Every now and then…

“I don’t get it. I’ve been on this adventure for over a year in Earth Time. I’ve been to galaxies far, far away, Wonderland, Middle Earth, the Firefly ‘verse, and who knows where else as I’ve defied all I know of the space/time continuum. I’ve picked up a sidekick and a sidekick’s best friend. I’ve fallen into the pages of literary masterpieces, popular fiction, Mad Magazine, and even the funny papers. I’ve had conversations with oversized crabs, sharks, dragons, and an octopus along the way. I still don’t know what the Giant Rabbit’s note meant: ‘The first part of your journey will be complete when you find Lil Eddy.’ I’ve been to water eddies and snow eddies and found nothing to explain what journey I’m on or what happens next.”

Cuddle: “Maybe you should turn around?”

John Riley: “Yup, Bright Eyes, I’m thinking you’re about to experience a total eclipse of the heart.”

The Adventures of Katnip: 58

Laissez les bons temps rouler!


The usual characters have company in wishing you all a happy Fat Tuesday! A special shout-out to Timmy, too: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! As you know, Timmy, you share this birth date with yet another character, my late mother.

In honor of my Pisces loves, everybody party like a fish! (I don’t know what that even means.)

The Adventures of Katnip: 57. Thanks, Greg, for the Mardi Gras props, and Mary for the backdrop.

Word for the day: pangram

“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”

That’s an English-language pangram, that is, a phrase that uses all twenty-six letters of the English alphabet at least once.

I never hear this phrase without thinking of my friend Larry from high school. We sat next to each other in typing class. Our tables were arranged in groups of two, and we had to pound the keys of our manual typewriters with the kind of force people use today only when software isn’t working correctly. The fox phrase was one we typed over and over to help us develop our keyboarding skills.

Most of the typewriters had blank keys so that we’d learn by touch and not sight, but my typewriter keys had the letters printed on them. Larry’s did not. My speeds were always faster than his. One day in the last seconds before Mrs. Jones called, “Begin!” on a typing test, Larry whispered, “I’d like to see how fast you’d type on a Helen Keller.” I laughed so hard I had to put my head in my arms on my typewriter to keep from disturbing the rest of the class. His speed was definitely faster than mine that day.

The Adventures of Katnip: 53

30 Days of Creativity: Day 30–Party

The Adventures of Katnip: 50


Cuddle: Wheeeee!

John Riley: It’s not a party till a critter gets glitter-bombed.

We made it! Today brings this year’s 30 Days of Creativity to a close. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. I did. I also enjoyed this past weekend, not only because there was much to celebrate during Pride this year, but because it was a puppy party all weekend thanks to these two visitors.


Annie needs a rest after hard partying.


But Pax is still rarin’ to go.

About 30 Days of Creativity here.
Full Katnip set here.

30 Days of Creativity: Day 29–Layers

The Adventures of Katnip: 49


“Cookbooks are magical, too,” Cuddle said.

I wasn’t surprised that a critter made by Russell Stover wanted to re-create a chocolate cake from the old Good Housekeeping Cookbook we ran into.

About 30 Days of Creativity here.
Full Katnip set here.

Katnip’s spirit was willing, but either my chocolate, my tools, or my skills were weak, because my chocolate shavings only crumbled. It doesn’t matter: Happy Pride, Houston! I baked you a cake.