Monday, April 20, 2009

Gratitude Monday - SerpentPuss Edition

All is not as it seems.

One of the neighborhood kitties, Puss, stopped by for a visit yesterday. She's a frequent visitor to our yard and loves to be smooched. Before we found out her name we ID her by her collar so to us Puss will always be Gold Collar.
We can't have cats of our own as my husband is allergic to them, but he likes them and they like him.

I let her crawl on my shoulder and purr in my ear for a few minutes. It's always a pleasure to hear a pussycat purr. I turned her over to my husband who spent a good half-hour out on the front porch in the afternoon sun attending to Gold Collar's needs and wishes.

I'm grateful that she likes us so much and feels at home in our yard. It's good to have a friendly kitty come by to visit and we look forward to whatever time she deigns to give us.

As for the picture, as threatening as those fangs might look, she was only yawning. A good afternoon's smooching can take a lot out of a pussycat.


MizFit said...

that final sentence? IMO is the launch to a novel.
a mystery?

I love it.

Crabby McSlacker said...

There are few sounds in life as soothing as a cat purring.

(On the other hand there are few sounds as disconcerting as the sound of a cat hawking up a hairball on your new dry-clean-only-rug, a sound we were treated to recently.)

So the thought of a cat that comes and purrs but stays outside has a certain appeal!

Leah J. Utas said...

MizFit, I never thought of it, but I think you're right.

Crabby, I couldn't agree more about the purring. Hairballfests are disconcerting at the best of times.

Pyzahn said...

If a cat visits, you are special and duly rewarded by their affection. Indeed the purrrrr is so comforting. Sometimes when I wake up frightfully in the middle of the night I will stroke my cat to induce that sound. It's like a lullaby.

Thanks for visiting Prattle...being a Hell Blogger -- or a She Blogger -- is state of mind. The only criteria is an obsession for spending time in the blogosphere.

Leah J. Utas said...

Pyzahn, I totally understand trying to induce purring to settle down.
Thanks, we know we are blessed when kitty comes calling.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Leah,

Not being much of an animal person myself, I am grateful that all of my grandkids really love animals.


solarity said...

I am too allergic to cats to have one live with me. I am lucky enough to shop at a produce stand with a charming and demanding cat. She greets her favorite customers by flinging herself in front of us to be petted or by insisting that we open the door several times. (It's a glass door, so she can STARE through it from whichever side she's on.) She is very patient with children. She likes to sit on my purse, which makes it hard to just pay my bill and leave.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

the Bag Lady said...

How lucky you are that Gold Collar visits with you!
He looks gorgeous.
And appears to be very intelligent - knows where to spend some quality time!

Lover of Life said...

I really like to have furry visitors, as well. I like to know they have a good home - and are only visiting, not looking for a new one!

Leah J. Utas said...

dfTerrie, you can't have too many animal lovers in the family.

Solarity, thanks for stopping by. It sounds like you've been adopted. I think kitties know when someone can't be near them. Allergies must be a powerful attractant.

dfBag Lady, we spoil Gold Collar with our attention and she laps it up.

Hello Lover of Life, I hope they don't come looking for a home from us, too. It would be too hard to say no.

Reb said...

Gold collar is a beauty! Yes, cats have a great sense of who is allergic and who is not. I am so glad that I discovered that Siamese and Himalayans don't bother me much!

Leah J. Utas said...

She sure is, Reb. We are so tickled she likes us.
I'm glad you found pussycats you can have around.

bunnygirl said...

It's a special thing when a cat chooses you!

Leah J. Utas said...

It sure is, Bunnygirl.

Hilary said...

It's too bad that your husband is allergic to cats, seeing as you both appear to love them so much.. and they, you. I believe I'm meant to have cats in my life. This house has only been feline-free for a brief period over the last 30+ years. They're wonderful critters. Gold Collar is a beauty

Leah J. Utas said...

Hilary, in some ways it's a blessing in that we'd have to get keep getting bigger houses to accommodate them.

I'm sure you're right about being meant to have cats. It's best not to go cat-free for too long.

the Bag Lady said...

Ooh - I like the new photo on your header! Very nice.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks df Bag Lady. I needed to shake things up a bit around here.

Dawn said...

As I'm a little out of date with your news, Leah, I was reading the posts lower down the page and the words "vampire western" punched me in the eye.

You are full of surprises! If there was one genre (or combination of) where I would NOT have expected to find you, it would be the "vampire western".

I love the idea! I do hope you intend to find a home for your story. Vampire westerns need to be shared!

Thomma Lyn said...

Awwww, Puss is precious! I love love love kitty yawns. :-D

How sweet that you have a kitty who frequents your yard! And there is no sound in the world more soothing than a cat's purr.

Leah J. Utas said...

Dawn, it's so good to have you back bopping around the blogosphere.
The vampire western was meant to take my mind off editing the fantasy I wrote for NaNoWriMo. If I ever get it worked into something proper I'll send it out.

Thomma Lynn, we are so happy to have Puss come by. There's another one, Red Collar, that's friendly but not to the extent of Gold Collar. You are so right about kitty purrs.