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With cats, you don't have to so much wander around ingeniously seeking them out. If you sit still and think about something else . . . the cat will come. They will come. I get my cats from the animals shelter, but most of my friends and certainly my family attract ferals as if by some psychic magnetism. Could there be a genetic basis for this?
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When I'm working at my laptop -- THAT's when my cat comes and places herself (furry butt in my face) between me and the writing. She only does this when I'm intent on the screen, of course.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2019 on Cats and Writers, with examples at Word Wenches
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I didn't have a dog when I was growing up. (My mother had five kids and many many cats and said she liked dogs very much, but couldn't cope with another living thing in the house.) And I didn't keep a dog when I was living internationally because the cat was about all I could cope with. (I am my mother's daughter.) But once I came back to the States and started having a dog I never looked back. I am an equal opportunity pet keeper, except for bird which delight me but I'm allergic to them.
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2019 on Cats and Writers, with examples at Word Wenches
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I have dealt with this myself. I just never realized it was a Clever Plot on the cat's part to make me pause and consider sentence structure ...
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2019 on Cats and Writers, with examples at Word Wenches
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True words, Anne. True.
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I love Hodge, Samuel Johnson's cat. Here's a look at him. https://www.thegreatcat.org/cats-enlightenment-part-3-samuel-johnson-hodge/
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2019 on Cats and Writers, with examples at Word Wenches
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You remember Christopher Smart -- "For every house is incomplete without him and a blessing is lacking in the spirit." That's my take on cats, anyway, though mad Christopher put it so many times better. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45173/jubilate-agno
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2019 on Cats and Writers, with examples at Word Wenches
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The world would be a poorer place without Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. And without the musical CATS, though they'r only distantly connected, I suppose.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2019 on Cats and Writers, with examples at Word Wenches
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There is many a cat that has held me down and MADE me keep reading. Just impossible to move them. Anyhow, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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It is such a perfectly lovely book. I can return to it again and again.
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That can be a problem. And there are Macavity cats who do nothing but cruise the net looking for tabby porn. So embarrassing.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2019 on Cats and Writers, with examples at Word Wenches
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If you have good young friends with a cat, you might offer to catsit for them from time to time. That lets you get in those sweet cat moments, but isn't an overwhelming commitment. I used to catsit for my neighbors out in the woods. Always a pleasure. I'd drop in twice a day to feed and water and, eventually, bestow a few strokes.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2019 on Cats and Writers, with examples at Word Wenches
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They WILL fight with racoons. You may reason with them and scold them and predict disaster, but you cannot keep them from it. As to dogs and racoons ... don't get me started.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2019 on Cats and Writers, with examples at Word Wenches
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It is odd, isn't it, how many writers are VERY fond of their cats? I'll have to do a companion post on writers and their dogs.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2019 on Cats and Writers, with examples at Word Wenches
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Our Feline Overlords are not gentle with their serfs, but it is still a privilege to serve them. Singi is 15 now, which is getting on in years. The vet says she is in excellent shape for her age. About the only difference I notice is that she's not bringing me mice the way she used to. No longer the Olympic champion mouser, she sits on her cat perch in the sun and watches the very healthy people jog by. Come by and see my new little cottage ... (I've planted roses.)
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2019 on Cats and Writers, with examples at Word Wenches
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My cats and dogs, when they were young and spry, were quite good at ridding the house of flies and wasps and flying things, (One of my dogs would catch wasps and ALWAYS look surprised when they stung the inside of her mouth. She never caught on.) This has all seemed to me to be good fun for the cat and dog, though less fun for the flies.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2019 on Cats and Writers, with examples at Word Wenches
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Sounds like a family of cat lovers. I had cats underfoot, (and dogs,) while the kids were growing up, but neither of them keep cats as adults. There's just no telling.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2019 on Cats and Writers, with examples at Word Wenches
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Some writers keep dogs. There, I've said it. This is not widely discussed in the Writer Community. But I think it's time we brought this out into the open. I'm with you on chocolate. I like it well enough but it doesn't call to me like a siren. I will say that European chocolate is MUCH better than American.
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Writers and cats are rather ham and eggs, Laurel and Hardy, beans and franks partners. Obvious buddies. There must be a reason for it. Some cats are obviously born with printers' ink under their claws. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2019 at Word Wenches
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I've noticed that free range chicken seem to lay eggs with harder shells than store bought chickens. Is it recycled shells, I wonder?
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2019 on Regency Chickens, Because Why Not? at Word Wenches
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I understand Silkys are very beautiful but I don't think I've ever seen one. It occurs to me that caponing chickens maybe might be one of those lost country arts. There might have been a guy who came around all the farms and fixed everybody's young cocks .., the way there was a specialized pig slaughterer and specialized thatchers and so on.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2019 on Regency Chickens, Because Why Not? at Word Wenches
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I had not known this about guinea hens. I agree with her that they earn their keep if they keep the tick population under control.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2019 on Regency Chickens, Because Why Not? at Word Wenches
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It is indeed. I got the name wrong, though, and had to go back to change it. *blush*
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I would agree with you, in terms of chickens not being good pet material. But then, I have had several friends who found them fascinating and affectionate and gave them names and told stories about them. I don't know whether this means the world is full of wonderful chickens or I am blessed with odd friends.
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I have not quite worked up the energy to set up a fish tank. I'm tempted, though.
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