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My main passions in life are cats and writing and this new section combines both quite nicely. This blog is the chatty bits which are usually found at the beginning of the Mewsletter and the Scratching Post but in a bid to make both of them more user friendly, I am cutting the chatter and putting it into a blog. I hope that you'll take time out to read them and more importantly, enjoy them! I always welcome feedback so please write to me using the contact us box.

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Paws For Thought

a place where you can stop off at any time of the day to rest a while; put your feet up; have a drink and relax – perhaps with your favourite feline on your lap or nearby.

Paws for Thought is a collection of quotations written by people from all walks of life on their passion for cats. I do hope you’ll enjoy them enough that you’ll want to come by often to just sit and find peace with your feline companion while you read.

A Message from Pauline

Lockdown love handles

‘Why are we standing in the hallway, Casey?’

‘Because …’

‘Because what?’

‘Because I don’t want Mum to see us laughing.’

‘Are we laughing then, Casey? What about?’

‘Mum is trying to do something called a ‘warm-up’ and she’s so red in the face, I think she’s about to explode.’

‘Is Mum exploding a good thing or a bad thing, Casey?’

‘It’ll be messy, fo sho, Gibbs.’

‘Why is she doing something called a ‘warm-up’?

‘Because …’

‘Because what?’

‘Because she saw a report on breakfast television this morning, that people on lockdown have all got something called lockdown love handles.’

‘Lockdown banisters, more like, Casey.’

‘Gibbs remember rule #1 of the Feline Code of Ethics. Always respect those who serve us.’

‘So, what are these love bani - handles, Casey?’

‘Apparently, people that have been at home all these weeks of lockdown who aren’t able to exercise, are spreading out a bit.’

‘You mean, she’s porked out, Casey?’

‘Gibbs! We are never mean about our humans’ distribution of fat to body ratio. Rule #376 of the Feline Code of Ethics. ‘

So, with all these rules you’re quoting me, Casey, I’ve forgotten why we’re out in the hallway.  Tell me again.’

‘Because Mum is trying to do something called a ‘warm-up’ which is a precursor to an exercise programme.  When someone has warmed up their muscles, they can then jump about to music, usually, to get fitter.’

‘Oh.  Does it work?’

‘We’ll have to wait and see, Gibbs.  I think we might need to call an ambulance.  Mum’s gone a very bright red, which doesn’t bode well.’

‘These banister things that Mum has – where are they?’

‘They’re not banisters, Gibbs, they’re love handles. And to be perfectly honest with you, I’m not sure where they are.  Mum is Mum.  We love her as she is, but she was telling a friend the other day on the phone thing, that she’s put on weight and wants to lose it again.’

‘And that’s why she’s doing this ‘warm-up’ thing?  To lose weight?’

‘Well, I don’t quite know how it all works, Gibbs, but as I said, the ‘warm-up’ warms up the muscles so that when Mum DOES actually do any real exercises it won’t hurt so much the next day.  The ladies on the telly tell Mum what to do and she is trying to do what they say – but with little success, it would seem.’

‘The ladies on the telly don’t seem to be wearing much in the way of clothing, Casey.  Perhaps Mum would lose the banisters if she wore skimpies like the ladies.’

‘That’s the trouble, Gibbs.  People with banisters, I mean, love handles, are often the ones that wear skimpies when perhaps they should stick to something less revealing.  Thankfully, our Mum doesn’t display her bodily parts unnecessarily – I think, if she did,  I would have to refer her to rule #97 of the Feline Code of Ethics: ‘Appropriate clothing must be worn at all times in the company of the superior being – the cat.’  

‘So where is this going then, Casey? What is Mum hoping to achieve – apart from not having a heart attack?’

‘Your guess is as good as mine, Gibbs. Mum, I suspect, would like to be like the ladies on the telly with something called ‘abs’.’

‘Mousebums, Casey! Even we – as superior beings – don’t have abs.  Erm, what are abs?’

‘Gibbs, I’ve told you before about your language.  We have young humans that like to visit our website; we cannot lead them down the wrong paths.  Before you know it, ‘Mousebums’ will be trending on that social media thingy and EVERYONE in the world will be saying it.  Can you imagine if our Queen said ‘Mousebums’ in one of her speeches to the nation?  What would everyone think?’

‘If our queen said ‘Mousebums’ in one of her speeches to the nation, Casey, I’d be proud as anything.  Anyway, do you think we ought to get a bucket of water to chuck over Mum? She’s lying on the floor, and she’s purple.’

Mega thanks to Aoife McCann for her brilliant illustration. For more of Aoife's stunning artwork, please go to:

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Cat Calls - What's New Pussycat!!

LexiLexi: Hey Dezi do you know what time of year it is? 

Dezi: It's winter time Lexi, and it's cold with a lot of grey days. What's the big deal? Dezi

Lexi: Well yeah, there's that, but it's also Christmas time. The time of year when for just a little while lots of peeps (people) that aren't normally nice, get a little nicer and those year round good hearted folks go overboard. MOL Everybody's shopping and buying all kinds of gifts and lots of food all to celebrate one day.

Dezi: Oh Lexi me loves the Christmas lights and the yummy smells from mommy's candles. 

Lexi: Me too Dezi. I hope those candles never burn away. But the real reason for the season has nothing to do with mommy’s candles or all the shopping and food or even the lights we like so much. Although our Lord, Jesus, wasn't actually born on December the 25th, that's the day we celebrate His birth. God's gift to the entire world. The Bible says in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believed in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." 

Dezi: So the point of Christmas sissy is Love right?

 

Lexi: Yep Dezi, Love and Jesus. You know we are really blest. We have a mommy who loves us so much she would give her life for ours and we would do the same. And we have a warm and comfortable home to live in and a cosy bed to sleep on.

Dezi and LexiDezi: Oh Lexi we are blest. You know me has a Blest Sunday post on our blog, Deziz World every week. We have so many pawsome furiends and opportunities thanks to the internet on top of our furever home and mommy. But there are kitties that don't have what we do. And at this time of year when it turns cold and nasty outside they really struggle to survive. 

Most everybody has heard about ferals. Just because these kitties live outside and are afraid of humans doesn't mean they don't suffer or that they can take the changing weather. We know a lot of peeps that take care of feral colonies. Most of them use their own money to feed and spay/neuter and provide vet services when they're needed. It's kind of a thankless job, because the world never hears about most of them. A feral caretakers' reward is the day one of those ferals trust them enough to allow the peep to touch them; even if it's just for a minute.

Lexi: Yeah Dezi taking care of ferals is a big job and we appreciate all those who do it. But there are lots of animals in shelters and rescues the world over waiting for their forever home too. While we don't think kitties and puppies make very good surprise gifts, they are great gifts for those who are willing to invest a lifetime of love and care into them. So if you know of someone who wants a new furry for Christmas, please adopt and save a life. Mommy says adoption actually saves 3 lives. The one of the animal you took out of the shelter making room to save another and the human whose life will be forever changed by the furry addition to their family.

Dezi: Oh Lexi you are so right. We would really like to encourage everyone to look around you this season. There are a lot of ways to help the ferals and shelter animals even if you can't bring one into your home. Donations of food, litter, cleaning supplies, time and money are just a few things needed to help these peeps continue to save lives. 

Dezi and LexiLexi: This year can also be hard on humans too. A lot of people are alone at this time of year and they get really sad. Like Dezi said, look around you this season, we bet you know one of these people. A kind word and a smile will go farther than you think. After all, this is the season to share a little of that love that God showed you. 

We'll wrap it up for now, and say thank you for sharing and being a part of our lives this past year.

Dezi: Oh yes sissy, we are so grateful for all our friends and readers. We're keeping you all in our hearts and purrayers and wish you health, joy and lots of love in the coming year.

Lexi and Dezi: Merry Christmas to you all from all of us.

Love and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Lexi, Dezi and mommy Audra 

http://dezizworld.com

http://www.facebook.com/Alexandra.Furiends

theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/bcs/story/from-death-to-beloved-service-cat979 

https://twitter.com/DezizWorld

https://instagram.com/deziz_world/

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