A Grasshopper Story

So…I have this very, very naughty cat. No, not that one.

He’s a good boy.

Not that one either.

She doesn’t have wicked bone in her fluffy little body.

Yeaaaah. That one. She knows her name.

Little Miss Chili Naughty Pants.

I know. She looks all innocent and sweet now  but believe me, it’s just a façade. Any minute, she will disappear out the kitty door only to reappear in 3 minutes time with a live, fully functioning GRASSHOPPER in her mouth!!

She used to play with it for awhile, till it was half dead or all the way dead, as I scurried around the room looking for a way to get the creepy thing out of my house, without…you know…having to…touch it. Gag.

Well, little Miss Naughtyness got so used to me chasing her prize around the place, that she decided to help me skip a few steps. NOW she just runs in,  finds me and plops the nasty critter right at my feet, or ON my feet– anywhere that her treasure can be fully appreciated.  Bless her.

If I’m at my desk, she’s content to drop it on the floor behind me so that it will hop right up on the computer screen–or better yet–on my BACK, which it has done right in the middle of a Zoom class…twicein. front. of. people. 

Oh, yeah–class gets REALLY good sometimes…

especially when someone is uncontrollably screeching like a six year old.

Then we could talk about the ones that we don’t find…

until later.

Cat for sale…cheap.

Inquire within.


Chili’s Babies–That Dreadful Day

Look at these sweet little babies!! All grown up and ready for their new homes. Not particularly my favorite time, I admit.

This picture is missing the dark kitty because she wouldn’t sit still with her siblings.

This one we call “toes” because…

she has one striped toe!

The grandkids call this sweetie “Flint.” She’s the fluffy one.

This is “Spot,” because she has a spot by her nose and one by her eye.

And last but not least, we have “Tigerface.” I’ve posted my babies to my friends on Facebook, so I’m supposing they will be gone very quickly.

I’m being very brave right now.

Deep breath. Deep breath.

My Sweethearts

I positively LOVE this phase of the kitty-ness!

You know that place where they’re eyes are open…

and they’re starting to prance around a bit…

but they’re not quite climbing the curtains yet.

THAT phase almost makes it easier to give them away.


But not really.


Our New Babies

We have four new, sweet kitties!! This time, it’s Chili that’s the mom.

She must have had them VERY quickly because when we first found them–Rhen ALWAYS hears them first!–they were all still wet.

And Miss Chili was so sweet to have them in the laundry basket that I set up for her–not under the couch or somewhere else all crazy.

Do you hear that Lyla?

She looks pretty dang happy.  What a good little mama.


Kitty Weather Whiplash

Chili is getting antsy. She reallllly wants to go outside but the weather won’t cooperate.  We even put up pastel Easter lights–you know, to give Spring a nudge.

My Texas boy already has his garden in.  No such luck here, though.

The sun comes out for about 10 minutes and then…

it starts to snow again.

Back and forth. Back and forth. Poor Chili.

It’s like having Mother Nature stomp into the room every ten minutes shouting, “AND ANOTHER THING…”

Hang in there Chili girl. The sun is coming back. I promise.

Even if it’s only for 10 minutes.