This post is titled Potpourri. It is a mixture of subjects.
The Incident of the Snoring Cat
It has been a long time since I discussed this subject. Perhaps ("Purr"haps) I have not been very vigilant lately.
About 4 in the morning, I awoke. I heard the distinct sound of a cat snoring. I wondered which cat had decided to sleep upon my bed? It was too dark to see. I keep a lantern within reach. I turned it on. The snoring stopped when I turned on the lantern. The cat may have wanted to remain hidden. I shined the light upon the two cat beds on top of my bed. They were empty. I pointed the light at the windowsill. No one was there. I pointed the light around the room. I saw no cat. I decided to get up and turn on the light. I looked all around the room and found nothing.
I think this may have been a visit by one of my ghost cats, who came to sleep by my side again. I went back to bed, pondering upon what I had heard. Then I fell asleep, until Marigold woke me up around 8, because the food bowls were empty. The cats wanted their breakfasts.
Hey, look at me! I am a ghost cat! See my scary face!
No, Zeke, you are not a ghost cat. Your face is not scary.
The Green Ball of Pain
I have crushed many plastic toy cat balls beneath my feet. The plastic balls do not last too long, before my foot finds them. Someone came up with a solution to this problem.
I call this ball "the green ball of pain". Notice the pointy bits on both sides. It is designed after a sea urchin. A shoeless foot recoils in pain, after trying to crush one of these balls! I have found the ball many times, especially in the dark! It remains unbroken.
A Heartwarming True Cat Story
I recently read a book titled (American Version) : "Paw Prints in the Moonlight" by Denis O'Connor.
The book is released in the United Kingdom under several different titles! One title is "Paw Tracks in the Moonlight" which is seen above. Another UK title for the same book is "Toby Jug" who is the main character in the book. The titles change depending upon whether or not the book is a hardcover or a paperback book.
The hardcover edition has many beautiful watercolor pictures by Richard Morris, depicting scenes from the story. The cover on the book pictured above is a representative sample of his work.
This title has now become my favorite cat book of all time for a number of personal reasons. The book is a true story about an Englishman, living in a country cottage, who rescued a tiny kitten during Christmastime. Both of their lives were changed forever. I will not say how. The book will literally make you laugh and weep. The descriptions of life in the northern English countryside remind me a bit of Henry Thoreau's descriptive style of describing Nature. I also lived in England for a part of my life, and the book makes me very nostalgic, and wishing to return. I will not tell the story. I will say I recommend this book highly to cat and animal lovers, and you will not be sorry for reading it. I shall read it over again soon. It is that good a book.
Millions of Google passwords were hacked. This was the news on 11 September. Change your Google password immediately. I already did. You do not want a stranger writing your blog for you.
Along with the record number of hot days, now we are having cold nights and mornings. For the first time in many months, I turned on the gas fireplace. Opie loves the gas fireplace. She knows just where to sit.
I decided to put up a new page. Many people have photographs of their pets who have died. Some people put them along the side of the page. I decided against this, as I would have to look at the pictures every time I looked at the blog. That would be painful. I decided to make a new page titled "In Remembrance" for posting their photographs and stories. It is posted now. It means more to me than anyone viewing it.
I will be on a little blog-pause.
NEXT post Friday 26 Sept.