Sunday 30 April 2023

The B Team's Jungly Thailand Selfie on The Sunday Selfies & Caturday Art Blog Hops

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Furbulous Sunday greetings furiends

Welcome to another BBHQ selfie selection, this week we decided to take a bit of a jolly to the bungly jungly jungles of Thailand.

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And this week I took charge of the selfie stick, and OMC look what happened. 

Mew know I said last week that I thought Pandora would take a better selfie than Melvyn, and that they were a pair of heathens, and then the minute I got that selfie stick in my paw I just couldn't help myself, and here's the evidence! MOL

Mew know I think there's something a bit hinky happening, but we'll see next week when sompawdy else takes the selfie.

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

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The effect was created with Befunky - AI Enhancer, Oil Painting DLX + colour changes to brighteness 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  9 mins 40 secs. 

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Anyhoo it's time for us to go and get lunch ready as today we have guests, although the guests in question have requested to remain anonymous! MOL (Purrhaps we'll let it slip later in the week!) 

And BIG NEWS:

Don't forget to join us bright and breezy tommorow for Smooch's 12th Birthday Rave and Epic Giveaway, we're in the Nip Nirvana Lounge in the bunker cooking up a storm, and we know mew won't want to miss the kick off of the B Team's Birthday season! 

We do hope mew have an epic day and look forward to raving with mew all week, in the meantime...

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Friday 28 April 2023

Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #240 featuring **Terrier Transgressions: Pet Whisperer P.I. Book 2** by Molly Fitz PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins + Photo Fails Blog Hop

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Hello gorgeous library guests 

and 

Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today, and isn't it funny how some photo's are not flattering at all, like on any level?

Mew know I was trying to take a cute selfie for this weeks post, and this is how it turned out! MOL

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Just look at the bed fur! Oh dear, next week I'll ask the P.A. to take one for me as she always seems to get a nice, flattering angle.

Oh, I must tell mew about what else has been happening at the library this week, I've asked Melvyn to get me a cat chariot so he can wheel me around the stacks and I can check he's put all the books back in the correct place.

As on Monday I found he placed The Muggins Guide To Nuclear Reactors in the N section, instead of the M section, with all the other Muggin's Guides. I had stern word with him about propurr book placement and the joys of alpahbetization when used in the correct form.

He nodded and smiled politely, but then I heard him and one of the library mice laughing, so I'm wondering if they were just testing me to see if I'd notice it was in the wrong place. As these youngsters think us old timers are all stupid and don't notice or know anything. If I find out he's been taking the fluff out of me, there will be retribution; I will lock down the military and weapons section in the stacks and that will teach him! MOL


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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 wish my town ( city) had a ________________________.
2. So far, this year has been _________________.
3. _________ is a little too _________ for my liking.
4. Even if _________, I really appreciate _________.

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

1. I wish my town (city) had a cinema on our side of town. The big multiplex cinema is on the other side of the city centre from us. There are a few in the actual city centre, but they are a little rundown with broken seats etc... Anyhoo we are going to watch a special showing of Return of The Jedi next week in celebration of its 40 year anniversary.

2. So far, this year has been good, things are ticking along as they should be, although my writing is still taking a back seat.

3. Chilli sauce is a little too hot for my liking. I can't really eat hot/spicy foods, it's that inferno effect in the mouth that's no good for me! LOL

4. Even if I couldn't ever eat chocolate cake again, or any cake for that matter, I really really appreciate all the cakes I've eaten so far! LOL

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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 www.mochasmysteriesmeows.com to join in.

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This was me in March 2017, I found something highly hysterical and it must have been contagious as the P.A. was laughing so much she couldn't hold the camera steady! 

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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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Terrier Transgressions 


Pet Whisperer P.I. Book 2

by

      Molly Fitz     

  Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

I'm finally coming to terms with the fact I can speak to animals, even though the only one who ever talks back is the crabby tabby I've taken to calling Octo-Cat. What I haven't quite worked out is how to hide my secret....

Now one of the associates at my law firm has discovered this strange new talent of mine and insists I use it to help defend his client against a double murder charge. To make things worse, Octo-Cat has no intention of helping either of us. 

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I reviewed book one in the Pet Whisperer series, back in March, click here to catch up if mew missed it. I also reviewed another series by Molly Fitz, so if mew want a recap on those, click here to find out more. 

On with the review, so what did I think book two in the series? 

Octo-Cat and Angie are back; they are living together permenantly, and Angie is now Octo-Cat's on-call 24 hour cat staff, and in all honesty I really like how he demands top service from his staff! MOL

Anyhoo, in book two Angie's abilitly to communicate with Octo-Cat is accidently discovered by a work collegue at the law firm she works at, and he demands she help him solve a murder case or he'll spill the beans on her odd ability. Blackmail is never a good look on anypawdy, I must add.

So our leading lady, not wanting the immediate world to learn of her new skill agrees to assist in the case, in which the only real witness is a yappy Yorkshire Terrier called Yo-Yo. We soon find out that Octo-Cat can't communicate as readily with other species as he can with Angie, but he's willing (for a price) to try and translate Yo-Yo's somewhat incoherent babblings. 

This book has all the ingredients of a top notch cozy mystery; dead ends, multiple suspects, twists and turns and a really good paced plot making it a quick read or listen, depending on your preferred format.

I am really enjoying this series, and I like that other anipals are featured, as it gives a bit of diversity plus inclusivity of other species but still remains true to the cat cozy mystery genre due to our epically snarky hero, Octo-Cat.

If mew'ere looking a long series to get your mittens, claws or teeth stuck into then this will be one to add to your reading list, as there are eighteen books in total so far.

And don't forget if mew get the audio version on Audible, look for books 1 - 3 in a box set, and I've just found that mew can get the Kindle version in a box set too, which saves a bit of cash if mew buy them this way.

Audio: 4 hours 19 mins
Paperback: 266 pages
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My Ratings Scale

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Ratings of:

Terrier Transgressions: Pet Whisperer P.I.


Overall Enjoyment

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Other Fun Blog Hops to Join in Today


          Brian's Home   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 for me to say BFN or bye-for-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 forget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books

Amber 


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Wednesday 26 April 2023

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ~ Fudge and Melvyn Trying A Little Colour Therapy and Chakra Healing, The Carnivorous Catticus Smooch Has Officially Moved, and Melvyn's Wearing This Weeks Top Pick Bandana **PLUS* This Weeks Top Videos **AND** May's New Bandana Selection

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 Smashing Greetings Supurr Furiends

Welcome to the BBHQ midweek news round-up!

Great news, the catnip and catmint seeds have germinated, so we'll be waiting for them to get a little bigger before we pot them on. The P.A. managed to plant nine dahlias on Sunday, and then she spied some self-set lupins, foxgloves and Turkish sage in the gravel and ended up with twenty-seven more plants, then after she'd finished potting them up, she saw another ten lupins, so that's another job for the weekend! MOL

It's been a little overcast and cool his week so far, although we are hopeful some warmer weather will appear soon.

We've also been working on a new Bird TV episode for YouTube, and hopefully that will be live soon, mew know the feathery flutterers can be rather sneaky and there's a lot of editing to be done, but we're nearly there. We'll let mew know when it gets posted so mew can see some the birds in the BBHQ garden.

Anyhoo, let's look at this week's top headlines.

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First up in the news this week

Fudge and Melvyn Trying A Little Colour Healing


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Mew know that the P.A. makes the Snuggle Mats for cats, well she also makes Chakra Meditation Mats, and after making oodles of 3 x 3 square colour tonal mats, she decided to make a full-length one and here is it.

A full chakra healing quilted healing mat, and guess who was first on the orange squares, well mew can see for yourself! MOL 

Melvyn was doing a little work on his third eye and throat chakras, using the purple and blue squares. Smooch later got on the green squares, which are for the heart chakra.

As mew can see it is a total hit with The B Team, even though made it for herself! 

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Next up in the news

The Carnivorous Catticus Smooch Has Officially Moved


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A couple of weeks ago, the Carnivorous Catticus Smooch was residing in a lovely pot on the deck, yet today in the garden, this rather temperamental plant genus has relocated itself next to the catmint! 

And as we suspected in our last update, he is taking over the garden! MOL

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Finally this week

Melvyn's Modelling The Top Bandana Pick


Well, it happened, Melvyn finally wore the crystal trim bandana long enough for this photo to be taken but then he heard the jingle and the tinkle of the crystals and bolted upstairs!

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The P.A. whistled him from along the landing and he came out of the bedroom, then bolted into the BBHQ office, so don't blink when mew watch his epic modelling fail on the videos, as mew'll miss him. Though, the P.A. did do a slo-mo shot at the end! MOL

And the moral of the story is this, Melvyn doesn't do crystal trim on bandanas! 

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Which one should he model next?

Here's the brand new bandana selection for May, and this month mew've got five to choose from.

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The options from the top left in a clockwise direction:
1. Stars and Moon

2. Echinacea Blooms

3. Tea Party Special

4. The Cute Caticorn

5. The Prickly Catcus

Tell us your top pick for next week in the comments!


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That's us done for today, we will be back on Friday with another fab book just for mew and if mew missed any other posts, here are the links:

The B Team's Arizona Desert Selfie

Brain Training

Surprise Post

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