Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Wordy on Wednesday with Biblio-Kitty Amber #25 featuring The Vampire's Mail Order Bride

Welcome To


With Amber ~ The Self-Appointed Biblio-Kitty


Wunderpurr greetings fellow book lovers 

And welcome to the library today.

Mew may remember on last weeks post I spoke about my need to exercise a little more aftur eating a few mince pies too many offur the Catmass period.  Well aftur a close examination and evaluation my girth I thought that rather than be in denial and sleep all day with my paws tucked under a cosy blanky I'd start gently and do a few crunches.


So there I was on the cream rug, upside down minding my own business and managing to do an epic amount of crunches - my current rate is one crunch effury 5 minutes, with a 10 minutes rest in-between each one, purretty impressive eh? -  anyhoo there I was crunching my day away minding my own business when I suddenly heard muffled laughter coming from the sofa.

I craned to see whom was making said noises and I saw Parsley and Smooch peering down upon my purrson.

Their muffled laughter suddenly erupted into all-out hilarity.

"What?" I snapped rather churlishly, feeling the clutches of insecurity grasp my waistline tightly.  And at that singular moment I wundered if I could get a girdle, but then dismissed the idea as fast as it had come because a hideous visualization popped in my mind of a ginormous fluffy muffin top!

It took the pair of them a few moments to compose themselves before Parsley said. "Amber mew need to go to boot camp!"

"What?" I replied, eyes wide in horror. [I was still recovering from the fluffy muffin top image].

"Yep, we're starting a new boot camp fur cats and mew seriously need to come!" Smooch said grinning.

I jabbed at my jelly belly and as it undulated like a soft, fluffy ripping wave up and down my stomach I said.  "It's solid muscle under here mew know, I actually have a six pack, mew just can't see it at the moment!"

"More like a ten pack of mince pies with two pints of fresh cream!" Parsley laughed.

Well the nerve of it, I thought and replied rather tartly. "Mew two are so rude and fur your information I'm big boned and rather fluffy!"

They laughed and then promptly clamped paws offur theirs mouths when I gave then my furry bestest withering glance.

"Oops, I think we've offended her," Smooch stage whispered.

"But she needs to tone up otherwise Basil won't let her go on the next mission," Parsley whispered in reply.

"I can hear mew both," I said. "I may be fluffy but I'm not deaf!"

"Amber," Parsley said gently. "I just heard Basil say that something is coming, C.J Catkin from the F.I.B. tipped him off and we all have to be in peak physical condition to take on this new threat... come on, let me and Smoochie help mew and by the way if mew think your secret donut stash is safe, think again!"

I flopped back on the rug and sighed heavily as my jelly belly jiggled and decided that it was time and I needed to up my training, like severely. 

"Ok heathens we'll start tomorrow," I smiled and then thought about my second secret donut stash and began to giggle.

Anyhoo I won't keep mew in suspense any longer, so let's move on to this weeks book pick.




This week on book reviews with Amber, I'm sharing




Here's the book blurb courtesy of Amazon UK:

The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. 

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn’t know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the arranged set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In thirty days, whatever bridezilla shows up at his door will be escorted right back out. His past means love is no longer an option. Not if the woman’s going to have a future. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.

Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets...

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While not a cat book per se, this novel does feature a cute kitty called Captain Underpants, and that's why I'm sharing it!

So my thoughts on the furst Nocturne Falls book, is I really liked it.  It's a paranormal cutsie romance with a vampire that is so not like any other vampire mew've read about.  The story is cleverly plotted and the main character Delaney is on the run from new York mobsters.

The book is quite comical in places and has a great supporting cast, with werewolves, witches, jealous ex-girlfriends, and a whole host of others.

This is what I would categorize as a light Sunday afternoon read in front of the fire in my basket with a cup of nip tea and a plate of nip cookies and I will definitely be exploring the series further.


Paperback copy:  372 pages

Audio Edition: 8 hours 47 minutes

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The Amber Biblio Rating System Fur Offurall Enjoyment:




Ratings of:

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride



Plot

Characters

Story

Narration

Offurall Enjoyment



I hope mew enjoy this book if mew do take the plunge and get it... and if mew've read it already, tell me did mew think?

And just furry quickly before I go, Kitties Blue at Cat on My Head are the latest stop on The Wurld-Wide Tour of The Time Travelling Bobble Hat!  Click here to see their truly epically epic pictures, we were so impressed and Mauricio's photo really made us  MOL - Basil said that was just like him when the P.A. tried to put it on! MOL  Parsley and Smooch have donated another £2.00 to the 'Kitty Fund' and we're up to £60.00. now - WOO HOO!!!!

Sadly it's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and don't furget to stop by tomorrow fur Basil's Brain Training!

Happy reading or listening

Bestest biblio purrs

Amber xox



Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The Smooch Report ~ The Widdle Diaries ~ How to Help Solve Inappropriate Kitty Toileting and Spraying Issues - Part I



Many greetings supurr furriends

and welcome to 



Part I of The Smooch Report - The Widdle Diaries

As many of mew will know that offur the last 18 months or so Smoochie has not been feeling himself and has been widdling in places he shouldn't.

Now the P.A. read book aftur book, searched the internet and tried effurything suggested to assist his Smoochiness offurcome his little purroblem and while some of it was a help, in all honesty most of the info was completely worthless and she wasted time and money on crap advice.

So aftur a trip to the vet and a few tests to make sure that there was no underlying medical issue causing his purroblem, the P.A. enlisted the help of a Kitty Psychiatrist/Behavioural Expert.  In other wurds she brought the really, really big guns in, and it's not cheap.

And today in Part One we're going to share with mew a little of what we've learnt from THE EXPERTS.   Now there will be a few of these posts as there's a lot to talk about and if mew have any questions, feel free to ask.

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Furstly and most importantly if mew have a kitty that's widdling outside the tray mew must take kitty to the vet asap to rule out any UTI infection or kidney problems or medial issue etc... 

Secondly mew need to assess if your kitty has a toileting issue or a spraying issue* - as the two are entirely different. We'll talk more about that in a moment.

Also if mew have more than one kitty then mew need to be certain who's doing it and/or whether its a group endeavour.

Obviously stalking your cat 24 hours a day and watching his/her effury move to see what's happening isn't going to help the purroblem or probably yield any solid confirmation as most incidents happen when mew're not there, so what the P.A. did was buy 7 camera's 

Foscam C1 Lite 720P Wireless Cube Daytime Baby Monitor IP Camera, Mini Wide Viewing Angle Surveillance Webcam, Wi-Fi Connection, Two Way Audio, Motion Detection, Message Push
[Image @AmazonUK]

Foscam C1 Lite 720P Wireless IP Camera


and located them around the house where Smooch had piddled.  These handy camera's are furry easy to set up and have the facility to record via a small monthly subscription so mew can go back offur footage and see exactly who's doing what where and when. [They are not infrared so mew will need to leave a light on at night if mew suspect kitty is widdling offur night].

Thirdly: Get a diary or calendar and keep a log of every time kitty widdles and where.

Fourthly: Draw a floor plan of your house and mark on it where your kitty is urinating.

Now this seems like a lot of stuff to do, but if mew want to help solve your kitty's issues mew are going to have to put the time in.

We also need to say this:

If mew do have a kitty that is urinating/spraying outside the litter box there is usually a furry valid reason and it's your duty as primary caregiver to not just decide to take your cat to a shelter and give-up because mew can't be bothered and it's an inconvenience in your life.  

This is completely irresponsible and we would suggest that before adopting or getting a cat that mew think long and hard about the next 20+ years - as that's how long a cat can live - and make a commitment that you're going to keep kitty furever, no matter what.  If mew're not 110% in it fur the life of your cat life then don't ever get one.

And if mew effur decide to get rid of your cat because your new partner doesn't like kitty - SHAME ON MEW - our advice is: Get rid of the new partner furst, as kitty will likely be there a lot longer!

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 *How to determine whether your kitty has a toileting issue or a spraying issue.

If your kitty is spraying or marking up usually he or she will back up to an item, and while standing with tail erect will spray their chosen item.  The amount of urine won't be a lot.

If it is a toileting issue they will squat as they do in the tray, fur instance: if they do it on a hard surface mew will find a puddle.

Spraying is usually a territorial thing, whereas toileting is more of a behavioural thing.

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Anyhoo, let's continue,

So below is the Smooch Widdle Diary started aftur the Experts furst visit on the 22nd of November.

The P.A. has a calendar stuck on the fridge and we have been filling it in as and when an incident occurs, and mew can see how varied it is.   There were many other places around the house too but we weren't keeping a diary then, and the P.A. has just ended up getting rid of stuff that has been ruined and at the moment Smoochie's widdling has cost in excess of £4,500, yep it's up there but there was a Sony laptop and the leather sofa out of the office, they were the big ticket items.

FYI: Insurance doesn't cover accidental cat pee incidents either.



Now at the preliminary meeting in Sleepy Hollow the P.A. discussed several things that she thought were contributing to Smoochie's purroblem, but the biggest one was Tiger.

Tiger is a cat who lives somewhere in the village and has been going next door to the P.A.'s cousins fur the last 18 months or so.  We have no idea where he lives, but he does come offur the fence, into the courtyard and sleep under the carport in the teddy bears picnic area.  Smoochie really doesn't like this cat at all and this is one of his biggest triggers.


See what we mean!


The next trigger is, if anything new is brought into the house that 'smells' different.

Fur example, Smooch has widdled on a couple of the heavy jute rugs, which are really hard to clean properly, so the P.A. bought new rugs and within one day of the new rugs being down he'd widdled on them too.  So now the only rugs the P.A. uses are smaller washable cotton ones, which until the Saturday just gone, he'd shown no interest in at all.  But at least she can just throw those type in the washing machine and it's no big purroblem to deal with.

The third trigger is, loud external noises, ie; like last week when we had the drive done, the mini digger clanking about set him back a little.

And before we wrap this post up we feel it most importante that mew see what a little sweetie Smoochie is and even though he's only got 3 legs he loves to play....



So in this post, mew need to get prepared, get your diary and effurything else implemented and start monitoring kitty and try to find the triggers that may be causing the behaviour.


In Part Two we'll show mew what we implemented to assist Smoochie in his recovery, and more about his purrsonality.

How many litter trays you should have, and talk about the clean up process and what is the best product to clean cat urine with, as well as his actual progress since new measures were introduced.

And like we said earlier if mew have any questions, we'll help if we can!

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And before we go, here's the draw fur last weeks Give-Away on Mandalas on Monday to win this really cute colouring book:


The entries were:



The live draw:



And the winner is:



WOO HOO, congratulations guys and if mew could email us your snail mail address to:

deardrbasil @ gmail . com

We'll ship the book to mew post haste, and congratulations again we really hope mew like it

Many thanks to effurypurrdy else fur entering, and don't wurry if mew missed out this time, we've got another colouring book to give away next month.

Well it's time fur us to pop off, but we'll see mew tomorrow when Amber will be sharing another book just fur mew.

Until then

We wish mew a supurr happy Tuesday

Sweetest purrs

Basil & Co xox



Monday, 16 January 2017

Colouring with Cats #13 ~ Getting Your OM on with Mandalas on Mondays!


Supurr Monday greetings pawesome pals

We do hope mew've all had a furry relaxing weekend, and we're here to help mew keep that feeling and raise your Zen Harmonies even higher fur a fabulously chilled week.

So let's begin with our little breathing exercise, we're sure mew know what to do but if mew've furgotten: purrlease take deep fulfilling breaths; counting to five on the inhale and five on the exhale:

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Let all your frustrations go on effury exhale.

Snowie has been purracticing group meditation with her furriends, and says it's furry good fur relaxing the soul, she likes to use Tibetan Singing Bowls and have her favourite rose quartz crystals in the room to generate feeling of love and joy. 

Here's her top six tips fur remaining Zen at all times:

Meditate daily

Follow your joy

Always be kind to others, but most impurrtantly to yourself

Be true to yourself

Do a little exercise effury day

and finally

DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF


Many thanks to Snowie fur sharing her ZEN-ness with us today.

And now it's time to share this weeks mandala, so let's get our OM on.

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If mew have missed any of the previous mandala's and feel the need to colour, here's the links:

All the mandala's featured are designed and made by us, unless otherwise stated.



So without further adieu here's this weeks Mandala :

Just right click the image to save and print it...

Here's the P.A.'s effort this week, she was obviously feeling a little blue! MOL [Seriously though, she loves the colour blue].


Coloured using metallic and glitter gel pens.

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If mew'd like to share your peeps pawesome artwurk feel free to post it on our Facebook page at:


as we'd really, really love to see your interpretation of today's mandala.


Just before we go, yesterday at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life Princess the beautiful ginger gurl was modelling the green chullo won from Parsley's Birthday Give-away last year, now we know it's not 'the actual' Time Traveling Bobble Hat, but we feel that it is only right and propurr that we add £2.00 to the Kitty Fund fur this most excellent photo. Thanks so much Princess mew looked a total supurr star!  And we'll be announcing the winner of last weeks give-away.

So on that note we'll say bye fur now and see mew on the morrow fur Part I of The Smooch Report and reveal some of the things that we've implemented to help his little widdling issue.


Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Bestest chilled and most soothing purrs

Basil & Co xox

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Sunday Selfies #127 Scaling New Heights & Blog Hopping with Cat on my Head




Wunderpurr greetings pawesome pals

Welcome to another Sunday Selfie Selection and today as mew can see I decided to scale some new heights, much to the horror of The Hoard.

My perch is a 7ft high amethyst geode [one of a matching pair either side of the fire-place] and before mew begin to worry it is firmly to secured to the wall as the P.A. didn't want to find it in a gazillion pieces one day and have to start making jewellery again! MOL

So today's theme is:

Scaling New Heights

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Guess what else is happening?  

We've got an update on The Wulrd Tour of  The Time Travelling Bobble Hat, it has reached its second destination with the truly pawesome 

Tabbies of Trout Towne 

Mew really must visit their blog to see the epically epic pictures they took!  

Parsley and Smoochie have donated their £2.00 into the Kitty Fund and our balance is now £56.00

Thank mew Tabbies fur joining in the tour, we owe mew big time, so we're sending mew 258 x No: 5's immediately with a truck full of fries and tuna flakes!

Thanks so much guys, mew're pawesome!! 

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And don't furget to enter our free Give-Away:

And a quick reminder just before we go, as it's the start of a new year we're giving away beautiful colouring book which also has a wurdsearch on effury page.  To win a copy just leave us a comment on Mondays post and we'll draw a name out of the hat tomorrow.  

Our Give-Away is Open WORLD-WIDE



We'll see mew on the morrow with the latest mandala fur mew to colour to get your Zen Harmonies happening fur the week ahead, and then on Tuesday we'll be here with The Smooch Report and announce the winner of the give-away.

Wishing mew all a supurr snoozy day

Sweetest Sunday Purrs

Basil & Co xox




Don't furget to join in the pawesome Sunday Selfies Blog Hop with

 Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo at their fabulous blog:



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