Here it is Sunday Selfie time again. The Cat on My Head is the host. Simply click on the name or the badge and be there in a spit of a snakes hISSSSSS I, Shoko, will pose as only I can do this frame justice.
I am completely relaxed in the biggest sun patch I could find.
It’s just that kind of a day, Course I’m frollicking about inside.
Until I crashed that is. Here is Shoko and her Meezerism of the week.
Cats remain ever young because when we get an urge we act on it.
A few facts about that valued toilet paper you have:
The first recorded use oftoilet paper was in 6th Century China.
By the 14th Century, the Chinese government was mass-producing it.
Packaged toilet paper wasn’t sold in the United States until 1857.
Joseph Gayety, the man who introduced packaged TP to the U.S., had his name printed on every sheet.
Global toilet paper demand uses about 30,000 trees every day.
That’s 10 million trees a year.
It wasn’t until 1935 that a manufacturer was able to promise Splinter-Free ToiletPaper.
Seven percent of Americans admit to stealing rolls of toilet paper from hotels.
Americans use an average of 8.6 sheets of toilet paper per trip to the bathroom.
The average roll has 333 sheets.
Historically, what you use to wipe depended on your income level.
In the Middle Ages, they used something called a gompf stick, which was just anactual stick used to scrape.
Wealthy Romans used wool soaked in rose water, and French royalty used lace.
Other things that were used before toilet paper include hay, corn cobs, sticks,stones, sand, moss, hemp, wool, husks, fruit peels, ferns, sponges, seashells,knotted ropes, and broken pottery (ouch!).
70-75% of the world still doesn’t use toilet paper because it is too expensive or there is not sufficient plumbing.
In many Western European countries, bidets are seen as more effective andpreferable to toilet paper.
Colored toilet paper was popular in the U.S. until the 1940s.
The reason toilet paper disintegrates so quickly when wet is that the fibers used to make it are very short.
On the International Space Station, they still use regular toilet paper, but it has to be sealed in special containers and compressed.
During Desert Storm, the U.S. Army used toilet paper to camouflage their tanks.
In 1973, Johnny Carson caused a toilet paper shortage. He said as a joke that there was a shortage, which there wasn’t, until everyone believed him and ran out tobuy up the supply. It took three weeks for some stores to get more stock.
There is a contest sponsored by Charmin to design and make wedding dresses out of toilet paper. The winner gets $2,000.
There was a toilet paper museum in Wisconsin, The Madison Museum of Bathroom Tissue, but it closed in 2000.
The museum once had over 3,000 rolls of TP from places all over the world,including The Guggenheim, Ellis Island, and Graceland.
There is still a virtual toilet paper museum called Nobody’s Perfect.
In 1996, President Clinton passed a Toilet Paper Tax of 6 cents per roll which is still in effect today.
The Pentagon uses, on average, 666 rolls of toilet paper per day.
The most expensive toilet paper in the world is the Portuguese brand, Renova.
Renova is three-ply, perfumed, costs $3 per roll, and comes in several colorsincluding black, red, blue, and green.
The CEO of Renova came up with the idea for black toilet paper while he was at aCirque du Soleil show.
Beyonce uses only red Renova toilet paper.
Kris Jenner uses only the black Renova toilet paper.
If you hang your toilet paper so you can pull it from the bottom, you’re considered more intelligent than someone who pulls it from the top. (Wonder how thiswas determined?)
Koji Suzuki, a Japanese horror novelist best known for writing The Ring, had anentire novel printed on a single roll of toilet paper.
The novel takes place in a public bathroom, and the entire story runs approximately three feet long.
When asked what necessity they would bring to a desert island, 49% of people said toilet paper before food.!
The next chapter from our buddies over at Xena and Lucy. Click on the name in red to pop on over.
Xena’s Story: A Recap and A Cobra Named KingPosted at 1:1 am by Xena and Lucy, on June 5, 2020
Lucy: Xena, I think it might be a good idea to give a quick recap on what’s happened so far in your stories. Not all our readers saw the earlier ones, and that would help a lot.
Xena: Why don’t they just read them? *pout* Oh, OK. But if you have been keeping up, and your memory is good, just scroll down to the first picture to take up where we left off last week. Or go here to read them all from beginning to end.
So, for those of you who missed the earlier editions, or just don’t remember, the first section is simply called Xena’s Story.
Xe the schnauzer took a boat trip to Siam and met the Siamese cats, Sho and Tye. They all quickly became besties, and had a lot of adventures before Xe had to go home. (Click here.)
Tye missed Xe, who had become like a sister to her. Tye stowed away on a boat, where she eventually made friends with the captain by catching all the mice on board and keeping them fed and happy in her cabin. After docking in Texas, USA she got thrown in a detention center, where she only had rotten vegetables to eat, but made friends with a chihuahua. After receiving a text from Tye, Xe left home to rescue her. (click here)
After taking a school bus to Texas to rescue Tye, Xe got caught inside the detention center by a plott hound, who tossed her in a bag labeled “fresh meat”. She was put in the same area as Tye. Xe had remembered to pack a soft bed, a pretty night shirt, and a mouse toy for Tye, which they used while they waited to get out. Xe applied to be Tye’s sponsor and they were finally released. (click here)
Tye and Xe had more adventures on the way back to Xe’s home in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A horse named HoNo (short for horse with no name) gave them a ride to the Tennessee border, where they were picked up by a NICE Plott Hound in her old truck. Sally drove them to the Big White House to meet with the Person in Charge. There, Tye told her tale of the interment camp and all the other Siamese cats who were being held there. The Person in Charge gave them their favorite foods and made a decree to free everyone from the camps. (click here)
In the meantime, Sho decided she had better come help Tye, so she bought a magic carpet and ended up in Newfoundland, where she met a Newfoundland Hound named Buddha. Buddha had heard about Tye’s troubles and told Sho where the detention center was in Texas. Sho flew her magic carpet there where she found HoNo. HoNo remembered the two friends, and directed Sho back up the coast to the Big White House where they were headed. (click here).
Sho finally found her sister and friend when she landed on the lawn of the Big White House. They all climbed onto the magic carpet for a ride to Xe’s home, where Lu was waiting for them. (click here)
Lu and her Dad have arranged a Zoom meeting with lots of the friends that the Xe et al made on their journeys. Siam is renamed Tyeland after Tye’s fame for freeing the Siamese cats held there. Lu informs them about the Shelter in Place edict so they cannot continue on to Canada as planned. (click here)
This next part is called Sheltering in Place. Sho and Lu, as the more mature members of the group, hit it off and spend time relaxing together and enjoying island beverages. The youngsters Tye and Xe continue to find fun ways to spend their days, including a full spa treatment and a hula lesson by Tye. (click here)
Sheltering in Place continues with Sho and Lu taking a tub soak while sipping on Coronas and the youngsters shooting the bird back and forth with old rackets they found in the attic. (click here)
The story takes another turn with Think Canada. The 3 friends decide to hop on the magic carpet and take their chances at returning to Tyeland to finish up their business there before trying to relocate to Canada. By the way, their hut in Tyeland is named Hut Canada. (click here)
Sho is tired by the time they land, so she goes inside to take a nap. Tye and Xe get bored and go off to stuff a mouse down a cobra’s throat. That doesn’t end so well. (click here)
That was what is called a synopsis in writer’s talk for all the episodes so far. The Canadian Cats did a great job of putting these all together. You can click here to go to that page on their blog, where you can begin at the beginning and read straight through. Next is a gratuitous shot of me to let you know we are starting the next story in Think Canada.
While Sho was relaxing outside of the Hut Canada, waiting on Tye and Xe, a large cobra snake slithered up to her, stopped and stared. “You’re not the cat I sssaw in the jungle, are you?” he hissed.
Not knowing what the cobra snake was up to, Sho did not let on that her little sister was in the jungle more than her. “I walk through the jungle from time to time,” she replied. “Why do you ask, snake?” inquired Sho, pronouncing the word snake as if it was a swear word.
*Hisssss*. “My name is King,” he said, not bothering to answer Sho’s question. Continuing to quiz her, he asked, “Do you have a schnauzer friend? I sssmell her. *Hiss* I’ve ssseen a schnauzer in the jungle, and I would like to *hiss* say hello.”
At this point, Tye and Xe ran out onto the porch, completely unaware that danger lurked in Tye’s own front yard. When they heard hissing, they looked out to see someone they never wanted in their front yard. They’d been found!
“We have to do something,” whispered Xe.
“One of us has to let Sho know not to tell him we’re here,” replied Tye. “I’m a bit smaller, so I guess I’ll try to sneak down there.”
Even though Xe was shaking like a rattler’s tail, she knew that this was mostly all her fault, and she couldn’t let her friend do this. “No, I’ll go,” she whispered with only a slight quaver in her voice.
Xe ran like she was in an agility trial, zip, zip, and ended up behind the bush near Sho. “Don’t tell him we’re here,” whispered Xe. “He’s mean.”
“Why don’t you rest your scales and I will go inside and make us a nice cup of mulberry tea?” suggested Sho, without ever looking over at Xe.
Before anyone could turn back towards Hut Canada, Tye leaped off the other side of the porch and ran full out into town, looking for Squish, their elephant friend. It’s rumored that elephants are afraid of mice, but that snakes are afraid of elephants is known as a fact.
Tye tore through the town looking for Squish until she ran headlong into a tree, bouncing off it and landing on her back. Blinking hard, she looked up and saw it wasn’t a tree after all. It was her friend Squish’s leg.
“Why such a hurry?” inquired Squish. Tye quickly related to him what trouble they were in, and that she feared for Xe’s life. “No one hurts my friends!” trumpeted the elephant as she took off full speed toward Hut Canada.
Xe was now hunkered down behind the bush, afraid to move.
“There you are, you slimy piece of shnake!” Squish said with disdain. (shnake is a swear word in elephant-speak.) “You may be King the Cobra in the jungle, but here you’re going to be…”
“Wait, pleasssse!” pleaded King. “I know who you are, too. You’re the mighty Sssquish, who sssquishes snakes until they pop like balloonssss! Pleassse, let me go, and you and your friends will never ssssee me again.”
Squish knew that you had to be dumber than mud to believe a promise from a snake. She thought about the pedicure she had just come from when Tye found her and didn’t relish messing it up with snake guts. But she would do whatever needed done to keep her dear friends safe. Then, from the corner of her eye, she saw a mouse. And not just any mouse, but Missy, who had helped her in the past. Missy, had brought her oboe. As she began to play a mesmerizing tune, Squish sneaked around King, whispering, “King, the Snake, you will never hurt or eat a mouse or a schnauzer or a cat again. You will be kind and gentle to all you meet.”
By this time King was softly swaying back and forth in rhythm to the music. He was being charmed and was open to all suggestions made to him. “You do all these things,” the elephant continued, “and I will let you live.”
Missy stopped playing. Xe stopped shaking. Squish stopped talking. King stopped swaying. It was as if, just for a moment, they were frozen in time. Then King shook his head, looked around, and whispered, “Weren’t we all invited for tea? I do hope there’s a drop of honey. I just love honey with my tea, don’t you?”
Xe stepped out from behind the bush. King looked at her quizzically and said, “Why, what an adorable little dog. Will you be joining us for tea? I do hope so, and perhaps there will be some biscuits as well. I just love biscuits with my tea and honey, don’t you?”
Sho, absolutely shocked, still remembered her manners and hurriedly set the outside table for everyone to have tea with honey and not just one, but two plates of biscuits as well.
From that day on, King never hurt another living thing, and Squish didn’t kill him. In fact, they made up a game called, “don’t step on the snake,” which they had to play every time King came to visit. Squish and Missy often accompanied him, and Sho always made tea with honey and biscuits for everyone. (She is a very good hostess.)
The End. (Well, just the end of this part of the story.)
I am Xena, with Shoko and Tybe playing supporting roles.
Lucy: Xena, this isn’t a play. Nobody is playing any roles.
Xena: I’m getting ready for when it is turned into a Broadway play. I want to be the star, like Angel Lexi.
Shoko and I thought the month of June should be the kick off month for summer. What says summer more than salads? There are so many salads. You have your potato, green, Greek. pasta……the list is almost endless.
Our choice was potato salad. Potato salad is pretty easy to make and basic. You can put a variety of things in the potato salad. If, you read a recipe and don’t like what they added you can miss that item and it won’t make the potato salad taste like crap! No one needs to see cut up potato and egg Tyebe. Ya, we could show it when it’s all cut up. It needs to be more up close and personal….c’mon….let me see small tasty ingredients
See how the red pepper gives the salad colour. I tell ya Tyebe at least 70% of the meal is presentation. We just get our food plunked down in front of us. Mom used to tell us all the good things about our meal while we were eating but dad just gives it to us. We need red pepper in our tuna Fancy Feast.
2 big old potatoes
1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
1 stalk of celery
3 green onions
1/4 cup of Craisins
5 strips of cooked bacon
3 slices of dill pickle…chopped
1/4 C of chopped red pepper
1 tbsp of Bold and Spicy mustard. ( or to taste)
1/4 C mayo (or to taste)
1 1/4 tsp of thyme (to taste)
salt and pepper to taste.
sprinkle of sweet smoked paprika
Once you have the ingredients together chop the items small enough for a good taste of everything in one chew. Add thyme, salt and pepper. In a small dish mix mayo and mustard, then add to the potato salad. Smooth down potato salad and sprinkle with Sweet Smoked Paprika If, you don’t care for something, toss it out and add what you like. Have fun with it.
Our finished potato salad before mom and dad attack it.
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Where we left off was with a beautiful, 3-point landing of Sho’s magic carpet, right in front of the hut Canada in Tyeland, Shortly afterward, Sho drifted into a deep sleep (probably from exhaustion, although Xe drove all the way there from Tennessee, so Sho shouldn’t have been that tired). If you missed that, you can go read about it here at the Canadian Cats. As Sho lay snoring…
Tye: Are you getting bored, Xe?
Xe: Yes. We need an adventure. *thinking* Hey! Do you remember how we wanted to try stuffing a mouse down a cobra’s throat, but your big sister Sho was always around so we couldn’t do it?
Tye: Yep, and she’s sound asleep in our hut Canada now.
The friends, about to embark on an adventure, take off through the jungle, looking for a mouse and a cobra.
A busy day today. We have our Friday Fill-Ins and Bloopers plus its Feline Friday so let’s get to it. Wait Tyebe. let’s introduce our hosts. Ellen of 15 and Meowingand Lorianne of Four- Legged Furballs are our hosts for Friday Fill Ins. Thank you ladies for the great sentences.
SHOKO…..INDIAN INK BLACK TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE BUDD……GAWDY GREEN MOM…….MAROON
Now, let’s get on with it. I would like to improve my …..LOVING…. skills. I AM A TAD RESERVED AND ONLY SHARE MY LOVE WITH MOM WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT AT NIGHT. DON’T GET ME WRONG I LOVE MOM ALL TO BITS BUT I GET SHY WHEN PEEPS OR BUDD AND TYEBE LOOK AT ME.
2. My …..CUROSITY….. is ….ENDLESS.
No animals were hurt during this sniff fest.
3. My current to-do list includes …..STEPPING OUT ONTO THE DECK, EVERYDAY.
4. I finally ……GOT MOM TO BRUSH ME WHEN I CLIMB INTO BED WITH HER. SHE USED TO THINK I WANTED THE WHOLE BED BUT NOT SO….JUST A BRUSH THROUGH MY MASCULINE LOCKS.
This is also Pet Photo Fails. Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows has taken over this cool hop from dearly departed friend, Roby Sweet of the Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles. Also known as The Old SoLT by Miss C.
Mom didn’t do anything blurry that we took a picture of, Shoko. Not mom….us. Mom is my pet hooman.She’s not a pet, Tyebe. She is to me. Whatever!! I don’t think mom did too badly this time. There are the odd pictures though.
This picture is very bad. First mom cut off my ears and then I decided I didn’t want my picture taken and moved. So half my face is missing and I’m blurry. One can’t do much worse than this.
MOL…What have you there, Budd? I found this on the floor…looks like food to me. I’ll have a taste.
Yuck!! What the frog fangs is this? It tastes like….SOUR!ROF…….mol…That’s a dill pickle. They are gross but I don’t think that was on the floor Budd so you deserve the taste. I should’ve sniffed first.
SHOKO…..TAR BLACK TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE BUDD……GIZZARD GREEN
We’re here to remind our friends that “In Purrsuit of Flavours” is coming up. Us and Da Phenny and Nelly of Easy Blog discussed what we should highlight in June. Ok..ok, a little food was thrown at each other but not in anger….no, not us but everyone wanted bacon thrown at them. mol
Our post will appear on Wednesday, June 3rd It will introduce Salad Season. So our dish will be salads. Any kind of salad that you adore is great with us. Please share so we can sample the best of the season.
Budd, how rude! You don’t stick your tongue out at mom…geez. Where are your manners? What do you mean, you’re drying out your tongue. Why is it wet? Don’t want to talk about it. Ok, you forced me to tell you. It’s not wet….I bit it when I found something on the floor. I gulped it down but then I chewed my tongue. That hurts!
MOL…live and learn. Betcha will be more careful next time. Maybe not eat anything on the floor till mealtime. I wouldn’t get carried away there Tyebe. mol…C’mon let’s spread out in the garden.
Did you see mom’s herb garden?No…ya, I see it.
Fresh herbs this year. There is sage, thyme, rosemary, winter savoury, tarragon and 3 types of basil mixed together.
Need some help, mom. Just call me…..my paws are ready.
Are you up to giving us a Meezerism, Shoks? I sure am and this one describes moi.
“The cat who frightens the mice away is as good as the cat who eats them.” I would say better than the killer cat cause there is no blood or bones left for mom to clean up.
Tye, this is a lovely home with all the best foods available for our tasting but its time we thought about Canada, the country, and Canada our hut. We have to have someone look after the house In Tyeland while we are gone. What if we like it in Canada and want to stay, Sho? If, we decide to stay like forever, we’ll have to think about it then. Right now, the challenge will be to see our hut….Canada, and have a friend look after it for us. Squish could do it for us. Nobody’s going to mouth off to Squish. We can rent the house out. That’s a great idea Tye. Squish could have the rent for Canada, the hut. I miss Squish Sho so let’s go visit him and Squash. How about Lu and XE? They are like family. Let’s ask XE if she wants to help us. I know that lil lady will be anxious to go, she loved it in Siam.
Xe, we enjoyed staying here with you and Lu very much. Your parents welcomed us with open arms but we need to go home and see how our Canada is doing. We miss our friends and need to have a furever home. You can stay here furever Sho and Tye. Mom would love it….she does admire you both and has a soft spot for you. She is a wonderful mom and you should be proud. We need to find a mom that’s as gentle and loving as your mom. Do you want to help us, Xe? We may move along to Canada, the country, Xe. Do I want to go? My middle name is adventure….when do we leave? Lu will help mom and dad till I get back.
Come on Tye and hop on. It’s going to be difficult flying at night but we’ll have to avoid radar or we all could end up being, *The American Great Unwanted.* To quote Bette Davis…”Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
It’s kinda boring up here at night. There’s nothing to see, Xe did you bring Rainbow Teddy?I forgot him…dang, I thought Lu would have reminded me. Guess she forgot too.
SHOKO…..INKY BLACK TYE………..ROYAL BLUE XE…………SHOCKING LIME
This is Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina….near Georgia. Keep up the triple twirls Xe. I don’t feel so good Sho. Xe will be finished in a minute Tye. I wonder if you can see Ho No down there Tye. Tye forgets her dizziness from Xe’s maneuver and looks for Ho No. There she is Sho and Xe. They all wave to Ho No who waved with her front hooves in the air.
OK Xe, quickly throw the thrusters into overdrive before that cadet pointing up here has a chance to alert his Captain.
*ouff, puff….poooo-diddle…plop!!* We just made it outta that base in time. Sounds like the thrusters need work. We’ll ask the genie to fix them when we get to Tyeland
See ya Ho No…. Tye you still look a little green…have some catnip tea. Shoko opens her thermos and gives Tye some tea. Tye drinks and sniffs deepy….slowly her normal colour came shining through.
The ocean is so blue and deep….a beautiful postcard.
Look there’s Tyeland up ahead. Do you see what I see? It’s Squish and her little sister Squash.
They all start waving to Squish and Squash. Those two sure look good to me. Do you think they saw us, Sho? Positive….did you see how Squish’s ears went back and forth.. That’s her waving at us.
Just for us…..the Rivers of Babylon,
The marketplace hasn’t changed but I hope they keep it cleaner than before we left. The food could have been fresher too. Think we got spoiled with Xe’s mom giving us such fresh raw meat.
Awww…..our home is still here. I could use a good rest and a delicious meal about now, Tye and Xe. After laying on the sofa, Sho fell into a deep sleep and started snoring.
What will happen in Part 3? Will Tye and Xe find fun in the long grasses of Tyeland and will Sho wake with an urge to sweep Canada clean of all bugs?