Sunday, August 28, 2022

Trixie At the V-E-T's: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies

Hallo there, Effurrybody!

How are you all? It has been furry, furry hot. We are used to it, here in Israel, but even here, the Weather Lady has warned that the Heat Load for the next few days will be "extreme" - even though the temperature (in Jerusalem, at least) will be "only" about 36 degrees Celsius. We have been hearing amazing and horrible stories from Europe about excessive heat, followed by flooding - and then MORE excessive heat!

Our A/C still hasn't been fixed, but We are managing, somehow.

Last Wednesday, Mummy hauled Me off to the V-e-t because something was badly irritating my right eye. Fortunately, Dr. Einat said it was nothing too serious, and  gave Mummy some eyedrops for Me (UGH!) which have to be administered twice a day. I think today is the last day, but, knowing Mummy, She will purrobably carry on an extra day because I managed to evade her ministrations a couple of times.

More impawtantly, for All of Us, while We were there, I overheard Mummy taking counsel with the V-E-T about what to do with Intruder Kitty Callicallou. Dr. Einat says that Mummy shouldn't let a new kitty into the house with Us, without furrst having her tested for FIV, FeLV and FIP - which is exactly what Mummy was thinking. So they started talking about how things could be arranged, like a military oppurration. The biggest problem is, one doesn't always get the results on the same day, so Mummy would have to find somewhere to keep the Intruder Kitty Callicallou, between having the tests and getting the (hopefully negative) results. Mummy is still trying to work that one out. Fortunately (says Mummy), we've still got a couple of months (at least) before the weather turns cold and rainy.

But even if all turns out well for Callicallou - what about ME? Mummy thinks it will be nice for Me to have another Ladycat to hang out with, but supposing She prefurrs the company of those pesky Mancats, my brofurs, and they all gang up on Me?

Oh, well - I won't think about that today. Instead, I shall concentrate on being the Star of the Weekend 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 guarding the stairway against My Brofurs, who were horsing around down below.

We artified this using LunaPic's Fantasy Art effect, at 60% and adding one of their simple, elegant frames:

Since both My Brofurs were so kind as to defurr to Me in honour of My Birthday, and Black Cat Appreciation Day, when it was their turn to repurresent the J-Cats in the Weekend Blog Hops, I shall now return the favour by including them this week. Here is an adorable picture of them attempting to put into practice what I have taught them about Feline Synchronisation Techniques. I fear that during the Pandemic and ensuing lockdowns, they became rather lazy and neglected their Training Sessions. I see I shall have to take them in paw once more!  

You can also see some of Our paw-celain dolly-sisters in the background - Dorothea, Laura and Lottie.

And here is an artified version of the same picture, using LunaPic's Storytime Art effect, with a Dark overlay at 30%:

We are in a bit of a hurry today, as Mummy has to lie down for a siesta before the furrst rehearsal this new season of her Caterwauling Club! So, without further ado, here are the Blog Hop badges:


And now, let's start blog hopping!

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Intruder Alert: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies

Greetings, Effurryone!

Last week, We told you about the Intruder Kitty who has made herself at home on Our Front Porch. At furrst, We could not understand how she was getting in, as there is a fence and a gate - until Mummy saw her jump over the fence. It's hard to explain, unless you see it with your own eyes.

At all events, she comes and goes whenever she feels like it - and since she evidently finds one purrticular flower pot (a large, low, flat one) furry much to her liking (Mummy has several times found her curled up in it, or even stretched right across it), Mummy has had to bid a sad fur-well to the succulents that were planted there. Nor do the other cactuses - even the spikiest of them -  seem to bother this determined little calico kitty. Mummy has often found her resting in the shade behind the large flower pots, when She goes to put out food and water for her.

It is clear to Us that Intruder Kitty Callicallou is intent on taking up purrmanent residence here. Mummy has been giving the matter Furry Serious Thought. She has neffur adopted an adult kitty before (more about Callicallou's age in a minute) and She does not know how a kitty who grew up on the streets would react to becoming an Indoor Kitty, like Us. Also, She thinks maybe it would be nice for Trixie to have another girl kitty for company - but then, supposing they don't get on and Trixie finds herself left out, as she often does with her brofurs.

And then there are the Purr-acticalities.  Before adopting any new kitty, Mummy would have to have said kitty thoroughly checked by a v-e-t. She would then have to keep the new kitty in a separate room and slowly introduce her to Us. Under normal circumstances, She would use the Guest Room, but the Guest Room is currently occupied by Uncle D. who is here for an indefinite stay.

As to Callicallou's age - Mummy is almost certain that she is one of a litter of four born last year in the basement of Our Building to another calico kitty who is one of Mummy's "regulars". That would make her between a year to a year and a half old. Also, her left ear has been tipped, so Mummy is assuming Callicallou has already been TNR'd - which, of course, is a furry good thing.

We will leave Mummy to ponder her next move and, since it is now 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 Our Dear Furriends, the Predictably Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet, We will leave you with a couple of Guest Selfies from Callicallou, which We artified with the help of LunaPic:

We artified this with Beauty at 75% - not that Callicallou needs any enhancement of her Natural Beauty:

And here is a slightly closer shot:

This one was artified, using the Stained Glass filter, at 80%:

And here are the blog hop badges:


That's all for now.  We will keep you posted.

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Getting Ready For Black Cat Appreciation Day: Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies

Hallo there, Effurrybuddies!

It's Me, here - the Mighty Shimshon (Shimshi for short), bla bla bla, Master of the Queen's Mischiefs, etc. etc.

And speaking of the Queen, although this week it is MY turn to lead the J-Cats in the weekend blog hops, my Big Brofur Caspurr and I are going to defurr once again to Queen Trixie, because this Wednesday, August 17th, is Black Cat Appreciation Day and Trixie is, Most Indubitably, a Black Cat - as anyone can see:

Of course, since this will be Trixie's Third Week in a Row to be featured here, Caspurr and I are not going to remain completely invisible Ourselves (mol)!

Here We are in another two-fur, together with two of Our Pawsselain Sisters, Miss Dorothea and Miss Laura:

Mummy (and LunaPic) helped Us to artify both pictures. Here is Trixie's - and in honour of Black Cat Appreciation Day, We have chosen the Dark filter at 75%:

And here are Caspurr and Me, using Mola at 45%:

As for the rest of This Week's Mews, Uncle D. is back in Israel and staying with Us again. We think the Intensive Conditioning Training We put him through last time he stayed with Us is still effective and he can still be considered, more or less, a Cat Purrson (mol).

There is one other matter and it is causing Us some concern. A little calico kitty, one of Mummy's Community Cat regulars, has taken to encamping on Our Front Porch and miaowing until Mummy comes out to feed her. Mummy has given her a name, as She tries to do with all her "regulars", but We are afraid that Callicallou will not be satisfied with merely being fed twice a day on the Porch. We know what a Sucker how soft-hearted Mummy is...

Well, more about that next time. For now, it is time to join the 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 are the Blog Hop badges:


Of the Evil Mutant Ninja Coronavirus, We shall say nothing this week. There is really nothing to report. It seems to have disappeared from the daily mews reports. And the Bad Humans in Gaza have stopped firing rockets at Us too (for the time being, at least). 

So that's all for now. See you next week.

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies With The Three of Us

Greetings, Effurryone!

This is Caspurr the Snuggle-Bug speaking writing. Strictly speaking, it is My Turn to repurresent the J-Cats on this weekend'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 Predictably Unpredictable Kitties Blue and their HuMom, Janet.

Athena's Mum is mourning the loss of her beloved brother, John. If you haven't already done so, do visit her and leave a few kind words.

As I said, it is actually My Turn to star in the blog hops this week, but since it will be Trixie's birthday this coming Furriday, the Glorious 12th, We are going to do things a bit differently.

We took Trixie's selfie from last week and we cropped it into a head-and-shoulders pawtrait.

Next, with the help of PhotoFunia, We turned it into a framed painting on canvas:

And then, since Trixie is the Queen Empurress, We issued a Commemorative Coin and Stamp in honour of Her Birthday:

But since, as I said, it is officially MY turn to be the blog hop star this week, and since it would not be fair if only My Little Brofur, the Mighty Shimshi, were to be left out, here is a Two-Fur of Him and Me:

And here it is, all artified, using LunaPic's Quirky art effect, set to 75%, and framed:

As to Trixie's Birthday - well, you know Us well enough to guess that on Furriday, We shall be holding a Spectactularly Spiffing Pawty at 5pm Israel Time, up in the Enchanted Forest. It will, in fact, be a double celebration, because Furriday is the 15th of Av - Tu b'Av -  in the Mewish calendar. Think of it as something like the Mewish Valentine's Day. We look forward to seeing you all there!

We shall say nothing of the Evil Mutant Ninja Coronavirus this week. Frankly, We have other things to worry about. The Bad Humans in Gaza are shooting rockets at Us again. This morning, they fired some at Jerusalem (which is quite rare). We didn't hear any warning sirens, but Mummy heard two boomies which must have been the sound of the Iron Dome Air Defence System intercepting the rockets,  and then a couple of minutes later, they announced on the news what had happened. We hope this will all be over by Furriday, but at any rate, you need have no fears for your safety. The Enchanted Forest is completely safe and purr-tected, being - well, you know. Enchanted.

Now, here are the blog hop badges:


Till Furriday then.

Be well. Be safe. We love you all.