Even in the drabness I see beauty in the textures, the lines, the starkness of it all. There aren't many things I know for sure, but one is that you should always be ready for surprises because they will come. That is certain! So it was really not such a surprise to see that the … Continue reading No surprises
Willow, Panther, Blackie Panther came to live with me when I was first in Washington state, in 2001. I've written quite a bit about him before. He was just a little black cat with birth defects that caused his front legs to grow into a funny shape. This didn't bother him one bit. As my … Continue reading Three cats
Penny This has been a day controlled by cats. First thing, this being a weekend, we were off to the emergency vet, an hour away, with Penny, afflicted once again with UTI. Urinary tract infection. It only ever happens on a weekend. But I am grateful it wasn't in the middle of a blizzard. Grateful … Continue reading -enny, (no P)
When is the best time for a heating device to fail? Immediately before the first major storm of the season, of course. At the end of Fall, when night time temperatures began to drop significantly, I figured it was time to re-activate the gas fire. It was the same sort of device I had in … Continue reading Not the story I intended….
Breaking the sound barrier An email from my brother just now gave me an idea to write about. Any time you sleep under a different roof, you are bound to be aware of unusual sounds. Depending on how far you have travelled, and how aware you tend to be of these things, these sounds can … Continue reading Noises in the night
This little book of poetry was passed on to me when I was very young. It was presented to my great-grandmother Deer "for general improvement" in 1889. Sadly, it had not been at all well looked after. I have always treated it with care but it is slowly disintegrating. It has travelled around with me … Continue reading CAT “Time”
"M" had been offered a home on Bainbridge Island with his best mate, the beautiful Birman, Oliver. But "M" was devoted to "Daddy Grant", and was very happy to stay at the "Kitty Suites" and become manager of the foster cats. He was good at it, too. As the senior boy, the others appeared to … Continue reading “M” steps out