Monday, April 30, 2012

Melancholy Monday

I had a really great weekend.  Don't know why it makes me so blue when I do.  Ha!  I'm a poet, didn't even know it.  Seriously I went to breakfast on Saturday with friends, went to Game Night on Saturday night (at D's house, so I didn't even have to clean), went to breakfast with a friend on Sunday, and had the most awesome massage Sunday afternoon.  Why do I feel so melancholy? 

D's mother is an awesome artist, and she has this piece of art that her mom made in the guest restroom that I keep threatening to steal.   I love this little guy.

He just screams attitude!!  I absolutely love this seagull!!  He reminds me of Joe Pesci.

We usually play Mexican Train.  We bring food and drinks and talk and laugh and drink, and laugh and talk and laugh.  We laugh alot.  It is good medicine.  We were down a few people this week, M & W couldn't come, and they are the resident comedians.  So we didn't laugh as much as usual this week.  We quit keeping score, and it is so much more pleasant. 

This is my fantastic train.  I always pick the silver sparkly train. 

I really do have some good friends. 

I finally got a decent picture of Joey.  In my bathtub.  Such a goof.  He is such a sweetie.

Here is laser-eyed Derby giving Joey the stink eye.

Here is Dunkin.  Sometimes he sleeps on the extra pillow, but most of the time he sleeps on MY pillow, and I have about two inches for myself. 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Fantastic Feline Friday

Without Further Ado........

Starting with the youngest...HHHHHeeeerrrrrreeeee'sssss Joey.

Being black, he is hard to see.  He loves the cat tree in the living room.  Actually, he loves all three of the cat trees.  (No, they are not spoiled at all).

James Dean Handsome Dunkin

Such a cutie pie, and a little stinker too!!

The Tortie Girls

Derby - Sweet lil thing.....

And Finally,   the Pissy Bitch, Dallas....

They love the boxes....

Two seconds later, Joey lays down in front of box, and .......

Here is Dallas hissing at him.  "How dare you get so close to me!!" 

Like I said, Pissy Bitch. 

She cracks me up!!

Have a Super Duper Weekend.  I am going to game night on Saturday.  Can't wait!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

This 'n That Thursday

Today I am veering away from kittehs.  I am going to talk about my awesome nieces and nephew.  Years ago I lived in South Dakota, where the winters just about did me in.  I hate cold, and the winds were always blowing, and snow, and freezing temperatures.  I survived over 10 years.  I think I should get a medal.  Anyway, my sister lived in Austin, and was having the cutest babies on earth, so I moved to Austin to be closer to them.  I will never regret doing that.  I got to see them almost every day, go to their games and concerts, and talent shows.  They really were the kids that I never had.  K is 27 now, and in New York going to pastry school.  I am so proud of her.  She has really found her niche, and I am so happy for her.  J is 25 and married to an Army Lieutenant, expecting their first baby any day.  D is 23, the only boy, graduated from UT in December.  Working as a Drilling Engineer in Houston.  D also writes songs, and is quite the singer.  I have a short video (excuse my bad taping) of D singing several years ago at a winery. 

All the kids are real sweeties.  I mean really.  They are kind, compassionate, caring people.  My sister and her husband did an awesome job of raising these kids.  I am SO PROUD of all of them.  Just totally awesome kids.  I love them so much.

Enough gushy stuff.  

Cute cat picture coming up....

Look at that cute face.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Three Kitteh Tuesday

Today I have photographic proof that the mythical creature known as Dallas does in fact exist.  These photos captured the elusive creature thought to exist in Trudyland, proving her existence to the doubting skeptics.

Here she is in her natural habitat, although she is seldom seen there.  She prefers the garage for some reason. 

Here is a close-up.  I call her "Sister".  Derby is always around, and so I say, "Where's Sister?"  Dallas often comes when I call her that.  She does not like the boys at all.  Hisses at them at every opportunity.  Pissy bitch.  But I love her.

As promised, here are the other two cats.  Check out Dunkin's floofy belleh.

Don't try to stick your face in his belleh, you will lose it.

Joey, having a little grass snack.  They love their kitteh grass.  We have an agreement-  I grow their grass, and they leave my houseplants alone.

Monday, April 23, 2012


I recently ordered some new tags for the kittehs.  I got them some FurCode Pet ID tags with QR Technology.
Honestly, I have seen the boxes on all kinds of things, and I even have a scanner on my iphone.  They were having a special, and because I ordered 4, they gave me a discount.  They even have different colors, and of course I ordered 4 different colors.  Blue for Dunkin, Red for Joey, Pink for Derby, and Purple for Dallas.  It's pretty cool, cause you go online and input the information for each pet under their "code".  It's pretty comprehensive- not just your name and phone number, but all kinds of information.  You upload a photo of the kitteh, birthdate, whether they are spayed/neutered, breed, color.  Your contact name, several phone numbers, email, twitter, your vet, names, their phone, address, vaccination information.  It is pretty cool.  So when you scan the little QR box with your smartphone, the public info pops up.  They can also access the info online at the FurCode website.  I am quite impressed with this.

So my kittehs are hip, happening Dudes and Dudettes.  Here are some pics with their tags.

Here is Derby, modeling the lovely pink FurCodes tag.

A close up shot of the QR box.  I love this technology.

Dunkin is such a handsome boy.  His tag is a lovely blue.

Such a sweet face.  Here you can see the pretty blue tag.

Anyway, I think it is a cool idea.

Their website is    Here is what the public page looks like:

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Joey Jewell

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Name Joey Jewell
Date of Birth July 18, 2004
Spayed/Neutered Yes
Breed Tuxedo
Color Black/White


Contact Name Trudy
Primary Number 512-xxx-xxxx
Alternate Number 1 512-xxx-xxxx
Facebook Trudy Jewell
Twitter @tljewell07


Vet Balcones Animal Hospital/Dr. James Wood / Dr. Jason Wood
Phone 512-xxx-xxxx / 512-xxx-xxxx
Address , Austin, TX


Rabies Yes
Rabies Tag Number 0425
Rabies Vaccination Date March 23, 2012
Additional Vaccinations Distemper
Date Due for Rabies 03/23/15

Friday, April 20, 2012

Fantastic Feline Friday

Just a few pics of the boys today.  Such handsome fellows.

I absolutely love Dunkin's little face.  It can be so expressive.

He looks like he is snoozing here, but he's not.

Moving in for a close-up.

Just Chillin'.

Joey is hard to catch in photos.  Most of my pictures of him are a blur, cause the boy never stops moving......

And finally, one picture of Sweet Derby...... a close up of her cute lil face.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hat Band

One of my hobbies is beading.  I love making jewelry, fan pulls, and all kinds of things with beads.  I found this awesome lampwork artist.  She used to live in Austin, but has since moved to Indiana.  I love her beads.  You can find her Etsy shop here:

Anyway for the rodeo this year, I got a new hat.  It didn't have a hatband, so I wanted to make one.  I used two sets of beads that I had bought from Moon.  I think it turned out totally awesome.  I got a lot of compliments on it.  

This is the focal bead at the very front of the hatband.  I went very simple with beads and large silver spacer beads.  I used a hemp ribbon.  My favorite color is blue and I think the beads look so good with the brown hat and the blue accents.

These are the side beads.  Moon does such awesome work!!!

The other side.

This is the back.  One of the beads was this awesome round one with a hole in the center.  I went to my local bead shop Sea of Beads (here is their website: and got this cool silver button.  I think it makes an awesome focal piece for the back of the hat. 

Believe me I was one styling cowgirl at the rodeo!!!

Here is a photo of the handsome boy.  Half asleep.  Love this guy.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday-Sleeping Beauty

Yard Art

I have some better pictures of my yard art.  Here is an excellent picture of my peacock.  I absolutely love him.  He is sooooo pretty.

Here you can see the momma donkey and baby, and to the right is momma pig and baby.  I love these donkeys.  They remind me of the donkey in Shrek.  Their heads move up and down.  Tres cute!!

Here is my big bunny, purple cat and part of my pink flamingo.  You can also see my butterfly dish.  It is by the butterfly bush.

More flamingos and part of my big yellow sunflower.

At the end is a citrus tree.  The lady I got it from told me it was a grapefruit tree, but I think it is a lime tree.  Had a ton of limes last year, kept waiting for them to turn yellow into grapefruits, never happened.  So pretty sure it is a lime tree.

Finally,  what is it about boxes that cats love?  Here is a bad picture of Dunkin in a box.  He loves that box.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Back Yard

My house backs up to a green belt owned by the city, so it will never be developed.  It's a bit like living in the country in my back yard, and living in the city in the front.  I love it.  It is the reason I bought my house.  The back of the house faces west, so it gets the afternoon sun.  This is the view from my deck.

The drought last year was hard on all the trees in the greenbelt.  We lost quite a few.
 On my deck, I have herbs and veggies growing.   I have lettuce, jalapenos, sweet basil, lavender, and of course, catnip!!
 I have three different types of mint: apple, sweet, and spearmint.  They make for great mojitos!!

This is my tomato plant.  No tomatoes yet. 

This is my Plumeria plant.  Last year it was over 6 feet tall, so last fall, I cut it into cuttings and planted them in pots.  Of the 10 cuttings, 9 of them grew.

 Here are the cuttings.  Looking good.  Some nice plants for my friends. :)

So, I will leave you will some final kitty shots.

Here is Derby doing her nightly lap cuddles with me.  She can be such a love.

And finally, Dunkin and Joey.   Dunkin was inbetween the two big pillows, and he was laying so funny.  His paws were in the air (all four of them) and he really looked very uncomfortable.  But he must have been comfortable cause he stayed that way for awhile.

This is a picture from the side.  Does not look comfortable.  But who can figure cats?