Thursday, January 12, 2012

Middle of Winter Blahs

This photo was taken many years ago, looking out our back window at that stupid cat.  Smokey is long gone and so is that house, but the picture of her is still funny to me.  She must have thought she was invisible.  It looks like that bird feeder is empty too, so she would had a long wait for any action.

Smokey came to us by way of Preschool.  I went to pick my youngest daughter at preschool one day ( I did say it was a pictures of years ago.) and she came walking up to meet me holding a little ball of white and gray fur, saying " Tommy's Mom said I could keep her. Can I?"   That mother had brought in a box of kittens for Show and Tell and proceeded to give them away.  I am not an animal person. I was raised with cats and dogs so I know they are work.  I already had work.  I had children. And a job. But, since this was the daughter that had caught a moth in her little hand and then named it, I gave in and we brought Smokey home with us.

Some years later, we were transferred to South Carolina so Smokey made the trip with us girls in the minivan while Terry drove the other car.  We were loaded with and kids and boxes and houseplants.  There was no putting Smokey in a carrier for all those hours driving from Michigan, so we tried a collar and a leash.  You just know that did not work.  We tried to "cat walk" her at rest areas with no luck whats so ever.  What a nightmare.  She spent the entire trip in the back area of the van with the houseplants.  Yep, you guessed it.  We found where she had pooped in a cactus plant.   That would have been on Youtube if it were to happen today. 

My daughter that lives on the western side of Michigan texted me that they were supposed to get 8-12 inches of snow tonight  (Thursday) so the boys were hoping for a snow day.  Those are rare in their school district.  

I may not have to worry about that anymore, living in the land of magnolias now, but I do remember that bitter cold.  I think I'll be content to just look at the old pictures, like this one.

9 comments:

gigihawaii said...

haha! What a cute post. Here in Hawaii, it's sunk to the 60s F at night. Since we don't have heating, I am wearing a jacket. Some years, it goes down to the 50s, which is when we wear bathrobes, socks, and close all the windows!

BTW, both of our cats died recently. We don't intend to replace them. Too much of a hassle when we travel.

Rae said...

Oh yes, be glad you don't have to worry about the snow and cold. We have both today. That must have been a really looong trip with Smokey. I can't imagine lengthy car travel with a cat.

Intense Guy said...

Smokey thought she saw a liddle birdie! she did! she did! Goodness.. How did she get up there? :)

I'm with you - snow is best in someone else's photos!

Gran said...

I like your picture! It's cold here in Seattle, and we are supposed to get some snow this weekend--trace amounts, which will throw Seattle into a tailspin :)

Chatty Crone said...

You got snow - and we sure got cold here! sandie

Kay said...

Chicago just got dumped with a lot of snow. My daughter was exhausted from shoveling. It's nice to not have to do that in Hawaii, but I miss the beauty of fresh snow also.

Far Side of Fifty said...

That looks like some kitty! Great memories! We got a little more snow last night..the ground is white now..and it is cold:(

Sweet Tea said...

Sweet story about how you came to own Smokey.
Cute "kitty" photo.
Very nice, sunny weather today in Louisiana.

Kathy said...

What a fun post about Smokey! I laughed out loud when I got to the "pooped in the cactus" part. LOL

I'm with you--satisfied to enjoy snow through pictures!

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