Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Welcome to The BBHQ Mid-Week News Round-Up A Health Update on Sloppy Sauce Plus Amber's Felted Mini Me!

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Epic Wednesday Greetings Furiends

Welcome to the Pet Parade and our weekly news round up!

Furst up in the news this week, is a health update on Parsley. We got the results from his poop tests that were sent off for analysis last Monday, and the good news is, there were no abnormalities or anything to be concerned about.

Luckily Parsley has been slop free the last three days, and the vet said if the slops do come back then there's a couple of things we can try, the furst of which is a course of steroids via injection/shot and the second involves some medication to help reset his gut, although that second option is via syringe orally. Which as mew know is not always easy to administer to a kitty, so paws crossed that his bum stays solid and no further treatment will be required. 

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Parsley hanging out in the catservatory.

Next up, Pandora was enjoying her morning under the gazebo, although it was quite breezy and her fur went super floofy!

Brindle Tortoiseshell Cat sitting in the garden, Super fluffy cat,

Pandora and Smooch adore snoozing on the sofa and spend many an afternoon watching the birds and all the other goings-on.

Oh, we've got three hedgehogs in the garden at the moment, so we'll get a video for next weeks post.

Finally, mew may remember on last Wednesday's post, that we were given a wool felting kit by the Cats Protection as part of their new fundraiser, well the P.A. decided to make a series of videos showing how she made the cat Christmas Bauble from start to finish.

Watch the entire series here, or click the links below each video to watch direct on YouTube.

What did mew think?

Amber still hasn't made up her mind on the finished project, she says she's cogitating on it! Oh dear! MOL

That's us done for today, Amber will be back on Friday with another fab book just for mew, and if mew missed Monday's Colouring with Cats we shared a beautiful crystal, one of our favourites and Fudge modelled it beautifully.

Epic purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team 

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Monday, 18 October 2021

Love To Colour? Colouring with Cats #129 ~ Getting Your OM’s on with Mandalas on Mondays ~ Crystal of the Week PLUS **Your Crystal Questions Answered** What Is Larimar Good For?

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Supurr Monday greetings beautiful furiends

Welcome to another fun week at BBHQ and today, we're continuing our crystal journey. This time, we've got a lovely gemstone to share as Jen asked us; what is larimar good for? 

Crystal of The Week


What is Larimar good for?

Larimar is just one of those stones that draws mew in. They have the most exquisite tones of aqua, bluey-green and turquoise with white, it is a semi-opaque stone in all shades of the aforementioned blue hues. It was only discovered and made available to the gem market as we know it in 1974, and it comes from the Dominican Republic, so it's a relatively new find.
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Fudge is wearing one of the P.A.'s favourite pendants, and we do have a few tumble stones too, although they are quite small as larimar can be quite expensive, especially the brighter, aqua blue tones.

Ginger Cat Wearing a Larimar and silver pendant, beautiful cat wearing larimar crystal pendant

Let's tell mew a little bit about the gem lore surrounding this beautiful stone. Larimar is reported to be a very protective crystal, and its name is translation means tranquility. So if mew're looking for more harmony, relaxation and peace in your life this could be worth looking at.

Larimar is also purportedly very spiritual and assists in reaching deeper states of meditation. It is also said to raise consciousness, and helps with spiritual connections, for instance with the angelic realms and/or angelic beings. 

If mew're looking for more going with the flow in life, for instance; if mew feel like mew're constantly swimming upstream, against the flow, this may be one to try, to help dissolve blockages, self sabotaging thoughts/feelings, and assist in moving through life with more fluidity. Try wearing a pendent or bracelet etc... and see if it helps. 

A supurr stone for the throat chakra, although as with all chakra placements, it could be placed wherever mew feel it would be most beneficial.

The P.A. finds wearing crystals as jewellery is far easier than carrying around a pocketful of rocks! MOL  Although she does have a small zip purse in her handbag with an assortment of stones in. 

If mew're drawn to this stone, buying one in purrson is the way to go, as then mew can actually see the stone mew are actually getting. It's difficult to buy some crystals online, and there's nothing worse than opening an internet bought crystal and it's nothing like the one mew thought mew'd bought. Unless the listing says, that mew are definitely getting the one in the picture.

Many thanks for emailing us Jen, and we hope that answered your question.

 If mew have any crystal questions; email us, DM us or ask us in the comments below.

To check out last weeks Crystal of the Week, click the link: Moonstone.

(disclaimer; we are not health or medical practitioners, all crystal info is purely for entertainment purposes only.) 

Anyhoo, we do hope mew've all have a totally pawesome weekend, and that mew're ready fur the week ahead, so let's jump right in and start as always with our little breathing exercise, which we're sure mew all have down paw by now...  but if mew've furgotten, stop what mew're doing fur a moment and take deep fulfilling breaths; counting to five on the inhale and five on the exhale:

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Smooch is here again to offur mew assistance in getting your OM's on and Zen Harmonies happening, so just press play, close your eyes and follow his instructions.

Don't mew feel better already?  I know we do!

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Here's this weeks mandala.
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And here's our finished version... a kalediascope of blue.

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Coloured on the iPad and then transformed in Prisma, this time we chose the effect -  Surf.

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So on that note, we'll say bye for now and look forward to your company on Wednesady when we're back with our mid-week news round-up, and we'll share a couple more videos of the P.A. making the wool felt Christmas Bauble from last weeks post.

Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Supurr chilled purrs

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Sunday, 17 October 2021

Melvyn's Sunshine Selfie on The Sunday Selfies & Caturday Art Blog Hops

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Epic greetings supurr furiends

Welcome to another selfie selection and today our theme is:

Melvyn's Sunshine Selfie  

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Melvyn's sharing a little sunshine today, as it's been sadly lacking around BBHQ recently! MOL

We're also joining in the lovely Athena's Art Hop so do stop by and show off your pawesome arty-farty skills.

Cute tabby cat wearing a bandada

The effect was created with Befunky - Underpainting DLX + colour changes to saturation.

We also turned this fab arty-farty picture into a puzzle, so do stop by the puzzle page and take the Puzzle Challenge, see if mew can beat our time of 9 mins 42 secs. 

Mew may remember on Wednesdays post, that we were given a wool felting kit by the Cats Protection as part of their new fundraiser, well the P.A. decided to make a series of videos showing how she made the cat Christmas Bauble from start to finish.

Just click the links to watch direct on YouYube.

Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 4    Part 5    Part 6    Part 7

What did mew think?

Anyhoo it's time for us to go on kitty patrol around the garden before it starts to rain again, so we do hope mew have a totally terrific day and we'll be back on the morrow with another gorgeous mandala for mew to colour and our crystal of the week, so do join us then.

Wishing mew lots of snoozy snuggles

Supurr Sunday Purrs

Basil & The B Team

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Guys if mew didn't already know, beautiful Giulietta from Cat on My Head, very sadly departed over the Rainbow Bridge and got her wings last week. We send oodles of gentle hugs and soft purrs to all at Kitties Blue.

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Friday, 15 October 2021

Love To Read? Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #174 featuring **The Sphinxing Rabbit: Book of Hours** by Pauline Chakmakjian and Nilesh Mistry PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today, and it has been a fun week. Did mew see Wednesday's post about the Cats Protection Christmas Bauble Felting Kit? 

Yesterday, the P.A. made the felt mini-me, she's videoed the entire thing and will be posting snippets of video on our reels later today, or early evening when she gets home from work.

She made seven approximately 5-ish minute long videos showing exactly how she made the Cat Christmas Felt Bauble following the instructions, and they will be posted in sequence on our YouTube Channel in the next few days.

And mew will be able to see exactly how it was made in real-time.

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I was waiting for treats here, as mew can tell the service was sadly lacking!

Anyhoo, let's find out what I've got to share with mew this week.

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.

1. _________ makes my skin crawl.

2. I enjoy _________.

3. I consider myself _________.

4. _________ and _________ are not a good mix.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1.  Horror movies makes my skin crawl. I can't watch them, I see no enjoyment or value in that genre at all, obviously I know a lot of people love this genre but for me, no.

2. I enjoy old movies. Josh collects DVD's, so most nights after dinner we'll watch something from our youth! LOL 

3. I consider myself an easy-going person unless I'm severely provoked, and then it's like unleashing the Kraken.

4. Oil and water are not a good mix- just saying! LOL  I always grew up listening to the fashion tips of the time, and it was always said, that navy and black shouldn't be worn together, blue and green should never be seen, black and yellow was a big no, anyhoo you get the picture, and it's hilarious today that there actually is no fashion because everything is being copied from previous decades, there are no rules and anything goes. 

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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

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Mewton-Clawson Library Copy

The Sphinxing Rabbit: Book of Hours


Pauline Chakmakjian and Nilesh Mistry

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

If you could do anything, who would you be? The Sphinxing Rabbit series of books continues with Book of Hours, a delightful and amusing solution to a concern Tocqueville had for American equality - that the absence of an aristocratic class led to a lack of progress in the arts and theoretical sciences resulting in no true intellectual class.

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Mew may remember that earlier in the year I reviewed The Sphinxing Rabbit, and I was delighted when the author contacted me about the second book in the series. So off I toddled to the library PC and bought myself a Kindle copy.

As with the first book in the series this one is also filled to the brim with the most beautiful illustrations, and I mean absolutely gorgeous. If mew have the original paperwhite kindle or previous black and white versions mew'll miss out on the richness and depth of the artists work. I would advise reading on your tablet or getting the hardback version to truly appreciate the artwork.

From my viewpoint, the story once again is very interesting and teaches about the subtleties of how those in the position of power operate to keep the masses ignorant, obedient and controllable. Wow, it sounds like one of the oodles of conspiracy theories I keep reading about happening in our world right now!

Pauline captures a broader perspective and packages it up in a great little book, which clearly spells out the message to her readers, and it is interesting to note that with the right guidance as demonstrated in the book how simple it is to make a positive change to benefit all.

A  thought-provoking and well-crafted read, and I would recommend it most heartily, even if the story isn't your thing, the illustrations alone are amazing.

Hardback: 68 pages
Publisher: Panoma Press
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My Ratings Scale

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Ratings of:

The Sphinxing Rabbit: Book of Hours



Overall Enjoyment
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I really hope mew enjoy the book as much as I did if mew decide to read it.

It's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't furget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books


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