Catching Lizards BUSY BEE CATNIP BLANKET Giveaway! (Contest over – winner selected – 11/5/16)

GIVEAWAY LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BLOG!

I have been a fan and a customer of Catching Lizards for about three years now. My cats adore the catnip blankets and toys very much! Even our now six week old feral kittens we rescued sleep on the blankets!

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Catching Lizards is a small home-based business in Ft. Myers, Florida by Mimi Pipino! All the products are handmade, original designs.  The catnip is organic catnip, premium quality with no pesticides. Some of the toys are refillable. The cat toys are safe.  They are made of soft fabrics, fleece and flannels.  They have NO FILLERS, all 100% Organic Catnip. Catching Lizards offers convenient online world-wide shipping!

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This is my cat, Nonae, who loves his Catching Lizards catnip blanket very much!

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I can promise you, without a single doubt, that your cat will love a catnip blanket from Catching Lizards too! That is why I am choosing to do my very first giveaway ever, featuring Mimi’s BUSY BEE CATNIP BLANKET! One lucky winner from the USA will WIN this wonderful blanket (a $20 value)!

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Entries accepted from October 25, 2016 (12:00 AM EST) through November 5, 2016 (12:00 AM EST). USA ONLY! Please CLICK on the giveaway link below to enter! The lucky winner will be notified via Twitter within 48 hours of the giveaway deadline! THANK YOU!

Catching Lizards BUSY BEE CATNIP BLANKET Giveaway! 

(Winner will be randomly selected by random.org – No Purchase necessary to win – Chance of winning depends on number of valid entries received.)

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CONGRATULATIONS LEAH FROM NEW YORK! YOU ARE THE WINNER! 

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Do you know where Malvika Bala Deshmukh is? (10/22/16) UPDATE (11/2/16)

SATURDAY – OCTOBER 22, 2016

MALVIKA BALA DESHMUKH

FEMALE
AGE – 27
EYES – Brown
HAIR – Black
HEIGHT – 5′ 1″ (61 inches tall)

WEIGHT – 110 pounds

Last seen 9/9/2016 in Bear Lake, Michigan

Her unoccupied vehicle was found parked in a remote area near the North Country Trail (NCT) Trailhead off Rock River Road in Alger County, near Chatham, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on 9/14/16.

Current Status: “Malvika Bala Deshmukh, age 27, of Bear Lake, Michigan, was last seen by friends on Friday, September 9, 2016.
On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, she was reported as missing to the Michigan State Police Post in Cadillac, Michigan.
On September 23, 2016, her unoccupied vehicle was found parked in a remote area near the North Country Trail (NCT) Trailhead off Rock River Road in Alger County, near Chatham,  in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Subsequent searches by the Alger County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and U.S. Forest Service failed to turn up any sign of Malvika’s whereabouts.

If you know anything about Malvika’s disappearance, contact the Alger County Sheriff’s Office in Munising, Michigan at 906.387.4444 or the Michigan State Police Post in Negaunee Township at 906.475.9922. Thank you.

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This photo/flyer courtesy of The Betsie Current. Thank you.


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Photo/Flyer courtesy of FindTheMissing.org

NEWS  LINKS: 

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UPDATE – WEDNESDAY – TUESDAY – NOVEMBER 2, 2016

It is with heavy hearts we make this announcement.

Malvika Bala Deshmukh, age 27, of Bear Lake Michigan passed away in Alger county.
Malvika was born in Pittsburgh PA on December 9, 1988. She was raised in Midland Michigan. Malvika graduated from Herbert Henry Dow High School in 2006, and with a Computer Science degree from the University of Michigan in 2011. She loved organic farming, growing natural foods, walking and camping in the woods.
She was very happy and energetic person with a plate full of projects.
Malvika is survived by her grandmother Vanmala Motiwale, mother Mina Motiwale of Indore India, parents Bala Deshmukh, and Shubhy Deshmukh of Carlsbad California; sister Awanti Deshmukh Kapoor of Houston Texas; uncles, aunts and cousins in India; and school and college friends in MidMichigan and Ann Arbor area, and a huge network of the friends in farming and Yoga communities in Northern Michigan and Upper Penninsula.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Fassbender Funeral Home at 622 N. Third street Marquette MI 49855, on Sunday November 6, 2016 beginning at 11:00 am until the time of Hindu service at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Malvika’s name to your local Search and Rescue Team.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneralhome.com
Regards,
Bala Deshmukh
Sent from my iPhone

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NEWS LINKS:

1. I HAVE VANISHED (11/1/16)

MI – UPDATE: Body of missing woman found in Alger County | UPMatters.com 

2. UP MATTERS (11/1/16)

UPDATE: Body of missing woman found in Alger County 

3. WNMU-FM 90 (11/1/16)

Body of missing woman found in Alger County 

4. Fass Bender Funeral Home

Malvika Bala Deshmukh (December 9, 1988 – October 29, 2016)

5. UPPER MICHIGAN RESOURCE (11/1/16)

Officials confirm identity of body discovered in Alger County

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Making peach jam sent me back in time.

I grew up on a produce farm in Michigan, and was the only daughter of five children. Many of the chores and duties we kids were responsible for were uniform across the board (everyone did them), and some of them were more specific. As the only girl child, I spent a lot of time helping and learning in my mother’s kitchen. 

I’m 50 years old now, and have been married close to 26 years. While I enjoy cooking and baking, I fell away from much of what I learned as a young lady. Perhaps it was laziness on my part, or convincing myself I didn’t have the time, or reluctance on my part to purchase the necessary equipment for canning. 

A few weeks ago I caught the jam making bug, and just had to try. It would be the first time I ever made jam all by myself. I did it every year with my mom until I was 18. My mother put up hundreds of jars each year: pickles and relishes of all kinds, peaches, many kinds of jams (primarily strawberry), tomatoes, tomato sauce, apple sauce, and I’m sure I’m forgetting some things. Not to mention we had two deep freezers, one dedicated to meat, and the other dedicated to fruits and vegetables.

I live in Illinois…..and a few weeks ago my best option for locally-obtained fruit was peaches, so off my husband went to Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch in Champaign, Illinois….to fetch for me one 1/2 bushel of Red Haven peaches.

My friend, Lisa, had sent me an open bath canner, canning utensils, and a box of one dozen 1/2 pint jars as a surprise gift over a year ago, so it was time to wash and sterilize everything, and put this gift to working use. 

I searched online for jam recipes, but eventually settled on a peach jam recipe in my old 1970’s era cookbook. So keep in mind, that while I did help my mother for many years, I’m a novice at this and make no claim to expertise of any kind. I did photo document my experience and will share that here.

I spent an afternoon on a weekend making jam. The entire time, I could feel my mom in my mind, and I was flooded with memories, tastes and aromas from the past. My mom passed away in 2007. I’d like to think that she would have been proud of my attempt and pleased with the lucky results.

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Betty Crocker Cookbook (circa 1970’s) – Peach Jam Recipe

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1/2 bushel box of Red Haven Peaches from Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch.

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Canner out, stainless steel stockpot for cooking down the fruit.

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Blanching. Put the peaches in the stock pot when the water was at a rolling boil. Once it resumed boiling the peaches were left in there for 3-5 minutes to loosen up the skins.friday67

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Peel, cut and quartered the peaches.

Sterilizing jars and lids. (Note – do NOT “boil” the lids)

Don hates lumps and bumps and chunks in his jams….likes them smooth…..so after I cooked down the fruit/sugar…..I ran it through the blender to make it smooth….I did add more pectin than the original recipe called for because of this. After running it through the blender I put it back on the stove to cook down some more….added more sugar and pectin…..to taste…..as the original recipe called for a bit of lemon juice and it tasted too tart for me….so to reduce the unwanted tang, more sugar. So now I am totally off recipe and entering the experimentation zone, not the wisest thing to do when you have never done it before! 

Skimming off the foam.  

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Filling the HOT jars, leaving about 1/4 head space, make sure the edges of the jars are wiped off (I used clean paper towels for this). 

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I missed taking a couple of photos…..this is the jam AFTER PROCESSING.

Once you fill the hot jars with the hot jam, and clean off the edges, place your lid and ring on top, screw the ring down hand tight, place the jars in your canner when it boils….bring it back to a rolling boiling…..and that is when you start the processing time…..from when it RESUMES BOILING…..these 1/2 pint jars were processed for a total of 15 minutes. Then I removed them with jar tongs and placed them onto the towel, that you see here.

I waited a full 24 hours before I checked the seals (unscrew the ring and pick the jar up by the seal edges) – NO GIVE! Ta da! Good seals! Thanks mom!

It was a bit thin at first (first jar), but when we opened the second jar a week later, perfect set. HOORAY!

This, my friends, is what “Summer in a Jar” looks like!

I was left with quite a few peaches after making twelve 1/2 pints of jam, so over the course of the following week, I made two peach pies (one to keep and one to give away) and a peach cobbler. We also ate several fresh. 

I think mom would have been proud and pleased. I’m grateful she showed me how to get around in a kitchen. Making food for others has brought me much joy over the years. I’m also grateful that one afternoon a few weekends ago, I traveled back to a cherished and simpler time. I believe that all the love and memories were the most important ingredients in my peach jam. 

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Help us help them!

HELP US HELP THEM!
(We are asking nothing for ourselves! We would appreciate that this be shared widely. Thank you!)
We are going to adopt Halona. She is currently part of a feral cat colony in Danville, Illinois. For two years my friend Deb has been feeding approximately 20-30 cats that were abandoned by their former owner, and she has been trying to vet. and rehome them as she was able to. Deb could use some help with food for the cats.
Her PAYPAL (email) is: dande53693@hotmail.com
WALMART GIFT CARDS would also be appreciated.
Hospice Hearts will be assisting Deb with vetting and rehoming for these cats. Hospice Hearts can always use help and donations toward vetting!
You can learn more about HOSPICE HEARTS here: http://www.hospicehearts.org
(PAYPAL & EMAIL) hospicehearts@yahoo.com  
(Hospice Hearts is an all-volunteer, foster-based animal rescue based in Champaign-Urbana serving elderly cats and dogs whose owners are no longer able to care for them due to nursing home admission, serious illness, or death. Hospice Hearts is a registered NON-PROFIT.)
We believe in, and support, Hospice Hearts with all our hearts! We will be making a donation to them ourselves, in Halona’s name, for them to use as most needed. We will also send a donation to help Deb in her endeavors. She has done more for these cats than most people would have. We admire that. We don’t have much but what we do have, we give freely, with good intentions and high hopes.
We hope some of our friends can help too.
SHARING HELPS EVEN IF YOU CANNOT DONATE!
We understand times are hard.
One dollar helps. Sharing helps.
If anyone has questions or concerns, please message me.
We will post updates as we get them about Halona. Arrangements are being made for her vetting. Once she is fully vetted, she will come to us. I promise to keep everyone updated on her.
September 11, 2016
From: Don & Maria Appleby
Champaign, Illinois
mariacat2003@aol.com
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UPDATES!

Monday, September 12, 2016

I just sent $20 to Deb Nelson-Anderson Saunders (dande53693@hotmail.com) via PAYPAL to help with food for the ferals! PAYPAL TRANS. #414637589D9529518
I just sent $20 to Hospice Hearts hospicehearts@yahoo.com via PAYPAL as a partial adoption fee for HALONA! (more will be sent in the coming weeks). PAYPAL TRANS. #14D697522T571931B

 

I have been informed that the cats and kittens will be sterilized on Monday, October 3rd, and ready for delivery to their respective homes later that evening, including HALONA to us! The University of Illinois Shelter Medicine Program (MOBILE SURGICAL UNIT) is doing the spay/neuters, exams, treatments, and vaccinations! 

 

If you would like to make a donation to the University of Illinois for their veterinary programs, please visit their donation page here: http://vetmed.illinois.edu/giving/giving-opportunities/give-now/ THANKS!

September 15, 2016

A total of $130 has been raised so far, and has been split between Hospice Hearts and Deb! HOORAY! THANK YOU!

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HOMER, IL. – Three pets missing after family home destroyed by a tornado.

Last night (Friday 9/9/16) the Baird Family home in Homer, Illinois was destroyed by a tornado. Their three beloved pets are missing. Please contact WCIA 3 NEWS if you find them!

WCIA NEWS can be reached on Facebook, Twitter, or at http://www.illinoishomepage.net/

You can read a local news article about the tornado and the destruction of the home here: http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/local-news/100-year-old-home-leveled-by-tornado

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UPDATES!

Update from Emily Braun WCIA added 4 new photos.

9/10/16

UPDATE: Syeira has been found. She was trapped in the Homer house destroyed last night. She is now reunited with her family and enjoying a lot of love and attention.

No word on cats yet.

 

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September 12, 2016

On Channel 4 WCIA news tonight, they announced that one cat has been found. I checked some threads on Facebook about this, and saw a few posts from an individual that went out to help search the rubble of the home, this man said it was TUCKER who was found. I can’t confirm for a fact which cat was found, but can pass on with confidence that one cat was found. WCIA news rocks!

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September 14, 2016

WCIA CONFIRMS IT WAS TUCKER (CAT) WHO WAS FOUND ON 9/12/16!

COPIED FROM FACEBOOK:

Emily Braun WCIA One of the cats, Tucker was rescued today!
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Local rescue HOSPICE HEARTS needs help!

Hospice Hearts in Urbana, Illinois needs your help for the cats and dogs in their foster care program! Financial assistance in any form is desperately needed at this time. Your donation is greatly needed and much appreciated, and welcomed via GoFundMe, Paypal, or by (USPS) mail. Thank you!
GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/helphospicehearts
PayPal: hospicehearts@yahoo.com
Hospice Hearts
c/o Good Friends Animal Hospital
908 East Main Street
Urbana, Illinois 61802
www.hospicehearts.org
Hospice Hearts is a registered non-profit in Illinois 501(c)(3) #47-5247265
PLEASE SHARE, THANK YOU!

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YOUR DONATION HELPS CATS AND DOGS LIKE THESE!

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LOST DOG – CHAMPAIGN, IL. – 8/1/2016 (UPDATE: FOUND! HOME SAFE! 8/4/16)

LOST DOG – CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS
Rat terrier/chihuahua mix (brown/black and white) named PHOEBE missing from her back yard on Cambridge Drive, Champaign, IL. on 8-1-2016. She is only about 10 months old and very skittish! She is wearing a black muzzle. If found or sighted, please call TINA at 217-418-7332. Please share widely, thank you!

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UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!

PHOEBE HAS BEEN FOUND AND IS HOME SAFE!
Thank you everyone who shared her “lost poster” for the past two days!
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