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Sunday Selfie with Shoko

Tyebe and myself have been at Cat Scouts most of the afternoon.  If, you want to look at the site simply click on Cat Scouts in red. We were in the Senior’s Den.  Tyebe was giving paw-dicures to the seniors.  She enjoyed herself immensely.                                               

I was assisting Tyebe by washing fresh towels and bringing hot soapy water to soften up the pads.

Now, I am going to pose for my selfie on The Cat on my Head blog.  Simply click on the name and be whisked over to see them.                                                                               

Here we go…with a close up of my face,

 

Dang, just about missed my head. There you go. moi. I am kinda blurry.    You get the idea. mol

 

Xena’s Story with Input from Sho Part 5a

Read Xena’s Story in the pages of Canadian Cats.  It’s really easy to access Xena’s Story simply click on the header at Xena’s Story and poof! there you are.

SHOKO….. BEAUTIFUL BLACK
TYE……. REBEL ROYAL BLUE
XENA……PUKY LIME

Sho was riding on the Magic Carpet over where the big white house was supposed to be.  “Holy kittens, Look at the size of that white house,  It puts our poor little hut, Canada, to shame.    What is that in the backyard….it looks like Xe and Tye. “Up Here Tye and Xe.  Look up…up, up.  They see me, CADA.  Oh catnip heaven they’re safe!”  Sho let’s out a deep breath she’d been holding in since she learned Tye was in an Internment Camp…..now she could relax, the travellers were ok.                                                                           

They’re both running in circles and waving their paws.  Sho waves back and brings the magic carpet down gently beside the Rose Garden.                                                                                                                                 

Tye was impressed with the Magic Carpet.  “You didn’t get this carpet from Omar’s Emporium….this carpet has ever so strong fibers, Omar would give you some dang rug that would fall apart as soon as you hit warp drive.” grinned Tye “This carpet is from Aladdin’s and a Genie installed a Canada Activated Device Assistant. I call her CADA.” Tye slapped Sho’s paw in a high paw and hugged Sho saying, “Well, I guess we’re going to the country Canada soon….it is the land of the free, I’ve been told.” “Come on Xe, don’t be shy….step on board…Sho will stabilize the carpet so it can hold all of us. “CADA how far is it to Tennis-See?” Far enough! It’s no where near Canada either.  “Simmer down, we have to take Xe home to see her mom and Lucy….not to mention her dad. Ok. we better get started then.”                                                                     

Sho was speechless at the beauty of the trees and mountains under her.  Tye asked Xe where they were and Xe explained that these were the Blue Ridge Mountains…..  “Should we land down in the midst of the trees,” Sho shouted in a happy voice.  “No way!” said Xe.  “It’s very wild in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  There are even mosquitoes….I hate that buzzing in my dainty ears.”  “OK, Xe …by the way what state are we in? inquired Sho   “Is this Tennis-See?  “We’re close but not yet, Sho, we have to keep going.

Are the American’s ashamed of this here Washington DC?  Sho inquired with furrowed brow.  Xena hollered…“No friggin way….this is the home of democracy for our nation.”  “Well, it’s very difficult to find Washington DC on any map…maybe they want to hide it from terrorists.” stated Sho.                                                                   

“It says here that we’re not far from Chattanooga Tennis See.  Let’s lay back and relax….Anyone need some Siamese Cat nip?” asked Sho.  Xe howled with laughter saying, “Me, a schnauzer taking cat nip….no woofie way!”  Tye suddenly opened her mouth and told XE “You’re buying into all those old stereotypes Xe, that say cat nip  works strangely on dogs and if dogs get high they start meowing.  Rubbish I say….the only way you’ll find out for yourself is to try it.  We would never ever hurt you so let’s dig in.”  Tye told Xe that Siamese cat nip was special in that it relaxes your whole body but with out the drunk effects.

“You brought the fresh nip from the garden. It’s the best one, Sho.” Tye said with a laughing voice.  Soon, Xe and Tye were mellowing out pointing at the sights.

As they were sitting about Sho told Tye about the country of Siam hearing of her plight through the Internment Camp and her and Xe attempting to change life for the better and wanting to honour her. “Really, they want to honour me?  How are they planning to honour me? Tye inquired.  “They are thinking about changing the country’s name to Tyeland to honour you.”  Sho stated proudly.  “Oh kittens, that would be wonderful.  What an honour. Tye said as she wiped a happy tear away.

“Choo choo should be coming up soon then,”  “Choo Choo?…do you mean Chattanooga?” said Xe. “Yeah… that’s the name, seems long to me…Choo Choo or just Choo gets the message across.”  Tye said with a grin. “Hey, I can smell home….Lu’s scent is on the wind..” Xe cried out.. “There’s Lu!!”  The three travellers looked down and sure enough there was Lu looking up at them.                                                                          

Tune in Monday for the final part of Xena’s Story, from Xena herself.  Xena’s Story may be picked up later by our little elfey selves should we wish to continue the adventure. Meanwhile, I wonder if Xe’s mom was expecting a couple of rag tag Siamese Cats to visit?

 

Lavender Sugar and Lavender Shortbread

                                                 Welcome to In Puursuit of Flavours                                                                           

 

Please, link your recipes back to the blog so we can enjoy your tasty morsels.  We may have a blog hop next visit.  We’ll see how the linking goes.  If you have problems let us know if you can.   Remember to stop over at Da Phenny and Neilson’s blog at Easy Blog…All about our truly best friend…

Tyebe and I chattered about what to do for the first ever post on, “In Puursuit of Flavours” and decided on one of dad’s newest discoveries.  Dad didn’t discover the recipe, mom did.  Shoko gives Tyebe the “evil eye”  Tyebe smiles back at Shoko.                                                                 

Alright Tyebe are you ready to start on the lavender sugar? Sure am, Shoko. Have you got your fur net on your head and scrubbed your paws real well? Yes, you betcha Shoks.                                                                 

Before we get started Shoks, what makes lavender so special that we’re adding it to the sugar.  Glad you asked Tyebe.

Lavender looks like a purple haze but its benefits are many.  Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family so we know it’s going to smell wonderful.  Quit wrinkling up your nose, Tyebe.  The principle benefit of lavender is the calming effect.  This calming effect also helps one sleep.  So I need it when Budd decides he really wants to snuggle?

Recipe for Lavender Sugar

1 Tablespoon dried lavender

2 Cups of sugar

Mix the lavender and sugar.  Some recipes ask you to blend the sugar a bit.  It makes the sugar granules smaller.  This is not a MUST as it is easy to blend too much and have icing sugar.  This has been done here and when the lavender sugar is used in a recipe the granules seem to melt just great.                                                               

That’s easy peasy. Dad put the lavender sugar in a mason jar with a tight fitting lid.


Onward to our cookies.  ♫I like to eat….ya, ya, ya…munch, slurp♫

If you are like mom or dad here. they just couldn’t make shortbread….not enough liquid. So the shortbread resembled a mountain with rocks falling over the sides. Not pretty and it was so dry….yuck! Not until this shortbread recipe was a homemade shortbread cookie seen in this house. I’ll bet they would be scrumptious without the lavender too..

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

1/4 Cup of sugar and extra for dusting..the recipe calls for fine sugar for dusting…that’s an extra
that doesn’t get done here but you can try.
1/2 Cup of softened butter…No jumping on it….try softening in the microwave.
3/4 Cup of flour                                                         

We all seem to have these ingredients around.  Mom decided we could use some dried cranberries on a few cookies and peanut butter chips on some o5ther ones.  Yes, I did notice the small dry hill on the left in the cookie tray.  It turned out well but looks kinda cwappy.

Mix all ingredients well. Flatten dough and use a bottle top or some other cookie cutter to form small shapes. Not too thick or will take longer to cook.                                                                           

Cooking time is 10 minutes.  Notice there are more cookies than went in the oven….Fort Meezer is a magical place, MOL

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Reminder of In Puursuit of Flavours plus link to Xena’s story Part 5

On April 1st, Wednesday  In Puursuit of Flavours makes it’s first appearance on Canadian Cats and Easy Blog. I believe Katty has a link you can follow and I…yes moi, am providing a blog hop to follow. Providing mom followed instructions properly.

We want you to write out your favourite recipe.  Whether its for a mid day snack or din din.  Just use the blog hop provided.   Hubby is making the meals here so the less complicated ingredients the better.  Mom does love herbs in her meals….”Herbs, Are gifts of the Gods.”

We are also joining Aww….Monday at Comedy Plus.

Visit Xena and Lucy’s blog to see the whole of Part 5 of Xena’s Story.  Simply click the red splotch over their name.

Xena's Story Part 5

Xena Schnauzer Warrior Princess and Lucy

Lucy: Your stories are selling like hotcakes, Xena. We should be getting royaltreats or something like that. I’m going to check with our publicist. Oh Mo-o-o-o-ommm…

Xena: What’s the “we?” I’m doing all the work.

If you missed any of our story, you can click on Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4. It’ll help Part 5 make more sense…

Xena’s story: A Dog and her Cat Friends, with another Plot Hound, Part Five

The driver in the old truck barked at them to stop. “Y’all stop now, y’hear? I’m your ride to the big white house. Didn’t Ho No tell y’all to ‘spect me?”

“So you aren’t the ICY Plott Hound from Texas?” the two friends asked.

“Golly no, I’m a NICE Plott Hound from the hills of Georgia. My name’s Sally. That thar one you mentioned is my cousin Leroy. He thanks he’s…

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Xena’s Story with Input from Sho Part 4a

Please read the first parts of the story under Xena’s Story in our pages.  The story will make sense.  Now when we last left Sho she had chosen a fantabulous Magic Carpet and looked at the map so she knew how to get to the United States.  The shortest way was to go through the Gulf of Siam into the Indian Ocean and then make a sharp left to the Pacific Ocean.  Sho also noted that if she turned right from the Indian Ocean she could travel the Atlantic and…oh look, there’s the country of Canada.  Sho dreamed of going to Canada one day, that’s why she named the hut Canada….just to have a piece of this huge country near.                                                                                         

I’ll take the long way and shake any bugs out of this Magic Carpet. I better use warp drive for half the trip or I’ll be months getting there.                                                                           

                                                                               

I never imagined the ocean had this much water….The tag around my neck states who I am and my next of kin so if anything happens hopefully Tye  will be notified.  If anybody can find her and Xena.  “You’ll be be fine…let’s not get maudlin ole gal.” Who said that? Is there a freeloader I’m carrying to the States?   “hehe…Heaven’s no. I’m the CADA….that stands for Canada Activated Device Assistant, the Genie installed in the Magic Carpet before you left.” “Some assistant you are CADA…where are we?  We must be close to Canada but there’s nothing but blue for as far as I can see.” “We’re getting pretty close to NewFoundland in Canada.” REALLY!! You flew past the United States.” “I did.” Let’s drop down and step on Canadian soil.  After landing the Magic Carpet, Sho walked around til she met a dog…a Newfoundland dog.  This dude was huge….looked more like the pictures she’d seen of a black bear but he seemed like a happy fellow.  Sho padded up to the huge dog and the dog said, “Ow’s she cuttin’, me cocky? Sho stepped backwards in surprise.  Is this guy swearing at me? she thought.  She realized there may be cultural differences but this dude was….really different!  Sho chose to treat him as a potential friend as it’s harder to get mad and bite at a happy dudette.  Sho plastered a warm smile on her face and said, “How are you, my friend?”  To which the dog dude replied, “Aye, that’s what I says.”                                                                                   

Sho told the Newfie dog her name and that she was on her way to the United States to find her sister that left there home in Siam to see her dog friend Xe in Tennis-See. The Newfie dog introduced himself as Buddha.  Buddha said he’d heard about a Siamese cat that had been thrown into an Internment Camp when arrived in the United States for just being Siamese…..most of the Canadian furries knew about this one little cat struggling to be free.  He said her name was….Tye.  “That’s my sister!!   “Go awn wich ya!” said Buddha.  Sho liked being with Buddha in Canada but Tye needed her so she must continue her odyssey.   Buddha slapped a paw on Sho’s back and hollered,   “May the wind aways blow in your back.”  Sho understood Buddha and waved bye to her only Canadian friend.  Up she and CADA went headed for Texas.

SHOKO…..BLACK
CADA……RED
Buddha….MAGENTA

This is a lonely looking place CADA.  The cities are massive here so we’ll stay along the backroads.  Let’s go ask this horse if she’s seen Xe and Tye.                                                         Sho eased the Magic Carpet down and introduced herself.  The horse told Sho she was called A horse with No Name but her friend’s called her, Ho No.  Ho No told Sho about helping a white cat  and a dog get to Georgia and said he’d show them the way to Georgia.  What if I lose you cause I’m in the air and you’re on the ground.  That’s easy enough Sho, just start singing, “Georgia on my Mind,” and I will come galloping into view cause “all  roads lead back to you.”   This sounded like a great plan to Sho so she leaped onto the Magic Carpet following Ho NO.

TO BE CONTINUED….Will Sho find Tye and Xe or will Ho NO lead them on a wild horse chase?

 

 

 

Announcing a New Blog Post Monthly….IN PUURSUIT OF FLAVOURS

Shoko here.  The Corona Virus has us all hanging around home more than usual so let’s bring some treats to our days.  Tyebe and I conferred about a cooking post for humans and have decided that a monthly post with you giving everyone  the recipes to your wonderful dishes would be sharing and caring but from a distance.   We will be here to read your fantabulous recipes.  This seem like a large endeavour for us kitties.  On the first Wednesday of each month, “In Puursuit of Flavours” will appear.  Budd said he’d help but cooking was not his forte.  Garbage picking is more his strong point.  No garbage here Budd.                                                                     

I am Iron Chef Shoko and Tyebe is my assistant….Plastic Chef Tyebe. mol Now, this is a huge undertaking for us kitties so we decided to call in the culinary talents of those famous French chefs, Da Phenny and Neilson (Nelly) of EASY BLOG: All about our truly best friendClick on their blog name and visit these experts of the kitchen.                                                                 

We won’t ask for any recipes with mice or birds in them.  We know peeps aversion to furry or feathered carcasses.

When you see this badge Katty and I will be letting you know that In Puursuit of Flavours is coming and the date.  We will give you time to think of your favourite delectibles and the recipes..  April the 1st is the first post for In Puursuit of Flavours.  No…..no joke.

  We are joining Wordless Wednesday with Sandee from Comedy Plus blog.  Click on their name and blow over and see your friends trying to be wordless.  We failed at being wordless this Wednesday.                                                                   

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