I never had an accent until I arrived in the U.S. I got on a plane, and several flights later, BAM! I had an accent.
I grew up in another country and spoke much like everyone else around me. We sounded similar to each other. Then I moved to the States, and suddenly I sounded different from everyone else.
Although I grew up overseas, English was my native tongue. We spoke English at home and had English classes every year in school. Most of our classes and textbooks were in English, not just our English classes.
I read American books…
Have you ever gotten a note like that from an editor?
When you insert an image into your story using the built-in image search tool magnifying glass, the attribution is automatically added for you. But if you upload your image into your story using the camera tool, you have to add the attribution yourself.
Birds like our house. Not pet birds, but wild birds. Though it’s a mystery to me as to why — don’t they know danger lurks indoors?
And yet birds have gotten into our house three times in the past several weeks. Three different birds, three different times. These bird-brains are going through an awful lot of trouble to get into our house where trouble awaits them — in the form of our three cats.
When a bird gets into the house, meow madness ensues. I hear objects shoved around and thud on the floor as the cats clamber up onto…
I recently had a sleep study, and everyone I talked to about it had an unhappy story to tell. It was usually along the lines of: they put a bunch of wires on your head and you don’t get any sleep. The stories were dramatic and sometimes traumatic.
But my experience was different; it was spa-like and therapeutic!
Yes, it was uncomfortable in some ways.
The first I saw of Mr. Winks was his picture on a dating site.
No, it was not his profile! He was in a picture posted on his human’s profile. I noticed him because he looked like my eldest cat, a gray and white Tuxedo with white paws.
I had three cats of my own when I met Mr. Winks and his human. He was only a couple or so years old. (Mr. Winks, not his human.) A few years later, I married Mr. Winks' human.
When we merged our fur-families, it was the kitty equivalent of the Brady Bunch…
Spring is in the air and so is the pollen! It’s a good thing it’s been raining quite a bit to wash off all that pollen.
It’s been raining at MuddyUm, too — raining cats and dogs and critters! Pet and animal stories are sprouting all over the MuddyUm landscape like daffodils and tulips!
We’ve herded together these pet “tails” for your reading pleasure. Sit back and relax, perhaps bask in the weather, and enjoy another Pet Palooza collection with your pet pals.
The story links are ‘friend links’ so you can share them with friends who may enjoy these…
Trigger Warning: Contains descriptions of a car crash experience.
Recently, my husband and I were in a car crash. We were driving home from an enjoyable Sunday lunch. I clutched my special prize — pandesal bread rolls from the restaurant. It’s been years since I’ve had any. We were saving it to have with coffee at home.
It was a pleasant day, neither hot nor cold, and we were having a lovely time. As we approached an intersection, a car in the opposing lane pulled out in front of us to make a left turn.
As I noticed the car…
Can you believe it’s already been a year? On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In honor of the first anniversary of the pandemic, we’ve compiled a sampling of MuddyUm’s finest rum — arrh, I mean rum-worthy pandemic humor.
Sit back and enjoy our MuddyUm humorists’ jabs at the expense of the pandemic. After all, laughter is the best medicine!
Now that vaccines are available, everyone’s scrambling to get a dose or two — or at least get in line.
If you don’t yet qualify to get the vaccine, try this.
Spring is almost in the air! But before the pollen gets here, here’s another fresh scoop of MuddyUm’s pet-themed stories! Grab a comforting beverage and snuggle up with a furry friend or two as you enjoy this round of MuddyUm pet tales.
Feel free to forward this newsletter’s email or share these friendly links freely with your friends — they are ‘friend links’ after all!
Who’s training whom?
But she wore a frown!
I couldn’t understand why. She’d been so calm and hadn’t complained much. I took care of everything she underlined in red. I was so clever with language, I was downright punny. I even sneakily laid a couple of Easter egg puns in the piece.
I was rather proud of myself. Alas, she was not.
I asked her what…
Artist at heart, Technologist by trade. Lover of cats, coffee, and life.