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A Model of Artistic Beauty

It’s time for Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty’s Artsy Caturday and I have a doozie for ya!  Now just click on the blog hop name and you will see other friends modeling for you.                                                                                                           

Here I am looking at the train…..close up, even! It didn’t bite me. mol                                                    

Mom decided on her favourite, Lunapic Photo Editor.

Mom used the Space Art Effect and the Snow Border.

 

Ta da…I’m just so proud of myself.  I got nobody to brag to either.  Bummer!

Have a Caturday to remember my friends.

Fryday’s Fantastical Fun Fill-Ins

We join Annie from McGuffy’s Reader and Ellen from 15 and Meowing for today’s fill-ins.                                                  

C’mon Shoko, you’re being a dweeb by not getting any closer to the Christmas Tree cause the choo-choo is here.                                             

 Just look at it Kali…..it’s determined to get someone…and it ain’t going to be moi. Oh for heaven’s sake Shoks….look closer, it’s on a track and never comes off except when it hits a bump. Really? I must watch it for a few more hours.

1. Snow….BLOWS!  EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST DAY WHEN IT IS FLUFFY AND WHITE….IT’S FUN THEN.                                               

2. I ….LIKE HELPING MOM DECORATE THE TREE.SHE HAS NO SENSE OF DECORATING AND NEEDS KALI AND ME TO GIVE THE TREE SOME STYLE.

My turn Shoko….go stare at the train….it might jump the tracks!  MOL
3. One holiday memory that I cherish is…..STAYING UP ALL CHRISTMAS EVE NIGHT UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE, WAITING fOR SANDY CLAWS.  I BROUGHT NIPNOG AND ISLAND PARADISE TREATS.  I HAD MY SELFIE CAMERA TO TAKE HIS PICTURE.  I JUST SAT DOWN FOR A FEW MINUTES AFTER I TOOK A FEW SIPS OF SANDY’S NIPNOG AND WENT FAST ASLEEP.  WHEN I AWOKE SANDY WAS LEAVING VIA OUR CHIMNEY AND SHOUTED DOWN….”THANKS, KALI BUT NEXT TIME STAY AWAY FROM THE NIPNOG AND YOU MAY STAY AWAKE.”                                                         

4. I always thought that Santa ……WORE JUST HIS RED SUIT BUT HE HAD A FUR LINED PARKA WHEN HE HEADED UP THE CHIMNEY.  GUESS HE FEELS THE COLD TOO.

Have a delightful fish day.                                                          

 

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

 

                                                            

Hippity Hoppity Onwards To Harrods

 

It’s time for the Hop On /Off bus.  Off they go to hop off at Chinatown and walk up to Covent Garden.

Dad jumped on the bus and went upstairs to the deck on top. Mom looked at the stairs and figured she’d keep the bus driver company.                                                   

They got off at Chinatown and saw a pub that called to them.

They had to go inside and see all the slugs.  Rip off!  There were no slugs but a delicious bottle of Light Pepsi waited for them.

 

Off they went to Covent Garden.  They had to see where James Bowen and Streetcat Bob had been busking the Big Issue magazine.  Since those times James and Streetcat Bob have accomplished a lot.  These two former street guys are financially secure and can buy stuff they never ever thought they could at one time.                                                                               

The next stop for mom and dad was Harrods.                                                             The first stop was the food halls and specifically the different fancy teas.

Mom was in her glory and bought Harrods Tea….Afternoon Blend                                                                       Then it was over to the food halls for a peek at the fancy foods.                                                                           Mom saw a sandwich she just had to have.  It was two pieces of rye bread with butter, a cooked thinly sliced beet, smoked salmon, cut thinly and a few bean sprouts on top.  The sandwich was cut in fours…just the way mom likes.  Mom offered half to dad, who wrinkled up his nose but mom insisted as they should always be open to new ideas.  Dad took a quarter and loved it so much he ate the other quarter.

Mom wanted to buy something from Harrods other than just the tea, so decided to buy some perfume.  It cost more than the ready cash they had.  So dad would have to pull out more loot.  Dad disappeared to stand alone by a wall so he could get at his money belt.  A store security man went over and told him there was none of that in this store.  The security man thought dad was playing with himself….what a hoot!  Dad had to explain what he was trying to do without turning red  with embarrassment. MOL                                                               After purchasing the perfume our travellers went back to the hotel with their treasures.

Mom explained to dad that she needed her furs washed but the sink was as big as her face.  Dad said never fear, he will help.  So dad shampooed and used conditioner on mom’s fur.  Trouble is he didn’t get all the soap and conditioner out…a very difficult task.  So mom happily was walking around with a half pound of shampoo in her fur.  I sound like Shoko don’t I?  Let’s get the drama queen in here to explain the next chore of moms.  Thanks Kali.  Mom told dad she needed a bath also but the bathtub was too deep, she couldn’t step into it.  The bathtub was an old-fashioned tub but with handrails on each side of the tub.  The back didn’t go straight but was more like a slide.  A funny looking tub to mom.  Dad helped mom and she slid down the back of the tub and landed with a plop….kinda hard on the butt she said.  Yet here she was with water and soap. The inside of the tub was indented the shape of her legs and butt.  There was a problem because of these indentations she couldn’t lift her swollen legs  but the water felt so good.  A helping paw from dad and she was out and never wanted back in ever again. MOL

So sorry about the quality of the photo…think mom had too much tea before shooting the picture.   Do you see the grooves?                                                                    Well shampoo head and her mate, Helpful Harry, drifted off to sleep very quickly.

 

Next installment involves a train ride up country.

 

 

                                                                   

 

 

 

Normandy/Omaha Beach….A piece of History

To read about mom and dad’s first meeting with Phenny and his family click on Easy’s Blog.

The next day these five didn’t waste time but got into Phenny’s Elephant Skate and for an elephant it was one compact elephant and they headed toward the Atlantic,  It was a long ride of about three hours.  Mom wasn’t used to sitting for so long anymore and kept getting sleepy.  Phenny helped with that…he told her things about his mom and dad that had mom wide awake.  He said his mom was renting herself out as a part-time carpenter and her dad was taking dancing lessons.  Mom was fascinated.  Is mom ever gullible!  Geesh! MOL                                                      They all arrived safely in Normandy  The little house we were renting was a beauty.                                                                             There were even 3 bedrooms so we could um and awe about which room we could have.

Unpacked we headed for Omaha Beach.                                                         This quaint house marked the start of Omaha Beach.                                                                      The only words mom understood were Omaha Beach,  camping and tennis.

While waiting mom sat on the Oceanic Kayaks.  She got up, heard a snap and landed on her face like a sack of hammers.                                                              That was a boo boo and she was determined though the knee hurt, it would not slow her down…ya right!  She never got down to Omaha Beach to find a used shell for a remembrance.  It’s probably against the law anyway.

Katty and mom made their recipe for Shopping Around The World….Salmon fish cakes.                                                                         Phenny was an enormous help.  If you want to read the Salmon Fish Cake Recipe….just click on the name.

We all decided to visit the Canadian cemetery and leave a couple of Canadian flags and candles with covers to guard against the rain.                                                                       

Phenny and Flat Shoko left their blessings for those that had fought for their freedom.

Thank you fellow Canadians…your efforts are so appreciated.  I wonder if cats helped the men like in World War 1?

Mr. Phenny’s dad  took mom and dad for a drive through Normandy for a look at the different architecture of the houses.                                                                  Mom says this big house looks very official so perhaps its being used as a museum.

Too soon it was time to go back to Paris and catch the train.  They left early and arrived in Paris around noonish.  Mom was very overcome saying good bye to Katty and Phenny.  Phenny’s dad helped carry suitcases into the station.                                                                         Mom and dad thank you so much for the unforgettable visit with such fabulous peeps and of course, the one and only Da Phenny.

It was time to get on the Eurostar train and head for London from Gare du Nord.                                                                          The Eurostar goes 200 MPH.  It took about 2 hours to fly the rails to London.  They spent a total of 20 minutes in the Chunnel.                                                                            Mom and dads last view of Paris from the rails.  Isn’t this the Metro mom?

Next installment mom and dad set their paws on  London cement.                                                                    

 

 

Introducing Mrs. Odboddy’s Next Adventure

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE

Hey Kali has mom finished reading this story of Pioneer life in the Rockies yet?  I don’t think so Shoko.  She must be pretty close though.  Do you like it?  Naw!  They certainly were mean to animals way back in the 1800’s.  I don’t think they thought of animals as having a family and loving their children and spouse.  It was wham, bam….,”We can get $15 for this pelt.” It makes my fur bristle.”                                                                       aakalishoktalkI heard from Ling-Ling the other day and Elaine Faber has written another book involving that kooky lady, Mrs. Odboddy.  You mean the , shall we say, the character type lady with chickens in her house? MOL  Ya that’s her!  She’s a lot of fun.  Mom could take some lessons from her and start looking for spies….wouldn’t that be fun?  I don’t think so Shoks…..mom’s not that dingy…yet.  Besides who’d feed us while mom is busy chasing spies and foiling plots against the government?  Never thought of that Kali.  Guess you’ve got a great point.  She needs to change the kit lit and wash my bedding and clean up when we eat too much grass and barf on HER bedding.

So what’s this story called Shoko?  It’s called  Mrs. Odboddy Undercover Courier.                                                                        mrs_odboddy_frontsmDid Ling-Ling mention what it was about Shoko?  Ling-Ling sure is a sweetheart and so pretty too.  Cut it out Shoko…she looks just like you, a well cared for Seal Point Siamese cat.  Get on with the story sisteh!  Ling-Ling gave me a segment of the story so peeps could get some idea what it is about.

It’s 1943 and Agnes and Katherine are preparing to accompany Mrs. Roosevelt on her Pacific Island tour. Agnes carries a package from Colonel Farthingworth to President Roosevelt in Washington, D.C. Convinced the package contains secret war documents, Agnes expects Nazi spies to try and derail her mission, but she is determined to protect the package and put it into the President’s hand, whatever the cost.

Before leaving town, however, she has to find a place for those gol-darned four bantam roosters–- Myrtle, Sofia, Mrs. Whistlemeyer and Mildred!

Agnes and Katherine travel by train to Washington, D.C. Along the way, she meets Irving, whose wife mysteriously disappears from the train; Nanny, the unfeeling caregiver to little Madeline; two black soldiers bound for the Tuskegee airbase to train as pilots, and Charles, the WWII veteran with PTSD who lends Agnes an unexpected helping hand when things go exceedingly wrong. Who should Agnes trust? Who is the Nazi spy? Is there even a Nazi spy or is it all in Agnes’s imagination?

In a final near deadly showdown In Washington, D.C., Agnes faces a formidable challenge and is forced to accept the possibility that she isn’t the hometown warrior she always thought she was.

Can Agnes overcome multiple obstacles, deliver the package to the President and still meet Mrs. Roosevelt’s plane before she leaves for the Pacific Islands? If you’ve read Mrs. Odboddy Hometown Patriot, you’ll know that she will do everything in her power as the scourge of the underworld she thinks she should be.

Ohh…the book sounds exciting Shoko!  Can mom get it for her Kindle?  Fur sure Kali.  The book came out last Thursday in paperback and e-book.

Ling-Ling said Elaine wants to know if you enjoyed Mrs. Odboddy Hometown Patriot? Would you like to see more of her adventures? So let us know my friends.

                                                                               aakalishokcr

                                                                            badgechicky

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Cat Scouts British Columbia Train Adventure

We left from Banff, Alberta on board The Royal Hudson steam engine, driven train.                                                      conductorshoko

ALL ABOARD!

Some celebrities boarded the train also.

siam in disguise

Si and Am from, “The  Lady and the Tramp.” boarded in cognito but I recognized them.  Quickly followed by Sylvester, Felix and Garfield.

This was a special luxury train, so there were additions to the regular cars.  Such as a Spa Car.  Si and Am indulged in a mani/pedi.

SiAminturbans

In the Observation Car Sylvester and I had a wee chat.

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So, was Sylvester Stallone named after you?

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Later, Sylvester tickled the ivories for his fans.  While Garfield and Felix were exploring the train.

The train stopped at a few villages and towns, like Craigellachie.  Craigellachie is most famous because the last spike was driven into the Canadian Pacific Railway track right at this location in 1885.

The wildlife was abundant.  My favourite sight was this bear catching a salmon.  Wish the rodents in the backyard would jump into my mouth.  hehe

bearsalmon

There was some fuss by Si and Am over some jewels, they thought had been stolen from them.

jewels

Pretty snazzy looking jewels to me.  Sapphires, I think that’s what they are.  However, with the help of some dedicated Cat Scouts , they were found.  Much to the delight of Si and Am(ahem).  Well perhaps delight is too  strong a word.

We all arrived at the roundhouse in North Vancouver.   It was a fun trip with all my Cat Scout friends and a few celebs to liven up the trip.