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Friday Fun Fill Ins

Ellen of 15 and Meowing blog and Annie of McGuffy’s Reader have given us four more sentences to fill in.                                             

1. Blind dates…ARE AWFUL. I DID HAVE A DATE WITH A MAJESTIC SEAL POINT CAT I WAS TOLD. HE TURNED OUT TO BE A RACCOON. I WAS NOT AMUSED.  IT’S A LONG STORY BUT HE TOOK ME TO THE NEAREST GARBAGE CAN FOR DINNER. *SHUDDERS*                                             

 

2. NINE…. years ago, I….WAS HORRIFIED THAT THIS LITTLE STAGGERING PIECE OF FUR WAS GOING TO LIVE WITH ME.                                                       

 

3. I admire…SHOKO because,,,NO MATTER WHAT I SAID TO HER, SHE JUST KEPT TRYING TO GET ME TO PLAY.  ALL THE HISSING AND GROWLING DID NO GOOD AND EVENTUALLY, I MELTED.                                               

 

4.  THE POUNDING HEAT… makes me think….HOW MUCH I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SNOW.                                                       Have a great fish day friends.  

Kali signing off for Shoko and I.  Yep, Shoko is still at Camp.  It’s getting a bit too quiet around here.

Shopping Around The World

We’re both helping mom today.  Oh right……this is Shopping Around the World with our grand host Bacon of Piglove.                                                                   

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE

We all decided to make Balsamic Potatoes for our recipe of the month.  It’s summery cause you should use new potatoes and right out of the garden…..could anything be fresher.  Now I feel like a proud momma cause I tended these taters and the reason mom and dad are eating taters and not  dirt is cause of moi.                                                                          I inspected them Shoko and you did a fine job for a nip head. MOL

Oh my…I’m blurry today….not a good sign.  C’mon Shoko let’s get mom moving on the recipe.  Think she’s getting blurry too. MOL                                                                         

SHOKO…..BLACK

Alright, here is the recipe for Balsamic New Potatoes my friends.  I really thought mom was going to marinate a balsam tree in vinegar….who knew they actually do this in the store….well paint my whiskers white and call me Santa!

Roasted Balsamic New Potatoes

Ingredients

3 tbsp olive oil….Terra olive oil 500ml…$4.98
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme….garden
1 tsp. dried rosemary leaves, crushed…garden
1/8 tsp. nutmeg………Club House, 43 grams, $1.94
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped……Fresh Colossal Garlic, $0.99 each.
2 lb. new red potatoes
3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar……Unico. 500 ml…..$3.28
1/4 tsp. salt…cupboard
1/8 tsp. pepper…cupboard                                                             Now pay attention to the steps as they’re important.

STEPS

Preheat oven to 375F

In a 1 cup measuring cup, mix olive oil, thyme, rosemary, nutmeg and garlic.

Cur potatoes in half. spread on non-stick 15x10x1 inch pan.  Drizzle with olive oil mixture; toss to coat.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until potatoes are golden and slightly crispy.  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, toss to coat.  Bake 5 minutes longer.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Let’s have the picture mom took Shoko.  Um…looks like she never took a picture.  What?  So what are we suppose to do now?  I got it…let’s show what they should look like.                                                                          These are beautiful potatoes.  They look scrumptious.

Should we tell our friends what happened to mom’s Roasted Balsamic New Potatoes, Kali.  I’m embarrassed Shoko.  Heck Kali we didn’t do it…we’re not to blame this time.

Well, mom and dad ate the potatoes and really liked them….honest!  Mom thought they could be cooked a bit longer so put the potatoes in the oven for 20 minutes after supper.  She even set the timer.  However she never started the timer.  Ding dong….da witch is alive and cooking. MOL                                                                                   To make a long story short…..mom decided to check the potatoes cause the timer never went off.  Well this was an hour later and the poor potatoes didn’t look like potatoes anymore.  They were a charcoal mess.  Mom wasted the potatoes I worked so hard to keep moist and happy!  This is our sad tale of mom on a blurry recipe day.

Kali let’s go and have our Fancy Feast.  It’ll taste pretty good after mom’s fiasco.                                                                           Are you brave enough to try this recipe?

 

 

 

 

Sunday Selfie with Shoko

Sunday a day of rest for us hard-working felines…MOL  I, however, must keep a close watch for intruders.  I have our catnip to protect from these savages.                                                                         

I see NO intruders.  I must’ve scared them Kali.  Not even Cow kitty is coming anywhere near Fort Meezer.

That fuzz ball Juno is not harassing us.  I guess my work here is done…nobody dares cross me.                                                                                     Shoko, take a look behind you!Everybody’s already in the yard you gobble, gobble.

Today is Sunday Selfie with our host The Cat On My Head.                                                                     Go visit and laugh at your friends trying to do their selfies.

 

Here is Shoko after setting the button to take her picture while she was asleep.                                                                        Isn’t she peaceful looking…wouldn’t hurt a flea. MOL

Have a sunny Sunday.                                                                            

 

 

Interview With The One and Only Black Cat

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE
THUMPER…..BLUE

 Kali, Remember when Mom read the three cat mysteries to us? Black Cat’s Legacy, Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, and Black Cat and the Accidental Angel? Thumper (Black Cat) from the mystery series is here today. His Amazon e-books are $3.99.

 I loved those books. He solves mysteries with his ancestor’s memories?                                                                    

 Right. He’s come to talk to us and invite any of our friends to interview him on their blogs.

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Welcome, Thumper!

                                                                 

 

 Thank you my furry friends.  You both are lovely ladies.  You think so?  How nice of you to say but my furs seem to be sticking up this morning….I tried some spit on my paw but…..Kali, quit mewing   about your furs.  You’re not the boss of me!

I’m single but in a committed relationship with a Blue Russian.  He is very strong so keep your paws to yourself.  Kali really, do you have to be so blunt? I’m just sayin’ it like it is…no mixed messages here.  Don’t mind Kali, she’s on meds that seem to make her a pushy broad.

 Do you have a soul-mate?  Of course you have a soul-mate….that cute little halo gal…what’s her name? 

 Angel. She looks a bit like you, lovely Kali, but have no fear. I’m devoted to my Angel.

 Angel sounds wonderful….is she everything she’s cracked up to be or do her wings slip every now and then?   She is spunky, clever and beautiful. But sometimes she is too ambitious for her own good.

 Is your character based on a real life cat?

 Boots was my inspiration in body and spirit. He posed for all my photos.

Boots, what a cool name….he does walk a lot in the last story, “Black Cat and the Accidental Angel.”  You know the old song, “These Boots are made for Walking.”   MOL  Good one Shoko. Mew, mew.MOL….haha, that’s funny Shoko but I am called ‘Black Cat’ in Accidental Angel and my next mystery.

 Can you tell us a bit about your next mystery, Thumper?

Oh Yes, my next book,  Black Cat and the Secret of the Bells, will be published next year. It’s about a clue Angel finds in a soldier’s WWII diary that sends Kimberlee to Austria to solve the mystery in the diary.
                                                

 Really?  Could you tell us a bit more of what Thumper and Angel will be facing in the next mystery?  The cats face skullduggery in Fern Lake while Kimberlee seeks a key and a stolen WWII treasure in Austria.

So Angel is in, Black Cat and the Secret of the Bells?  Yes, My Angel, my one true love, is always by my side, helping me keep my family safe and on the straight and narrow.                                                                        

Tell me Thumps….do you mind if I call you Thumps  Please call me Black Cat, like in my last two books.  Ok Thumper, um…Black Cat…. just why would my friends want to interview you when I have already interviewed you?  Because Mom has made me a true hero, an extraordinary cat and an all around unforgettable fellow. I might even give you my autograph. Ohh,,,an autograph of the Black Cat….I like that.  Perhaps you could pad out your name on my place mat.

How can our friends schedule a full interview for their blogs?

 Write to mom at  Elaine.Faber@mindcandymysteries.com.

Black Cat, thank you so much for an informative interview.  We can hardly wait for “Black Cat and the Secret of the Bells.”  Yes, Black Cat thank you for visiting, you are a charming man cat.  Angel must be so proud.

Friday’s Fun Fill-Ins with Kali

 

Today is Friday Fill-Ins by Ellen from 15 and Meowing blog and Annie of McGuffy’s Reader blog.                                                                                         1. I challenge everyone to…..REMEMBER HOW COLD THEY WERE IN THE WINTER….. this week.  Then when it rains or you need a windbreaker to go outside, you’ll realize just how warm you really are.                                                                              2. I regret disposing of …..MY SANTA CLAUS DOLL.  Actually mom put it away a  year and a half ago  and she has never found it.                                                                     

3. I have a difficult time admitting …..I AM A TAD FULL OF MYSELF.                                                                       

4. If I were given a psychic power, I would like it to be……FLYING.  Then Shoko could jump on my back and we could go visit our friends in Blogville.  No planning just jump on my back and way we go.

     No pictures of me flying Shoko down to Atlanta to visit with Bacon as I can’t fly.                                                                     But I can dream about it. MOL

Have a terrific Day my friends. 

 

Who cometh To Fort Meezer?

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE

*RING-A- DINGGY* Oh my…the doorbell.  *RING-A- DINGGY*  Tell me what happens Kali…I’m going UTB.

Shoks….it was the mail lady.  What’s this It’s a package Shoko.  Really?  ?  It does say Shoko and Kali on the outside of the envelope.  It’s for ME, little ole ME.  No, it’s for both of us.  Oh look there’s a card…look what it says Shoko.

                                                                             See, it’s actually for my birthday.  Ya, I see.                     

Everything came in a bag with my picture on it.                                                                          You didn’t do justice to this picture mom…you did a yucky job….sorry mom but its true.

Mom and dad got eye covers and a matching bag for their sunglasses.  They were delighted as mom has no place to put her sunglasses except on her head.  The Pouch and eye covers say, “I was in Paris.”  True!

Shoko and I each got a new collar.  I love mine…it matches my furs.  I got a teething ring …MOL and a sock which mom rolled in oregano for me…..it’s a lovely smelly sock.  Mom got a makeup kit with chocolate beauty aids.  If, you notice all the make up is gone….mom ate it.  She said it was very tasty except the eye shadow was chalky tasting. MOL  Mom you’re weird.                                                           

Fee Fie Foo fum…I smell Orega-bum. MOL

 

Thank you so very much Phenny and staff from  Easy Blog.  If you haven’t seen his blog, stop and click on his highlighted name and go visit.  He’s a hoot and a half!                                                                      

 

 

 

A Side trip To An Amazing Town

KALI……ORANGE                                                                               Mom and dad were up early to catch the train headed north.  They caught the bus to King’s Cross Station.  

We thank Mr. Goggle for the use of this image.Aha….I smell a challenge!  Looks like a long walk to get insideYou can do it mom.

The inside seemed much more like spaces mom and dad were used to as the waiting rooms were huge.  St Pancras was bigger but the areas tended to be divided up more…  just sayin’.                                                                

Hey, this is where they filmed the scene as Harry Potter goes through the pillar at Platform 9  3/4 to catch the Hogwarts Express.

For those of you not familiar with Harry Potter please click on his name and you’ll get a brief history of him.  

Woo hoo, mom had to try this one.

Looks like it didn’t work…take another run at the pillar mom. MOL

 The train arrived at just the right time.  It is a shiny one.  We like shiny things.

They each had a, “Ticket to ride.” MOL                                                                                    

Arriving 3 hours later at Norgate.  A lovely town with hardly a car on the roads…they sure weren’t in London anymore.  Who offered them a ride but Bionic Basil’s PA and dad.  Cathrine and Josh took us to view a beautiful old church called Southwell Minister. Bionic Basil’s post of  Shoko and my meeting was reblogged on The Canadian Cats.

Cathrine and mom posing for pictures.  Josh is in the background.

We all headed over to see Basil and the Heathen Horde.  Well, Basil was waiting for us to come through the door.                                                                    I can just hear Basil saying, “What took you so long to get here?” MOL

Here is more of the horde.   They were very interested in what mom and dad were doing here.

Mom will always thank Cathrine and Josh for the Yorkshire Gold tea they found for mom.

 

Before they knew it, the time came for mom and dad to get back on the train.

One last look at Basil’s backyard where he and the horde play their war games.

Mom and dad were off  to London on the train.

They had one place to go in the evening and it was to the theatre to see The Mousetrap.  No mice were injured in the play.  This play has been running since the 1950’s.  They changed theatre’s in the 70’s, moving to St. Martin’s Theatre.  The cast has changed but the play keeps going.  Mom and dad were mesmerized by the actors and thoroughly enjoyed the play.                                                                      This was mom and dad’s last night in London.  Tomorrow they fly to Vancouver, British Columbia for another fun visit.                                                                            

Have a fun Caturday