A note about The Cuddlywumps Chronicles

This blog is written and maintained by Miss Cuddlywumps, a fluffy-tailed calico cat who is both classically educated and familiar with mysteries. She receives creative input from the Real Cats and clerical assistance from She of Little Talent (old SoLT, a.k.a. Roby Sweet). Comments or complaints should be addressed to Miss C rather than to old SoLt (Ms. Sweet). Ms. Sweet accepts no responsibility for Miss C's opinions.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Review: The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs

Old SoLT never thought that what she really needed in her life was an ABCs book, because you know, she’s known her ABCs for a while now. But it turns out that this picture book from Patrick McDonnell (of the Mutts comic strip) is the perfect thing to bring a smile on a rainy day. Yes, even for a grown-up (the recommended age range is 4-8 years).

This little tome is called The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way). It has no text (unless you count the 2 letters on each page—an upper and lowercase A, B, C, or whatever). That means you get to have a lot of fun making up the story.

Our story starts like this:

Once upon a time, there was a little red cat who liked to go for a run every day, as she was in training for her first half marathon. One day, she was running happily along when suddenly, there was a giant alligator in her path (A is for alligator!). The alligator chased the little red cat, causing her to run faster than ever before, shaving whole seconds off her previous best split time. The alligator chased the cat right past a tree that had an angry brown bear in it (B is for bear!). The angry bear, who really did not care for alligators because of that time one had bitten his great-aunt Maud on the nose, chased them both past a chicken coop (C is for chicken!)…

And you probably get the idea. The next pages bring a dragon, an unexpected egg (E is our favorite page), and fire (from the dragon).

Old SoLT has loved Mutts for years, so seeing more of Patrick McDonnell's work is always a treat. And of course we love that this book gives young children and their parents a chance to make up the details of the story. What fun!

Highly recommended (no matter your age)!

Two Paws Up--A Great Read!

A note on the "Paws Up" system: Miss C gives either one or two paws up. One paw is for a good read; two paws is for a great read. She never gives three or four paws because that would require her to lie on her back...and Miss C does not do that!

The link below is an Amazon Associates link. If you purchase the book through this link, old SoLT and I could get some coin for our kibble account. Thank you!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Meow Like a Pirate!

When the Real Cats signed on for a cruise on a pirate ship with a skeleton crew, they weren't expecting the crew to be actual skeletons. Also, the skeletons weren't expecting, well, cats...

The Real Cats join a pirate ship with a skeleton crew

Happy Meow Like a Pirate Day!

Talk Like a Pirate Day 2017

(Skeleton pirate image via Adobe Stock.)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Cat Classics on Film: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Cat Classics on Film

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Just so you know, there are no cats in this movie, unless you count the MGM lion at the beginning. I was very disappointed, because I expected to see a film about a cat overcoming his or her problems, but this movie is really just people screaming at each other in fake southern accents. Not entertaining. Definitely not a cat movie. Oh sure, Elizabeth Taylor’s character says she feels “just like cat on a hot tin roof,” and Paul Newman calls her "Maggie the Cat," but that doesn’t make her a cat.

Anyway, lots of people like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and consider it a classic. I did not like it at all, and even old SoLT didn’t much care for it, even with Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor. She said the people were annoying, and she mostly just wanted them to shut up. The end was kind of good though, and we did enjoy seeing Burl Ives, who plays Big Daddy.

If you like watching people yell at each other, then you might like this film. Just don’t expect to see any cats, because you are not going to see any.

Zero paws up.

The link below is an Amazon Associates link. If you purchase the movie through this link, old SoLT and I could get some coin for our kibble account. Thank you!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Selfie: Webster's Struggle

Real Cat Webster was very excited to do Sunday Selfies this week. He was so excited, he had some trouble holding still long enough to take the picture:

Webster's selfie attempt #1

Then he held still for a second, but he was confused and sat down facing the wrong way:

Webster's Selfie Attempt #2

Then he faced the right way and sort of almost held still, but he still moved a little, so the selfie is kind of blurry. Old SoLT tried to make it look better by doing a couple Photoshoppy things because the color came out weird too, but now it looks okay:

Webster's selfie attempt #3

We're joining the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by The Cat on My Head.

Sunday Selfies blog hop

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Caturday Art: Totally Tangerine

For this week's Caturday Art, we went to Dreamscope once again, looking for something lighter, brighter, and a little less weird than what we've done lately. We tried the Tangerine Seascape filter, and all of us are in love with the results:

The Real Cats, totally tangerine

The frame is from PicMonkey. Here is the original (alert readers may recognize it from Sunday Selfies a few weeks back):

The Real Cats looking in opposite directions

We're joining the Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by Athena.

Caturday Art blog hop

Friendly Fill-Ins

Friendly Fill-Ins
And now it’s time for Friendly Fill-Ins, from 15andmeowing and McGuffy’s Reader. They are a fun way to learn a little bit about the authors of the blogs you read. The first two questions, answered by old SoLT this week, are from Ellen of 15andmeowing, and the next two, answered by Real Cat Paisley, are from Annie of McGuffy’s Reader.

Old SoLT's answers:
1. I have broken zero bones, but I did nearly dislocate a finger the other day--while performing the extremely dangerous and death-defying activity of turning off a light switch.

2. When I go out to breakfast, I order whatever I happen to be in the mood for, usually an omelet or pancakes or, at IHop, an omelet and pancakes (as if I need both!).

Real Cat Paisley's answers:
3. As Summer officially comes to an end, I am sad about the loss of my really good middle-of-the-day sun puddle, because the sun is lower now, and it hides behind a tree instead of shining in my window.

4. Before this year is over, I really need to scare the dog a whole bunch more. I touched noses with her two days in a row this week, so now she is totally confused about my intentions. She is primed for a good scare!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Mythmakers

After nearly a year of work, old SoLT is in the final stages of getting our latest mystery, The Mythmakers, ready for publication. Today we reveal the cover. The story takes place in the fall, so the cover has a fall theme:



From the back cover:

Lately, things have been quiet in the tiny, historic village of Brooksford, Maryland. The residents got through Halloween with no “shenanigans,” as the mayor would say, and now they’re headed into a peaceful Thanksgiving season. But Rory Roberts knows better. She knows something is off from the moment the first amateur filmmakers arrive at the edge of town, and her feelings prove true when their “documentary” leads to a violent death in Rory’s backyard, with Rory herself as an early suspect.
Now, Rory and her classically educated calico cat, Miss C, with help from their friends, must work through their limited list of suspects to determine who the real killer is. They may find clues in an online horror movie showing the moments leading up to the crime, but that video also causes more trouble for Brooksford when it quickly goes viral, drawing crowds of unwanted tourists into town, and straight to Rory’s normally quiet cottage. Will Miss C’s classical education be up to the challenge of deciphering the 21st-century clues in this crime, or will her and Rory’s meddling only push the killer to strike again?

Need to catch up on the Miss Cuddlywumps Investigates series before The Mythmakers comes out on November 15, 2017? Visit us at Cuddlywumps Publishing!

Miss Cuddlywumps Investigates

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Visit to the National Capital Cat Show

This past Saturday, old SoLT and her mom visited the National Capital Cat Show, held at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Old SoLT has been to this show a couple times before, but it's been several years since she was there. Not surprisingly, there were lots and lots of cats. She regrets that she did not get more and better photos (Ms. I-Forgot-to-Change-the-Camera-Settings ... forgot to change the camera settings; don't ask her to photograph your wedding).  But these will give you an idea:

There were lots of adoptable kitties, like this cute tabby:

sleeping tabby--National Capital Cat Show 2017

And these little fellows (you have to look really closely to find the black & white kitten):

Gray/white kitten--National Capital Cat Show 2017

There were plenty of dress options for the well-dressed cat:

Cat dresses--National Capital Cat Show 2017

And you want to talk about cat toys? Just about any kind of cat toy you can imagine was available for sale. Which makes the Real Cats wonder, "Why didn't we get any new toys?"

Cat toys for sale--National Capital Cat Show 2017

Old SoLT always enjoys seeing how the show cats have their shelters decorated:

Decorated cat shelter_National Capital Cat Show 2017

She also enjoys the displays about different cat breeds. The Bombay display was one of her favorites, because it had a Halloweeny theme:

Bombay cat display--National Capital Cat Show 2017

The Turkish Angora display was another favorite:

Turkish Angora display--National Capital Cat Show 2017

The show also included a show, of course, and old SoLT took a few pictures of the judging, but they came out too blurry for public viewing. (When using "the good camera," you have to remember to check the settings!) There was also a feline agility course, and old SoLT got to see a little kitten learning how to run it.

And that was the National Capital Cat Show. If you've never been to a cat show, you really should find one near you and make plans to go to it. It's so much fun to see all the different cats--breeds that you don't see very often, and maybe some you've never heard of. Plus you can shop for toys and things for your cat and t-shirts, jewelry, and lots of other things for yourself. You can also learn about local rescue groups and how you can help them. You might even adopt a new cat!