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The Cat People of Kagir Manor ~~ Part 2






The Cat People of Kagir Manor – Part 2

(If you haven’t read part one, you can read it here on Michael’s blog. (No relation to the character in the story)



And now here they were. Face to face with the Witch of Kagir Manor. She was as imposing as the legend said and she was at this very moment in his face.

 Her voice had an amazing allure to it. You couldn’t help but be drawn in by the tone in her voice. It was as if she was talking only to you and all you could do was allow her voice to wash over you.

 But more than that was the touching, her hands so lightly caressing and like the cat, she so resembled, she curled around you, her hands taking in every aspect of your shape. All the while she appeared to be purring, but it was more than that, it was spellbinding, they knew at that moment they were helpless against her.

 Catfranka, the witch, had a beauty that magnified the closer she got to you. Each of the men found themselves mesmerized by her.

 She had long flowing white hair, large cat shaped emerald eyes, fair of face and svelte of body. Long and lean, like the cats she favoured. Her disciples, the cat people gazed on her with intense devotion. Whether she put a spell on them or it was from the heart was undetermined. 

 As she walked away, Michael felt somehow abandoned, his heart beat fast and his eyes didn’t leave her.

 Catfranka walked slowly up the stairs on her right, the cat men flanking her. She stopped and turned and the men below her had to raise their heads to watch her. 

  “You will be my honoured guests. My people will show you to your rooms. Please, don’t be afraid, I mean you no harm.”

 She smiled a small smile that spoke volumes about her intention. On the one hand, benevolent, on the other you had the sense that this woman was not to be trusted.

 “If you mean us no harm, then why can’t we leave?” One of the men, Roger, asked.

 She stared at Roger, an insipid man, with her bright green eyes till he lowered his head. They all waited for her to speak. Michael was suddenly afraid for his friend. 

 Softly, with a purr tone resonating, she asked, “Do you want to leave?”

 There was a hush in the hall as all eyes were on Roger. They waited for what seemed like hours, but was just a minute or so. Finally, Roger raised his head once more.

 “No, I don’t think I do want to leave.”

 The smile that Catfranka let touch her lips was full of satisfaction. 

 “I didn’t think so.” 

 She turned and walked gracefully up the steps and through a door. Michael and his friends looked at each other and they all wondered. What next?


This story is a collaboration between Michael at Morpethroad and myself. It began when we realized our Friday Fictioneer stories


Had a common ground and decided to try our hand at writing a story from this base. So this is the fruit of our labors, a lot of fun and always a pleasant exercise.

Part 3 will continue the story tomorrow on Michael’s blog. Please keep reading and we love comments! Thank you.



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The Cat People of Kagir Manor – Part 1

Hello people!
Today I have a special treat for everyone! This is part one of a story Michael at Morphethroad and I have done over the last week or so. Give it a read and stay tuned for more all this week. It was a pleasure and an honor to work with Michael on this story. Hope you all enjoy our joint efforts!



Michael received this poster in his letterbox:



Kagir Manor

The 13th Anniversary of the Witch Of Kagir.

You and friends are invited to attend a special event.

Please assemble at the entrance to Kagir Manor Road, 6pm

Saturday 23rd.


Michael thought the brochure was special as it named him specifically. So he contacted the boys to tell them, inviting them over to show them his personal invitation.

They thought it was a great publicity gag that someone was throwing and as they had nothing else to do they organized to meet at the appointed time.

Their journey into the misty evening was to be marked by adventure. They like everyone in the town had heard rumours that Kagir Manor was the home of the Cat People, a myth they all thought, as there had never been any proof found to support this claim.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Hello people! Hope everyone is having an amazing weekend.

I’m not a photographer by any means, but I love to take pictures. This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge is: Juxtaposition. 

“A juxtaposition is “the act of placing things side by side, especially for the purpose of comparison or contrast”

Here’s my input on this weeks photo challenge. Hope you enjoy!

This one is a bright rainbow I captured behind our house in the midst of a dark stormy sky.

(c) JLPhillips 2013
(c) JLPhillips 2013

My little dog Sam and the bigger cat Pouncer sharing the same space and sunshine. These two sharing the same spot at the same time is a rare occurrence! I just had to capture it.

(c) JLPhillips 2013
(c) JLPhillips 2013


This last one is a tree that was in our backyard. It was covered with frost and I loved how it looked against the bright blue winter sky.

(c)JLPhillips 2013
(c)JLPhillips 2013






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Today’s List of Holidays! ~~ Dec 8

Hello, people! Hope you are having a wonderful day where ever you are.

Today is a frosty sunny day here, so I’m sitting with a hot cup of coffee browsing the internet just for you. I’m surrounded by fur babies as my office seems to be the warmest room in the house. Every time I get up to refresh my coffee, Pouncer (my female cat) jumps into my chair thinking to take over.

I just push her off and she goes lays with her brother Notwen till the next time. It’s a game we play all day.

So, like I said I was browsing the internet looking for holidays for today and came across a few. Hope you enjoy!


National Brownie Day ~~ Yes that fudgy, cakey chocolatey delight has its own holiday! Can you say yummy?! From what I could find, the brownie made its first appearance at the Columbian Exposition in 1893.  Apparently, according to Wikipedia, a chef at the Palmer House Hotel created the confection after Bertha Palmer requested a dessert for the ladies attending the fair that would be smaller than a piece of cake, and easily eaten from boxed lunches.  So go make a batch of brownies, add nuts or whatever else your heart desires and enjoy!

Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day ~~ Doesn’t this sound like fun? Today is the day that you actually pretend to be a time traveler! You are supposed to dress and act like you have time traveled all day, without actually telling anyone what you are doing! Now of course if some people in white coats show up, then I think it’s ok to tell them you are acting. I do hope they believe you. hahaha! There seem to be several options for you also:


1) Utopian/cliche future
– “If the Future did a documentary of the last fifty years, this is how badly the reenactors would dress.” Think Star Trek: TNG or the Time Travelers from Hob. Ever see how the society in Futurama sees the 20th century? Run with it. Your job is to dress with moderately anachronistic clothing and speak in slang from varying decades. Here are some good starters:
– Greet people by referring to things that don’t yet exist or haven’t existed for a long time. Example: “Have you penetrated the atmosphere lately?” “What spectrum will today’s broadcast be in?” and “Your king must be a kindly soul!”
– Show extreme ignorance in operating regular technology. Pay phones should be a complete mystery (try placing the receiver in odd places). Chuckle knowingly at cell phones.

2) Dystopian Future:
– This one offers a little more flexibility. It can be any kind of future from Terminator to Freejack. The important thing to remember is dress like a crazy person with armor. Black spray painted football pads, high-tech visors, torn up trench coats and maybe even some dirt here or there. Remember, dystopian future travelers are very startled that they’ve gone back in time. Some starters:
– If you go the “prisoner who’s escaped the future” try shaving your head and putting a bar code on the back of your neck. Then stagger around and stare at the sky, as if you’ve never seen it before.
– Walk up to random people and say “WHAT YEAR IS THIS?” and when they tell you, get quiet and then say “Then there’s still time!” and run off.
– Stand in front of a statue (any statue, really), fall to your knees, and yell “NOOOOOOOOO”
– Stare at newspaper headlines and look astonished.
– Take some trinket with you (it can be anything really), hand it to some stranger, along with a phone number and say “In thirty years dial this number. You’ll know what to do after that.” Then slip away.

3) The Past:
– This one is more for beginners. Basically dress in period clothing (preferably Victorian era) and stagger around amazed at everything. Since the culture’s set in place already, you have more of a template to work off of. Some pointers:
– Airplanes are terrifying. Also, carry on conversations with televisions for a while.
– Discover and become obsessed with one trivial aspect of technology, like automatic grocery doors. Stay there for hours playing with it.
– Be generally terrified of people who are dressed immodestly compared to your era. Tattoos and shorts on women are especially scary.

Take it in the Ear Day ~~ I know, I know, you are probably raising an eyebrow and thinking, Jackie has finally lost it and is just making things up. I’m not, I promise! I found this one all over the internet but no one seems to know where it started or why. No one seems to even know exactly what it means. It could mean you listen to a verbal tongue ‘lashing’, or it could mean you just give someone a listen while they vent about the holidays. It could even mean just go get another ear-piercing. Hell, it could mean a wet tongue in the ear like a ‘wet willy‘. I have no idea!


Whatever you decide to celebrate today, do it in fun and love. Until tomorrow!

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Daily Prompt: Fright Night

Daily Prompt: Fright Night

Do you like being scared by books, films, and surprises? Describe the sensation of being scared, and why you love it — or don’t.


Do I like being scared. NO!

No I don’t like being scared. I have never liked being scared. In fact the last person who tried to scare me ended up being punched. Ha!

I’m not a violent person, really I”m not. But I hate being scared. I think it’s because I feel out of control. I like having control, I need to have control. It probably has to do with my childhood.

My childhood would have scared the crap out of most people. Because of it, I’m a grown up adult who is afraid of the dark.  I must have a nightlight! Like a little kid I can not go to sleep if it’s completely dark. I have to see what is in the room. It is what it is and I’m too old to change now.

I don’t read horror books. The last horror book I read was ‘The Exorcist’ by William Peter Blatty. That book scared the crap out of me! I had nightmares for weeks. I read it and just had to finish it. Then the book disappeared.

It did. It disappeared and I never could find it again. Now you might think that someone in the family had taken the book to read it themselves. Um, not that I could find out about. My siblings are not known for reading. My older brother was off on his own, my older sister was married and out of the house. My younger brother doesn’t read books. My mom only reads magazines and my dad wasn’t into those kind of books.

It was a mystery that was never solved. Spooky don’t you think?

Also, I believe in ghosts. Why you ask? Well because I’ve lived with them, seen them, heard them. I know a lot of people would say, balderdash! Well, if people actually said balderdash! What is balderdash anyway?? Never mind, got off track for a second.

So no, I don’t like being scared. I don’t like the feeling you get from being scared. You know the one. Where your lower stomach is swirling and you think you are going to have to run to the bathroom. Then your heart is pumping hard and your breathing gets tight. Yeah, that feeling. I don’t like it.

I don’t watch horror movies either. The same reason I don’t read horror. I don’t like all that blood and guts and gore. Ugh. Now I have watched the really old horror movies. But come on, those aren’t even scary! I guess for the times it was, but I always thought  Frankenstein was kind of cute, in a mishmash way. And Dracula! Well what can I say? Bela Lugosi had such mesmerizing eyes!

Source: Bela Lugosi I suppose. Ha!
Source: Bela Lugosi I suppose. Ha!

Sure all those things are scary and I try to stay away from them. I’ll tell you what is really scary though! In fact I’ll show you! This is something that lives in my house, it’s always stalking me when I least expect it. Sometimes I think there are two of them! It’s scary, I tell you! Don’t believe me? Okay, I’ll show you then. I managed to catch it on film one day. I hate to do it to you, but you won’t believe me till I show you. Here goes.

Don’t say you weren’t warned!


Are you sure??



(c) JLPhillips 2013 Pouncer and Notwen plotting to take over the world!
(c) JLPhillips 2013 Pouncer and Notwen plotting to take over the world!
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!



So this week’s photo challenge from WordPress is “Good Morning!” I like it. Morning is my favorite time of day!

Morning is as fresh as that first cup of coffee! Oh yeah, when I get up that’s what I head for first. Especially when the husband gets me Tim Horton’s before I’m even up! Large with 2 creams. 🙂

My addiction, Tim Hortons coffee (C)JLPhillips 2013
My addiction, Tim Hortons coffee (C) JLPhillips 2013

Then I have to let my dog Sam outside. After all I have done my morning ritual, now it’s his turn.

Sam (c) JLPhillips 2013
Sam (c) JLPhillips 2013

Depending on the weather I might sit outside with Sam for a bit. Lately it’s been too cold and windy in the morning. So instead I head for my ‘office’ and turn on my computer.

My lifeline, my computer (C) JLPhillips 2013
My lifeline, my computer
(C) JLPhillips 2013

After checking on WordPress, emails and other stuff online I go to the grocery store and see what I can find.

Grocery Store
Grocery Store

Maybe on the way home I can see some wildlife. Who knows right? Except I forgot to take my camera with so I have to borrow a photo of the coolies I pass.

Photo by Ian Blum
Photo by Ian Blum

When I get home I’m greeted by two innocent looking felines. Do I trust them? Not a chance! They are always up to something.

Pouncer (c) JLPhillips 2013
Pouncer (c) JLPhillips 2013
Notwen (c) JLPhillips 2013
Notwen (c) JLPhillips 2013

So that’s my morning! Hope your morning was good.

Take the time and snuggle with your pet, kids, or spouse. Go out and enjoy Mother Nature. You’ll feel better for it.

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A Very Funny Story

Hello dear readers! Hope your weekend was fabulous! Now the dreaded Monday is here so I thought you might enjoy a good belly laugh.

The following post was sent to me by a dear friend a few years ago. Maybe some of you have read it, maybe not. Either way it’s a very funny story. Supposedly it’s based on truth. I tried to find the original owner of it but I couldn’t.

I re-read it this morning and it still made me laugh till tears came. I hope you enjoy it as much I do.



Pocket Taser Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife. A guy who
purchased his lovely wife a pocket Taser for their anniversary submitted this:

Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that
sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized Taser. The effects of the Taser were supposed to be short-lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety….??

WAY TOO COOL! Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home.

I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the
button. Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I
pushed the button AND pressed it against a metal surface at the same
time; I’d get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between
the prongs. AWESOME!!! Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave.

Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself
that it couldn’t be all that bad with only two triple-A batteries, right?

There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently
(trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking
that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving

I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a
second) and thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was
going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger,
I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong?

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my
reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose ,directions in one hand, and taser in another.

The directions said that a one-second burst would shock and
disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause
muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries. All the while I’m looking at this little device measuring about 5″ long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference; pretty cute really and (loaded with two itsy, bitsy triple-A batteries) thinking to myself, “no possible way!”

What happened next is almost beyond description, but I’ll do my
best…? I’m sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head
cocked to one side as to say, “don’t do it dip shit,” reasoning that a
one second burst from such a tiny little ole thing couldn’t hurt all
that bad. I decided to give myself a one second burst just for heck of
it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and . .

I’m pretty sure Jessie Ventura ran in through the side door,
picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs?

The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before,
clinging to a picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room.
Note: If you ever feel compelled to “mug” yourself with a taser,
one note of caution: there is no such thing as a one second burst when you zap yourself! You will not let go of that thing until it is
Dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor. A three second burst would be considered conservative?

SON-OF-A-BITCH, THAT HURT LIKE HELL!!! A minute or so later (I can’t be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet
or so from where it originally was. My triceps, right thigh and both
nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up
with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. I had no control over the drooling. Apparently I shit myself, but was too numb to know for sure and my sense of smell was gone.; I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head which I believe was came from my hair. I’m still looking for my testicles and I’m offering a significant reward for their safe return!!

P. S.  My wife loved the gift, and now regularly threatens me
with it!
“If you think Education is difficult, try being stupid.”

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Wednesday Comics ~~ Sam and Me

We had an unwanted visitor in the house yesterday. A mouse!!

Now I love all creatures big and small, BUT, I don’t like them all in my house! Mice are not welcomed I’m afraid.

My two big cats weren’t even interested! One was napping while the other just walked away and watched all the excitement from a distance. Sam was on the hunt! And he caught it too!

I know, Eck! Right? But I was so proud of my little mouser! He is so fast when he wants to be! He was all over that mouse!

The mouse would run this way! Bam! Sam was right there! The mouse would run that way. Zip! Sam was there! I finally had to catch Sam so I could sweep the mouse up and dispose of the poor little dead body.

I’m sorry but I just can’t handle mice in the house. Now I know my little Sam is on the job! The cats??? Well, let’s just say they are hanging their heads in cat shame. (Yeah right!) Hahaha!


(c) JLPhillips 2013
(c) JLPhillips 2013


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Wednesday Comics ~~ Sam and Me

The other day we had a big hail, wind and rain storm. Yeah, just what we needed after record floods a couple of weeks ago. I of course took pictures of the hail on the deck.

Poor Sam wasn’t sure what to make of it all. Sam loves winter. He loves the snow and ice. Sam hates rain. He doesn’t like to get wet. Yeah, I know it’s a bit confusing. 😉 Crazy dog.

Anyway, we got all this hail and Sam wasn’t sure whether he should like it or hate it. He liked the hail but it was raining too! I wish I could have gotten a picture of his expression. He looked at me like he was saying what he did in my comic.

The first pictures are on my deck and how much hail we got. The wind pushed it under my front door! Ugh. Mother Nature is one mean mama. The comic follows with my interpretation of what Sam said to me. 🙂



(C) JLPhillips 2013
(C) JLPhillips 2013


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Wednesday Comics ~~ Sam and Me

Hello again from Sam and the gang! First let me say thank you for those who voted in my poll the other day. If you haven’t read that post you can find it here. It seems the majority wants to read more about my life.

Oh you poor misguided readers. But to show you I listen to my readers I will be posting some more about me and Mi Vida Loca! So be prepared and please remember you asked for it. Bwahahahaha.

Today’s strip is about my cat Pouncer. To say she is a princess is being kind. She’s more like “THE QUEEN”. I say that with love. She is a very finicky eater. Pouncer will only eat one kind of cat food. Purina’s Cat Chow for Inside Cats.

Now since I have two cats, Notwen and Pouncer, and since these cats are Big Cats, I have an automatic feeder for them. You know the kind. You fill the top and let gravity fill the bowl. Well sometimes the cats have to kind of dig the food down. Notwen does it no problem. I have yet to see Pouncer do it.

In fact, I have known her to lay by the feeder till Notwen comes along and she tells him to dig some down for her. She refuses to do it. Sometimes she lies there for a very long time! As Notwen is a lazy cat and loves to sleep. At times Sam will sit by her and look at her then look at the feeder. This is the conversation I swear they are having with each other!

(C) JLPhillips 2013
(C) JLPhillips 2013


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Wednesday Comics ~~ Sam and Me ~~ April 3

I’m in the middle of packing up my house so I can move at the end of this month. So Sam and the stinkin’ cats (Sam’s description not mine)  are fighting over the boxes. I’ve never had a dog that loved playing in boxes like Sam does. Of course cats being cats, they love the boxes too. Sometimes they want the same box at the same time, which doesn’t always work out well. So far it’s pretty even who wins out. Sam may be little but he doesn’t take no cat bullying. He’s a quick little guy. Ha! I make sure that no one gets hurt seriously. So far so good.

Here is my weekly comic depicting the box war. It’s more like the cats are trying to figure out how to get one over on Sam. This should be an interesting month!


Sam and Me (c)
Sam and Me (c)


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Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day in My Life

What does your day look like? Here’s your chance to share with everyone a day in your life! Here are some suggestions to get started: snap a picture once an hour and share what your day was like, walk us through a typical day for you, or even just what happened today!

This is the Weekly Photo Challenge. A day in my life. Hmm not sure how exciting this is going to be. But I am willing to give it a try. I’m not very good at taking photos and my camera is just a cheap digital so I hope you keep this in mind. I had fun though taking pictures. 🙂



Getting ready to make Easter supper with my lazy animals. Just going to be a laid back Easter Sunday for me and mine. Hope everyone who celebrates this day has a glorious one! May light and love be yours!