Friday, 27 May 2022

Love To Read? Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #205 featuring **Paws and Effect** by Leighann Dobbs 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 OMC aka OH MY COD! 

I can't quite catch my breath, so much so that I had to flop down in catservatory and just not look, and if mew're wondering what I'm not looking at, it's the fluffing library door. 

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The P.A. started to paint it last weekend; check out The Midweek News Round-Up for more details. Anyhoo, the P.A. fluffed up, and on Chewsday my lovely red door looked like a dirty maroon colour, in fact it was so bad I broke out in a heinous sweat and just look at what it did to my chest fur!!!! 

Now I need some serious brushing, and the door had a third coat yesterday, but it's still patchy and not RED enough, so it will require another one, so that will mean it's had six coats of paint, and it had better look OK after it's final coat tommorow, because if not, I might just insist it gets painted black and be done with it! 

It's really stressed me out; mew see normally Kim the decorator would come approx every five years and paint all outside at BBHQ, and in March 2020 when he'd just arrived to begin the painting, the UK got locked down and then he decided to retire, so it never got done. I couldn't believe it. He worked for the family for over 40 years when he retired, and sadly there's no one to replace him - AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! 

Where have all the good trades people gone? 

Anyhoo, so the P.A. is going to work/paint her way around BBHQ slowly throughout the summer months and hopefully get it all painted.

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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 wouldn’t mind being stuck in an elevator with _____________________.
2. Now that the formula shortage is fixed, I wish something could be done about the ______________________shortage.
3. If I had to sum up my life in one sentence, it would read as follows: _________.
4. _________ is an awkward situation in which I once found myself in.

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

1. I wouldn’t mind being stuck in an elevator with my hubby and cats, most other people would proabaly get on my nerves! LOL

2. Now that the formula shortage is fixed, I wish something could be done about the ______________________shortage. The formula shortage didn't affect the U.K. that I'm aware of, although we are being threatened with food shortages and wheat shortages coming to a super market shelf near you soon - YAY for war and covid - that was utter and unalterdated sarcasm by the way.

3. If I had to sum up my life in one sentence, it would read as follows: It was always about the cats.

4. _________ is an awkward situation in which I once found myself in. I can't think of any awkward situations, well nothing springs to mind, but if I do remember one between typing this on Thursday afternoon and posting on Friday, I'll be back to add it in. 

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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's lasers and on, targeted and ready to fire! 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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Paws and Effect


Leighann Dobbs

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

Three hundred years ago, accused witch Hester Warren buried a magical box in Mystic Notch. The secret contents within have the power to bring disaster to the town, and when the box is dug up at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Mystic Notch Historical Museum, Hester's ghost and that of her cat make an appearance to warn the humans and enlist their help to ensure the box doesn't fall into the wrong hands. Too bad the only one listening is Pandora, the cat.

Pandora soon finds herself on a treacherous path, battling humans and cats alike, where secrets are revealed and alliances that previously seemed impossible are made. But when one cat makes the ultimate sacrifice for the good of Mystic Notch, Pandora realizes things are not what they seem and is forced to make a decision that could put her own life at risk.

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I've now reviewed 6 of the 8 books in the Mystic Notch Cozy series, and here are the links:

Ghostly Paws  Book 1

 A Spirited Tail   Book 2

Paws and Effect Book 4 (today's review)

Probable Paws   Book 5

Claw and Order Book 8

Here we are with Book 4 today, and it's not as long as the others in the series, which did displease me a little, as I'd got used to each story being around the 6-hour mark, so I have been quite ruthless and deducted a paw off the rating as I did feel that this one was a little skimpy.

Still a good plot, the characters develop nicely, and Pandora and the barn cats have a much bigger role throughout. I feel that this should have been book 3.5, like a novella with a little more back story. Nevertheless, it was very enjoyable, although not long enough for my taste.
If mew love the Mystic Notch series, then this is an absolute must-read. If mew haven't read any of the books so far, don't start with this one; begin with Ghostly Paws and work your way through the series for the best reader experience.

Out of all the Mystic Notch books, this is my only 4 paw review, but that is only due to the length of the novel; that aside it's still fabulous, so read it.

Audio: 3 hours 23 mins
Pages: 151
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My Ratings Scale

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Ratings of:

Paws and Effect

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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Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Welcome to The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ~ Fudge Modeling his Jubilee Bandana, Smooch's Purrfect Sun Spot and Pandora's Helping Out In The Craft Room

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 Epic Greetings Furiends

Welcome to the BBHQ midweek news round-up!

Grampaw had a supurr birthday lunch on Sunday to celebrate his 80th birthday, and we all got to nom on some roast chicken which was pawesome. 

The P.A. started to paint the door on the library on Caturday, but we've had a little issue. She read that a grey undercoat should be used under the red gloss paint, even though she knew that the decorator used a red oxide type undercoat when the door was painted last time, but she thought she'd try the advice from google even though she wasn't convinced. 

Anyhoo, she painted two coats of the grey, and she's applied two coats of the red, and it's not looking great. In fact, she thinks it will take another two coats of red to even out the colour, as mew can imagine she's not furry happy and will not be using the grey undercoat again. She's now purchased a tin of red oxide paint to use instead, as there's still the back door, french doors, telephone box, wine pump and two large shed doors to do in the red.

And the moral of the story is, to trust your instincts and don't always believe google.

First up in the news this week

Fudge Modelling his Jubilee Bandana

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Take a look at his smexy mancat TikTok video.

The P.A. has made four identical bandanas, and she's hoping to get of picture of all the B Team Boys together. But we'll keep mew posted as mew know how unpredictable we are.

Next up in the news

Smooch's Purrfect Sun Spot

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Smooch found a perfect sun spot under the gazebo on Sunday tea time. Just look at those warms. When we say epic, we mean it was epically epic!

Look how floofy his fur looks. What a little beat!

Finally, this week

Pandora's Helping Out In The Craft Room

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Pandora adores being in the craft room, and she was helping out the other day when we were making a special snuggle mat for Smooch's Birthday winner. And NO, it's not the one she's sitting on, just case mew're wondering! MOL

We made a beautiful one with purples and greens, and hopefully that should be leaving BBHQ this week and heading off towards the USA, ready for some lucky kitties to get their fluffy derrieres on.

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, click here to catch up on The Smooch Report and find out all about our tripawed dude and his feral family.

Epic purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team 

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Monday, 23 May 2022

**A FLASHBACK TO 2014 WITH WING COMMANDER BASIL** The Smooch Report - Can I Taste Purrlease?

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Monday greetings my epic furriends

This post originally aired way, way, way back on March the 3rd 2014. 

Like wow, that is so incredibly old! MOL 

Anyhoo, we were looking for another post the other day and stumbled across this one which tells the story of Smooch and his siblings arrival at the P.A.'s work and thought it might be nice to share again with readers who might not have seen it the first time around.

For all our new readers this is just for context; when the blog first started ten years ago, I Basil, was the only kitty who really used to be here. My fur-sibs popped along every now and again but mainly it was just me, myself and I. Not that I was being selfish or anything, it was just the way it was! MOL

So when reading today's flashback, mew will gather that we were in the throes of beginning to expand everyone's airtime, so it wasn't just Basil Time all the time.

Smooch's Origins

As mew will remember from last Friday's post, it was agreed that my fur-siblings get a little more blog time and Smooch in purrticualr was furry adamant that another Smooch Report was needed asap. So to appease my baby brofur before he goes all mental on me and licks me into oblivion, here is another installment of:

The Smooch Report

Many of mew already know Smoochie, but fur those that don't here's a little re-cap.

Smoochie was part of a feral furrmily living at my P.A.'s workplace. There was a mummy cat and her 6 kittens. They just appeared one day in May 2011, and the P.A. started to feed them all.  

When they were all old enough, each one in turn, was caught and taken to the vet to be neutered and the mummy cat too, (the P.A. believes in being responsible). Anyway, I digress, so the 6 kittens were called: Tiger Lily, Midnight, Ringo, Baby, Starlight and Smoochie. Mummy cat was called Pixie.

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1. Starlight  2. Baby  3. Tiger Lily  4. Pixie  5. Ringo  6. Midnight  7. Smoochie

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The P.A. spent many hours while she was at work taming this furry horde with the help of bucket loads of Dreamies and long feather wands. She managed to hand feed all of them, and they liked her so much that they even ate the wormer pills straight from her fingers like they were treats!  (This does not happen at our house, effur!! We get stuff squirted on our necks because we won't eat the pills no matter how they are disguised!!)

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Poppy is another feral who's been on site for 15 years

Sadly,  Starlight and Ringo went wandering across the busy main road, and I hate to say this, but they went to the Rainbow Bridge - both in less than 2 weeks of each other. The P.A. was so furry furry upset. Then Smooch also tried to cross this road; he made it back, but he'd been hit by a vehicle, and his back right leg was badly broken. Anyhoo, the P.A. and Dad managed to catch him, get a pet carrier and rush him to the vet. His leg was broken so badly it had to be removed.  

After the operation, he was taken back to the workplace as there was an empty dog run/kennel and he needed to be kept contained while he healed. Smooch was kept in the run fur a few weeks, and the P.A. and Dad socialized him further; he wasn't alone as his other siblings were there all the time, only on the other side of the wire.   

After his leg was healed, the P.A. and Dad brought him home and integrated him into The b Team as they knew if he stayed at their workplace, he'd probably try and cross the road again and next time he wouldn't be so lucky.

So that's how Smooch came to live at BBHQ. The other furbabies are still at work and seem happy enough to roam around the gardens and the fields away from the road - thank goodness. The P.A. tells them all the time to: 'Stay off the road'

Anyways, Smoochis the most loving, furriendly, kind and sweet kitty mew could effur meet. He is also furry, furry affectionate, and this is where this week's title comes from because every time I come inside after being out to play, he has to taste me!

Can I Taste Purrlease? 

The other evening I had just come in from another field excursion and flopped on the kitchen table. Smooch who only goes out under strict supervision virtually pounces on me the moment I get in the door, so I thought being on the table would give me a bit of a reprieve. How wrong I was!

The tasting assault began with my back foot

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Then it moved up to my neck

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On to my head

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At this point I got up - I think my face says it all!

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I moved along the table, but Smooch is relentless in his quest fur outdoor flavours

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I think this expression speaks volumes


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It's not that I mind so much, but it's ALL THE TIME, and I am a ManCat, don't get me wrong, having someone to clean the parts your own tongue can't reach is a huge bonus, but being randomly taste tested after every outdoor excursion is something else. 

I love my baby brofur, but sometimes I wish he taste test one of the others instead, howeffur, as I'm the only one who likes to venture out every day, I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon!!! MOL

**2022 Update** 

If mew'd like a propurr update on the garage cats let us know in the comments and we'll do a new post as mew can imagine things have changed in eight years, but we will say this; Pixie, Smooch's mum is still there, she moved in the house with Nanny and Grampaw.

Epic purrs

Wing Commander Basil

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Sunday, 22 May 2022

Smooch and Melvyn's Window Whiffles on The Sunday Selfies & Caturday Art Blog Hops

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Epic greetings supurr furiends 

Welcome to another selfie selection and today, Smooch and Melvyn are here sharing:

Smooch and Melvyn's Window Whiffles 

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They love getting on the wide window sills and analysing all the new whiffles!

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

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The effect was created with Befunky - A.I. Image Enhancer, Gouache DLX 1+ colour changes to contrast and 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 14 mins 29 secs. 

Anyhoo it's time for us to go and snoopervise the Sunday roast as it was Grampaws 80th birthday on Friday and he and Nanny are coming for lunch today.

We do hope mew have a totally terrific day and look forward to your company in the morning when we're here with The Smooch Report. And if mew're missing Colouring with Cats click the link to download an epic mandala.

Wishing mew lots of snoozy snuggles

Supurr Sunday Purrs

Basil & The B Team

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 Angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer ~ visit them at their pawesome blog:

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