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#AtoZ: Oh, On Top (Weekly Photo Challenge) and Other Writing Posts

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Oh, a friend commented on one of my previously published photo posts and that reminded me that I haven’t posted any photos on the Daily Post WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for a while. So I will take a break from posts on writing quirks and flash a few photos. That will give my poor typing fingers a rest and maybe my brain, too.

Cat chases mouse on top of a weather vane. San Diego, CA, Olde Town

Cat chases mouse on top of a weather vane. San Diego, CA, Olde Town


A pineapple atop a fountain  in Fort Myers, Fl.

A pineapple atop a fountain in Fort Myers, Fl.


Looking up at “Moving Forward” by Delores Fell in Riverside Park, Bonita Springs, Florida.

Looking up at “Moving Forward” by Delores Fell in Riverside Park, Bonita Springs, Florida.

Snow on top my  garden cat.

Snow on top of my garden cat. Definitely not a sunny day.


Snow on top of another of my many garden cats.

Snow on top of another of my many garden cats.

You’ve heard the commercial, “Let someone else do the driving”? Well, for this post I let someone else do the writing. Here are a few posts from the AtoZ.

This first post came in at a timely moment. It showed up only two hours after I had read the note about a “one-sheet” on the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference website. (Next conference: July 30-August 2)

Deena Rae, e-bookbuilders One-Sheet for Your  Book

And a few more:

The Missouri Writers’ Guild, What Does It Take To Be a Writer?
RJSeeley, I’ve Always Been a Writer
Dani at http://onlybooksandhorses.wordpress.com Writing Inspiration: New York City
Gene’O of The Writing Catalog: Pacing
Daily Post, WordPress: Blogging 101: Love Your Theme

And here is a previous post I did on direct OBJECTS: D is for direct object or happy birthday.


Your turn: What writing quirks or interesting words do you find in writing?

Janice Hall Heck, retired educator, blogger, and nitpicky editor of On the Horizon, a bi-monthly community newsletter for Horizons at Woods Landing, Mays Landing, NJ, is quite possibly a grammar geek.

logo 2.2Oh Heck! Another Writing Quirk,  theme for the amazing 2014 A to Z Challenge, suggests ways to improve our writing by avoiding and/or eliminating troublesome bug-a-boos that cramp our writing style.


Saturday Silliness: Cute Kitty Workers

Minimum wage for these two cuties is a bowl of kibbles and as many hugs and cuddles a day as they can garner from staff and customers at Canadian Tire, a company with heart. Workers rescued these kitties, now named Baby and Jimmy, from harsh winter conditions where they found them outside the store in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. Now they live quite contentedly in their new home. Who knew that cats could help sell tires?

cats at Canadian tire store

See them at work in this video from Lovemeow.com

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: One

One bike in the snow. NYC

One bike in the snow. NYC

One leaf on a stem...

One leaf on a stem…

One yellow leaf caught in the bushes...

One yellow leaf caught in the bushes…

One golden shoe in a shop window...

One golden shoe in a shop window…

The Last Meow
How about us? Can’t we have a turn? Thanks! Just look at these adorable kitty pictures.

One cat in front of the fireplace... Photo: Barbara VanAusdall

One cat in front of the fireplace… Photo: Barbara VanAusdall

One little lost kitten on the back deck... Dawn Ellis photo

One little lost kitten on the back deck… Dawn Ellis photo

One cat in the sink... Photo: Judith Krom

One cat in the sink… Photo: Judith Krom

One more kitty in a sink... Photo Jill Pastore

One more kitty in a sink… Photo Jill Pastore

Meow for now... ==

Meow for now… =<^;^>=

Click on the links for more Weekly Photo Challenge Entries:

One (Weekly Photo Challenge) | Icezine

Silent Sunday: This is NOT a Good Day in Kittyland

Silent Sunday (except that the cats have something to say at the end, as usual.)



 If you, Like me, Were made of fur, And sun warmed you, Like me, You’d purr. – Karla Kuskin

The Last Meow
I am definitely not purring now. Enough of this snow already! Quit it.

Meow for now... ==

Meow for now… =<^;^>=

WP Photo Challenge: Reflections

Daily Post: WordPress: Reflections 

Shooting into the sun produces silvery reflections on the water and sharp silhouettes on land.

Six Lakes, North Fort Myers, Fl

Six Lakes, North Fort Myers, Florida

camera dump 664The Last Meow…

Reflections. Yes. This is a lovely reflection of me, don’tcha think? I am thinking of entering a beauty contest. I am sure I will win. Just look at my glossy coat, my fine white whiskers, my demure manner, and my sweet personality. Perfection.

Photo credit: The Creative Cat

Photo credit: The Creative Cat

And here are some more kitty reflections…

Meow for now.  =<^;^>=

And here are some more reflections:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « sianakdesa

wordless wednesday

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NaBloPoMo 24. WP Photo Challenge: Unexpected at Church

 Shhh… for a little added spice….
bike in church with church bulletin riding tandem

Unexpected: bike in church with church bulletin riding tandem

The Last Meow…
I guess you didn’t expect this either, huh, Missy Jan?
WooWee. Way to go. From Elsie the Library Cat FB page.

WooWee. Way to go.
From Elsie the Library Cat FB page.

Meow for now.  =^:^=
Here are a few more unexpected responses:

NaBloPoMo 16. Snarky Cats CatFurDay Commentary

Hello World,

Missy Jan has given us kitties this very special day, CatFurDay (some call it Caterday), as our own special day on her blog. Finally. It took her long enough.

Usually she just sticks us at the end of her post, but we in no uncertain terms politely demanded told her suggested that she should give us more air time. We are just tired of being second-class catizens.

Don’t you think that would be more fun for us to talk than to listen to her rant all the time?

She agreed to our insistent nagging polite ultimatum umm hint…surprise of surprises!

So, we thought we would share some important cat stories.

1. Cat Safety Signage.

We are quite pleased (purr, purr) to see that our local municipalities are finally responding to our polite requests (you know how polite we are, right?) to post signs in the neighborhood in order to improve feline communication and safety. Here are the first two:112


And finally, finally, finally, we have this one. Why did it take so long? Penny-pinching human bureaucracies!


2. Kitty Transport Services

Bikes. Twenty-five mile ride? Wow. Mary Jane (MJ for short) hangs out with her human, Rudy Salvia, for long bike rides. Fun, fun, fun.

Trains. How about this London kitty who rode the Victoria line train from Seven Sisters Station to Vauxhall? Guess he got tired of his current living accommodations and wanted to do something about it. And really, those station signs were just not written clearly enough. How’s a cat to know? Anyway, all’s well that ends well. “Oyster” arrived safely at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home (BDCH) and is now looking for his old owner to humbly and penitently come and fetch him. If not, the BDCH will find more suitable living accommodations with a human underling who knows how to treat royalty. (By the way, did you notice Oyster’s eye lines? Remember Cleopatra? She tried to copy this style, but she never quite got it right. Humans. What can you expect!)

cat on train - Oyster


We kitties love to ride buses. Here are a few of our stories.

Casper is a regular bus commuter.

Miss City Kitty loves the bus, too, and she never gets lost!

Mystery McCavity rides the bus to the local fish and chips shop.

Artful Dodger rides the bus routinely.

Maybe these kitties belong to our old friend T. S. Eliot.  Remember him from this post? The Naming of Blogs is a Difficult Matter. Lots of famous, talented kitties in that post! Go read it. Now. (Okay, pretty please. Is that a little more polite?)

Kitty Whisker’s List: Personals, Items for Sale, Community Notices, Housing Adscat whiskas 2

BTW, you might wander over to Whisker’sList.com (the Craig’s list for kitties) where there’s all kinds of kitty-related stuff for sale. (#Justkidding!) But no kidding, you might find this an interesting site. Then you might be tempted to buy the book!

That’s the last meow for now, folks. Next time Missy Jan lets us post on her blog, we want to tell you about more kitty surprises.  See you all again very soon. Now back to our very lovely, cheerful human blog post writer. Take it away, Missy Jan.

Hey, Snarky Cats. Yes, you.

Missy Jan here. Can I at least have a little corner of this post? I want to kick you off the post Thank you for bringing jan in floridasuch fun information to my blog. I bet my readers will hate love it all. Maybe we can NEVER do this again! And if I do let you do another post, you’d better get it finished earlier. No more sneaking it in just under the wire at 11:48 PM (with just twelve minutes to spare in NaBloPoMo 16). That’s just too stressful!

What do you folks think? Should I let the Snarky Cats take over my blog on a few CarFurDays? (Personally, I am not so sure they can handle so much responsibility, but if y’all think they can do, I’ll give them another chance.)

Missy Jan 

NaBloPoMo 5: Cluttered Desk, Clutter of Kitties

Some days I write posts on my own ideas, and some days I use a prompt. Today I’ll use the NaBloPoMo prompt for November 5:

Tell us about your writing space. Where do you write your blog posts?

Here, let me show you. This is my desk view on September 4, 2013, the day of my 200th post (which I wrote about here: Zero the Hero Helps Celebrate My 200th Post).  Not too messy a desk, really. Some books, my computer screen, a notebook, my calendar, and that ubiquitous coffee cup from our local WAWA, the source of the best brewed coffee anywhere around. (Now enjoying Pumpkin Spice… and soon Winter Spice.)


Notice, however,  that this was a bit of a close-up shot. That was for a reason.

The wider the view of my desk, umm, let’s just say that the more chaos clutter things appear on the desk. Important things. Post-it notes. Reference books. Current reading books. Notebooks. Printed pages of blog posts from NaBloPoMo, November Photo A Day prompts, BlogHer posts, Research page prints, and so on ad nauseatum.

Here’s a little more honest wider view of my writing space.


Still, this is a somewhat organized chaos desktop with all I need within handy reach.

What? You want me to step back further for an even more honest wider view? Well, gee. I think my camera just ran out of film. Digital camera? Well, who said that? Let’s just leave this alone, okay? You wanted to see my desk, and here it is in all of its cluttered glory. Now it’s time to get back to some serious blogging. Besides, the cats are meowing to get their turn.

The Last Meow

Ha. What do you call a bunch of cats in a room? A clutter of kitties!  (Get it? Meow)

clutter of cats

Meow for now. =<^;^>=

NoBloPoMo 2: Tis the Season to…Change My Socks!

This is a bit of Saturday Silliness for Cat-Fur-Day and NoBloPoMo.

My husband laughs at me because I collect socks for every season. He calls me the “Sock Girl” because I have drawers of special season socks. That’s not a sock fetish, is it?

Right now, I have to switch from my Halloween socks…


to my Christmas socks…  (Odd. I don’t have any Thanksgiving socks. I’ll have to fix that little problem!)


After Christmas comes…Valentine’s Day. (Wow, how many days can you wear Valentine’s Day socks?)


Next up…St. Patrick’s Day.




Then any day is “Crazy Sock Day”! (Fridays are good for these socks. Of course, it helps if you are retired! You can get away with all of this silliness.)


And somewhere I have red-white-and-blue socks for July 4th, although by that time of year, it’s time for bare feet or sandals.

The Last Meow

Hey, Missy Jan. Just wait one little minute. What about us? Haven’t you forgotten “Cat Sock” season?

"Persimmon" enjoying the sun at Longwood Gardens, PA. Dawn Ellis photo.

“Persimmon” enjoying the sun at Longwood Gardens, PA. Dawn Ellis photo.

Mark your calendar. Cat Sock season runs between Halloween and Christmas, between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, between Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day, between St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, and between Easter and July 4th. You can have the summer days off, but be sure you restart Cat Sock season in September!


Meow for now.  =<^;^>=

As Happy As Two Cats on a Fish Farm

You’ve seen the ad on TV, haven’t you, of the camel walking through a business office saying, “What day is this?” The camel is quite happy because it is a Wednesday, also know as a “hump day.”

(You can see that commercial here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWBhP0EQ1lA )

Now here are some kitties who are very happy. How happy are they? As happy as two kitties on a fish farm.


Have a happy day.

The Last Meow

Here’s Zip to say hello. He’s a little photo shy, but cute.

Hey, cut that noise! I'm trying to nap here! Puh-leeese! Zip, the Pastore Cat

Hey, cut that noise! I’m trying to nap here! Puh-leeese! Zip, the Pastore’s Cat

Meow for now.  =<^;^>=

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