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The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is song titles with the word "shadow." I always joke that Mudpie is my shadow because she loves to follow me around the house wherever I go. I love that she always wants to be with me.


My Conway selection of the week was an album cut, never a single, but I love it because it's a prime example of how sultry his voice became in the later years.

Only The Shadows Know - YouTube


A bit of trivia about our next "shadowy" song, Shadow of a Doubt by Earl Thomas Conley...it was co-written by The Dukes of Hazzard's Tom Wopat (Luke Duke)!

shadow of a doubt-earl thomas conley - YouTube


Anne Murray -1979- Shadows In The Moonlight - YouTube


Is your pet your shadow?

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Meows from Mudpie!

Wanna know where I snapped my selfie this weekend? This is SO embarrassing...on the toilet!

Wanna know why? Because it's smack dab in front of a furnace vent!


Our brand new gas furnace is up and running and thankfully the installation on Wednesday was easy peasy. Mommy was very impressed by how I handled our home invasion. I even went into the basement a few times to snoopervise the whole process! I don't think they were cat guys though because I didn't get much attention.

The furnace has it's work cut out for it this week too. We're expecting sub zero weather and 18-24 inches of snow today! I'm so thankful to have a warm home in weather like this, because so many animals sadly don't. I wish I could invite them all inside to share my nice new furnace.


We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies blog hop!
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Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!


And now our weekly answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

Mommy's answers:

1. Me and cats go hand in hand.

2. Spending quiet one-on-one time with Mudpie makes my heart happy.

Mudpie's answers:

3. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want...loudly.
4. If zoomies was a sport, I would win hands down.
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Meows from Mudpie!

Just like previous years Mommy wasn't planning on a Valentine's Day gift guide but I talked her into it by reminding her of all the cool things we find on Etsy! We've broken our picks into gifts for cats and gifts for cat moms, so there's a little something for everybody!





We hope you enjoy our picks, and don't forget, if you find something here you like and make a purchase using our affiliate links, I get a little money for my piggy bank so I can buy something special for Mommy on Valentine's Day!
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Meows from Mudpie!

Today's the big day...our oil furnace is coming out and the new gas furnace is going in! To say Mommy is a nervous wreck would be an understatement. She's even brought my carrier into the front hall just in case the house goes kaboom before the day is over. (If you hear on the news tonight about a crazy woman desperately throwing one little tortie and a large Conway collection out the window to safety, that'll be us.)


She's also worried about how I'll react to strange men going in and out of the house all day because that hasn't happened since I've been here. Not to mention it's January in Vermont and we'll be most of the day without heat so I'll likely be turning into a frozen Mudpie.

Wish us luck! Oh, and have we mentioned that now our hot water heater has developed a (thankfully small, so far) leak? So the home repair project nightmares continue...
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When Dick Dickerson, notorious editor of the National Star, is found drowned in duck dung, the investigation quickly gets mired down when trying to figure out who’s behind the attack on the tabloid kingpin. Politicians, movie stars and captains of industry consistently found themselves in Dickerson’s crosshairs, but who would stoop so low as murder?While Odelia Poole and Detective Chase Kingsley conduct their investigation, Odelia’s cat coterie is up in arms when a newcomer turns the peaceful town of Hampton Cove into a soap opera of gossip, scandal and secrets. Soon the ‘Fab Four’ (Max, Dooley, Harriet and Brutus) are duking it out, their friendship in ruins, Max’s reputation in tatters.It doesn’t help that Grandma Muffin is waging a personal vendetta against her son-in-law’s new receptionist Scarlett Canyon, determined to get rid of her long-time nemesis once and for all. Against the backdrop of all this bickering, backstabbing and strife, is it any wonder Max starts to wonder if Dickerson’s killer will be the one that got away?


Every time a new Mysteries of Max book is released I pretty much have to drop everything to read it. Purrfect Secret was the longest book yet in the series and I tried to make it last as long as I possibly could, but it still ended way too quickly! This is a cat cozy series that just keeps getting better and better as its feline characters get cuter and cuter. The mysteries are always fun and not overly complicated, but it's the mini soap opera of the cats' lives that steals the show. I've come to love Max, Dooley, Harriet and Brutus more than words can say. 

The murder in Purrfect Secret is more repulsive than you can possibly imagine - the editor of a trashy tabloid is drowned in duck poop. Needless to say, there's no shortage of suspects for Chase, Odelia, and her feline menagerie. The cats have a far bigger problem on their hands though. They have a temporary house guest, a cat named Milo who is staying with them while his owner is away. Milo is trouble with paws as he manages to turn all the cats against each other with his lies. At first it's hysterically funny, but things get out of hand very quickly. Why is Milo so desperate to harm those who have taken him in and treated him with nothing but kindness? The answer is surprising and really tugged at my heartstrings. 

There's a long winter ahead of us. Download the entire Mysteries of Max series and treat yourself to one of the most adorable cat cozy series available today. Purrsonally, I want to take little Dooley home with me. If you have read any of the books in this series, I would love to know who your favorite kitty character is!


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It's a freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop, and talk of the upcoming Blood Moon led us to our theme of the week...country songs about the moon!


"I Don't Know A Thing About Love (The Moon Song)" was a huge hit for Conway in 1984. It was written by one of country music's most prolific songwriters, Harlan Howard. 

Conway Twitty - I Don't Know A Thing About Love - LIVE - YouTube


(You've probably noticed that for most musical selections I post official music videos or generic YouTube posts, but when it comes to Conway I post live performances whenever possible. That's because while hearing him is absolute heaven to me, hearing him AND seeing him is almost more than my little heart can take. I have a CD box filled with DVDs and VHS tapes of his TV appearances and live concerts. I'm always on the lookout for more, and whenever something I don't have is posted to YouTube I immediately burn it to DVD for my collection.)


A few other favorite "moon" songs...

Rosanne Cash - Blue Moon With Heartache (Video) - YouTube


Earl Thomas Conley - Once In a Blue Moon - YouTube


Toby Keith - Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You - YouTube


Patsy Cline - Blue Moon of Kentucky - YouTube


We hope you enjoyed our choices this week! 

Did anything catch your ear?


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That look you give when Mommy tells you she's going to the cat show this afternoon to look at other kitties.


That look you give when Mommy says none of those other kitties hold a candle to you because you're #1 in her heart and always will be.


We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies blog hop!


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Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!


And now our weekly answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

Mudpie's answers:

1. Better to be a tortie than any other color or breed of cat. Just sayin'...

2. Don't get out of bed just because your human's alarm goes off and they have to start their day. You're a cat and can get up and get going whenever you feel like it!

Mommy's answers:

3. You couldn't pay me to go into the medical field. I'm way too squeamish when it comes to blood.
4. Pizza is my comfort food.
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The theme of January's CatLadyBox was "Absolutely Ameowzing"...here's what was inside!


Featured Cat Lady Artist: Baby Room Art

MEOW Knit Cap: I have quite a few hats with cat ears that I no longer feel comfortable wearing since the "pussy hat" nonsense, so I'm so happy to have this warm winter hat with just the word "meow" emblazoned across it. I'm going to wear it for the first time this weekend at our local cat show and expect many comments about it. (Mudpie loves the pom-pom on top!)


MEOW Metal Wall Art: Once the Christmas decorations come down I plan to find the purrfect place to hang this.

Ameowzing Shirt: All words that describe cats and cat ladies!


Meow Catnip Kicker: A kitty can never have too many toys to bunny kick!

Eskimeow Catnip Toy: Yet another toy I've snitched from Mudpie! This little guy is so cute I tucked him in my Christmas tree among the ornaments.

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