Monthly Archives: January 2013

Hodge-Podge Thursday


Hi All!  

What’s Hodge-Podge mean?   Well, I’m glad that you asked………..

Hodge-podge is a word used to describe a confused or disorderly mass or collection of things; a “mess” or a “jumble”. The UK term is hotchpotch”

So I guess I could have called it Hotchpotch Thursday too!  Point is I have several things to share today.

One is my good little piggy friend Bacon from Pig Love awarded me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.   I do have this one already but reading his “Share Seven Facts” which were really fun, made me realize that maybe I should do that AGAIN!  So here’s the award:

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I’m to link back to him (see Bacon above!)… the award (done)…..then share seven facts about me and nominate other awards.

Well here’s my seven things!

1.  I pout when my parents BOTH leave at the same time to go somewhere together.  I sit in the living room and move my mouth like I’m meowing but don’t make a sound…..I just try to look as pitiful as possible and make them think I’m saying “please don’t go!”.    If just one of them is going, I don’t do this – I’m just FINE!

2.  I love it when Mom gets home from the grocery store.  I have to inspect every bag thoroughly.   If she puts some of the bags on the counter instead of the floor where I can see them, I’ll poke my paws WAY UP HIGH and try to pull the bags down (in 13 years this has never worked though….I can’t reach that high!!).

3.  When I was little, and Mom and I went for a walk early in the morning in the dark, sometimes I’d put my paws up on her knees and meow for her to pretty please pick me up.  She’d carry me around the yard and let me sniff the tree branches and bark – and talk to me the whole time.  I liked that.  It was “Mommy Time” !

4.  The only way I can stand being in the car (which always means I’m going to the V-E-T!) is if I’m in my Mom’s lap, with my head buried under her arm.  I don’t want to see anything……Mom says probably I have motion sickness and not seeing out the window helps me STAND it!

5.  My eyes are sometimes green and sometimes gold…..if they get VERY DARK BROWN – watch out!

6.  I let my Mom and Dad trim my nails at home and always have – Dad holds me and Mom clips…..I behave very well EXCEPT for when Mom is trimming my little extra claws on my extra toes (I’m polydactyl remember)……I really HATE her to trim those – I guess they are extra sensitive or something!

7.  I’m not sure how many of my nine lives I’ve already had but I hope I have bunches more and that I can come back as a cat AGAIN AND AGAIN and belong to my very same Mom and Dad……

Now as to nominating other blogs?  I actually think almost everyone I know has this one…….if you don’t – please please take it with my blessings and make sure and answer the 7 questions!! 

Now, another bit of business is to tell you that if you haven’t done it yet, you should get over to Mollie’s and order a special “cartoonized” drawing of YOU on a custom mousepad!  Mollie and her Mom are very artistic….here’s the one she did of me (I was one of her models!!):

Lookie!  It's ME!

Lookie! It’s ME!

If you’d like to have them make one JUST FOR YOU go to Mollie’s and let her know.  She has other samples on  her blog along with details how to order………AND if you mention that “SAMMY SENT ME” it will count for me to get a special Mollie Treat Box after THREE orders have been placed by peeps who say they heard about the mousepads from ME ME ME!!!!!!

The last thing to tell you is that I’m thinking of organizing something FUN for us to do – not for several weeks though because everybody is really busy with Valentine’s Day and the Blogville Circus and other stuff.  What I thought would be fun is a CAMPING TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Whatcha think????

Hope you have a terrific HODGE PODGE Thursday…… 😉

Kitty Hugs, Sammy 😀 😀 😀

Tuesday Teaser Tell-All


Happy Wednesday All!  Well, I do hope that you enjoyed trying to figure out WHERE these Teaser photos were taken………

It was super fun having a “Guest Tuesday Teaser” this week but now’s the time to give you the scoop…………and in order to do that, you need to watch this video!

Now this is my first time putting a YouTube video on my bloggy so I’m hoping it works……….IF it isn’t working when Mom comes online this morning, we’ll get things straightened out but we DID follow WordPress’s instructions last night.  (you know how THAT goes sometimes! 😦 )

We have a huge THANK YOU to send to our friend Michelle for letting us use her vacation photos from her FABULOUS trip and making a movie for us with the Teaser answers from a really gorgeous spot on the planet!     VERY COOL……….

Thanks Michelle!

Thanks Michelle!

We also have some HUGS to hand out for those who guessed what Country #1 Teaser Photo was taken in, and what City #2 and #3 photos were taken in.  Who gets a BIG SAMMY HUG for getting ALL THREE photos right?  Here they are!



Mollie and Alfie



There were a BUNCH of you who guessed Peru correctly and also guessed Lima correctly so you guys get 2/3 of a BIG SAMMY HUG!

2/3 Big Sammy Hug



Will and Eko



Long Life Cats and Dogs

And Michelle??  You make sure and take one of the BIG SAMMY HUGS too because you made this week’s Teaser so much fun!

Happy Wednesday All……….

Sammy the BIG Tease 😀 😀 😀

Tuesday Teaser


Hi Teaser Fans!

Guess I have you wondering WHAT in the world is different about this week’s Teaser “event” right?  Well, I’ll tell you right now and put you out of your misery…………..we are doing a GUEST TEASER.  In other words, one of our good blogging friends offered us a chance to use some of their photos AND in addition they’ve made a special Video which you’ll see tomorrow that provides the answers as to WHERE the photos were taken!

How cool is that?  I’m not telling WHO it is – that’s part of the big surprise for tomorrow OK?  So, without further ado, here are THREE photos for this week’s Teaser.  Your assignment (in order to win the BIG SAMMY HUG) is to guess all three correctly

Picture #1 - What COUNTRY is this?

Picture #1 – What COUNTRY is this?

Picture #2 - What CITY is this?

Picture #2 – What CITY is this?

Picture #3 - What CITY is this?

Picture #3 – What CITY is this?

Quite a challenge?  Yes indeedy……….remember if you want the Full Monty BIG SAMMY HUG – make a guess on all three.  Tomorrow you’ll get the answers in a way cool video (assuming Mom sets it up right!!), winners will get their hugs, and we all have EXTRA fun courtesy of our Guest Teaser friend!


Sammy the Teaser Guy 😀 😀 😀

Moaning on Monday


UP AND AT ‘EM EVERYONE!  Monday has arrived again…..time to start another week. 

Yesterday was a really delicious day……it was cold and sunny and Mom and I spent a bit of time out on the front porch enjoying the sun.   Since I have a fur coat on, I was comfy but Mom sat there on the cold step in her parka, hat, gloves, and boots while I felt free as a bird in my fur coat! 

Sam enjoying the front porch on a pretty fall day

This is from early Fall when the mums were still blooming but you get the idea!

I did, however, witness a murder while we were out there. 

WHAT???????????????????????  DID SAMMY SAY MURDER??????????


Yep – that’s exactly what I said.   We have a LOT of hawks around here – gray hawks, red-tailed hawks, ALL kinds and sizes of hawks.  Remember we have a woods behind us and all around the neighborhood and a TON of birds including owls, hawks, turkey buzzards and tons of smaller birds too. 

So, there we are sitting on the steps and I hear a hawk – I know their sound !  Mom and I see a small hawk land on the lawn right by our driveway and then a lot of “squeaking” – like a vole, mole, or field mouse would make if it had just been grabbed……the hawk had his wings out and down on the ground sort of “trapping” his catch to keep it from getting away.  In about 15 seconds the squeaking stopped and the hawk flew up and away with his prize.   MURDER – right there in my front yard! 

Such is the way of mother nature…….and of course the hawk got a meal and maybe he shared it with his family too (although it looked pretty small to me whatever it was!). 

Never a dull moment around here……………….even on a MOANDAY!

Hope your day isn’t dull………

Kitty Hugs, Sammy 😀 😀 😀

Pee Ess……..tomorrow’s Tuesday Teaser and boy do I have a WHOPPER for you!!

Cuddle Caturday


Brrrrrr………….we continue our VERY cold streak here AND while we did get some snow Friday afternoon, it didn’t start until it was too dark for Mom to take photos!!  But this is what it looked like yesterday before the second batch of snow started…………..Misaki – I’m posting this for YOU and for all you other pups out there (very few cats I think) that LUV snow!

Not a WHOLE lot but enough for me!

Not a WHOLE lot but enough for me!

It will be a Cuddle Caturday around here due to the cold.  Mom and Dad aren’t leaving the house (so they say) which I suspect might be true because there’s ice out there – everywhere – sneaky ice – the kind you’re not sure is really under that layer of snow or not so WATCH OUT!

I think I can handle cuddling…… know me…….always ready for a good cuddle………..not too many of us aren’t – right?

Sam Closeup Lap

Cuddle Kitty

I entered my photo in Hutch A Good Life’s Valentine’s Photo contest.  If you don’t know about the contest, you’d better go over and check it out!  I’m not telling how I “dressed up” for it but you’re supposed to send in a photo for “Most Romantic Figure”……well, what’s more romantic than a mature ginger snugglebug???  Hmmmmm????  😀 😀 😀

Happy Caturday!

Kitty Hugs (warm ones), Sammy

Fun Stuff Friday



Well today I have several goodies to share and it’s all fun stuff so I’m calling it Fun Stuff Friday.  Makes sense right?

First FUN thing is that my friend the lovely Misaki has had a TON of fun herself with all the snow she’s had where she lives.  Playing in the snow is really her playing in her element – after all she’s a SNOW DOG!  YAY!  She was so happy about having snow she made this way cool award badge for everybody to celebrate SNOW……..isn’t it grand?


Then I also got another award this week…….it’s one I think is perhaps one of the prettiest designs I’ve seen – it just looks kind of magical or something so I’m VERY pleased to get it from my very good buddy Nerissa at Nerissa’s Life.   It’s also an award that has “no strings attached” – can’t beat that can you??!!   If you would like to have this particular award feel free to take it……it’s a beauty isn’t it?


We had a BIG snow surprise ourselves on Wednesday night – one whole inch of snow fell out of NOWHERE!  Believe it or not, even with such a small amount of snow, schools were closed Thursday and we’re supposed to get MORE snow today – maybe a few inches worth.  If we do, I’ll get Mom to take some photos – I know how many of you just love that white stuff! 😀 😀 😀

Other than those two things today is housecleaning day – you know how I feel about that…..but you also know I have my own way of dealing with it – – – HELLO BASEMENT HERE I COME!!!  

Kitty hugs, Sammy 😉  




Furrsday – otherwise known as Thursday of course!  It’s here and it means CLEAN SHEETS………..

LOVE clean sheets!!

Oh I just LOVE LOVE LOVE clean sheets!! Almost as much as this tootsie roll I stole from Mom’s purse!

Does your Mom (or Dad) have certain days when they do certain things?  Boy do we ever have a schedule around here!  I can count on it like clockwork.  Not EVERY day is like that but certain days I know without a doubt what will be going on.

Wednesday is my Mom’s grocery shopping day.  I always have to make sure that I’ve made proper notations on her shopping list so she gets all the stuff that I want like my Temptations treats, litter if I’m almost out, kibble if it’s running low and my most favorite thing to add (but not too often or she thinks I’m greedy) is this one:

   – Yep – I’m shameless…..I sneak that on so she’ll bring home a surprise toy for me (and she does).
Thursday (Furssday) is laundry day.  If the laundry basket is full of clothes she’ll wash those too but mostly it’s sheets/towels wash day.  I love it when she puts fresh sheets on the bed – I like to hide under the sheets or blankets!
Friday is monster out of the closet day or cleaning day.  Mom and Dad share that duty.  I think it’s swell that Dad helps Mom.  He started doing that a few years ago when she was really sick.  After she was well he just kept it up!  How swell is that?! 
The other days of the week they sometimes do stuff – either together or on their own but THOSE three days are “FOR SURE IT’S GONNA HAPPEN” days.   How about you?  Do your humans do stuff like clockwork or do they keep you on your toes/pawpads wondering what they’re up to every day??????
Well, whatever is going on in your house today I hope it’s fun.  Speaking of fun – you know it won’t be long before the BIG REALLY BIG SUPER BIG HUGE VALENTINE’S BALL that Mollie and Ranger are hosting.  Did you know that Mollie has special Valentine’s Bandanas for sale on her website HERE??   Purrfect for the Ball I’d say !  Her Mom is also doing one of a kind mousepads…..amazing.  The drawings she does are fabulous and I was one of the models!  WOWZERS!
Hope to see you there!

Hope to see you there!

I hope you have a fantabulous Thursday and I’ll see you all tomorrow……..
Kitty Hugs, Sammy 😀 😀 😀

Teaser Tell All


Hi Teaser Fans! 

Well, no matter how hard Mom and I try to find a photo to fool you guys, we hardly EVER get one that nobody knows…..I guess the last time was the submarine my parents rode in when they were in Bermuda…….so it wasn’t that long ago.  HOWEVER, there have been very few over the past two years that somebody didn’t get.

As of when Mom and I put this blog post together (Tuesday evening) we have FIVE winners who guessed it PERFECTLY.  Who?  Well, first, here’s the photo again:

Mystery Photo 120

The winners are:

Easy   (Easy is our resident trash can expert and recognized the blue trash bin in the photo)

Doggy’s Style  (Leo has BEEN to this very spot and recognized it!)

Misaki  (I wonder if one of her parents helped her???)

Animal Couriers (they go EVERYWHERE!!!)

Mollie & Alfie (what can I say………they cheat! 😀 😀 :D)

It’s Passau, Germany – yep – my parents stopped there early one morning when the ship they were on stopped for provisions.  This was part of the cruise up the Danube River and it was a Sunday morning so everything was closed and quiet – no traffic – only saw one person out and about……a perfect morning to take photos.

So, for the winners??   Here’s your HUG:


Concatulations one and all……………I’m going to have to take extra care to make sure there are NO trash cans in any Teasers from now on.  Some people we know are garbage experts apparently!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

Happy Wednesday

Kitty Hugs, Sammy 😉

Tuesday Teaser!


Yep – it’s time for the Teaser and as I said yesterday, Mom and I tried to find one that didn’t have a bazillion hints in it.  I know Easy likes to find trash cans that have some kind of “hint” on them (!!) and this photo DOES have a trash can but I don’t think it has a hint……..

So without further ado……………here’s your Teaser du Jour!

Mystery Photo 120

Mom doesn’t remember if SHE took this one or Dad took it but chances are it was her.  Dad was taking movies a lot on the trip as he does on most of their trips but he does take his regular camera too.  Anyway, where were they???  If you can say more than “on a sidewalk in a city” or “between two bunches of buildings” then that gets you extra points………(TEE HEE).

If you guess right – you know what you get right?  Yep – you get one of these:

Now you KNOW you want one……….so get your guesses in before tomorrow because I’ll be talking about WINNERS then!   If you guessed right and I didn’t list you – feel free to yell at me.  I can handle it…….I’m a BIG BOY (and I can always blame it on Mom).
Happy Tuesday Teasing Teaser Fans!
Kitty Hugs, Sammy 😀 😀 😀