Awards Wrap-Up Day

Awards Wrap-Up Day

We still have a bunch of awards to accept from last year (as well as new ones for this year). In the spirit of starting the year right, I won’t put the dates the awards were given to me, in order not to shame my human…

So, in April 2013, Nylablue nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I already have it but thank you very much, Nylablue, for thinking of me!


April 2013 was a good period for awards. Nerissa nominated me for the “Best Moment Award.”

best moment award

Thank you so much, Nissy! I really appreciate how you always think about my bloggie!

RULES FOR BEST MOMENT AWARD:

Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech.
This could be written or video recorded.
Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees!
The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award;
and winners notify them the great news.

RESOURCES:

What makes a good acceptance speech?
– Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way
– Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
– Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives

Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in MomentMatters.com/Speech
Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award

Here is then my acceptance speech:

Dear Nissy,

Thank you so furry much for thinking of me for this award and so many others! I am very late accepting it, but doing so makes me realize that you had to prepare an acceptance speech for this award about a month before the BlogPaws Conference, during which you would be awarded the “BlogPaws Best Blog Writing Award.” Coincidence? I don’t think so! Both awards were well-deserved for you.

I seize the occasion to apologize for being late on accepting those awards. It is not that I do not care. Au contraire, mes amis ! My human, like many humans, doesn’t have her priorities straight and made me wait all that time to thank you. So thank you for keeping on thinking about me. We’ll try to do better in 2014!

Purrs.

And for this award I am nominating:

– Zoey of The Island Cats
– Tutu of Furries of Whisppy
– Emma of My GBGV Life


In May 2013, Labellestudio and Catnipoflife nominated me for the “Shine On Award”.

shine on award

Thank you so furry much to Labellestudio and Catnipoflife!

The Shine On Award Rules:

1. Link back to and thank the blogger who nominated you.
Done!
2. Post the badge on your blog.
Done!
3. Answer the questions posed to you.
See below.
4. Nominate five bloggers who shine a little light in your day and notify them.
See below.
5. Ask five questions for your nominees.
Same questions as the one I answered.

The nominees are asked following questions:
1. If you were to get a part in Star Trek series, which kind of alien would you rather play?
A human? Sorry I don’t know Star Trek…

2. Which dish are you unable to resist?
Shrimps!

3. If a country would give you an island for free to live and reign on, what would you call it?
Texasland.

4. What would be your favorite pet?
Duh! Humans!

5. Photography in color or black and white?
Color.

And My nominees are:
– Archie of My Three Moggies
– Crepes of There’s a Cat in the Fridge
– Bhu of Patty Skypants
– Dai$y of Da Tabbies O Trout Towne
– Angel of Beaded Tail


Back in April 2013, Binky of Angelswhisper2011 nominated me for the “I am Part of the WordPress Family Award.”

wordpress family award

Thank you so much Binky!

The rules are as follows:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family

4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them

5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as a friend, and spread the love.

So in no particular order, please take a moment to congratulate my list of bloggers ~ they are a special part of our WP Family Community!

Quoted from the Rules: “This is an award for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family” I started this award on the basis that the WordPress family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only WordPress can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honour to start this award”

Okay, so I guess that means that I should pick WordPress bloggers?… Here we go:

– Savannah of Savannah’s Paw Tracks
– Sammy of One Spoiled Cat
– Sundae and Dianna of These Days of Mine
– Janina of Age-Defying Recipes
– Jo Woolf of The Hazel Tree
– Teddy of Cowboys and Crossbones
Cravesadventure
– The gang at Dash Kitten
– Newton of Sometimes Cats Herd You (Happy Gotcha Day, Newton!)
– Oscar of My Three Moggies


In June 2013, Speedy nominated me for one of Nerissa‘s awards, “My Favorite Things Award.”

my favorite things award

Thank you Speedy!

The rules to accepting this award are:

1. Thank the Blogger for Giving you this award and give a link to their blog
2. Post the award on to your blog
3. Name 6 of your favorite things
4. Pass it on to as many Bloggers as you want.

Here are my 6 favorite things:
– Shrimps
– Naps
– Chicken
– Playing with a toy I made myself out of an old laundry basket
– Catnip
– Chasing Kitshka

Here are my nominees:
Catnipoflife
– Loupi and Zorro of Swiss Cat Blog
– Carlos of The Daily Cat


Nylablue nominated me for the “Friends and Followers Award.” I already have it but thank you, Sweetie, for thinking of me!


Closer to now, in December 2013, Nerissa nominated me for several awards, two of which I didn’t have: the “Because You’re Fantabulous Award” and the “Blog of the Year 2013 Award.”

fantablulous award

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg

Thank you, Nissy!

I am glad to say that there is no requirement for the “Because You’re Fantabulous Award”!
My nominees are:
– Everyone at Brian’s Home
– Lisbeth of The Cat on My Head
– Quill (per Kitshka’s request) of Housecat Confidential
– Binky of Angelswhisper2011

Now, regarding the “Blog of the Year 2013 Award” I was nominated not only by Nerissa, but also by Binky. Which means I have 2 stars already!

Blog of the Year Award 2 star jpeg

The rules can be found on the Thought Palette Blog, but for the first time, I will copy them here.

The instructions for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

stars

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

Blog of the Year Award 6 star jpeg

So, since I was already nominated twice, I can nominate those that nominated me! There we go:
– Binky of Angelswhisper2011 (I know you have your 6 stars already, but I still want to nominate you
Nerissa’s Life
Savannah’s Paw Tracks
The Cat on my Head
One Spoiled Cat
Spitty
Katnip Lounge
Sparkle
Dash Kitten
The Island Cats
Housecat Confidential
Cathy Keisha
Pawsitively Pets
Kjelle Bus
Flynn
Mr. Bowie
Cody
Speedy

It’s hard to choose just a few…


Are you still with me?

Still in December 2013, The Cat on my Head nominated me (Kitshka?) for the “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.”

Sisterhood

Thank you so much!!

Here are the rules:

1. Provide a link to and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.

2. Answer ten questions: (These will be for Kitshka)

Your favorite color … Orange
Your favorite animal … Texas!
Your favorite non-alcoholic drink … Water
Facebook or Twitter … Neither. Texas is on both thought (hint to human…)
Your favorite pattern … Feathers?
Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Getting!
Your favorite number … I don’t have any really
Your favorite day of the week … Any.
Your favorite flower … Eww!
What is your passion? … Playing!

3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.
Kitshka here. I think this award has circulated already so I will give it to my favorite blogger only, Quill of Housecat Confidential.

4. Provide links to the nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know they have been nominated.

5. Include the award logo within your blog post.


Finally, Nerissa nominated me for another award recently, the “Cracking Crispmouse Bloggywog Award.”

cracking crispmouse award

Such a super cool award! Thank you Nissy!

Here are the rules:

1. To be eligible for the award, a bloggywog must spread one or more of joy, peace, hope and love.
2. Anyone receiving the award may, if they wish, pass it on to any other anipal bloggywogger whose
bloggywog satisfies rule number one.
3. There is no minimum or maximum limit on the number of furiends you can pass the award onto:
you can be as Scroogy or as generous as you like.

I’ll nominate 3 blogs to let the award circulate:
The Cat on my Head
Cathy Keisha
The Island Cats


The hall of shame for my human is not over. In May 2012 (!), My Three Moggies had nominated me for the “Sunshine Award”; in January 2013, The Princess Tail and Passion For Photography nominated me for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”; in October 2013, Meekucat nominated me for the “Dragon’s Loyalty Award”; in February 2013, Binky nominated me for the “Liebster Award”; in October 2012 (!), Clowie nominated me for the “Super Sweet Blogging Award”; back in 2012 too, I was nominated for the “Blog of the Year 2012 Award” by several bloggers, including Bailey (the only one that my human bookmarked apparently).

Except for the “Blog of the Year 2012 Award”, for which my human NEVER helped me to do what was necessary, I already have/had the awards listed just above but I thank you all for thinking of lil’ me.


As always, if you don’t accept awards, or if you already have the one for which you have been nominated, take this acknowledgement on my bloggie as a sign that I like to read you furry much!

I hope I haven’t forgotten any. If I have and you have nominated me for an award that I have not acknowledged, please feel free to hiss at my human in the comments!!

Now I need a nap. Human! Please let all my Furriends know which awards they have been nominated for!

Texas-napping-awards

Happy New Year Everyone!

Happy Meow Year! | Texas, a cat in... Austin

The New Year is here and my human is already late. Can I have a change of human for 2014?!

Don’t look at me like that human, it’s your fault!

Anyway, we want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! For many reasons and for many people, we know that 2013 wasn’t a very good year. We lost many, many, too many furriends in 2013. So I wish for all of you that 2014 will bring happiness, purrs, health, nip, all that you expect and much much more!

In 2014, we hope to pursue all of the following activities:

Napping

Texas napping | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Hiding

Texas in the cube | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Making new Furriends

Texas and Kitshka meeting a new furriend | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Napping

Kitshka napping next to Texas | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Kitshka napping | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Playing

Kitshka playing in the cube | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Sunbathing

Texas sunbathing | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Butt warming

Kitshka in front of the fireplace | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Hiding

Milou hiding | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Napping

Milou napping on his human | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Roaring (when necessary)

Texas roaring | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Ignoring the humans

Grumpy Texas | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Getting the humans’ attention

Texas goofing around in the stairs | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Being gorgeous

Kitshka | Texas, a cat in... Austin

What are you planning to do in 2014?

Thankful Thursday: Furriends, Boxing Day, and Awards

Thankful Thursday: Furriends, Boxing Day, and Awards

This is a period to have hopes (of what Santa is going to bring to you)…

Waiting for Santa Claws | Texas, a cat in... Austin

…to have fun – this is Boxing Day!…

Boxing Day | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Boxing Day 2013 | Texas, a cat in... Austin

…and to be thankful and to make resolutions.

I am really thankful for the readers of my blog: that’s you! I thank you for taking the time to stop by, read, like and/or comment on our posts. My human knows too well that time is a rat precious and never allows for humans to do everything they want to do. You are there for us when we laugh at our humans, when we need purrs, to share showcase treats. All of you, I consider my Furriends!

I also received many awards that I have not officially accepted yet (but I am about to). As a way to say thank you to my Furriends, I have created a brand new award that I am introducing today. The “Share the Love, Share the Box” Award (on Boxing Day, ain’t that appropriate?) is a way to say thank you on this special day of December 26. I want to keep the rules simple so without further ado…

Share the Love, Share the Box Award | Texas, a cat in... Austin

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award, and link to his/her blog
2. Post the award on your blog
3. Share the award with five bloggers and let them know!
4. Go find a box and have fun with it (optional but highly recommended!)

My five nominees are:
– Nissy of Nerissa’s Life
– Binky of Angelswhisper2011
– Hisia of Bleue comme Aby
– Sammy of One spoiled cat
– Sparkle of Sparkle the designer cat

It was really really difficult to give it to just five bloggers, but I hope the award will be shared, so all of those I wanted to share a box with will eventually get one!

I received other awards that I want to accept too.

Nerissa nominated me for one of his own awards, the Friends and Followers Award.

Friends and Followers Award | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Thank you so very much, Nissy! The rules are very simple.

1. Firstly, you need to post the award on your blog.
Done!

2. Secondly, you need to thank the blogger givin’ it to you and, if you don’t already, follow them. You can follow by e-mail or feed or a reader or any other method available. That even includes just checkin’ in with them every day or so if they don’t have any kind of followin’ method set up.
Done!

3. Thirdly, you need to pass along the FRIENDS & FOLLOWERS award to a few readers whom you know already follow you.
I know the award has already circulated so my apologies if you already received it. My nominees are:
– Binky of Angelswhisper2011
– Eirwena of Journal d’un chat : les aventures d’Eirwena
– Kjelle Bus of Charlie Rascal’s Destinies and Adventures
– Quill and Greyson of Housecat Confidential
– Flynn of Eric and Flynn’s Adventures

4. And fourthly – which is also lastly – you need to let ’em know. Let the bloggers to whom you’ve given the award know you did so.
Will do as soon as the post is published!

Franny’s Feline Film Forum has nominated me in November for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. I already have it but I want to thank you so much for thinking of me!!

Magdalena Vandenberg nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I already have it too but I also want to thank you for thinking of me!!

There are others but I want to make a separate post because this one is already long enough.

Thank you all so much! I hope you enjoy plenty of boxes every day of the new year to come!

Merry Christmas Y’All!

All my Dear Furriends, furry ones and humans,

Sorry for the long silence. Milou is doing better but my human caught a huge cold and she was doing nothing (except saying she was turning into a cat because she spent much time sleeping – she wished!). We know your purrs and purrayers and thoughts helped Milou a lot and we can never say how much we are thankful.

We are thinking of all of you while we are getting ready for Christmas. In our house, “all is calm, all is bright”…

Merry Christmas! | Texas, a Cat in... Austin

Merry Christmas! | Texas, a Cat in... Austin

Well, except for the kid in the house, and that would be Mademoiselle Kitshka!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

[We will be back on Thursday for, we hope, more regular blogging and visiting]

Milou Is Home!

Milou Is Home!

A good update on Milou: not only did the surgery go well, Milou is healing well (and defecating normally) according to the vet, so the humans were able to bring him home today. The vet thinks that since he defecated normally immediately after the surgery, there are chances that he doesn’t have a megacolon! We’re keeping our paws crossed.

The humans visited Milou yesterday at the vet and although his (but)tocks were obviously bothering him (he has quite a few stitches and has been shaved on a good part of his tocks and the base of his tail), he seemed alert and happy to see his human.

Milou after his surgery | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Milou after his surgery | Texas, a cat in... Austin

He is now back home with a cone to prevent him from licking the stitches (which he tries to do despite the cone).

Milou after his surgery | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Thank you all so much for your support. Your are all so very good furriends and this is the best gift Santa Paws could send us!
Again, I apologize for not visiting (and answering to your comments) yet. My human will help me hopefully starting tonight and tomorrow.

Sending you all lots of purrs!

Milou Monday: Milou is at the Vet for Perineal Hernias

No Mondays are for Memories today, as the humans brought Milou to a specialist vet today to try to find out whether he had a megacolon and what could be done about it.

Milou in a box | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Again, thank you so much to everyone for stopping by and leaving links, advice, purrs, and purrayers. My human has learned a lot more about megacolon now! I hope to be able to come visit you again soon, as things get a little less busy.

The diagnostic today was that Milou has perineal hernias that have to be repaired. Basically and to keep it simple and short (may veterinarians forgive us!), the muscles that help the feces get out through the rectum are not working properly now, so Milou needs a surgery to repair them. The vet surgeon will use some other muscles in the pelvic region to repair the perineal hernias.

The vet could not say whether or not Milou had a megacolon yet though. Right now, he will only get treated for the perineal hernias (which is already a lot if you ask me). The vet surgeon is hoping that this will solve Milou’s problems and that he doesn’t have megacolon.

So the humans left Milou at the new vet today. He will get “cleaned” of all the stool currently in his colon before he has the surgery, maybe tomorrow, but most probably Wednesday. Of course, we are thinking a lot about him and we will be purring for him! I will keep you updated as we learn more.

Here are a couple of pictures of Milou, Kitshka, and I goofing around a few days ago! We are eager to be able to play with (and chase) Milou again!

Texas & Milou | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Milou & Kitshka | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Wordy Wednesday: Thank You

I want to say thank you to all my furriends who stopped by to send good wishes to Milou, and posted advice and links to pages about megacolon.

My human is going to read all of this during the weekend so she’ll be well purrpared for Milou’s appointment on Monday.

I also wanted to show you that we are keeping a close(d) eye on Milou (even though he is still, after all these years, hissing at me):

Kitshka, Milou & Texas | Texas, a cat in... Austin

(Yes, my human is playing with Photoshop)

Thank you all! Purrs!

Update on Milou’s Health: It Might Be a Megacolon

Hiya everyone,

As I mentioned here and there (for those who have been following me for some time), Milou has been going to the vet regularly for the past two years, due to constipation issues. We tried adding fibers and the vets prescribed laxatives, and it helped for a while, but it now seems that the problem is more serious than that.

Milou on his human's lap | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Milou, on his human’s lap

Milou has to go to the vet almost once a week to have an enema. With Thanksgiving, our new vet even taught the humans how to perform one just in case.

Our vets in New York diagnosed IBD or cancer (they had to make a biopsy to know for sure, but the humans decided not to go for the biopsy because it was a very invasive surgery, Milou is 14, and at the time he had lost a lot of weight if you remember, plus the vets told our humans that the treatment would be more or less the same anyway).

Our vet here in Texas thinks that Milou has a case of Megacolon: basically, Milou’s colon is dilated so much that it cannot process the poop out anymore. Feces stay stuck inside and become larger and very dry and hard.

According to our vet, there are but two solutions: a surgery by a specialist vet to take away part of the colon (the dilated part that cannot function anymore) or… the worse solution ever. Neither my human, nor me can resolve ourselves to write it here :-(

Milou has an appointment with a specialist vet next Monday. In the meantime, the humans are doing some research on the health issue. If any of you has had this problem in your furry family, please feel free to share how it went. Thank you in advance.

This is not a furry nice time of the year, in some respects. There are several kitties that need purrs, including our furriends at Brian’s Home. We too are purring for them.

Graphic by Zoolatry

Graphic by Zoolatry

Kitshka Friday: Can You Tell We Had <strike>Too Much</strike> Some Turkey Yesterday?

Kitshka Friday: Can You Tell We Had Too Much Some Turkey Yesterday?

Thanks to everyone for your Thanksgiving wishes! We hope you had a good one too.

Did you get some turkey? We had just a little (no really) and it was enough to make us snooze ;-)

Kitshka & Texas, post Thanksgiving dinner | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Kitshka & Texas, post Thanksgiving dinner | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Kitshka & Texas, post Thanksgiving dinner | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Kitshka & Texas, post Thanksgiving dinner | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Kitshka & Texas, post Thanksgiving dinner | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Kitshka & Texas, post Thanksgiving dinner | Texas, a cat in... Austin

If you have the impression that the size of our pics is strange and not really the same for all pics, it’s not an impression. That’s because the female human cropped them so that you would not see too much of our excellent work of turning the black couch white. I think she has given up on the couch being black!