Monday, March 8, 2021

Cat Book: Abys Among Us & Stories for the Feline Inclined by T.J. Banks

 Author T.J. Banks, in my opinion, is a cat masquerading as a human. She has an innate understanding of the feline mind. Her communication/interaction with cats that is full of patience, knowledge and unconditional love is a gift.

Back in 2014 I had the honor of reading/reviewing her book Houdini, and in 2015 I read and reviewed what remains my FAVORITE book by T.J. Banks,Cat Song

When I had the blog redesigned and somewhat changed its focus, my intention was to no longer do book reviews. When T.J. reached out to me, asking if I would consider reviewing Abys Among Us & Stories for the Feline Inclined, how could I say no to an author who is so obviously gifted? I'm glad I didn't decline. 

FROM THE AUTHOR: "Cats walk between worlds, bringing the magical and the common place together. They are the heart-and-soul-menders, our kindred spirits, poetry on four paws, and we humans would be lost without them. At least that's what I believe. Abys Among Us & Stories for the Feline-Inclined is a celebration of the cats I have known and what they have taught me."

Abys Among Us & Stories for the Feline Inclined will have anyone who has lived with and loved cats, nodding their head in recognition.

Many who have lost beloved pets write because they find it to be cathartic. T.J. Banks writes about them and the other animals in her life because she doesn't want to forget them and the great gifts they have given her. "We have spiritual relationships with the animals who come into our lives, and we need to honor those relationships."

My take-away is that each of the cats I have been blessed to share my life with, my Bobo the curmudgeon, (with everyone but me), my cuddly and loving Cody, who healed my broken heart when Bobo passed. While Cody left much too soon, I learned though the way he passed was horrific and tragic, I was not privy to the actual event that took place that caused him to pass, because he DIDN'T WANT ME TO BE. Our bond was such that he knew that if I watched him pass in the horrible manner in which he did, I might not be here today writing this now.  When Cody passed, I strongly believed I would never have a cat again, the grief and sadness was overpowering, Our current cat, Roary, has taught me there is ALWAYS room in  my heart to love another. I am sure Roary has many more lessons in store for me.

When reading Abys Among Us, and ALL of the books by T.J. Banks, you will be touched by  the love, sensitivity, understanding, knowledge  and passion for cats that is simply a part of who T.J. Banks IS, (particularly Abyssinians, which are prominently featured in the book, hence the title.) just as I was.  There ARE other types of cats in the book as well.  I learned how in each stage of her life each cat seemed to appear (or even leave), just when they are supposed to. There are no coincidences in life. Each and every cat we are blessed to know  guides us and teaches us lessons, if we are open to learning what those lessons are. 

I will leave you with this, a passage from Abys Among Us that sums it up for me, "I'm alone again in the snowy yard. But only technically speaking. "As for me," my old friend Gladys Taber once wrote, "I believe we never lose those we have loved." And if sometimes we feel as though we have, well, they always manage to find us again. The heart--and the soul--that are loved really do remember."


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: T.J. Banks is the author of Catsong, A Time for Shadows, Sketch People, Souleiado, and Houdini, which the late writer and activist Cleveland Amory enthusiastically declared " winner." Catsong, a collection of some of her best cat stories, was the winner of the 2007 Merial Human-Animal Bond Award. Her writing has been widely anthologized and received awards from the Cat Writers' Association (CWA), ByLine, and The Writing Self.

Friday, March 5, 2021

No More Stinky Air with the Okaysou AirMax 10L Pro Air Purifier (Discount Code for 10% Off!)

IN FULL DISCLOSURE: I received the Air Filter from Okaysou at no charge in exchange for my honest review. All of my reviews reflect my own opinion.

I was recently contacted by the nice people at Okaysou asking if I would like to try one of their Air Purifiers. Living in an apartment/condo building where all kinds of odors come spewing through our vents, I jumped at the chance!

I was given my choice of air purifiers to review. My choices were between the:AirMic4S, the AirMax8L and the AirMax10L Pro. I chose the AirMax10L Pro.

You can put it anywhere that you think the air quality might not be the best. . It all depends on your indoor air quality and the coverage area of your home.  It plugs into your wall.


The AirMax10L Pro by Okaysou is powerful and oh so smart!!  It features a beautiful square light panel (as shown above), which has a smart sensor, medical grade Dual-Nanois HEPA, new ECO mode, smart auto mode, new TURBO mode, and a Child-Lock (which also functions as a keep-away Roary and Levi) mode!!

  "It can capture 99.97% of air pollutants between 0.3 – 0.1 microns like hair, pet fur, dust, pollen, smokepet dander and hairhousehold odors; also safely breaks down various harmful gases, such as formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene and VOCs that other single filter can’t do.

*CADR of 250 m³/h, AirMax10L Pro Purifies a room up to 1,000 sq. ft. in one hour, 600 sq. ft. in 30 minutes, 300 sq. ft. in 15 minutes."


Installation is a BREEZE!! I didn't believe that it would be, but it is TRUE. Installation could not be easier!! You just remove the plastic that the filters are wrapped in, pop them back in and you're on your way. It's so simple that our live-in appliance technician, Roary, could do it on his own!

Easy To Read Panel

The panel that Roary is looking at above  has buttons that display what my favorite features of this purifier are:

Timer-allows the machine to run 1/2/4/8 hours before automatically powering off.

Child Lock- press it for 3 seconds to avoid children and pets from turning it on and off or changing the settings.

Filter Reset Indicator-This is a MUST HAVE for me! It lets me know when the filter needs to be changed, something that I am known to forget to do!

Auto Mode-purifies the air automatically at different fan speeds based on the air quality detected by the smart sensor.

Eco Mode-when no pollution is detected, the air purifier will stop working automatically for saving energy consumption.

AIR-QUALITY INDICATOR is in the front of the unit where in the photo above it is showing BLUE. The color will change based on the air quality in the room. The colors are: BLUE-air quality is excellent, YELLOW, air quality is moderate and RED, air quality is unhealthy.


Overall, good. But, in full disclosure I would have liked more time to sufficiently test the purifier. 

A BIG drawback for me, was that it plugs into the wall. Mind you, for most people that would be a non-issue. For me, because of having a five month old puppy and an eight month old cat, it was a BIG problem. When I first turned the air purifier on, I had two crazy boys that REFUSED to leave it alone. With a large living room to play in, where did they choose to play? You got it. Right next to and behind the air purifier. This caused me to have to unplug it for a few days to get their attention OFF of the unit. I DO believe that had they been older, this might have been a non-issue.


As a result of my boys refusing to leave the AirMax 10L Pro Air Purifier alone, I had to move it into the bedroom. Levi is not allowed in the bedroom but Roary is. So far so good. I have only been using it in the bedroom for a few nights and I AM noticing that when I awaken I do not have the overly congested nose that I usually have. The air quality in the room seems fresher, much more clean. I don't smell any sorts of smells coming in from the unit downstairs as I usually do.

I LOVE that it is QUIET. I have it set on a low setting, and am mostly using the ECO setting, but it is QUIET. That is an enormous plus when trying to sleep. 

The sleek design is pleasing to look at and unobtrusive as well.

I am looking forward to continued use of the air purifier in the bedroom and will welcome the day when the boys are older and more obedient. That is when I will be moving the unit back into the dining room where it can work its' magic on our kitchen, dining room and living room.

Oh and Roary thinks the box that it came in is pretty darned cool!!

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Roary and Levi Long to Have Thumbs On National If Pets Had Thumbs Day!!

 Roary and Levi were excited when they heard that today is National If Pets Had Thumbs Day!! They have often pondered what mischief they could get into if they had thumbs and today they are letting us know!

ROARY: Oh if Only I had thumbs!! 

Just think of everything I could do!!!

I could turn on the dishwasher to wash my own dishes

I could grip my feather MUCH easier!

I could turn on the faucet

to wash my paws!!!

Wouldn't that be the coolest?

I could open the stall shower door

instead of having to jump in

from the top

LEVI: I could open this darned gate

Then I could have a self-serve buffet!!!

I could surf all kinds of websites with Roary
We could place orders to have

ROARY: I could whap a certain Sheltie 
more effectively 
when he gets us in trouble for
BUYING all of that food!!!

Ahhhh life would be grand!
But for now, 
Levi and I will just enjoy things 
as they are
Having two servants isn't all bad, ya know?

What would YOU do 
if YOU had thumbs?
Love, Roary and Levi