I am thankful for Mom and her cuddles, Grandmom (who is spoiling me rotten), delicious noms (especially radicchio!), and yummy—er, wonderful friends! A special thank you to each and every one of you all for sending me so much love every day! 🥰
Today is a big day! Five years ago today, my sweetie Mango (@wafflesworld) found her forever home! Mango didn’t get the right care her first two years, but she has been growing so well and healthy since being rescued by friend Alicia!
To shellebrate, I found pink-loving Mango the pinkest card, the pinkest stickers, and a snuggly heart! I gave the heart a big CHOMP to send Mango lots of love and kisses! (Mom was too slow to get a picture of me chomping the heart.)
Mom and I both love yarn! Mom loves yarn as a crafty medium, like for making my Halloween costume. This year, Mom is doing something a little different: In past years, Mom has tailored my costume to the exact shape of my shell. But, this year, Mom is trying out a more domed shape.
I don’t know how to crochet like Mom, but I love yarn, too—in my own way! 😋
Mom, can I get yarn for breakfast tomorrow?
📸 Bonus GRUMP from when Mom accidentally turned on her camera flash:
Cats love boxes, and I love all types of packing materials! I especially loved all the pretty decorations @anne-fine put on my beautiful birthday box. I immediately discovered a special stamp showing Tito, Nico, Joa, and their humom. I made sure to give each and every one of them a thank you boop! 😘 Then I discovered the cake sticker—I love cake!! 🎂😍
This cake is so pretty! All in Mango’s favorite color!
Last but not least: @anne-fine‘s tissue paper and packing paper are delicious!! 📦😋 (Hooray for Mom leaving all the packing material out while she put my presents in various places!)
Mom thought putting me in my birthday box would keep me from nomming all the wrapping paper and plastic. Mom, how do you still not understand that all paper is delicious?
Thank you again so much for such a wonderful birthday box, @anne-fine!! We love all my presents and can’t wait to start using my special stamp everywhere! We are so happy to be your friends! Thank you!! ❤️❤️❤️🐢🐢🐢🐦
Five!, Part 11 (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10)
The biggest surprise in my amazing birthday box from @anne-fine came in its own (delicious) package: A personalized stamp showing me with Mom! @anne-fine had our stamp specially carved by a female artisan in Japan! The stamp includes my name, and stamp me is even wearing a dapper hat! Plus, stamp Mom has lots of her favorite crafting medium: yarn! We love our new stamp so much!!
@anne-fine included in my birthday box two samples of my stamp and sent us an excellent demo video showing how to superimpose different colors on top of the ink. To top it off, @anne-fine sent us an ink pad and special aqueous markers to paint our personalized stamp—including a radicchio-colored marker!
All of our lovely stamp materials were wrapped in a 100% cotton bag that I sniffed and booped all over!
Mom, this pin turtle has a crown. Why don’t I have a crown?!
Five!, Part 10 (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9)
My birthday fun continues with the most amazing package from friends Tito, Nico, Joa, and their humom @anne-fine!! @anne-fine really outdid herself this year: My birthday box is filled with so many shell-tastic goodies! Thank you so much, @anne-fine, for such a wonderful surprise!! 🎁🐢
As soon as Mom opened my beautifully decorated box, I dove right into my presents. Much to Mom’s amusement, I insisted on booping every single item multiple times! 👃🐢😍
So many goodies just for me!
Inside was a gorgeous card in beautiful glossy cardstock with intricate paper cut-outs, including a turtle! I booped and booped that cut-out turtle and gave him a big hug! In fact, I wouldn’t let Mom take away the card for several minutes because I wanted to keep booping and hugging the cut-out turtle! 🐢🤗🐢
Cut-out card turtle, you have the most beautiful shell!
The shiny green leaves on the card are also suspiciously nom-like…
Once I finally stopped hugging the card turtle, Mom helped me open my presents. First up: A delightfully squishy turtle bread Gacha pon (capsule toy)! 🐢🍞
With the cutest post-it note!
Gacha pon Turtle, you are so cute!!
After Gacha pon Turtle came a cute wooden turtle sticker on an envelope with a delicate turtle fuku koyori, a traditional Japanese good luck charm. I got very excited: The turtle charm is exactly the same color as dandelion flowers! 🌼😋
Stay tuned for our next post to see the biggest surprise in my amazing birthday package from @anne-fine! 💝
This year, ahead of friend @gckaf’s annual Fourth of July BBQ, I found a mini me for friendbeast Bucky! Mini Bucky has beautiful soft hair colored just like Bucky’s and let me ride on top of his head, just like Bucky! Plus, mini Bucky has delicious white toes!
Bonus: Mini Bucky doesn’t mind at all when I try to nom his yummy toes!
Why is it that all the yummy things aren’t supposed to be nommed?!
Mini Bucky, I command you to take me to the place where Mom hides all my noms!