Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wordless Interruption






*Temporarily disgruntled. 
Please send Gruntles™.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

'Toon Tuesdays: Black Friday Edition





 You were warned, people.
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Toon Tuesdays feature animal (and sometimes human) humor created by the peeps over at Shoebox Greetings (Hallmark approved. Sorta.) - where our mom works, too!




Monday, November 20, 2017

Everyone's a Critic

*cue Peer Gynt's Morning*  
*add chirpy birdy sounds*

Maxwell:
dangle, dangle... 
*sigh of contentment*


Allie: *fulminating glare* 


*cue pregnant pause*
Maxwell: (heavy sigh) What now, Allie?
Allie: Chopin, Maxie. I prefer Chopin.


Maxwell: Sorry, Allie. It's my pastoral scene.
If you want Chopin, find another window and order your own sound effects.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Picture Me This Photohunt

Created for friends, fellow bloggers and anyone who enjoys a creative challenge, Picture Me This is a weekly idea-starter for social media posts. Any platform, anywhere.

No following, no submitting required. And certainly no pressure!

We're just filling a void made when last year's Photohunt host went on hiatus.

This Week's Theme:




Be sure to tag your entry with #PMTphotohunt so others can find you.

If you tag us as well (@tonkstail on Instagram & Twitter, @atonkstail on Facebook) we'll be sure to like and share your entry.

Enjoy!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Another Nat Geo moment. Or not ...

Nat Geo Reporter: (sotto voce)
"Here we see The Great White Housepanther in his native habitat, intently focused on his prey."
 

NGR: (continues narration)
"The wind shifts, he lifts his head, cataloguing the smells around him...."


NGR: (tone rises in anticipation)
"Note the pose, the powerful haunches tensed to spring as the smell of pears comes wafting in the breeze, ripe and prime for the harvest."


*cue screeching sound of record needle scratch*
Faraday: (look of disgust) Seriouslies?
The Great White Housepanther only hunts Big Game.
He does not hunt pears.
 


Allie: (incredulous snort from front door) Really, Brat? Really?
It's your fantasy.


Faraday: I'm totes blaming Mommy for this.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Whappity Wednesday


Maxwell: *hums* doot-de-doot-do ...
*lick*lickety*lick*
(cue slurpy noises)




Allie: *heavy sigh* 
Max, can you keep it down please?
Some of us are trying to nap over here.

(cue silent stare)


(one paw reaches up, and -- )

Allie: And just where do you plan to put that paw, Maxie, hmmm?


Ensuing kitty epithets edited out for decency. And gentle reader eyes.



Suffice it to say they were epic.
And short-lived. 

SPOILER: Pink RULES.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

'Toon Tuesdays: Overheard at Hallmark





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Toon Tuesdays feature animal (and sometimes human) humor created by the peeps over at Shoebox Greetings (Hallmark approved. Sorta.) - where our mom works, too!




Monday, November 13, 2017

Stalking is Serious Business



The Mom: What are you looking at, Baby?

Faraday: Mommy, don't bothers me while I'm working.
Can't you see I'm stalking BURDS out there?


The Mom: Oh, um, of course. Yes, I can see how busy you are ....


Faraday: Seriouslies, Mommy.
That birdie doesn't have a chance against the Great White Housepanther, but being a big important predator and alls takes concentration, so can you just keeps it down and stuffs, please?


 
The Mom: Sorry, kiddo. I'll just see myself out now ....
 


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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Picture Me This Photohunt

Created for friends, fellow bloggers and anyone who enjoys a creative challenge, Picture Me This is a weekly idea-starter for social media posts. Any platform, anywhere.

No following, no submitting required. And certainly no pressure!

We're just filling a void made when last year's Photohunt host went on hiatus.

This Week's Theme:




Be sure to tag your entry with #PMTphotohunt so others can find you.

If you tag us as well (@tonkstail on Instagram & Twitter, @atonkstail on Facebook) we'll be sure to like and share your entry.

Enjoy!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday's Window Whiffs

Ahhhhh, the smell of Fall in the air ...

Faraday: Check it out! This new kitchen window has great BirdTV channels.


Allie: *sigh* Yes, and squirrels, and chipmunks, and bunnies.
And a screen between them and me.
Does anyone besides me see the problem here?
Who do I call for Screen Removal Services?


Maxwell: Well I think this is pawesome.
We should have dinner in front of the TV tonight.
Anyone know how to order carryout?


Enjoy it while you can kids. Window's closing tonight - it's turning COLD.
 


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thursday's Purrs: Teddy

"Wait .... Hold on there a minute ... I've just got this one last lick ...."



"Ah, there. Now I'm presentable!"


"I wanted to get all cleaned up for you, you know, in case you might be interested in hanging out with a handsome blue-eyed boy like myself.

I'm 6 years young, and the ladies here at the shelter say I'm a rather handsome sort. It's enough to make a mancat blush, you know? I'm kind of a modest, retiring sort, and not one to boast, so I'll have to let you make the call on that one.

But I would like to meet you. Maybe you'll come give me a scritch or two, or maybe even a treat?"


"Mmmm, makes my mouth water just thinking  of all the fun treats times we could have together.

Standing by, waiting patiently for you,
Teddy"

Teddy is waiting for you. Come meet him today, at the Main Campus of Kansas City Pet Project.



https://kcpetproject.org/

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Step on a crack ....

Allie: You've done it now, Brat. It's all your fault!


Faraday: What, Allie? Wha'd I do? I'm just hanging out with my harness and stuffs.
You're just sore because you're inside and I'm out here.

Allie: Well, yes. But that's not what I'm talking about.
Don't you see what you did over there?
You stepped on a crack.

  
Faraday: So ...? I fails to see the problem, Allie.


Allie: Don't you know anything, Brat?  That's why Mother's back has two fractures.
YOU DID IT.
 

Faraday:  Uhhhh ... *gulp*


Maxwell: You'd better come in, dood. Now.
You know, before you break Papa's back, or something.

Wait. Allie risks that every time he picks up her massive --- OW! OW!
Fine. I was just going....


Not to worry, Faraday. You're not to blame (a bit of overenthusiastic kickboxing, maybe, but not you).

I know we've been a bit scarce recently, and this is one of the reasons why. After opinions, second opinions and a trip back to Mayo in mid-October, they discovered bilateral fractures in the lower back/SI area. So that's what's been causing all the pain!

We'll spare you the details but it's all connected to the stuff Mayo diagnosed earlier in the year and plans are underway to get our mom back to bouncing off the walls again (heaven help us) real soon.

In the meantime, we're avoiding any and all cracks in the sidewalk. Just in case.


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

'Toon Tuesdays: Older than ...





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Toon Tuesdays feature animal (and sometimes human) humor created by the peeps over at Shoebox Greetings (Hallmark approved. Sorta.) - where our mom works, too!




Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday's Visitor

Maxwell: Guys, check it out! We have a new visitor.


Maxwell: Oh, this is so cool. It's a Limenitis arthemis astyanax (Fabricius).
Faraday: It's a Lemon-WHAT-is?
Seriouslies, Maxie. Not interested. Lemons are totes sour.


Maxwell: Dood. It's not a lemon. It's a Red-Spotted Purple butterfly.
 You'd like it, Allie. It's pretty and blue. And it's all blinged out and everything.


Allie: *sniffs* Yes, but I only do pink. Does it come in pink, Maxie, hmmm?


Maxwell: *sigh-h-h* That's okay Mister R-S-P.
I appreciate you.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Picture Me This Photohunt

Created for friends, fellow bloggers and anyone who enjoys a creative challenge, Picture Me This is a weekly idea-starter for social media posts. Any platform, anywhere.

No following, no submitting required. And certainly no pressure!

We're just filling a void made when last year's Photohunt host went on hiatus.

This Week's Theme:




Be sure to tag your entry with #PMTphotohunt so others can find you.

If you tag us as well (@tonkstail on Instagram & Twitter, @atonkstail on Facebook) we'll be sure to like and share your entry.

Enjoy!

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Peace in 3 Steps #blog4peace


We know we've posted this for the annual Blog Blast 4 Peace in the past,
but it's such a powerful message, we thought it worth repeating.

Along with a few photos.
(Okay, and a cat. But forgive us, we're making you wait til the end today!)
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For many years, the U.S. had a governmental affairs office in D.C. headed by a man named Moshe Shearer. This man, a rabbi, had a very interesting insight into the concept of peace.  One of the oldest practices in Judaism, he said, involves a prayer that concludes with a phrase known as Oseh Shalom.

Oseh Shalom is probably the most famous prayer for peace in the Hebrew language – and in my opinion one of the most beautiful, especially when you hear its melody. Translated, it goes something like this:
“May he who makes peace in the high places make peace for us…”

Interestingly, tradition requires that you begin by taking three steps back, then as you say the prayer, you bow to the left, to the right and to the front. Rabbi Sherer taught that the reason for this was to remind us that there is only one way to truly achieve peace among people.

Stepping back represents stepping back from oneself, dropping personal agendas and willingly letting go of those strongly held personal viewpoints. This helps remove obstacles that stand in the way of objectivity.

And while pure objectivity may never be achieved, this practice helps you to better understand the viewpoint of your adversary.

Keeping an open mind and striving for objectivity are a critical first step, true, but if we truly want peace we need to be willing to bend.
A little bit of compromise, whether it’s the left, the right or the center, may just be the necessary component to achieving true peace.

May we all learn to step back and be willing to bend.

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The photos were from a morning walk in our neighborhood.
We hope they bring you as much serenity as they did us when we experienced them:

• a tree, resplendent with berries
• fresh pears, just harvested from our front yard
• pumpkins, resting against a tree trunk






Oh, and yes, one kitty, sleeping peacefully. And for the moment, the house is at peace as well. (subject to change when he awakens)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Allie's Fashion Faux Paws

Allie: The Fashionable Feline always take time to look her best.


Eyes, nose ...


Ears ...


and toes.


Yes, Fashionable Felines are civilized.
Unlike some other utterly uncouth Tonkinese I won't name.


... *cue slobbery, slurpy noises* ...


Faraday: Wait, uhhh. Allie, were you throwing me some shade just nows?


No comment, dood. No comment.


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