Monthly Archives: February 2015




Huh?   Well T.G.I.B. stands for (wait for it……………………) “Thank Goodness It’s Bacon!!”…………..I bet some of you guessed right?   Anyway, I’m tying my bib around my neck (don’t want to drool while waiting for bacon you know) and getting ready to start my Saturday off right.

Nobody's looking - right?

Nobody’s looking – right?

Are you going to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Monday, March 2?   We’re celebrating at Tabby Cat Club AND at Cat Scouts, and for my blog I may just have to dress up as one of my favorite Dr. Seuss characters too.   My Mom LOVED the Dr. Seuss books but sadly, I think subsequent generations really never got to know Dr. Seuss’s stories and Mom will mention Dr. Seuss and people have no idea who he was or how much success he had with his wonderfully creative stories.    Reading was a BIG activity back when my Mom was a kid (I think hunting dinosaurs was too but that’s another story).


I love this!

I love this!

Nothing else going on around here – we monsterized the house yesterday to today is QUIET……………..fine with me……………I prefer QUIET any old day over crazy/busy!



We haven’t had any snow for THREE WHOLE DAYS IN A ROW……………..maybe we really will eventually get Spring?   I sure hope so……… oh man am I ever READY for it!

Spring House

Oh how I dream of seeing THIS view of my house soon…….GO AWAY WINTER!!!!


Sammy Springtime


Friday Shopping!


Howdy and Happy Friday!   It’s the day of the month that we share our shopping experiences with the universe and we all get to see what kinds of prices are available where we live!


Bacon and Fozziemum co-host this fabulous event and we’ve been pawticipating the last few times and have found it AMAZING how different things are elsewhere.   This month is a “RANDOM” shopping list so we’ll be sharing prices for things we’ve paid but everyone will probably pick different stuff – it will be interesting…………

Here’s the list we were to shop for:

  1.  RANDOM condiment
  2. RANDOM frozen meal
  3. RANDOM fruit
  4. RANDOM dessert or sweet
  5. ANY RANDOM item

AND here’s what we got!

  1. RANDOM condiment:  Curry Powder (my parents ADORE curry)

FOOD1 One ounce:  $4.99

2.  RANDOM frozen meal:   Marie Callender’s Pot Pies (good when Mom and Dad don’t feel like cooking)

FOOD4  Ten ounce pie $2.99

3.  RANDOM fruit:   Fresh Strawberries!

FOOD2   16 Oz. $2.49 (on sale this week woo hoo)

4. RANDOM dessert:   Haagen Dazs Tiramisu Gelato (just because it’s yummy)

FOOD314 oz. $4.19 (and worth every penny)

5.  ANY RANDOM item:  Meow Mix Cat Food (hmm……wonder why we chose that…..HAHA)

FOOD5I only eat this one (tuna and whole shrimp) and the crab and tuna one……period…..  They are 2.75 oz. and cost $.79 each (but I’m worth it)

Make sure and visit Bacon and see what HE’s shopped for this month………….come to think of it, you’re liable to see a lot of blogs about shopping today because this is so much fun!!!

Happy Friday (pre-bacon day)

Love, Sammy

For ME? Gosh, Thanks!


Hi Peeps…………………..well I’m here to tell you that even this old guy occasionally still gets a blog award that he has NOT already received.  I kind of thought I had them all and it’s been a while since any “made the rounds” but I was quite excited to receive TWO blog awards this week from a Romance Writer who follows my blog – Diane Wickles!   BUTTTT, before I tell you all about that, check THIS out – GUESS WHO IS CAT OF THE WEEK AT BIONIC BASIL’S ?????   That’s right – yours truly…………….. CLICK HERE !    Thanks Basil for making me the star this week.  How cool!

NOW………..What are the awards I got you ask (you DID ask – right??)……………….well they are the “REAL NEAT BLOG AWARD” and the “PREMIO DARDOS AWARD”.    Here’s what she sent me for the “rules” on both awards………………

The rules for the Real Neat Blog Award:

  1. Put award logo in post.
  2. Answer 7 questions by person who nominated you (my questions are at the end of this post).
  3. Nominate any number of bloggers (with their links).
  4. Let these bloggers know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.

Rules for the Premio Dardos Award:

Premio dardos means “prize darts” in Spanish. It is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing.

  1. Post award on your blog with the name of the person who gave you the award and link to their blog.
  2. Pass the award onto 15 worthy blogs.

Cool huh?

Needless to say, I’m particularly interested in the Premio Dardos because it has a lot to do with my actual writing of my blog (which of course I do myself without Mom’s help because I not only have THUMBS so can operate the keyboard well, but I’m exceptionally SMART………you knew that, right????).

Here’s what the awards look like:


So since it’s been a while since I’ve done this, HERE are my Mom’s answers (in Red)  to the questions that Diane asked for her recipients of the “Real Neat Blog Award” !

  1. Would you rather read a book or watch tv? What are some of your favorites?     Read a book…..I love all thrillers/mysteries….Jonathan Kellerman, Kathy Reichs, Agatha Christie – and trust me the list goes on and on and on.
  2. Are you a morning person or a night owl?  Morning – definitely – we get up at 4AM every day!
  3. Where have you traveled and do you have a favorite place/trip? Have traveled extensively in Europe and the USA – lived both in Europe and Far East……favorite place is Venice, Italy
  4. Do you have any pets? One very spoiled 15 year old, polydactyl, ginger tabby cat
  5. Do you believe in romance?  Yes….totally
  6. Would you rather get a bouquet of flowers or a bottle of wine?  Can’t I have BOTH???  If not, I’ll take the wine please – a nice light Prosecco
  7. If you won the lottery what is the first thing you would buy? I wouldn’t buy anything as a “first thing” I’d give a huge pile of it to the shelter in Sammy’s name then I’d probably do some remodeling of our house and re-landscaping of our yard!   Selfish?  Maybe but this is where Sam, my husband and I intend to STAY FOREVER.

I’m going to offer this blog award (since there’s no requirement as to how many) to anyone who would like to fulfill the rules of acceptance………..which are easy peasy.  Some of you do awards and some don’t but ALL of you in my mind deserve the award so please take it if you want it!!!!

For the other award, “Premio Dardos”,  I have put Diane Wickles link above but will repeat it here AND thank her again for the honor of nominating Sammy!  No questions to answer.  I’m also supposed to pass it on to 15 other bloggers and again, not knowing who wants awards and who doesn’t, I’ll leave it to you if you’d like to have it for your award collection!

Now, here are MY seven questions that should you choose to accept the Real Neat Blog Award, you will need to answer in your blog for ME!   Got it?????   (if you’re accepting the award and don’t have a pet, you can answer them for yourself, otherwise your pet should answer!)

  1.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you want to live and why?
  2. What’s your all time FAVORITE gift you EVER received?
  3. What scares you the most?
  4. Do you think animals and humans reincarnate?
  5. Do you think there’s life on other planets?
  6. What’s your FAVORITE food?
  7. Do you enjoy OUTDOORS or being INDOORS the most?

There you have it kiddos……….I hope some of you decide to take the awards………..I’m serious when I say you ALL deserve them – you’re all my friends and I SO appreciate that you follow my humble little blog……………….you’re the BESTEST!


A reminder that tomorrow is Bacon and Fozziemum’s “Shopping Around the World” blog post day…………………here are the items you need to list the prices of in your blog tomorrow – by the way, if you can’t get the prices at your local store, just look them up online!  That works too!   Then link your blog post to Bacon’s and enjoy seeing all the prices for the SAME STUFF from around the world!

Items to price this month:

  • Random condiment of your choice.
  • Random frozen meal of your choice.
  • Random dessert/something sweet of your choice.
  • Random Fruit of your choice.
  • Random Item of your choice.

Tons of Hugs

Sammy the Shopper!

Teaser Tell All



Say – that was a pretty darn good Teaser yesterday don’t you think?   Oh I enjoyed watching the guesses coming in…… was great………so many thoughtful guesses this week!!   Ready to hear the details like WHO was our Guest Teaser and WHERE were the photos taken????

First, here are the Teaser photos you had to agonize over yesterday:

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Our Guest Teaser was the beautiful Clowie from Clowie’s Corner and the photos were of Castellfollit de la Roca in Catalonia, Spain!   Here’s your GUEST TEASER Badge Clowie, and I’m also going to post some of the details you gave me about this fascinating and beautiful spot!

Thanks Austin and Miss Carolyn!

Thanks Clowie!

From Clowie:   “Castellfollit de la Roca is on a narrow crag of basalt rock, between two rivers – Fluvià and Toronell. The steep cliffs were formed by the rivers eroding the volcanic rock.  Many of the buildings date from mediaeval times and are built from volcanic rock. The position gives panoramic views, making it a good defensive position. The inhabitants farmed the flatter, fertile land on the sides of the rivers below them There is now a small, modern town below the old town. It is easy to stroll from there up to the old town and wander along the narrow street between the houses. The views from the end by the church are worth the walk!  Castellfollit de la Roca is on the edge of the Garrotxa Volcanic Area Natural Park. There are about 40 volcanic cones within the park, but they are no longer active – the last eruption was around 11,000 years ago. The scenery is spectacular and there are many old villages to explore in the area. ”   (thanks Clowie!!)

WHO WAS THE FIRST COMMENTER yesterday?   They don’t have a blog but they’ve followed my blog for a while now – my friends Oliver and Calvin – this is for you boys:


WHO WAS THE FIRST RIGHT GUESSER yesterday?   Unbelievably (and I know you all think that this guy is my alter ego so knows where the Teaser is every week!!!) – my buddy and pal EASY!   This is for you my friend……………………..


WHO ELSE GUESSED RIGHT?    Several of you – and you can lay claim to this:


WHO HAD NO CLUE OR GUESSED WRONG???    Well a bunch of you and you all get the GREENIE!!


Fun huh?   Thanks so much Clowie my beautiful friend for the photos – they were definitely goodies for the Teaser……….If you’d like a chance to be a Guest Teaser, you can email us with your photo and we’ll stash it away in the TEASER PHOTOs to fool everyone some day.

Thanks for tuning in as always  – who knows where we’ll go NEXT week to fool you!

Hugs, Sammy



Tuesday Teaser



YAY!   Thanks to the internet cooperating and our service being restored and STAYING restored, I’m here with your Tuesday Teaser as always.   Today’s is courtesy of a Guest Teaser and you’ll find out who that is AND where this is tomorrow……….but in the meantime, I’d be most interested to hear what your guesses are as to where these photos were snapped!

Ready?  (click to bigify)

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So, if you wanna make a guess – go for it – just remember you have to tell me where these photos were taken………..what country and if possible what is it we’re seeing in the photos?????  Interesting spot though isn’t it?!?!?!  We thought so.

If you are the very first person to COMMENT on my Tuesday Teaser – even if you don’t make a guess – you get the “FIRST COMMENTER” award……….


If you’re the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on the Teaser, you get this!


If you’re RIGHT but not first you get this:


And last but by no means least (because I just know you love GREEN stuff) if you are WRONG or haven’t got a clue, you still get the BIG GREENIE!


Now Mom took a few pix of me out on the sidewalk once Dad got the snowthrower to do its’ magic this weekend……..thanks to a freak warming of the temps yesterday to a balmy 40+ degrees, the sidewalk dried off so I took a walk…….YAY!

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Hope wherever you are, you have NO snow or at least just a bit like we have gotten………….we had a total of about 5-6 NEW inches of snow this weekend but a lot of what was “under” it had melted so it’s not been too bad.  Mom and Dad went out this morning with no problem on the roads!

STAY WARM (or if you’re “Down Under” or somewhere warm, STAY COOL!)    Now – GET GUESSING!

Love, Sammy the Teaser

I LOVE IT!!!!!

I LOVE IT!!!!!



Happy Monday!    I’m back….did you know I was gone?  Well I was………………my internet service provider let me down – but only for about 24 hours (which was 24 hours too long if you ask me!).   We had no internet all day yesterday and had been told that it could be “several days” before the DSL service was restored.   Oh well – Mom got a lot of reading done, and I got a lot of attention which I didn’t mind AT ALL!   This morning – just now in fact – Mom turned on the computer and we see it’s fixed.  Whew!

SO, no real “blog” today but I’ll be back tomorrow with TUESDAY TEASER and its a GUEST Teaser!!!!   That’s right – tomorrow at a time known only to ME and Mom, the Teaser will pop up in your inbox and you’ll have fun trying to figure out where the photos were taken…………so see you then……….I missed you!


Love, Sammy

Sunday Selfie


Here we are – keeping warm in my house after having snow all day yesterday – but not so much snow that I didn’t remember to do my Sundae Selfie for The Cat On My Head’s Blog Hop!   Just click their badge to visit and see more Sunday Selfies!

Purrrlease!  Put that flashy thing away and let me SLEEP!

Purrrlease! Put that flashy thing away and let me SLEEP!



Bacon Bulletin


The following is an brief excerpt from a scientific journal article authored by Professor Samuel Bacon Kimmell, Esq.

The highly intelligent and well-known Professor Kimmell

The highly intelligent and well-known Professor Kimmell

“There is now scientific evidence that the ingestion of bacon, which we all know is nature’s perfect food, can cause a feeling of goodwill and warmth to spread from stomach to brain in humans and animals who REGULARLY partake in the pleasure of having it for meals”.

Now if that doesn’t say it all, what does?    By the way, I may or may not (I’m not sayin’) be related to the good Professor – it MIGHT be a coincidence that we have similar names………..BUT, what he has to say speaks to my soul.   Yes indeed…… much so that Mom is cookin’ up some bacon for me RIGHT THIS MINUTE.   She says we can always use goodwill around here.

Mine - all MINE!

Mine – all MINE!

I know I don’t have to convince those of you who ARE “baconators” like me that this stuff is heavenly – and I also know that some of you have tried it and really did not care for it (as amazing as that is to me!)…….then there are even some of you who may NOT have it even if you DID want it…….for those friends of mine may I just say this:   IT’S DY-NO-MITE.

I’ve had an amazingly busy week for an old guy so today is going to be spent bathing in the afterglow of my bacon-o-rama this morning and in search of sun puddles in the house in which to keep warm…………we are sadly supposed to have more snow.   I think the energy I will be receiving from my bacon ration this morning shall indeed keep my tummy warm ALL DAY LONG.

What about you?  Bacon or fleece blanket?????  (or both)


Your Favorite Bacon Boy, Sammy

Feel free to take this for your blog if you're HOOKED on the stuff like I am!

Feel free to take this for your blog if you’re HOOKED on the stuff like I am!




Frozen Friday


Some critters like this cold weather stuff………………………..I’m not one of those critters!!!


I’m more THIS kind of critter…………..


I know it’s colder in lotsa other spots on the planet but today our HIGH was 12.   I’m careful when I slip out the front door for a three second breath of fresh air because I do NOT want to become a SAMSICLE!

At least I can look forward to one day of warmth when I go to Hollywood for the Oscars for Cat Scouts………..I’m an interviewer and will be hob-nobbing (whatever that means) with the stars in the warmth of sunny California.

Me and Meryl hangin' out at the Oscars......

Me and Meryl hangin’ out at the Oscars……

Then it’s back to reality………….which is COLD.   Maybe COLD reality is better than no reality at all?

Happy FROZEN Friday

Sammy the Eskimo

I LOVE IT!!!!!

I LOVE IT!!!!!

Purrsday Recap


I just KNOW you’re dying to see some photos from the Cat Scouts Mardi Gras bash – right?  How about just a few?  It was tons of fun!


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The only other thing happening around MY house is this overwhelming cold and the snow we got – I couldn’t believe we got a “decent sized” snow but Mom reminds me all the time that one of the BIGGEST snows we’ve had was near the end of March five years ago so SNOW HAPPENS!   Just ask everyone living up north about that………….!   They’re STILL digging out.   We have been lucky.  Dad loves playing with his snowthrower thank heavens.


Dad loves playing in the snow!

Dad loves playing in the snow!



Mom has been putting bird food out like mad too………….everything on legs has visited!   Birds, squirrels, skunks, deer, we even saw some BIG hawks on the SMALL bird feeders.    When the weather is like this, everything needs FOOD for energy to do what they do.   Imagine how much energy it takes to FLY!

Have you pawticipated in one of Bacon/Fozziemum’s “Shopping Around The World” blog hops?   It’s really fun to see what everyone around the world pays for the SAME THINGS in their grocery store or wherever you shop.    This month’s post will be on Friday, February 27th.  Why am I mentioning it now?  So you have time to check prices and schedule a post about it!   Seriously.  It’s fun……………if you wanna play along, here’s the shopping list for NEXT Friday the 27th.   It’s a “RANDOM” day…….why?   Get the prices for these items:

1.  A Random Frozen Meal of your choice

2.  A Random Dessert you like

3.  Any Random Fruit

4.  A Random Item (ANY item…..doesn’t matter WHAT it is, just tell us what you PAID for it)

5.  A Random condiment of your choice

Very RANDOM isn’t it?    Well, that will make it more fun………….anyway, put it on your calendars.  I guarantee you it’s fascinating to see the amazing range of prices for the SAME THINGS around the globe.

That’s all the news that’s fit to share in my house for today…………… about you?  Anything exciting going on in your house?

Hugs, Sammy

I LOVE IT!!!!!

I LOVE IT!!  Thank you Nellie’s Mommy!!