Hello, dear ones, this Mondays with Merlin is a little different. I’m sharing A – Z cat news.
So much has happened and since we’re blogging less often, news piles up. Pay attention for a secret clue but please don’t email my mom. She’s okay but up to her cat ears doing last minute pre-launch prep for our Black Cats Tell All anthology on Kickstarter. Don’t fret, you literal types. We aren’t doing all 26 letters of the alphabet.
A is for ADOPTION.
Remember Dasher, the frisky, black cat we featured back in March? We thought he’d get snapped up pronto but he didn’t. I guess he had some more filing to do. His shelter office assistant days are over. The dashing house panther was adopted yesterday!
B is for Black Cat Tell All, the anthology of true tales by 22 blacks cats is launching on Kickstarter as soon as it’s approved. This is the brainchild of my mom, Layla, who is a passionate advocate of black cat adoption. You’ll be hearing more about it soon. Consider this a sneak peek. And Chris Poole from Cole and Marmalade has made the most awesome video testimonial. Look for it soon!
G is for cat-related GIVEAWAYS.
We’re having a final, flurry of fabulous ones to celebrate our 5th year of blogging. Readers have indicated a preference for less frequent giveaways. Unless there is a greater participation, all giveaways may end.
Enter while you can by simply leaving a comment at the giveaway post.
1) NasalGuard Natural Allergy Relief (3 winners) Extended to June 14, 2016.
2) Cheshire and Wain Luxury Cat Collar and Catnip Toy enter by June 14, 2016. Winners of both giveaways will be announced on June 15, 2016.
3) OUR BIGGEST GIVEAWAY EVER with multiple products and winners begins on Thursday, June 9!
J is for June and Pet-related Holidays.
National Pet Preparedness Month (in advance of hurricane season).
Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month (ASPCA).
Adopt-a-Cat Month (AHA).
June 5 – 11: Pet Appreciation Week.
June 4: International Hug Your Cat Day.
June 9: Meezer Show Your Colors Day.
June 11: Just One Day (One day of no-kill in shelters worldwide).
June 12: World Pet Memorial Day.
Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week.
June 19: International Box Day.
Q is for quotes with cats.
S is for Summer and we can’t wait! Be prepared and read our Summer Safety Guide
T is for Tarot
Our regular feature mentoring my feline student Push Push continues. She asks, “Darling Merlin, how can I learn to connect more with the universe?”
Connection with the Universe or the cat next door can be one and the same. The first thing is to have the intention to connect and allow it to flow. We have the power to open up to or block the energy. The cards this week show ways to get unstuck when we feel blocked. This week’s insights are heavy but no card in tarot is all negative. There is a silver lining in the darkest times and challenges are the only time we can stretch and grow.
Reading from left to right. The Hanged Man (in the past) looks daunting but this fellow isn’t dead. He’s hanging in there. It’s a card of surrender, of letting go and not trying so hard. When feeling stuck or trapped, it’s time to look from another perspective. It’s not what you look at but what you see. Sacrifice is sometimes needed to achieve goals. We’ve lost some subscribers just because we’re daring to feature tarot! Ironically, tarot as we see it is not anti-Christian and not divination per se but a tool for self-knowledge and self-mastery.
Judgement (in the present) It’s wake up and smell the coffee time folks. The angel’s trumpet is a call to wake the dead. Stop your dillydallying and get off your ass. Make a decision for what good for you because it’s time a big change. Say bye-bye to what no longer serves your best interest. Walk away from guilt, bad habits and people who bring you down. The past is past. You can’t be your best now if you’re living in the past. And the past does not define your future. Decide your future in the now.
The Five of Cups (in the future) is often thought of a sad card of loss. The guy is crying over spilt milk, but wait, only three of his cups are knocked over. Two remain standing. When something goes wrong, it’ s easy to throw the baby out with the bath water and catastrophize. Why waste time moaning and groaning over what you can’t change? Focus on what you can fix. One of my favorite quotes is : Fall down eight times, get up nine. You may not have nine lives you just might get a second chance.