Frankly Freddie – CATNIP coming to a computer near you!

Thank you for all your responses to my survey.  I got treats for being supportive.

Peggy and my human are excited to launch their new blog CATNIP

I’m getting excited too cuz I’m being supportive and will get treats for my contest.


I keep asking them Why on earth name the new blog CATNIP and not FREDDIE?

According to humans, catnip makes you mellow. (What they don’t know is it drives cats wild with desire.) Peggy & Judy want to help you find your mellow but if it drives you wild with desire for more CATNIP they’ll be pleased.

Peggy and my human each worked for over 210 dog years as Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists.   That’s a lot of years.  They decided to share what they’ve learned and the tools they’ve taught rather than have all their stuff blindly dumped into a shredder after they’re gone.  

So . . .  continuing to be supportive . . .  I’m sponsoring a contest to help them be successful bloggers, like me. 

Everyone who subscribes to


  by Saturday, March 18, 2017 will be entered into a drawing and I, Freddie the supportive one, will send the winners a WONDERFUL prize.

Click here to enter!! 

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE to CATNIP so Peggy and my human don’t think I’ve sabotaged them (as retired psychotherapists they are sometimes a bit paranoid).

It’s easy – just enter your e-mail address in the subscribe box at the top right hand corner of the CATNIPBLOG site.

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT RET

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CCT RET


Freddie Parker Westerfield, Certified Canine Therapist, RET

P.S. I made them promise to have fun doing CATNIP.  I know them . . . if it isn’t fun they won’t do it.  So if you pay attention you’ll see some of their original drawings, stories, poems sneak on cat feet into the CATNIPblog.

 P.P.S.S. Neither Peggy nor my human are very smart when it comes to technical stuff. Ronna Skinner, graphic designer extraordinaire (not to mention Peggy’s cousin-in-law) helped get the cats Peggy drew, safely perched onto the letters where they can play with “CATNIP”  to their hearts content (and not bother me)



Play with your food


I’m posting this, in anticipation of December 23, 2013 because I probably will forget to post it then.

I don’t care for radishes.  You never know when you bite into one if it’s going to be bland or bitter.  It is much more appealing to admire them as opposed to eat them.


Oaxaca, Mexico

“Every year on Dec. 23, artisans from around the region show up early in the morning to set up stalls in the plaza and put the finishing touches on elaborate sculptures carved from radishes — not the petite, round ones we’re used to in this country, but big, heavy radishes — some as big as 6 pounds and 20 inches long. More than 100 people have signed up to compete in various categories in this year’s contest, according to the Mexican daily El Universal. They’ll be working with some 10 tons of raw material.”

“The Night of the Radishes is serious business. Contestants register months in advance, and local authorities oversee the growing and harvesting of the radishes to make sure no one gets an unfair advantage. And there’s serious money at stake: Last year’s oax042winner reportedly took home 15,000 pesos, or roughly U.S. $1,173 at the current exchange rate.”


And I thought Mr. Potato Head was the be-all, end-all . . .


YOU can Win this Contest: Up Up and Away!

Falling DOWN side UP?

Win a free Hypnotic Healing Recording!

Win notoriety for your grammatical excellence, for your knowledge of the English language, for your keen mind,

for your perseverance, for being up to date and up to the challenge of

submitting  all the different ways UP is used that are not up-loaded in this post.

Now . . . UP is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word

  • It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but
  • when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?
  • At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?
  • Why do we speak UP and
  • why are the officers UP for election and
  • why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
  • We call UP our friends.
  • People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
  • To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
  • A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
  • And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver;
  • we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.
  • We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car..
  • We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
  • We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!


  1. Use the word “up” in a sentence or a phrase that has not been used in this post.
  2. DO NOT look the word UP in a dictionary because in a desk-sized dictionary, up takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
  3. Send your entry in ONE (1) comment (in the comment box) to this post:   (I will not count up the number of UP’s sent to me by e-mail or multiple comments)
  4. Deadline for submissions:  Monday, September 5th 5 pm

So if you are UP to it,  try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used and send it.

Falling UP side DOWN?

It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more and be the winner of a free Hypnotic Healing Recording!

Don’t let UP get you down.

Thanks to


for this post!

Rose, for sending this to me I’m giving you a leg up!

5 extra credit points!

P.S.  Check up Rose’s blog to see what kind of person would up and send me this!

Learn The Winners and Read The Winning Haiku’s of the “What’s New? Haiku! Contest”

Haiku:  Three line poem

Line 1 – 5 syllables

Line 2 – 7 syllables

Line 3 – 5 syllables

Read all the winners

My responses and Max too

It could have been YOU!

  1. Max enjoys his treats
    Walks are for contemplating
    Play time sure is fun

    • My Dear Best Friend Lorraine,
      You know all my tricks
      Come and take me for fun walks
      I’ll give you real licks


  2. Funny bended spoon
    Your childrens’ eyes bloom love, joy
    Hug them like flowers

  3. The snow is evil
    I am now claustrophobic
    At least until Spring

    • Laurie F.,
      Hurting Snow’s feelings
      is not a nice thing to do
      makes it melt sloooooooooly

  4. I got to try because I want a prize!

    My eyes scream loud
    “I want some eye cream right now!”
    Is that important?

    Max what’s the secret
    of a cool and fun human?
    Don’t tell me it’s you?

    I am so surprised
    I want that green stuff dog
    And the CD too!

    Thanks Judy and Max
    This may not sound like haiku
    I still don’t know.

    • creativitytothemaxJanuary 24, 2011

      Four haikus at once!
      That alone is worth a prize
      Max is NO secret!

  5. MaureenJanuary 24, 2011

    I sit in my bed
    Watch the sun come up go down
    I love to watch snow


    • creativitytothemaxJanuary 24, 2011

      In California
      watch the sun come up go down
      What on earth is snow

  6. hibernationnowJanuary 23, 2011

    I look at my hand
    Wrinkled, dry, old, slow, weeping
    My heart still beats, joy

    • creativitytothemaxJanuary 23, 2011

      Beautiful Haiku
      Heart beating succulent Joy
      Written by your hand
  7. hibernationnowJanuary 23, 2011

    Phy is my friend too
    Let’s celebrate each other
    As creative souls

    phy is my nickname for LORRAINE.

    • creativitytothemaxJanuary 23, 2011

      Celebrate, all souls!
      I agree with all you said
      Creativity it rocks!

  8. ErinJanuary 23, 2011

    broken fingernails
    not screeching down a chalkboard
    I am so happy


    • creativitytothemaxJanuary 23, 2011

      I can’t top this one
      The sound makes my stomach churn
      Get a manicure

  9. First haiku since grade school

    unbirthday to you
    means celebrate to me
    gifts, wishes, candles

    • creativitytothemaxJanuary 23, 2011

      Celebrate birthdays
      Celebrate unbirthdays too
      Celebrate Lorrraine!

      • phylorJanuary 27, 2011

        gentle snow falls down
        winter wraps garden in white
        trees shiver and wait

        Love your haikuish comments! And, another happy unbirthday to you, unbirthday girl.

California snow
beige beach and blue green sea
there’s no white in sight

* * * * *

And the Winners are!

The Most Haiku’s Submitted:


The Coldest & Warmest Haiku’s:


The Most Appreciative Snow Haiku:


The Biggest Variety of Topics:


The Biggest Sensory Overloaded Haiku:


Congratulations Rhea, Laurie, Maureen, Lorraine, Erin!!!!

  1. Please go to the Hypnotic Healing CD Page on this Blog
  2. Pick out your  CD or one of the 2 remaining Puppies (Rhea you get your pick of the litter)
  3. E-mail me which you choose and your mailing address)


Contest! What’s New? Haiku!

Haiku:  Three line poem

Line 1 – 5 syllables

Line 2 – 7 syllables

Line 3 – 5 syllables


My Haiku about Haikus
Haiku is easy
go ahead and jump right in
There’s no need to rhyme

My haiku about feet
All ten of my  toes
are connected to my feet
they wiggle, it’s neat

My haiku about Love
How about a kiss
using both your luscious lips
yes, smack it to me!


A Hypnotic Healing CD, worth $20,  or

One of Max’s Green stuffed Dogs

YOUR choice.

A winner in each category!

Here are the 3 categories:
  1. A body part, that is legal when visible in public.
  2. Max
  3. “Surprise me”,  your choice of topic


  • You must be a subscriber to this blog.  It’s easy, just click on e-mail subscriptions (top of sidebar) or RSS (in the Header)
  • You may enter as many Haikus as you like in each category.
  • A different winner in each category, even if you think your Haiku is the best in more than one category.
That means three of you at a minimum will win!
How do you beat those odds considering only 3 people at the most ever leave comments.
  • Winning entries will be decided on a whim by Judy and will not necessarily reflect the opinions of WordPress nor the vagaries of literary criticism.
  • Write your Haiku(s) in the comments section of this post.
  • Closing deadline:  February 12th, the last day of my Unbirthday.
Your fingers to count
syllables five, seven, five
Not cheating to use

You’ve nothing to lose
Sending your haikus to me
So  easy, you’ll see


Contest: Pacemaker Names and Portrait

Laurie M. Judy my first entry is the name J.P. (judy’s pacemaker) I’ll think of more. We can enter more than once, right?  RIGHT!

Linda W.
How about “Rose”. Because your wonderful little P.M. puts the rosey color in your cheeks and ensures you will continue to see the world through Rose Colored Glasses & a Rose Colored Heart……You can even have a beautiful rose tattoo.

Cindy D
I think you should name her “Tweeker”. She tweeks when you need her to and as all pacemakers they need to be tweeked so they do their job right….(Just like everybody else) we all need a little “tweeking” from time to time to help us keep on “pace”.

Our family had a friend named Ticky…but we could give her a title Miss Wired

Here are some facts to jump-start YOUR creativity:

♥ Her parents are Mr & Mrs Biotronik

♥ Her adoption cost $38,000, not including doctors fees for 8 hours in the hospital (no meals)

♥ She’s a girl . . .

Submit your name!