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A Stylish Award

Angel and 6 Garden Cottage Cats masthead

Several days ago we received a Stylish Blogger Award from Angel who’s blog 6 Garden Cottage Cats is one you should see, as it is filled with wonderful graphics and a lovely soundtrack in the background, making you want to stay and not leave. Thank you so very much for this award.

We understand the award comes with certain requirements and that we need to tell you seven things about us and then pass it along. Since we had established with our first award to cut the number of new recipients, we will do so again, thereby restoring value and honor to the award by limiting the nominees. We decided to keep it to three, like in the Olympics.

So we are bestowing this award to:

Animal Shelter Volunteer Life blog reflects so going on’s at PAWS, a privately funded, non-profit, no-kill shelter located in Norwalk, CT. The volunteers work very hard taking care of felines and trying to find forever homes. Please do drop in as they also have wonderful news to share today.

Our other winner is Cats of Wildcat Woods, who have a farmhouse in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina and when they moved in, they also inherited a number of feral cats. Since then they have been very involved with the community, reusing cats and helping them find forever homes.

We thought of presenting you, the reader with a blog that was a bit different, Chocolate and Marmalade Tea is just that. Now Michelle, the writer of the blog not only shares some stories of her cats Mocha and Emma—who are darlings and one cannot help but fall in love with them—but  she is an old fashioned girl trying to keep up with the modern world. Between blogging, creating some art and also going horseback riding, she keeps very busy baking and sharing those wonderful recipes with us and who cannot have enough recipes in their book, so do drop in and make friends.

Now the Stylish Blogger Award asks the receiver to share seven things with my followers, seven things they may not be aware of.

1: Miss Kitty’s name originally was Painted Lady, but family members called her simply kitty. So when this blog was created we agreed her name would be Miss Kitty van Dyck.

2: Though I get pampered by dad, I have scratched him a few times, now he wears several scars to remind him of me. When I did this, I was much younger.

3: While on the subject of age, I am seventeen years and ten months old. Because I was a very young feral, only a few weeks old we can only guess that it was either February or March that I was born, but I have been with the family since May of the same year.

4: I used to be a very good mouse catcher and when I ate my catch, I always left behind the liver. Do any of you felines do this?

5: Two years ago I was attacked by a dog and since then I no longer go outside alone. So whenever dad goes to work in the garden he takes me out and we keep each other company.

6: Here are two things about dad; he had an industrial accident in 2002, which took four and a half years to recover, has survived cancer in 2004 and open-heart triple by-pass surgery in 2006. Unfortunately one of the grafts failed eighteen months later and this has effected how much and what he can do in a day. Unfortunately he remains unemployed since 2003 and the economy is not helping.

7: Dad was a graphic designer and commercial advertising photographer and in 2000 decided it is time for a vacation, never having on in those twenty-seven years. So he decided to follow his childhood dream and start painting. 


Before bringing this post to a close I wish to share this article I found on-line from NewsTeam, UK yesterday that was posted at NewsLite.TV that I wish to share with you. Instead of rewriting it, I am copying over the text as it appeared.

Pamela Cole with some of her collection (photo: L Looi/NewsTeam UK)

Feline fanatic collects thousands of ceramic cats
February 2, 2011 3:00 PM - News Team UK

A feline fanatic has spent the last 60 years amassing a bizarre collection of over 2,000 ceramic cats… and she won't stop until it's purr-fect.

Pamela Cole, 60, from Birmingham, England, has been collecting the cats since the late 1940s, after her mother gave her a replica of a beloved kitten. The collection, is thought to be worth over £50,000 ($68,000 US Dollar), contains ornaments worth anything from 10p to over £1,000 ($1,300) and she even has one cat dating back to 600BC. 

Pam, who now has a staggering 2,222 cats of varying shapes and sizes, says she keeps them in her spare bedroom and has stopped anyone sleeping in there. But despite already being short of space to display them, she said she can't wait to get her paws on more.

Speaking of her collection Pamela said: "I really do have them from all over the world, and I've bought them in china shops, toy shops, antiques shops, at craft fairs, antiques fairs and on eBay.  

"I try to get them as different as possible, and I have them from every continent."

Enjoy the weekend and
don’t forget the calendar bookmark photo contest is coming up.


Mr Puddy said...

Congratulation Miss Kitty !
Your 7 things are so impressive ! and I'm so happy you got this award. Because you let's me know you used to be a feral. My blog support rescued breed. And you might not know I have a a special page in our blog call " We Support Rescued Breed " and I will link your blog in this page and hope you don't mind : )
Everyday Mr Puddy: We Support Rescued Breed

Kea said...

Congratulations on your well-deserved award!

You and your dad have been through a lot, Miss Kitty! We're glad you've both survived and are, we hope, thriving! We're sending lots of Light for continued good health, work, etc. -- whatever you both need.

meowmeowmans said...

Hi Miss Kitty and Egmont!

Thank you for stopping by, for your lovely comments, and for bestowing upon us the Stylish Blogger Award!

We always enjoy your posts, and today is no exception. It's always fun to learn more about our friends, and we loved your 7 things. :)

We will post the award to our blog sometime this week. We just have to think of 7 things to share!

Thanks again, and have a great weekend. :)

Kevin and the crew at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life

Cat said...

Hello Miss Kitty, and congratulations on another wonderful award! We are not acquainted with Chocolate and Marmalade Tea, but will definitely pop over for a visit.

Miss Kitty you are brave to venture back outside after an attack, I agree it is a good plan to stay close to your dad who will keep you safe.

I am very sorry to hear about your dad's accident and health troubles, I think he must have a very strong spirit indeed to have survived so much in such a short period of time!

Cats of Wildcat Woods said...

What a wonderful post - we loved reading about you both. Mom does healing work also and sending lots of light and love to your Dad - for his health and that he finds a wonderful way to bring lots of money in...maybe painting? Great story about the cat collector of UK. Mom has a friend there who collects all things Siamese. Congrats ont he award and thanks so much for thinking of us - we will post it this week.

Miss Kitty said...

Dear Mr Puddy,

When ever you drop in you make us smile and we thank you for linking our blog to your "We Support Rescued Breed" and dad while reciprocate by adding a link back on our sidebar.

Enjoy the weekend,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Dear Kea,

Thank you for stopping by and offering your kind words of encouragement and support. I am sure there are many others who have gone through health challenges must worst then ours. We just wish no one ever would have to go through cancer of heart problems.

Wishing you all the very best this weekend,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Lucy the Cat said...

Congratulations, Miss Kitty, on your award! It's very well deserved!

It was very nice to read more about you and your dad. We are so very sorry about dad's health issues. We hope he stays encouraged and is able to feel better.

We are intrigued by Chocolate and Marmalade Tea and are going to over there now to visit.

Miss Kitty said...

Dear Kevin and the crew at the Animal Shelter PAWS,

We are delighted that we were able to bestow the award upon you and the other volunteers in recognition for all your hard word.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend,
MIss Kitty and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Dear Catrina,

You always brighten our day when you drop in for a visit and thank you for your thoughtful comments.

May your weekend be filled with sunshine,
MIss Kitty and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Dear Cats of Wildcat Woods,

It was our pleasure to bestow the award upon you, in reflection for all your hard work to help the felines who cannot help themselves and now we can learn seven things about you we did not know.

As for your suggestion that dad should paint more so he can sell, thank you and it is on the drawing board.

Enjoy the weekend,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings dear Lucy,

Thank you for stopping by and reflecting upon dad's situation and sending us encouragement. THank you for stopping y Michelle's place, I am sure the two of you will make friends.

Enjoy the weekend and go find some sun puddles,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Sparkle said...

Concatulations, Miss Kitty! I can see that both you and your human are survivors! And my human was relieved to read about the ceramic cat lady - she thought maybe she was a little overboard with the ceramic cats, but she only has maybe a dozen or so.

Angel + 6 Garden Cottage Cats said...

Hello Dear Miss Kitty & Dad, Thank You so much for the Lovely write up, and what Wonderful choices you made as to who to pass the Award to ^..^
Oh Miss Kitty ,,,, we like Painted Lady ^..^, and waz Horrified to hear about dat Nasty Dog attack. Oh how Horrible..... shuttering..
So Sorry about you Dad's Problems, Hopefully he feelz better now. Our Dad had problemz too, cancer & 3 stents in his right heart artery. But he'z ok now ^..^ We hopez you Dad is ok too.
We are NOT Allowed to eat what we catch,,,,:((( Mom had a kitty long before us who caught and ate something and it waz sick. Long story short in da end da kitty lost one of her eyez.We'z don't wanna loze anythin so ,,,,, we listen to mom.
Miss Kitty & Dad, Concatulationz on your Award, you guys are soooo Sweet and Deserve it ^..^
Purrz & Headbonkz ~
from All of us ~

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a lovely post, Miss Kitty. You have led an interesting life. We're glad you survived the dog attack and we do hope things brighten for your dad. Purrs and tail wags for you both.

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings to you Sparkle,

Delighted that you stopped by.
Yes we are survivors in deed and sometimes dad wonders what is going to be the next challenge. As for collecting, one can never have enough is one is passionate about their collection.

Best wishes,
Ms K and E

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings dear Angel,

You are so most welcomed as it was our pleasure, especially after having received the reward from you.

It certainly was too bad about the dog because my hind left leg was bitten into and I was bleeding. Glad dad came home not too long after that and then rushed me to the vet.

It seems your dad and ours have things in common and we are glad he is doing better. Tell him to keep an eye out and do regular check-ups.

My humans did not like it too that I eat the mice but they were asleep when I did my hunting since they left the side door open for me to go out at night. I guess I was lucky that I never got sick as your mums kitty did by loosing an eye and we are very sorry that it happened.

Wishing you all the very best,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Michelle said...

Oh Miss Kitty!!! We thank you ever do much for this wonderful award. We have not been around much because our mommy is always busy but she wouldn't miss this for the world!! We will make it our next post! Oh and it was so nice getting to know Miss Kitty better. Did not realize she was 17 as she looks youthful and fabulous!! Many thank you meows!!!!

Miss Kitty said...

Dear Jan,

What a wonderful surprise, two visits from you in one day. It never happened before, so it is a record.

Dad is happy too that I survived and though I have healed physically, mentally there are still problems as every tiny sound has me on edge, especially in the autumn when the ground was full of leaves and the wind was disturbing them. I am better but still very, very careful.

Enjoy the weekend,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Dear Michelle,

Your visits bring a smile to us and we certainly hope that the black eye the horse gave you is doing much better.

Dad wants me to tell you that it was very nice meeting you over the holidays, when you posted pictures of yourself with your niece and he really likes your blog because you have so many different interests.

Enjoy the weekend,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

ABBY said...

Miss Kitty
Now we understand why your lovely blog is ever so beautiful, with your Dad's magic and career background he is able to create the purrfect environment for yo you.
We certainly enjoyed learning all those new things about you and your Dad, and truly you both have been through quite a bit. We are glad that you are both doing well now and that you are a part of our blogosphere.


weaverpat said...

Dear Miss Kitty,
You so deserve the Stylish Blogger Award! You're such an elegant little lady and Dad brings out your best in his beautiful photographs.
I know you love the outdoors, but it can be such a dangerous place for unprotected kitties. I'm glad you are only going out now when Dad is there to watch over you!
Your Dad is a very brave person to have gone through so many health problems and still has the courage and spirit to reach out and help others. I admire his generosity!
Pat and her gang of kitties

Miss Kitty said...

Dear Abby,

Thank you for your visit and the very kind words about dad's hard work on my blog. I feel lucky because when he started blogging in 2009, his first blog underwent 7-8 design changes in one year, but now he's happy and I definitely benefited.

Dad and I are very happy to be part of the larger blogosphere.

Warmest regards,

Miss Kitty said...

My dear friend Pat,

I certainly loved the outdoors and miss not roaming my once extended territory, now I remain close to the house or especially the balcony from where I can over see the back yard and do my bird watching.

Sadly we all face some kind of health issues, but I guess it makes us just stronger and appreciate life more.

Please give our best also to Deiter and the gang.

Warmest regards,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Fin said...

Hope your Dad does well in his painting career!

Katnip Lounge said...

Miss Kitty, we are catching up on our visiting today...ConCats on your award! We did not realize you were such a Grande Dame, you certainly look much younger!
Good for your Dad to make a concious deision to do what he wants to. So few people do. Our Mommy is blessed to enjoy her job.

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Miss Kitty said...

Greetings Fin,

Thank you for stopping and yes, dad will try to make it as a painter.

Take care,
Ms K and E

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings Catnip Lounge,

Thank you for dropping by and especially for those nice words about my looks, since we female felines always love it when we look younger then we are.

Enjoy the start to the week,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Hello Louisette,

Thank you for looking in on us and we will stop by your blogs.

Warmest regards,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Anonymous said...

Nice to meet you all. Congratulations on your award. Hugs and nose kisses

Contemporary Cloth Inc. said...

Miss Kitty,
I have to tell you that you are absolutely precious. I love your blog, the colors, the images and the posts/stories. You are such a beauty. There is no better companion than a kitty...I will be back.
Purringly Yours,

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings dear Sondra,

It was so wonderful to see you back as we have missed your on-line presence.
Thank you for the wonderful comments you have bestowed upon us.

Wishing you all the best,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Alex aus dem Gwundergarten said...

Hallo Ihr beiden
Erstmal ganz herzliche Gratulation zum Award. Verdient ist verdient :o). Hui, Miss Kitty, da hat Dein Dad aber einige Rückschläge verkraften müssen umso bewundernswert, dass er den Humor und die tolle Einstellung zum Leben nicht verloren hat. Hut ab!
Nein, nein, uns geht's gut... ich war nur ein paar Tage weg und hab dann noch so einen blöden Virus eingefangen, aber jetzt bin ich fast wieder die Alte und Noah, der uns sehr vermisst hat, als wir in Venedig waren, auch.
Liebe Grüsse und bleibt gesund!

Luzia said...

Oh mein Gott, liebe Miss Kitty, bitte bitte verrate mir, wie Du es schaffst bei diesem Alter noch so wahnsinnig gut und frisch auszusehen??? Ist es das Futter? Die gute Luft bei Euch? Daddys physiotherapeutische Behandlungen? Unglaublich auf jeden Fall und beneidenswert;-)) Einen herrlichen Sonntag wünscht Euch Luzia.

Miss Kitty said...

Dear Alex,

Sorry to take two days to get back to you. Dad was busy preparing a major post for his blog about photography and he managed to get it posted with five minutes to spare before the deadline.

We were glad to learn that the reason for your absence was a trip to Venice with hubby, at least you know we were thinking of you.

Thank you for your visit and comment.

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Meine Liebe Luzia,

Vielen dank für dein Besuch und Kommentar auf meinem Blog.

Was kann ich sagen warum ich in diesem Alter so gut aussehe, denn es hat nichts zu tun mit dem Futter oder die Liebe von Vater, es ist Schlaf. Aus 24 Stunden da schlaffe ich 20 stunden, aber wenn Vater ist im Garten, dann ist es nur 14-18 stunden.

Ich hoffe das dieses kleine Information hilft deine Schönheit zu erhalten.

Alles gute von Kalifornia,
Miss Kitty und Egmont