Friday, March 4, 2011

Whiny Cats & Other Things

I may have made a big mistake yesterday, letting the cats out into the yard.  They have whined and cried since I got up this morning.  They were up in the craft-room windows that overlook the yard multiple times, having cat-fits when they saw a bird or a squirrel.  I spent much of the morning and early afternoon working in the room making cards; their almost constant caterwauling was distracting.


           Missy                                                                                                               Sweetie Pie
Squeak

I really don't have any objections to their going outside again, except that: (1) I always go out with them to keep watch and I have work to do which must be done inside; (2) there is no sunshine today (thunderstorms expected tonight and tomorrow); and (3) it's too cool for me to leave the door open to the back yard so that they can have unrestricted access to their 'safe house,' should they become frightened -- which they sometimes do, especially when my good neighbor's dog comes to the fence.  Bear, a good-sized German Shepherd, doesn't much care for cats, seeing them only as objects to be chased. I hate to think what he could do with his massive jaws if he ever caught one.

I failed to mention in yesterday's post that Good Neighbor is feeding me, again.  Last week, she brought some delicious tea cakes to the front door. Yesterday afternoon, while I was working in the yard, she came to the fence with a loaf of freshly baked banana-nut bread and a jar of raspberry jelly.  I've eaten several slices of the banana bread, but haven't opened the jelly yet.  I'm not quite sure how raspberry and banana would taste if eaten together; it might be delicious.

Lest you think I am "a taker" only, the food offerings are not all one-sided.  She has a hot-tooth, like I do, and I when I make chili, an enchilada casserole, or some other spicy dish, some of it usually finds a way to her table. She can outdo me, hands down, when it comes to desserts, so except for a few Christmas cookies, I usually don't carry sweet stuff to her door.  Her banana pudding is soooo good that I've offered to buy all the ingredients any time she gets the urge to make one. 

Hmmmmm.  The house is quiet.  The cats must be exhausted from all their unfruitful activity and are sound asleep, no doubt storing up energy for pleading for liberty again in the morning.  We shall see what we shall see.

Tomorrow is also a day.

11 comments:

Hilary said...

Pat, your cats are gorgeous. Of course, to a cat lover, which feline isn't beautiful?

I think you have a great arrangement going with your neighbour. You each benefit from the others specialties. And raspberry jam on banana bread sounds perfect!

Arkansas Patti said...

What a delightful crew you have. Each face said-"I want out." Don't think I'll let mine out, what they don't know, they can't miss.
Now that is a great neighbor and what a workable relationship you two have. Mine like to talk but never feed me.

George said...

Your cats evidently enjoyed their taste of life in the great outdoors yesterday. But you do have three pretty cats, so I'm sure you've forgiven them for whining today.
It sounds as if you have a great arrangement with your neighbor as far as goodies are concerned.

TSannie said...

A good life, no? For you, as your cats are certainly well blessed! ;-)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

HI Pat, Your kitties are so cute. I truly understand why you want them safe INSIDE... I would too--even though I'm sure they enjoyed being outside...

Swapping food with your neighbor is a great idea... I love it. Good neighbors are hard to find.
Hugs,
Betsy

Abby said...

I tried letting my cats out on a lead (I still had to watch them as they could squirm out of the harness), but as with your (beautiful!) cats, mine would yowl to go out more. My neighbor across the street blows my driveway when we get big snows, so I sometimes force home baked goodies on him. He always says I don't need to do that, but he never refuses!

Moannie said...

How lovely it would be to have you for my neighbour, not only for the food we could swap.
And those cats! We still have my daughter's cat, remember, the one that turned pink? She will be fifteen this year yet looks like a kitten.

Snap said...

when i read that you let the cats out into the yard with you i thought *uh oh* .... it would be *uh oh* here! my kitties would love to go out, but Nope .. i won't let them. every now and then teddy does get out and then comes right back in deciding maybe inside IS best. we do go out on the balcony when the weather is nice and everyone enjoys that little adventure. your kitties are such lovely furbabies..... have fun! neighbors are wonderful (most of the time and most of them!!!!!).....

hugs--

Jinksy said...

Don't know aboout banana bread, but A BANANA, sliced in half, with Nutella spread like a sandwich filler, is one stage more than scrumptious!!

Pat - Arkansas said...

Jinksy - I am nuts about Nutella! That is the yummiest stuff that has ever made its way into a jar. I've not tried it on a banana -- yet! Thanks for the tip.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

What a nice neighbor! I think banana bread and raspberry jelly together sound really good and of course some butter :). Isn't it nice when all the pets are sleeping soundly?