Tuesday, October 26, 2021

DAY 2: 2021 CAT LOVERS HOP

 


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Handy List of 2021 Cat Lovers Hop Links
 
Upcoming Links for Daily Posts 
DAY 3 Post - 2021 Cat Lovers Hop (goes live 12:05 am Pacific, Wednesday, Oct. 27)
DAY 4 Post - 2021 Cat Lovers Hop (goes live 12:05 am Pacific, Thursday, Oct. 28)
DAY 5 Post - 2021 Cat Lovers Hop (goes live 12:05 am Pacific, Friday, Oct. 29)
DAY 6 Post - 2021 Cat Lovers Hop (goes live 12:05 am Pacific, Saturday, Oct. 30) 
Wrap-Up Day Post - 2021 Cat Lovers Hop (goes live 12:05 am Pacific, Wednesday, Nov. 3)

 Welcome to Day 2 of the

2021 CAT LOVERS HOP!!!

 If you have a project to linkup, please SIGN IN HERE (required to be eligible for prizes) and then go to the Main Hop Page
(Please use #2021CatLoversHop on social media!!)
 Also, please check out my
2021 Cat Lovers Hop Guidelines and FAQs

 

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Hi, Friends.....

I am so glad you are back today to join us for Day 2 of our 2021 Cat Lovers Hop.  A big thanks to everyone who already pounced on the Daily Game yesterday.  I enjoyed reading about new kitties and catching up on other cats who have made regular appearances on here over the last several years.  Sadly, there were quite a number of dear pets that passed on this last year.  Part of what makes our community of Cat Lovers so special is that we not only share each other's joys, but also commiserate with each other's losses. 💔💔💔

If you haven't participated in the Kitty Roll Call from yesterday's Day 1 Daily Game, I hope you will go back and do so.  You can enter any of the Daily Games through Wed. Nov. 3, but don't wait! We hope to hear from the rest of you soon.  The games are fun and really help us get to know you and your kittiesThere are fabulous digital images for prizes, but you are NOT required to enter for the digital image prize to participate in the games.  We want to hear from everyone!! 

I'm also enjoying the projects that have been linked up already.  Fabulous!!  I love seeing cat products out there that I didn't even know existed. I make a note of the companies for future sponsor possibilities!!  ;) 

One more thing before we get going for today.....

If you notice broken links or links going to the wrong pages or someplace where I still have a 2020, instead of 2021, PLEASE send me a note!! I rely on my alert readers to let me know when they run into something like that.  There is already enough mass confusion during our Hops without me starting some international CAT-astrophy!  I super-appreciate everyone's help in this matter!!!

 

Just a reminder.....You must SIGN IN HERE to be eligible for prizes. Also, LINK UP ALL PROJECTS ON THE MAIN HOP PAGE by 11:55 pm Pacific, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.  I have my 2021 Cat Lovers Hop Guidelines and FAQs in a handy tab just under my header at the top of each page.

Okay....let's get right to the events for today.

My featured sponsors today are:
Newton's Nook Designs, Poppystamps, Ellen Hutson Jane's Doodles, Stampendous!, Altenew, Technique Tuesday and, as always, for our Daily Game, Ike's Art.

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 Newton's Nook Designs


Newton's Nook Designs is our first company for today.  Jen at Newton's Nook Designs has been a faithful encourager and sponsor all 7 years of our Hops!  Many thanks, Jen!!  You were instrumental in these Hops ever happening.












PRIZE: Newton's Nook Designs is offering a $25 Gift Voucher to their online store.  




BONUS:  Jen and her team have a special Cat Lovers Hop post planned for today.  You can see it over on the Newton's Nook Designs blog. So be sure to hop over there and take a look.  Tell her thanks for sponsoring ALL SEVEN YEARS!!

Please take time to visit Newton's Nook Designs at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

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 Poppystamps

 









 

I am thrilled to have Poppystamps back as a returning sponsor this year.  We all are familiar with their fabulous stamps and dies in a huge variety of designs.


PRIZE: Poppystamps has generously provided two wonderful products for a lucky winner here on the Hop:  their adorable
Whittle Cutie Cat die and the Intricate Cut Butterflies die set.
 

BONUS: Poppystamps has a special Cat Hop post on their blog today by one of their DT members...our friend and fellow cat lover, Michele HendersonThere might even be a special surprise over there for our Hoppers. Check it out to see!!

 

Please take time to visit Poppystamps at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

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We are so glad to welcome our next returning sponsor:  Ellen Hutson.  Most of you are already familiar with their lovely products, ranging from wonderful stamps and dies to paper and inks and other papercrafting supplies.

 
 
PRIZE: Ellen Hutson is generously donating the Leading Ladies: Cat Lady Stamps PLUS Dies.
 

 
 
 
 
 
Please take time to visit Ellen Hutson at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

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Jane's Doodles is back as a returning sponsor this year!!  I know many of our Euro/UK Hoppers are already well familiar with Jane and her lovely products.  But Hoppers everywhere will love seeing what she has to offer, too!!


PRIZE: Jane's Doodles is offering a generous $25 Gift Code  to a lucky winner!! 

Please take time to visit Jane's Doodles at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

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 Stampendous!



Please give a friendly purr to returning sponsor Stampendous!  We are always delighted to have them join our hops!  They feature many wonderful cat stamps and dies in their extensive online store!

PRIZE:  Stampendous! is offering TWO prizes to one lucky Cat Hopper: their Cling Ornament Kitten stamp and Cling Meowy Christmas stamp.






 
 
 
 
 
BONUS:  Stampendous! has a special Cat Lovers Hop post over on their blog today.  Be sure to visit and thank them!!!

Please take time to visit Stampendous! at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

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 Altenew


Here's yet another wonderful returning sponsor on our list, Altenew!! 




PRIZE: Altenew is generously donating a $20 Gift Voucher to their online store to a lucky winner.

Please take time to visit Altenew at these social media spots: Blog, TwitterInstagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"
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Technique Tuesday

Please say hello to returning sponsor, Technique Tuesday.  It is so good to have them joining us again!! 

 

 
PRIZE:
Technique Tuesday
is generously offering one of their fabulous Window Scene die sets.  LOVE that the designer included that adorable kitty to sit on the windowsill!! 



Please take time to visit Technique Tuesday at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

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DAILY GAME TIME!!!!!
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The Daily Game is generously sponsored each day by Ike's Art!!!  Ike is another returning sponsor who has been kindly offering her digital art for the Cat Lovers Hops for 7 years in a row.  Many thanks, Ike!! 🖤

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PRIZE: Ike's Art not only is sponsoring our Daily Games by offering 6 of her wonderful Cat digital images, but Ike is also offering an additional prize of the entire Kitten Kristmas set to a lucky winner!! 

BONUS:  Ike has a special Cat Lovers Hop post on her  Show Us Your Pussies - Cats Only Challenge  blog today.  
 
EXTRA BONUS:  Ike's Show Us Your Pussies - Cats Only Challenge blog theme this month is Furrything Goes/MeowloweenSo any Cat-themed project is acceptable!  Let's make October her challenge's biggest month!!  
 
EXTRA EXTRA BONUS:  Would you like yet another challenge opportunity???  Ike's World Challenge Blog has the theme of Anything Goes/Trick or Treat this month.  So there's another place you can enter your project!!  Yay!  
Please take time to visit Ike at these social media spots: Blog, Store (Note: Currently Ike's store is in transition and she is transferring images to the blog I linked for her "store".  Email her if you see an image you wish to purchase.) Facebook Group. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

Each day of the Hop, I will feature one of Ike's wonderful digital images as the prize for that day's Daily Game.  I will include a sample from me or one of my Helpful Hopper Guest Designers.  
 
Today we are honored to have Helpful Hopper NanaConnie as our Guest Designer using today's prize: the Ike's Art - Basket Case image.  Connie is a wizard with digis and really came to my rescue this last week.  Thank you so much, Connie, for helping me out at the last minute!!  You can find out more about Connie's super-fun card on her blog HERE.  Be sure to hop over there and tell her thank you for Guest Designing!  
 

Soooooo....are you interested in winning this digital image????  Read on....there is a question for you to answer and a linky that signs you  up for a chance.

NOTE:  Even if you do not use digital images, please play in the Daily Games so we can all get to know you better!!  If you DO WANT to be in the drawing for the digital prize, leave your comment and LINK UP your name below.

Not all of you use digis and have indicated that to me when you SIGNED IN.  I hope you will still participate in the Daily Games.  You do NOT have to participate in the digi giveaway to answer the Daily Game question that lets us all get to know each other better.  If you DO want to be in the digi prize drawing, be sure to link up your name each day that you participate!
 
 

Another HUGE thank you to Helpful Hopper Christi Conley who assisted me in coming up with ideas for our Daily Game topics this year.  This is one of hers:

DAY 2 GAME - What is your favorite cat breed, or one you have always wanted?

I'll start.......
 
My answer is maybe cheating a little because it is not really a breed.  My favorite cats are Siamese-X  (a Siamese crossed with a domestic shorthair or other mixed breed cat).  There is nothing like the intelligence and great looks of a Siamese, but they are prone to some health conditions.  A Siamese-X, however, is still superbly intelligent with the advantage of the robust health of a mixed breed.  
 
Some Siamese-X don't look very Siamese and others do.  My favorite patterns are either striped just on the points or with the entire coat completely solid black.  My Chaienne (Shy-Cat...or SLY-cat) on my blog header was an orange tabby second generation Siamese-X...one of the smartest and wiliest cats I have ever had.  Her mother was a Siamese-X and had tortie points.

This is how to play the Daily Game to be eligible for the prize drawing:
1.  Make sure you have SIGNED IN HERE to be eligible for prizes.
2. Leave a comment telling us your favorite cat breed or one you would like to have.
3. After you finish your comment: if you want to be in the drawing for the prize, fill out your (own) name in the link up below. This doesn't have any thumbnails so no photo needed! You don't even need a blog!!!  This is for everyone!!!
NOTE: The Daily Game link ups will be open the entire duration of the Hop, including the extra days for comments. Entries need to be in by 11:59 pm Pacific, Wednesday Nov. 3, 2021 to be eligible for the daily prize. So you have more than just today to comment and link up. I realize that not everyone has access to a printer or likes to use digis, so I am still keeping the link up gadget to make sure the digi prizes go to winners who can use them. But I am hoping EVERYONE will participate in answering the questions whether they are putting their name in for the prize or not.

Okay, now it is your turn!!

REMEMBER: Link your cat-themed projects over on the Main Hop Page. (Please use #2021CatLoversHop on social media!!) This link-up below is just to enter the drawing for the Daily Game after you have commented with your Kitty Roll Call. Thanks!!!

Okay.....let's continue on with the feline fun today!! Thanks so much for your excitement and participation!!!


Janis

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Monday, October 25, 2021

DAY 1: 2021 CAT LOVERS HOP

 

                                     The 2021 Cat Lovers Hop starts TODAY......
                                         And you don't want to miss a thing!!!

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Handy List of 2021 Cat Lovers Hop Links
 
Upcoming Links for Daily Posts 
DAY 2 Post - 2021 Cat Lovers Hop (goes live 12:05 am Pacific, Tuesday, Oct. 26)
DAY 3 Post - 2021 Cat Lovers Hop (goes live 12:05 am Pacific, Wednesday, Oct. 27)
DAY 4 Post - 2021 Cat Lovers Hop (goes live 12:05 am Pacific, Thursday, Oct. 28)
DAY 5 Post - 2021 Cat Lovers Hop (goes live 12:05 am Pacific, Friday, Oct. 29)
DAY 6 Post - 2021 Cat Lovers Hop (goes live 12:05 am Pacific, Saturday, Oct. 30) 
Wrap-Up Day Post - 2021 Cat Lovers Hop (goes live 12:05 am Pacific, Wednesday, Nov. 3)


Welcome to Day 1 of the
2021 CAT LOVERS HOP!!!

 If you have a project to linkup, please SIGN IN HERE (required to be eligible for prizes) and then go to the Main Hop Page
(Please use #2021CatLoversHop on social media!!)
 Also, please check out my
2021 Cat Lovers Hop Guidelines and FAQs



Hi, Friends.....

Welcome, Everyone!!!  I am so glad you are here to join in the DAY 1 festivities of the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop!!  Each day I will be posting fun things to see and do and win!  

So how are you all doing?  I don't know about you, but I am just glad to be able to hostess our Cat Lovers Hop again this year.  As you might have seen on my blog already, I got hit with Covid during September and lost pretty much the entire month!!!  Ugh.  I am fine and thankfully none of our family had to go to the hospital.  But it sure did impact my Cat Hop preparations!  

Since then I have been running around like a head with its chicken cut off trying to get everything done and arranged.....taking care of sponsor questions and attending to multitudes of details about this and that.  This cartoon sums it up:

Fortunately, I have received several offers of help that I gladly accepted.  The following Helpful Hoppers truly have saved this year's Hop and I am so grateful for their support and encouragement:  Karen Ladd, Christi Conley, Alex Trofimov, and NanaConnie, along with several others who expressed concern and sent well wishes while I was sick.  THANK YOU, my dear Hop Family, for coming through for us all.  ❤❤❤

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If you are new to our Hops, you might wonder what these Daily Posts are all about.

Here's what to expect on these Daily Cat Hop Posts:
1.  Brief introduction to call attention to any important items that Hoppers should know about.
  So be sure to check each day's post!
2.  Featured Sponsors for that day with the awesome prizes they are offering.  My thanks to all these fabulous companies and individuals who provide photos and graphics....as well as very generous prizes!
You also will find Bonus Links to special Cat Hop blog events, sales, challenges, etc the sponsors are hosting during the week.  Sometimes I will feature a special Guest Designer from sponsor Design Teams or my Helpful Hoppers to showcase sponsor products. 
3.  Daily Games: 
I encourage ALL Hoppers to join in these special games by answering each day's icebreaker question or activity.  There are prizes sponsored by Ike's Art and guest designers from my Helpful Hoppers.  There is a link-up for those who want to in the drawing for one of the prizes, but you don't have to link up to join in the fun games.  PLEASE participate even if you don't use digital images.  This is one of the ways we get to know each other!!!

 

Just a reminder.....You must SIGN IN HERE to be eligible for prizes. Also, LINK UP ALL PROJECTS ON THE MAIN HOP PAGE by 11:55 pm Pacific, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.  I have my 2021 Cat Lovers Hop Guidelines and FAQs in a handy tab just under my header at the top of each page.
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Okay on to the Day 1 festivities........

My featured sponsors today are:

Lost Coast Designs, Leigh SB Designs Art Stamps, Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps, Your Next Stamp, Rubber Dance Art Stamps, Brutus Monroe, Picket Fence Studios Ink Blot Shop, and Ike's Art (kindly sponsoring our Daily Games each day). 

Let's get started with the introductions.....

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Lost Coast Designs

I am delighted to start today's lineup with returning sponsor Lost Coast Designs and sister company Carmen's Veranda.   They feature a wonderful and eclectic assortment of rubber stamps that are so much fun.

Our friend, Gail, Ionabunny......(who is absolutely here, there, and everywhere in blogland.  How does she have enough energy to do that??!!).....is the DT leader at Lost Coast Designs and arranged for them to sponsor. (THANKS, Gail!!) 

PRIZE: Lost Coast Designs is offering  $10 worth of stamps from their online store to one lucky winner!!

BONUS:  Right now there is a 31 Days of Halloween Challenge going on at their shared challenge blog.  If you make a
Halloween Cat Lovers Hop project, you can enter it over there, too!  Your entry must have actual real stamping as the focal point.  Rules and Details for their challenges are HERE.

Gail has a special Cat Lovers Hop Blog Post today on the Lost Coast Designs challenge site.  Be sure to check it out!!   

 

Please take time to visit Lost Coast Designs at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Carmen's Veranda Facebook. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"
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 Leigh SB Designs Art Stamps



Please say a welcoming Meow to returning sponsor Leigh SB Designs Art Stamps.  Leigh designs absolutely wonderful whimsical and quirky digital images.....and is launching new Monthly Hops and Challenges over at her blog!

PRIZE: Leigh SB Designs Art Stamps is offering 4 prizes!!  Three lucky winners will receive a $3.50 Gift Certificate for her online store, and an additional Hopper will win her wonderful digital Cats Galore Collage and Senti Set.  Super-fun!!!

NOTE: The year Leigh has launched her line of SVG Cutz for electronic cutting machines this year.  She would love to know how many of you currently own electronic die-cutting machines.  I edited my Sign-In Post to include that question.  If you didn't see it or forgot to answer it, please leave a "reply" to your original comment with a yes or no on that.  THANKS!!

There are a ton of exciting things going on over at the LeighSBDesigns blog.  Check these out:

BONUS:  Leigh and Val will feature special Cat Lovers Hop Blog Posts all week so be sure to check them out HERE


 EXTRA BONUS: Leigh is celebrating the 31 Days of Halloween with a
challenge and prizes for her hoppers linking up Halloween projects and for those who just want to hop around and comment! Details are HERE. If you make a Halloween project for our Cat Lovers Hop, be sure to enter in her fab challenge, also!!  


 

EXTRA EXTRA BONUS:  Leigh also has a Halloween special going on at her Etsy Store through Oct. 31.  

 

 

 

 

 Please take time to visit Leigh SB Designs Art Stamps at these social media spots: Blog, Store, Facebook Page, Facebook Group, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTubeDon't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"


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I am pleased to feature yet another returning sponsor to our Cat Hop:  Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps.  They specialize in adorable images along with sweet and snarky sentiments.  Their deeply-etched red rubber cling-mount stamps are indexed on the foam backs so you can easily identify the stamp.
 
PRIZE: Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps has generously donated one of their super-fun Peeking Cat stamps for a lucky winner.

 
BONUSCrackerbox & Suzy Stamps has a special Cat Lovers Hop Blog Post scheduled for today.  Be sure to check it out!!
 
EXTRA BONUS:  Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps is having a sale on their cat & dog themed (they are the same category in their store) stamps 25% OFF from Oct. 25th to the 30th. (Discount will automatically be applied in cart and checkout.) Wow....but HURRY, this is only good through Wednesday, Oct. 30!!! 
 
Please take time to visit Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

 

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Another of our returning sponsors today is Your Next Stamp.  Here's what the owner has to share with us:

Karen here, the proud owner of Your Next Stamp! I'm so excited to be sponsoring this fabulous challenge!  Thanks to all of our wonderful supporters and fans we've grown so much over the years, starting with just a few stamp sets to now a large growing inventory of Clear Stamps, Thin Metal Dies,YNS Gumdrops, Patterned Paper and Ink Pads! Our products are manufactured in Canada and the US of the highest quality materials, they are designed to make you smile and bring joy to craft rooms all around the world. We hope you enjoy our fun and whimsical stamps, dies and embellies just as much as we do!


PRIZE: Your Next Stamp  is generously providing a $15 Gift Voucher to their online store to one lucky winner!!
 
BONUSYour Next Stamp has a special Cat Lovers Hop blog post scheduled for today.  Be sure to check it out!!

Please take time to visit Your Next Stamp at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

 

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Rubber Dance Art Stamps 

 



Next we have another returning sponsor, Rubber Dance Art Stamps.  It's been a joy for our American Hoppers to get to know this wonderful homebased family-owned company that many of our Euro Hoppers are already familiar with.   If you don't yet know about Rubber Dance Art Stamps....you must check out their terrific products!! 
 
 



PRIZE: Here's the fabulous prize that Rubber Dance has for us. How cool is this artsy Curious Cat stamp??!! 
 

(This awesome stamp is the one I chose to be the prize for the lucky winner who displayed our Cat Hop Badge before the Hop started.)



BONUS:  Rubber Dance has a special Cat Hop Post to share with us over at their blog.  Check it out HERE
 
EXTRA BONUS:  The lovely Susanne Rose from Rubber Dance has made some beautiful decor items to showcase her wonderful Rubber Dance products.  I am honored to feature Susanne as a Guest Designer today.  
 
Take a look at what she created.  Aren't they adorable?  You can find out more about her project on her blog HERE.  Be sure to stop over there to purr about her creations and to thank her for sponsoring our Hop!! ❤


 

Please take time to visit Rubber Dance at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, and Instagram. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"
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I am thrilled to welcome Brutus Monroe back as a returning sponsor this year!  It's been a few years since they have sponsored and WE MISSED THEM!   
 
 
PRIZE: Brutus Monroe is generously providing a $25 Gift Voucher to their online store to one lucky winner!!

Please take time to visit Brutus Monroe at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"
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I am very excited to welcome a new sponsor to our 2021 Cat Lovers Hop: 
Picket Fence StudiosThey are a small family-owned business with a lovely variety of products, including some very nice cat stamps!  I know you are going to love what you see over there!!
 
PRIZE: Picket Fence Studios is generously providing a surprise bundle of Cat Stamps from their online store to one lucky winner!!


Please take time to visit Picket Fence Studios at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"
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Please help me welcome back to our Cat Lovers Hop a returning sponsor, Ink Blot Shop.  You will find unique products in her inventory that are just what you were looking for!


PRIZE: The Ink Blot Shop is generously providing a 15% Discount Coupon Code for ALL HOPPERS!!

The code CATLOVE21 entered during checkout at www.inkblotshop.com will give a 15% discount on products purchased through November 2, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern.

 

Please take time to visit Ink Blot Shop at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!" 
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DAILY GAME TIME!!!!!
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The Daily Game is generously sponsored each day by Ike's Art!!!  Ike is another returning sponsor who has been kindly offering her digital art for the Cat Lovers Hops for 7 years in a row.  As you know, Ike has been battling cancer for the last couple of years, but she has remained a faithful and encouraging supporter of our Hop.  Many thanks, Ike!!  You are in our thoughts and prayers as you continue your fight.  🖤
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PRIZE: Ike's Art not only is sponsoring our Daily Games by offering 6 of her wonderful Cat digital images, but Ike is also offering an additional prize of the entire Kitten Kristmas set to a lucky winner!! 

BONUS:  Ike has a special Cat Lovers Hop post on her  Show Us Your Pussies - Cats Only Challenge  blog today.  
 
EXTRA BONUS:  Ike's Show Us Your Pussies - Cats Only Challenge blog theme this month is Furrything Goes/MeowloweenSo any Cat-themed project is acceptable!  Let's make October her challenge's biggest month!!  
 
EXTRA EXTRA BONUS:  Would you like yet another challenge opportunity???  Ike's World Challenge Blog has the theme of Anything Goes/Trick or Treat this month.  So there's another place you can enter your project!!  Yay!  
Please take time to visit Ike at these social media spots: Blog, Store (Note: Currently Ike's store is in transition and she is transferring images to the blog I linked for her "store".  Email her if you see an image you wish to purchase.) Facebook Group. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

Each day of the Hop, I will feature one of Ike's wonderful digital images as the prize for that day's Daily Game.  I will include a sample from me or one of my Helpful Hopper Guest Designers.  
 
 
NOTE:  Even if you do not use digital images, please play in the Daily Games so we can all get to know you better!!  If you DO WANT to be in the drawing for the digital prize, leave your comment and LINK UP your name below.
 
Ike was kind enough to pull some of her kitty images out of her vault as extra prizes this year and I happened to have a card from over a year ago using one of the images.  So today's Guest Designer is.....ME!!!  :o  I used Today's Prize: the Ike's Art - Kitty Luv image.....so sweet!!  You can see my original post with this card HERE.



 
NOTE:  PLEASE PLAY IN THE DAILY GAMES EVEN IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE IN THE DRAWINGS FOR THE DIGI PRIZES.  

Not all of you use digis and have indicated that to me when you SIGNED IN.  I hope you will still participate in the Daily Games.  You do NOT have to participate in the digi giveaway to answer the Daily Game question that lets us all get to know each other better.  If you DO want to be in the digi prize drawing, be sure to link up your name each day that you participate!


REMEMBER.....you MUST LINK UP your name in the linky tool at the bottom of each post to be in the drawing for the digi prizes.
 



DAY 1 GAME: Kitty Roll Call and In Memoriam :(

As usual, our Day 1 Game is Kitty Roll Call where we share with each other the names of each of the cats that call your home (or your back porch) their own....even if it is just a home away from home.  During Kitty Roll Call, you can tell us a little about your cats and you also may add to the roll call any that you have lost since last Cat Lovers Hop.  :( :( :(  Some of you might not have any kitties at home anymore, but please tell us about cats you have had in the past.

I will start.......

Here are my kitties:
1. Jetta - Jetta is my most senior cat, age 18. She is black with one adorable white whisker. That whisker has only turned white as she became advanced in age and her black coat became flecked with white. For years, she used to travel the half-mile across coyote-filled pastures to our old house, but finally retired here during the 2017 Cat Hop...much to our relief!  Jetta is in remarkably good health for her age.  She is mostly deaf and doesn't see as well as she used to, but her daily thyroid meds, vitamins, and joint supplements keep her looking and feeling amazing well for as old as she is.  She is a round little muffin of a cat and is most definitely Queen of the Roost inside the house! 
 2. Andromeda - Our sweet little Night Sky Kitten, age 9, with her unimaginably soft, solid black coat. She is outside only, and dearly loves, loves, loves to be petted whenever we step outside.  Such a sweet baby who diligently searches for any exposed skin on your neck or arm to lick when being held......infantile nursing instinct even though she is all grown up!!  lol...
3. Marshmallow - Since losing his sister, Scamper -the Queen of the Back Porch, last year, Marshy is the new King of Beasts out there.  Quite a lofty title for this big soft clump of something sweet.  This formerly timid, very simple soul with a long coat and magnificent tail has turned into a bully in his advancing age of 15 years.  Not taking guff from anyone...anymore!! Ha.  Marshy has had some interesting disputes with our new resident tom, Oreo...more about him later!  But they seem to have come to some understanding and Marshmallow is the Reigning Monarch.....with his best buddy, Alexander, as his Court Jester.  They are still so adorable together!!
4. Ophelia - Our big boy cat with the girl name....long story that I have detailed several times in past Cat Hops. lol.... That whole thing is particularly embarrassing since my hubby is a veterinarian!! Ha. Now age 11, Ophelia is a big lazy neutered male whom we affectionately call "Oaf-elia" or Oaf-Cat. In the winter, he gets fat and becomes our "Loaf-elia" or Loaf-Cat. :)   He and the new resident tom, Oreo, have shouting matches out in the yard.  I call them the "Oh-Boys!"  And Oh, Boy...do they get going at each other sometimes!!  Poor Ophelia has already had more than one abscess resulting from the altercations.  We really need to have Vet Hubby neuter Mr. Oreo!!  Fortunately, they seem to be getting along better lately and hopefully will come to a peaceable understanding before long.
5. Whiskers - Whisk-Whisk is a clownish Black and White Tuxedo kitty, the sister and littermate of Ophelia...so, also, age 11.  Since we sadly lost our Perdita this year, we only had 2 or sometimes 3 kitties in the house....so few that it seemed like no kitties at all!!   So I started letting Whiskers in the house this fall.....SHE LOVES THAT!!!  She had been one to sneak in occasionally, anyway, so I knew she would be interested.  She's opinionated and perky and loves to snuggle on the bed at night. She's indoor-outdoor so she still keeps her mad skillz as a great huntress sharp when she is not in the house.   She has a secret way of gaining entrance into the chicken yard (even when it is closed up at night) that none of us can figure out....and, fortunately, that the coons have not discovered yet!  I imagine the mice that are active in the chicken house after dark are rejoicing that she is usually sleeping on my bed at night!! 
 6. Mistopheles - (Our 2021 Cat Lovers Hop Badge Kitty) Started as a part-time tom who terrorized our kitties.  Then we caught him and neutered him which brought about the desired changes.  (Amazing what a difference not having "Naughty Boy Juice" circulating around in a cat's bloodstream accomplishes!!)  Now he is ours and only holds a somewhat weak vendetta against a couple of the other cats.  He's long-haired and solid black. He is so very sweet with us and so drooly when you pet him.....ick! :)  He is our "Stop, Drop, and Roll" cat.....following us all around outside and hoping we will pause and pet his big round tummy as he drops to the ground and rolls around near us to get our attention.  
7. Othello - Ginormous part-Siamese solid black cat, age 11, that nearly suffocates you when he drapes himself across your neck for a nap. Easily weighs over 20 lbs. He's our Oaf-Fellow!  He's the new Guardian of the Baby since we lost our poor Perdita. 
8. Alexander - Started as a part-time tom but now is neutered and inseparable with his best buddy, Marshmallow. Alexander is still a little nervous about eyes looking at him, but will come over to me to be petted most anytime I call to him. Loves his tummy rubbed when I find him in a nest on the back porch. He's still a little too nervous to enjoy being held, but I can pick him up a lot more than I could even a year ago.
9. Brian - Beautiful classic brown tabby patterned male, age 7. Littermates with Caspian and Judith....very, very sweet.
10. Caspian - A gentleman kitty with a gentle personality. He is littermates with Brian and Judith.....so, also, age 7.  Caspian loves to come in the house but never wants to stay in for long.
11. Judith - Judith, also age 7, is our very, very naughty wanderer. When the weather is decent, she shows up every 3 or 4 weeks (or even months!) for a day or two or three...then she is off again. A storm or cold weather will usually bring her home again...for a time.  This summer she seemed to come home more often than she has in the past, so I am hopeful that this wandering will gradually occur less and less often.  We have several new neighbors who are doing construction in our neighborhood so I am hoping that gives us even more of a buffer zone against predators.  But there are still way too many coyotes around here for adventuring to be a good lifestyle choice for a kitty. :(
12. Skippyjon - Age 5.  Siamese-X and still a character! Poor Skippy can only be inside with careful supervision, but he is well behaved in my son's room so he often gets to sleep there at night.....which he loves!!
13. Perdita - (In Memoriam)  We lost our dear Perdita in June this year.  She was our son's cat....an exotic, lovely Siamese.  My son saw an ad in the paper advertising a Free Siamese.  They had obtained her from someone else and the details of her past were very sketchy.  She had a lot of digestive problems and we think they probably got rid of her because of her vomiting.  With special dietary supplements and feeding her brand of cat food to her on demand (which was often!) she improved somewhat under my vet hubby's care, but she never really was well.  When my grandson was born last October, Perdita assumed the role of Guardian of The Baby.  She diligently watched over him from the top of the couch or some other safe but nearby place.  When he whimpered, she was visibly upset.  She passed on the Guardian role to Othello shortly before she died and he has now grudgingly taken up post near the baby .....only swatting (without claws) when Miles pulls his tail or grabs his ears.  We miss beautiful Perdita who graced our home for 4 years.  We are honored and privileged to have given her a loving, understanding home for her last difficult years.  RIP Sweet "Girl Cat".  💔
14. Lyman - (On-Again, Off-Again Visitor) - Lyman still shows up under the cover of darkness every so often.  He's a beautiful ginger tomcat (prob related somehow to Alexander!!) who obviously had a current or former home.  He was nervous, but warmed up to us easily.  Vet hubby neutered him in short order and we hoped he would stick around.....such a lovely cat....but alas he did not.  He probably went back to his real home.....and his true owners likely never even realized he had been neutered!  They prob just thought that "Pumpkin" (or whatever they call him) seemed to stay home more for some odd reason!!!  Ha.
15. Archibald - (Absent Visitor) - Archie is a creamy orange tomcat who found our cat food last fall.  He was here often through the winter, but we haven't seen him now for months.  We won his trust enough that he would let us pet him quite often.  We really hoped he would make his home here with us because he was such a nice kitty.  Maybe he found a different home...or his original home.  Maybe he got neutered and doesn't roam anymore.  We hope nothing happened to him.  If he doesn't have a loving home elsewhere, we have hopes that this winter when the weather is cold he might find his way back over to our porch.
16. Tommy - (Absent Visitor) - We have not seen this strapping young tom who had found our cat food trays last fall.  He is a gorgeous brown tabby who definitely knows he doesn't live here, but who can't resist a free meal that he doesn't have to hunt himself.  He did not mix well with our other cats and I think he was probably run off to take up residence somewhere else.
17. Oreo - (New addition!)  Mr. Oreo is our new Resident Tom.....a muscular black and white spotted guy...prob technically a tuxedo, although there is an awful lot of white.  (I keep asking Vet Hubby to neuter him but there are always too many other things on his list to get done!)  He is a one-eyed kitty who actually has been living at the old house we lived in 9 years ago, which is a half-mile over coyote territory.  Some brand-new residents of that house happened to mention they were missing a one-eyed barn cat (one that had "come with the house") and we just so happened to have a one-eyed visitor.  They tried unsuccessfully to get him back home, but their own pet cats kept running him off.  So now he is ours, with the new people's blessing.  He's such a sweetheart.  He's been here several months now.....he doesn't seem to spray and he gets along with the other cats mostly pretty well....so we are very glad to welcome him into our family and cat tribe. 
 
Last Hop I had 19 kitties on my roster, including 3 visitors and 3 in memoriam.  So I guess this year with losing one (Perdita), and subtracting two absent visitors (Archibald and Tommy), and adding one new Resident Tom (Oreo), that keeps us at 13 that are really ours plus 1 visitor (Lyman).....so 14-ish cats for now.

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NOTE: The Daily Game link ups will be open the entire duration of the Hop, including the extra days for comments. Entries need to be in by 11:59 pm Pacific, Wednesday Nov. 3, 2021 to be eligible for the daily prize. So you have more than just today to comment and link up. I realize that not everyone has access to a printer or likes to use digis, so I am still keeping the link up gadget to make sure the digi prizes go to winners who can use them. But I am hoping EVERYONE will participate in answering the questions whether they are putting their name in for the prize or not.

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Janis

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