Monday, September 01, 2014

E is for Marcus

Micah:  We don't have anything exciting for today.

Marcus:  Yes, we do.  We have me.

Rusty:  You're exciting?  Since when?

Merci:  I think excitable would be a better word for you.

Cameron:  Exciting, excitable?  How about exasperating? 

Marcus:  Don't forget enjoyable, ebullient, edorable -

Buddy:  Wait, there is no such word as edorable! 

Marcus:  Oh.  Are you sure?

Cyndi:  Positive, Marcus.  You must mean adorable.

Marcus:  Yes, I am, aren't I.  Thank you for the compliment.

Sam:  But Cyndi was correcting you, not complimenting you.

Percy:  Save your breath.  Marcus has elective hearing. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pointy Ear Pipsqueak

Cameron:  We have an "awww, adorable" Sunday Smile for you today.  But first, our Sunday photo.

Rusty:  This is an old photo of me.  It is for the Black and White Sunday blog hop, co-hosted by Golden Sugar and Dachshund Nola

Merci::  This was our Sepia Saturday picture.

Micah:  This is an "old photo" look for Caturday Art.  We really like the strange double frame effect of this one.  It's layered with the sepia and the black & white versions.  Go ahead, count them.

Buddy:  This is the original.  We included all of them so you can see the effects together.

Percy:  We thought about just giving you the link to yesterday's post, but decided to make them easy to view together.

Sam:  And now for our Sunday Smile. 

Cyndi:  What is cuter than a kitten with a baby?  Nothing!  But if no kitten is available, a cute puppy will suffice.

Marcus:  Thanks, Cyndi.  I didn't realize you think so highly of me.

Cyndi:  Where did you get that idea?

Marcus:  You just called me a cute puppy.

Cyndi:  No, I didn't call you cute.  I ... never mind.

Percy:  This is Charlie the beagle pup.

Cameron:  He loves his little human sissy.

Merci:  So why did he steal the baby's toy?

Sam:  Jealousy?  I'd sure be jealous if a little pipsqueak was getting all the attention around here.

Micah:  Seriously, you aren't calling the baby a pipsqueak, are you?

Sam:  No, I was calling the I-have-to-have-all-the-attention toy-stealing pipsqueak with the pointy ears a pipsqueak.

Marcus:  Who's that?

Rusty:  I think he means you, Marcus.  You do try to hog all the attention.  Not to mention you steal all the toys.

Buddy:  Ahem! Are you guys going to continue arguing or can we roll out the main feature now?  Okay, let's start the video.

If the video doesn't play, click here.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hunky Mancat Rusty

Cyndi:  Well, it's hard to believe but we're going to have to order that fire ant alarm for Jan.  She's one expensive human!

Cameron:  Did we ever check to see if one has been invented yet?  Well, as soon as we finish this post, we need to visit to see if Amazon sells one.

Micah:  As you can guess. Jan was attacked again this evening.  Three times in less than 2 weeks.  No visible fire ant mound, no warning.

Sam:  She gave Buddy a bath with no problem.  She was bathing me when she started dancing and yelling. Then she shoved the hose down one shoe, then the other.  They didn't bother me but that might be because Jan drowned them before they reached me.  She sure did squish when she walked after that.

Rusty:  This is an old photo of me.  Jan turned it sepia for today.  I might look like I'm sleeping sitting up but don't be fooled.  I was actually ... well, I guess I was actually sleeping. 

Merci:  This is the original.  Yep, Rusty was sleeping on the job.  He was supposed to be posing as a hunky mancat.  How about it ladycats, does Rusty look hunky when he sleeps?

Marcus:  This is tomorrow's black and white photo.  We're adding it out of order for a reason.  We have no idea what the reason is, but Jan said we should so we'll try it her way.


Buddy:  This is the reason.  For Caturday Art, Jan turned the black and white version into an old photo with the lines and creases.  Then she layered it onto the sepia version and then onto the black and white.  We're not sure what that makes this but we have to admit, it is different.  It's kind of growing on us.

Percy:  I certainly hope it is not growing on us, Buddy.  I can handle it at arm's length, but up close, it might be contagious, or worse, fatal.  Oh, you meant we're starting to like it?  True, but if you stare at it too long, you can actually see Rusty's head begin to bob as he nods off.

Ruckus the Eskie hosts the Sepia Saturday blog hop.

Athena hosts Caturday Art.

Here is the link for Sepia Saturday. You can join Caturday Art on Athena's blog.

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.  Please stop by Sparkle's blog and leave a comment on Celebrating Sparkle and Commentathon.

UPDATE:  We just dropped over to read Sparkle's memorial post about celebrating her life and how she made a difference.  There is a link to a post we were mentioned in but weren't aware she had written.  It brings back a flood of memories regarding a black cat Sparkle became determined to save.  We saw her plea and became determined too. 

It turned out the black cat was saved without our intervention.  But like ripples spreading in a lake after you toss in a stone, our puny efforts resulted in a white cat, her five kittens and an old Siamese rescued from the same shelter.  Our rescue contact, Carolyn, named the white cat Sparkles after Sparkle whose efforts for the black cat indirectly had a paw in saving her.  If you want, take a moment to read white Sparkles' story, White Rescue Update.  It's stories such as this that make the time and effort - and even tears - invested in helping even one cat or dog at a time worthwhile.

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).

There are two parts to the hop - your blog post link and the social media, if you'd like to enter that too.

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