Friday, August 29, 2014

Celebrate the Memory

Cyndi:  Marcus, settle down!  Stop running in circles and squeaking your toy.  Show some respect!

Marcus:  Why?  Did Jan lose more of her marbles?  Oh, *gasp* she's not sick, is she?  Who will feed us?

Micah:  No, Jan's not sick and some of her marbles are still missing, but we're attending a memorial service today in Sparkle's honor.



Rusty:  It was a shock to the blogosphere that she left us so unexpectedly.  She is greatly missed.

Sam:  Everyone knew Sparkle.  She was a writer, an advice columnist, a model ... She was a little of everything.

Cameron:  Whenever possible she helped to spread the word there was a cat in need of assistance.  She had a big fan base so she could reach a lot of people. 

Percy:  We kitties generally interview a cat blogger for Mousebreath on Friday, but we talked it over and decided we will skip this week so we can send our readers over to celebrate Sparkle's life at her blog.  Come back next Friday for a new interview.

Buddy:  Yes, Sparkle's human is holding a commentathon memorial for her.  A dollar will be donated to Tabby's Place in Sparkle's memory for every comment left on her blog today - up to $500.  So, if you haven't already, please go by and leave a comment.

Marcus:  *whispers*  Oh, no, I'm sorry.  I'll go by quietly and leave a dollar.  Does anyone have a dollar to loan me?

Rusty:  It's okay, Marcus, you don't have to whisper.  And you don't need to donate a dollar.  If we leave a comment, Sparkle's human will donate $1 of her own money to the cat sanctuary.  But if you find a dollar and want to donate it directly to Tabby's Place in Sparkle's name, there will  be a button in the post so you can.

Merci:  We are also supporting Sparkle's memorial commentathon today as one of the co-hosts of the Pet Parade.  We'll add a direct link when we get online Friday morning.  Until then you can reach the memorial post through the home page.  http://www.sparklecat.com/


The Pet Parade is hosted by Rascal and Rocco. And co-hosted by Bionic Basil, Barking from the Bayou, Love is being owned by a husky, and us (Jan's Funny Farm). 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Missing Marbles

Cameron: Marcus, why are you trying to add this clipart photo to our post?


Marcus:  Because Jan said she's losing her marbles and I thought we should help her look for them. Our readers can help.  I think this is what they look like.  Has anyone seen them?

Buddy:  That's just an expression, Marcus.  Humans say that when they ... well, when they're actually losing their marbles.

Cyndi:  But a human's marbles aren't visible to the naked eye, Marcus.  They're invisible.  Perhaps virtual is an easier way to think of it.

Marcus:  *blink, blink*

Sam:  Marcus, just think of Jan's marbles as existing only on the computer or online.  Except they're actually in her head.

Marcus:  *blank stare*

Percy:  I don't think you guys are getting through to him.  But, then, if you were explaining it that way to me, I wouldn't understand a word you're saying either.

Micah:  It's all my fault.  If it wasn't for me, Jan would still have all her marbles, no matter where she keeps them.

Merci:  No, it isn't your fault, Micah.  For once, Jan read her calendar and -

Rusty:  - got ahead of herself.  Actually, she got ahead of everyone. She saw Micah's Gotcha Day was the 24th, so she dropped everything to make him a graphic for us to post today ... tomorrow. (We're writing this tonight ... er, Wednesday night to post Thursday.) 

Cameron:  Yes, a day late is better than never.

Sam:  Only she couldn't figure out how yesterday was the 24th if today (now yesterday) was the 27th.

Cyndi:  Yes, that did seem a little strange, but around here we're usually on the wrong day anyway, so who's to notice?

Buddy:  Jan was so confused she compared two calendars and couldn't figure out why they didn't match.  It finally dawned on her she was in September instead of August.

Rusty:  Yes, reading the wrong calendar month does make a difference.  She is now ready for Micah's Gotcha Day next month.

Merci:  She might be ready now but you know she's going to forget to read the calendar next month and forget to help us post it in time.

Micah:  I guess I should feel special instead of guilty.  Jan dropped everything because she thought she was late for my Gotcha Day.

Percy:  Well, Marcus, did you understand the discussion about Jan's lost marbles?

Marcus:  *shakes head*  Not a word, Percy, not a word!




Buddy:  Things have been so crazy around here with computer crashes and Jan's missing marbles, we are a week late acknowledging the Influential Blogger award from Pipo and Minko of the WeBeesSiameezers blog.  It's nearly midnight, so we hope you will all forgive us if we just say thank you, kind friends, and finish our post before Percy falls off the typing chair from exhaustion.


We are joining the Thankful Thursday blog hop hosted by Pepi Smart Dog.

And Thoughtless Thursday co-hosted by Ruckus the Eskie and Love is being owned by a huskie.

Both codes are below, Thankful Thursday first.



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Whisker Licking Good



Cyndi:  Mmmmfff.  flob, doo, pupper -  Oh, sorry.  I'm not supposed to talk with my mouth full.  I'm just taste testing some food.

Rusty:  *sniff, sniff*  Yep, smells good enough to eat.  I think I'll chow down and enjoy my breakfast.

Percy:  The food we are tasting is B.F.F. (best feline friend) grain free Tuna & Chicken Charm Me, which is wild caught and dolphin safe.  It comes in a 3.0 oz (85g) pouches.

Micah:  Rusty, mmmmmfff, get your butt out of my shot. I'm trying to look handsome and eat without floof sticking to my nose.

Rusty:  Don't complain to me.  Complain to Jan.  She's the one who handed out the bowls.  This is where she put me.

Cameron:  Ha!  I had the good sense to be on top of the fridge for breakfast.  I don't have to worry about any cat's butt in my shot.

Percy:  In case the food in the dishes has looked a tad green, it's not the cat food.  The morning Jan took the photos, she forgot what she was doing and added a little Spirulina and water as she usually does.  Spirulina is green. 



Cameron: Hello, peons!  Were you a bit crowded down there?  Plenty of room up here.  I think I'll just sit here and enjoy an after breakfast bath.

Percy:  This food is supposed to be low fat, grain free and high moisture (even without Jan adding water).  It contains almost no carbohydrates.

Cyndi:  BFF is produced in a facility that also produces food for people. The factory operates at international human food processing standards.

Rusty:  The main ingredient is a red meat or dark meat from tuna, primarily skipjack or bonito.

Micah:  Best Friends Foods is located in the US but is processed in Thailand.  

Cameron:  We searched and found a few good brands of pet food are processed in Thailand under strict regulation.

We all liked the b.f.f. grain free cat food in a pouch. Jan even refrigerated half a pack to see if Rusty would eat it.  He won't always eat food out of the fridge.

Chewy.com provided us with the samples to taste test.  We were not paid and any opinions are our own.

Monday, August 25, 2014

We Interrupt the Post

Buddy:  We interrupt the post -

Cyndi:  What post?

Micah:  Yeah, what post?  We don't have any photos or news.

Cameron:  Of course, we have news.  We just don't have any photos to go with it.

Sam:  Well, the blue screen of death would make a mighty poor post photo.  It would scare the pants off every furry seeing it.  And we don't even wear pants!

Marcus:  I thought it was the black screen of nothingness.

Percy:  Well, Friday it was the blue screen of death - TWICE!

Merci:  And yesterday it was the black screen of nothingness - TWICE!  What a scare.  It took 20 - 30 minutes to get the computer restarted.  Jan was so stressed, she took Marcus for a walk to relax.  Returned home and there was the pre-startup screen waving at her as she came in the door.

Percy:  Marcus, what are you doing?

Marcus:  I'm posting a cute photo of myself so readers won't be disappointed.


Buddy:  As I was saying, we interrupt the post we had planned to do an unplanned post.  By now you have undoubtedly figured out we are talking about computer crashes.  It has not been a fun weekend. 

Rusty: Mr. Doug came by Monday afternoon and tried to diagnose the problem.  Not sure we know the problem but he got us up and running again.

Cyndi:  Please forgive us but we are all so exhausted we are taking the night off.  We will try to get a post together tomorrow for Wednesday.  As long as the computer doesn't go on vacation too.

Micah:  We'll see you in a day or two.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Basset Clown House

Micah:  Can you believe it's Sunday again already?

Rusty:  Nope.  Wonder where the week disappeared?

Sam:  Jan keeps saying time flies but I haven't seen any flying around.  Have any of you?

Marcus:  Yes, I did.  I saw some flying by this morning.  It sure can flyso fast I can't see its wings move.

Cameron:  That wasn't time, Marcus.  That was a hummingbird.

Marcus:  But Micah said it was time flying.

Cyndi: He was just pulling your leg, Marcus. *raises paw*  No, don't say a word.  I mean Micah was joking.

Merci and Buddy

Buddy:  This is the black and white version of the picture Jan turned into two "devil dogs" earlier in the week.  The one we posted yesterday in sepia, devil dog, pencil drawing art and in the original.  Except the original turned out to be the wrong photo.

Merci:  We don't know how Jan lost the original but it was kind of funny to find she goofed.  (It was her mistake.  We never goof!)    If you missed all our artwork - including the fake original - you can visit Sparkle and Art.

Percy:  We have a very short Sunday Smile today.  This is the basset hound version of a clown car, but it's performed in a dog house,  Prepare to smile.  :)


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The Black and White Sunday blog hop is co-hosted by Dachshund Nola and Golden Sugar.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sparkle and Art

Cyndi:  Before we begin our regular scheduled post, we would like to take a moment to say good-bye to an old friend.

Sam:  Just a minute. I want to be respectful.  *removes his hat and crushes it to his chest*  Okay, now I'm ready. 

Micah:  Sparkle has been blogging for 11 years, so the blogosphere has lost another beloved icon.

Merci:  Like Sparkle and her human, we do not believe in the Rainbow Bridge.  We use the term "bridge" in order to tread lightly on the feelings of those who are grieving who do.

Cameron:  We honestly don't know what happens to an animal after death.  We hope we will all meet Jan in heaven one day, but to tell the truth, the way she hogs the computer, we're not sure she'll make it there.

Rusty:  Sparkle, you are now with other blogging icons and friends - Skeezix, Ginger Jasper, Abby and Gracie, (too many to list) - in our hearts.

Buddy:  We will miss your fun posts on Sparkle the Designer Cat..  We will befriend and love the new sister you didn't get to meet, but we will miss you. 

Percy:  And now *sniff, sniff, wipes eye* we will have a moment of silence in remembrance of all the friends we have lost over the years we have been blogging.

Marcus:  Psst, Percy, I have to pee.  It's an emergency.  If I don't go outside now, I'll have an accident.  What do I do?

Percy:  Bow your head and pee silently.

(So many tears since reading the simple words on Facebook:  "Sparkle didn't come home".  We needed a smile and thought perhaps others do too.)

Katie and Waffles (Glogirly) have provided a link list where anyone posting a tribute to Sparkle can enter their link.. 


Merci:  And now for our scheduled post.  This is an old picture of puppy Buddy and myself in the back seat of Jan's car.  There is a story to this picture which we posted on Wednesday.

Marcus:  This, of course, is in my favorite color.  Dirt.

Micah:  Not dirt.  You mean sepia.


Buddy:  Here is our Caturday Art, a drawing.  Not bad for holding a pencil with one paw.  Kidding.  It was done in Photoshop Elements

Rusty:  This is the original.

Sam:  You do know you had a fat chin as a pup, Buddy?

Buddy:  I did not have a fat chin.  I had chin whiskers.  

Cyndi:  I think we have a bigger problem than whether Buddy has a fat chin or chin hair.

Rusty:  Problem?  Oh, I see it now.  Either Jan gave us the wrong "original" or Buddy is having a reaction to what Jan has done to his picture

Sam:  Wow, look at how wide his eyes are.  Okay, this is a similar original.  Just not the original of the one Jan photoshopped for us to post.   


Cameron:  This is our Black and White Sunday version.  We'll re-post it tomorrow but we include it now so readers can see what a difference a little change makes. 


Percy:  Jan made them look like devil dogs when she was playing around with pictures the other day.  We posted this Wednesday but include it as another example of fun with a photo.

PS - Our computer crashed twice yesterday while we were working on today's post.  We hope it will not happen again.  We would hate to disappear for a time.

Ruckus the Eskie hosts the Saturday Sepia blog hop. 

Athena hosts the Caturday Art  blog hop.