Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Best and Worst of Politics ( and a few other things ) in 2013... this could be a pretty long post!



OUR LIST OF; a few things we could have done without...

The Ted Cruz comic book!
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/13/ted-cruz-coloring-book-breaks-best-seller-list/

Ted Cruz (are you sensing a pattern?)

The Government shutdown.

The antics of Miley Cyrus.

Anything said by either Sara Palin or Donald Trump.

Rand Paul's opinions on so many things.

The totally unacceptable roll out of the Affordable Care Act website, not to be confused with the law itself.

OUR LIST OF; a few things that should have been done...

Immigration reform; http://www.thedreamisnow.org

Expanded back ground checks for gun sales and closing the loop holes in sales over the internet and at gun shows; http://www2.sandyhookpromise.org NO, not taking away anyone's guns!

Passing a farm bill (one that does not include gutting food stamps for those who need them.)

Extension of unemployment benefits.

Raising the minimum wage.

Breaking up the big banks; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/29/bank-profits_n_3837053.html
( record profits!)

Officially holding Wall Street accountable for their actions.

Fixing the backlog at the VA so veterans can get their benefits in a reasonable amount of time.


OUR LIST OF; a few under or unreported stories we think you should know about...

Voting rights/Redistricting/Gerrymandering;
Pasadena, Texas is the epitome of what the gutting of the voting rights act by the Supreme Court and  redistricting/ gerrymandering are doing to one of the most basic aspects of democracy...
 http://www.texasobserver.org/declawed-voting-rights-act-opens-way-racist-electoral-shenanigans-texas-counties/

What's in the medicine you are taking and what medical companies are getting away with that can kill you; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/johnson-and-johnson-drug-marketing-charges_n_4212858.html

Genetically modified food;
http://www.globalissues.org/issue/188/genetically-engineered-food

What student loans are doing to future generations;
 http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/09/pf/college/student-loan-debt/index.html


AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST...
OUR LIST OF; a few of the best things of 2013...

The new Pope...this guy is cool!(can you say that about the Pope?)

Texas state senator, Wendy Davis; http://news.msn.com/us/who-is-texas-state-sen-wendy-davis for her filibuster for woman's rights.

Elizabeth Warren for winning her seat in the senate.

Harry Reid for finally doing something about the filibuster;
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/28/1265681/-Thank-You-Senate-Democrats-How-Filibuster-Reform-Has-Already-Made-a-Big-Difference
  
The Supreme courts ruling on DOMA.

AND THE BEST THING OF ALL...

We started our blog and have met some of the nicest people and pets anyone could hope to meet!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!

Noodle and crew










Wednesday, December 25, 2013

 

We just had to share this card with all of our friends...

( I really hope this works, it's the first video we've ever uploaded!)
 
 
 
 
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The card is put out by Hallmark

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

                         MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS...

 
 
 

                                                            NOODLE and CREW

Saturday, December 21, 2013

It's The Weekend!

A big fuzzy hug to The Animal Planet's; Too Cute; Puppy and Kitty Holiday Special. It documents the first Christmas of a litter of kittens and puppies!
Check local listings or their website for times in your area; http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/tv-shows.htm

Oops! We did a faux paw! In nominating blogs for the Sisterhood Of The World Bloggers Award, we goofed and re-awarded the award to The Cat On My Head... and even
though they deserve to get lots of awards, we can see how this is a bit redundant.  We be sorry!


And now for NOODLE'S CULTURE CORNER:
Today we present two cat Haikus;

Haiku # 1;

You never feed me
Perhaps I'll sleep on your face.
That will show you.

Haiku # 2

You must scratch me there!
Yes, above my tail! Behold,
elevator butt.

Did you know;
T.S. Elliot's Old Possums Book Of Practical Cats, a collection of whimsical poems, was first published in 1939, with a cover illustration by the author. The book is famous for having inspired the Broadway musical Cats.


We are four days from Christmas ( if you count today )...
We hope you all have a festive and happy holiday. We hope you spend time with those you cherish and those who cherish you. We hope that peace and love and the wonder of childhood fill you're
days and that you take time to be in the moment before it is gone.

Merry, merry and happy, happy holidays to you all...

Noodle and crew





Thursday, December 19, 2013

A BIG KITTY KISS TO THE sparkle and magic of the holiday season and AWARDS!!!!!

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!


Wow! Another award! We want to thank Beverly at; www.moggiepurrs.wordpress.com for this wonderful award Thank you Beverly!

There are a few rules for accepting this award so here goes...

Provide a link to the blogger who gave you the award...Done

Answer 10 questions:

What is your favorite color? Black
Favorite animal? Cheetah
Favorite non alcoholic beverage? diet cherry 7up
Facebook? or Twitter? I am ashamed to admit I don't do either ( yet!)
Favorite pattern? Tiger stripes
Do you prefer giving or getting presents? Giving
Your favorite number? 11
Favorite day of the week? Friday
Favorite flower? OK I know it's not really a flower but, Dandelion
What is your passion? Travel

Nominate 10 - 12 blogs;
here are our nominees;

www.emmatree.com  www.thecatonmyhead.com  www.3fraidycats.blogspot.com

www.catinthefridge.com  www.bionicbasil.blogspot.co.uk  www.sparklecat.com

www.downhomeinnc.blogspot.com   www.kjellebus.blogspot.com   www.random-felines.com

www.twodevoncats.blogspot.com

We hope you will stop by all of the above sites and check them out!


Provide links...done, and notify them they have been nominated...(We will be notifying over the next few days. We are a bit wrapped up in tinsel and ribbon at the moment.)

Include award logo in your post..Done

Whew..

And now we would like to share a really funny Christmas poem from an old card that my human kept for years! We don't know who the author is but kudos to whoever wrote this...

A CAT'S CHRISTMAS

Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
not even a mouse.
Cuz the cat had pounced on him
and tore him apart
ate his mousey intestines
and chewed up his heart.

Kitty thought he heard sleigh bells
which made him take pause
He stopped daintily licking
the blood from his claws.
" Must be Santa" thought kitty
( that quite clever cat)
Cuz nobody else climbs down
the chimney like that.

Indeed it was Santa
so jolly and fat
With a load of presents
all for the cat.
" Wow, the best Christmas ever!"
kitty thought with a purr.
Then he coughed up a hairball
and shed some more fur.

Author unknown




Have a great Thursday!

Noodle














 
 

 
 
 
 

Monday, December 16, 2013

MONDAY MORNING MEWSINGS presents...STICKY PAWS and HAIRBALLS vs. KITTY KISSES and FUZZY HUGS...

I know I shouldn't be this close to the twinkly tree but you know how it is... I don't see what they are so worried about anyway. Oh look a shiny thing just moved...I bet I can make it move more. Oh, OK now I know what they were worried about...


A sticky paw to the fact that we seem to be at a place in our history where I can start almost any post with the phrase, "another day, another school shooting", how sad is that?

A big hairy hairball to the fact that we have a smaller number of banks now than at the time of the great depression and because they have been allowed to merge over and over they are now bigger than they were when we first dubbed them; "to big to fail" Can you say monopoly?

A sticky paw and a hairball and a sarcastic "happy holidays" from congress to the 1.3 million long term unemployed that will lose their unemployment benefits a couple of days after Christmas.

And a huge sticky paw to the judge in Texas who gave probation to the teen who killed four people while driving drunk. The defense? Affluenza! No I am not making this stuff up!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/12/affluenza-defense-probation-for-deadly-dwi_n_4430807.html


And now on a cheerier note;


Check out Catmas Carols at;  http://www.amazon.com/Catmas-Carols-Laurie-Loughlin/dp/0811841456

Next; we want to give a shout out to Dexter who made these wonderful big cat ornaments last year to help raise funds to save endangered tigers and other big cats. Aren't they cool?
















We had fun Sunday visiting Next To Nature and photographing kitties who need homes, for Friends
Of Animals Foundation...

Here are a couple of the kitties who hope to find new homes; if you live in Seattle or know someone who does, they are waiting...
You can find more kitties waiting for homes at; http://fafseattle.org/Friends_of_the_Animals_Foundation/Petfinder.html





 
 
 Have a super duper week! Noodle






Thursday, December 12, 2013

Twenty six hearts...


As we approach the first anniversary of the events in Newtown on December 14th 2012,there is nothing I can say that can express how my heart feels.
I will ask that each one of you go out into the world in the following days and preform a random act of kindness.
Perhaps we will all begin to make these acts not just once a year but make the doing of kindness part of our everyday lives, wouldn't that be a wonderful way to remember...? You can find out about the organizations and projects created in the name of those we remember today at the following links:

http://mysandyhookfamily.org

http://www.thesandygroundproject.org

http://www2.sandyhookpromise.org


With a heavy heart and Noodle hugs.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

SOME THINGS FOR THE WEEK END + STICKY PAWS AND HAIR BALLS vs. FUZZY HUGS AND KITTY KISSES...

Many kitty kisses and fuzzy hugs to the memory of Nelson Mandela. It would be a very different world if not for his bravery and determination.

A sticky paw to introducing peppermint PEEP'S for Christmas! Come on... that's like carving pumpkins for Valentine's day.

A big hairy hair ball to Texas. Yep, they get their very own hair ball. For making it harder to vote than to buy an automatic weapon. There is just something terribly wrong with that...


A fuzzy hug to the states that are taking a stand and raising the minimum wage.


Kitty kisses to Rachel Maddow of MSNBC for calling out the media for its use / potential use, of the 911 tapes of  the Newtown shootings that were recently released: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/05/rachel-maddow-newtown-911-audio-tapes-shooting_n_4392773.html


Big fuzzy hugs to holiday decorations! There are sparkling stars and twinkly lights all over the neighborhood. (That's what I'm looking at through the window)

A big sticky paw to congress... Oh, there are soooo many reasons I wouldn't even know where to begin!

A fuzzy hug to the finally up and running effectively, Affordable Care Act website.

And last but not least, kitty kisses to the fact that unemployment dropped to 7%! Not great but we seem to be on the right track.

And we leave you with this:  CAT IMMORTALISED IN MURAL:




This is Next To Nature in Seattle, Washington. The owner had an artist do a mural of the resident cat's face for the building... pretty good likeness huh? We love Next To Nature because of all the wonderful work they do for kitties without homes through Friends Of Animals Foundation. It was through them my humans adopted me!
Check out both of  their websites at: http://www.next-to-nature.com and at: http://fafseattle.org/Friends_of_the_Animals_Foundation/Home.html


Have a great weekend!

Noodle






Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Wintery Wednesday...

I feel just like a star in Hollywood! Even though I am an indoor kitty, I can still go out onto the deck and make paw prints in the snow.



Autograph anyone?

Noodle

Sunday, December 1, 2013

SOME THINGS FOR  THE WEEK END SUNDAY...






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An award? For me? Oh my goodness, I don't know what to say...
Thank you to all my friends at The Cat On My Head for nominating me. I have never received an award before! So I guess I should tell everyone seven things you should know about me...
 
I am a tiger trapped in a cats body.
 
I am determined to find out what is under the refrigerator and tell the world at long last.
 
I would love to open the box with Schrodingers Cat and end the suspense.  http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/Schrodingers-cat  
  
Contrary to the rumors, I do not poop in the bath tub!
 
If I had the chance I would claw the crap out of Justice Antonin Scalia's judicial robe. Not while he was in it of coarse. It would be more of a statement.
 
When I grow up I want to be a super hero and have my very own comic book.
 
One of my humans has lived and worked with cheetahs and leopards in Africa over the years and sometimes I find that intimidating, that's some pretty stiff competition! But given that I am sooo adorable, I don't let it bother me for long.
 
 
 
 Thank you again for the award. And here are our nominees;  
 
 
 
 
 
www.derbysassycat.blogspot.com , www.thecreativecat.net , www.brianshomeblog.com                                       
 
 
 
Have a great Sunday everybody!  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

 

WORDY WEDNESDAY...

"Oh no, here she comes with that thing again..."
 
 
 
 
"Maybe I can hide back here..."
 
 

 
"You know, you can be really annoying..."

 
" Fine, but I'm not looking at you..."

 

Friday, November 22, 2013

ADDENDUM TO EARLIER POST:

Here are links to some of the subjects in today's post...

First; a link to a petition to get congress to vote on immigration at: http://www.fwd.us/house?recruiter_id=127876?utm_campaign=House_States&utm_source=paid&utm_medium=Google_Display&gclid=CITl5_6i-boCFdF_Qgod0kMAtw

Second; a link to article about Walmart wages at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2013/11/18/walmart-store-holding-thanksgiving-charity-food-drive-for-its-own-employees/

And third; a link to changes to the filibuster at:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senates-filibuster-rule-change-will-help-obama-achieve-key-second-term-priorities/2013/11/21/ccf43c4c-52dd-11e3-9fe0-fd2ca728e67c_story.html
 

SOME THINGS FOR THE WEEK END + STICKY PAWS AND HAIR BALLS vs. KITTY KISSES AND FUZZY HUGS...

A sticky paw to John Boehner. After being approached by two thirteen year old girls at his favorite breakfast place to politely ask him why he won't let a vote for immigration reform come to the
floor of the house... he lied to them and the American people stating that he was working on it and wanted to get to it as soon as possible.
Now groups have formed in front of his home, awaiting an explanation.
Awkward! Come on John, if you have nothing to feel ashamed of, it shouldn't be hard to talk to the people...

A Big hairball to Walmart for not paying their employees wages that are enough to live on and then setting up donation bins for said employee's for Thanksgiving. Here's a thought, maybe you could just pay them a livable wage.

A Fuzzy hug to Harry Reid for finally doing something about the filibuster. Maybe you guys can get some stuff done now.

And on this the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination...this is what my human remembers:

It was a large converted closet that had assumed the position of pantry for the purposes of our home economics class. But that morning it became a confessional for my teacher as she visibly struggled
to contain her composure in front of the student who had walked in unexpectedly. Things were very different then, There was no internet, no 24 hour cable news, no tweeting or texting and no cell phones. A party line wasn't a reference to politics, it meant more than one house hold shared a phone line and almost everyone still had black and white television sets. So seeing my teacher there in the pantry, hands smashed into her face wet with tears was stunning and scary. There were several moments of awkward silence but then she looked at me with eyes so haunted I can still see them in my mind after all these years. She spoke in a voice so small I thought I had imagined it. " They shot the President" she said then she turned and walked out into the class room and I stood there... waiting.

Where were you?


And on a lighter note. An old Texas proverb as relayed on an episode of The Big Bang Theory:
"Just cause a cat has kittens in the oven, don't make 'em biscuits"

Have a great weekend!

Noodle and crew


                                             

Friday, November 15, 2013

Some Things For The Weekend... and more Sticky Paws and Hairballs vs. Kitty Kisses and Fuzzy Hugs:




Let me begin by stating that I am not against people having guns. I am however one of many who believe that there is no place in society for automatic weapons and huge ammunition clips unless you are a member of a legitimate law enforcement agency or military organization by which I mean you are in combat ( actual, legal ) combat.

I am also in favor of background checks. Especially for those weapons sold over the Internet and at gun shows that said...

A huge, super sticky, sticky paw to the overly extreme gun enthusiasts who showed up at a cafe parking lot in Texas to intimidate  a group of moms who were meeting to discuss what can be done about gun control in the wake of events like Sandy Hook, Aurora and all the other recent places where gun violence has erupted.
Four women meeting to have a discussion vs. forty automatic gun toting, pro gun enthusiasts.
Check it out at  http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/11/10/2921121/dallas-gun-advocates-protest-restaurant-gun-control-advocates/


Hairy, Hairy hair balls to the most absurd twist on gun laws we've heard yet!
A state legislator in Idaho... You really have to read this yourself!
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/nov/12/idaho-rep-mark-patterson-can-carry-gun-without/

OK, enough about guns...

A big fuzzy hug to The Cat On My Head for giving me a " shout out ", thanks you guys! It makes me warm and fuzzy all over!

A big kitty kiss to Cat Scouts! I was accepted into the fold a week ago and I'm ready to learn everything I can! I will try my best to be the best Cat Scout possible!

Just for something a little different thought I would throw in a photo of my human playing with the big kitties...



















And lastly; Here is a link to a very good cat news letter put out by Tufts University veterinary medicine department http://tuftscatnip.com/

Have a great weekend!

Noodle and crew










Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT...


Hey everybody, just in case anyone out there didn't notice,
it's eleven, twelve , thirteen today!

11/12/13     COOL!

Monday, November 11, 2013

It's Time For Sticky Paws and Hair balls vs. Fuzzy Hugs and Kitty Kisses!


Many, many kitty kisses to all Veteran's. We salute you and thank you!

Fuzzy hugs to the new mental health care laws that are taking place due to the Affordable Care Act! With all the mass shootings we have had that seem to stem at least in part due to some form of mental health issue, this is great news! If we can't pass gun control, this is the best way to help with this ongoing societal problem.

A big sticky paw to Sarah Palin for just opening her mouth in the context of:  "I know what I'm talking about." "Sarah, please leave the stage... no one cares!"


A big hair ball to all of the " journalists" who insist on battering John Kerry for having a personal opinion! For goodness sake, I thought we lived in a country where there was freedom of speech, not freedom to mock speech. OK, so the man has an opinion on the Kennedy assassination that you don't

 agree with. Get over it! It's an opinion !


And a big Fuzzy hug to Ray Tomlinson who sent the very first e-mail back in 1971!


Happy Veterans Day,

Noodle















Sunday, November 10, 2013

 

Our hearts go out to the people of the Philippines...

Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. You can find out the latest information and how to help at the link below:


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/10/haiyan-death-toll_n_4249807.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D403836

Saturday, November 9, 2013




SOMETHINGS FOR THE WEEK END:

It was election day in many places this past Tuesday. Here in Washington state we had a vote on whether or not to label food that has been genetically altered, that included pet foods. Although there was overwhelming support for, the big business interests came in and spent millions of dollars from out-of-state to make sure it did not pass.
As I write this we are still awaiting the outcome but it is not looking
good. This same thing happened in
California a couple of years ago.

Almost 70% of voters were in favor of the labeling but the big organisations like Monsanto              came in with money and it was defeated. So, how's that corporations are people thing working out? Great if you're a corporation I guess...
To learn more about this and other food related issues, check out: www.fooddemocracynow.org

Next: Voting rights!
Please people, FIX THIS! It will be the undoing of what is left of our democracy. OK, enough politics.


My human came across this amazing poem in The Big New Yorker Book Of Cats and just wanted to share:


PROPINQUITY
by: Alastair Reid

Propinquity is the province of cats. Living by accident,
lapping the food at hand, or sleeking down
in an adjacent lap when sleep occurs to them,
never aspiring to consistency
in homes or partners, unaware of property,
cats take their chances, love by need and nearness
as long as the need lasts,
as long as the nearness
is near enough. The code of cats is simply
to take what comes. And those poor souls who claim
to own a cat, who long to recognize
in bland and narrowing eyes a look like love,
are bound to suffer should they expect
cats to come purring punctually home.
Home is only where the food and the fire are,
but might be anywhere. Cats fall on their feet,
nurse their own wounds, attend to their own laundry,
and purr at appropriate times. O folly, folly
to love a cat, and yet
we dress with love the distance that they keep,
the hair-raising way they have, and easily blame
all the abandon litters  and torn ears
on some marauding tiger. Well, no matter;
cats do not care.

Yet part of us is cat. Confess-
love turns on accident, and needs nearness; and the various selves we have
all come from our cat-wanderings, our chance
crossings. Imagination prowls at night,
cat-like among odd possibilities.
Only our dog-sense brings us faithfully homeward,
makes meaning out of accident, keeps faith,
and, cat-and-dog, the arguments go at it.
But every night, outside, cat-voices call
out to take a chance, to leave
the safety of our baskets, and to let
what happens, happen." Live, live!" they catcall.
" Each moment is your next! Propinquity,
propinquity is all!"

                                          Alastair Reid



Have a great weekend!

Noodle and her crew

Monday, November 4, 2013

BLOGGING FOR PEACE:

 When I first heard this idea I thought if only everyone could be a part of this. Imagine, everyone! Every single person in the world!

I only hope that those of us who participate will somehow be contagious to others, and they will tell two friends, and they will tell two friends....

Peace: what does it mean to you? A quite afternoon? Being able to pay the bills with a little left over?
A healthy family? Peace in the Middle East? Between your siblings? The neighbors down the block?
Should we be content with peace within our walls or should we strive for more?

Last year my human visited ten schools in very rural areas of Tanzania, Africa. She went with a hope and a prayer of completing an art project that seemed impossible to complete. Everything fell into place and the project was a success! I asked her to share a portion of it with you. I hope it will inspire you to do the unthinkable and know it can be achieved.
Peace is illusive, but it is worth the quest.

This is a paper mural done by students in Seattle, Washington then rolled up and hand delivered to a school in Tanzania, Africa where students placed finger paint covered hand prints over those of the students in Seattle. Dubbed: the " Hand to Hand, Heart to Heart, Child to Child" art project, it was an effort in what seemed like futility but through sheer determination and so much luck that it defies logic, the project worked!

Peace is illusive... keep trying!








Peace be yours always...

Noodle














Friday, November 1, 2013

Addition to Sticky paws etc....

This is the link to a very important story that Noodle would like everyone to read: http://on.msnbc.com/16JKbE2
We found it after posting our last post.

Noodle hugs

STICKY PAWS AND HAIR BALLS vs. FUZZY HUGS AND KITTY KISSES:



A sticky paw to all the journalists who have made it their mission to discover who the woman is who was the face on the Affordable Care Act website.
Leave the poor woman alone! Hello... she's a model!

A big fuzzy hug to all those who donate to their local food bank.
If you don't already, do it now. Put yourself in the shoes of someone who can not feed their child.

A great big hair ball to Washington...do you know that congress is only scheduled to work 19 more days before the end of the year? And they are thinking of taking additional time off. Must be nice... great work if you can get it.

A big wet kitty kiss to Chris Hayes at MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes, for coming up with the segment "Click 3"...Check out how differently people are aging as opposed to just 30 years ago...
    http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/all-in-with-chris-hayes-3-awesomest-things 

A big fuzzy hug to local fire departments! Not only do they put out fires and come when you call 9-1-1, you can stop by with your kids and get a tour of the fire house and fire trucks or even get your blood pressure taken! That's what I call community spirit.  

Did you know: when cats walk, their back feet land exactly in the footprints left by their forefeet?

Cat Physics: A cat is composed of Matter + Anti-Matter + It Doesn't Matter.

And... a little something for El dia de los muertos ( Day of the Dead ) which falls on October 31 through November 2 and is one of Mexico's most important annual holidays. It is a time to remember loved ones now departed by preparing favorite foods and adorning their graves with marigolds and sugar sculls and celebrating their lives with dance and song. Below are images of sand sculptures  prepared for the occasion...





Have a great weekend,

Noodle
                                 











Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Monday Tuesday Morning Mewsings...

Monday was a long day with lots to do and just not enough hours in the day, that's why I look so sleepy but I'm not really sleeping it's just a little cat nap.
So, sorry for the delay and thanks for sticking with me.

Cat health warning: If you kick a cat, you will develop rheumatism in that leg.

Kitty quotes: "My husband said it was him or the cat...I miss him sometimes."- source unknown

" If cats could talk, they wouldn't."- Nan Porter

" If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.- Mark Twain

Meanwhile in Paris...

If you want a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by, take a walk in Luxembourg Gardens:

 
 
It is said that Ernest Hemingway used to hunt and strangle by hand the pigeons here.
 
 
 


         Happy Tuesday,

         Noodle


















Friday, October 18, 2013



Some Things For The Week End and Hair Balls And Sticky Paws vs. Fuzzy Hugs And Kitty Kisses...

If I look confused it's because I am.
So they had to shut down the government because Obama Care is bad for the country and would cost thousands of jobs and increase the deficit. But when they shut down the government, thousands of people got furloughed or lost their jobs and it cost 24 BILLION dollars and people aren't  buying things because of the uncertainty and all that tanks the economy and that's OK? So I'm giving a big sticky paw right up side the head to... yes I'm  naming names this time, Ted Cruz (there I said it!) and his band of malicious minions.


A correction and a sticky paw to...me Noodle...
In my last post I said the name of the sculpture in Paris was The Last Kiss, wrong! In looking through my notes for today I realized that It is actually named The Separation Of A Couple and was sculpted by de Max. Sorry.

A big fuzzy hug to all the wonderful people who have adopted pets during Adopt A Pet Month. And of course those who adopt any other time as well. ( if you haven't picked out your pet yet, what are you waiting for? So many wonderful pets need good homes...


A warm fuzzy hug to Le Café des Chats in Paris. It is not just a café it is also home to twelve cats who roam about as customers go about their business. Visit their website at: www.lecafedeschats.fr 
If in Paris, visit them in person at 16 rue Michel le Comte in the 3rd arrondissement.

And also in Paris...

In 2005 they closed La Samaritaine department store. This incredible art deco building had one of the best views of Paris from its roof top restaurant as well as being an amazing artistic structure in itself. It looks as though it is being refurbished and will be opening once again but as what I am not quite sure. This is one of the stairways from within...



          Have a great week end!





 
 
 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

As promised something Paris related...


One half of the last kiss found in The Montparnasse Cemetery ( Cimetiere du Montparnesse ) in Paris. The woman is blowing a kiss to her husband who is standing to her left weeping. The entire piece is carved in marble and is magnificent and was photographed on Polaroid polopan instant slide film (which is no longer made).









 









Monday, October 14, 2013


MONDAY MORNING MEWSINGS...

So I understand that the Republicans want something before they will agree to open the government back up and raise the debt ceiling...
Do you think they would take my mousie?

So, cats and Q-tips... Need I say more?

Florence Nightingale owned more than sixty cats in her life time and often complained of mysterious "stains" on her paperwork.

 " The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an ax murderer"- Paula Poundstone
                                                
                                                    
I hope you will forgive this departure from our normal offerings. Today is my humans birthday and she wanted to share a few reflections on life...

We are truly remarkable beings.

Our bones may break but our spirits remain in tact.

We flourish in the face of adversity and at times we throw caution to the wind and jump into life with both feet.

For what would life be without that insatiable human quality to take a chance. To cross that line in the sand. To " boldly go where no man ( or woman ) has gone before." To reach the unreachable star,
think the unthinkable thought, climb the highest mountain and dream the impossible dream.

So, we gather ourselves up and jump over the deep dark cavernous cracks of life that should stop us dead in our tracks..."danger Will Robinson!"

The edge of the cliff is drawing too near, the lake is too deep, the ice too thin, the risk too great, the heart too fragile and the dream too distant.

Yet, we can choose to leap with abandon although everything within us screams STOP!

For those who do, the sun shines a little brighter. The ciaos is a little clearer. The picture is a little sharper. The taste a little truer and the touch a little more intense.

To play it safe is to always wonder "what if?" To regret all of the" if only I had's."

Will you come to the last pages of your life with unresolved chapters? With dreams left unfulfilled to late to change the ending of your story?

Here it is the beginning of another week, a week filled with the promise of possibilities...
What will you do this week? Will you step outside of your comfort zone?
Take a big deep breath and walk toward where you want to be and what you want to do...
I was always afraid to fly. One day I just took a giant leap of faith and got on a plane. My life has never been the same!
Change is scary and it is easier to put it off until tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow...

Take a chance, leap!


Back to Paris next post,

Noodle













Friday, October 11, 2013



SOMETHINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:

Did you know that in 1888 a farmer in Egypt found an ancient cemetery containing 10,000 mummified cats? They ended up being used for fertilizer! As they say; ashes to ashes.

" Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose"- Garrison Keillor

" One of the oldest human needs is to have someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night"- Margret Mead, on cats.

" It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens that whatever you say to them, they always purr." Lewis Carroll



On a political note:

A fuzzy hug and a kitty kiss to the CEO of Starbucks for taking another stand ( the second in the past  couple of months!) Telling congress to " do the right thing!" and encouraging patrons to sign a petition telling congress to get their act together and stop the shut down and extend the debt ceiling... you know like we always have in the past no matter who was in control of the White House, senate and congress. "Hey, you guys work for us remember?"

Sign the petition at www.starbucks.com


On Paris;
Gargoyles: They watch over the city... here is just one from the top of the bell tower of Notre Dame Cathedral. To get here you must climb a very narrow stairway ascending 270ft and consisting of  384 stairs all spiraling upwards in a stairwell that will only accommodate one person at a time. Be warned. It's hard even for someone who has a regular cardio regime. But the view is worth every labored breath!





Have a wonderful week end everybody!














Thursday, October 10, 2013

Something to share on Thursday...

There was a beautiful book of fairy tale's that was first published in 1958 by Golden Press Inc.. The illustrations are absolutely amazing and several of them include cats. I think beautiful things deserve to be shared and thus I share with you an illustration from The Fairy Tale Book, translated by Marie Ponsot and illustrated by Adrienne Segur, (very French to go along with the whole Paris thing...) check out the amazing detail!

From: PUSS IN BOOTS by Charles Perrault










Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Oh what pretty kitty paws!



 

It's time for some middle of the week fuzzy hugs and kitty kisses:
 
A bunch of fuzzy hugs to Barry Black the Senate Chaplin who seems to be the only voice of reason and compassion in Washington these days.
His words in the opening prayer each day are filled with hope and frustration at a government run amuck.
 
Celebrate and big kitty kisses to girls! Today is The International Day Of The Girl. 
 
And as for Paris...
 
Take a walk along the Seine with Notre Dame at your back and the church bells tolling at six as the sun begins to set!
 

 
 

Happy middle of the week,
 
Noodle


Monday, October 7, 2013


MONDAY MORNING MEWSINGS...

It's Monday and as you can probably tell it was hard to get out of bed this morning. Never the less I will do my very best to amuse and inform you.

Did you know that in Cresskill, New Jersey cats must wear three bells on their collar to warn birds of their whereabouts?

In Natchez, Mississippi cats can not drink beer
.
And, in Zion, Illinois it is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to cats, dogs or other domestic pets.
Now you know...

Thoughts on Congress's behavior:

Will someone please send these children to the principals office! If they can't behave then they need to be suspended and sent home!
Real working people don't have time for their shenanigan's!


A great web site to visit: www.cfainc.org for all things cat.


AND BIRDS...

What can I say. Cats love birds! We love to watch them, stalk them and dream of catching them...
and so for my Paris part of the post I give you " the bird man of Notre Dame " this lovely man feeds the pigeons at Notre Dame church in Paris. He does it with spare change given to him by tourists.



















Here is the part a cat sees...  

















Have a great week!





Friday, October 4, 2013

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND + HAIR BALLS AND STICKY PAWS vs. FUZZY HUGS AND KITTY KISSES:



A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes -
Hindu proverb

I love my cat because I love my home and little by little she becomes its visible soul -
Jean Cocteau

After dark, all cats are leopards - African proverb






NOODLES THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
" Thumbs, if only I had thumbs. I could get into  a lot more trouble."

Here come the sticky paws and kitty kisses:

A great big sticky paw right on the head to our elected officials in Washington. If you don't do the  work you shouldn't get paid... you know like the rest of us!

A kitty kiss to the Capital Police and other personnel for doing their jobs yesterday even though they might not get paid due to the shut down those they were there to protect initiated.

A sticky paw to the local library and book stores for the tiny, tiny sections on cats! There are dozens of dog books and magazines! Come on cat people, time to saturate the market on behalf of cats! Whose with me?


AND NOW SOMETHING ABOUT PARIS...

In Paris there is a tiny street named Rue du chat qui peche or Street of the fishing cat. It is the narrowest street in the city. It can be hard to find unless you find not the street itself but it's depiction in a painting on a post card or in a book. I will give you a hint, it is in the Latin Quarter...
Although we have photographs of the street, this post card is so beautifully done I thought it conveyed the scene much better.





Have a great weekend!

Noodle











Tuesday, October 1, 2013

OCTOBER Le PARIS...


While we all await the fate of what congress has in store for us in the coming months, I will be showing my artistic and cultural side by incorporating Paris somewhere into each of my posts. Whether it is a photograph, an interesting fact about Paris or.... I guess you will only find out by stopping by!

Here is something to entice you...