Today’s prompt is the word, “trick.”
The first thing that came to my mind was that I don’t like tricks. Not right now anyway. Mama Cat, the feral one, has disappeared. I could say she’s playing a trick on me, but that would be making light of something that is heavy on my heart.
Wednesday, I let her explore the rest of the house outside of her room. I didn’t follow her because then she would go right back to her room and hide. I figured after twenty something days, it would be okay for her to explore more of the house. I fed her at 9:30 am and saw her walking cautiously in and out of rooms while I was on the computer. Then I did some work on a bookcase on the side porch being careful to close the sliding glass door after I went through it. Around 11 am, I could not find Mama Cat.
My neighbor who has had a lot of experience with feral cat adoption thinks she could still be in the house. I’ve looked under every bed and piece of furniture, in every closet and cranny. I looked into the crawlspace and even up the chimney. I’ve set out food and put her used kitty litter in the front and back yard. I wonder if I had a momentary lapse and left the sliding glass door open for a few seconds and turned my back and she slipped out and then pushed her way through the screen porch door which doesn’t latch well. And I feel lousy. Awful. Terrible. I’m sorry I tricked her into the carrier to bring her to my house.
But I can’t change the past.
Is this another lesson to leave things alone? I thought she would be safer in my home than at the church her daughter roamed from and got trapped and carried away. If Mama shows back up at the church, I’ll probably let her stay there and go feed her every day if necessary.
I have resorted to distracting myself with science fiction in book and movie form. Star Trek, Star Wars, a couple of scary movies, sleep… And going out into the back yard at night calling “kitty kitty kitty, Mama Cat,” and praying.
This has been a year of bad luck for many people. I certainly have had bad luck with my feral cats. But it’s not over. I know things can work out when we think they won’t. I know we can find good things in this year.
Another distraction as we lean toward the end of the year will be NaNoWriMo. I’ve threatened so do it for a few years and now I have no excuse. So I signed up and will be writing a draft of a novel in the month of November. Will I add 50,000 words? Who knows? But I haven’t been writing much beyond this blog, so it will be an improvement. My novel which I’ve barely begun with 13,000 words is based on my parents, Betty and Jim. I’m taking a 99% break from Facebook until the end of November. It’s a big relief to be out of that fray as I refocus my attention on something I have some control over. I voted already. I’ve voiced my opinions, I try to live a good life.
When life gets to be too much,
please pass the scifi.
No Jedi mind tricks.
Beam me up Scotty.
I vant to be a Vulcan.
I was finishing up this post on Friday night, wondering about a video, when David came out of his “den” and said,
“Mama Cat just ran out of our bedroom!
She went straight to her room. I grabbed a can of food and gave her some. She wouldn’t stop rubbing on my legs. She ate some, used the litter box and then started getting hyper. She had been hiding for over two days or she was stuck somewhere, so must have a lot of pent up energy, but seems to be okay.
WHAT A RELIEF!
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October 31, 2020 at 1:17 am
A happy ending! Yay. Feral cats are tough little buggers to domesticate. They are so much push/pull. Glad she’s ok.
October 31, 2020 at 10:34 am
Thanks for your support and understanding. Push and pull is right. Steps forward and backward in slow progress. I’m slow, too in learning to let her lead. She can be very affectionate with me, but she will probably always be skittish and like to hide.
October 31, 2020 at 3:34 am
She’s getting settled in. that’s great.
October 31, 2020 at 11:55 am
Thanks! She is really wanting to explore today. Went behind the washer, so I’ve confined her to her room. Plenty to high places we’ve created for her to explore in her room, though she prefers low hiding places.
October 31, 2020 at 5:51 am
October 31, 2020 at 12:09 pm
Thanks! The scenario reminded me of having a teenager.
October 31, 2020 at 1:44 pm
October 31, 2020 at 10:48 am
JoAnna, I am so happy for you that Momma Cat reappeared in the house. Yay! Whether or not she was stuck somewhere doesn’t matter now – don’t think she’ll go back to that place for a while. I hope she is able to explore the rest of the house and feel comfortable without getting herself into any more trouble.
October 31, 2020 at 12:14 pm
It’s been an interesting few days! She’s very active today. I let her explore some this morning with the bedroom doors closed and she found a hole behind the washing machine that goes under a kitchen cabinet. I don’t know if it goes outside, but it was small enough to give her trouble getting back out. I put her in her room after that until the hole gets covered. But at least she looked out the kitchen window.
October 31, 2020 at 10:58 am
Thank you for sharing!.. I think that Mama cat realizes she has found a home… it will take time and patience to find trust… “A home that is built with patience, understanding and love will withstand the strongest winds of difficulties and conflict , a home built with a closed mind, insincerity or haste will collapse in a mere breeze of discontent.” (Larry “Dutch” Woller ).. 🙂
Hope all goes well in your adventure and you can follow your dreams “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly.” ( Langston Hughes).. 🙂
Until we meet again..
May flowers always line your path
and sunshine light your way,
May songbirds serenade your
every step along the way,
May a rainbow run beside you
in a sky that’s always blue,
And may happiness fill your heart
each day your whole life through.
October 31, 2020 at 8:12 pm
Thank you so much, Larry, for the wise and beautiful words. We are making progress! 🙂 I hope you are well.
October 31, 2020 at 1:05 pm
Good luck with the writing – I’m glad Mama Cat came back.
October 31, 2020 at 8:33 pm
Thanks, Dan. She was hiding or maybe stuck in the bedroom for almost three days. I’ve recently heard of other cats doing that. We had no idea! Cats sure are interesting!
October 31, 2020 at 1:24 pm
Glad Mama Cat came out of hiding and she’s where you know she is. We had an experience when we were having our shower rebuilt where one of the cats got into the walls of the house and was wandering around for a couple of days before emerging.
Good luck on your 50K run…
October 31, 2020 at 9:32 pm
Cats in the walls! Such interesting creatures. A friend who lives in a large historic house just told me their cats disappear for days. Thanks for the good luck wishes.
October 31, 2020 at 1:55 pm
So glad that your Mama Cat is done playing tricks with you! All the best in writing a draft of a novel this November 🙂
October 31, 2020 at 9:44 pm
Thanks, Rosaliene! I have a feeling she still has a trick or two, but the bedroom door stays closed.
October 31, 2020 at 3:16 pm
So glad your Mama Cat came out of hiding! Ours used to do that quite a lot, which we’d worry over, then they’d re-appear from wherever they’d been. Happy ending! 🙂
October 31, 2020 at 10:07 pm
Thank you! It’s good to know I’m not alone with a hiding cat.
October 31, 2020 at 5:50 pm
The Mama Cat saga continues…so glad she’s OK! Thank you for sharing this story with a happy ending, JoAnna. ❤ Good luck with your novel writing class. 🙂
October 31, 2020 at 10:20 pm
Thanks, Cheryl! The timing was amazing about Mama Cat with me just finishing up writing my post and feeling all sad, then poof! There she was!
November 1, 2020 at 5:58 am
I’m so glad Mama cat is safe, that must be a relief! The very best of luck with your writing endeavours (and well don on disengaging from Facebook, always a good move, I think, especially in these times).
November 1, 2020 at 8:25 pm
Thank you, Freya. It has been a relief to know Mama Cat is safe and also a relief to be 95% away from Facebook right now.
November 1, 2020 at 9:45 am
I’m so glad you found her! 🙂
Congrats for signing up for National novel writing month!
November 1, 2020 at 9:14 pm
Thanks, Ka! It’s an adventure. I hope you are well. 🙂
November 1, 2020 at 3:22 pm
I’m glad your Kitty came back to you. They are such funny spirits! I had a kitty get out and was missing for days. The next door neighbor called to tell me she kept hearing a horrible sound from her garage and when she went to find out she saw glowing eyes. I knew it was my Ace. The problem was she was so afraid…I couldn’t coax her down from the rafters. I got on a ladder and thought she would feel safe with me…but no! She scratched me in places I don’t care to remember!!! Then she ran away across the street and sat at the door waiting to get home! I wonder where your kitty was hiding?
And congrats on NaNoWriMo!! I,too, have threatened in the past…
Sweet Blessings, JoAnna ❤
November 1, 2020 at 9:40 pm
They ARE funny spirits! Mama Cat is sitting with me on the living room couch for the first time. She seems very comfortable. But if I get up or move funny, she’ll be off in a flash. Thanks for the crazy cat story, support, and the NanNo congrats. Sweet blessings to you! ❤