Saturday, April 23, 2016


Carl, the cat.

One of the things I miss when we go to Arizona for the winter is the neighbor’s cat, Carl. Our neighbor’s husband found Carl as an abandoned kitten at the Carl’s Jr. restaurant in Bakersfield. Carl is a hunter–if you’re on his ‘good’ list, he’ll bring presents to you and leave them on your doorstep. Mind you, these gifts may not be to your liking, as they’re usually unidentifiable blobs of fur, scale or feather.

It usually takes a day or two after we’ve returned home before Carl makes his first nightly visit. I have cat treats and a couple of catnip toys for him, and he’s very timid when he first approaches our back door. Ages ago, he was a bit braver, and had begun leaving gifts for me, but I caught him starting to disembowel something on the rug outside my office door and took a broom to it while yelling at Carl, “No! Bad kitty!” Not good. That bit of whatever he’d caught was his lunch or snack! No more gifts, which I can readily applaud, but at the same time, it put a distance between us, which makes me a bit sad. He used to climb up and sit in my lap while I stroked his fur. Not anymore… Can’t say that I blame him.

But Carl did come to visit night before last. He ate his cat treats, played with the catnip toys for a bit, always looking out the door as though he were waiting for someone or trying to hear something moving in the back yard. He’s an enigma, but a loveable one.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.


About tehachap

The easiest way to define myself is as a very happily married woman with two sons and two grandsons. My hobbies include reading, writing, sewing, trains (watching, photographing and running them in G scale), and travel. My husband and I are retired and we spend our winters in Arizona. I used to own a secretarial and desktop publishing business, but closed it when my husband retired in 1999. We have truly enjoyed our retirement years, and have fulfilled one of our primary goals in life and that is to own a home overlooking train tracks so we can watch trains 24/7. We are sincerely blessed in this life.
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One Response to Saturday, April 23, 2016

  1. mageb says:

    We had a found kitty like that we loved too. Just keep being kind to him, and he will rally to you again,.


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