Sunday, May 2, 2021

Paprika guards pillow against intruders


Good morning, Paprika here.  My sister Peaches is not the only one who can guard things.  I am even better at it.  Look at how carefully I protected my human's pillow when she got up at 4AM this morning.  My intention was to "save her place" so it would be warm for her when she returned.  However...I had a change of heart.  How was I to know she would come back so soon?  She couldn't possibly have been as comfortable as I am here.  As you see, I have taken over then whole bed.  Isn't that what we cats are supposed to do?

Signed, Puzzled Paprika


We are joining The Cat on my Head's Sunday Hop!

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Peaches - Refrigerator Guard

 


I have a new gig.  My human stated she wanted to lose weight and I was recruited as a REFRIGERATOR GUARD.  I'm really good at this!

During the idle times she is sleeping I watch out for other creatures of interest.

But when she walks into the kitchen, I am alert at my station!

No matter how sleepy I am, I guard this refrigerator with my life.  You will notice I found something to perch on so I don't get my _____ all dirty.

Where did I get it, you ask?  Well hanging from the stove handle, there was the perfect solution.


It was easy to get that dish towel down!  Nothing to it! 

This dish towel makes the perfect foundation for my job. I take my duties seriously.  Even if its an all night gig!


LOL. We are joining Cat On My Head's Sunday Hop today.  Do YOU have a refrigerator guard for YOUR fridge?   Consider your cat as a candidate!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Peaches Formal Portrait - Cat-Ur-Day Art


 My latest Caturday Portrait...my human decided that nothing but a formal portrait of MOI would do today so here am I. Can you believe she made me sit still for hours while she painted this? MOL! Just kidding! I'm trying to get her to change to a livelier frame though...Happy Cat-Ur-Day to All!

We are joining Athena & Marie's art hop today!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Our Sixth Blogoversary

OMG we are actually having a 6th blogoversary & were so busy we almost missed it. When you read below you'll see why. But it's a great time to look backwards forwards and all around...first of all we would like to express gratitude to all our friends, furry and otherwise for being present in our lives,  hosting blog hops, contests, calendars, and other events too numerous to mention.


SPECIAL THINGS THAT HAPPENED
:

Paprika thinks this is HER Muse award
...whereas it is NOT!
  1. OMG...AWARDS: We were honored to win 6 CWA 2019
    Certificates of Excellence 
    Awards (wow) -- 2 for photography - Paprika's "Hug Your Cat" Day and Peaches' "Smell the Roses for June" Day, our Facebook page, our Peaches & Paprika Blog and two videos.   We also won two MUSE awards (yay) - for Cat Bloggers Catriotic Slideshow and our 3rd annual Rainbow Memorial Show.

2. We MOVED ... to the BEACH. Yes our human had the un-mitigated gall to MOVE us all again, after we just moved last year.  She explained to us that last year' move was a "r-e-n-t-a-l" - and this new move is more permanent.  Plus she can walk to the ocean. We objected  but here there are alot of sunny windows here which we didn't have before.  So ... long story short...we forgave her!  

3.  Our human wrote lots of BOOKS  -- about US - naturally -- and somehow got them uploaded to Amazon.  She of course did this BEFORE she moved as afterwards she had no energy! (and no computer for a while)  The first book is about our harrowing historyand how we magically survived 3 shelters and a narrow escape from death row. The others are a seasonal "Celebrations" Series, illustrating how we photographically celebrate the whimsical fun holidays - CAT - and otherwise!


The Spring Celebrations book was just released and Summer Celebrations will be out in May.

We also published an "all in one" book appropriately called "Celebrating All Year Long" - which shows us celebrating non-stop - natch!  "Hug a Cat" Day, 
"Kite Flying Day," "Do-nut Day," and "Cat World Domination Day," are only a few of our 100+ colorful occasions.  Kindle ranked us #1 in three cat categories for a few weeks & at one point we received a #1 new Kindle release ribbon!

4.  THE CWA VIRTUAL AWARDS COMMITTEE:  Mom Carol was part of the committee which put on the online show in summer . Her humble role was to gather photos of all the award winners. And then create a slideshow of them to run during the beginning of the ceremony. It was fun learning more about all the wonderful writers and she met (virtually of course) a lot of nice writers.

5. FACEBOOK FOLLOWING GROWS: 

Our Facebook following grew from 11,500 to 12, 700 and our loyal friends continue to engage with us on a daily basis.  (We did activate a mailing list!) We somehow kept our readers entertained during the pandemic with lots of new events & slideshows such as "Cats Just Wanna Wear Masks," "Undercover Cats," Os-Kat Awards," Painted Cats, Gurrls Beauty Contest, Boy-cats Cowboy Parade and many more.

BLOGGING YEAR IN REVIEW

We usually enjoy doing a "year in review" but if we've exhausted you reading this far, hey we understand, our cat eyes would be bleary by now.  

but in case you DO want to read our year's highlights, here they are (since last year's 5th Blogoversary)

APRIL:  WE KISSED A GIRAFFE! Well not really since it was April Fool's Day!

The Corona Virus Year came next.  Were we prepared?  Or course!  And we entertained our growing Facebook crowd with lots of slideshows starting with a St. Paddy show AND a "MASKED CAT" Show featuring THEM  entitled "Cats Just Wanna Wear Masks."




And of course, we would NEVER forget EASTER which also came in April.  An Easter bonnet parade was in order don't you think? Here are our happy purr-ti-ci-pants.


MAY
In May we published our very first Amazon book, and Mom Carol only had to upload it about 35 times before she got the formatting right.  But finally "the deed was done" and the first book launched!


Later in May we created the 3rd annual "RAINBOW MEMORIAL" hich won our first MUSE award for kitties who crossed the bridge  - honoring both our blogger kitty and Facebook kitty friends.   We were sad to lose so many fur-ball friends this year, however!!!!



    JUNE 
We celebrated countless holidays in June, including 
Hug Your Cat Day and

Cat World Domination Day.  We got a lot of good cat hugs which is pretty easy when we flirt with our human. In fact we get more hugs thane want sometimes.


CAT WORLD DOMINATION DAY: I, Paprika started a brand new practice in honor of this day of requesting butler service on the PORCH of whatever house I am living in.  I sustain that practice to this day, disappearing into my cottage and waiting for "room service" by the waiter (Mom Carol-she does a pretty good job but is sometimes delinquent on bussing the dishes afterwards.)

JULY
Mom carol started celebrating a holiday we never heard of (Seashell Day) for some reason. We were later to learn the REAL reason!


In July we hosted the Cat Bloggers Catriotic show which also won a MUSE award!
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Peaches here. We practiced "Social Distancing" religiously by maintaining a safe distance from each other constantly. This is a picnic for me, but Paprika tries to snuggle up to me way too often.  I'm telling her NO!

In July our human also entertained her Facebook gang by hosting a new parade for boy cats only in honor of "Day of the Cowboy" on the 4 saturday in July. We had a guys beauty contest afterwards!
Winners were "Hard Ridin' Plush, "Brawlin Boots" "Notorious Namaste" and many other suspicious characters were purr-ticipants. 

AUGUST

In August we were suddenly presented with a beach house...even tho it was NOT our birthday any more.  We were delighted until we learned the bitter truth:  Our human was packing to MOVE again.  There were BOXES there. We remembered them from before.  She was trying to distract us.



AUTUMN CELEBRATIONS, the first photo cartoon book in our CELEBRATIONS series was released at the end of August:  right before we moved.


SEPTEMBER
The "Moving" started for real! Furniture and other things we knew and loved disappeared..before our eyes!  I found a hiding place here....but I had acted too hastily and was found! - Peaches the cat

I have some rights here, I thought, so I asked for an explanation.  I was not satisfied with the answer yet.  My owner acted like I should not ask so many questions.

Finally "it" happened and we were stuffed into the dreaded carriers again. When we stopped yowling we found ourselves on something we'd not seen before called "porch." Our human had lived in a condo and then an apartment. Now she'd moved into a "mobile home."  With a porch!  She said that was a "big deal."

We soon found inside delights...a huge white sofa that matched our belly furs. And lots of sunny windows. Not so bad...We'll stay!



OCTOBER
Our human recovered by the end of October to host an event for "other cats" (we couldn't stop her) but I insisted on wearing a flamboyant costume of my own so that she would not forget me - her OWN cat. - Peaches.
My Unforgettable costume - Peaches the Cat

Collage of "other" Halloween cats our human insisted on inviting again my objections!


NOVEMBER

Just when we thought our troubles were over, a terrible upheaval occurred and we were he'ld prisoner 
for days while an evil stranger called "contractor" came to "renovate" a bathroom, cuz our human had inherited a major plumbing problem - an uncooperative bathtub which leaked. "We must do it" she said. And WE were confined to a small den and half bath.   To her credit she kept us company.  We huddled together there for 10 days.

Stanley Steeler arriving to clean up the mess!

Here's where we were  held captive!

Mom Carol, having a spurt of energy, released the second book in our series, WINTER CELEBRATIONS, covering holidays we celebrated in January February & March.
DECEMBER

At last the dreaded "renovation" behind her, she could relax, so to speak.  Well only sort of.  First, she had to host a holiday party for her Blogging friends.  After all she wanted to be popular.  Once again, we must point out the "Meowy Catmas" event in question involved "OTHER CATS."  But we had no choice. 
Here they ARE!


SEE anyone you know? World renowned bloggers were featured in the Catmas show!  

JANUARY 2021

We celebrated the new year by painting 30 volunteer kitty fans in various colors from violet to green to orange and had a gigantic wild  musical MEW YEAR'S parade.


The time was right to promote the largest book in our series - a year long photo-cartoon extravaganza of "you know who" acting out fun holidays for the whole year in photo cartoons. We got many wonderful reviews from our Facebook and blogger friends.  For a while we got the Kindle #1 New Release ribbon in one of the cat categories.

FEBRUARY

We tried something new for Valentines Day - "CATMATCH" matching virtual boyfriends and girlfriends by temperament and "cat hobbies."  

What are your favorite pastimes we asked? What are your talents? 50 fur-ball cat owners rushed to answer!  Here is one example of one of the 25 cat match couples we assembled...and then we had a slideshow!
The newly  paired couples were delighted with their new virtual "mates!"  Something different!

Example of one happy couple: Mudpie & Namaste



It would be fun to do this with the bloggers community next year!

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If you've read this far we give you the coveted prize of "most tenacious Sunday reader" and thank you for your attention and time.

We plan to do always "something different" int he coming year and already have a few thoughts brewing on the burners...

We are (natch) joining the Cat On My head's Sunday hop...




Saturday, March 27, 2021

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day


Today is a day to celebrate al the quirky country music song titles we can remember and here are some of our favorites.  there is nothing like a good ole walloping country song.  We have listed some additional outrageous titles below.  You can read all about this fun holiday HERE!

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Peaches here. Sometimes its necessary to CORRECT my little sis-fur Paprika. Misguided soul.
It should be obvious by now!  I'm the one with "exes"


Paprika here.  No Exes??? My life is certainly filled with longing then!

I know just the right song for this!





Peaches here again. I must put a stop to this.

I've invited poor Paprika to sing a DUET with me. I had to do this to preserve her sanity as she bemoaned her absent love life.


Do you think our duet will save poor paprika from hopeless depression over her absent love life?
YOU decide!

While you're deciding, do YOU have any favorite quirky country and western song favorites?

Joining Athena and Marie today for their Creative Cat-ur-day hop!

PS: We DID post these delightful song pictures aways back, but we cannot find any we like better!