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...