Visit Book Review of A Fatal Fiction by Kaitlyn Dunnett on Mystery Book Reviews by Penny Mason

Kaitlyn Dunnett, author of the Liss MacCrimmon series, which I must admit I miss, has captured my interest with her new series, Deadly Edits (A Fatal Fiction is the third installment).

See Mystery Book Reviews by Penny Mason blog for a teaser of this entertaining work of cozy fiction.

Book Review of Thread on Arrival – A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery By Lea Wait

I liked this installment of the cozy mystery series better than the last. It seemed more realistic, and the budding romance between main character Angie, a manager of Haven Harbor Maine’s needlepoint creation and sales enterprise, and Patrick, the artist son of a hugely successful actress progresses nicely.

The new character, Leo, a teen without a family, taken in by Dave, Angie’s poison expert friend, is likeable, though he does become a suspect in a murder.

The scene is mid-spring. Bulbs have bloomed or are blooming, businesses are not yet facing the busyness of a Maine tourist season. Angie is determined to find out who killed two townspeople, if indeed, they were both murdered, in spite of the fact that her birthday is coming up, and her kitty, Trixie tries to distract her.

A page turner for any season.

Lea Wait keeps on earthing out new sayings from historic samplers for the beginning of each chapter. Love the historic insights and whimsy of the rhymes.

The girls of those days could do more than text and surf on smartphones.

Pet People Connections – Relationships that Sustain Us When Family and Friends Fail Us

This photo reminds my of my favorite tabby, our Penelope.

The kitty who goes on car trips with us. Who’s been with us a  bit over ten years, but who looks young for her age, and has very beautiful skin, both according to her veterinarian.

Tabbies have a reputation of being easy going, and that’s been my experience, from the ones we lived with, over our lifetime. Penelope has been the only “in the house cat” for years. Now she is having to put up with Vanna, another type of tabby.

Vanna has unique markings, including one leg that’s an orange tabby pattern. Maybe it’s that orange cat in her that gives her a bit of spunk. Though they don’t actually fight, she and Penelope are sorting out their relationship with staredowns and gentle punches.

We treasure them both, as we have all of our pets. They give us solace, when humans fail us.

Much research has been done on the benefits of the pet-people bond. But we don’t need studies to feel the love of our cats, dogs, whatever type of creature with whom we share our lives.


“Fixed” and Nearly Ready for New Homes

The kittens are now spayed and neutered, so new owners would only have the expenditure for shots. 

Leave a note in the comments if interested.

Four girls:

2 black with white markings

1 calico

1 white with black spots

One male:

White with black spots

Getting more charming every day.

Travels With Penelope – Cats and Car Trips

How many readers have cats who love car rides? Our tabby enjoys drives every Sunday – to the lake or just around the local countryside.

She visits drive-thrus with us for dinner, appreciates views of woods, fields, and Christmas lights in season.

So many cats have anxiety attacks when driving to the vet. I wonder if they would have a different reaction if they were taken on pleasure trips too.

Introducing kittens to trips in motor vehicles early may be the key to lifelong relaxing travels with felines. Or, perhaps some cats are just born with a calmer demeanor.

A friend I know is leaving this week for Florida with her kitty. She’s done it before, and says he settles down and sleeps after initially showing a touch of anxiety.

When planning a trip with your cat, make sure he or she is on a leash or inside a secure carrier when the car door is open. A stretchable, break free collar with ID is a good idea for extra security. (Penelope wears a harness and a safety collar, both with ID) Cats can be immensely more difficult to catch than dogs, should they inadvertenetly slip away.

With proper preparation and safety procedures, your cats may learn to enjoy car trips, as much as Penelope.

Feel free to share your own experiences of traveling with felines in the comments section.

Kittens Anyone?

Here’s a picture of Mom . . .

These five lovely diminutive felines are scheduled for spay and neuter soon (4 girls 1 boy). They’ll soon be ready for new homes.

Their mother, a very intelligent and unique kitty, was a stray who came to our home. Her babies all have personality plus.

Girls: 2 black with white markings, 1 white with black markings, 1 calico

Boy: white with black markings

If interested, please leave a note in the comments section or email me through form.

Unique Cats – and Other Creatures – Vintage Playthings Made by Ashland Rubber Products

Back in the day when small hometown companies contributed greatly to the economy, these toys were molded in a town in north central Ohio.

The expressions are a bit odd for me, but they shout the whimsical style of the mid-twentieth century.

Cardinal as Kitten Sitter?

I’ve mentioned earlier, the rooftop cat family.

This cardinal, I’ve noticed, perches above the feline nursery, seemingly watching over the kittens whenever the mother takes a break, or even while she is on the roof nursing them.

Perhaps Kitty Carlisle and the cardinal have come to an agreement in spite of their traditional differences.

Kittens on a Hot Tin Roof

Another shot of the two black kittens, carried by their mother to the roof over a storage area. The tree that grew over the roof offers shelter. There are also a calico and two mostly white, spotted with black.

They are social with humans, not feral, but getting them used to handling is a challenge as they remain out of reach.

Cats on a Hot Tin Roof?

Earlier, I posted a picture of Kitty Carlisle during her early summer pregnancy. She had five kittens, in a cozy nest in the tall grass of a nearby field. (Yes we did try to catch her and have her spayed, resulting in a doctor visit for my husband.)

She later moved them to the roof over an old storage area. A tree that has grown to encompass much of the rooftop serves as their shelter.

A friend mentioned the old movie, when I expressed the fact that I had never seen a cat take kittens onto a roof.

How we will deal with this problem remains to be seen. We can’t reach the kittens to tame them, the roof is much too fragile for humans to crawl onto. But something must be done.