Monday, June 30, 2014

6 Things to consider for your Cat when leaving for the 4th of July weekend

The Fourth of July weekend is rapidly approaching!! It is the time for BBQ's featuring
"All-American" favorites such as chargrilled hamburgers and hotdogs, corn-on-the-cob oozing butter from every scrumptious kernel, camping, parades, fireworks and sparklers!! Most cats and dogs are terrified of the sound of fireworks, and sparklers can cause severe burns to cats, dogs and their humans should a renegade ember ignite clothing or fur. Plan to keep everyone far enough away and safe from the evening light show.

It is hard to imagine that once the Fourth Of July approaches summer is already half over, yep, half over (at least as far as the back-to-school ads are concerned).

Many people leave town for a few days to enjoy some fun and sun. Can't take your cat along for the fesitivities? Please don't forget to provide for him in your absence.

Cats are more self-sufficient than dogs and tend to do well on their own (for no more than 3 nights) providing his needs are taken into consideration.

1) Provide plenty of food and water: there are many wonderful automatic feeders on the market (most tend to be 48 hr feeders) that will dispense food automatically either when a timer is set or when the cat taps a pad or lever to dispense the food. There are also commercial "water coolers" that are great for cats that can be filled in advance with plenty of water so he doesn't have to crack open a cold one from the fridge.  I would test the dispensers thoroughly before you leave to be sure they are functioning properly. To give you double peace of mind I would still put out small bowls of kibble and water around the house in the event the dispensers don't function properly while you are gone. To give your cat some entertainment you can even hide treats around the house for him to find in your absence (under pillows, in his bed, on windowsills, etc.) This will provide some fun and put his hunting skills to good use.

2) Call home and let your cat hear your voice

Still have an answering machine? Experts say that calling home and leaving a message for your cat can offer him comfort, the sound of your voice will reassure him. I used to do this with my Angel Bobo,  and have to admit it upset me more because I thought Bobo would be more distressed hearing me and not being able to find me. What do you think? I think another good idea which I have implemented is to leave a radio playing soothing music on or leave your TV on. The voices in the background will offer companionship and comfort for a lonely kitty.

3) Clean the litter box before you leave- Providing a second or third (depending on the number of cats you have) might be a good idea if you have a cat that is fastidious about using a clean litter box. Your cat may be angry with you for leaving and you do not want a dirty litter box to be an excuse for him marking his territory all over your home.

4) Leave windows closed or open just a tiny bit

Never leave your windows wide open in your absence. If you do not have air conditioning leave the windows just slightly open. The sight of a scurrying squirrel or other animal can excite your cat and he can possibly push the screen out while you are gone. Screen falls out, your cat is gone.

5) Think about the temperature in your home- Not using air conditioning when it is warm may be great for you when you are there with the windows open, for your cat, not so much. If you have air turn it on (your cat's comfort is more important than pinching pennies) or leave a fan running in a place that your cat cannot be harmed by the rotating blades.

6) Leave some toys out-But, put away any toys (such as toys that dangle by a string) that require supervision. You don't want your kitty accidentally in danger caused by a toy while you are away.

Your cat should do fine if the above tips are implemented. I have instituted all of them when I had a household that just had a cat and no dog,  and frankly I am much more comfortable with having a trusted friend or family member stop in at least once a day to check on my beloved baby. Be sure they are a bona fide cat lover, someone that truly cares about cats and will actually play with your cat, talk to him, soothe him and care about his well being while you are away, not just someone looking to earn a few extra bucks.

If you are having someone check on your cat be sure to:

Provide the phone number of where you will be along with your cell phone number.

Provide the name, address and phone number of your vet and the clinic you prefer your cat being taken to in (gasp) the event of an unexpected emergency. If you don't have one already, purchase The Petter Planner, this is a great resource to leave out for your pet sitter!

Call your caretaker at least once a day (not 4 and 5 times a day like I tend to do because I am a neurotic kitty mama) to see how things are going and to answer any questions they may have.

Have a list of your cat's favorite hiding spots- spare your caretaker the stress of having to search in a frenzied state for a kitty who they think is missing but is in fact snoozing serenely on the towels in your linen closet.

Now that all of the important things have been done to provide safety and comfort for your cat while you are gone, if you haven't already, GET PACKING and pussyfoot on out of here and have a HAPPY AND SAFE FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND!!!!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014


We all know that June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month  and leave it to our dear friends at Michigan Humane for coming up with yet another creative (and hopefully lucrative) promotion to get LOTS and LOTS of kitties adopted!!! Michigan Humane, as well as shelters all across the country are bursting at the seams with kittens and cats!!


Michigan Humane has begun the “Name Your Own Price” promotion for its cat adoptions.  During the promotion, adopters can name their own adoption fee on MHS Certified Pre-Owned cats and kittens; any chosen adoption fee will be honored. The regular MHS adoption process will apply.

"Teemo" Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

“The Michigan Humane Society offers the very best value in adding a new pet, and this promotion just adds to the benefits of adopting a feline friend,” said CJ Bentley, MHS senior director of operations. “The more quickly we find loving homes for these cats and kittens, the sooner we can help even more cats in need.”

MHS is the original home of “Certified Pre-Owned Cats,” which are available in many makes and models. Each comes with a multi-point inspection, spay or neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, standard microchipping and more.
"Buttercup" Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Meet your very own Certified Pre-Owned Cat at one of the three MHS adoption centers, Monday through Saturday (hours vary by location):

  • MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care: 7401 Chrysler Drive
  • MHS Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care: 3600 W. Auburn Road
  • MHS Berman Center for Animal Care (Westland): 900 N. Newburgh Road

In addition, MHS Certified Pre-Owned Cats can be adopted seven days a week during regular store hours at five PetSmart locations: in Dearborn, Rochester Hills, Roseville, Taylor and West Bloomfield; and at Petco in Sterling Heights.
For the complete list of MHS adoption locations and hours, visit

The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Children's Book:There's an Owl in the Closet, by Donna I. Douglas Walchle, Enter to Win!

Yep, you read that title correctly. It says, There's An Owl in the Closet.


As those of you who are regular visitors to this blog know, I review A LOT of books, not only here, but also on Dakota's blog.  I don't solicit 99.9% of them, I am happy that publishers/authors enjoy most of my reviews, which causes a bounty of books to be sent my way.

Since this is obviously a cat blog, I try to keep the books CAT oriented (pretty clever, eh?) Every now and then one a book that doesn't feature or focus on cats, will sneak in, as was the case with There's an Owl in the Closet,

Why make an exception to the ONLY CATS rule and feature a book that has an OWL in the title?

Because, while not only being engaging and fun, with life-like, beautiful illustrations created by Jose Daniel Oviedo Galeano, There's an Owl in the Closet  sends  a strong, positive message about animal adoption. Not just for cats and dogs, but for ALL animals AND humans!

From the Publisher: In There's an Owl in the Closet, adopted siblings Davey and Lily love to play together, care for animals and sing songs. When Davey has hit his parents' limit for adopting pets, he hides an injured baby owl in his closet. Lily wonders what it would be like if Davey found something a little more exotic, like a lion or a dolphin.

From ( Davey loves animals and brings home any that are hurt, lost or homeless.  His family is very grateful that there are no elephants or buffalo roaming the neighborhood! But what if there were? What if they opened the bathroom door and there was a dolphin in the bathtub? Or went out the back door and there was a giraffe by the back fence or a hippo in the big pool?
(There’s much more!) That’s what There’s an Owl in the Closet is all about! 
What will Davey bring home next?

"The book opens the door to conversations about kindness, child and pet adoption, serving those in need, multiculturalism, and, of course, the joy of having pets." Author Donna Douglas Walchle says.

One of a number of things that I love about There's an Owl in the Closet is that it is a SING-ALONG book! When I was a child, I was always making up little ditties to sing, and this book has a song about various animals, with catchy, easy-to-remember rhymes. Little ones will love them!

Donna Douglas Walchle "was inspired to write this story by her newfound joy as "Grammy" to seven grandchildren, who she inherited when she recently married their grandfather. The children joined in the project as the voices on the sing-along song included with the book."

Available in softcover and e-book


Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Westbow Press and Family Christian Bookstores.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Donna Douglas Walchle is a multi-platinum award-winning songwriter and producer with more than 200 recorded singles to her credit.  TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HER CLICK HERE

From Donna Douglas Walchle: When I told my five youngest grandchildren the story and sang them the sing-along song, they giggled and jumped up and down, begging me to tell the story again. Now we can bring There's an Owl in the Closet to the rest of the kids on the planet and all of the joy, laughter, and fun that comes along with it!

Donna has generously offered to give away a copy of There's an Owl in the Closet to SIX LUCKY READERS WHO RESIDE IN THE U.S.A. PLEASE ENTER ON THE RAFFLECOPTER BELOW AND THERE IS ONLY ONE MANDATORY REQUIREMENT! That's it!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cat World Domination Day, Celebrate with Sparkle Cat and a Special Anniversary!!!

Hi every furry it's Cody!! Today is a most impawtant day, today is:

Cat World Domination Day was started by my beautiful and brilliant furiend, Sparkle Cat, it began 2 years ago on her tenth birthday! I am happy to see that the tradition continues on!

As anyone with half a brain knows, even in "bi-petual" households it's CATS who RULE!! We may not overtly appear to be ruling, but trust me, we ARE!

What is my favorite way to rule those around me?
Well, let me dust off this baby from my archives
and you will see!

Any Questions?

Today is also ANOTHER
It's my Mom and Dad's
Wedding Anniversary!!!!

Create your own picture

Anniversary Comments & Graphics
~Magickal Graphics~

Monday, June 23, 2014

Meowing on Monday

Here it is, Monday, 
 I am sitting next to Mom
 getting ready to dictate a blog post.
 I have my editorial calendar
 at my paw tips and I'm ready to roll!!!

I'm all ready to go,
you're too tired to help me,
and you have nothin'
to say about it????

Angel Bobo,
How did you EVER
live with this woman
for 18 years???

Love, Cody

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cat Greeting Cards from The Paper Cats, Cards that are ART!

I have said this a zillion times and I will say it for the zillion and ONE time, one of the MANY things I love about blogging are the talented people I am blessed to meet along the way.

A few weeks back, an auction was held for "The Baby" from The Katnip Lounge, and I was the incredibly LUCKY, highest bidder of greeting cards that were created by Lisa-Lin from the blog:

I must have been living under a rock, because I had never known about Lisa's blog until the auction! Now I am not only thrilled to have made a new friend, but I am EXTRA THRILLED to have learned about Lisa's  beautiful shop on Etsy:

From Lisa's shop:Welcome to The Paper Cats--a place for the cat lover you know and/or the cat lover in YOU.Once upon a long ago time, before e-mail even existed, and postage stamps were just 8 cents, my life was in a small Iowa town, I had 50 pen pals all over the world. My favorite spot was a drawer stashed with stationery. The two best presents my parents could surprise me were a Nancy Drew mystery and a box of new stationery--especially if a cat graced it. I loved which paper to use for each pen pal. My love of cats continues to evolve on other items--and stay tuned to The Paper Cats!

There were 5 different styles
and I received 3 of each
My photos do NOT
do them justice

This is one of the cards
I am particularly partial to
It also looks a little like Cody!

Adore this one too!
Reminds me of my Angel Bobo


Lisa's cards are so beautiful and are made on such superb quality card paper, that to me, they qualify for ART, rather than just greeting cards. I am hoping that I can bring myself to use them!!!  I just might have to frame one of each type and then send the rest. Brilliant idea if I do say so myself!!!


Now, if you haven't already, visit all of the participating kitties in Athena's:

It's The First Day Of Summer!!!

You didn't think I would forget did you?

It wouldn't be the first day of Summer without me repeating the song that I first posted on Cat Chat on June 21st 2010, it has now become our little tradition...Enjoy!

This should be Meowed or sung to the tune of Mungo Jerry's classic "In The Summertime".......

"purr purr-purr uh, purr purr-purr, uh

purr purr-purr, uh, purr purr-purr, uh..."

"In the summertime when the weather is hot

You can stretch right out and be on your favorite cot,

When the weather's fine

You got playing, you got romping on your mind

Have some nip, have a climb

Go out and see what you can find"

"If her Daddy's rich, take her out for some filet,

If her Daddy's poor, just stay in and play,

Speed around the house,

really speed, really speeeed big time my friend,

When the sun goes down, you can make it

make it home before day's end"

"We're no threat, we kitties, we're not dirty, we're not mean

We love everybody, but we do as we please

When the weather's fine

We go fishing or go climbing up some trees

We're always happy

Life's for living, yeah that's our "felineosophy"

"Sing along with us, mew-mew-mew-mew-mew

purr-purr-purr-purr-purr yeah, we're hap-happy.......


"Purr purr-purr, uh, purr purr-purr, uh

Purr purr-purr, uh, purr purr-purr, uh...."

"When the winter's here, yeah it's sleepy time

Bring a toy mouse

Wear your finest fur, it'll soon be summertime

And we'll sing again

We'll go jumpin' or maybe we'll settle down

If she's got "noms" or if she's got mice

Bring your kitty friends and we'll all go into town...."

Happy First Day Of Summer All!!

Make This A Great Summer For You And Your Favorite Felines!!

Thanks to Mungo Jerry's "In The Summertime" for the inspiration for this parody.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Book:The Cat's Guide to Human Behavior: As told to Xina Marie Uhl ENTER TO WIN!!!

Hi my furiends!  It's Cody! It is my pleasure  to  present to you,  a book FOR CATS about understanding your HUMAN'S behavior! It's about time, isn't it?

There are countless books available for humans to learn about US, but it is super hard for US to get our paws on books that help US to understand THEM! Well, HERE YOU GO!

The Cat's Guide to Human Behavior is the FIRST EVER GUIDEBOOK for CATS!! We now have a source that explains their strange behavior, and who better to explain their behavior, than CATS!

Kitties you can FINALLY understand:

How Humans Groom Themselves
I know many of you kitties out there are bathroom peeping Tom's and will be able to relate to the strange rituals that your humans perform while attempting to keep their fur in place. Not only will you be able to understand their bizarre bathroom rituals, you will learn how to RESPOND to them in ways that only kitties can!

You Can Learn How to:

Chase away a human's annoying romantic partner. (Thankfully this isn't something that I have to contend with but rumor has it that my Grandpa Bobo had to do this rather frequently!
Check out this excerpt!

When humans mate, they tend to live together even when the female is not in heat. Because of this, you may be present for the introduction of a new potential mate for your human.  This can be an unsettling time, since the new person can cause great changes in the den, sometimes for the worse. In general, the introduction of a female to the den is a good thing for both you and the male.The female,  usually worships you as you deserve, offering you tidbits and speaking pleasingly to you.

When your single female brings an unfamiliar male around, however, you may encounter difficulties. The male may disdain your company, fear your hold over the female, or step on you when staggering through the den after a night of feasting and/or coupling. In the event that the male does not show sufficient signs of respect on account of your superiority, you may need to take action. This can be accomplished in various ways. More effective methods include: leaping at him unexpectedly from atop the food box, doors, drapes, or shelves; climbing up his bare leg and scratching whatever dangly bits you encounter along the way; peeing on the windshield of his moveable den; and sinking your razor-sharp fangs into his nose and refusing to release them until his screams of pain become whimpers of terror and he runs off into the night, never to return.

Note: these techniques may also be employed towards unfriendly visitors, mean neighbors, or humans who get on your bad side for specific reasons, or, let’s face it, no reasons whatsoever. will finally learn how to respond to their

What I purrticularly love about this book is not only is it hilarious, it is written in an intelligent form of cat speak! This book was dictated to Xina Marie Uhl by one intelligent kitty named Professor F.L. Uffy. He not only reveals the mysteries of understanding our humans but he does it by using clear and intelligent "catspeak", that  kitties understand!  After all, we aren't babies or DOGS!

Kitties, this is one book that you will want to hide from your humans, but you will want to stash it within a paws length reach for YOU as a handy reference!

Kitty furiends, I know you have a ton of super impawtant things to do during the day, so you will be happy to hear that this is a QUICK read (approx 50 pages), and it also contains some wonderful full-color photos of, what else? CATS!

You will purrticularly LOVE the Frequently Asked Questions section in the back. There you will find answers to pressing questions such as:

How can I get away with counter-surfing?
Why do humans respond to alarm clocks but not to YOU?
Why does my human get upset when I knock plants off of the windowsill?
Just exactly WHERE does my human go when she leaves all day?

And many, many more!

About the Author

Photo courtesy of

Xina Marie Uhl is an animal lover and freelance writer living in Southern California. She is available for interviews and appearances, and can be contacted through her blog at or via XC

I know you want to know where you can pawchase this MUST- GET- YOUR- PAWS- ON GUIDE BOOK! Well, stop pacing and I'll tell ya!

 Readers can purchase the title directly through XC or via online outlets such as

Guess what my kitty furiends! Professor F.L. Uffy is GIVING AWAY TWO COPIES of The Cat's Guide to Human Behavior! Yep! There will be TWO winners! (READERS LIVING IN THE U.S. AND CANADA ARE ELIGIBLE). Just enter on the Rafflecopter below!

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In full disclosure: we were not compensated for this review/give-away. We were given a copy of The Cat's Guide to Human Behavior in exchange for our honest review.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thinking outside the box

Hi every furry and Happy International Box Day!!!

My Mom says I am a strange kitty. I have never been the sort of a kitty is particularly enthralled with boxes. Mom says Grandpa Bobo used to LOVE spending time in various boxes. Me? Not so much. Sure, I like pawing through them like most cats, but for me, that is just to look for food.

I am the kind of a cat that prefers a warm cozy cave. I'm into softness, not cardboard.

That being said......give me a box full of nip and I'm all over it!

This is about as much box action as you will get out of me!

I know most of you kitties LOVE boxes so enjoy!!

Love, Cody

Thanks to Ann of Zoolatry for making
this great badge!
Visit her blog here

Monday, June 16, 2014

Book:Hide and Seek: Author Amy Shojai Pens Another Winner!

Author Amy Shojai to me, epitomizes the meaning of the word, Wordsmith .  I recently was afforded the honor of reviewing her second book in the September Day Thriller-Mystery-Suspense series,  titled Hide and Seek (her first was Lost and Found, which I also was afforded the honor of reviewing, after my dog, Dakota won the: Name That Dog" contest to help Amy find a name for some of the furry characters in her book.  More than 85 names were suggested with close to 800 votes!)

  While the first  book was excellent, Hide and Seek was SUPERB.

When reading Amy Shojai's mysteries, I never felt as if I was  a passive observer,  I felt as if I was  thrust  into the captivating and riveting story line. My heart pounded with anticipation, my stomach churned,  I grasped at my blanket that I was wrapped in on my couch and nestled deeper into it, dark fingers of suspense and fear pulled me   into the 240 plus pages of this nail-biter.

Overview (Courtesy of

A STALKER hides in plain sight.
A VICTIM faces her worst fear.
AND A DOG seeks the missing—and finds hope.
Eight years ago, animal behaviorist September Day escaped a sadistic captor who left her ashamed, terrified, and struggling with PTSD. She trusts no one—except her cat Macy and service dog Shadow.
Shadow also struggles with trust. A German Shepherd autism service dog who rescued his child partner only to lose his-boy forever, Shadow’s crippling fear of abandonment shakes his faith in humans.
They are each others’ only chance to survive the stalker’s vicious payback, but have only 24 hours to uncover the truth about Macy’s mysterious illness or pay the deadly consequences. When September learns to trust again, and a good-dog takes a chance on love, together they find hope in the midst of despair–and discover what family really means.

Author Amy Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant and the award-winning author of 27 bestselling pet books.  Her "pedigree", makes the thoughts and actions of the animals depicted in Hide and Seek,  authentic and completely believable.  It also provides a sensitivity and in-depth understanding of an animal's motivation, needs and feelings that others with less experience would be hard-pressed to convey.

From Hide and Seek: As with LOST AND FOUND that launched this dog viewpoint series, much of this book is based on science, especially dog and cat behavior and learning theory, and the benefits of service dogs. A vast number of veterinarians, behaviorists, consultants, trainers and pet-centric writers and rescue organizations offered their incredible resources and support to help make the pet-centric storyline as accurate as possible.

The human characters that Author Shojai has crafted come to life on the pages in a vibrant and often terrifying way. Each character is masterfully woven into the plot,  with their own detailed sub-stories and histories, their purpose not always evident until details are revealed and the reader gasps in recognition of their relevance.

As Dr.Lorie Huston, the President of the Cat Writers Association states on the back cover,  Hide and Seek is "recommended for anyone who likes a "bite-your-nails, hold-your-breath" kind of thriller.
For me, Hide and Seek was more than just a book, it was an experience. If I used stars for ratings, it would receive the highest number of stars that I could assign to it.

In addition to the information about Author Amy Shojai mentioned above,  Amy is also the Puppies Expert at, the cat behavior expert at, and has been featured as an expert in hundreds of print venues including The New York Times, Reader's Digest, and Family Circle, as well as national radio and television networks such as CNN, Animal Planet's DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Amy brings her unique pet-centric viewpoint to public appearances.

$11.99 Trade Paper, $4.99 Kindle
Author: Amy Shojai
Series: September Day Series, Book 2
Genre: Thriller-Mystery-Suspense
Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing
Publication Year: 2014
ISBN: 9781621251477


IAABC Certified Behavior Consultant

In full disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of Hide and Seek in exchange for my honest review which I was not compensated for. In an unprecedented move, I am featuring Hide and Seek on BOTH of my blogs today, because it's THAT GOOD.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day to my Dad and all of the Cat Daddies!

FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: Ok I confess, parts of this post were repeated from 2012....with the email woes Mom was having this week, she wouldn't let me near the computer! Love, Cody 

I wake you up each morning

with whining and meows,

you never let it bother you anyhow.

You feed me my breakfast,

you feed many of my snacks,

we both sometimes think

in the food department, Mom is lax.

I run up to my cat tower,

roll over on command,

I show you my belly

and wait for pets from your hand.

I dance with you in the morning,

I dance with you at night,

to me you are more than just "alright!"

I don't show it in quite the way

that jumpy, barky, doggies do,

but Dad I love you

"to the moon and back"

and appreciate all you do!!!

Happy Father's Day Dad!

Love Always, Cody

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Our house ISN'T a #Brighthouse, due to email woes forcing us to be incommunicado, where is Wile E.Coyote when ya need him?

Hi every furry and human!

If you aren't on Facebook, (or if you are but don't subscribe to our updates,  that is another issue unto itself lol), then you don't know that I have been without email since 7am Wednesday, June I am typing away, it is now AFTER 12 NOON, Thursday, June 12th. If any of you have Road Runner email (a service offered by Brighthouse Networks who is now owned by Time Warner Cable who in my opinion is the source of the problem, but I digress), you are more than likely experiencing the same issue. This isn't my first rodeo with my lack of feeling the love for Time Warner, you can read about that here.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

After more than 24 hours had passed, Brighthouse Networks FINALLY posted THIS on our home page:

"We are experiencing issues with the Mail system. We are working quickly to troubleshoot and restore access to your email. We thank you for your patience and apologize for the inconvenience."



Why is being without email a problem?

Well aside from a myriad of other reasons, the main one being that I WORK FROM HOME,  brainiac that I am,  I follow 99.9% of your blogs via email. Yep, I know, many of you have often informed me about the error of my ways, and stubborn cuss that I am, I vehemently ignored the warnings. For those of you that I follow via email, that means that I can't read your blogs until my email is restored and I have pawed my way through what is sure to be well over 1000 emails (I kid you not).

Some of you I can read on Bloglovin' but also, on Bloglovin' for some reason, I can't comment on some of your blogs (not all, but some.) I am doing my best to visit as many of you as I can.

Also, I am supposed to post a book review/give-away for tomorrow and until email is restored, I can't. I keep my notes, etc. in a file........where? You guessed it........MY EMAIL FILES.

So, I'm not deliberately being incommunicado, it is just one of the many fun-filled side points of being without email.

A plus? I am finally doing laundry that was long overdue to be done!

Enjoy the silence while you can my furiends........and one final thought for Brighthouse and Time Warner....DO NOT go and mess with the TV........