Mudpie and I can hardly believe that fall is finally knocking on our doorstep. This has been such a hideously long and hot summer here in Vermont (the 2nd hottest in history) that at times it seemed like we might never be able to cuddle again. Thankfully the last few days have felt heavenly chilly and Mudpie has already asked me to pull out her Santa blankie, which I was more than happy to do.
With fall comes a reemergence of my favorite cozy things - cocoa, hoodies, and snuggling with my fur baby while I read or watch TV. It's a time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays of Halloween and Christmas. It's also a time to think about updating your cold weather wardrobe and planning your holiday shopping list!
With that in mind, here are our fall picks for both cat ladies and their feline friends from one of our favorite online shops, Triple T Studios...
Last week I had the exciting opportunity to chat on the phone with Gwen Cooper, author of Homer's Odyssey, Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat, Love Saves the Day, and the Curl Up with a Cat Tale series. Gwen asked us to share some exciting news about her brand new release, My Life in a Cat House. Here's what you need to know, straight from Gwen!
MY LIFE IN A CAT HOUSE comes out on October 30th, and I'm donating 100% of my royalties on all pre-orders and first-week sales (through November 4th) to Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in Raleigh, NC. Also, if you pre-order a copy of the book from your local bookstore (including chain bookstores, like B&N), you can enter to win a visit from me! Just email me at email@example.com with your name, your city/state, the name of the bookstore you pre-ordered the book from, and the number of copies you pre-ordered. Each pre-ordered copy counts as an entry, so if you buy two you double your chance of winning! And, of course, the more people who pre-order in the same town, the likelier that the winner will be in that town--so call your local bookstore TODAY, and get your friends to pre-order, too!
Online pre-orders from Amazon, etc. will not count for contest entry unless you pre-ordered online September 16th or earlier. I will, however, make the same 100% donation to Blind Cat Rescue regardless of where the book was ordered/sold. Please take note -- for your donation and contest entry to count -- if you pre-order the book from your local bookstore, you then must actually go to the store and purchase your pre-ordered copy or copies between October 30th and November 4th. If you pre-order but don't buy and the bookstore has to ship their copy back, I will get charged for that out of my royalties, and it will take money away from the Blind Cat Rescue donation.
I'm also looking for a SMALL group of people to help me out in rallying pre-orders/donations to BCR. This SMALL group of people will get my private email address and home phone number (as we'll be in touch quite a bit), and whichever one rallies the largest number of pre-orders in their area will also get a personal visit from me. Anybody who's interested in being a part of this (small) group of Homer's Heroes can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. :)
In addition to being a country girl I've always enjoyed the early rock & roll music of the late '50s and early '60s. (This is one of the many reasons why I love Conway so much...he's the best of both worlds!) I'm crazy about that whole era and have often felt that I was "born too late."
While I was in the market for the Victrola record player I bought this summer, I was not in the market for a new CD player...until I saw this Victrola Retro Desktop Jukebox CD player. As far as I'm concerned, Conway's music just belongs on a jukebox, and I knew it would make the purrfect addition to my collection. In fact, back in 1990 he was one of the inaugural 10 artists inducted in the Jukebox Hall of Fame on the occasion of the jukebox's centennial birthday!
It arrived on Friday and I love it even more than I thought I would. It is SO impressive looking and the sound is amazing.
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Instagram limited me to one minute, so here's the whole song I posted. It's one of my favorites because it shows how unreal his voice was.
Love & Only Love - CONWAY TWITTY - YouTube
Some of you have said you really enjoy Conway's rock music, so here's a few more songs you would've been likely to hear on a jukebox back in the day!
CONWAY TWITTY Mona Lisa/Danny Boy HQ - YouTube
CONWAY TWITTY Halfway To Heaven (1959 version 2) - YouTube
Conway Twitty -- C'est Si Bon - YouTube
There will be loads of sounds from that era coming from my jukebox because in addition to having 95% of his country catalog on CD and vinyl, I just bought this amazing 8-CD, 202 song box set that encompasses his entire rock career...Mudpie's poor little ears!!!
Do you love the nostalgia of a jukebox as much as I do?
4. If I could time travel, I would (re)-visit the 1970s and 1980s when Conway was dominating the country music world. I was born in 1977 so I was alive during much of this time, but I was just too young for it to have any meaning for me, like it would today. Now I would give anything to go back to those days.
The theme of September's CatLadyBox was "Glitz and Glampurr"...here's what was inside!
Featured Cat Lady Artist Mandy Lau: Mandy is a fashion illustrator and I just adore the fashionista felines on this card!!!
"Cat Hair" Laundry Hampurr: This laundry hamper is almost too cute to put dirty clothes in! I'm thinking about using it to store other things...once Mudpie is through with it, of course. (More on that next week!)
Shiny Cats Scarf: Simple and stylish, this navy scarf with sparkly cats goes with any fall outfit.
Pretty Cat Earrings: I don't have pierced ears so these little darlings will probably be some lucky friend's Christmas gift!
Cat Bling Rings: As much as she loves playing with anything and everything, Mudpie has never gravitated towards milk rings, but I'm hoping these cute cat head-shaped rings will catch her attention once the weather cools off enough that she feels like playing again.
Posh Peacock Catnip Toy: The feathers on this toy caught Mudpie's attention before I even pulled it from the box! It was a total home run.
For comparison, this picture was taken in March 2016. The bed fit me purrfectly back then with room to spare! Do you know what could've happened?!?!?!
Note from Mommy: Before you start thinking I'm a horrible cat mom allowing Mudpie to sleep in such discomfort, I've tried replacing the bed with a larger one and she refuses to use it! I put the pink donut bed back down and she jumps right in...
I don't think you realize how fast time goes by until you think back on something as monumental as 9/11 and can't believe it happened 17 years ago. Everything about the world as we know it changed that day and it's nearly impossible to remember life before.
I don't have a compelling 9/11 story. It was just an ordinary day, but it was a beautiful day, the sky just as clear and blue in Vermont as it was in lower Manhattan. I went into work for 9, turned on my computer, checked out the news as I always do, and read reports of the first tower being hit. I immediately picked up the phone and called my mom to tell her to turn on the news. Then my boss called out from his office that the second tower had been hit. My co-workers and I all went into his office because his was the only computer able to stream live video and everyone immediately understood the gravity of the situation. Somehow we managed to get back to work, but as the Pentagon, Shanksville, and the collapses happened we all gathered together again.
At lunchtime I went to the grocery store and a television was even set up in there. Everyone was so quiet, just going through the motions. I went home, turned on the news, and didn't turn it off for days. I became a news junkie, watching as we lost our innocence and became a nation at war.
Every year since the television airwaves are flooded with memorial specials, and I watch them all. I don't ever want to forget the horror of that day and how our lives changed because of it. Time marches on and we can't live in the past, but allowing ourselves to forget the magnitude of what happened can never be an option.
"And on this day, in the year 2001, deals were made high in the sky, meals were bought and eaten on the move, trains arrived, keys were cut, clothes were bought and returned, thousands came and went, and the nation enjoyed the final night of peace."
Yesterday was Grandparents Day, and appropriately the theme of the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop this week is songs about grandparents and/or growing older.
As you can see in these photos, I'm especially close to both my grandma and my grandpa. They both adore me (naturally) and I feel the same way about them!
I asked Mommy to help me pick out some songs to fit the theme...here's what she came up with!
Too soon you'll see how suddenly tomorrow becomes the past Life's too short no matter how long it lasts.
Conway Twitty - Lifes Too Short (No Matter How Long It Lasts).wmv - YouTube
You Are To Me, from Conway's final album, makes me tear up every time I hear it. It's the story of an overheard conversation between an elderly couple as they lament getting older. It's incredibly beautiful, and delivered as only he can.
Conway Twitty - You Are To Me (1993) HQ - YouTube
A few more...
Moe Bandy - Till I´m Too Old To Die Young (1987) - YouTube
The Judds - Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days) - YouTube
Garth Brooks- Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) LIVE ONSTAGE 1989 - YouTube