Friday, August 10, 2018

New Beginnings Animal Rescue

While not exactly a cat cafe, New Beginnings Animal Rescue allows a visitor to interact with all of the kitties.  Located in Royal Oak, Michigan, NBAR was established in 2010, and per their website: "We are completely run by volunteers, funded by donations, and powered by cat hair."

I visited NBAR last week for a fund-raising garage sale, and was given a site tour.  I didn't take photos of everything, but there are separate rooms for adult cats, kittens, new cats, and ornery cats.  In addition, there are display cages in the lobby, for those special cats that the staff know need even more interaction with humans.

"Lemme OUT!"

Working the "Puss In Boots" routine

Snowball, who broke my heart as he gazed at
me from behind bars.  He's partially blind, and FIV+,
but friendly as all get out.

Seriously, how can a person be sad while holding kittens?
Nope, it's impawssible!

Napping for these two was more impawtant than making
goo-goo eyes at any potential adopter.
Not only do they adopt out cats, they have a cat food bank, for folks who meet a minimum requirement, so their pets won't go hungry.  They are seriously anti-declaw also.

This weekend, NBAR is having Whiskers and Whimsy Art Show, from 4 to 7 pm tonight, and 12 to 4 pm Saturday.  Lucky for me, I will drive there straight after work today, and still be home for dinner without The Hubby knowing about my stop!  I am a sneak, aren't I?

Learned it from my cats...

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thankful Thursday: Pearl

I've posted about my neighbor's floofy black cat before, here and here.  Recently, she's become quite lovey dovey with me, as I stride past on my evening walk.  With one glance, I stop, drop down onto the sidewalk, and pet and coo over her until she decides to quit.  I've adopted the name 'Pearl' for this cutie, until someone inside the house EVER tells me her name.  She climbs in and out of the house via a slightly opened window, so she's being cared for.  

I am thankful that this adorable kitty allows me to love her.  I tell her  that she can come to me, two doors down, if she needs anything.  Pearl knows where I live; she watches me go in and out of the front door, and no doubt can smell the food bowls on the deck out back.

Let's Hop!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tie Dye Tuesday

Received some coolio tie dyed shirts from Katnip Lounge!



Chili Bruce

No cats...or humans...were harmed in the photo shoot of 
these gorgeous creations!
All cats simply lounged photogenically while wearing their soft shirts.
The Hubby (who is a bonafide Hippie From The 60's) likes my
tie dyed shirt, so that is high praise indeed, and I LURV wearing multicolors!

Thanks SO MUCH to Trish and Scott!

Monday, August 6, 2018

My Love Monday

The PO'M and I have the very BESTEST relationship!
Except when he's a snot to Sweetie...or my iPhone...
because I'm paying attention elsewhere.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Purrfect Pair Nail Clippers

When I saw this, I grabbed it and ran to the register!
While at a local shop, I spied these cat-shaped nail clippers for humans.  What I want to know is: who thinks this stuff up?  I didn't know that I needed cat-shaped nail clippers, but someone obviously did.  And where do I get that job?

Disclaimer: I bought these; received nothing for free, and am just showing it because I laughed out loud in the store when I found them!

Have a terrific weekend, y'all!


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Thankful Thursday: Hand, Tub & Hearthrob

Today, I am thankful for:

I was official discharged from occupational
therapy yesterday.  My broken bones in my
left hand are healed, and I've got about as much
strength back as possible.  My ring finger and pinky
still ghost outward, and that may never change.
Still a bit swollen too, but the doc says
I've got a few more months to go for things to be normal.
My upstairs bathroom is back at work!
The plumbing and drain lines were updated,
and The Hubby put in new flooring.
Newspaper found under the floor was dated 1924.
More updates are in store, once we get the downstairs
bathroom ripped apart then rebuilt.
Sly greets me almost every day now, and what a gorgeous
kitty he is!  How gratifying to have this fluffalicous mancat
run up to me, then fall over to offer his tummy?
Seriously, this boy is a little slice of heaven, and only
15 minutes away on foot!  His humans don't even bother to
step out of their home anymore; they see me and (I'm sure) shake
their heads in dismay.  C'mon, look at him!
Let's Hop!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wet, Woolly, Whiskery Wednesday

Every cat photo taken this morning came out woolly*, but there are whiskers!

Since I still needed whisker photos, here are my garden metal cats, with raindrops dangling from toes...but they've got kick-butt whiskers!

(The foliage in the background are lily-of-the-valley, which withered and died this summer.  Usually, this garden stays green until autumn.  We received a lot of rain yesterday and last night, thankfully.)

*The online thesaurus says 'woolly' is another term to use for 'blurry', and woolly works with 'W'et, 'W'hiskers, and 'W'ednesday...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Hubby's Cat Clean Up Hack

Cable TV, Auto Insurance, etc.

The Hubby saves those pretend credit cards that come in the mail, to pick up both liquid and solid 'cat output'.  The cards are made of heavy or coated paper, and they scoop up stuff really well.  One simply tosses it away with the rest of the vile stuff that you've cleaned up.  Old playing cards are another excellent cat-clean up device.

Example: I found a dried up…shall we call it...forward expulsion by Angel.  Using a fake credit card as a scraper, the clean-up only took minutes.  This was on hardwood floor, in the closet of Angel's Upstairs Apartment. 

Sometimes, with liquid, using paper towels or newspaper (The Hubby's favorite go-to!) just smears stuff around because it's not absorbent.  Using a fake credit card kind of like a shovel, you push the yuck onto your clean-up paper, add some quick swipes with a cat-friendly cleaner; we use baking soda and water in a spray bottle, with a paper towel or cloth, and you've made fast work of the mess.  It works on carpet too!

As a bonus, it's a recycling thing; reusing/repurposing to save the environment.  Have spared you all any images of the stuff that we've used this hack for, but you ALL know what that looks like, thank-you-very-much.  It's junk mail, turned into gunk mail.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sweetie and The Sweater

Yesterday, while enjoying the lovely summer day, Sweetie came along to sit with me.  I petted her, and rubbed her silky ears.  She quickly discovered my cast-off sweater, and seemed to really enjoy it!  Her long claws could have made mincemeat of it, but surprisingly no holes were found.  For the enjoyment she seemed to receive, it would have been worth a ripped-up sweater just to witness it!  I have a stack of sweatshirts, sweaters, and fleecy tops that I will now 'drop' on the deck, for her future use.  I will NOT put fabric inside The Cat Hotel, since in the winter, any moisture can freeze, and it's a huge danger for outside cats.  Straw is the only way to go when it's cold, but until then, she'll get my sweater treatment.

For my friends in the UK, Americans say 'sweater', The British say 'jumper'.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Do Cats Eat Quinoa?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Chili Bruce on left, Manny leaving the scene to the right

Chili Bruce: "It looks like kibble!"

Yes, yes they DO eat quinoa!
Not much, but they gave it a try.

Now you know!

(The quinoa was on a plate, which Manny pawed off the counter.
Lucky for us, quinoa doesn't cost much, so no harm done.)

Disclaimer: No cats were harmed in the making of this blog post!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Pet Photo Fails and Friendly Fill-Ins

Photo Fails, hosted by Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles
Taken a year ago, when Phoebe's Traveling Shades arrived at Eastside Cats!

Um...that's not where you wear sunglasses, Angel!
And, you aren't even in focus!

Chucky thought the sunglasses were from the devil...
Look at his eyes!
"Mama!  Get these things AWAY from me!"

LOL!  The PO'M wasn't having any of it,
but he gamely allowed The Hubby to try...
*No animals were harmed in the making of these photos*

And, 15 And Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs host Friendly Fill-Ins:

  1. I deserve a gold star for remaining silent about the bathroom disaster we have today.
  2. Right now, I am loving the idea of THE WEEKEND.
  3. The best advice I’ve ever been given is to 'do what's best for yourself'.
  4. If I had to choose a new first name, it would be Rosie.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thankful Thursday: My Library

Thankfully, the following books are here, ordered through my local library:

Bono: The Amazing Story of a Rescue Cat Who Inspired a Community
by Helen Brown 
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Citadel Press
ISBN 0806538457 (ISBN13: 9780806538457)

Able Seacat Simon: The True Story of a Very Special Cat
by Lynne Barrett-Lee
SBN: 9781471158919
Pub Date: 3rd November 2016 by Simon & Schuster Ltd
Paperback, 208 pages

Mark Twain for Cat Lovers: True and Imaginary Adventures with Feline Friends
by Mark Dawidziak (Editor)
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 15th 2016 by Lyons Press

Call of the Cats: What I Learned about Life and Love from a Feral Colony
by Andrew Bloomfield
Paperback, 237 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by New World Library 

These books are from all over the State of Michigan, and I am thankful that they've designed an ordering system where I am able to have them delivered to my hometown library.  SCORE!

The trick is to find time to sit down and READ!  It's summertime; there are art fairs, and garden walks, and farmer's markets, and plant exchanges, plus visits to local parks and beaches.   

And you know what?  Cat library books have fascinating smells, that Manny and Chili Bruce find very interesting to sniff!

Let's Hop!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Chili Bruce loves the window so much!

Both Chili Bruce and Manny in the window.
You may notice that the 'curtain' is chopped up.
That's because Da Boyz ripped it in multiple places,
so I snipped off the ragged, torn edges.

Watching the butterflies, squirrels, birds!

The upstairs bathroom..., I mean the upstairs
hole in the floor!
While having the plumber replace our water pipes, the downstairs bathroom lost it's shower, and became the new 'tool shed', and a construction zone.  In addition, Manny and Chili Bruce enjoy Bird TV from the window, tearing up the curtain, leaving pawprints all over the sink and toilet lid, and stare down the now exposed shower drain in wonder.  The sink and toilet remain in working order.

Yesterday, the upstairs claw-foot tub was rolled away, as well as the toilet, and the floor ripped open.  Water was disconnected too.  This is a complete cat-free zone; Angel is safely secure in her apartment.

I now have no shower or bathtub, and can only use Chili Bruce's downstairs 'playroom' for my ablutions.  The Hubby claims a nearby park has showers for boaters, so we can rinse off there if need be.  He is convinced that things will be in shambles for a good week, maybe two weeks.  His job is to replace the floor upstairs, which includes removing 100 years of layers and old wood, putting in a new subfloor, and then vinyl.

Sometimes, change is good...and sometimes, it's a real mess until it isn't again.  Wish us well during this household upheaval!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Happy Birthday, EP from 15 And Meowing!

Ellen is the kindest cat mama on the planet, and today is her birthday!  Over time, she's gifted Eastside Cats with multiple items, including handmade catnip mats, crocheted toys of all kinds of designs, and even shared medicinal supplies.  She helps me as a blogger too, and I want to thank her for her support, and wish her the happiest of days!  But darn her really tough jigsaw puzzles...grrr...

Images of her toys found this morning strewn about our house:

There are fish-shaped toys and lozenge ones too, only I couldn't find them!  Probably under the furniture, and stuck in corners that only cats can traverse...and are covered in dust and cat fur...


Friday, July 20, 2018

Thankful Thursday Continued to Friday!

Yesterday's post showed Sweetie with spiderwebs all over her head!

And this morning, she had them on her again!  The Hubby thinks it's from our hosta plants, which both Sweetie and The PO'M sleep under to enjoy the broad leaf shade, and the cool ground.  I am thankful for her ability to make us laugh and grin, while really not trying to do it!

Sweetie has spiderwebs on her head again today!
 Also, I'm thankful this morning for The PO'M forgiving me for the kick I gave him last night, as I carried the filled dinner bowls out to the Feeding Station.  He zigzagged in front of my feet, and I didn't notice fast enough to avoid clobbering him with the top of my foot as I strided up the driveway.

Poor PO'M hid under the car, and when I reached out to offer my apologies, and to see if I'd hurt the cat, he tucked his tail under, and bolted into the neighbor's garden to disappear.  Quite honestly, my heart broke, and when he wouldn't come out to me, I was devastated.  The Hubby assured me that Paddy would come back, but I was upset and wouldn't believe him.

Maybe 1/2 hour later, The PO'M was at the Feeding Station, looking for food.  Rushing back outside...but slowed carefully when near the cats...,I gave Paddy his bowl. 

He ate.  He allowed petting.  My heartache eased.

The PO'M loves me again!

This morning, before the climb into The Cat Car for my morning commute, I de-webbed Sweetie and grabbed The PO'M to kiss and make up even more.  He allowed it, while clawing at my phone. 

I am thankful that all is right in my world again.

And no, The PO'M didn't appear to have any physical injuries from being booted.  It's happened before, and no doubt will again.  Why do cats do that, anyhow?  He was straight in front of me, as if he is the drum major to our cat parade, then he turned 90 degrees on a dime, so his body was across my line of direction!  *shrug*

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thankful Thursday: Sweetie... us the giggles!

"Ya know, Sweetie...ya got a little sumfing on your head..."
Yes, cats are amazing creatures; so lithe and sleek!
So otherworldly gorgeous, and fast as lightning!
So...downright hilarious!

I know that every cat lover is thankful for the belly laughs, giggles, snickers, and guffaws that our furry friends allow us to long as we don't let them see us laughing!

In addition, thank you all for your well-wishes
for Angel's birthday! 
She was pampered, petted, and treated to some special kibble!

Give thanks every Thursday!