Friday, November 27, 2009

We are Thankful for Our Mentors, the Native Americans! November 27 ~ Native American Day

Our most Delightful Fur-iends!


Firstly, Queen Mum fully appreciated the outpouring of concern and well wishes during Her time of heartache and sorrow.  But Good News!  Queen Mum and Her Consort Michael, are mending the rift which came between them, and whilst We remain cautious of his re-introduction into Our Royal Household we are also overjoyed for Her Majesty happiness and embarrassing girl-like glee .


We hope you all enjoyed a peace-filled, tummy-filling and warm Thanksgiving yesterday.  We 
enjoyed a repast of Roasted Game Bird in the Scottage fashion, one of Queen Mum's favourites. Along with Ginger Carrots and a mince pie, no one was left wanting. For your pleasure, we have listed the recipe below:

Scottish Recipes: Roasted GrouseScottish Recipes: Roasted Grouse

This recipe for roast grouse includes black pudding (you may have to omit this if it is not available) and griddled green vegetables. It comes from the kitchens of the 5-star Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.
Recipe Ingredients:
(To serve four):
1lb 2 oz new potatoes
4 sticks celery
1 leek
2 small courgettes
12 baby asparagus tips
8 baby onions
3 tablespoon olive oil
2 oz butter
4 whole grouse [oven ready]
4 oz shallots
2 stalks of fresh thyme , chopped
1 fl oz Madeira
Half pint game or beef jus (gravy)
4 slices black pudding
salt and pepper to taste
Preparation Method:
Place the new potatoes in a pan, cover with salted water and three-quarter cook (10-12 minutes). Drain and refresh under cold water until cool. While the potatoes are cooking, wash trim and cut the celery, leek, and courgette crossways in to 2cm rounds at an angle. Leave the asparagus and onions whole. Lightly season the vegetables and brush with olive oil.
Preheat a griddle pan. Slice the new potatoes lengthways into quarters and fry them with the vegetables on the griddle to create a criss-cross effect. Remove and place on oven tray to reheat later.
Preheat oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6. Heat the remaining olive oil and 1oz of the butter in a heavy based frying pan. Season the grouse and seal on all sides of the pan. Place in a roasting tray and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes. Leave to rest for approximately 5 minutes.
To make the sauce, peel and finely shred the shallots. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan, add the shallots and thyme and cover. Cook for about 2 minutes, until just transparent. Add the Madeira and the game or beef jus and bring to the boil. Strain and set aside.
Grill the black pudding on both sides until cooked and crispy. Place on kitchen paper to drain for a few seconds. While the black pudding is cooking, place the vegetables back into the oven for 2 - 3 minutes to reheat.
To assemble the dish, place a slice of black pudding in the centre of each plate and arrange some vegetables and potatoes around it. Place the grouse next to the black pudding. Season the sauce and spoon over.

We would also like to share with you a fact We ourselves just learned of this morning. Today, November 27th, is Native American Heritage Day, bringing to a close the month of November dedicated to the Aboriginal People of The Americas. We encourage you to visit this Website for very interesting facts and History of the Peoples assisted the Colonists when they first ventured forth from Our Home Land. (Reasons behind this migration will remain unsaid, in the Spirit of The Holidays ~ ahem~)


Do enjoy this festive Holiday Season!  Be careful as you venture out with Our fellow revelers, and We shall chat with you very soon!







Thursday, November 19, 2009

Who Here knows of a Repair Kit for a Broken (Hooman) Heart?

Cads.  The Lot of them!!  Best be off with their heads!  But alas, Queen Mum remains a pacifist, and so suffers in silence  - and glasses of sherry - as the latest hooman breaks her heart. 
We feel it Our Duty to cheer up QM in as best we can. So off to the Photo Archives for a few smiles...        






You have our hearts as always, Queen Mum...and a Queen's Consort worthy of your companionship will soon be here.
(although I hate to point out "I told You So," at the first hint of a *ahem* 
'cat allergy' 
^^cough^^)
Our love has always been, and remains so, your deepest solace, Our Beloved Queen Mum!
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

~~Tummy Tuesday~~


  *This is a most rare image, as HRH Princess Marigold, The Princess Emo NEVER exposes her belleh!


Wishing All a lovely Tuesday!

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Great Adventure!





                          




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Saturday, October 03, 2009

~~~~~ P I C S P A M ! ! ! ~~~~~





















We thought it might be fun to throw the Royal Family Photo Album open and post random pictures of the Royals throughout the years.

BUT! Be aware, there is a cameo appearance within these photos of a Very Special Feline! Can you spot who it is??!


We hope you've enjoyed "being spammed", pictorially speaking!




Thursday, October 01, 2009

Thankful Thursday




Good Day, Effuryone!

We write to you today to convey this sweet message left by the Lady Andrea, who visited Us yesterday!

I just wanted to update everyone on the status of Shane, he is here with me in New Mexico, we are both looking for a job now. I was let go from mine yesterday. I am scared but excited. it's time for a new start. a new FRESH start. Again thank you to everyone that has prayed for his safety, he needed more than we could ever know. Bottom line, he is home, he is safe and we now know that together, the world is ours to take over as long as we are together!

We had been concerned for her and Shane's well-being, and were pleased she thought to drop Us a line or two!

All your purrs and prayers have had an effect in their lives, as evident by their safety and courage in this challenging time of changes for them both.

Blessings and Peace!

QM Rose and the Thankful Royals

pee ess!
If anycat would like to shoot Lady Andrea and Shane an eee-mail, her addy is:
thisinks4you23 AT yahoo Dot com (=^-^=).
I'm purrty sure they'd like to hear from y'all!
HRH Prince Brutus
(Winkie Mancat Emoticon...heh-heh!!)





Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Our Gratitude and Thanks for your Caring and Concerned Response!





Whilst We rejoice in the Good News that Shane has been found safe and in good health, We wish to thank you all for your many prayers and purrs for Lady Andrea and Shane in this most distressing of times.
You are the Salt of the Earth, and for you, We are most Priveledged to know you and consider Our Friends and Furriends alike.

Here, a message left last night by Lady Andrea:


Everyone, Shane has been found. He had been struggling a lot in the past 9 days, I told him it was probably nothing compared to what I was going thru, either way. I found him. I love him more than anything and I am so so thankful that he is alive and ok. Prayers and purrs are still needed, this is just the beginning of a new journey. Thank you so much for everyone's support, I know our prayers have been answered!

The power of many gathered together in thoughts and Prayer is formidable and precious. As We are Blessed to know first hand that intercession by Prayer is meaningful and full of Grace, this again demonstrates the Strength you, Our friends in the Cat Blogosphere, can offer a Bean in trying times.
Our heartfelt thanks to you all for aiding Us in this search.
Well done!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Matter Of Most Serious Concern!!

Please take heed to this most serious of announcements.

It has come to Our attention that a Subject of the Realm has gone missing, a gentleman Bean by the name of Shane. His Lady Andrea, at home in New Mexico is beside herself with worry. We are aware, indeed proud of the strength in numbers The Cat Blogosphere represents, and We come to you today to ask for your Prayers and Purrs, as well as all eyes and ears to assist and aid Shane in his safe return home.

We at this time turn the story over to Lady Andrea to give a full accounting, as best she is able to gather, 2000 miles away from where her Beau Shane was last seen,
Daytona Beach, FL.

I need help from everyone and anyone that is willing to help! I am at the mercy of complete and total strangers. I live in New Mexico and my boyfriend was working in Daytona Beach Florida where he has been missing since Saturday September 5th. I last talked to him at 12:30 my time which was 2:30AM where he was at. Last thing he told me was "I love you baby and I'm coming" (to NM) Sunday goes by, nothing... I call his cell all day long because at this point I'm freaking out because we really haven't gone 1 day without talking to each other since we started talking. I call his phone about 8:30 my time and some guy answers... says he works at this restaurant and they found Shane's phone in the street behind the restaurant...WTF... now I start freaking out. I called his step dad and Susan to ask if they've heard anything... no word. No ones heard from Shane in almost 7 days. Today I get home from work, mind you, I can't sleep, I can't eat, I'm so worried about Shane. I get on the phone and call the Daytona beach jail...nothing, no record... okay... next... I call the Halifax Hospital... and guess what... Shane was checked in and discharged 6 days ago...Sunday... I haven't heard from him, no one has. I'm calling shelters trying to find him... since he lost his phone... did he lose his wallet also with every ones phone number in it? I don't know... is he waiting for someone to find him? I don't know. I'm reaching out to anyone who will listen. I tried to file a missing persons report with the sheriffs department but they won't let me because it has to be done in person. Mind you I am 2000 miles away and it's a 3 day drive or a $500 plane flight. Please if anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated. Here is a description of Shane. Robert "Shane" Franks, he's 37, about 5 10, 175lbs, slender, he has his left arm sleeved with flames starting at the wrist and there are a couple of "real" skulls also. he has a large elephant on his right leg. He keeps his hair short to the scalp, dark brown hair, beautiful brown eyes. Usually keeps a mustache and goatee. he's got a southern accent and great personality, very personable. If anyone sees him please tell him to check his myspace I have messaged him all the contact numbers of myself and his family, info to where his cell phone is. He can call me collect I don't care, I just need to know that he's okay. Please please please somebody help me.

Our Dearest Subjects, you may post here with information, or request Lady Andrea's private e-mail address to contact her personally. She has photos to share of Shane that may assist you. Also, Our Thanks and Blessings if you could provide a link to Our Blog while this Search is underway.

May The Creator Bless and Keep You All.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

"I'm ready for My Close-Up..."

A secret Screen-Test was discovered yesterday which has quite upset the Royal Household.

It seems that HRH Princess Marigold, The Princess Emo had answered a request to audition for Quentin Tarantino's next project. The Queen Mum is quite opposed to a career outside of Royal Duties, but The Princess is adamant She will persue a career in the Entertainment Industry.
The fact that Royalty can, in some circles, be considered an Entertainment Industry is lost on Her Royal Highness.

If The Royals are to accept The Princess's Passion, QM wishes She would at least seek counsel and Mentorship from The Greatest Actress of Our Time (and New Jersey native) Meryl Streep.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Celebrate!!!

funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

Today is the Premiere of World Cat Day. To appreciate the spirit of this day, visit ML and The Sherwood Seven 's Bloggie to read a heartwarming story of two shelter cats rescued in the eleventh hour by a few Very Special Beans who make World Cat Day a part of each day of the year.

The Royals have humble beginnings and knew kindness from Foster Mom Rosemary (HM Queen Emily) and Their Gracious Godmother Deb aka "Auntie Deb" (TRH Prince Brutus and Princess Marigold).

Three Cheers for Rescues and Foster Moms!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

UPDATE!! HM Queen Emily Reported Under Evil Spell!


PLEASE SEE EARLIER POST BELOW FOR BACKSTORY! Biggify photos with due caution: Some images may prove unsettling!

It has been reported by Staff in Myres Castle that HM Queen Emily has been seen in Her Private Chambers, indulging in 'nip, and other reckless behaviour, which includes Twittering Excessively under the user name "@HotEmXXX" . The most distressful visual symptoms are Her Majesty emulating some of her favourite "I Can Has Cheezburger" images. Above you will see Her Majesty emulating the so-called "Monorail Kitteh".
The most disturbing visual appearance is the eerie glow which has afflicted The Queen. It is reminiscent of that witnessed by Queen Mum to have been in the eyes of the most recent Vishus Deer sighting in the Palace's back garden.
The Royal V.E.T. has been consulted, and will provide a treatment plan to Staff.
Further reports on HM Queen Emily will be forthcoming,

Long Live The Queen!



BREAKING NEWS: Vishus Deer Sighting in New Jersey!





Something has alarmed Princess
Marigold, the Princess Emo!
Her 6th (or is it 7th or 8th?) sense is always spot on, which led me to investigate further...



To my Horror, just outside Our window, stood a Vushus Deer!
BUT! This one had company!




THERE HE WAS! The Apparent offspring of the first Vishus Deer!
Oh, how his eyes glowed with the fires of the Netherworld!!!!

In what seemed to take forever, they finally moved on to seek more vulnerable prey.

Once again, The Royal House of Myres was secure. HM Queen
Emily made a decree to have the Groundskeeper secure the Back Garden against any future security breaches.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Thanksgiving in July




















Watching Cats simply being cats can be therapeutic, mesmerizing, comforting and humbling. It is in observing a cat's grace in handling life in the moment that I try to drink in each time I look at one of my babies.

While Brutus was coming down with his recent tangle with asthma, allergies and bronchitis, I hadn't noticed that he began neglecting his grooming. By Monday, June 30th, he was cough-free. That morning, I noticed flakes on his back, near his tail and thought "Kitteh Dandruff?!" But later that day, I also caught site of him attending to his grooming. Once he was finished giving himself a thorough going over, he went to stretch out against his scratching post next to the front windows, then rested a few moments to allow me to adore him. With more thanks than I can suitably show to Stacey, Patti and Jan, Brutus will have many moments of adoration to come. This is as he sees fit. Of course.
I had to include a baby picture of him in this group! The little orange fuzz with the blue eyes, in a lovely basket lined in blue gingham is Brutus at about 6 weeks of age, I believe. He was being raised along with his siblings and his Momma Grace by their Godmother Deb Taylor in Houston, Texas. Then, as now, Brutus is full of Piss and Vinegar and is firmly ensconced as The Spokescat of the Three Royals. The ladies know when to let the Mancat speak for them!

I would like to thank everyone in the Cat Blogosphere who sent up purrs and prayers for Brutus' recovery. Once again, you all show that God hears prayer, He is responsive to prayer, and He is always just there, on your shoulder waiting to be asked for whatever it is you might need of Him.
With humility, I thank Him, and I thank you.

Blessings and Peace from
Rose and the Hearts~Filled~With~Thanks Royals

Sunday, June 28, 2009

June 24, 2009 - The Royal's Third "Gotcha Day" Anniversary!





Good Day, Friends and Fuzzbutts All!

We have been sadly remiss in Our Blogging. To be sure, We have been proportionately Guilty as all hell, but still remiss. So today, Sunday, June 26th, We shall give you the Cliff Notes version of Our Lives in Duurrty Jersey since last We wrote.

HRH Prince Brutus, (or He Who Worships Liza Minnelli *all Heads Bow*), had a recent visit, (as recent as this past Friday) to the Dreaded and Vile V-E-T. Now, being a pure Texican at heart, Brutus had other 'joocier' words for his nemesis, but Being Royal,
He thus held his tongue. As a matter of fact, with all the Bravado and Hostility HRH presented in the Dreaded Lair of the V-E-T's office, this infidel daring to call himself a healer of all things Fuzz walked in to 'That Room". (y'all know That Room...the one in which villanous and unspeakable deeds are done upon even the most Royal of Fuzzbutts) Brutus The Brave Hearted Texan Royal gave a display that would remind One of a WWF Champion: A Show of Sheer Disgust and Hatred for the man who took The Royal Jewels from him. At this display of just who was Royal, the poor excuse of a hooman muttred, "oh, great" and promptly backed out of the room. "Aha! Victory is Ours", thought The Royal Prince, only to be foiled in the bat of a canary's eye - The Man in Dark Navy returned and in a lightening quick move injected Our Brave Prince with what he called a "sedative". We were horror stricken when Brutus went through "sedated" to practically having one paw on "the Bridge".

Brutus has Bronchitis and Asthma. The V-E-T declared that Brutus was in "very serious" condition. Now, this is something he presented with about 2 years ago. While last year he sailed through allergy season with nary a sniffle, this past June had a kind of Rain only a clinically Depressed New Jersey could produce. One weather prognosticator pointed out that it had rained 24 out of 30 days. And not just drizzle. Pouring-down-bring-your-shower-gel-out-with-you-and-save-the-Scrubbing-Bubbles kind of rain. So mold and mildew hung heavy in The Royal Household, to be sure. I couldn't see it, but I felt it as well.
Brutus was given a shot of Depo-Medrol, and at the insistance of Stacey Walder, (one of the God Sent Angels who responded to a panicked phone call I placed to Coalition for Animals in Somerville, NJ) she asked the V-E-T for a "full work-up - blood panel, X-rays, and a microchip". She saw I wasn't going to open my mouth and ask for the things she coached me to say, since it wasn't my wallet that contained the funds to pay for all this, so she stepped up to the plate for Brutus. She also expressed distaste for the cardboard kennel I've used since Emily (HM Queen Emily-and-don't-you-forget-it-I'm-from-Dunellen) was a an 18 oz. kitten. She brought along a real kennel, large enough for Brutus to sit up and turn around in, all 17 pounds, 4 oz of him. Feeling Grotty or not, Brutus' appetite remains robust, to be sure. A Tittie-Kittie to the Bitter End! (Which We hope will be VERY LONG in coming!) Her Most Loyal Lady Stacey the Vegan and Foster Mum to Felines gifted His Royal Highness with this lovely used but well-constructed carrier. We did not get the microchip, alas. It was the afternoon of the Sabbath, and Doctor needed to close, after all. Stacey was told "we don't do that here" by the Vet Tech.
I began Thursday night to seek an entity that would allow me a payment plan to give Brutus the care he desperately needed. Calls to many vets (nearly all within 20 miles, actually) would not see him without cash up front. I stated this when Stacey met us in the waiting room, and she said "we'll take care of that later" Before leaving us. I asked for her address so I could send her $25.00 a month with interest for the $487.00 she put out. She said, not to worry, one day it will be my turn. Many people under the Umbrella of Coalition for Animals e-mailed and called with offers of help in many ways, and all want to be kept abreast of Brutus' progress.
Last night, Brutus began to cough again. Just once, but it alarmed me. Then just now, as I was writing this, he coughed again. This "Doctor G" has changed. He's not the caring let-me-call-to-follow-up-on-my-patients kind of Vet he was just 3 years ago. I attempted to call the office to get a message through to him. He has a new answering service that must be staffed by pit-bull hybrids. They insisted they are under orders to refer all calls to an emergency clinic. Well, I'm pleased and proud to report Her Aged Queen Mum grew a pair, and I just got off the phone with the answering service. I behaved like the biggest baddest pain-in-the-ass client I could remember from my days in customer service, and told the little runt that I would find out the name of her "service" and have my attorney (I DO have one, irl!! For a reason left for another entry) proceed with every legal action available if my cat should die of the condition the Doctor HIMSELF requested I contact him should it return. She said she would call the doctor and give him the message and it would be up to him to call back today, otherwise we wait until tomorrow. So, Stay Tuned, folks. I'll update on this situation with any news.

Her Fussy Highness, Princess Marigold, the Princess Emo has finally stopped hissing and growling at her poor bro for his misadventure at the V-E-T's office. Brutus gave himself a thorough bath and I guess smells more like himself now. Emily, however is a sassy old bird ( ugh, did I really refer to Her Majesty as one of the fev-ver friends that she so desperately wants sauteed in French Country Butter, a bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Shallots, topped with herbs de provence and served over a bed of wild rice and avian organ meat??? ~Ahem~)

I want to thank everyone who keeps Brutus, and all the Royals in their Purrayers. The Power of Faith is essential for every bean of Gods to heal, body and soul.

Again, We will keep you updated on His Boa-Loving self as the next few days go on.

Have a lovely week, and thanks for visiting!

UP-DAET!!!
Forty Minutes after the unfortunate - but too true threat - I had to make to the aforementioned answering service, Dr. G CALLED BACK!!! I told him Brutus' condition, and THE OFFICE IS OPEN TODAY from 9:00 to 12:00. Instead of walking over to the office, I asked him to call it in to my pharmacy, since I have scrips of my own to fetch, AND HE IS DOING JUST THAT!!
So much for having Chutzpa!!




Saturday, April 18, 2009

My Della needs an upgrade...STAT!


Hello Friends and Foe...(Foes?)

I have been bad. Very Bad.

I have been asking Della - my trusty PC - to do more than what Her Makers intended for her. Hence, I'm having a hell of a time uploading pictures anymore. I have Kodak software, and it's always been a battle with it. I tried uninstalling then reinstalling it, to the same end. Do you think the fact I have close to 2,800 pictures, videos and audio files saved (on 512MB) has anything to do with it? (Okay, I.T., I HEARD THAT!!)

The most recent scare came when I was trying to insert the USB cable...I got an error message something to the effect that I "just went and fried the USB port and I will suffer a long and painful death, if the Universe has anything to say about it".
I'm afraid. I'm VERY afraid.

My action plan is as follows: Since there is an open port left, I would like to buy another 512MB drive, have it installed or call Ask-A-Geek and find out where I get the doo-hickey that unscrews the screw-like things on the back of the whats-it and hope I don't effectively cause Della to flatline. We'll see. This is probably a procedure best left to professionals.

In the mean time, I give you a photo or two of The Royals, as all three make me feel another year older.

Peace Out!