageous etc. etc., to share with you - THIS:




 








This is My Sunday Selfie. What do you think of those Fangs?


Scary, right?

And here is the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop Badge:





For Our Caturday Art, We went looking for an autumnal theme on LunaPic, and came across the Creepy Art Effect, which Mummy thought would be quite suitable for Halloween, although I have to say, I can't really see anything purr-ticularly creepy about it.


Here it is, at 95%:







But We still weren't completely satisfied, so We went over to PhotoFunia and added a somewhat literary setting, still keeping to the Autumn theme:





























And here is the Caturday Art Blog Hop badge:




Next up, since Trixie was so generous as to feature ALL of Us when it was her turn to lead the Blog Hops, I feel I can do no less. So here is a picture of Me and My Brofur, Shimshi:





And here is one of the Beautiful pieces of Digital Art made for Us by the Hugely Talented Barb aka Mom from the Cats-astrophic Events blog, where We were absolutely thrilled that We won a draw (something which does not happen often). This is Trixie in all her floofy splendour:




Thank you once again, Barb.


And now for a complete change of subject. 
As you may recall, last week Mummy mentioned her latest Mewsical Project and We purr-dicted She would write about it on her own bloggie.
Well, We were right. She did - and here it is!




Two things before We set out on the Blog Hops. Furrst, We would like to wish Our Furriends in Canada a Happy Thanksgiving.

And second - since the Evil Coronavirus has not yet been vanquished and since the Flu Season is now looming as well, We want to remind effurryone to exercise Due Caution and Diligence and take all the necessary Precautions to avoid infection.

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Trixie Still Reigns Supreme: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies (Plus a Twofur)

Hallo again, Effurrybody!


Mummy was so impressed by my Nobility and Generosity last week, sharing My Post with My Brofurs, that She agreed it would be appropriate and fitting for Me to lead the J-Cats again this week, on the Caturday Art Blog Hop (hosted by the Wise and Beauteous Athena and her HuMum, Marie) and the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop (hosted by the Effervescently Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet).


So here I am, enjoying an autumn sun puddle on My Royal Couch, by the living-room window:













You can't actually see the sun puddle, but I think you can discern the subtle effect of the sunlight on my normally jet-black furs.


Since this is my second week in a row, I have decided to give you, as a Bonus, another Twofur of the Pesky Mancats My Brofurs, before showing you the artified version of My Selfie:






















And now, back to Business. 

For my Caturday Art, We used LunaPic's Coffee Effect at 85%, that beverage being such an impawtant part of Mummy's daily routine (mol) - though to be completely honest, since she caught the Evil Coronavirus, She has been drinking a lot more Tea, which She credits with having played a major role in her recovery!






















We then overlaid that with the Stained Glass filter at 45% and placed the whole in an elegant frame, thus:






















And now to other News. 
Mummy has an Exciting New Mewsical Project in hand. Together with seven other members of her Caterwauling Club, She has formed a Women's Ensemble which has been named Alma.  That is a word-play. In Hebrew, Alma (עלמה) means a young woman (wishful thinking, Mummy? - mol), but by changing one letter (עלמא), it is also the Aramaic word for the World, and since the repertoire includes Mewsic from all over the World, it is a furry suitable name.  They spell it the second way.  Anyway, tomorrow, they will be appearing for the furrst time, at a retirement home quite near to where We live, in a concert which includes songs from ten countries in almost as many languages. So let us put Our Paws together, and wish Mummy and her Caterwauling Companions, effurry success in their Endeavour.  I expect She will be delivering a full report of the concert on her own bloggie, later in the week.

Before We forget, here are the Blog Hop badges:




                      


And finally, We leave you for another week, with the reminder that the Evil Coronavirus still stalks the Earth, so make sure your Humans continue to exercise the Greatest Pawssible Caution - and you Kitties, keep washing those Paws!

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.








Sunday, September 26, 2021

Tea for Two: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies (and Twofers) with Trixie and her Brofurs

Hallo, Effurrybody!


Here We are again - 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, in Our furrst post of the Autumn.














Since this is Our furrst post of the Autumn, that makes it rather special, so although it is officially My Turn to lead the J-Cats as We 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 Always Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet), I have graciously decided to share with you not only My Selfie (seen above) - from which We created this week's Caturday Art - but also a selection of twofers with My Brofurs.

Furrst of all, here is My Caturday Art - a pawtrait of MOI in my Magical Tunnel, using LunaPic's Dreaming Art Effect, at 40%:























I know some of you are probably wondering why We seem to use LunaPic to the exclusion of all else, (except, occasionally, PhotoFunia) but the truth is, We think if you have got hold of a Good Thing, and you like it, why change it?


And now for the Mancats.

Here are Caspurr and Shimshi, just settling down for an after-breakfast nap - and purr-bably planning some mischiefs along the way:



















And here is a furry, furry rare picture of Me and Caspurr together:



















I need to keep A Watchful Eye on him, lest He decide to pounce on Me. Those pesky mancats have NO Respect for My Rank as Queen-Empurress!

And finally, here is one of Me and Shimshi. I have been a bit wary of him too, lately, because he has been having these funny attacks when he goes all hissy and growly and then pounces on his own tail - but I am always afraid he is going to pounce on Me!
























Next, here are the Blog Hop badges:




                


Tomorrow, Monday, is the last day of the Sukkot (Tabernacles) festival, followed on Tuesday by Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. Outside of Israel, these two holidays are celebrated on successive days, but here in Israel, they are concurrent.  If you want to learn more about them, you can go to the link above.
For those of you who celebrate the Mewish holidays, once again We would like to wish you Chag Sameach (חג שמח - A Happy Holiday).

Last, but by no means least, We want to remind you (as if anyone could forget) that the Evil Coronavirus is still furry much among Us, and so you and your Humans should continue to exercise Caution and take all necessary measures to remain healthy.

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Dallying With The Dollies: Shimshi's Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies

Hallo there, Effurrybuddies!


It's Me again, the Mighty Shimshon (aka Shimshi aka The Little Purrince) - Guardian of the Queen's Mischiefs and Captain of the Guard.

I am all better (well, except for a minor episode of hissing and twitchy tail now and then) and ready 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 Deliciously Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

Here is My Selfie, in which I am enjoying a pleasant interlude with the Delightful Miss Dorothea Dolly:















She and her Sisters are part of Mummy's pawcelain doll collection. They come from all over the world. Some of them Mummy bought herself, others She received as gifts. Some of them are from here in Israel, others come from Britain, America, Russia, Azerbaijan and various countries in Europe. They all have interesting stories to tell of the lands from which they came and many is the summer evening, or the stormy winter night that My Fursibs and I have whiled away in their company, listening to tales of the faraway places where they were born.

We artified this picture with LunaPic's Watercolour Art Effect, at 60%.

Do you like it?















Tomorrow evening (Monday) is the start of yet another Mewish holiday - Sukkot, or Tabernacles, which is one of Our Favourites.
We certainly have a lot of holidays this month!  Mummy loves them because it's a chance for all the family to get together (especially now that Mummy has now recovered from the Evil Coronavirus and is no longer in quarantine - which ruined the planned Family Get-Together at Rosh Hashana).  So Chag Sameach (חג שמח - Happy Holiday) to you all!

Speaking of the Evil Coronavirus, before We start out on the blog hops, We want to remind you that it is still with us, so, whether your Humans are vaccinated or not, they should remember to observe all the other, sensible precautions like wearing face-masks when in an enclosed space with many people, and social distancing, and, of course, frequent hand-washing (We Felines can set a good example there, as you all know).

Now, before I Mummy forgets, here are the blog hop badges:


             

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.








Sunday, September 12, 2021

Caspurr the Snuggle Bug: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies

Hallo again, Effurryone!


And your Host today is ME, Sir Caspurr the Courageous, the Caspicatious, Furrst of My Name, Commander-in-Chief of the Impurrial Forces, King of the Tigger-Tabbies. Or, as Mummy has taken to calling Me - Caspurr the Snuggle Bug.














That is because, while all three of Us love to curl up next to Mummy and be petted, I am the only one who will climb into her lap and snuggle in her arms. But keep it a Secret, please. "Snuggle Bug" is not a furry dignified name for the Commander-in-Chief of the Impurrial Forces, don't you agree?

Speaking of Mummy, She has fought off the Evil Coronavirus that dared to attack her and now has the added advantage of not having to have a Third Dose of the Vaccine, because She has, instead, the Natural Immunity con-furred by overcoming the disease.

And Shimshi also seems to be better, except for the occasional twitch of his Tail, and shying away when his Rear End is petted. Mummy gave him a Nip Sock which seems to calm him down.


As usual, We are pawticipating in the weekly Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by the darling Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet. That is My Entry, above. You mustn't think I was being lazy. Far from it. I was exhausticated from guarding Mummy all morning, as you can see below from my Caturday Art.  It was furry hard to choose between three different versions of My Guard Cat pictures, and to pick which of them will be Our Entry in the Caturday Art Blog Hop, hosted by the Wise and Beautiful Athena and her HuMum, Marie.
Purr-haps you can help Us decide.

Furrst, this one, using LunaPic's Lily Art Effect, set at 30%:















Next up, the same picture, this time using LunaPic's Connections Art Effect, also at 30%:




And finally - still with LunaPic - the Devilish Art Effect (because I am devilishly handsome, Mummy says), once again at 30%:





And here are the Blog Hop badges, which We nearly forgot!


                                           


Before We go, We would like to remind you that, even with the Vaccine, your Humans are not completely safe from the Evil Coronavirus, so they need to carry on with all the other Precautions such as Social Distancing, Masks and Frequent Washing of Paws Hands (about which, it goes without saying, We Felines neeed no Reminder).

Be Well. Be Safe. We love you all.

And since Yom Kip-purr, the Mewish Day of Atonement, starts on Wednesday night, We wish you all a Favourable Final Sealing in the Book of Life.

גמר חתימה טובה

G'mar Hatima Tova