2017 in Review

Wow, 2017 went fast, didn’t it?


So, let’s look back…

Some new blogs I followed:

The Zen Hiker – Hiking in the Hudson Valley

The Blessings of Animal Companions – Reflections of living with and caring for animals

Night Owl Poetry – Dorinda Duclos

Wolf’s Birding and Bonsai Blog – My birding trips and bonsai activities in and around Cape Town

Aimee Eddy  – Advocate, Overcomer, Insightful


My most popular posts: 

Photo Challenge: Air Plant Collage

Photo Challenge: Scenes from Atop

A Salute to Mother Earth!

Wanderlust through Books

Bonsai Expo at Duke Gardens



My accomplishments:

We adopted sisters from the Durham Independent Animal Rescue for Valentine’s Day.

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Quinn (left) & Harley (right)

To read more about our little sweethearts –  Two Warm Hearts For Valentine’s Day

We bought our house and are now setting down roots in our new state, North Carolina.

I finished the manuscript for my second book, 2 Cats, a Bodyguard & an Heiress (working title), and will begin sending it out to agents and publishers.  Elizabeth has a stalker and now an ex-military bodyguard. So much for plans of a relaxing summer…

And I have continued to meet so many interesting people all over the world through social media!

Share some of your accomplishments in the comments below, no matter how small. Every accomplishment deserve praise!

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Top Ten Tuesday! Ten Reasons Cats Are Better Than Dogs

I agree with all of these plus some. What can you add to the list?

The Phil Factor

Last week I gave dogs and the dog people their due in the worlds oldest debate.  This week it’s the cats turn. Don’t worry, I have no plans to continue comparing animals.


10. Cattitude: You’ve got to respect their aloofness. They’re not all needy like dogs. If you’re gone 5 minutes, a dog acts like you’ve returned from the Bataan Death March while your cat just checks his watch and goes back to sleep.

9. Pooping indoors: When it’s cold and snowy and my dog has got to go at 6 a.m. I have to take her out. My cat on the other hand is even more stealthy about his bowel movements than I am. Cats are the ultimate Poop at Home People.  Some cats can even poop on a toilet.

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8.  Cats are never sick: My cat has been to the vet two times in three years. My…

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Happy #TRT – Tummy Rub Tuesday (Week 139)

If you are like me, you can’t get enough of kitty tummies. Join your furry tummies with the rest through this great blog…

Here’s mine:



Hello everyone,

Welcome to another week of Tummy Rub Tuesday! Oh, and if you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet, why not sign up by clicking here to never miss a TRT again.

We have setup a Katzenworld Forum and would like to encourage everyone to make their entries for Tummy Rub Tuesday on our new dedicated Tummy Rub Tuesday post. Simply leave a comment on the post and attach the image you’d like to use. If you’ve got more than one image to use, make multiple comments!

Alternatively you can still send them in via info@katzenworld.co.uk. Or just leave a comment with the link to the post / photo you’d like us to use.

And in case you missed last week’s post click here to see the full list!

People that follow us on a regular basis know that we’ve got a special place for black cats… so…

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Mews: Shortest living domestic cat (height)

If you like cats and world records you will love this post!
Enjoy, on this TunaTuesday 🙂


Hi everyone,

The Guinness World Records kindly gave us permission to repost some of their cat world records as part of their 2016 book which is available in stores!

Today we are looking at the Shortest living domestic cat (height):


The shortest cat is Lilieput, a nine-year-old female munchkin cat, who measured 13.34 cm (5.25 in) from the floor to the shoulders on 19 July 2013, and is owned by Christel Young (USA) of Napa, California, USA.

All photo credit goes to the Guinness World Records.

We’ve seen plenty of munchkin cats in our cat cafe features in Japan! But Lillieput certainly looks a lot shorter. I always wonder how these little ones get on with their life as the normal activities can’t be easy for them! 😦

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Friday Fun Post #18: Two For the Price of One

This Friday I thought maybe it was a particularly tough day for you. So, here are two funny images to enjoy. Who doesn’t love cats and babies? Have a great day!



Baby with funny face

Which one is your favorite?

Did you miss last Friday’s Fun Post? Click here.

Friday Fun Post #13 – Cats & Ghosts

As we go through another Friday Fun Post, we are getting closer and closer to Halloween. So in the spirit of cats and ghosts I chose this photo for our caption fun. What do you think this cat is saying?

black and white cat

Here’s mine:

Eeek! A ghost mouse just took off with my cat nip!


If you missed last Friday’s Fun Post, click here. (crocodiles)


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One Lovely Blog Award Nomination


Wow! I’ve only been blogging since November 2013, so imagine my surprise when I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award. I’d like to thank Marjorie Mallon at Kyrosmagica, who also has a lovely blog. Be sure and check her’s out.

So the rules of this award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominates you and link back to them in your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 or more bloggers you admire
  • Contact chosen bloggers to let them know you are nominating them

Okay, here goes…

Seven Things About Myself:

  1. I am a Dragon in the Chinese Zodiac. The dragon is one of the most powerful and lucky signs of the zodiac. A dragon has a warm heart, is giving, intelligent and charming. Tie that in with my American Zodiac sign of Leo the Lion and there must be a lot of power packed into my petite frame 🙂Dragon, zodiac sign
  2. I am a reader and author. Ever since I learned to read, I have read books. And more books. And even more books. Eventually, I began writing my own stories and now my first novel-length, romance will be published this fall. To read an excerpt of Hong Kong Treasure check out Romance by D. Dominik Wickles.
  3. I build and decorate dollhouses. I’ve always loved dollhouses so building mini-worlds is one of my hobbies. I have a French Colonial, a Victorian cottage, a tiny woodland creature’s home and am currently building a houseboat.IMG_2324
  4. I studied Tae Kwon Do & Combat Hapkido. Tae Kwon Do is a school of martial arts and Combat Hapkido is heavy on self-defense. Both are Korean. I loved the kicks and strikes of Tae Kwon Do but the sparing in Combat Hapkido made me a mass of bruises. Martial arts are excellent for fitness and self-discipline, besides being a load of fun.
  5. I love cats. About eight years ago on an icy November day, a small kitten appeared on our front porch and stayed there all day. By evening time, with the temperature sinking, we let her into the house. She meowed and brushed against us to say thank you. After checking around for her owners, we ended up adopting her. Or she adopted us, which is what pets will do. I named her Miss Agatha Christie and my sons shortened it to Aggie. Aggie is a spoiled, pampered, loved and enjoyed part of our family! IMG_2328
  6. I do yoga for fitness and stretching. Yoga is for everyone because you only have to do as much as you can do. There are so many, easy positions which do wonders for your body. Yoga and meditation are excellent for de-stressing and detoxing._Yoga_at_the_sea
  7. I am a vegan. That means I am a vegetarian who doesn’t eat dairy, honey or eggs. I eat a plant-based diet.

15 Blogs I follow, enjoy and have nominated for this award:

Hong Kong:

My Hong Kong Husband

Peanut Butter and Mussels

Still Times


Kayaks, Canoes & Shoes

Travel Tales of Life

What an Amazing World!  

Dream of a City

Charlotte Johnson 888


Bailey Boat Cat

Lessons with Oscar

Catwoods Porch Party

One Spoiled Cat


Yoga Lyndz


The Hopeful Herbalist


Before I forget


I am so tickled to be nominated for this award!

Anyone else nominated for this or another blogging award?


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