Hometown Cravings: Alley Cat Cafe Debut!

     Hey guys, and welcome to another Thursday post! I figure once I get into a swing of things I can produce the OG content one week and then then the New “Spooky” content the following week. It’s going to take some finagling, but I have like 4 posts on the burner right now for the shadow side, and I haven’t had a backlog of posts in a while. So I’m feeling like this is a good direction for me. Anyway, Alley Cat Cafe. Let’s get to it.

     You know those cafes that you see in Japan and Orlando, Florida that have actual furry, adoptable friends? I mean, you guys might know of more. But legit, those are the only places I had ever heard of. A couple of months ago Columbus Georgia got their own. And I was so hype to find out. I’ve already brought people there and gone into the cat room to fall in love and (unsuccessfully) beg my Fiance to allow another cat into the house. 

    The brew is good and the cats are photogenic, without further ado let’s get to the review on this is lovely establishment. When you walk in, the first thing you notice is that due to the location of the actual cafe, it is rather narrow. On the right hand side of the shop is handmade crafts, the menu, a cashier counter and the tea station against in the back. To the left is the main attraction, the cat room. In the back of the shop is the seating area, and behind that a room where they produce their beverages.

    The first time I went, I got the Whiskered Mocha with dark chocolate, essentially your standard mocha. At first, I must admit that I found it a little over-sweet for my tastes. I did adjust to it, but it did truthfully remind me more of Chocolate Milk rather than coffee. You guys know me and my incorrigible sweet tooth. So, inevitably I did find myself enjoying it like I would enjoy a frozen hot chocolate sort of drink. I would most definitely recommend this drink if you enjoy the sweeter things in life, or maybe don’t enjoy coffee flavors.

     I went back a couple of times, and didn’t buy coffee but just went for the cats. They’re all lovely, by the way! On the third time, I got a peppermint mocha. I likewise found that first sip extremely sweet. But, after a thorough stirring I found myself enjoying it quite a bit more. It toned down the flavor nicely and took it from sucking on a peppermint disk down to a manageable  amount of peppermint. T’is the season, after all,  but I don’t want to die from it. 

    My favorite of the two from this charming cat cafe is probably the peppermint mocha, partially because I’m a sucker (heh) for peppermint. And the other reason, because it’s purrfect for the holidays. 

    I’m pretty rusty on my coffee reviews– I need to get back into the swing of doing actual reviews. I’m so thrilled to have an actual cat cafe here in my town. And I’m super hype to be able to share them with you. If you’ve never been to a cat cafe, I highly recommend it. If not for the coffee, then for the sweet babies who need their Fur-ever homes.

 

Nestled between the Plato's Closet and Weight Watchers :)

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     I don’t go into my love of animals too much, honestly. But, my two girls were both returned to the shelter and they showed me that they felt that abandonment when I had to load them up and take them to get checked out by the vets at the shelter. Marceline in particular, nuzzled and purred as though on her best behavior like she thought she was being returned. When I got her back in the car to take her home afterwards, there was trust between us. I feel like she understood that she had a safe home with someone who loves her. I firmly believe that even though cats have a reputation for being aloof and unloving, that they do bond to their humans and feel the sting of being left behind. 

     The Alley Cat Cafe is working in conjunction with a rescue out of Phenix City. The rescue from my understanding is a solitary individual funding the rescue and rehabilitation coming from their retirement fund. If you have an inkling that you might be on the market for a furry, feline companion I urge you to check them out because it will help them save more cats. I have one more thing to say; even if you’re not in the market to adopt a new fuzzy family member, you can go into the cat room for $5 for half and hour or $10 for an hour (with a free drink).

     Every little bit helps provide for funds to allow the owners of this establishment. As well as the rescue and will allow them to provide for and rescue more kitties.

    I’m going to leave that here for today’s post, since it went on much longer than intended anyway. I’ll see (some of you) next week for Thursday’s post!

Update Complete! (I think!)

Results of Update
From Pexels- artists rendition of my hidden posts

   Hey Guys! It’s time for a kind of big Update! I’ve been working feverishly to figure out the direction on this site. I don’t want to restrict myself to a certain subject matter. After all, why am I doing this if I do that? I’m doing this because I like to blog. I like to talk to you, my readers. Before some more of the recent posts, I had pretty much completely attempted to hide a whole part of myself.

     I’m very into the paranormal side of things, and I enjoy exploring abandoned places. I like ghosts, tarot cards and New Age things. I don’t want to be to hide on my own website. 

    That… precursor… aside… you may have noticed some changes that may have lead you to immediately assume that I deleted a fair number of posts. What I did, was more or less separate my posts by catagory. Since I started this endeavor as beauty, coffee, fashion and travel, that’s what you see when you come to the home page. I moved all spooky stuff to a category aptly named, spooky

   With this new update, if you mouse-over the posts heading, you’ll be able to view both main categories: JNJ Original Flavor, and Spooky. Under the original flavor, are all of the categories you’ve been seeing for the past year. Under the Spooky category, you’ll find the Shadow side of JNJ. Meaning, that’s where you’ll find Ghosts, Haunted Doll Updates, Witchcraft, Divination and Urban Exploration. I guess this is me coming out of the Broom Closet, as it were. 

    I have one major part of the update to attend to, the subscription emails. I’m figuring out how to make emails send out according to the posts you are interested in. I know that the subject matter I’m wanting to bring on isn’t for everyone. So, I’m working to make sure sure you keep the same JNJ you’ve been hanging out with for over a year. 

    I’ll be posting the Spooky posts on Twitter and Facebook, but they will not be appearing on the homepage, unless there’s a demand to merge everything back together again. The hard part is over, now it’s going to be a matter of promoting the heck out of those posts that might not get the same amount of love and viewership that I’ve been seeing.

      I also want to thank you guys for your patience. And also for sticking with me through my hiatus while I figure out what’s going on. Color-wise on the site I still have to figure out how to make just the Spooky category appear as a darker background. But other than the emails and a little bit of cosmetic preference edits… I think we’re about ready to get back into the routine. 

    

Welcome to JnJ’s 13 Days of Halloween!

   Hey, guys! I have some cool posts planned for the next week and 6 days leading up to Halloween. We may be looking at another potential movie watching party if I’m lucky enough to have people stop by, last year was a little bit of a bust to be honest. We have a few days to get in the mood, and because I’m a creature of habit beyond all else… I’ll probably feature the same movies, or maybe I won’t. We do have a movie post planned for this series after all. Some of it very well may be considered creepy!

   I thought I would feature my favorite Creepy Pasta in lieu of writing my own, as I’m trying to get back to writing and I’m not quite there yet. What better way to ring in the Spooky vibes than to share my absolute favorite Creepy Pasta with my lovely readers? And also, the idea that by indulging myself in creepy pasta and the written word I may be able to grab that spark again.

   This one is fairly long, so I’m just posting the first portion of it here for you, and if you want to you’re welcome to follow the proceeding ‘read more’ link to check out the full story. This story is by u/bloodworth on Reddit and I absolutely adore their writing. This one has a  special place in my heart because it’s got a foot in the real world with the corresponding phone number that titles it.

    Ladies and gentleman, I present to you, 630-296-7536 ( Call at your own risk, I’ve called and I still live… but who’s to say you’ll be as lucky?). I hope you love it as much as I do!

I’m sure that all of you on r/nosleep are used to the cry for help type stories by now. Help me, help me, blah-blah-blah. I won’t bore you with another. Even if I wanted your help, you couldn’t give it to me, because your help is useless.

Why?

Because you’re not a member.

I just wish that I wasn’t either.

It all started innocently enough. With a phone call.

I’d been up for a few hours, unpacking and cleaning, waiting for the plumber to call. I just moved into a cabin and the contractors fucked everything up. Because of that, I now have the wonderful task of making calls to competent people that can fix what the original contractors did wrong.

The phone rang at 12:06.

Not bad, I thought. Usually plumbers don’t bother to call or show up until 5.

When I picked up the phone I didn’t even get a chance to say hello before a woman on the line told me to “Please hold for the next available operator.”

I hopped up and sat on the cabinet in the kitchen. It was one of the few places in the cabin not occupied with boxes. Elevator music leaked into my ear. I’d started to drowse off when the music stopped and a piano chord that sounded like it was three notes that didn’t quite go together played through the receiver twice.

A voice came on the line.

“Welcome to Boothworld Industries. My name is Samantha and I will be your operator today. Name?”

I didn’t know what to say so I told the operator my name.

“Sir, we know who you are. I’m your operator. Please give me a name to access.”

“I don’t understand,” I said.

“It can be anyone, sir. We just need a name.”

“Uh, okay,” I said. I made up a name. “Harold Withers.”

“Sir, as your operator, I must point out that fictitious names, or the names of people that you don’t know, cannot be used.”

“Used for what?” I asked. How had she known that I’d made up that name? The whole thing felt like it was some sort of prank, but hardly anyone knew my new phone number.

“Remodeling.”

“Remodeling? Is this the plumber?” I asked.

“Welcome to Boothworld Industries. My name is Samantha and I will be your operator today. Name?”

Read More!

   If you’re still here, I’m glad to have you! You’re probably over there finishing that story. I don’t blame you! That phone number that titles the story is so cool to me. I don’t know who owns the number or who voiced the recording, but it’s perfect. I love stories that tie in to our world a bit, phone numbers, nursery rhymes… something I can interact with, y’know?

I know it’s not particularly creepy in the sense of BOO! but I feel like it fits the season, nonetheless. Happy 13 days of Halloween! I’ll see you guys tomorrow!

 

Guest Post: 8 EXCLUSIVE SALWAR KAMEEZ STYLES TO MATCH YOUR ETHNIC WARDROBE

Hey guys! Happy Monday and happy first ever Guest Post! I’m thrilled to share this one with you, it’s a departure from my usual content but I always enjoy looking at other types of fashion. I especially love both Number 7s on this list. Enjoy, and feel free to submit your own! 

Provided by; Apeksha Salunkhe 
Follow the Author: www.mirraw.com

Undeniably, Indian women love to wear traditional apparel. Their love for the traditional salwar kameez or suits can never die. Not just in India, but in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, women prefer to wear salwar suits. 

In the recent decade, the trend for salwar kameez is definitely ruling the Indian fashion. From simple to designer, cheap to expensive, Salwar kameez has a great variety that you can’t resist to buy. When talking about the variety in salwar kameez, there are some gorgeous designs and styles available these days to match with your wardrobe collection. For example – straight cut style salwar suit with palazzo, Punjabi suit with Patiala salwar and many more. But the best part about them is the designing pattern, neck and sleeves design that makes it a bit modern and swanky in style for the young ladies to wear and flaunt.

To know more about the exclusive designs and styles available in salwar kameez, then scroll down and read the below mentioned entire blog.

  1. Anarkali Style Salwar Suit

Anarkali style suit is a classic and absolute traditional one, which is among the favourite styles of ethnic wear. The delicately and intricately designed Anarkali style salwar suit is an all-time favourite. The sheer elegance and sophistication of the Anarkali style salwar suit can never be matched with any other style. The best part is that it has that stunning flare from the bottom of the hemline.  Get a gorgeous Anarkali style salwar suit and team it up with statement jewelry! 

Anarkali Style Salwar Suit

 

  1. Bridal Style Salwar Suit

The bridal style salwar suit is a perfect traditional Punjabi attire, which is available in distinct embroidery and embellished work. The bridal style salwar suits are usually made from expensive fabric material like silk, satin and velvet. If you are going to bride super soon, then you must check out the red colour wedding salwar suit. From golden zari work to stunning embellishments, you can buy it in your favourite design and style to look super sassy.

Bridal Style Salwar Suit

 

 

  1. Short Kameez Style Salwar Suit

The short length of the comfortable salwar kameez is surely a fashionable and more recent piece of fashion. If you are one of those fashionista women, then you may be searching for a gorgeous and stunning short style salwar kameez. The short kameez style salwar suit is available in comfy and smooth cotton and chiffon fabric material.

Short Kameez Style Salwar Suit

  1. Knee-length Salwar Suit

Nowadays, the knee-length style salwar suit is quite popular among women’s fashion. From stylish prints to intricate embroidery work, you will get everything in store for your wardrobe collection this season. The prominent plus point is that you can get the knee length salwar suit either in cotton, polyester or silk fabric material. So, don’t just rely on the boring and conventional styles of salwar suits and get yourself updated this year in new patterns and designs. Knee-length Salwar Suit

 

  1. Pakistani Salwar Suit

These days the fashion designers of ethnic garbs are busy in designing the Pakistani style salwar suits. Undoubtedly, Pakistani style salwar suits are beautiful in design and patterns. The length of the kameez is quite longer than usual and can easily be teamed up with different varieties of bottom wear to rock the desi look. Pakistani Salwar Suit

 

  1. Embroidered Salwar Suit

What about the embroidered salwar suit? Do you prefer to wear the intricately designed and embroidered salwar suit? Well, then you must check out uniquely designed salwar kameez in heavy embroidery work on the neckline, sleeves cuffs and borders of the suit. If you perfectly choose the right salwar suit in embroidery work, then you will surely be going to make heads turn your way on every special occasion or festival. Embroidered Salwar Suit

 

  1. A-line style Salwar kameez

A-line style salwar kameez is one of these designs that can be worn anytime and anywhere without even thinking twice. The exclusive design and patterns of the A-line salwar kameez are truly irresistible for women. To not to leave your shopping baskets empty hand, you can explore the A-line style salwar kameez to buy an exceptional and exclusive salwar kameez for your wardrobe collection.A-line style Salwar kameez

  1. Salwar Suit with Dupatta

The last and final is a salwar suit with dupatta. Some women don’t feel like wearing the dupatta with the salwar suit. Maybe because they aren’t comfortable carrying and wearing it. There are some women who love to wear dupatta with salwar kameez as it’s the essence of ethnic salwar suits, isn’t it? From attractive designs to border work, dupatta will surely enhance the beauty of your ethnic salwar kameez this time if you plan to wear it. Salwar Suit with Dupatta

 

Hopefully, these ethnic style salwar suit will match with your wardrobe collection!

 

Hometown Cravings; Autumn Sans Pumpkin Spice

Stop: Starbucks
Drink: Caramel Apple Spice   

     Hey guys, happy Thursday! We’re getting so close to Halloween and I have some friends coming up to pay a visit to really crank up the spooks this season. But, they’re not here yet, so I’m just chilling on my own nursing a toothache. What else is new? So, anyway, I do want to address my radio silence last week. I was laid off from my job and kind of fell into a void for a few days, truth be told, I’m still in it. But, I’m also still hunting for something good to happen.

     We have some tentative plans that I’m actually hoping pan out, but I can’t say anything about that since we have no idea what’s going to happen in the next 3 months. Fingers crossed though that I get another job in the field I want. I’m hopeful, but cautiously optimistic. 

     With that being addressed, let’s move on to our content. Actually, one more thing! I am going to briefly return to the old posting schedule this week, because I did have a couple of guest posts come in. I’m super excited about that! You should be seeing the first of them on Monday. 

    If I can stop interrupting myself for a moment, I took myself to Starbucks for Happy Hour since my Fiance` so sweetly gave me coffee money. I got, of course, my customary Macchiato and then asked after something autumnal that wasn’t pumpkin spice. I was told about the Caramel Apple Spice. Interesting. I wanted to do a writeup on a drink that I had no idea about, and this fits the bill.  I don’t know why I’ve never heard of this. It does sound lightyears better than Pumpkin Spice for me, so I decided to give it a go. 

Caramel Apple Spice
Picture from the Starbucks Site

    Since all of their hot drinks come in their white paper cups, it pretty much looks like any other drink you might order. So I did borrow the image from their page on this drink. 

    On first sip, it feels a little heavy on the tongue. And, if I think about it for a moment, it tastes like straight-up Apple Pie. It tastes like memories of walking in the downtown area near my high school and stopping by this little boutique where the lovely lady, Julie, would give my friends and I apple cider. That being said, it’s quite good. At first, the weightiness of the drink was a little offputting. The weight is probably from the caramel being dissolved in the Hot Cider. Which, once I adjusted, I really don’t mind after adjusting to it.

     I’m trying to come up with more to say, but the fact is I keep getting stuck on how it strongly resembles Apple Pie. If you like Apple Pie, you’ll like this. If you like Pumpkin Pie, you’ll like the Thanks Giving and Hugs from Fountain City.