Saturday, June 1, 2013

My Dad Would Have Loved This!

My dad, being the cat lover he was would be very happy to know the Barrister bookcases he made for me have been put to good use! Whenever I open the glass, a cat usually jumps in and spends some time inside.

Manny enjoying the bookcase.

Spunky Doodle making herself at home in the bookcase.
Here is a video of Manny choosing a book:

Joining in with Camera Critters, Pet Pride and Cats on Tuesday.

To find out more about my book and why I wrote it, read the Foreword here Available as paperback, on Kindle or e-book (

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday Teaser from "My Funny Dad, Harry"

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, so I thought I would play for fun! Just do the following:

Grab your current read Open to a random page
 Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.

We just rode around an empty parking lot and for some reason, which I don't remember now, mom hit the brake HARD!  The car jerked, John screamed, mom cried and dad yelled. 
Pg. 12 of My Funny Dad, Harry by Karen Arlettaz Zemek.

See our other teasers at Grab a Book From Our Stack (one romance and two non-fiction)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Meet My Dad's Cats

All my dad's cats have gone to "cat heaven" but I still think of them and miss them.


Spunky Rooey on top - the one I took in; renamed Spunky Doodle as it grew up.

Razzle Frazzle

Razzle Frazzle

Very bushy shy cat who never wanted to come inside.

Sweet Thing aka Whacky

Sweet Thing aka Whacky

My favorite of dad's cats-very shy, loved to be brushed..


Very affectionate, had feline aids and private room.


Looked like Blackie, playful little thing and very soft.


Liked sneaking out but always came back.

Striper (the Entertainer)

Striper (the Entertainer)
Loved to climb and ride on dad's back and got the cat nip out of the kitchen cupboard!  
Really liked the basement!.


Nice cat, only cat who was allowed inside while my mom was still alive--stayed in hallway.

Diamond Jim

Diamond Jim
All black except a white diamond shape on chest. (actually, this is Timi but don't have good picture of DJ so this is close.



Friendliest and saddest looking cat ever! Always followed me and wanted inside -always hanging out by front door.



Dad's Best Friend

I became a cat lover after getting to know my dad's cats.

I am re-posting this from 3-1-08 in response to Mama Kat's Prompt:  Introduce a pet.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Oh No! Am I Becoming A Pack Rat Too? (Writer's Workshop)

As I was making the video below, I couldn't help but think about my dad and how much like him I am. It seemed to me he kept everything in case he would need it some day or could fix it up and use it again. Consequently, his garage, basement, attic, and house had a narrow path in which to walk with stuff piled on either side like the Red Sea when God parted the waters for the Israelites to walk across!

Dad's Dining Room

 I'm not that bad . . . yet, but my den closet fits that description. So far, it has not spread to other parts of my house. Watch this video of my attempt to clean out my den closet and you will see what I mean:

The need for me to have a supply of boxes I think is in my genes. I definitely have inherited that from my dad; however, based on my own experience, it is good to save them so when I have to return an item, I still have the original box. The only difference between my dad and me regarding this is that he kept his boxes in his dining room; whereas, mine are in my closets. Yes, I do mean plural here--I have some in the basement closet too.

This is part of Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop prompt: Describe a talent or flaw that seems to be in your genes. You can join in too if you like--there are 5 prompts from which to choose!  I also did the prompt:  "When you first discovered the Internet, what sites did you frequent most?" on my other blog, Right Where We Belong.

To find out more about my book and why I wrote it, read the Foreword here Available as e-book ( and on Amazon (paperback or Kindle).

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Kitten Krazy Makes Good Use of Dad's Work

(Bench made by dad)

Sven & Wendy (President of Kitten Krazy at her home in Medina, Ohio)

When my dad died, I donated a lot of his things to Kitten Krazy, a non-profit private organization that primarily does kitten adoptions. Many of the things I donated to their auction to help them raise money to remodel their shelter and take care of the cats. Some of the things donated are now being used in the shelter. Today was the first time we got to visit and see the place first-hand. My initial impression was that these are very happy cats (I'm surprised any of them would want to leave!) There are many that are free to roam around in the office/medical area. Another amazing thing to me was that they didn't knock over all the stuff on the counter. I know my Spunky would and my dad's cats would have too, I think. It's a very happy, friendly busy place! There's another room which is for visiting with the cats and then a chicken wire dog run attached to the back of the building where the cats get get the feeling of outdoors with lots of things to climb on or lay under. My dad would have liked this place very much and would be so happy to know many of his things are being used there. In his words I know he would say, "Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful"!


Dad's file cabinet and Dad's cabinet

Shelves made by dad To find out more about my book and why I wrote it, read the Foreword here (Kindle version available and also Available as e-book (

"My Funny Dad, Harry" Book Giveaway

Congratulations to all the winners of the giveaway for "My Funny Dad, Harry" at Red Pine Mountain. I am so happy that four of my regular commenters won! Read what Tim thought of is at Everyday Living.