Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Out with the Old

Our guest bedroom has been blue and white since 2003 when Mom Paula moved back into her house after being gone for 10 years (Ph.D. and college professor).  Since her retirement, she's trying to purge, clean, and reorganize our home for our new life together.  The first thing she decided to do was to make more room in the guest bedroom.  We've gone from a full size bed and dresser to a daybed with a smaller chest and TV stand.  We can't wait to show you our new color scheme once everything is in place.  We're still waiting on a few items.  In the meantime, Brulee says goodbye to the beautiful blue and white comforter set.
Brulee will miss her blue and white comforter

Monday, May 22, 2017

She's Coming Home!

We just received notification that Mom  Paula is packed and coming home.
The swag from BlogPaws

Mom Paula:  I've really missed my girls.  The pet sitter kept me up-to-date on how they were doing and I could watch them through the PetCube Play.  However, I don't think Truffle has done too well while I've been gone.  I believe they've gotten used to me being home since the retirement. I can't wait to see them again and to share with everyone about BlogPaws 2017 this year.
Truffle waiting for Mom  Paula to come home

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Selfie

Truffle decided she needed a little bath before posing for her Sunday Selfie today.
Truffle spiffing it up


You can see more Sunday Selfies at The Cat on My Head.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Caturday Art

Brulee tries to hide in the top of the cat tree to escape from Truffle and other people.  She thinks she is an illusion in her perch, so we used the "illusion" effect in LunaPic for our Caturday Art graphic today.
Brulee, using the illusion effect in Lunapic

You can see more Caturday Art creations at Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Brulee Cat Ears

Mom Paula spend some time in the Cat Lounge at BlogPaws yesterday making a pair of cat ears and they ended up resembling Brulee's ears and fur horns.  We'll share more photos about the Cat Lounge and the making of the ears later.
Mom Paula with her Brulee ears and Flat Brulee

Thursday, May 18, 2017

My Pet is My Therapist

Can you believe Mom Paula almost forgot about posting our blog today?  We can't miss our record of posting every single day, so we thought we'd share a quick photo of Mom Paula with our Flats at the Bayer booth at BlogPaws.  We'll post more later.
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Mom Paula, Flat Truffle, Flat Brulee - My Pet is My Therapist (Bayer Booth)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Brulee's Grooming Session with the Pet Sitter

Mom Paula received this photo from DJ, the pet sitter yesterday.  DJ said she was able to groom Brulee everywhere except for the belly (that's normal with Mom Paula,too).  She said Truffle ate some treats but walked away when it was photo time.  We hope Truffle will get used to DJ this time since she's not getting medication.  We love this photo of Brulee with all of her freshly groomed whiskers!
Brulee

Mom Paula also got her kitten fix with the three foster kittens Jeanne Kudich from Random Felines, brought to BlogPaws.  Mom Paula was spotted cuddling up next to Gucci, and adorable little ginger.
Gucci and Mom Paula

The BlogPaws 2017 conference kicks off this afternoon.  We can't wait to share all of the exciting activities with everyone.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Flats Have Arrived

Good morning everyone!  Mom Paula and our Flat Kitties have arrived at Myrtle Beach for a little rest and relaxation before the BlogPaws conference.  Since Mom Paula has stayed at this hotel several times, she asked for a special room with a view, and wow, what a view!
View of Myrtle Beach from the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Since we aren't used to traveling yet (except for vet trips), we sent our Flat Kitties to the conference with our special swag this year. Aunt Vicky made up these lovely sparkly netted swag bags that include a praline (made in SC) and a creme brulee truffle.  Praline was the foundation of Mom Paula beginning to blog almost 9 years ago, so it makes sense the praline is on the bottom.  Six years ago this summer, Sweet Purrfections was formed and our names were in honor of Praline and the sweet French/New Orleans desserts.  We couldn't believe we found a truffle that had creme brulee flavoring. There are a limited number of these delicious desserts in Mom Paula's room, so make sure you stop by and say hello.
Flat Truffle and Flat Brulee guarding the Sweet Purrfections Swag

In the meantime, we'll be guarding the swag!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sneaking into the Luggage

Well, it's finally here!  Mom Paula is leaving for BlogPaws and she is leaving us home.  Our pet sitter, DJ, will check on us daily and Grandma Faye will also come over, but it's not the same without Mom Paula.  She wanted to take us with her to BlogPaws when they announced it would be in Myrtle Beach this year, but with everything that happened with work, her parents, and some personal issues, she didn't have time to work with us on harness training and traveling.  We're sending the Flats with her for some photo ops.
Truffle checking to see if there is room for her in the suitcase

Mom Paula has tried to have the luggage out for several days so the girls would be used to seeing it. The vet thinks Truffle may have some separation anxiety, so Mom Paula tried to be as calm as possible and packed a little bit at a time (except for last night!).  Truffle explored the suitcases.  It's as if she were saying, "I think there's room for me in here."
Maybe this one will fit

We will be okay and will probably get into some mischief while Mom Paula is gone.  She'll share some photos and updates on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram while she is gone.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Selfies with Our Mom Kitties

We're very lucky that we know how our mom kitties are and that we have photos of them.  Since it's Mother's Day today, we thought we'd share a photos of our mom kitties and us as adults for our Sunday Selfies.

Truffle's mom kitty is Chloe.  She is a beautiful silver shaded Persian with huge green eyes like Truffle.
Mom Kitty Chloe and Truffle

Brulee's mom kitty is an amazing golden shaded Persian named Mikayla.  From what Mom Terri tells us, Mikayla has a quirky personality like Brulee.
Mom Kitty Mikayla and Brulee

We hope everyone has a happy Mother's Day, especially with your human moms.  We know our human mom, Paula, loves us with every fiber of her being and would sacrifice herself to take care of us.


You can see more Sunday Selfies at The Cat on My Head.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Caturday Art

We thought Truffle would look good in watercolor today.  We used LunaPic with the watercolor effect.  We then used PicMonkey to add the green back into her eyes (LunaPic had them yellow) and to add a frame.  This photo makes Truffle look like a tabby kitty.  She almost has Sweet Praline's caramel coloring, which is pretty special to us.
Truffle using the watercolor effect with LunaPic

You can see more Caturday Art creations by visiting Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty.

Friday, May 12, 2017

New Bed

Truffle is proud to present our new bed for the guest room.  Aunt Vicky thinks this bed is hers to sleep on, but we've already claimed it as ours.  Mom Paula is trying to downsize a lot of "stuff" in the house, so she got rid of our full-size bed and dresser and bought a daybed and smaller chest.  We claimed the bed as soon as the delivery men left.  We can wait to show you the finished room once it's complete.  Have a great weekend!
Truffle presenting our new guest bed

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Waking Up with Brulee

Truffle is usually the dominant kitty in the family, but Brulee is claiming the bed as her own, especially when Mom Paula is in it.
Waking up to Brulee

Who wouldn't want to wake up to this bundle of fur every morning?

Mom Paula:  Brulee isn't a cat who loves to be held and rest on your lap.  However, she is a little love bug when I'm in the bed.  She will meow and climb into my lap and will purr up a storm.  She doesn't do this in any other part of the house.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Our Bed is Gone

We've had our special bed in the guest room since we were kittens.  There was the lovely blue and white quilt and we loved to rest on the foot of the bed because it was directly beneath the ceiling fan. We noticed something different this past weekend.
Where is our comforter?

The comforter and sheets were taken off the bed.  We thought they were being washed (just so we could fuzz them up again) but the bedding disappeared and all that was left was the mattress.
Truffle and Brulee resting at the foot of the bed beneath the ceiling fan.

After a little investigating, we did what kitties would normally do.  We made ourselves comfortable at the foot of the bed underneath the ceiling fan, took a bath, and laid down for a little nap.  The next morning, to our surprise, everything was gone!  We explored the room all day but couldn't find our bed or dresser.
Brulee and Truffle exploring the empty room

We don't know what happened to everything.  This stuff has been here for over 6 years and now it's gone.  What will we do?  What will we sleep on?  What's happening?

Truffle rests uneasily in the empty bedroom

Stay tuned...

Monday, May 8, 2017

BlogPaws 2017 and Pet Friendly Myrtle Beach

Can you believe BlogPaws 2017 is next week?  We've been excited about the conference being in our beautiful state of South Carolina since it was announced last year in Phoenix. Myrtle Beach is about three hours from our house, so we sent Mom Paula to the beach to check out some of the pet friendly locations.  To help her with this exploration, Mom Paula brought her parents and their dog, Bandit along for the trip. Most of the information found below can be found online, but we wanted to consolidate it for you in a convenient location.
Bandit walking towards the beach at Myrtle Beach
Bandit and Grandma Faye walking to the beach

Disclosure - compensated by BlogPaws as an Ambassador



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday Selfie

Mom Paula caught Truffle in midstream while she was on a mission this morning.  Truffle is investigating the guest bedroom because furniture is missing.
Sunday Selfie of Truffle

You can see more Sunday Selfies at The Cat on My Head.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Caturday Art

Back to LunaPic today for our Caturday Art Creation.  Brulee selected the "beauty" effect because she's so beautiful.  Little did she realize that the effect would present her in a multitude of colors.  We went to PicMonkey to add the green back to her eyes and add a photo frame.
Brulee, using the "Beauty" effect in LunaPic

You can see more Caturday Art creations by visiting Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Wow! It's hard to believe it's been almost 6 years ago when this photo was taken of Truffle in 2011. She was such a curious kitten (which frequently got her into trouble) and she is still called "Trouble Truffle."  She can be a determined little kitty when she wants something.  No matter how much trouble she gets into, Mom Paula is so thankful Truffle came into her life.
Baby Truffle (September 2011) checking out the freezer

You can see more Thankful Thursday posts at Brian's Home.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Bandit and Flat Truffle and Flat Brulee take a road trip to Myrtle Beach to check out pet friendly locations.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

National Truffle Day

Did you know that today is National Truffle Day?  Truffle is so excited that there is a national day devoted to her that everyone can celebrate!
Celebrating our beautiful Truffle

We know this day was designed for that delicious chocolate confectionery, which is where Truffle got her name because she is as sweet as the dessert namesake.

Some facts about National Truffle Day.

  • Observed annually on May 2
  • Truffles are traditionally made with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, icing, cocoa powder, chopped nuts, or coconut.
  • Truffles may be filled with cream melted chocolate, caramel, nuts, fruit, nougat, fudge, toffee, mint, marshmallow, or liqueur.
It appears there is some disagreement about who invented truffles.  We found an interesting post about truffles and thought you'd enjoy reading about the history of the truffle.

Mom Paula selected the name Truffle for her beautiful fur child because she was sweet like the candy and Mom Paula loved eating white chocolate truffles.  We are sending a special treat with Mom Paula to BlogPaws 2017 for some of our special friends.


Auntie ML (We miss ML) sent Mom Paula this adorable truffle trinket in 2011 to celebrate the arrival of Truffle.  Mom Paula didn't realize until a couple of years later that the truffle opened up with this adorable saying and a little angel mouse under the removable plate with two truffles. Mom Paula keeps this truffle trinket beside Sweet Praline's and Beignet's ashes in the glass cabinet.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Cats and Insomnia

Truffle sleeping peacefully

Mom Paula:  I wish I could sleep as well as the girls do.  I've taken sleeping aid medication for the past 6-7 years and I still only get about 5-6 hours of sleep.  I know my mind is constantly going, thinking about things that I need to do and worrying about things I have no control over.  Truffle and Brulee can sleep as if they don't have a care in the world.  I could learn a lot from watching my cats.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Selfie

Good morning to everyone this fine Sunday!  Our temperatures will be in the 90s but we are expecting severe storms tomorrow.  Brulee wanted to share her Sunday Selfie today.
Brulee


You can see more Sunday Selfies at The Cat on My Head.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Caturday Art

Back to LunaPic today and using the "Floating Art" effect for this photo of Truffle.  We love the Spring colors and how it emphasizes Truffles beautiful face.  We then added green color back to Truffle's eyes, using PicMonkey.
Truffle, using the Floating Art effect in LunaPic

You can see more Caturday Art creations at Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Reflecting Back on a Month

Mom Paula has been retired for a month now and we thought we'd reflect back on the past month to let you know how our life has changed.
Truffle and Brulee are getting more time with Mom Paula

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Truffle

Mom Paula:  I'm thankful I can relax by watching Truffle and Brulee watching the world go by.  I wish I could be as content and calm as my girls.  They could teach me a lot of lessons about taking it easy and enjoying life.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Russell and William with Praline (1995)

Today is National Kids and Pets Day and I thought the purrfect photo would be of my two wonderful nephews with Sweet Praline, as a kitten.  I'm also sharing a photo of the boys with kittens of their own.  Both of these boys love animals and the are teaching children in their lives to love and respect them now. I'm proud of the men they have become and the fact that they have rescued animals and brought them into a loving forever home.
Russell and William with their kittens (circa 1996)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Remembering Sweet Praline

We can't believe it's been six years since Sweet Praline left for the bridge.  For those of you who are new to our blog, Sweet Praline was the kitty who started Mom Paula in blogging almost 9 years ago. She was known as the Diva of the Cat Blogosphere because of her little Persian cattitude!  She was almost 16 years old when she left for the bridge due to cancer.  We know she is still with us in spirit and communicates with us on a regular basis to guide us on taking care of Mom Paula.
Sweet Praline - April 2011

Monday, April 24, 2017

Celebrate the Year of the Cat with Wellness® Complete Health™ #HealthyMeetsHappy

It's the Year of the Cat, so what could be so important that we'd send our woofie cousin, Bandit, on a shopping trip to investigate a new recipe for one of our favorite foods?
So important, we're willing to send our woofie cousin Bandit to investigate.
Truffle and Brulee send Bandit to check out the new line of Wellness® Complete Health™ Cat Food




Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Selfie

Brulee knows how to strike a pose for her Sunday Selfie.
Brulee


You can see more Sunday Selfies at The Cat on My Head.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Caturday Art

We found a new effect on LunaPic today and are very pleased with the results.  We used the "landscape" effect in LunaPic and then went to PicMonkey for our frame.  Have a relaxing weekend.
Brulee and Truffle in "landscape" from LunaPic

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tough Enough for the Feistiest of Kitties! - Sherpa Review & Giveaway

Do you have a feisty kitty who can tear up a carrier?  Do you travel with your cat on airlines? Do you need a carrier that is both stylish and safe for your cat?
Brulee inside Sherpa® carrier while Truffle watches
Brulee checks out the Sherpa® Cat Tote while Truffle cautiously watches


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful for Truffle and Brulee

Mom Paula:  I'm so thankful for these two girls!  We're approaching the 6th anniversary of Sweet Praline going to the bridge and I thought my heart would never heal.  Bringing these two into my life with their unique and sweet personalities has helped heal that hole and they bring joy and laughter to me each and every day.  Truffle is an independent little thing, but she can win you over when it's time for treats and loving.  Brulee is a beautiful cat with a quirky little personality who tends to stay close to me when I'm sick or having a bad day.  They are a handful with their grooming requirements, but I love them dearly.

You can see more Thankful Thursday posts at Brian's Home.