There is a lot of variety among the cat blogs. Which type do you prefer, a truth / reality or a fiction blog?. How about some reality mixed with fiction? Then we have just the blog for you today.
Lovely Gracie says she “picked her family and they never saw it coming.” That’s true. She drove in last year’s and this year’s Indy 500. Hmm, truth or fiction? She organized a furry blogging trip to Bora Bora in 2011. We know that’s true; we were there. She has also – no, we’re not going to tell you any more. You should be reading her blog.
Funny Farmer Felines: You opened your blog in 2009 with the help of your Mom. She wasn’t new to blogging, but in reading old posts we noticed she was all thumbs in setting up your blog. She kept losing things she’d found and finding things she’d lost. Without your snoopervision, your blog would still be bare. You have evidently mastered the art of keeping a human directed and on course. Many furries would envy this, as they can rarely steer their typist to the computer without the human diverting to Facebook. Would you share your secret?
Gracie: I feel I don’t direct her as well as I should, try as I might. To get her to work for me I try to stare at her with my most cutest face possible. I also let her hold me while she types for me. She loves me sitting or lounging on her lap.
FFF: We remember your big sissy (sister) Sassy formed a gang a few years ago. She retired before you adopted your family, but you’re currently a member of the same gang . We’ve always wondered how “the gang” was formed. Did you have a secret pawshake? We hope you didn’t have to get a tattoo!
Gracie: Great question. Now let me think. I owe the gang to my sister, Sassy. They had so many adventures together – Sassy, Momo, Asta, Karl, Ruis, and my nephews Opus and Roscoe, both now at the bridge. I think they were the first ones to host a Mafia party. The gang just kind of formed and when I came along, they included me, even though I was very young at the time. We are always there for each other and never far from each other’s thoughts. Our motto is, “One for all and all for one!”
FFF: For a couple of years or more you helped your Mom as the head auctioneer for the CB auctions. You set up and snoopervised a system that worked so efficiently ML once made the comment, you “raised the auctions to a new level.” A year or so ago, you retired from the auctions and your typist started slacking (taking time for herself) but you determined to open the Tabby Cat Club blog and convinced her to help you. Readers would like to know about the TCC.
Gracie:Oh yes, the Tabby Cat Club. I thought this up all by myself. The “gang” isn’t able to get together as often as they used to and I kept wanting to belong to a group. There were special groups for the black kitties, mancats, etc. so I looked around for a tabby cat club. To my surprise, there wasn’t one. I decided this could not go on another day longer. With the help of you Funny Farmers as technical assistants, I got the blog up and running. The only requirement for joining the club is that you have to be a tabby kitty.
To find out if you are a tabby, please visit the club (http://tabbycatclub.blogspot.com/). If you qualify to join, all you have to do is send an email (gracie1915 AT frontier DOT com) with a photo, your blog link, birthday and gotcha day dates. The mom will get right to work and you will be given an official Tabby Cat Club Badge with your photo on it, along with your membership number.
Our membership is now at 48; we did have 50 members, but sadly, two have gone to the bridge. We host special fun events and anyone can join in on the fun at their blog and link over to us. We are always looking for new members, so if you are a tabby or know of one that isn’t a member, please let us know.
FFF: You also run the Squillion Shelter. We have adopted a few virtual shelter squillions of our own and we’ve found them to be very well-behaved. What does a reader have to do to adopt a homeless squillion – fax a copy of their driver’s license … go before a judge … fill out reams of paperwork … or maybe pay elebenty seven dollars?
Gracie: The Squillion Shelter (http://virtualsquillionshelter.blogspot.com/) is open 24 / 7. We have regular V Squillions of different colors available and wanting a home on a loving blog.
Our newest V Squillions are our Angel or Missy U, and they are to help fill a hole left in a heart when a furry has to go to the bridge. To adopt a Squillion, go to the shelter and leave a comment. I need to know what type of V Squillion you are wanting to adopt, your blog, the name you are giving your V Squillion, and most importantly that you will give him or her a loving home. You will then be sent an email with a welcome letter along with your V Squillion to post on your blog.
FFF: You keep threatening to fire your mom because she keeps “dumping you” to do things less important than blogging but she’s still typing for you. Is this because you haven’t been able to find a replacement or for sentimental reasons?
Gracie: Actually, I would like to thank the mom for working for me. I know there are times when she wants to do other things, although I want her to work for me100% of the time. My favorite quote is by Eleanor Roosevelt. “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but true friends will leave footprints on your heart” I think this applies here. What better friend can a kitty have in life than her human mom?
FFF: We hope we will be reading many more adventures on your blog. Are you planning anything you’d like to share with readers?
Gracie: You have made me look back and reflect on the fun times and the great friends that I have. All thanks to blogging. I am going to put on my thinking cap and try to make more of an effort to do more adventures. Things change and people get busy and important things sometimes take a back burner. This is a reminder that life is too short and even when sad things happen, the folks get busy, or we just get a little burnt out that we go around once and it should be a fun time. I do plan to take another trip sometime this summer. Haven’t decided on the location yet. I will ask my friends to suggest destinations, then put the names of places into a box and pick out one. That will be where I will head and I will invite all to join me that want to.
FFF: What are the best and the worst parts of blogging?
Gracie:The worst is having so many of our dear friends leave for the bridge and finding out that many of the humans are ill and fighting for their lives. The heart feels every loss and is never quite the same again.
The best part of blogging is meeting new friends and keeping the old friends. Also having the support of each other and pulling together when purrs are needed and having those purrs met. Miracles can and do happen; we have seen them.
FFF: Do you have any words of advice for new bloggers?
Gracie: I would say to new bloggers that it is important to get out there and visit each day. You will make contacts and from that find new ones. It is important to visit the friends that visit you. The Cat Blogosphere ( http://www.blog.catblogosphere.com/ ) is a great help because of Mr Linky. Oh what would we do without him? When I first started out I would visit Mr Linky each day and just go down the list and visit all of the ones that linked on him. That is how I meet a lot of my friends. Another thing to do would be to host a special event at your blog.
Old friends and new are invited to visit the Goodness Gracie blog. http://gabbygracie.blogspot.com/