Xe in Paris

Xena’s Story: Paris

Here is a continuation of Ex’s Story as she lands in Gay Paree.  Her lifelong dream to enjoy Paris when she was older is coming true.

“I made it here to the City of Lights before dark,” thought Xe as her magic flying carpet hovered close to the iconic Eiffel Tower. “La Ville–Lumière,” she thought to herself. “Yes, I must start using the French I learned for when I got a chance to come here.”

“I’m sure glad I tied my suitcase to my collar,” she continued to muse. “There was quite a bit of turbulence over Turkey. All those big birds must have stirred up the air something fierce. Speaking of turkeys, my tummy’s starting to rumble. “Swirl,” Xe said to her carpet, that she had named Swirl, “take me to a cafe to get something to eat, please.” Xe had been taught well, and carried her manners over even to her flying carpet.

“It’s really late for my supper, but I remember that Parisians eat later than we do at home. Hmm, this place looks busy. I bet they have good food. I think I’ll ask if they serve steak tartare — two of my favorite foods in one dish. I love that the restaurants in beautiful Paris allow dogs to dine with the peeps. I might have to ask for some help with the menu if they don’t have what I want.”

As Xe walked into the patio area, a nearby couple stopped her and – with a lovely British accent – the lady asked if she was with anyone. With only a slight hesitation, she admitted that she was in town by herself, doing some sightseeing. At that, the couple smiled and invited her to dine with them, even offering it to be their treat. Of course, Xe thought they were going to share their food treats with her, and was only mildly disappointed when she realized at the end of the meal that they meant they would pay her bill. She did indeed dine on raw ground meat and egg, while often wiping her beard so as to not appear uncivilized. Not wanting to offend anyone, she accepted a very small glass of red wine and spoke as much French as she could remember. Mostly though, Xe lapped a lot of water after her long flight from Tyeland.

That night, Xe slept soundly in a quiet little B&B that her Mommy had booked for her. Her hosts were ex-pats from the U.S. and were excited to hear about her life in Tennessee. When she fell asleep in the man’s lap, he gently carried her to a quiet little room of her own and tucked her into a soft bed where, with a full tumy, she snoozed away the night.

Xe snoozed soundly until the dawn light peeked through the window.

Waking refreshed and ready to see the sights, Xe thanked her wonderful hosts with much tail wagging and promises to give them rave reviews on the Air B&B site. Off went the brave little schnauzer to visit the icon of Paris that she had spotted from the sky the previous evening: the Eiffel Tower.

On the way, Xe wondered about all the people playing in the Seine. Since the day proved to be heating up quickly, she decided to grab her ball from her little rucksack and jump in the water.

She swam up to a man who was all alone and asked, “Vux-tu jouer au ballon?” When he looked at her puzzled, she realized he was also American, so she said, “Do you want to play ball?” He readily agreed, tossing it only a short way. After many swims to retrieve the ball, Xe decided that although she was having fun, she didn’t want to wear herself out in the water. There was so much more to do and see in the City of Lights! She bade him adieu and swam to shore – with her ball.

She soon reached the boulevard around the Eiffel Tower, where she stopped to eat a bit of brunch. All that swimming had made her famished.


Xe bowed her head and gave thanks for her safe trip to Paris, for her new friends, for her Mommy, and for her food. While her eyes were closed, a French Poodle came up to her to see what she was “looking at.”

“Qu’est ce que tu regardes?” inquired the poodle.
Startled, Xe jumped and barely stopped a growl before the poodle could hear it. She covered her reaction by asking the dog’s name. “Comment t’appelles-tu?”
“Je m’appelle Gigi,” she replied in a soft voice. “Et tu?”
“Je m’appelle Xexe,” Xe smiled.
“Gigi et XeXe!” they both exclaimed, and thus began a new friendship.

Taking a Break…..

We are going to be out enjoying the last month of summer up here in the Great White North. We have been Lane walking. The whole gang was out in the fresh air and heat.

I caught a bird and freaked mom out when she came walking up the Lane for the first time in a year and a half. This was my present to her.                                                                   

She really has no appreciation for the amount of work I put into these little presents for her.                                                                             

We will help mom get back into the world we love.

See you around  the end of the month, friends.


Ta Da…..In Purrsuit of Flavours for August

I wouldn’t brag about our entre, Tyebe.  Mom is showing her “easy Peasy” meal.  I’ll make it but I don’t like the idea of it.  No meat!!  Now what self respecting kitty would speak the joys of a meatless meal.  I guess us, Shoko

We are joining with Easy Blog / All About Our Truly Best Friend for today’s “easy” laid back meal.  I wonder what Phenny and Nelly decided to cook, Shoko.  The last time we saw them Nelly was trying to hypnotize Phenny into a specific recipe with MEAT. Shoko?   Wordless Wednesday is also a way to see our post.  Just go into Comedy Plus and look at all the blogs and then click on the one you want to see.

I’m ready Shoks.

Cheesy Asparagus On Toast


You will need a slice of bread and then put it in the toaster.

If, you are hungry and the weather isn’t curbing your appetite, put in two slices.

In a small bowl shred about 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese.                                                           
So far no sweatin’ happening here. mol

This is fresh asparagus. Always use fresh when possible. Otherwise canned will do but it is very expensive,

You could use a poached egg on top of the asparagus for protein. Some peeps also make a sauce. The sauce sounds good to me ONLY if there is spare left in the freezer cause who wants to make up a sauce when it’s so hot.                                                       
This is all you need except salt, pepper and butter.


Toast and butter bread.

Cook asparagus in steamer but chop off the tough wiry ends first.  The tough ends don’t taste good cooked but are awesome in salads,  Simply slice….maybe taste to see if this is your cuppa.

Here is an easy method for breaking the asparagus:

Simply take the end of the asparagus between your thumb and forefinger and bend until it breaks. Lest you think we are belaboring such an obvious point, let us say that the fun in this is that the asparagus automatically breaks just where the woody part ends and the fresh, juicy asparagus begins.

I use  a steamer for the 4 or 5 stalks of asparagus. I turn the stove on for about 4 minutes and then shut it off and let the asparagus sit there with the lid on. The asparagus will be cooked but not mushy.

Now, shred some cheddar cheese or even be daring and slap a slice of cheese on but not processed…..not the same texture.

The poached egg is optional.  Here is the easiest way to get your poached egg just right:

  1. Crack your egg into a bowl or onto a saucer. …

  2. Bring a pan of water filled at least 5 cm or 2 inches deep to a simmer. …

  3. Tip the egg into the pan. …

  4. Cook for 2 minutes then turn off the heat and leave the pan for 8-10 minutes.

  5. Lift the egg out with a slotted spoon and drain it on kitchen paper.

Salt and pepper your masterpiece,

                                                                  BONY PETITE


Master Cat Scout chef Pete has also given us his “Easy Peasy” meal for us to enjoy.

Chef Pete and me at Camp.

Chef Pete decided on sharing his recipe for Cool Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp and Ginger Lime Dressing.                                                                       


Good lord that bowl beats the stuffing out of our Asparagus on Toast.

Cool Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp and Ginger Lime Dressing


1 tsp. finely grated or very finely minced fresh ginger
1 to 2 tsp. minced fresh hot green chile, such as jalapeño or serrano
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 Tbs. lime juice
1 Tbs. rice vinegar
1 Tbs. fish sauce
1-1/2 tsp. granulated sugar

2 leaves romaine or red leaf lettuce, chopped or torn into bite-size pieces
1/4 cup thinly sliced seeded cucumber
1/4 cup finely grated carrot
1 oz. thin rice vermicelli, cooked following the package directions and cooled (about 1 cup)
1/4 lb. cooked shrimp
5 mint leaves, torn
1 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

To Make
In a small bowl, mix the ginger, chile, garlic, lime juice, vinegar, fish sauce, and sugar. Taste and add more of any of the ingredients to get an assertive but tasty balance of flavors.
In a larger bowl, gently toss together the lettuce, cucumber, and carrot. Top with the cooked noodles, shrimp, and herbs. Drizzle with the dressing and toss gently to combine.
Chilled Watermelon makes a good dessert with this

This looks so cooling that we must try.                                                                     

Thanks Chef Pete.


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Coming Soon….. In Purrsuit of Flavours

So Phenny, Nelly, Tyebe and I decided that during real hot weather we all have a hankering for something tasty but quick and requires little effort.  Yes, we could open a bag of potato chips and dive in but this is not a meal that will stay with us but it is easy.                                                                   

So for August we want you to tell us about your “easy peasy” meal that requires little effort.  If, you don’t have one of these meals. short of calling for a restaurant delivery, let us know the recipe of what you have for supper on those super hot days,

In Purrsuit of Flavours blog hop is hopping onto our blog on Wednesday, August the 5th.  See ya there.

Sparking on Awww Monday

What a gorgeous day!!  The sun is out and it’s stinking hot.  We’re not used to warmth.  We’re more used to rainy yucky weather.  So we’re sweatin’ it out.  Think its about 78F.  It’s being in the sun that makes it too hot to handle.                                                 
It is SPARK Monday that Ann started many moons ago. A SPARK is a wise saying or positive thought that we can use to guide our week. What?….Well, if you say so Shoko. Shoko says she can provide the SPARK of the day from her list of Meezerisms.

“When drinking from the fountain of life you may come across stagnant water that effects your view of the world. Simply put on your big girl panties and move on to a bowl till someone cleans the fountain.”

Shoko that was terrible! It doesn’t make anyone want to think positive about the week. It made sense to me, Tyebe. Remember, these are very old Meezerisms. They are tried and true.  Whatever!!


Where’s Budd?  Pay attention Tyebe…I was talking with Budd on the deck.  He sure doesn’t say much.                                                                               

Your kinda pretty, Shoko.  Knock it off Budd.  We’re family and you smell funny.  Do you like it Shoko?  I put it on special.  I thought I smelled like food.


We are joining Comedy Plus for Awww Mondays.  Go over and see the many blogs you can take a peek at and send rude comments.  OK….NICE comments…..mol  Just click on the name and/or the badge


Have a wonderful week in spite of Shoko’s Meezerism.

An Addition to Sho, Tye and Xe’s Life Abroad

The next chapter in our story of Sho, Tye and Xe’s adventures as told by Xe.  We had to reblog this fun chapter. Go visit  Xena by clicking on her name in red and let them know how you enjoyed their adventures and friends.

Xena’s Story: A Party in Tyeland

“Sho, is everything almost ready for our goodbye party?” asked Tye. “I can’t wait! I know there will be good food, but what about games? Are we playing any games?”

“I don’t have any games planned,” replied Sho. “That’s your department. I’m sure you and Xe will think up something. And it’s also a party to celebrate King and his little friend Missy renting our Hut Canada, and to thank Squish for taking care of the arrangements. Look, here come King and Missy now.”

“Great! the first game will be don’t step on King the Cobra. We play that everytime he comes over,” laughed Tye.
“They look hungry, but King always looks hungry. He’s enjoying his new vegetarian diet, but – just like Chinese food – he’s hungry again 10 minutes later. I’ll help you get the food out on the tables, Sho.”

“Ooo, a cupcake just for me,” squeaked Missy. “And it’s got banana tucked into it. Umm, excuse me Miss or Mr. Bird. Who are you?”

“I’m Tyko,” chirped their new visitor. “I live next door, and thought I would come over – I brought my own drink – to welcome my new neighbors. You two are going to rent the hut, right?” Tyko added as she reached for a cookie biscuit. “You two sure are an unlikely pair to be living together,” she added.

“I don’t mean to be rude,” interrupted Sho, “but perhaps you should have asked the hostess and owner and current inhabitant of the Hut Canada before joining our soiree.”

“And perhaps you should have asked the snake if you could have any of his favorite biscuits before helping yourself!” hissed King.

“Uh, oh,” thought Missy, “I sure hope that bird’s wings aren’t clipped. She may need them in a moment.

Meanwhile, at the next table, Sho heard the sound of growling.

“This is my banana split!” growled Xe. “Can’t you see the American flag on the top? It’s specially for me!

“Aren’t you going to share?” Tye growled back. “We always share.”

“No!” barked Xe. “This one’s mine. Get your own.”

“Stop it! Stop staring at each other and growling,” cried out Sho. “Oh thank Cat, here come Squish and her little sister Squash. I think things are whirling out of control around here.”
“Squish! Over here! I need your help!” Sho yelled.

Squish could hear the fear and distress in Sho’s voice. With a coconut-splitting trumpet, Squish rose up on her hind legs. Her landing didn’t quite cause an earthquake, but it did knock King and Xe off their tables and onto the ground.

“Now that you took care of that, can we eat?” squealed little Squash. “Look at the goodies Sho has for us!”

“Yes, she fixed me a giant banana split with mint ice cream, my favorite!” replied Squish.
“And Sho remembered my favorites, too – peanuts and bananas!” cried out Squash. “Can I have some of your whipped cream topping?”

Squish’s arrival seemed to have done the trick. King returned to the peaceful snake he had become, and invited his bird neighbor, Tyko to share his cookie biscuits. Xe and Tye, much embarrassed by their own behaviors, mumbled “sorries” while Sho brought Tye her own banana split.

“I’m really sorry, Tye. I don’t know what got into me. Please forgive me,” Xe quietly woofed. “You can have my banana split if you want it. Here,” Xe said, as she started to slide it over to Tye. In case you don’t live with a schnauzer, let me tell you, it means a whole lot when a schnauzer will give away her favorite foods.

“I forgive you. And I’m sorry I growled at you, too. But look what my sweet sister brought me. And it has the new Tyeland flag on it, so I know it’s just for me, like yours is just for you. You were right about that, Xe. No hard feelings.”

Seeing that peace had once again settled on the land, Sho quietly slipped away from the party to begin packing. Hut Canada would soon be occupied by their good friends, and she and Tye would be leaving for a new home in Canada

Sad Selfie Sunday with Scouts Tyebe and Shoko

I can’t believe it Tyebe…..Mau gone at the age of 10.  Such a young mancat.  This means CooperMurphy is the oldest mancat in the house.  A great responsibility for a young mancat.

It is a heavy load, Shoko.  I hope he becomes Master Baker at Cat Scouts.  Mau taught  Coop so many tricks and techniques.  Mau will always live on in CooperMurphy.

Geez Shoks I don’t feel like being in the Selfies this week…..I’m so sad.  We must pay our respects to the Blue family.  They are really having a hard time, Tyebe.  Let’s show them that we are there for them and all they need do is call for us and we will be there.  Simply click on the badge or The Cat On My Head name and you’ll be swished off this blog and onto theirs.

We salute Mau and the entire Blue family for their participation and being such lovable characters.

The Cat On My Head

Today is another Selfie Sunday at The Cat On My head so click on the name in red or the badge and be hijacked to their blog.                                                               


I must mew it from the top of the nip patch…..”Hiya Big Boy,” to my one and only GingerSnap, aka CooperMurphy.


  There he is having a short snooze while waiting for me.  C’mon wake up Snag let’s go out in your garden.  Do I have a whisker kiss just for you?  You bet your biffy I do. mol

                                                                            I grabbed a whisker kiss….mol

Now, I feel good                                          Like I knew that I would.


Feline Friday with Fun Fill Ins

It’s Friday already.  Geez, this week just whizzed  by me.  It’s time for Feline Friday over there at Sandee’s Comedy Plus blog.  I’m coming Sandee… just let me click the badge and I’ll miraculously appear.  Maybe I’ll click on the name in red.  Decisions, decisions!

It’s also time for some Fill Ins from Ellen  OF 15 and Meowing and Lorianne of Four-Legged-Furballs.                                                                           

1. When this pandemic is over, I……PLAN TO STICK THIS MASK WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE!  It’s so hot and uncomfortable wearing this get up.  I look like a crook and am tempted to ask everyone for their treats.                                                                                 
2. I have zero interest in ………….HUNTING.  I believe we all have a right to be here, no matter whether rodent or bird…..now should a mouse walk across my path I will try and out run him.  Nothing personal though.                                                                   
3. I always look forward to a……..WALK IN THE GARDEN, FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.  The little bugs on the flowers are so tiny and wiggly. and the dew is next to them..  So very quiet.

4. BALANCING THE CHECKBOOK….. is the bane of my existence.

I see no redeeming qualities of doing this.  So I know for sure I have very little “money to use as pin money”