Layla Morgan Wilde/ April 16, 2018/ Cats/ 36 comments

Black Cats Tell All Book Awarded Certificate of Excellence by feline editor Clyde and other Monday Mews.

What’s this? Sniff sniff.  Fancy paper for me from the Cat Writers’ Association? Who knew such an organization existed, but it does and there are many best-selling and notable members.My mom and fellow writer/editor has been a member since 2011 and has won numerous certificates of excellence and their top prize, the Muse Medallion, three times. I might only be a cat but but why isn’t my name on it?


It’s a victory for panther power. Layla wrote an amusing post for Cole And Marmalade about black cats and it’s been already shared over 5000 times. Go Panfurs!

My furbro, Odin meowdeling one of our past Muse awards. He’s not black but we are colorblind around here. We also don’t need awards since we live for instant gratification in the now.

CWA muse medallion

Hello, catnip, my reward. It tastes so much better than paper.


I’m proud to be a part of this labor of love to benefit black cats. It’s ironic that my story in our nonprofit book is called, “The Catnip Made Me Do It” since I wasn’t really into catnip then. You might say, I’m a late adopter, having acquired a taste for catnip as an old man of 17!

I must also acknowledge my fur angel in crime, the late, great Merlin. He was and continues to be our Muse-in-residence. Layla has known many cats in her life but Merlin was her everything for twenty-one years.  Black Cats Tell All: True Tales And Inspiring Images is dedicated to Merlin. After our dear Gris Gris died in 2014, a beautiful burial mound in our garden was created. Odin and Domino  but especially Merlin, adored Gris Gris and would visit. The plan was to expand the mound but the root ball of the tree flattened and other locations were considered.  As it turned out, the very spot Merlin in buried is under his name in this photo taken two years before he died.

Merlin at cat grave

Last week, I shared the horrible state of his grave. It did not winter well. The angel cat sculpture was missing an ear and a part of a wing. Broken ceramics, empty votives, cracked terracotta and dried debris littered the mossy memorial mound and graves of all our cats. A spring cleaning was needed and to honor Merlin’s death anniversary on May 11, I will post weekly updates of the changes. Yesterday, a nasty storm blew in and this was as far as we got in phase one of the clean up. Mother Nature will pitch in soon I hope. Everything is in a continual cycle of transition and there is beauty in every season. Make your days and dashes count.

“It isn’t the date on either end that counts,
but how they used their dash for that dash between the dates
represents all the time  they spent alive on earth
and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.”

Should you feel like purchasing our book in memory a beloved cat, please order directly and message Layla with their name.

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If it’s Monday, it must mean coffee for many folks.

cat art coffee latte

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Lots of furry, glossy, black cat love,

Clyde and the rest of the gang.

We love you, no matter what color your fur is.

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  1. Congratulation, this is amazing:)
    Merlin.. damn I love this stuff so much.. yesterday I bought an antique cat necklace . Love it so much:X

  2. I’m sure Merlin will see it this way too… there is beauty in every season… well said ;O)

    1. Thanks,I think angel Easy would agree xo

  3. Certificate of Excellence? Now that is a great thing! I am sur Merlin understands and will wait patiently until everything is straightened out. He was after all very laid back.

    1. Ellen, thanks a bunch! Merlin was and is eternally patient 🙂 xo

  4. Congratulations on your Certificate of Excellence! We are so proud of you all, and more than a little tickled that our pal and alumnus Clyde is part of the awesomeness. 🙂

  5. ???????????????? Congratulations! We’re so happy we could be a part of it!

    1. Thank you so much! You didn’t get my message about it?

  6. Congrats and concats on that wonderful honor for your book!

    I have a shambles of an outdoor kitty memorial area too…I need to get at it and clean it up. I do bring my concrete kitty angels and other items inside before frost comes, because they don’t weather the weather too well. My first 4 kitty graves do not have proper markers, just painted pavers…so really I need to do something about that too. Since none of them are buried in that little garden, they are way in the back, where now a shed stands in front of them…Minko is inside the house. I cannot bring myself to bury his box.


    1. Thanks so much! And I usually bring in terracotta planters and didn’t this year and they all cracked. I look forward to seeing your freshened up memorial garden.

  7. Congratulations on your well-deserved certificate of excellence for a meowvellous book of which you should be proud. I’m sure that book’s message is making a difference in the lives of our lovely house panthers. Hope your angel cats’ resting place will be restored to its former hallowed glory.

    1. Many thanks for your kind words.

  8. Congratulations on your Certificate of Excellence! Ernie is so proud to be a part of it.

    1. Thanks guys! Clyde looks forward to your review xo

  9. Congratulations on your well deserved certificate of Excellence. I am sure youwill have Merlin’s resting place looking good soon. XO

    1. Ellen, thanks so much for your support and sharing Spooky’s story. The worst is over and the cherry blossom buds are out xoxo

  10. Wow! Concatulations! Well Deserved!

    I showed this to Ched, who then purred and mewed his response in Cat Code..

    Purr purr purr… mew mew mew…purr purr purr…mew mew mew

    Translation: Love love love …hearts hearts hearts…love love love …hearts hearts hearts.

    Ched is so grateful that you’re doing all of this…for black cats, for all panfurs…everywhere.

    1. Clyde sends Ched and you purrs of thanks.Excellent cat code translation xoxo

  11. Concatulations on your Certificate of Excellence ! Well deserved ! Purrs

  12. What terrific news…yay! I’ve avoided making an exterior memorial, just because I figure that we will move someday and want ‘everyone’ to come along.

    1. Thanks so much. You make an excellent point about bringing everyone along. I’ve thought about the future and wonder about options, as we’ll eventually move one way or another. Our property was a farm 150 years ago and who knows what will be here 150 years from now. Something to ponder xox

  13. Congratulations on your Certificate of Excellence! It is WELL deserved!

    1. Thank kindly dear Summer and mum.

  14. Concats to you!!!! We all knew the book would be great no matter what!
    I have to get busy on my memorial garden area. The resting places cover about 1/3 of my yard now.
    I am not so sure that Srring will ever actually get here or if we will continue to yo yo up and down all year long.
    My best friend’s 14 yr old black cat ISIS crossed the rainbow bridge on Thursday 4/12/18.
    Luvs to all past present and future each one is singular priceless jewel.
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo & the Angels >^..^^..^<~

    1. Thanks and big thanks to you for non-stop support . I’m so sorry to hear of your friend’s loss of ISIS. Ironically, on the same day an old friend of mine with a black cat that age was agonizing over a euthanasia decision. He rallied but took the stuffing out of us. Working on a memorial garden is healing and satisfying in a way all gardening is xoxox

  15. Congratulations on the award!!!
    Old Man Winter has been cruel thats for sure. You will get everything in order soon. By May 11, I am hoping we see the last of the nasty weather. Merlin’s site will be beautiful again, spring is a time of renewal. His memorial may be a bit discombobulated but his memory lives on in your heart.

    1. Thanks dear Ellen and to Punchy forever. I sure hope you’re enjoying spring by May 11 xoxox

  16. guyz…..conga ratz two ewe…N mom two 🙂 on yur muse and certificatez….thatz
    total lee awesum !! 🙂

    1. Purrs of thanks to all da tabbies xoxo

  17. Huge concatulations to you on this well deserved honor!! That is sad that all of your memorials were messed with by Mother Nature. I am sure you will give them loving care that will make them even more beautiful than before!

    1. Thanks Caren, for your ongoing support and friendship. Mother Nature will play nice eventually xoxo

  18. We have all weathered the long Winter and Spring is here… at least it was here a few days ago…
    Your garden will be beautiful again.
    Congratulations on the award!

    1. Maggie, thank you and I think we both that one warm day. It’ll e the merry month of May for the gardens xox

  19. Congratulations on a well earned award! It’s a great book and one that I think brings so much to our community and the wider world. Ah yes the winter has not been kind to all gardens, but spring is the season of renewal and so I am sure Merlins memory, though not dimmed will shine ever radiantly come summer.
    Toodle pips and purrs

    1. Many thanks for your love and support xox

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