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I heard about The Edward Goery House from the Highland Street Foundation's Free Museum Fridays three years ago. Interested in his love of cats, I wondered if they would have an exhibit on cats or the felines he illustrated. I decided to visit last week and take my husband and niece for a trip to see what we could find.
I wasn't sure what to expect. His life's work was devoted to art, illustration, and the craft of characters through a variety of creative media - but I was hoping to find something juicy that shared what it meant to him to have cats take up a such a huge part of his everyday life - and residence.
The Edward Goery House is located in Yarmouth Port Massachusetts, what we locals call: Down the Cape. Its not far over the bridge, but down enough that you certainly feel like you’ve stepped back into history a little bit.
There is something familiar about the museum, it has a cozy charm, with wood floors, small rooms, and a home-like vibe even though its decorated like you would expect a small museum to be. There are built in wall cabinets that share a variety of trinkets and collectibles that Goery cherished over the years - and intermingled among them are cat-ifacts. One of the rooms is Goery’s actual kitchen and your typical cat bowls are still on the floor.
Although, there isn't a dedicated feline exhibit purrrr-say, and there are no longer any real cats lounging about the house, you truly expect one to walk right in and lay on the floor. One of the volunteers shared that "there were cats here for many years after Goreys death, and the last one passed away a year ago or so."
At The Edward Gorey House, you'll find photographs that capture the epitome of the feline lifestyle for the artist. There was one photograph that shows him sitting on the couch with cats lounging all over him and that just about sums up what life is like with cats. It’s sort of hard to capture those intimate moments with cats because you’re usually alone, napping on a couch, or working on a project or writing when they venture in and snuggle up. For a cat lover like myself, it was nice to see these moments and these were the best part of my visit.
You can find books, great photographs, drawings, and the essence of cats still lingers today. In the living room they had a stamp station and my niece and I found Cat Stamps that kept us entertained! His style is so unique, ecclectic and there is even dry humor mixed about the exhibits. It's a lot of fun to explore.
We also found a variety of old time cat mice toys. We all felt perfectly at home there. This article only touches on the cat things - there is so much more to see, read and appreciate.
While researching information about Gorey and his cats I found this great video online that shares a story of him working on a drawing and just when he is about to finish, his cat walks over and tips over the ink well, ruining his drawing. But you can clearly hear in his voice he understands this is just typical for cats.
The Edward Gorey House donates to animal welfare organizations in the area, like Animal Rescue League, International Fund for Animal Welfare, MSPCA Angell, Pet Partners, Wild Care of Eastham, and the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee just to list a few. I highly recommend visiting this museum, and supporting their effort to share Edward Gorey’s amazing talent, his home and collections, and his love of cats and animal welfare efforts. You can find out more at http://www.edwardgoreyhouse.org.
Today I entered the world of Cat Card Games, which I have to be honest I never knew existed. At a Cambridge Book and Game Store, Pandamonium, we found an entire collection, not just a random game, but a wall full of cat card games. With titles like Cat lady, MEOW, Here Kitty Kitty, and one you will probably recognize...Simons Cat Card Game.
I asked the owner about the selection and he said "It's actually growing in interest." Dustin and I looked through them, and a few of them sounded really really funny. So we bought one called Action Cats.
This one looked the most funny and the most "adult" of all the games. The game says you create and spin a tale of your cat - there's a judge and they decide on the most likely story. This game will bring a lot of laugher and the images of the cats are high quality and beautiful photos.
Its under $20.
Simons Cat is my second favorite.
This game looks like a lot of fun. It reminds me of UNO which I love playing! I love the beautiful design with Simons cat. It also is an easy, light game that can be played with players 6 years old and older and you can play with 3-6 players. The game can be from 20-40 minutes, with quick rounds. Watch the video to see how Simons Cat game is played, you just might want one for yourself - I know I do.
TheCat Lady Card Game is created by AEG. It has a cute theme, and can be played with two, 3 o4 players. It also had good reviews. Here is a great video of how to play this game, and you can get a good feel for it. If its something you'd like to purchase you can order it through amazon for around $22. and it is a PRIME items.
The Next game we saw was Felicity, The Cat in The Sack card game. This game is much more involved, and operates more like poker and you will also need to be able to do math very well. You can play this with 3-5 players. Here is a good video showing how this game is played. If it's a game you really like you can purchase it on Amazon for around $20.
The packaging of Kitty Paw is very cute. After watching the How-To video I think this would be a really good game to play with younger kids, and everyone would have fun. I really like the interactive element where players can be creative and design the image they see in the card. Watch the how-to video to see how it works. You can order one on Amazon for around $12.I think this would make a great Valentine's gift for a cat lover. Its fun, easy to play and very adorable packaging.
This game seems like a lot of fun. Its about saving and adopting as many cats in the neighborhood that you can - a great cause. There's a neighborhoold board and cat play pieces and you can play up to 3-6 players. The person with the most cats wins the game, but watch out, your neighbors can steal cats from your houses. The cats go from the yard, to the porch and then isnde the house. Any anyone can steal them for themselves. Wouldnt it be awesome if more people wanted to save more cats in the world? In this game you can.
Dustin and I were out and about in Cambridge today. We went to Rodney's Bookstore we found this great big cat poster and since I wearing my favorite color ‘Orange’ and the poster was also orange - we grabbed a photo.
The bookstore guy said cat books sell out faster than dog books!!!!! So there wasn't a huge selection for me to view today. But what a great bookstore for a future trip.They also carry rare and out of print books, so if you are in need of a cat book call them and see if they have it.
~Maybe cat authors would have a good response from cat people at this store.
Plus, I love this poster and most of the covers I've ever seen of The Black Cat magazine which was published in the late 1800's. I would have been a big fan of this in that time!
The cover art is so beautiful. Check out more of their cover art on PINTEREST
I have to say, Ive just hit the ‘CAT LADY’ jackpot at Pandemonium Books & Games! Much to my surprise they had a fun variety of CAT card games! I would have liked to take home all of them.
I decided to try a game called Action Cats. They describe it as ...spinning tales from the secret world of cats! This game sounds really funny.
Let me know if you have any of these and if you can recommend any of the others- (see picture)
Did I miss any really good cat stops in Cambridge? If so, please share in a comment and let me know!
We're in the kitten kitchen Christmas theme this week at Home Goods in Plymouth where I found the most amazing Cat Cookie Jar! I want it bad! This kitty is wearing a bright red hat and coordinating scarf and it even has two holes for her ears to pop though. SO Very cute! plus it looks like it holds a good looked for more online and couldn't find anything like it! I should have grabbed it when I saw it. :-(
The next must have item for the Christmas baking season will interest the cat moms! A kitty Christmas apron, designed in red and off white this has a 50's style and front has hilarious facial expressions of each cat in a holly circle wreath. Very cute and it felt super comfortable. It was from ENVOGUE Holiday Collection by Envogue Furnishings. I looked online for this apron as well, and although I found some wonderful aprons that are similar I could not find this one. Home Goods must have grabbed them all!
Seeing this apron got me in the spirit though, and I wondered if there were any other Christmas Cat Aprons out there in the world. Sure enough a one caught my eye and made me laugh. This one is available on Amazon.
CSPRING Cute Cat Christmas Apron, Funny Cooking Kitchen BBQ Apron for Woman and Man Novelty Unisex Apron
If you're not really in the Mood for the Holidays or you just like a little laugh, this apron will definitely make a statement. Its so cute and made out of cotton, Smooth and comfy. How do they do it?
But if you'd like to stay within the victorian Christmas you could try this beautiful cat apron from the Victorian Trading Company. I love their catalogs by the way. If you haven't seen their catalogs yet, you have to check them out here. I like this one because I love pockets. I think everything should have pockets and this takes the cake...so to speak.
And Finally, when you've baked an entire afternoon full of cat treats (or Cookies) You can sit down and have a cup of tea in cat style. Joie MEOW collection offers many items in this style, Meow measure cups, Meow Timer, and now a Meow tea cup infuser.
This stopped me in my tracks! I have never seen a tall cat scratcher in the shape of a christmas tree! This would be great for cats that like to stand up and scratch, the inside cat comes out as well. Very fun for a cat playroom!
Shopping at Home Goods is one of my favorite places to go, even though its not a cat boutiques. But boy I wish we had a cat boutique nearby.
Looking for a back pack to tore your cats travel gear? Then look no further. Here is one that stands out! (of course it was meant for a person, but cat parents know that this is a bag for cat stuff!)
Ok now, this cat timer may look silly to a passerby, but if you love to bake healthy homemade items for your cats then you will love this adorable MEOW timer. I wonder if the buzzer says MEOWWWWWWW when it pops!
This cat mug epitomizes what I was searching for - items to fit in your cats stocking! And here we have a cat holding its very own stocking hoping that Santa Paws will fill it up.
Don't feel sad there's still time to think this gift giving issue through and really plan out some great items for your cats or your favorite cat loving friend.
lease post and tell us what you really want to give your cats this year? I would love to know.
Pickity Place in Mason New Hampshire has delicious farm to table food, if you haven't heard of it yet and you're in the new England area this is a must try especially in the spring and summer months. But I went for a recent visit and it was cold, but the warm ambiance is delightful for a day trip getaway.
They have a gift bar, with all kinds of items, from gardening, to nick racks, tea, tea pots, and my favorite home made spices and baking items. But as a cat lover, I was over joyed to see a section just for me!
Pickity Place has a variety of fantastic, cute and humorous cat themed goodies for cat parents and their feline friends.
Including Cat Grass seeds, catnip toys, books, cat kitchen towels, wall art, and more. My camera wouldn't even fit all the items.
Outside my husband and I were greeted by the friendliest cat. His name is Poppy. They say he was a rescue and is one of two cats that now call Pickity Place home. We didn't see Lily the orange female, but Poppy came right over to greet us and gave us lots of love bunts.
Pickity Place says when Poppy arrived "He fit right in, and was walking around greeting guests like he owned the place!" And so he did the day we visited. While in the gift shop he noticed he sat outside and then ran right in when the door was opened. The cats must love this arrangement. Good food, a warm roof over their heads and they're always kept inside at night.
One thing I also love about Pickity Place is that they have a vegetarian option, and todays was a Roasted Root Vegetable in Phyllo cup and Cranberry Stilton!
Last weekend I went to visit Pickity Place again in New Hampshire, and I was so excited to make time to stop at the White Home Collections in Wilson New Hampshire, which is just down the street.
Last summer I visited this great shop, but didn't leave myself enough time to explore everything, as there are three levels inside the store, an outside barn and a front yard, full of vendors items!
White Home Collections "showcases all things fabulous; antique, vintage, and new." Describes their website, and the newer items have a vintage, shabby chic, garden feel that I truly love. Everything from candles, pillows, home decor, art, and clothes, and garden things.
When I visited before, I met Dexter the shop cat, a male, tuxedo cat with a sweet disposition. This time around I made sure to look for him, and I know I wasn't the only one, as I heard some other people mentioning they wanted to find him to say hello as well. After a little while, shopping the main level and the second floor I still couldn't spot him snuggled anywhere in a warm nookie spot, so I asked the cashier and they said that Dexter was no longer living at the shop. They said he was lonely in the store by himself and they found him a forever home. I was a bit disappointed, but I am so happy for him!
Well, if I couldn't find Dexter, I was going to shop for my next favorite things, cat art, and collectibles. Things that any cat lover would find attractive and definitely add to their feline collection.
First, I have to mention that my husband Dustin found me an amazing Type 2 hat, (Check out Carol Tuttle Dressing Your Truth to Find Your Type) and it was soft, warm, and just the right color, so we grabbed that. Do you think its 20's style or 40"s?
I also found a felted cat Christmas tree ornament, to add to my cat and dog Christmas tree that I do every year. Aren't these the cutest!
Then I found a variety of antique cat items, like decorations and trinkets, scattered in different spots.
Whats funny is, I have something that looks just like these in storage.
I also found pictures and a cute cup with a cat drinking what looks like milk, very humorous.
Since it is so close to Christmas, we saw lots of decorations and great gift ideas through out all the vendors booths. Here we have a framed art and a very original piece with a cat and the letters CAT. I like the warm fireplace behind the kitty.
Of Course Christmas wouldn't be complete without a Christmas Stocking for Kitty. This one seems a little small for a real cat parent would have lots of cat toys and treats that might now even fit in this little stocking, but it had an adorable design I thought.
My exploration would not be complete without purroosing for cat books. I can not have enough cat books. When everyone else decides to get rid of books, I will have a full library in my house with a complete cat book collection THANK YOU!
Blended with cat items is often dog items as well, here were a few items I thought were very beautiful products.
I hope you get a chance to visit someday. Here is their link
One of my favorite things is to shop around town, small boutiques and fun places like HomeGoods for feline related trinkets and toys. I love finding cool supplies that will work great in my home and I love finding holiday items that are cat related or are the color orange.
Here are some of the things that caught my eye this week, at HomeGoods.
I thought this was very cute. It looks like Purr View Cat and I love her orange mask. She is wearing a lot of type4 colors and patterns but she has a very cute expression on her face and I like that she docent look like an evil cat. She just looks like she is having a fun time at a Halloween Party this year.
This great wall hanging caught my eye because I am always telling the kitty's when they're fighting, "We need to love one another. If we don't take care of each other who else will" It's as if the Lord was saying that back to me. Kind of reassuring- I just think it needs two silhouettes of cats. One in the bottom left corner and the other one bottom right. LOL
Have you seen any Feline Finds that grabbed your attention?
Please let us know where you saw it, post a picture in your member photo album or share it on facebook.
Even though today in Massachusetts is sweltering hot, the weather is getting colder and that means we will will all be starting to bundle up to the fall weather and I for one, CAN'T wait.
Last night when I was heading to bed in my new camper, I noticed a small cat outside the door meowing at me. I tried to step outside to talk to the cat but it ran away. This made me think about all the felines that are living as community cats, and those that find themselves strays after the summer season around the beach area ends.
It wasn't a coincidence that Mary Nelson wrote and asked if I would be interested in sharing an info graphic she created to help gain attention to the benefits of adopting a cat.
Click on the graphic and you can read her entire article. This is something you can share on Facebook or email to a friend who is thinking about adopting a cat. You know someone! I am sure of it that would help them decide to look into it and maybe even reach out to a local shelter.
Please spread the word about wonderful reasons to adopt a pet!
Have you ever wanted to find a way to save on the cost of cat litter? some cat litters are very expensive and can still have odors, fragrances, and other issues.
I have many clients who are beginning to use Equine Pine Bedding pellets for their cats litter box material. It smells nice and is basically very easy to clean.
Its easy to scoop and easy to clean the box as well.
Here is a video of a guy that designed his very own litter box with a sifter system. I love it and want to try it too. Today I bought a large and heavy bag of pine bedding for $5.99 and as long as the cats will use this material I will see how it goes.
The example in the video allows for a small gap between the two boxes where, when he sifts the litter thats turned to powder, it just goes down underneath.
I might suggest adding a pee pee pad liner underneath to catch the powdered litter or even a cat liner -then you could just wrap it up and put it in the trash. If you have the ability to use it in a ornamental garden or compost for non-food gardens, then you would be able to compost the wood powder and that would be amazing because you wouldn't even be putting it in the trash.
Have you ever tried this type of litter? please share your feedback in the comments below.
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