Posts tagged: house cats on the homestead


By , September 12, 2018

Michelle got up at 4:30 a.m., as she often does in order to get ready for work and hike out to arrive on time. As usual, I lay in bed a bit longer, half dreaming, listening to her move quietly around the cabin.

Spice, our cat, cried as she often does, mournfully, unnecessarily, almost as if out of boredom. Michelle chose to put a positive spin on it, then called her by a secret name:

“Are you saying thanks for the yummy breakfast, Cat-Who-Eats-Before-Me?”

Well, if that doesn’t sum it all up, I don’t know what does.

sleeping cat

“Cat-Who-Eats-Before-Me” takes a postprandial nap that will last almost all day (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger)

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The Cat Coat

By , January 25, 2016

At the end of December, Michelle and I hiked through the snow across the ridge to the road. She took a turn at breaking trail, and as I hiked along, staring at her back, I began to think about the coat she wore.

We found the coat hanging in the cabin when we bought the place. It transferred to us, by agreement, along with everything else the previous owners decided not to haul out. However long the previous owners had it, they apparently decided it was no longer of use use to them.

It occurred to me that she had used the coat for about 11 years. I say “about,” because when we first owned it, I used it. At some point, she took it over, and it became her work coat. She uses it like a barn coat, wearing it whenever she has a particularly dirty job to tackle.

I mentioned this to Michelle as we trudged along. She pointed out that when she first started wearing it, she found a thrift store tag on it. Apparently, it had served a third person before being donated.

The idea of the coat living former lives amused us, because in the last year or so, it has taken on new meaning in our home.

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