Update 2020

Hey all, it’s been a long time! I’ve been busy working full time at a local liquor store—in fact I just hit my one year mark there a couple of weeks ago, which now that I think about it tells me just how long its been since I’ve posted here…oops. It isn’t something I ever imagined myself doing but I’m enjoying it; I’m learning a lot and I love the people I work with. Really, I’m considering myself blessed right now, liquor stores are considered essential in Tennessee and I’m lucky enough to have a secure job in this crazy and precarious time. Hopefully you’re all staying safe and doing well too.

2020 hasn’t been very kind outside of work. Back in January I had to say goodbye to my eighteen-year-old cat Shadow. Shadow was my first cat and he’s been part of my family for most of my life. He was a grouchy old man and up until a year or so ago we were never as close as I would’ve liked—I was an annoying kid to him when we met and I think it took him (and me) a while to outgrow that image of me. But he was a good, gentle boy who loved face and belly scratches and his family—even me in his own way. He especially loved his brother Rascal and I know Rascal misses him every day. Rascal, my best friend in the entire world, isn’t doing very well since his brother died. He’s always had health issues; including being born with only one functioning kidney, and after his big scare a year and a half ago his health has been nothing but ups and downs. More downs lately than ups. I’m not sure how much time I have left with him before he goes to be with Shadow but I’m doing my best to make the most of what we’re given.

I guess that’s all any of us can do. Stay safe y’all.

Cats, Snow, and Bucket Lists

Snow in Nashville meant one thing: I finally got to cross “throw Rascal into a snow bank” off of my bucket list. Well, actually, we didn’t get enough snow to make a bank so I had to make do with “gently place cats on snow-covered grass.” Cats plural because I have three and Rascal isn’t the only one who got to experience the magic of snow this week.


Rascal is my nine-year-old Siamese-Tabby mix. He is a big ol’ love bug, except when you scold him, then he back talks with more sass than a moody teenager. He’s pretty and he knows it, which is good because he’s not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed.

Hobbies include: lizard hunting, stealing people’s seats when they get up, watching people shower, seeing how far he can carry a Dixie cup full of water out of the bathroom before he spills it, and eating cookies (what we call cat treats).

Likes: cookies, back scratches, belly rubs, being told he’s pretty

Dislikes: Harley invading his room (AKA my room), people touching his tail, snow.

Snow: I’ve wanted to throw Rascal into a big pile of snow ever since I realized that his gorgeous fluffy white coat and huge paws with their extra-long toe hairs make him perfectly built to romp around in it. Unfortunately, my big dumb snow cat hates the snow. He squirmed and clung to me when I tried to put him down in it and when I finally did succeed in setting him down he immediately wanted to get back to the snow-less safety of the house. He is currently holding a major grudge toward us for subjecting him to the trauma of it to the point of looking seriously offended if we so much as ask him if he wants to go outside. Drama queen.


Harley is the baby of the family at seven years old. If you’re a person he’s a total sweetheart. If you’re a cat, he’s an asshole who likes to pick fights and steal your food. He’s the reason our cats’ food bowls look like something out of a science fiction movie.

Hobbies include: eating, bird watching, cuddling, sleeping by the fireplace, eating, playing with string, burrowing under blankets, and did I mention eating?

Likes: food, string, fireplaces, being picked up

Dislikes: children, car rides, not being fed promptly at 6 (am or pm)

Snow: Harley minded snow the least of the three. In fact, if he can still eat the grass underneath it, it might as well not even be there.



At 15 years old, Shadow is a grouchy old man. To anyone who isn’t familiar with him, the noises he makes whenever anyone picks him up sound like he’s being tortured and mistreated. Truth is, he’ll scream and growl and errf till he’s blue in the face but he’d never hurt a fly and as soon as you put him down he might even be rubbing against your leg asking to be scratched. He’s just letting you know he’d rather be loved while his feet are firmly on the ground.

Hobbies include: sleeping, playing with toy mice, screaming till he gets what he wants, howling in the middle of the night.

Likes: face scratches, cookies, chicken, being brushed, water from the faucet

Dislikes: being picked up, closed doors, his cat carrier

Snow: Shadow had no interest in the snow. He wasn’t as freaked out by it as Rascal but he also really didn’t want anything to do with it or with going outside in this weather.