Kali, it’s so quiet without Shoko thundering down the hall to grab a straw before you do.
Personally, I like it, mom. A relaxing and quiet time without Shoks blabbing at the crows like some demented squirrel.
Look, Kali, we got a letter. It looks like it’s from Shoko.
Hi Mom, Kali, and Dad,
It’s me….Shoko! I am having so much fun at summer camp.
The first day we got settled in an awesome tent. Maggie is sharing the
tent with me. She’s so much fun. We ate popcorn and chattered into the night…we laughed till I wet myself.
The following day we went fishing and caught a Kokanee salmon. Pete H. cooked it up on the BBQ with lemon and dill…just like you do mom. It was delish!
We all went on a hike up this Half Dome Mountain. It was huge and steep….way too steep for Kali, she’d fall down. It was all I could do to hang onto the ropes and poles. MOL.
I wore my new outfit…it fits perfectly mom.
Did you notice the size of my head? Big, eh? Scout Andy said it was the altitude that gave me a big head. What’s a girl to do?
We finally made it to the top of Half Dome Mountain….what a view!
We got down the mountain a lot faster than going up. We were all back in camp and starving. Maggie and I headed over to the lodge for a fine meal.
In the evening we sat around the campfire and Obi said, I have a question, Denmaster. I was reading the Cat Scout Handbook whilst having my snack and on page fourteen it says that I should pack a poncho and rubbers. What if I\’m nootered?
Everybody started laughing even Denmaster. I don’t get it mom? What was so funny, eh? You can tell me when I get home.
I’ll write again if I get the time mom.
Love to everyone,
PS…Today, Black Cat’s Legacy is available for FREE on kindle. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lrvevgm for more info
The bus came to the entrance way into The Louvre, and the square where Marie Antoinette and Louis IV lost their heads to the guillotine. Would this be a cleaner way to wipe out the mouses and bugs? No, I think I’d have nightmares about headless mouses. Makes me shiver….ugh. Wonder why the entrance is so tall and yet narrow?
All vehicles had to squeeze through the gate. Perhaps there was an extra inch or two on either side of the bus. Mom said it was an odd feeling to be squished to fit. I don’t think they actually squished her though….yuck….a revolting thought.
They arrived on the other side and ta da….there was The Louvre.
Sorry bout this picture my friends….dad seemed to get the wrong angle.. You get the idea though. This is Place de la Concorde. Mom says it’s huge and has quite the history. Wikipedia supplied the facts we needed to inform you.
The place was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1755 as a moat-skirted octagon between the Champs-Elysées to the west and the Tuileries Garden to the east. Decorated with statues and fountains, the area was named Place Louis XV to honor the king at that time. The square showcased an equestrian statue of the king, which had been commissioned in 1748 by the city of Paris, sculpted mostly by Edmé Bouchardon, and completed by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle after the death of Bouchardon.
At the north end, two magnificent identical stone buildings were constructed. Separated by the rue Royale, these structures remain among the best examples of Louis Quinze style architecture. Initially, the eastern building served as the French Naval Ministry. Shortly after its construction, the western building became the opulent home of the Duc d’Aumont. It was later purchased by the Comte de Crillon, whose family resided there until 1907. The famous luxury Hôtel de Crillon, which currently occupies the building, took its name from its previous owners.
During the French Revolution in 1789 the statue of Louis XV of France was torn down and the area renamed Place de la Révolution. The new revolutionary government erected the guillotine in the square, and it was here that King Louis XVI was executed on 21 January 1793.
Other important figures guillotined on the site, often in front of cheering crowds, were Queen Marie Antoinette, Princess Élisabeth of France, Charlotte Corday, Madame du Barry, Georges Danton, Camille Desmoulins, Antoine Lavoisier, Maximilien Robespierre, Louis de Saint-Just and Olympe de Gouges.
In 1795, under the Directory, the square was renamed Place de la Concorde as a gesture of reconciliation after the turmoil of the French Revolution. After the Bourbon Restoration of 1814, the name was changed back to Place Louis XV, and in 1826 the square was renamed Place Louis XVI. After the July Revolution of 1830 the name was returned to Place de la Concorde and has remained that way since.
Time had gotten away from these two again. They were not sure where the cruise was so…… it was taxi time again. Mom and dad arrived with little time to spare. They were shown to their tables right away and mom plopped down and started to take her coat off. One must remember these tables are small and very close together….mom forgot and stretched away like she was at home. She spilled the wine on the table behind her. There were gasps but when mom turned around to say she was sorry, the waiter had already moved them to another table. This is how to keep peeps away from you in the future. MOL This was the appetizer. Five different selections to start the meal. The main course offered five small selections as did the desserts. A most tantalizing meal. A replica of the Statue of Liberty with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
The studio apartments that look quaint and artsy are all over Paris, not in a certain area….everywhere. Seemed to take away their charm to mom. These apartments are very expensive. After the yummy food and a rest mom was set to go again. They headed back toward the Mercure Montmartre hotel….on the Metro this time. They actually went right to the correct exit and headed to the Moulin Rouge. Feeling confident in their ability to get about in a strange city, they decided to catch a wee train up to Sacre Coeur. Mom loved this train….look at those cobblestones too. The ride was a tad bumpy. MOL Get that luncheon jumping around in her tummy. Wow…this church is a real beauty even by Parisians standards.
Wikipedia gives us some additional info on Sacre Coeur,
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur (French: Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, pronounced [sakʁe kœʁ]), is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France. A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacré-Cœur is a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the defeat of France in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War and the socialist Paris Commune of 1871 crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was an increasingly popular vision of a loving and sympathetic Christ.
For more info go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacr%C3%A9-C%C5%93ur,_Paris.
This little area is also an artist’s haven. Many paintings and designed items could be found while pounding the cobblestones. Mom found a few items to warm our hearts and set our paws to clapping for more. Mom and dad dragged themselves back to the hotel for a rest before they met up with Phenny, Katty and Mark from Easy’s Blog tomorrow.
To read about our meeting and first day together just click on Easy’s Blog
In July “Jeanne Foguth’s blog, Pet Care Tips and Humour” nominated us for a Happiness Tag We gratefully accept this great….TAG and thank you Jeanne for the honour. In accepting we have some responsibilities, such as:
Tell everyone the 5 Things that Make Us Happy
1/ Kali and I both agree the most important thing that makes us happy is to live with mom and dad. They treat us very well and we love them. Mom is a little odd at times but she’s never boring
2/ I must say I do love running. I get so happy when Cow Kitty is chasing me home or I’m running after Kali down the hall.
3/ I have so much to be thankful for but this award is for what makes me happy. I would have to say laying in a sunpuddle, getting warm and cozy really makes my world go around. 4/ We both are delighted when we hear from our boyfriends. Einstein sets my teeth on edge, he is one dude that just doesn’t slow down. Buddy is a gentleman and treats me as a lady should be treated. Einstein and I Glamping in Cat Scouts. Buddy and Kali enjoying a BBQ.
5/ For our last entry we decided to go with our stroller because we each like the stroll mom gives us. I am surprised that Shoko likes it but she never ceases to amaze me.
Sing Name the favourite 5 Songs that Make Us Happy.
1/ Canadian Pacific by George Hamilton IV
2/ Summer wages by Ian & Sylvia Tyson with Emmylou Harris
3/ Canadian Girls by Dean Brody
4/ If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot
5/ The Blue Canadian Rockies by Jim Reeves
Admit to adoring 5 Bloggers who Make Us Happy and Notifying those Bloggers
We adore so many blogs and the hard work everyone puts into each post that we name everybody ….. This is a cop out Shoko…..you should name 5 blogs. I like them all, they’re my friends. Everyone else had the same problem. Cwap!! What if they’ve been nominated or don’t do these things? That’s ok, they’ll let you know. Alright…quit bugging me.
1/ Tomcat Commentary By Tim This is a blog of seven cats living in a loving home. Buddy and Einstein our boyfriends live here.
2/ERin the Cat Princess…..life from a princesses point of view. She’s mad about cream too.
3/ Three Chatty Cats This blog regulars are Olive, Dexter and Sophie….3 chatty cats. This blog also delves into shelters and articles about rescuing cats. It is very informative.
4/ The Cat On My Head is an awesome blog as are the Blues cats. There are several kitties living under the same roof, mostly living amicably. Not always though. Check them out.
5/ Easy Blog What can we say? Easy is a Woofie unto himself. He is both fun to be with and a fun host like during the Pawlympics in the event Tuneful Farts.
Today is that Selfie day we all anticipate each week. Of course Mau’s mom and Allie’s mother-in-law at The Cat On My Head puts the selfie on every Sunday. Anipals from around the world pose for the privilege of being seen by their friends. Before you click on the Cat On My Head and view the anipals, take a peek at me on my best behaviour….I even washed behind my ears.
The first book of the series one must read is, “Latitudes and Cattitudes.” This little book introduces readers to Xander de Hunter and Merlin living in Seattle, Washington.
Isn’t this the book mom just finished Kali? Yep, it’s a James Bond type of story but with us felines and from Xander’s point of view.
Mom says she would have been lost if she hadn’t read, “Latitudes and Cattitudes. ” This little book is a prequel to The Sea Purrtector FIles and its free. Can’t get any cheaper than that.
Our hero is Xander de Hunter, a skillful feline. Xander is a seal-point Siamese so he is a beautiful specimen. I believe he is a distant cousin of mine, Kali. Sure Shoko, whatever you say. *rolls eyes* As our story opens, Xander has just won a kick boxing championship. A white cat by the name of Merlin approaches Xander requesting his assistance to find his littermate. Our hero doesn’t bat an eye even though Merlin’s sister is lost on the ocean and Xander is deathly afraid of water.
The location has changed for The Red Claw. We first see our hero, Xander de Hunter on his boat in Jamaica. Our hero has been summoned from the ranks of Catomondo by a letter marked with a Red Claw, a very urgent sign indeed. One of cat society’s royalty is missing. Time for Xander to show his prowess as the Sea Puurtector, even though he’s being shadowed by one of Dogdom’s finest agents…
The shenanigans between Xander and some island residents is priceless. We meet up with Sir Simon who holds the important position of Jamaican Purrtector in Catamondo. So if you like a happy feeling before you close your eyes for the night, we urge you to start reading the Sea Purrtector Files.
So who’s the author mom? Oh didn’t I say? No! Well, her name is Jeanne Foguth and she knows boats and cats. She’s been over to the Caribbean, observing the locals in their environment. This is Merlin, author Foguth’s inspiration for Simon.
Our favourite candy date for mayor has stated another reason to vote for her. What? Did I read that right….Did Lexi say no taxes? Paw at this address and see what future mayor Lexi is offering us. A big hug to Sammy and Pam from One Spoiled Cat for this lovely badge. We love this beautiful badge. It makes us look like we got class. That’s class Shoko not g-ass. MOL….sorry Kali,…..MOL mewwww