Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's soooo cuuute....and a Happy New Year to you, too, felinity assembled, harrumph!
You will learn all about my admirer if you stick around to the last 2 months of this review. :-D
Daddy Kiril has the flu and worries about paying the rent and bills in February and this is my first New Year's Day without my beloved Nikita, so forgive my grumpiness.
I'm a lady cat and a girl's entitled to her moods.
2013 was the tiny little breakout of a year that the guys in my life had struggled to reach for a decade and Nikita did not live to see its finish.
While that makes me sad it is now my responsibility to do a "Year in Review" post and 2013 had much to be proud of even as daddy had eye cancer surgery (successful) and Nikita went to Rainbow Bridge.
Daddy Kiril met the King of the Cat Blogosphere, Laurence Simon, a fellow Houstonian, at the Houston Cat Club Charity Cat Show.
We received a Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
The 800th post since this blog began on New Year's Day 2010....
Meowsing of an Opinionated Pussycat has a name change operation, complete with a new look to the header and new business cards!
One of the opinionated pussycats (me) discusses the new look and what it symbolizes.
The Opinionated Pussycat Blog receives the Versatile Blogger Award.
Daddy Kiril visits Marilynn, of Momma Grace, in Spring, TX.
Daddy Kiril attends the Blog Paws Pet Blogger and Social Media Conference, in Va., where he meets many of our friends in blogging.
May being Short Story Month Nikita digs his paws into an epic short story a day writing challenge:
He tells the tale of "Aubrey"...in the form of 30 100 word cat stories and a single 200 word cat story.
Daddy calls it his masterpiece...and I totally agree. I storngly encourage you to read it and share, if you haven't already.
Nikita only now discovers that the lady cats (well, one, anyway) have long considered him to be a "hunk". Some mancats can be slow on the uptake, you know what I mean, girlfriends?
The Feline Utility Vehicle returns as we take a few strolls around the neighborhood.
The Opinionated Pussycat gets its the 3000th comment left on this blog since it began on New Year's Day 2010.
This was a month of medical news related to Nikita and my first inkling, that my worrying about him was not unfounded.
I was sooo not ready to take the mantle from him!
Daddy Kiril, chats with author/blogger Amy Shojai of the Cat Writers' Association and Tom Collins, co-founder of Blog Paws.
New furniture arrives!
The Opinionated Pussycat receives a Liebster Blog Award.
Opinionated Pussycat teams up with Hill's Pet Nutrition as Daddy Kiril prepares to be paid for his writing for the very first time.
Blog Paws swag bag is donated to Houston SPCA.
We celebrate a year in Houston by changing vets.
Daddy Kiril meets another fellow blogging friend and Texan...Sam, Clem and Mav's mom!
Daddy Kiril gets a job!
October 4th - Elvira Ponders 3 Years as a Writer and Blogger
October 14th - Carnival of the Cats #500 is hosted by Nikita
October 18th - Nikita Announces His Retirement: Elvira to Take the Reins
October 25th - Mr. Nikita RIP: My Original Muse...Never to Be Forgotten
A month of recovery and renewal, butt boo boo's...and a message from Rainbow Bridge.
Nov. 23rd - A Step Forward as a Feline Writer - A story submitted to a proposed cat rescue anthology, while rejected, was praised and included among a select number of back-ups to be considered if one of the chosen ends up not being included for some reason.
Lots of meetings between the resident kitty and the new kid as they get to known one another.
Thanksgiving - OK, she can stay.
Dec. 5th - The Education of Sneakers Begins
December 30th: Daddy Kiril's Facebook Writer Page is a year old.
So, dear friends, there you have it, the year that was...the good, the sad (RIP dear Nikita), the ugly (my butt issues), the awesome (Blog Paws, CWA and Hill's) and the totally unexpected (I have a protege...at my young age? OK, Ceiling Cat works in mysterious ways...).
Of course we did stories, exposes, and poetry, opinion and news, and photos, lots of photos, including for Street Seens and Seen & Heard, but much of that took back seats to the above mentioned events.
What will happen in 2014?
I am as curious a kitty as you are.
*****UPDATE - 6pm*****
Thank you so very much, Little Isis, at The Cat Blogosphere, for reminding everyone, including a very worried, busy, me, and sick Daddy Kiril, of the most important thing about today....
It is our 4th Blogoversary!
After so many years of sharing a blog Daddy Kiril set Nikita up on his own on this date in 2010.
Instead of spending another post reflecting on past blog posts, which would only make daddy and I miss our beloved Nikita even more, Daddy Kiril and I want to, at some point this month, do what he would wish of us....start to plan, look and move forward....After all, there is a new member of the team to get her feet wet and so much more to ponder.
Oh, and....just 10 more posts to 1000 !
Let the countdown begin!
Elvira Mistress of Felinity
Daddy Kiril does a Year in Review on HIS blog: 2013 Ends and 2014 Begins on a Note of Uncertainty and Hope