Friday, 26 November 2021

In Today's Post **FAREWELL PETE CUSACK ~ EPICALLY EPIC CAT DAD** Love To Read? Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #180 featuring **How to Live Like Your Cat** by Stéphane Garnier PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins + Photo Fails Blog Hop

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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 we're all rather upset today as we heard very sad news yesterday, one of our amazing blogging pals has died. 

Pete Cusack, cat dad to all the ameowzing kitties at Tomcat Commentary by Timmy, sadly passed away on November 20th. 

We are deeply saddened to lose such an epic friend, and he will be missed very much by all in the Cat Blogging community who knew him. He always brought a smile to your day, and was such a kind and generous soul who will be remembered with much fondness by all.

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RIP Pete, mew will be terribly missed, but mew will never be forgotten and will always be remembered as an epically epic dude at BBHQ. We salute mew, and hope your new journey is filled with wonder and more kitties than mew could ever imagine!

Mew can visit his Obituary here, and leave a message on the tribute wall. 

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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. I find it easy to choose a gift for _________.

2. I find it difficult to choose a gift for _________.

3. Now that I've _________, I can _________.

4. I'm especially looking forward to _________ this holiday season.

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

1. I find it easy to choose a gift for my mum or dad.

2. I find it difficult to choose a gift for Josh.

3. Now that I've got The B Teams Christmas cards printed and delivered, I can get those sent out early next week and breathe a sigh of relief that's another task ticked off the list. I found it really hard to design a card this year, as I've been working on a computer that is ridiculously slow and uncooperative, and it makes doing any online work really, really unenjoyable. But so it goes, these things are sent to test us! LOL

4. I'm especially looking forward to relaxing this holiday season.

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Today, as it's the last Friyay of the month, we're also joining in the furrbulous...

So do drop by the marvellous Mudpie's blog at to join in.

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Melvyn was trying to get to the pigeon while watching Bite Sized Bird TV! MOL

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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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How to Live Like Your Cat


Stéphane Garnier

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

A fun present for cat lovers everywhere: a light-hearted self-help guide to help you live more like your cat


Do cats worry about their pension? Nope. Do cats take on work they don’t want to do? As if! Do cats rush around hectically when they’d rather be licking their paws and looking out of the window? Please.

Cats are free. They are calm, observant, wise, elegant, charismatic and proud. In fact, cats have found nothing less than the secret of how we should all live, whatever species we are! 

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So what did I think about How to Live Like Your Cat? I really enjoyed it, and being a cat understood all the points presented fully! MOL

This would be an ideal pressie this holiday season for stressed-out cat pawrents, who need a gentle reminder to live in the moment and be more cat.

In fact, it would be a purrfect read for anypurrdy whose life is constantly on the go and they never seem to get a chance to come up for air. Mindfulness and living in the now is always in vogue. 

If mew feel a little harassed, frazzled, at your wit's end or just a little out of sorts trying to catch up with everything, or the best analogy I could give would be constantly chasing one's tail, this would be an epic addition to your to-read list.

Be More Cat and try this book.

A top paw recommendation from me.

  • Publisher: ‎ Fourth Estate
  • Paperback: ‎ 176 pages
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My Rating Scale

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Ratings of:

How to Live Like Your Cat

Overall Enjoyment

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Other Fun Blog Hops to Join in Today

         Catblogosphere        Feline Friday        Nature Friday        Flashback Friday     Friendship Friday       

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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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Thursday, 25 November 2021

Happy Thanksgiving To Mew All

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Happy Purrsday epic furiends

We're here to wish all our gorgeous furiends across the pond a wonderful day!

Join our feast and let's be thankful for all our ameowzing furiends in the Cat Blogosphere and beyond.

We celebrate each and every one of mew.

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There's always plenty of turkey and noms to go around at BBHQ, but be quick because young Melvyn and Parsley are both on bulking sessions right now! MOL

Wherever mew are, and howeffur mew celebrate, we really hope mew all have an epically epic day!

Supurr purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team 

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Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Welcome to The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ~ Part 5 of The Hedgehog Update & Scooter Goes Off-Roading, Melvyn & Parsley's Reaction to Bite Sized Bird TV and More BBHQ Haunted Happenings - The Poltergeist Strikes Again **REAL GHOST STORIES**

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Epic Wednesday Greetings Furiends

Welcome to our weekly news round up!

Furst up in the news 

In Part 5 of the BBHQ Hedgehog update; Scooter goes off-roading through the undergrowth and Wriggles has seconds. Snuffles and Prickles have gone into hibernation, leaving the youngsters to fatten themselves up for the big sleep.

Hedgehog igloo, british wildlife, making hedgehogs a comfy home in the garden

                        Nicely camouflaged                      The entrance                       Inside is full of dry leaves                                                                                                                        to make a snuggly nest

The hedgehog igloo is now fully insulated. The instructions recommended placing approximately 5cm or 2" of natural insulation such as leaves and twigs on it. We used the pine needles from the Scotch pine as they created a lovely thick layer with was incredibly dense, and then we placed some small conifer branches on top to prevent any wind from blowing anything away. Plus as it's already halfway under a tree it should be nicely protected from the elements, and inside if they choose to move in, is filled with dry leaves which they can burrow in to make a nest.

And guess what? Last night a third hedgling appeared, who's a little smaller than Scooter, and in next weeks update mew can meet Zippy!


Scooter bit the P.A's slipper in the next episode.

Yep, there was a hedgehog attack at BBHQ! MOL MOL

Bite Sized Bird TV Episode 3 

Next up in the news, Bite Sized Bird TV Episode 3 went live the other day.  

Mew can see the other episodes here:

Ep 1: Catch The Pigeon

Ep 2: Tuneful Tweeters

Watch what Melvyn and Parsley thought about episode 1.

Melvyn loves it, even Pandora has been watching it, so we'll make a few more videos over the coming weeks to add a bit of variety, as we have some fun footage of jackdaws, starlings and magpies up close from the new wildlife camera. 

Wildlife Camera Update

And speaking of the wildlife camera; we finally got it to wurk, the SD card wasn't being recognised so aftur a quick format it was good to go.

It's now placed in front of the hedgehog igloo, to see if the youngsters decided to move in for the winter and we'll check in a few days to see if it captured any footage.

BBHQ Haunted Happenings ~ The Poltergeist Strikes Again

And finally this week the P.A. is back with some more spooky tales, so get your cup of tea or coffee, sit back and relax! Muwahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa!!! 

FYI for new readers: These are real ghost stories and true-life events which have happened to me at BBHQ, they are not made up or fictional tales for effect. 

Hello fabulous friends, you may remember in last weeks haunted happenings when I spoke about the bed moving all on its own?

Today I'm going to tell you about the time I'd made new curtains for the same room. To set the scene, I commissioned my cousin to make a solid wooden pelmet for the window. He screwed a thick wooden baton to the wall and made it the pelmet so it would slot behind the baton, enabling me to remove it for cleaning. 

The wooden pelmet sat snugly on the baton for several weeks before I made the curtains, and I would randomly test it to make sure that there was no way it could fall or come loose, and it was solid as a rock.

I made the curtains and matching fabric pelmet to hide the wood and hung the entire thing on the baton, using a small hammer to knock it firmly into place, I gave the curtains a tug etc just to check it was secure and went downstairs to put away my sewing machine and supplies.

I'd just stepped into the kitchen when I heard a god awful crash from upstairs. My first thought was, oh fluff the cats as I raced up the stairs and along the landing to find the entire pelmet in a heap on the floor, and luckily no cats in sight. 

Replacing the pelmet/curtains, and hammering it even harder into place, then checking that it was solid, I left the room again and had just got back to the kitchen when there was another god awful crash

Running back upstairs I found the entire thing on the floor again, and the curtains were splayed across the floor like they'd been dragged and several curtain hooks had come loose and flown across the room.

I was feeling quite annoyed and a little bit freaked out as I replaced everything, hammered it back and replaced the curtain hooks which had mysteriously come out, and anyone who's hung curtains knows how difficult it is to remove them. Satisfied it was firmly in place and wasn't going to move, off I went downstairs.

I didn't even make it to the bottom step before, 


Hurtling back upstairs, the pelmet was halfway across the room like it had been ripped off the wall which such force, and as I stepped closer I saw that most of the brand new curtain hooks had snapped clean in half. Curtain hooks don't snap like that, not in my experience anyway, I was really freaked out at this point as I noticed how the curtains looked like they had been grabbed, twisted and wrenched, the fabric was pure silk and the curtains had been ironed to within an inch of their life before hanging and now they looked like crumpled rags.

I didn't hang the pelmet and curtains again, I put everything on the bed, shut the door, locked it (yes, I know a locked door wouldn't stop whatever it was, but it just made me feel better in that moment), and went back downstairs until Josh came home.

Josh used No More Nails and several screws to secure the pelmet to the baton a few days later, and it never moved again until it was removed in 2019 not too long before my accident, and yes that was the same room where I fell through the floor/kitchen ceiling.

I've noticed over the years that stuff only happens when work or renovations are underway, and no, I'm not planning on doing anything at the moment!

How does it make me feel knowing there is something unexplainable/creepy/scary/spooky in my home?

It did use to really freak me out, and I noticed that the more I paid attention to it, the more stuff would happen, so over the years I began to ignore things and they have lessened to where most of the time I'm oblivious to the spooks. I did have the local vicar come to perform an exorcism on the building, if you'd like to know about that, let me know in the comments, and would you like to see the monster-sized orb I captured on film in my office? Let me know and I'll share more spooky tales next week.

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 post, our latest mandala on Colouring with Cats is ready to download. And Fudge shared an epically startled selfie on Sunday and a really fun puzzle.

We look forward to your company again soon.

Epic purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team 

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Monday, 22 November 2021

Love To Colour? Colouring with Cats #134 ~ Getting Your OM’s on with Mandalas on Mondays ~ Crystal of the Week PLUS **Your Crystal Questions Answered** What Is Opalite Good For?

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Supurr Monday greetings beautiful furiends

Welcome to another week at BBHQ and we're continuing our crystal journey today, and have a lovely gemstone to share, as Angel asked us; what is Opalite good for? 

Crystal of The Week


What is Opalite good for?

Opalite is a semi-translucent white/blue stone, it is usually a man-made iridescent glass resin that is created from Dolomite and metal. There are natural opalite stones created in the earth, although these are quite rare, so the samples mew can buy will usually be the glass resin version. 

They are also known as a Tiffany Stone and have a lovely chatoyancy or colour change, similar to a genuine opal although not as intricate or intense, with flashes of blues, reds and golds shining from the depths of the crystal.
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We have a few pieces of opalite at BBHQ, three of which are cute little cat carvings, one of which is being investigated by Melvyn below.

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Let's tell mew a little about the gemlore surrounding this pretty crystal. It is purported to help with sleep disturbances, and nightmares, so if mew experience either, try putting a piece under your pillow for a few nights.

It is also said the help strengthen your aura, and assist with faster healing. Plus it supposedly helps to remove energetic blockages within the body.

Also known as the merchant stone, it can supposedly help with business, success and wealth plus assist with financial gain and material wealth. So if mew're needing a bit of help in that department maybe this stone could help. 

Opalite is a stone of happiness, bringing more joy and calmness to your life, and can aid in contacting the spiritual realms.

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 A good stone for the throat chakra, as it can enhance communication. 

It apparently is an excellent energizer, so if mew're looking for a little more stamina throughout the day purrhaps carry a small stone on your purrson and see if it helps.

Opalite is said to be a good balancer, so if your yin and yang are a little out of sorts, this may help reset things.

There's so much more info about this lovely crystal, so if we've piqued your curiosity go and check out google for more.

And as with previous crystals, mew can get all types of different jewellery, should mew want to wear a piece or pieces.

We love our little carvings and they sit on a shelf in the BBHQ office.

Many thanks for emailing us Angel, 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: Malachite.

(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, coloured in a veritable rainbow of colours, we felt we needed to use every colour today.  In fact, it reminds us of a stained glass window.

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

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So on that note, we'll say bye for now and hope to see mew

Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Supurr  chilled purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team xox

Free Lockdown Activities

And don't furget while we're all on lockdown, we The B Team have got your six and can entertain mew fur weeks; there are oodles of colouring pages to download and not furgetting the colouring books too.  There's a page full of crafting projects to keep your mittens making stuff, and if books are your thing, check our Amber's Book Reviews fur your next pawesome read! 

There are some epically exciting adventure stories too, so read our thrilling tales episode by epic episode.

We've also added some new Brain Training posts, just to keep your little grey cells in tip-top condition. And we’ll be adding extra jigsaw puzzles to the puzzle page.

If mew want to see more of what's been happening at BBHQ, check out our Instagram feed where mew can see exclusive pics and videos that we don't put here on the blog.

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