Frivolous Friday – Frivolous Cats



If you enjoy cats…I mean a lot…you probably have at least a few cat-related items around your home. Perhaps people give you cat figurines, aprons and nightshirts with cats, dangly cat earrings and so forth. Among other things, I have a cat spoon rest in my kitchen, a wooden cat that fits over the door frame, a cat screen cleaner, a mouse pad with an adorable cat face, and even a cat nativity scene, which I’ll bring out for Christmas soon.

Today, I thought I’d share some frivolous cats that have come to my attention. You’ve seen pictures of the wiemerienar dogs dressed up. Well, here’s a site showing art featuring cats as historical figures. These works of art are charming as all get out.

Here’s a collection of cats dressed for important occasions.

Here’s a site showing all different ways you can dress up your own cat:

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Thoughts for Thursday – Autographed Copies for Christmas

Picture-Purrfect-Christmas-cover-300Here are links to something special—autographed copies of the two books I recommend for holiday giving: A Picture-Purrfect Christmas and By Cat or By Crook.

A Picture-Purrfect Christmas is a spellbinding story of love, hope, and a child’s innocent Christmas dreams. When Savannah Ivey agrees to teach photography to a group of at-risk children, she doesn’t expect a sweet-spirited little crippled girl to steal her heart and become an important part of her family. Even Rags, the kleptomaniac cat, is captivated by the child named Marissa. When she goes missing, everyone, including Rags, experiences the pain of loss.

While this story involves some intense drama, it will also make you smile and even laugh out loud. Bring out the tissues for the beautiful ending. A Picture-Purrfect Christmas is one of those feel-good holiday stories you’ll want to read over and over again

By Cat or By Crook is the 20th in the Klepto Cat Mystery series. In this story, Irisbycat-cover-web

continues her refurbishing work at the grand old Kaiser home, but things aren’t going smoothly. Is she being stalked or is she simply spooked by what she hears at night kicking around in the attic? She certainly didn’t expect to hire gravediggers, nor did she anticipate the discovery of a large fortune amidst the chaos and mayhem at the old mobster hangout. Of course, Rags, the klepto cat, is on duty. He helps to reveal some decades-old family secrets and he finds a murderer’s calling card in the most unexpected place.

Order autographed copies by December 15 for Christmas giving and receive a packet of Klepto Cat Mystery note cards.

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Wild (and Sometimes Crazy) Wednesday – I Stalk Birds



You may not know this about me, but I’ve taken on some of my cats’ traits. I guess I’ve hung out with them for too many years. Like a cat, I stalk birds. But while a cat might want to feel the little bird between her paws and even make a meal of the bird, I stalk them for the privilege of capturing their image. I photograph birds. I even have a facebook page where I post bird photos.

I started this when I began noticing how many hummingbirds we had flitting around the feeder outside my office window. I bought a zoom lens and became obsessed with photographing them. Now I will stalk almost any kind of bird. In particular I love the Western bluebirds. I enjoy trying to capture great shots of the bald eagle pair around their nest at a nearby lake and I know where a family of great horned owls nested last season. Sure hope they return this year. They’re really fun to photograph.

If you’d like to see some of my bird pictures, visit my personal facebook page

Klepto Cat Mysteries

Thank you for your interest in book 20 of the Klepto Cat Mystery series. We’ve already had several sales. I hope you’re enjoying By Cat or By Crook as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Newsday Tuesday – NEW Klepto Cat Mystery

bycat-cover-webExciting news!!! Klepto Cat Mystery Book 20 launched this week. By Cat or by Crook is now available in both print and Kindle editions.

In this story, Iris continues her refurbishing work at the grand old Kaiser home, but things aren’t going smoothly. Is she being stalked or is she simply spooked by what she hears at night kicking around in the attic? She certainly didn’t expect to hire gravediggers, nor did she anticipate the discovery of a large fortune amidst the chaos and mayhem at the old mobster hangout. Of course, Rags, the klepto cat, is on duty. He helps to reveal some decades-old family secrets and he finds a murderer’s calling card in the most unexpected place.

The print and Kindle versions are both available here:

Isn’t this a beautiful cover. Thank you Bernadette Kazmarski.

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Mindful Monday – A Picture Purrfect Christmas

Picture-Purrfect-Christmas-cover-300Some of you have read the only Christmas story in the Klepto Cat Mystery series. Our first book published both in print and for your Kindle at the same time came out last year for the 2015 holiday season. If you didn’t read this touching (and exciting) story last December, be sure to sit down with it this year.

If you did read it, you may have readers on your Christmas list who would enjoy receiving a copy.

Order your autographed copies of A Picture Purrfect Christmas from me here:  

Or place an order with Amazon here:

Be sure to read the amazing reader reviews while you’re there—93 percent of them four and five-star reviews.

Here are excerpts from a few:

“While I have enjoyed reading all of the books in this series, this is my clear favorite.”

“What a poignant story of faith, dreams, and loyalty.”

“I used a lot of tissues with this one.”

‘It really tugs at your heart strings.”

This book left me with warm holiday feelings.”

“A feel good Christmas story.”

“I was expecting a children’s chapter book, and boy was I surprised. The concepts in this book were phenomenal and totally kept me turning the pages.”

“Just when I think I’ve red the best of Patricia Fry, the story gets better.”

“A warm story meant for any age reader.”

This book, as are all of the Klepto Cat Mysteries, is available in print and for your Kindle.


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Frivolous Friday – More Holiday Hazards



Yesterday, I listed ten hazards for cats particularly during the holidays. Now, we’ve all had cats that survived poinsettias in the house, angel hair, tinsel, and metallic bows—before we knew these things were potentially dangerous to our cats. And, those of us who’ve loved many cats over the years know that some cats are more prone to exploration and experimentation than others. Plus, a cat that is bored—one that is often left alone in the house—might suddenly decide to chew on raffia or attack a sewing project in progress and wind up in serious trouble. And we never know when we might hear that pitiful mew outside and open the door to find a lost or homeless kitten. It’s wise to know the dangers for some cats and take protective measures for all cats, especially during the holiday season when there’s so much to tempt a curious cat.

Here are more possible hazards:

1: Party foods like chocolate, avocado, grapes, raisins, alcohol, raw eggs/meat, onions, garlic and caffeine can be dangerous to your cat. Lily LOVES avocado—but I learned in time that it can be toxic to a cat. Did you know that another name for an avocado is alligator pear? This fruit can also harm rabbits, horses, cattle, birds, and even goats. (I thought a goat could eat anything.) So no guacamole for your range animals or house cats.

2: Christmas tree ornaments can be hazardous to your cat. Hang the most delicate



ones at the top of the tree so they’re least likely to be batted off and broken. Avoid hanging ornaments that have elements your cat would love to chew. I use very few glass ball ornaments. If they fall and break, they are very sharp and could cut up a cat’s paw.

3: Christmas tree preservatives—the commercial kind and plain old aspirin—can be dangerous for cats who like to drink from any receptacle they can find. Be careful which Christmas tree preservative you use in the water. Sugar or corn syrup is sometimes recommended and that probably won’t harm a cat, unless she becomes addicted to it. There are a lot of commercial tree preservatives that could be dangerous if a cat were to drink it. I suggest using plain water and even then, I will cover the water bowl as best I can.

4: Your lovely table setting. Keep the cat off the dinner table. Cats are inquisitive. If you set the table for guests, he’s going to want to explore. If you have a curious cat, try setting your lovely table at the last minute or confine the cat in a room with plenty of toys, fresh water, and a litter box.

5: Guests. Speaking of entertaining, keep your cat safe from a crowd of people milling around in your house and small children who might not know that a cat’s tail is not for pulling. If you have a kitten, put a note on the toilet to lower the lid after using.

6: Batteries. Now here’s a situation I’ve never seen nor heard of. Some cats will chew on and even swallow batteries. Evidently, this can be an extreme hazard to your cat—so if she expresses an interest in small batteries, other than just batting them around on the kitchen floor, take heed.



7: The Christmas tree itself. If your cat is fascinated by the tree—some will actually climb it—there are some remedies that might deter him. Spray the area around the base of the tree with a light mixture of lemon water. Or place pine cones underneath the tree so it’s difficult for the cat to walk close to it. The needles on some Christmas trees can irritate your cat’s mouth or digestive system.

8: Keep your craft and sewing projects out of your cat’s reach. It’s bad enough that the cat will want to “help” you with your project. She might also examine it when you’re not looking. Potential dangers include the ingestion of ribbon, beads-sequins, thread-string-yarn, possibly even glue and needles. Yeah, a cat’s not going to pick up a needle and swallow it, but she might lap up a piece of thread that’s attached to a needle and swallow it. I had a cat do that once!!!

9: Fire. Make sure your fireplace is safe. You don’t want your cat to sit too close and catch her tail on fire. I make it a rule not to burn candles in my house. A curious cat can get burned or tip a burning candle filled with hot wax. I’ve graduated to battery operated flameless candles and I love them. Mine have a remote and you can even change the colors.

10: Christmas tree lights. If your cat chews on plastic, your Christmas tree lights could be a hazard. Use the lemon water remedy or place citrus peels around the tree to deter a cat.

Have you experienced a cat-related accident during the holidays? We’d like to hear about it and warn others to take precautions. It was one holiday season that we discovered Sophie will eat metallic bows and boy did she get sick. We no longer use ribbon or bows on any of our packages. We had a kitten once get caught up in the handles of a gift bag. He ran through the house with that bag “chasing” him. Poor little guy. As I mentioned, I also had a cat swallow a needle behind my back. When the needle went crosswise in her throat, we figured out what it was and the veterinarian was able to remove it. Whew!

There’s a lot to think about when you have a cat in the house. You can’t bring in anything new without her noticing. Nothing is sacred when there’s a cat about. Make sure you keep that cat safe this holiday season and all year ‘round.

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Thoughts for Thursday – Happy CatsGiving



Thanksgiving is the unofficial—or maybe the official—launch into the biggest holiday of the year. No one can escape from the merriment and few can escape from the huge sense of obligations to decorate, buy, wrap, and celebrate. It’s a busy, demanding time of year. Of course, we each approach the holidays with a different level of interest. While some of us get all caught up in the season, others do their best to ignore it until it slaps us alongside the head with its urgency.

Your cat, on the other hand, has no say in the matter of the holidays. She’s just along for the ride. Make sure her ride is safe and secure. Here are some of the hazards for cats that either occur or are more pronounced this time of year. Be diligent. Your cat depends on you.

1: Learn which plants and flowers are a danger to your pets and do not decorate inside img_0577with those that are.

2: If you light the fireplace, make sure it is in good working order and that you have a safety screen or door in place. Stack wood a distance from the fire.

3: Watch that your kitty doesn’t deposit her toys too near the heater or fireplace. (I know, you haven’t had to worry about that all summer while the heat was off.)

4: Change the battery in your smoke detector.

5: Keep decorations away from the fire—mantel garland, Christmas stockings, especially the Christmas tree.

6: Monitor the doors while entertaining to make sure the inside cats don’t sneak out. Caution guests about this, as well.

7: Prepare a safe place for frightened pets during holiday parties and make it off-limits to guests.

8: Don’t use tinsel on your Christmas tree.

9: Don’t use angel hair in decorating. There are safe products you can use to make that snowy scene.

10: Keep a close eye on your cats to see how they respond to your gift wrap materials. lilyalyzaydecember09-015Some cats eat string and ribbon. Some cats love nibbling on raffia. This can be extremely dangerous for some cats. A kitten might get caught up in the handles on a gift bag. Some cats will just destroy your attempts at creating lovely gift packages.

Yes, there are cats who don’t give your holiday decorations a second thought. You can breeze through Christmas without a concern that your cat will climb the Christmas tree, break the antique ornaments your great grandmother handed down, destroy the 6-layer cake it took you all day to make or otherwise cause chaos. But if you’ve recently adopted a cat, or you’ve welcomed a kitten into your home, keep a close eye on that cat to make sure she isn’t a holiday wrecker. I’m just sayin’

I’ll share more holiday hazards tomorrow.

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Wild (and Sometimes Crazy) Wednesday – Do it Yourself Gifts For Your Cat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you love your cat, you probably give him or her gifts for Christmas and maybe his birthday. I found some great sites this week featuring gifts you can make for your cat. Check them out. And be sure to send me pictures of the things you make for your Fluffy or Princess. This site has patterns for toys, beds and even scratching posts.

Here’s a site showing how to make adorable toy mice for cats, a climbing tower and more.

This site has twelve gift ideas for cats.:

Here are gifts you can make for your friends who adore cats.

This site includes directions for making cell phone case, coffee mug, nail decals, cat designs on used jeans. You gotta check these out. 

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Newsday Tuesday – The Lion in the Living Room

Lily Likes Books

Lily Likes Books

That’s the name of a book I’m asking for as a Christmas gift. The subtitle is, “How House Cats Tamed us and Took Over the World.”

In her book, Abigail Tucker goes into the evolution of the house cat, her similarities to the big cats, the indoor cat phenomenon, questions as to whether the cat is actually a useful creature and the Internet cat craze.

Here are more books you might be interested in. Aside from my Klepto Cat Mysteries, there are dozens of other cozy mysteries involving cats. Here are a few: The Cat Who Mysteries by Lillian Braun Jackson; Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries, Ali Brandon; Cats in Trouble Mysteries, Leann Sweeney; Magical Cats Mysteries, Sofie Kelly; Cat in the Stacks Mysteries, Miranda Jones; Second Chance Cat Mysteries, Sofie Ryan; Midnight Louis, Carole Nelson Douglas; Mrs. Murphy Mysteries, Rita Mae Brown; The Chocoholic Mysteries, JoAnna Carl; Paws and Claws Mysteries, Krista Davis.

That ought to keep you reading for the rest of the year.

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Mindful Monday – Catscapades for Christmas

Cover 1-1 copyExcuse me if I bring up the holidays before you’re ready to address them. But you know how important it is to begin thinking about those on your Christmas and to shop early. Just last night I had a conversation with someone who was appalled because her friends who shop late don’t get the items they wanted because the stores have run out. “You’d think those stores would stock enough of what people want…blah…blah.”

I said, “Shame on the people who shop last minute—who don’t think ahead and plan ahead.” We know the holidays are coming. We’ve known this for months. I don’t feel sorry for last-minute shoppers who miss out. Do you?

If you have a friend, co-worker, relative, or neighbor who enjoys reading true cat stories, order an autographed copy of Catscapades, True Cat Tales from me here:

Inside this book, you’ll find over forty true stories and vignettes featuring cats in a variety of loving and harrowing circumstances. You’ll meet cats who are incredibly spiritual, deliciously humorous , and quite un-catlike.

Read about:

  • Gus, the reluctant babysitting cat.
  • The fearless kitten who was catnapped.
  • An obstinate calico who responds to mind-talk.
  • An engaging Himalayan who responds to a healing.
  • And then there’s Sammy, the cat who changed a heart.

$10.00 for the ebook. $12.95 for the print book. 130 pages of feline fun, frivolity, and a tad of suspense.

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