Monday, 11 February 2013

Pancakes, Passion and Performance!

Bloggie friends!

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! It's the Year of the Snake!! Apparently the snake  is "associated with wisdom, beauty and intelligence but also pride and anger" (BBC News).  Sounds like me!  LOL!  

Oh you all so know I am only pulling your leg!

Now bloggie friends? How are y'all at reading bedtime stories to the kiddies!?

I remember reading Thomas the Tank Engine to my nephews when they were little. Their verdict? "Don't give up the day job, auntie Old Kitty".

Anyways! Here is a competition for you storytellers out there in honour of the upcoming World Book Day! All you have to do is upload a video of yourself bringing a children's story to life!  Easy! But hurry! Entries end at midnight today, 11 Feb.

Charlie says: I ignore the show off behind me.



And of course tomorrow is Pancake Day too! So get flipping! :-)

And  now as I prepare to wade through my expected deluge of Valentine's cards (ahem!) I shall love you and leave you  and wish you all a great week!  :-)

But before we go off into the sunset - here is a sweet  song to all little creatures looking for a forever home!

69 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kitty, you could read me a bedtime story!
Don't think I'll be flipping any pancakes at five in the morning though.
And let me be the first to tell you Happy Valentine's Day!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Good thing I already have some pancake batter made for Anna Li's breakfast tomorrow. No kidding. I do.

Happy Chinese New Year! Our Families with Children From China group had a fantastic Chinese New Year party yesterday to celebrate!

Donna Hosie said...

I LOVE pancakes!

ABBY said...

We think we resemble Charlie and Gumtree! Happy Monday!

Jemi Fraser said...

How did Valentine's Day sneak up so quickly????

I love reading aloud (to students and my own kids when they were younger) but there's NO WAY I'd put that in a video *shudder*

Have a great week! :)

Mark said...

Gumtree looks like she's giving Charlie a back rub. Taken out of context it's pretty sweet. I don't think my parents ever read me a bed time story and none of my sisters do it with their kids, but I think I might do it if I have tykes of my own one day.

Stephen Tremp said...

National Pancake Day? My kids will flip over that one.

klahanie said...

Aha, nice alliteration. Nice to see the snake comparison to you was only taking the hiss. Ha ha...

I see you are still speaking in American, y'all. Did you read Thomas in a Liverpool accent? I await your answer to that in your best Scouse accent! :)

Tuesday will be 'Puncake'Day for me at the hospital. Valentine's Day is going to be a bit of a bummer at the hospital. Your deluge of cards will entail several truckloads of cards from your adoring fans.

Thanks for your positive thoughts on my site. And may our beloved animals friends find a forever home.

Gary
x

Claudia Del Balso said...

Aawww! I wish I could adopt more kitties but I already have two crazy furballs ;)
Funny you mentioned the kids contest, I wanted to post something about kids authors.

mshatch said...

I loved that video so much I had to watch a couple more after! That guy's cats are very entertaining!

Medeia Sharif said...

That video made me teary-eyed.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Helena said...

What a sweet video! I got my adult kitty from a shelter, and she's been wonderful. Hope all the cats and dogs find homes.

And of course you're only a GOOD snake, which means wisdom, beauty and intelligence and nothing bad, Old Kitty. So this is your year!

Mr Puddy said...

Happy Chinese New Year to you too : )
Charlie, Not just he is a bit show off, He took lots of space ! I guess Next, he will use you as his pillow...MOL

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Ohhh Charlie... I feel your indignity. Siblings = badddd news *sigh*

The Furries of Whisppy said...

That video made Mommy smile and a little leaky eyed too. Thank you for sharing!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Old Kitty - Pancake day tomorrow ... oh I might get a pancake seeing as I'm having a pub lunch - if the snow stays away!!

I thought you were referring to you as the show-off .. then I relooked and realised you meant gumtree on the desk!!

That would be a good competition to enter .. I think I'll have to schedule in for next year - and must remember World Book Day ..

I don't really like snakes - though they're amazing creatures .. I was the year of a pig .. still am I guess!

Happy week and let that wisdom, beauty and intelligence shine through ... hold the pride and anger part - anchor them ... cheers Hilary

fairyhedgehog said...

Thanks for the link, Kitty! I'm not sure I've got time to find a book and make a video but it would be fun to try!

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear friends, I like a lot your spot near the computer, I think it's comfortable and you are so cute there!
Hmmm pancakes!!! Looks delicious, I like this idea! oh yessssssssss! :)
I wish you a great week, purrs and love
Luna - WE LOVE LUNA

Ginger Jasper said...

We bet the postman will not be able to carry his sack for all the valentines cards. Love that little minx stretched on the desk with Charlie pretending not to see. Hugs GJ xx

Patsy said...

I don't usually bother with pancakes but I fancy some this year. Better go buy myself a lemon.

Hilary said...

you guys look so comfy cozy there...

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

Ohhhh nooooo!! I know that video is supposed to be happy but I couldn't get past the first few seconds because it was starting to make me cry. I PROMISE I will get through the whole thing!!
That story video contest sounds like fun and OMG I LOVE PANCAKES!!
Have a wonderful day!
xoxoxo

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

I just watched!! Ohhhh I LOVE IT!
There was one gray kitty in this cage that looked EXACTLY like Cody!!! This was the most precious video ever!! xoxoxo

Manzanita said...

Dang, I'm sitting here with tears dripping on my key board. I can't stand to see that pleading look on caged cats eyes. I look at the old cat I adopted and see how she is blossoming with love and good care and I am ashamed for the people who put her in the shelter.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Aww... happy Feline's day on Valentine's day. LOL Too cute. I wish I could adopt a cat.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We loved the video Jenn - we hope you have lots of cards on the 14th - Mum is hoping we'll send one to her!!
BTW loved the picture of Charlie and Guntree lolling on your desk - that's how I work with mt two too!!
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Hart Johnson said...

I sometimes miss reading with my kids. Oh, I usually had an agenda... pushing books that amused me... "Oh, let's reread Harry Potter!"

PANCAKE DAY!!! Oh, that sounds like a good idea! (is this the British version of Mardi Gras?)

martine said...

Can't stand Thomas the Tank, read them to oldest son and then gave them all away so I would never have to do it again:-)
Happy Chinese new year
martine

Kea said...

Happy Chinese New Year to you too, and happy Valentine's Day in advance. Though I never did get into Valentine's Day, even through all the years I was with someone.

Shrove Tuesday already? My goodness, the next thing you know, it will be Easter! :-)

RaShelle Workman said...

Hi Old Kitty. Hope you had an excellent weekend.

Love me some pancakes. I'll be making them for the family tomorrow.

Katie and Glogirly said...

Pancake Day??? ...thank Cod it's not Waffles Day. He doesn't need any more attention. haha!

That was a beautiful video.
XOXO
Katie

Lydia Kang said...

Happy New Year Old Kitty! :)

Norma Beishir said...

When my son was little, I tried reading him bedtime stories--but Mom told me the objective was to get him off to sleep, not keep him awake all night.

Oh, well!

Esme said...

I always enjoy seeing the boys. I hope you are enjoying some pancakes.

Soggibottom said...

Just purrfectly purr fect .
Happy Valentine's day guys.
lots of luvs Freya Rose Blossom and Frankie de tabby X

Clarissa Draper said...

Thanks for the heads up on the competition. Who knew there was a pancake day...

Janet Johnson said...

What a fun contest! My husband has been doing the bedtime reading at our house lately. But I fill in when he's not around. ;)

And Happy Pancake Day tomorrow! I shall definitely have to celebrate that one. :)

Deborah said...

AWWW, nice video. We just adopted another kitty, Mr. Mittens! I should blog about him soon.
Yeah, Happy Pancake Day!
Happy Chinese New Years too!
xxoo
Deborah

Brian said...

Hello gang, so nice to see you! That was a terrific video!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I still read to my kids...even though most all are in their teens!

LTM said...

Pancake Day! What what??? :D And I actually still read stories at bedtime to my daughters. I don't know how great I am at it, but they seem to enjoy the ritual.

Charlie & Gumtree are cracking me up in that picture! :D <3

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Lovely video. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. Hooray! You were first to comment on Alex's blog. Have a great new week!

My mailbox has cobwebs from last derth of Valentine's Day cards! :-)

joanne fox said...

Have a happy slithery snakey year! x

Carol Kilgore said...

Love the video!
Hope you have the purriest Valentine's Day ever :)

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

Happy Valentines Day, enjoy the pancakes (my favourite) and hello to the lovely Charlie and Gumtree :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh, I remember pancake day. We have pancakes every Sunday for dinner. And I don't mean American pancakes. :D

meowmeowmans said...

That video made us get all misty eyed. :) Happy Chinese New Year, dear friends! :)

Cat said...

Greetings and Salutations my Wunderpurr Furriends!

Good mews awaits mew at my blog - come see what I have for mew!

http://bionicbasil.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/mewll-never-believe-it-but-i-got.html

Bestest purrs

Basil x0x

Tracy Jo said...

LOVE the video! Such cute kitties!

Now I am off to make pancakes....

:-)

Pk Hrezo said...

Pancake day!! I didn't know. It's pancakes for dinner tonight then!!
I'm a regular story reader with a 8 and 6 year old. I love it!

Carol Kilgore said...

I thought I left a comment here yesterday, but I don't see it. If it's in the queue, just delete this one!

Have purrrrrr-fectly lovely Valentine's Day :)

Romance Book Haven said...

Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Valentines Day to Charlie!

Nas

Deniz Bevan said...

Happy Shrove Tuesday!
Ooh, I could record myself reading Neil Gaiman to my nephew... but if there's no kitty in the video, will anyone watch?

Tamago said...

Happy Snake Year! Gumtree looks really relaxed there :-) Cute babies!
I was not aware of Pancake Day. I hope you got to have some!
And the video is very cute. I hope every homeless fur babies find their forever home!

Rick Watson said...

Yum. I love pancakes and waffles. I bought a waffle maker a few years back and it makes cooking waffles a snap.
Happy Valentine's Day Kitty.

Katz Tales said...

MOL, we've had cobras in the house twice in the last year and are hoping to be snake free this year! Meow and Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Esme said...

Happy Valentines Day to you and the boys.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

I shudder at the year of the snake because I'm a tiger and they do not get along with each other. I usually ignore horoscope predictions, but this year the dire outlook is making me shake in my writerly boots.

Wish me luck.

What sign is Charlie?

Guinevere said...

Pretty kitties! Aww!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Susan Fields said...

There were just a few picture books that made me use different voices and get extra animated when I read them to my kids - love those books!

The Golden Eagle said...

Happy Chinese New Year! :)

World Book Day sounds awesome.

Marg said...

Well we hope you got all those Valentine's cards open?? That is such a good video. It is so nice to see a cat get adopted. Good stuff. Have a great day.

KarenMcG said...

Charlie and Gumtree look like they're having fun--and maybe, finally getting along.

Thanks for sharing that video.

April McLeod said...

So your cats are future bloggers, I see? They just need to sit in the chair and then they will be tapping their paws on the keyboard in no time!

Hilary said...

Pancake day? I celebrated last week - was on vacation and I ate sooo many

Katie Isabella said...

Happy belated Valentine's Day. With we kitties, EVERY DAY is Valentine's Day. MOL Love seeing that kitty on the video with the baloon heart. Makes me and mommy smile. xox

Timmy Tomcat said...

Oh Darn our Pops missed the deadline.
He reads to us every night

William Kendall said...

Did the kitties get pancakes?

penandpaints said...

What gorgeous cat videos! Don't they have a fabulous cat-friendly home? I love the way they skate down the corridor :) xx