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I'm running a cat house. I hope that first line made it through your email filter. (It should have. After all cat and house aren't indecorous words. Such a disappointment that software programs decide which words I should be reading and which ones I shouldn't. But that's a column for another day.)
You hear it all the time on the news, "Old woman living with 24 cats." I always used to shake my head and wonder how someone could let something like that happen to them. But it's no longer a mystery to me. Cats just kind of move in, and before you know it, you find yourself attending a Cat Anonymous Support Group Meeting. "Hello my name is Suzanne and I'm a cat woman."
Here's my story: Four weeks ago I owned two indoor cats. Then my neighbors packed up everything except their three cats and moved out. One of the abandoned cats knew just how to play me. "Meow, meow," she jumped up onto my lap and looked at me with those 'will you be my mother' eyes. So, I adopted her and suddenly I was the woman in Sarasota who owned three cats.
The other two cats were hungry, so every day I'd walk over to the neighbor's house and feed them. But you know the old saying, "If you feed a cat, it's yours." And I think the neighbor's other two cats believed that bit of kitty adage, too. Because this morning, right outside my sunroom window, the two homeless cats had set up housekeeping on my porch and they brought the family along too. Yep, Mom and Dad and four cute-as-can-be kittens were looking at me through the window. "What's for breakfast?"
Now people could say that I'm the woman in Sarasota, Florida who owns nine cats. See how easily it happens?
But I am following the 12-Step Cat Woman Program and I've already started looking for good homes. The four kittens, I think a veterinarian is going to put them in his office until someone adopts them. The mom and dad, I got them fixed--even though kittens are cute there are plenty to go around--and now I need to find homes for them, too.
So putting up posters is my plan this weekend: "Loving Literary Cats Need a Good Home" (I've been reading to the cats every morning after breakfast. They seem to prefer the Classics.) I'm even offering to deliver the cats personally and each cat comes with a big bag of their favorite food and two books so you can read to them at bedtime.
To see the Loving Literary Cats who need a good home, go to:
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
P.S. Don't miss our book giveaway this week. David Morrell sent me 25 hardcover copies of his book Creepers. He also included 25 copies of his book, Lessons From a Lifetime of Writing: A Novelist Looks at His Craft. To start reading Creepers and get information on how to enter the book giveaway go to: http://www.supportlibrary.com/nl/path_go.cfm?x=805&site=12
P.S.S. I'd love to bake for you. The deadline for this month's Chocolate Chip Cookie contest is September 30th at midnight. To enter the drawing go to: http://www.emailbookclub.com/photo/cookie4.html
READ THE CLASSICS: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, and enter the free Penguin Classic's Drawing. Go to: http://www.supportlibrary.com/nl/path_go.cfm?x=815&site=22