ADDLED-BRAINED CAT LOVER
Felled by voiding blows,
I stumbled through life numbing days,
‘Til saved by a cat.
© 2020 Ronovan Hester Copyright reserved. The author asserts his moral and legal rights over this work.
A little bit of joy for today. Nice and peaceful and shows you not only can a senior be wonderful for young’uns but they can be great for seniors.
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Some of you probably don’t know about Kitty. Back when I first came home from the hospital six years ago this month, I didn’t know anyone here, who I was, or most anything about my past. If you think about that for a moment, you might realize a situation like that doesn’t give a person much of a connection to anyone. And over those first weeks you learn whether the people are people you want to be connected with.
For me, I was saved. Not by a person, but by a very tiny cat.
I would eat my lunch on the porch to get to natural light and fresh air each day and Kitty, as I oh so creatively named her (What else would you expect from an author of one Historical Fiction book about the British Navy and Pirates, and a short story for an anthology about magical realism?) would come and sit near me or play and even let me rub her tummy, which shows you how happy she was.
Well eventually Kitty earned a new name from the rest of the house.
You might guess it. Mama Kitty. That’s how they spell momma. But yes, the little hussy gave us Spunky, Fluffy, and Cautious. Sadly on Kitty and Fluffy are with us now. As for Cautious? We have no clue. But Spunky, it’s believed a Coyote may have led to his disappearance, as there were a lot of such cases during that time. But here are some Spunky pictures. He was a funny and adventurous guy/
Kitty isn’t as loving as she used to be. I think the kits wore her out. She was and is a great mother. She not so long ago adopted another son named Tiger. She even holds him down and bathes his ears for him. I’ll share photos soon, if I can get one. Here is Kitty now, just a few days ago. As you can see, she has become quite the little lady. And I mean little. She actually has the tiniest head of any cat I’ve seen. In person she is so delicate looking. Several months ago she disappeared. We were so worried. She finally showed up, starving, smaller, and the fur on the right side of her face had been ripped off. The thought is she was trapped somewhere, either by accident or on purpose, and she was able to finally escape. She’s good now and as pretty as ever.
Sir Wallace and his big brother Mister Bentley. Brothers, buddies, and bed sharers.
Follow Wally on Instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/sirwallace_thecat/ or @sirwallace_thecat and for more photos and videos you can follow his big brother @mrbentley_thedog and his link is in Wally’s bio.
I love this cat! He’s just over a year old and is the brother of a famous bulldog named Mr. Bentley, but more about him another time.
Follow Wally on Instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/sirwallace_thecat/ or @sirwallace_thecat and for more photos and videos you can follow his big brother @mrbentley_thedog and his link is in Wally’s bio.
When Hugh and Toby’s away over at Hugh’s Views & News, what happens?
Some sites do not have their handle showing in their Twitter share option on their posts. I have to put in the handle from knowing they have one when I share the post on Twitter. How to get your Twitter Handle to show when people Share your blog articles.
If you do not see your Haiku listed below, make certain the ping back or your comment with the link is in the comments of the Challenge Post. This year I won’t be checking for those who may have missed notifying the Challenge Post, in some way, of participation. Unfortunately it takes way too long to complete the review in that manner. My apologies if that offends anyone.
Thank you for so many checking their ping backs.
To view an author’s books on Amazon, click either the word Author in red, or the book image beside their name.
If an author does not have a comment, as do the entries, that means they did not have an entry this week, but I left their place here. Is it for the benefit of advertising their work? No, it is for the ease of my formatting their next entry in the challenge. It’s a bear to do those. (And maybe there is a little heart felt type thing I have for authors.)
NEW! Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha: Crystal Meth | A Cooking Pot and TwistedTales. A warning tale of caution and stars. (I have no idea what my comment for this one means. It just came out and I put it down.) “Jacqueline, the face behind acookingpotandtwistedtales, is a passionate Nigerian woman. I am a gregarious, avid reader, who loves writing and telling stories. In a short sentence, I am a life enthusiast…[click to read the rest of the story].”
NEW! Lady Joyful: Shatter | The Joyful Soul Creates. A bit of good parenting advice here. “Hello and welcome to The Joyful Soul Creates! This blog is an offshoot of our original blog, The Joyful Soul. I, Lady Joyful, made The Joyful Soul Creates to have a blog dedicated to all the things I make. From photography, to crafts, to writing, you’ll find it all here…[click to read the rest.]“
NEW! Marie: Energy for the Future | The Syllabub Sea. For one, you gotta love that blog title, and two the Haiku is great. “I’m Marie. I juggle being a busy mother of three wonderful children – young adults now, looking after my elderly father who lives 150 miles away and I teaching in the local primary school where I am also a governor. The Syllabub Sea is my haven in a hectic world, where I can indulge in my interests. In no particular order I love cooking, picnics, theatre, photography, reading, writing, poetry and Christmas…[click to read an extract from Calico Pie by Edward Lear].”
NEW! Roz Hill: Earthly Hope | Small Spaces and the good life with Roz and Phil Hill. Climactic issues abound in this one. “IT’s NEVER TOO LATE. First this blog is about living life to the full. Its about building, being adventurous and creative. Its also about making changes and kick starting life. Its about realising that something is so good and if it feels right, its worth writing about. Like happy pigs and…[click to read the rest of that.]“
NEW! Stephen Cole: Sunlight Bending | Griban Isaf. “Gribin Isaf is a space of three and half acres at an altitude of 900 feet somewhere in Montgomeryshire.” Brought to us through Roz’s comments. Click thee Haiku title for the Haiku and then the Blog name for the Blog. @thecolehouse
NEW! Charly Priest Winter Inferno Déjà vu | Crazy Life. Talk about an inferno of white. I’m glad I live where I do now. “After a ten year hiatus of not writing I´m back to what I really love, and relatively new to a whole new world called social media.The blog ranges from poems ,stories,some flash fiction to my outrageous thoughts about things,people, society, and me. I feel like I´m really…[click for the rest of the story].”
Annette Rochelle Aben (Best Selling Author, Radio Show Host): Rainbow Pools. | Annette Rochelle Aben. Why that name? There is a two word combination that made me think of it. I could have attempted humor, but this one was more serious and deserved a serious title. Check out Annette’s books at the Author link above and her Radio Show at the Host link. @YouAreTheExpert
Scott Bailey (AUTHOR): The Future | TheHouseOfBailey. Some blurred lines in this one. Thick with wisdom. As you may notice Scott is an Author, by clicking HERE or the AUTHOR link above you may visit his UK Amazon author page. Click the IMAGE for Amazon.com.
Wendy Anne Darling (Author): See-through Eyes | Wendy Anne Darling. An odd title I have? Well, I ended up with two thoughts as I read the Haiku. This title could be a whimsical title or one that has a more negative meaning, not that the poem is negative. Sometimes word combinations send you elsewhere for a moment, and THAT is where inspiration happens. Wendy’s book Silver Lightning is on Amazon at the Author link above or the image.
Jane Dougherty (Author): Cat’s in the Dipper | Jane Dougherty Writes. Okay, a humorous type Title for a Lady Jane offering is obviously not always appropriate, however, Take a look at the two Haiku and I believe you will see where I got this one from. She actually dedicated the writings to Branwell this week. Don’t know Branwell? Check out Jane’s books on Amazon at the Author link above. @MJDougherty33
D.B. Mauldin (Author): Silver lining | mama bear musings. Hmm, showing not to always depend on the self to get where needed. Check out the Author link for offerings on Amazon and click HERE for the About page links to other online distribution such as Smashwords.
Vashti Quiroz-Vega (Author): Dracúl/Aurora | The Writer Next Door. Three Haiku introducing two characters from her work in progress, the second in her Fantasy Angels Series, the first of which I’ve read. Check out Vashti on Amazon at the Author link above and you can see her interview by clicking HERE. @VashtiQV
Steven S. Walsky (Author): When Love is Still a Stranger. (Haibun) | Simplicity Lane. Ever lasting school boy fantasies. Click the Author link above to go to Steven’s blog where you will find all the available places for each book. He’s varied.
Not participating this week.
H. M. Goodchild (Author): | Folksong and Fantasy. . H. M. Goodchild is found on Amazon as Harriet Goodchild, yes, we have another author joining us. Click the Author link above to go to her Amazon Author page.
Janni Styles (Author): | JanniStyles1. . Check her author page and books out on Smashwords by clicking the Author link above. One is a “wee collection of verse” and one is a collection of short stories and BOTH are FREE for now!
Christine Randall: | Christine R (Trying to keep the brain cells alive.) . Also visit her Author site, CJRANDALL.COM.
E. Rawls (Author): | Rawls E. Fantasy. . Check out Bleeding Hearts, a collection of short stories, poems, and riddles, at Elizabeth’s Author page on Amazon by clicking the Author link above. @VChronicles_
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Geetha Balvannanathan: As spring makes its way | Geetha Bavannanathan’s Blog. When Geetha didn’t participate last week, I wondered why. But I should never wonder. If you ever pay attention to her entries, you’ll notice what all she puts into them. They are not a Haiku entry. I don’t think she could do just one. They are stories and filled with sight and sound as well. Never visited a one of Gee’s entries? Just you wait and you’ll see what I’m talking about. (If you see her profile here and no entry, just like with the authors, you try and type her name and then her blog name each new time she joins in. Although I’m getting pretty good at that last name part.) @geethap2007
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Kat: Ill-fated Ice Crystals | like mercury colliding. She had to go the humor route. She couldn’t help herself.
Diedre Blake: Crushingly Clear Minded | Toward the Within. So this could have gone into LIFE but that last line just begged for HUMOR.
Greg: My Hope | Potholes in the Road of Life. Greg stays with the theme of his blog. I often think some get titles wrong to poems like this. I’m not afraid to say I believe this is one of those times. It is not a hope. It is a promise given. @greg_wolford
Ken G.: Into the Light | RIVRVLOGR. Strangely, this has a link of sorts with Greg’s, if one puts their mind to it.
Lizl: Tomorrow, Hope | Quilted Poetry. I think this should be in INSPIRATION, for I believe people can take something from it and move forward with their lives if they think about this one. @QuiltedPoetry
Florence: Seeing the forest for the trees. | Meanings And Musings. A very odd title for this one but I think it fits with the idea I am getting from it. @FTThum
Susan Langer: Clear Crystal Chalice | Susan’s Creative Writing and Poetry. For a moment you think one thing then you smack yourself in the forehead and have a DOH thing happen. @Susan_Langer1
Becky: Live in Faith | Becky G? Oh, That’s Me! Straight to the point with her message this week.
Willow: Crystal Hope | Willowdot21. This is one of those you read a few times before grasping it all. Willow use a syllable numbering all her own this week, well of sorts. Creativity is a huge part of this challenge and community.
Meredith & Martha: Snow/Anniversary by Meredith and Fisherman’s Dream/Purpose by Martha | Meredith’s Reveries. I almost see Martha’s offerings as one, if you see what I mean. And we have a NICK (pet) picture Alert, and boy does he seem happy. NOT! And have you noticed the new title of the site? Not sure when that happened, but I just noticed it with this Haiku. @Meredithlbl
Kat: Crystal Hope | like mercury colliding. Three here that could have gone in another category but I felt over it they each had something to do with life. Good deal of imagery here.
Clarence: Haiku Quintation | PrarieChat. As those who regularly attend our shindig here, you know Clarence comes up with his own title. I have so wanted to do something like this. Here are five Haiku. And the name’s meaning will be obvious as soon as you arrive. If not, I am speechless. Also, has anyone noticed how awesome Clarence’s writing is? I mean I know we all know it is, but from those first days to now? Wow. The man has let his mind go and written his little heart out. Fearless.
Sandra: Happy | Wild Daffodil. She wrote a happy post, with two Haiku about a happy time combined with photography of a Happy theme challenge, and her laptop crashes. Anyone feeling this pain as much as I am? You can find the list of this years photo challenges on Daffy’s blog by clicking here.
Andre Jayaprana: White Sand Beach | andrejayaprana. Very nice photo with this one. Makes me jealous. Last weeks did too. One thing I love about this challenge is seeing how much others get to live and travel and do wonderful things. Andre, you should try the photo challenge that Sandra and Melissa host, they are two of our Haiku members and they combine the photo and Haiku challenge into one post.
Ared (anghulinghugotero): I Just Want Her To Be Happy | ANGHULINGHUGOTERO. A nice hope here.
Olga: Untitled | Stuff and what if. .
Elusive: Spring Fever | Elusive Trope. I say this for an obvious reason, at least obvious to me. It’s a type of fever that isn’t the norm though.
JustMaria: Hope | Doodles and Scribbles. You can get a nature thing going with this or an artist’s technique. BLOG TIP: One thing about Maria’s blog, she chose the perfect profile photo. When you arrive you instantly feel a touch of cheer. @ciisalveni
Carolyn Injoy: Fractured Focus | Reviews & Recommendations. I love this one. At first one gets an awww factor, then you think about it and you realize what it is saying and as a writer and life liver in general you have to laugh.
Marjorie Mallon: The Grotto of Unrequitted Love | KYROSMAGICA. I’m scared to read this one. Well, she shares an awful experience with us. Okay not the awful kind some may think, but a hurtful one. @Marjorie_Mallon
Melissa: If you want to be happy, then be happy. | The Aran Artisan. All need to go an read this post, not only the Haiku, bu the entire post. A very family filled inspiration of happiness. Melissa and one of our other Haikumily members, Sandra the Daffy one, helped compile this years list of ‘photo word of the week‘ challenge. You have the words ahead of time and can plan ahead and have weeks of blog posts ready and set to go. She and Daffy like to combine the photo and the Haiku challenges into one. That spreads the post around to people with different interests. @TheAranArtisan
Colleen Chesebro: First Meeting | SilverThreading. Wish her luck. Be afraid, very afraid. I was going to name this one Beam Me Up Scotty, but she already named it. If any of you know the other person involved in the Haiku, you will know why I would have named it that. @ColleenChesebro
1000hoursleft (Mek): Plato’s Cave | Work In Progress. A very interesting thing to learn about. Make certain to give a search after reading the Haiku.
Hugh Roberts: Crystal Tipps and Alistair | Hugh’s Views and News. Who knew the UK and Captain Kangaroo had something in common? @RobertHughes05
Juliette: Whatever it Takes | Battered Wife seeking Better Life. The post is called Missing You and includes two months of Haiku. She’s back, caught up with two months of Haiku, and going strong. I think we should all join in and come up with a new name for her blog. @BWseekingBL
VronLaCroix: Crystal Wishes | Simply Snapshots. This one brings a nice image to the mind.
Dr. Kottaway: Fear stands | KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog. A very personal door open for her Haikumily to see.
TJ Paris: Blue Sky Ennui |La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin. We receive a wise saying in the commentary for this piece. And I agree with it entirely. Would love to have a little cabin there, except for that other little fact that may miss your attention if you aren’t looking for it. @Roccoco_a_GoGo
Geetha Balvannanathan: Man and sun conspired. | Geetha Bavannanathan’s Blog. Geetha shows her variety of interests with her range of display here. @geethap2007
jazzytower (PR): First Light | Thoughts and Entanglements. I think the image adds a different spin to this Haiku. You may see ‘clear’ in a new way. It all depends on how murky things have been.
Pancake Bunnykins: A Hopeful Morning | A Real Messy Beautiful Twisted Sunshine. The dawning of a new day. For those visiting this blog, the like button is to the left of the top image. A little different than the usual theme’s we visit.
Suzanne Miller: Early Morning | Art and Life. A Haiku inspired not only by the words but by the photo she took the same day she wrote the Haiku. Very jealous.
Ignore the candles, they weren’t lit.
The cake on counter
Thought it safe from dog while gone.
He wolfed it down quickly.
I tell you, sometimes I just wish I had stood in bed. I understand what that means and I am sure you can decipher it. There are just some Southern expressions even I am not quite sure of how they came about. I can pretty much figure out where some came from, because lot of them make sense. Stood in bed? Not sure about that.
But as I am speaking this it’s late on Friday night. Yes, I said speaking. You see I have voice to text so I can still write when the hands are bad and well . . . let’s just say right now is one of those times.
Back before my accident I was a dog guy. Loved dogs, English Bulldogs especially for an obvious reason.
But I grew up with Shelties. My parents and I had three through the years. One of the best dogs you can own. If you don’t click the link, think miniature Lassie/Collie. But for some reason they have toy poodle now that is not so toy and very much poodle. But my son ‘B’ is allergic to dogs so no more dogs and to be honest it is selfish to own a dog when you don’t have time to properly play with it and give it the attention it needs.
Then the accident, the fall in my home. Well one day I was looking out the window and saw a cute little creature, a cat. She was so tiny and adorable. I say she now because many of you have heard of Kitty and seen her. Kitty was at first named Alfred or Albert, I can’t quite remember, whatever comes in a can. I bit of humor that amused me. Well it became obvious that Albert was not an Albert. It became obvious when “Daddy” kitty showed up. He was not known as “Daddy” kitty at the time. He was known as “that” cat. Kitty was only allowed to stay because I loved her and she was the first thing that had made me venture outside and enjoy life. Oh those feminine wiles.
As you probably know, Kitty decided for some reason to have children.
Fluffy (Dark coloring)
Spunky-The ever alert.
And of course Kitty who looks very much dazed here.
Kitty will no longer have children. As she is an outdoor cat, especially, that was taken care of. The idea was to give the kittens away. Suddenly ‘B’ became fond of Spunky. I must say if you met Spunky you would be fond of him too. Yes, that is Spunky loving on B’s foot. Spunky also comes when calls, or whistled for and likes to play fetch. He also likes to walk to the mail box and back with you while winding through your feet. No, we have not seen any white dogs in the neighborhood.
The morning of what has come to be known as Cat Friday began normally except I slept a little later as I had no reason go arise and help get B going for school. The house was going to gather two cats to take to the vet to ensure no children in the future. I know, there are three, but remember, Cautious earned his name.
Apparently two adults cannot successfully wrangle two cats. Oh sure, anyone can pick Spunky up and put him in a carrier. The only thing is you must be able to handle the heartbreaking “Neoo neoo” sound. Yes, he sounds like he is saying “No, No” and you wish you could die then and there but you must push onward. Then it came time for Fluffy.
Fluffy is larger than this now. Gorgeous cat. Beautiful markings and these gold colored eyes. Looks all sweet and cuddly doesn’t she? After two adults returned from the vet after dropping off two cats the comment of choice was “If I could tape a $20 to her head for someone to take her I would.”
You see, Fluffy might should have been named Feisty, or perhaps Tiger, or Berserker. Yes, cuddly looking kitty is not so cuddly. However in recent weeks she has agreed to be petted. Epic failure occured and then that is when I arose from slumber.
It was now my turn to capture the Fluffinator 3000 Blender. I had not been told at this point she had already escaped and almost clawed one of the aforementioned adults. The plan was made and I patiently outlasted FluffBotKillRon Mark V. I scooped her up, and held her close. There success ended.
The idea was for the door to be opened and I allowed inside to place the
beast precious kitty into the carrier. They know what a carrier is so it could not be outside. I say “Open the door”. I hear “B, get out of the way.” At that moment I knew trouble was afoot. I had only seconds from capture to carrier before cuckoo occurred. Those seconds had passed. The screen door opened and in a I went.
So near yet so far. The claws engaged. The squirming commenced. Assistance? Epic Fail!
The adult assisting and that had said thew words “B, get out of the way” belong to a soon to be 70 year old 5 foot tall woman known as Grandma. After all once you have a child, no one has a proper name any longer. Grandma is the one that helps drive me places and the like and watches me during the day and we are staying with her since my accident.
As she proceeded to lock the back screen door and then close the door, yes I did say what you think you read, Fluffykins becomes FluffyInsanity. I was going to say Fluffynuts but I didn’t think that sounded right for some reason. As soon as the outdoors disappeared that was the beginning of the end of what should have been a pleasant morning and day.
Before I describe the end, I will simply say people will ask why I did not release the beast. Well, if I had the beast would have sprang onto Grandma’s head and face. Grandma has Lupus and perhaps Fibromyalgia as well, among her other problems. Yes, my mind works like that and as well as it is my fault Kitty is there and thus the kittens are there and that if I let her go and she somehow got out of the house we would never catch her again. Yes, I really did think of all of that in the seconds of the fight that occurred.
I won the battle and the war. I won it for love these cats and my son’s fondness for them. I was close to 100% anti cat before my accident. Then I fell in love with Kitty.
Scratches from the elbow down and possible bites. Too many to tell which are which. Back of hand looks like fang marks could be claws but considering the pain I think it’s a bite. Fingers scratched up and bitten.
One scratch on actual arm, index finger bitten in several places. Thumb, the base of the nail is cracked and the underside of the thumb where the bottom tooth tried to meet the top tooth is extremely swollen and red and I must admit painful.
Scratches and bite marks including a bite on the bottom lip.
Why did I not let her go?
What she did to me could have been done to a 70 year old woman with immune problems. All I did was hold on and pull Fluffy back as she almost escaped and leaped on Grandma. As she bit my lip I closed my eyes in the hopes they would not get clawed. As she was biting down on my thumb assistance, Grandma, finally made it to the carrier and I was able to put Fluffy in.
Needless to say that B saw it happen. He saw the blood on my face and arms and hands. He has been worried all day.
Two cats will be picked up tomorrow, one will hide for I don’t know how long or will disappear until hungry. All I care is that she is now taken care of and wont’ contribute to the population and won’t have to fend off the cats that have been coming around.
Spunky will walk out of his carrier and head to the back door for a treat. Yes, he has been to the vet a couple of times before. He just doesn’t like the trip, but loves the attention he gets there because he is so pretty and loves on everyone that will touch him.
What would I do differently? Things happen. B was curious. Grandma is old and has a habit with the back door. Fluffy was defending herself. Why am I not at the hospital? Fluffy would be put down if I went.
So what would I do differently? Have had someone taping the whole thing. I really would like to see what it looked like as Fluffy bit my lip. You know men always want that woman to get all frisky and attack them and kiss them and bite that lip. Men, let me tell you, go to your own version of the vet and get yourself taken care of so you don’t want that kind of loving any longer. Trust me, it’s not as all that as you think.
Articles may be slow in coming for the next week or so, but I will try to keep up my pace. You know me, I find a way. Where there’s a pill, there’s a way. A little medication joke there. (Yes, next time the furry bag of bones is getting a dose of something in her cat food, yes she is, the adorable little thing.)
Cat Man Ronovan
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For those of you who have never met My Pal Spunky, let me introduce you to him.
He learned many things along the way, one of which was taught him by his mother Kitty.
What did she teach Spunky?
Then one day Spunky was roused from his resting slumber.
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Amanda at Inside The Life of Moi rants better than anyone I know. Why? Because there is truth in her humorous rants. I ran across this one just now and I am still cringing and laughing from the awful truth of it.