Hermione’s Kitty Korner #12 : I’m a Basket Case

Hermione here with some good news. For those who have been following me and my brother’s Kitty Korner columns, you’ll know that we were planning to stop sharing our adventures now that we’ve turned a year old. However, we’re still having so much fun in Debbie’s house, that we decided to ask Sneaky to extend our time on this blog.

Today, I’m sharing with you my love of baskets. It all started when I found a basket on top of Debbie’s wardrobe. It was sitting among some old Christmas tins and was very high, but I was confident I could reach it. I jumped on her jewelry armoire and climbed across her bureau. At that point, it was only a hop, a skip, and a jump before I was able to reach that beautiful basket.

I was so proud of myself because my brother, Harry, wasn’t able to follow in my pawsteps. I finally felt bad for the guy, and showed him how I got up there.  Leave it to a girl to teach a boy some new tricks. It was just a matter of time before he copied me, but he wasn’t interested in my basket which is a good thing because it’s my new favorite place.

Now I regularly go up to my basket and even nap in it. Debbie cleared off the Christmas tins and other stuff, so I would have more room. I love a room with a view.

Until next time. Hermione signing off.

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Harry’s Kitty Korner #11: Happy Birthday to Us

Hi, there. It’s Harry with my Kitty Korner Column #11. Thank you for reading about my adventures with Debbie and her family. Today is my birthday and my sister’s. It isn’t the actual day, but it’s the day Debbie celebrates meeting us at the Shabby Tabby Cat Cafe last October. We were 3 months old, so now we are a year old and full-grown cats.

To celebrate our special day, Debbie got us some fun gifts. There was an assortment of toys including my favorite catnip sticks and toy mice for Hermione.

We also got a new cat teaser. We still have “Da Bee” which is one of our favorite playthings, but now Debbie got us “Da Fish.” Can’t wait to reel it in.

Another interesting birthday gift for us was the Catit treat toy. Both Hermione and I, and even Stripey, enjoy this gift.

We also got another puzzle toy that doesn’t include treats, but is still fun because little creatures pop up if you pull the levers. I still have to master this.

Then there’s this bug toy that moves by itself. We all really love it, but it gets stuck in some places, so Debbie has to supervise when we play with it.

We also got some combs and brushes to keep me and Stripey looking handsome and Hermione looking beautiful. They feel great, too.

But, of all our new toys, our favorite is the big box they came in.


There were two other gifts that Debbie gave in honor of our first birthdays, but they weren’t for us. The first was for her readers — two free ebooks of her mysteries that are available until Monday, July 22. You can get her Cobble Cove cozy mystery, Love on the Rocks here., and her mystery thriller, Reason to Die, here.

The last but not least gift that Debbie gave in honor of our birthdays is a fundraiser for the Golden Paw Society, the rescue from which we came, so that other kittens and cats like us can find wonderful homes with loving families like we did. To help Debbie give this gift, you can donate any amount until Wednesday, July 24, here.

Thank you for making our birthday purrfect.

Hermione’s Kitty Korner #11 (Her Last Column)

Hermione here with some good and some not so good news. For those who have been following me and my brother’s Kitty Korner columns, you’ll know that we’ve been having quite a lot of adventures in Debbie’s house. However, since we will be turning 1 years old in July and thus official cats, we are no longer going to paw our Kitty Korner Columns. However, Debbie will continue to share our stories on Facebook and her own blog/website with lots of photos and updates.

While this is my last column, Harry will be pawing his later in July to fill you all in on our one-year birthday celebration. Now for the good news. Debbie is offering two of her books free in honor of our birthdays from July 19 to July 21. During that time, you can get your free books here: mybook.to/RTD mybook.to/cc4

For those who don’t know our story, Debbie and her daughter first laid eyes on Harry and me at the Shabby Tabby Cat Cafe on October 21, 2018. We were so adorable that they fell immediately in love with us. Since the cat cafe had taken us from the Golden Paw Society shelter to help find homes for us, Debbie adopted us from them on October 24, 2018 which was her daughter’s 14th birthday. We were just 3 months old. Here’s a link to the article about our adoption and a photo of us at Shabby Tabby. Weren’t we so little and cute? https://wp.me/p7XcB0-ug

Here is a more recent photo. See  how big we grew.

I hope you enjoy celebrating our birthday week with the two free mysteries, but it would also be great if you could contribute to the Facebook Fundraiser that Debbie created for the Golden Paws Society to help other kittens and cats like us get adopted. Any amount would help.

Harry’s Kitty Korner #10: A Feline Review of the Cat Writers’ Association Conference

Hi, there. It’s Harry with my Kitty Korner Column #10. Thank you for reading about my adventures with Debbie and her family. My topic for this post is the Cat Writers’ Association Conference that Debbie Attended. I wasn’t too happy about her leaving me, my sis, and Stripey, but she made up for it with lots of toys and treats that she brought home. One in purr-ticular was the Cattraction kicker toy with Silver Vine and Catnip that was donated by Hartz. I have no idea what Silver Vine is, but it must be as potent as catnip because Hermione and I couldn’t resist it.

So as not to repeat what Debbie and other cat writers have written about the conference, I’m sharing all the cat photos because they are litter-ally the best. If you want to read the human stuff, check out Debbie’s post on her author’s blog: https://wp.me/p6m4z7-21p

You might also want to read Sneaky’s preview of the conference on this blog: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-Ev

So, here are the cats that attended the conference. We were left behind which may have been for the best because I don’t like flying except when I’m running after my cat teaser.

Pet-Safety Cat Casey

Cat #1: Casey who is also known as a pet safety cat because he and his human, Arden Moore, teach pet first-aid which is a valuable thing for pet owners to learn. Casey was on paw for most of the events and even helped Arden host the Awards Banquet at the end of the conference, and I heard he did a Meowvalous job.

Summer the Pet Therapy Cat.

Cat #2: Pet Therapy Cat Summer. This pretty kitty of the Somali breed attended the swag stuffing party where those great Silver Vine and catnip kickers were included in the bags, and she was also at the author book signing and, as you can see from the photo below, she wore her best dress to the awards ceremony. Her human Janiss Garza won several special awards at that event. I’m sure Summer is quite proud of her.

Chanel the Blogger’s Cat

Cat #3: Chanel (aka Crash), Jeanne Kudich’s cat, was also around. Jeanne writes the Random Felines blog. Check it out here.

Of claws, there were lots of other cats at the conference, not all of them living. For instance, there were a pair of Cuddle Clone cats, a bunch of cat flower arrangements, and a 25th anniversary cat cake, not to mention all the cat ears and cat clothes the writers wore.

I guess I should also show you a photo of Debbie wearing her cat ears, purse, dress, necklace, and shoes for the Awards Banquet. I think she was the cat’s meow and am so glad she’s home.

Until next time. Handsome Harry aka Harold when I’m naughty.

Hermione’s Kitty Korner Post #10: My Grandma Has a New Book Out

Purrs! Hermione here with the next installment of my Kitty Korner Column. Today, I’m proud to announce that my grandma Debbie has published a new mystery called Sea Scope. I am so proud of her, and even though she used my brother Harry for a model with the cover of the large print edition of this book, I understand because there is a black cat in Sea Scope.

I had my time in the limelight when a calico was in the book and on the cover of her 4th Cobble Cove mystery, Love on the Rocks, but that was before I even met her.

In any case, I managed to squeeze into a photo of Debbie’s new book with my brother.

Even though I can’t read, I heard Debbie editing this story, and I think it’s going to be a best seller. I’m very excited about it because I love being the pet of an author. It makes me so happy that I can roll on my back in joy.

Here’s a pawsome excerpt from Sea Scope that features Al, the cat, who could be Harry’s twin.

Alabaster came meowing into the kitchen looking for his breakfast. Alabaster, or Al, for short, was a black cat she’d adopted to keep her company five years ago. She’d named him for the white, stone-like material as a joke and thought it funny that he often hung out by the inn’s statues that were composed of the same substance.

“Hi, Al. I was just going to check the mailbox before feeding you.”

The cat followed, tail held high as Julie walked out to the porch. The postal box stood to the side beyond the rockers and patio swing. It was a long white box that needed a touch up. She made a note to repaint it when she had time.

As Al circled her legs emitting short cries that signaled his hunger, Julie checked for mail. There was one letter inside the box. It wasn’t in an envelope and bore no stamp. Someone had dropped it off. She figured it was an advertisement, but when she unfolded the paper, she saw that it was a note written in childish handwriting. Each letter had been marked with a different crayon. As one sensitive to color, she realized that the hues composed a rainbow missive.

She took the paper and sat in one of the high back rockers she had covered with padding with her mother years ago and had replaced one lonely spring when she was between boyfriends.

Al continued to beg for his breakfast.

“One minute, boy. Let me read this.”

Julie had forgotten her reading glasses inside. She didn’t like wearing them because they aged her face. She squinted at the words, the light crayoned letters making them difficult to read.

“Do you really think you should reopen the inn? How many more deaths do you want on your head?”

Your nephew, Glen

She gasped. Al sensed her dismay and stopped crying, his body alert to danger; the fur on his back starting to rise.

She was tempted to tear up the paper but reconsidered. Should she go to the police? They were never helpful in the past, and this was obviously a prank. Glen was dead, buried in the family cemetery nearly two years ago.

That excerpt had me wide-eyed but not bushy-tailed. I’m not a bunny.

If you like how grandma’s book sounds, here are the places you can buy it:

(paperback): mybook.to/SSpaper

(Large Type): mybook.to/SSLT

(eBook): mybook.to/SeaScope

You can also buy Debbie’s books on Amazon.com from her author page or from clicking the big  pawprint on the top right side of this blog that says “buy books.” Remember, part of all her royalties go toward the care and feeding of me, Harry, and Stripey.

Purrs until next time, Hermione.