Cookbook lover and collector with a burgeoning collection of cookbooks. Reading and researching food trends, history of cooking techniques and technological advances in cooking, what we eat and why and cookbooks as reflectors of cultures is a fascination for me. As of November 7th, 2013, I hold the current Guinness World Record title for the largest collection of cookbooks: 2,970 at the official count on July 14th, 2013 (applaud now, thank you very much!) The current (unofficial) number is now 6,500. What next? More shelves?
Like everyone else, Tux and Shadow have been obeying the Governor of New Mexico’s edict to “stay home“, which is pretty much what they do anyhow, other than visits to the vet, so the impact of their mandated self-quarantine has been pretty much negligible. On the other hand, Tux has a scheduled “curbside” visit to the vet next week, so we’ll see how that goes. To date, I haven’t found any cat-sized masks.
While enjoying the peace and quiet of home, they’ve spent time gazing out the window at our goldfish pond, watching hummingbirds flitting around the feeders, playing with household items and generally taking very l-o-n-g catnaps. However, they haven’t just frittered away their time, but have taken a real interest in my cookbook collection, sniffing out a couple for reading and picking out a few recipes to try. Not having opposable thumbs, however, they find it hard to get their paws around the kitchen equipment, so guess who will be doing the cooking?
Several weeks ago, I was surprised to receive a package from the good folks at Chewy. com. Inside were two beautiful hand-painted portraits of Tux and Shadow, by artist Mechelle Roskiewicz (LovedDogsArt). They were done solely from photos I had previously sent to Chewy.com, of the cats playing with their favourite Chewy cartons.
Since Tux was “Pet of the Month” in the September, 2019 issue of “Albuquerque the Magazine”, and Shadows‘ film “Litter Must be Just Right” was included in the November, 2019 “Furry Burque Festival”, the addition of portraits to their repertoire is really going to give them swelled heads!
Music – “I’m Too Sexy” from Hits! by Right Said Fred. Released: 2010.
Well, Tux has made it to the “big time”. He was selected as “Pet of the Month” in the September, 2019 issue of “Albuquerque the Magazine”. However, fame has not gone to his head (yet). Pretty soon, he’ll be rubbing elbows with all the big dogs (so to speak!)…..
Music – “Top Cat” from Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin’ Cats by Mark Steyn. Released: 2015
“Little Nipper” was the name of the dog whose picture was shown with the slogan “His Master’s Voice” and which later became the trademark of RCA. Although he has lived with Tux and Shadow for nearly 11 years, he has yet to speak…
(Photos by Sue Jimenez, in cooperation with Tux, Shadow and Little Nipper)