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Meow Monday: Nap Attack

Tali has been hubby’s new nap buddy lately, and it’s pretty cute.  One of my favorite lazy weekend activities is I listening to podcasts while I cross stitch, and hubby usually takes naps.

Cora is usually found right behind my head.

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Tali usually perches on the couch, but lately she’s been cuddling closer and closer.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

(There are no actual nap attacks… but I couldn’t think of any other title.)

Meow Monday: Forever Young Adult Photo a Day Challenge

Forever Young Adult is one of my favorite book blogs, so I jumped on their bandwagon and joined the #fyaphotoaday challenge to post every day of September in response to the book-related post. Now that the month is over, I thought I’d share on the blog. The cats made a few appearances of course!

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1. You and a book

1. You and a book

Nothing better than reading in bed… especially a hotel bed! This was Labor Day weekend when we visited Dismal Falls.

2. Childhood Favorite

2. Childhood Favorite

3. Currently reading

3. Currently reading

The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt (I like the second cover better, though).

4. Favorite Series

4. Favorite Series

The Magician trilogy by Lev Grossman… and hopefully, I’ll get him to sign book #3 too!

5. Favorite author

5. Favorite author

LM Montgomery, forever!

6. Your shelves

6. Your shelves

Still loving the ROY G BIV organization!

7. Your bookmark

7. Your bookmark

When I was 18, my uncle took me on a trip to Paris and London, and I collected bookmarks as souvenirs along the way. Still love using them for all my books!

8. Most Read

8. Most Read

Every time the next book came out, I had to read the series from the beginning again… and the whole series most summers… so this first book has been read many a time.

9. Most anticipated

9. Most anticipated

So excited to delve into the last book of the Magician trilogy by Lev Grossman!

10. TEABS

10. TEABS (The End of an Awesome Book Syndrome)

Rainbow Rowell is just plain magic… if each of her books were about 200 pages more of dialogue, I would lap it right up.

11. Fictional love

11. Fictional love

Captain Wentworth is my favorite of the Austen heroes.

12. Powerful Quote

12. Powerful Quote

I went down the Pinterest rabbit hole of “John Green quotes” and finally settled on this one. From The Fault in Our Stars.

13. Reading Spot

13. Reading Spot

The kitties make this spot cozy.

14. Best Cover

14. Best Cover

Jackie Oakley’s new LM Montgomery covers are GORGEOUS and I want them all!

15. Worst Cover

15. Worst Cover

Not the “worst,” but not my cup of tea. Not my favorite book, either… sorry JK!

16. Drink of Choice

16. Drink of Choice

A grande hot chocolate and a stack of library books is the perfect combination!

17. DNRIP

17. DNRIP (Do Not Read in Public)

Too many tears to read in public!

18. Fred Savage

18. Fred Savage

Fred Savage hates “kissing books” in the Princess Bride movie… and I don’t “hate” Junie B. but she sure is a brat!  And it’s annoying to read intentionally grammatically incorrect sentences.

19. Favorite Adaptation

19. Favorite Adaptation

Can’t decide!

20. Book store/Library

20. Book store/Library

Love the library, of course!

21. Funniest Read

21. Funniest Read

Love this blog, and the book was LOL funny for real…

22. Most Recent DNF (Did Not Finish)

22. Most Recent DNF (Did Not Finish)

Couldn’t finish either of these… but maybe one day…? The Language of Flowers was very controversial on Instagram… some people loved it & thought it was worth pushing through, and some hated it & said I should let it go entirely.

23. Beach Read

23. Beach Read

Perfect beach read – fast, funny, thoughtful!

24. Biggest Swoon

24. Biggest Swoon

I’m not big on “swoon” these days but I gobbled up this stuff in high school and still have a special place in my heart for Rilla’s “yeth” at the very end.

25. FYABC Recommendation

25. FYABC Recommendation

It’s not often that Newbery Winners are also YA, so I think this would be a good book club pick… it’s next on my list!

26. Most Recent Buy/Borrow

26. Most Recent Buy/Borrow

I bought it, read it, and then the author signed it!

27. Own (But Never Read)

27. Own (But Never Read)

Just a few from the shelf waiting to be read…

28. Overrated

28. Overrated

I just couldn’t get over the premise… and I never had any desire to finish the trilogy (or see the movie) after the first book.

29. Bestworst Cliffhanger

29. Bestworst Cliffhanger

Biggest cliffhanger ever… right now I’m enjoying the TV show too much to spoil myself with the books (backward, I know!)

30. Read This Month

30. Read This Month

A few of my favs from the month of September!

Such a fun challenge!

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Sixteen

I had a crazy weekend working a booth at the Nashville Wizard World con for work – fun by exhausting!  I’m taking today off to recuperate, so here’s another Instagram update! This batch is from May and June… you can tell from the Once Upon a Time sampler progress!

BFFs

BFFs

 

Enjoying the May sunshine... and the first few stitches!

Enjoying the May sunshine… and the first few stitches!

 

Laundry Day

Laundry Day

 

Tali loves love.

Tali loves love.

 

Progress!

Progress!

 

Cora didn't want to look at the camera.

Cora didn’t want to look at the camera.

 

Tali loves rolling around in the pollen... sigh.

Tali loves rolling around in the pollen… sigh.

 

Almost done!

Almost done!

 

The Golden Hour

People/dog watching

 

The kitties love the screened porch!  But they get sad if they see us leave from the porch.

The kitties love the screened porch! But they get sad if they see us leave from the porch.

Meow Monday: Works in Progress

I’ve been on a crafty roll lately and have a few works in progress… and the cats are never far away.

There’s the Once Upon a Time sampler, of course.  September’s block is Rapunzel… I just started working on it this past week and so far I’ve got happy little trees (and a lot of Madden in the background).

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I started a couple mini cross stitch projects for some bookmarks inspired by Hey Porkchop.  Can’t wait to put them together and share… so cute! Plus, it’s fun to have something completed in a weekend.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I’m still reading lots of books for the Nerdbery Challenge.  I’ve collected some through Paperbackswap.com and visited the library for the first time this weekend for more.  I love having a big To-Read pile!

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I’ve also finished up my UFO pile that’s accumulated since 2010… such a good feeling!  I have to take more pics but I’ll share more soon.  I’m brainstorming ideas for my next quilt… I’d like to do something with the hand dyed fabric I made with my guild.  Maybe something with stars?  Planning is part of the fun… but right now I’ve got too many ideas to get started on any one thing.  So we shall see!

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Happy Monday!

 

Meow Monday: Inside/Outside

The cats have had three homes now in their short little lives (not counting their extended visits with hubby’s Grandparents!). They used to have free reign inside and out when we lived in MS.  There was a park nearby but they mostly hung out on the front porch… wait, scratch that… Cora mostly tried to get herself killed by getting stuck in trees and caught by animal control.
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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
When we moved to CA, they were suddenly inside-only cats with about 600 square feet of space to share. They tolerated each other pretty well, but the confined space led to plenty of spats over territory.
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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
Now in TN, we have a bit more space but the most important improvement (for the cats, anyway) is the screened-in porch.  It keeps them contained with plenty of people/dog/bird watching to keep them entertained.  But really, all a cat needs is some sunshine and a human or two.  I suppose they’re technically still indoor-only cats, but that patch of porch has made all the difference for these outdoor-loving kitties.
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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
It’s a win-win compromise for everyone, human and feline.

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Fifteen

Another Instagram update!  This batch is from April – May as we settled into our new apartment and I started my job.  Time flies!

 

Stitching on the porch with my buddy Cora

Stitching on the porch with my buddy Cora

 

Keeping a watch in all directions

Keeping a watch in all directions

 

Such a helpful thing.

Such a helpful thing.

 

More stitching, more sunning

More stitching, more sunning

 

Cora claimed the new table right away

Cora claimed the new table right away

 

Tali blends right into the furniture!

Tali blends right into the furniture!

 

Two levels of napping.

Two levels of napping.

 

Bath time.

Bath time.

 

April stitching.

April stitching.

 

Cora's view of the "design wall"

Cora’s view of the “design wall”

Meow Monday: Stitching Buddies

The cats love it when I sit down to stitch, and they settle down close by as soon as I get started. That’s why you see them in every other progress pic of the Once Upon a Time sampler monthly updates.

This weekend was no exception…

 

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Tali enjoyed the sun on the porch, until the rain drove us inside.

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Meow Monday: Watercolors Part Two

Still loving the Waterlogue app these days, so here are a few recent-ish pics of the cats in watercolors…

One of these days I might print a few to hang up somewhere.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

And a couple other random pics from my camera roll too…

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

Meow Monday: Snuggle Buddies

Cora and Tali are expert cat nappers.  They could be professional nappers.

This weekend I started on the August block of the Once Upon a Time sampler.  I was surrounded by cats when I took this pic…

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But within a couple more moments, Tali moved over for more snuggles.  Cora must have been in a good mood (or just sleepy) because she tolerated the snuggling and even moved in closer.

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It’s pretty rare that the two of them nap together, so it was obviously worth snapping a few more pics.  I just can’t help it, I had to document the historic moment.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Meow Monday: Kneady Kitties

Here’s a blast from the past… I dug up this video clip from deep in my drafts folder… and I have no idea why it was sitting there all by its lonesome!

I wrote this in 2012 when we were still in San Francisco:

Cora has mellowed quite a bit over the past couple years, but she’s not always very affectionate.  She doesn’t like a lot of touching, and she’s only recently (within the past couple months) started purring.  She rarely starts kneading and preparing to nap beside us, so… that’s why I felt it was worthy of video.  Yep, I’m that kind of cat lady.

She tenses up in the first few seconds because Tali comes into the room.  Don’t worry, Tali gets a cameo!

I love how big Cora’s paws get when she flexes her nails!  I think it’s so cute!

And here’s Tali getting cozy and kneady, too.

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