There’s only room for one official cat in this house.
I don’t have any current photos of the kittens out back. The ones that I have been feeding and trying to tame for months. I think its working though. There are two adult cats and three kittens. One kitten is mostly dark grey. One kitten is mostly white with some grey markings. One is in between, mostly grey but with some, slight, white markings. The two grey I have been able to pet for a while now. The white I finally got to touch the other day, though it was very uncomfortable. The grey with some white, has become bolder and actually came into the house. Not far, only a few steps, but still inside. It started to do that again this afternoon, but Cricket, the official cat, was at the door and let the kitten know very quickly it was not welcome. I think that poor thing missed every step down with the way it turned and fled.
Speaking of Cricket. Cricket has been very needy this week. Demanding attention from her human and even from me. The cat who dared me to even attempt to pet her before, now is making it known very vocally that I need to be petting her and not stop until she allows. She even had to check the grocery list that I was writing out earlier to make sure that I had her cat food written down. Honest, My son thought that was hilarious. I wish we had videoed that one.
When I started to leave to go grocery shopping, I pulled out of the drive but then backed up and returned to the house. I had started to leave the dogs outside, but after the neighbor’s dog being out yesterday, I didn’t want to take a chance since I wasn’t sure how long I would be gone. I came back inside and opened the outside door in this room. Molly came quickly, Bella hesitated, then looked at the car. Bella wants a trip to hike the mountain. I told her not today so she dropped her head and sulked her way inside. Honest. Leaving them safely inside I went shopping.
I actually managed to find almost everything on my list, even the vitamins I have been looking for the last few weeks. They also had my son’s favorite Dijorno frozen pizza. Buffalo chicken. I bought three of the six they had in the freezer case. They did not have the dog food that my mom’s dog eats and it was slim pick-ins over in the cat food. I had to buy a lot of nonfood items so with that and the pet food, I knew it was not going to be cheap. I was right.
I got everything home and put away then called mom. I told her they didn’t have the dog food and would she like to ride down to another store in a nearby town. If she could have, I think she would have come through the phone line. It wasn’t long before we were on our way. As fate would have it, I even managed to find a parking spot fairly close to the store. The first place we went was to see about the dog food, nope. They didn’t have any either. She wanted to see if they had a certain soda in a certain size bottle which was on the other side of the store. As we made our way, we passed the shoes and I thought of my son needing work boots. Making a sharp right I headed for the boots. I sent him a text to make sure of the size. He needed a ten and a half. They had size ten and size eleven but no ten and a half. They also didn’t have the drinks mom wanted. It wasn’t a trip for nothing though as it got mom out of the house and gave her a chance to catch her breath.
I will admit that there is a large part of me that is sad to see the days growing shorter. It seems just yesterday when Spring was arriving and the days getting longer. Short days are depressing. There is the fact that since I no longer work, I’m not trapped in a building missing the entire few hours of daylight. When I worked I went to work in the dark and left as it was getting dark. I missed it all. For now though, I’ll enjoy what we have and start mentally preparing for the holidays to come. Its going to be much cooler tonight so sleeping should be better. Snuggle down in the blankets and get comfortable. If the day time temperatures stay like today’s for a while then I’ll actually be able to get outside more and return to hiking that mountain with Bella. We both are missing that adventure.
I know though that all things have their season. Each season has its time. After this time of growth, the land needs its time of rest and reset. Soon enough the seasons will roll around again as determined. It is as is meant to be. I just need to remember to place my trust, faith and belief in the Lord God and know that His plan is best. He has protected us on our adventures, getting us there and back safely. He gave me a productive garden and a family who has helped us as needed. He has kept us healthy and got my son through the virus back last November. And He sent a family of not so stray cats for a distraction. I’m sure He can see me through short winter nights.