The Latest Feline Family Member

We have a new cat.

I knew it was only a matter of time before the neighborhood feline gossip vine got news that we were down to “only” three cats. With the loss of my beloved Diablo in October, our cat family was down to Tabitha, Chelsea and Smokey.  Within a few weeks’ of Diablo’s passing, Tabitha had moved back inside for good and Smokey just tagged along. That seemingly ended the Reign of the Outdoor Cats. When the weather was nice (which this year as meant a lot more days than usual) Tabitha and Smokey would venture outside during the day and snooze around the yard. But they were coming in every night. I wasn’t leaving food and water out at night – it would only be eaten by roving gangs of raccoons.

Yet there he was – a grey and white young tom with folded ears! He first showed up two weeks ago. At first, I thought he was a TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) cat. Within a few days I saw that those weren’t cropped ears, they were folded. He is a friendly head-bumper; I can pick him up now and he just purrs his little heart out!

No one has claimed him, he has no collar and there is no question that he has all his “equipment.” So – his vet appointment is set for next Tuesday. The scientific, I-studied-genetics part of me would love to see if his folded ear mutation translated into any litters he might create, but the logical part of me is holding firm. No way do I want to be responsible for more kittens in this world when so many are homeless. Besides, Tabitha would kill me.

Here he is!

Ghost Writers in the Sky

I’m a ghost-writer!

I’ve been writing articles for Stone Temple Consulting for the past month now.  Imagine – doing something I love (writing) and getting paid for it! Amazing. Of course I can’t link to those articles from this website, nor can I tell you what articles they are. Such are the rules of ghost-writing. It’s still interesting to be a part of it. Companies that don’t have content writers on staff can hire firms like Stone Temple to look around the web and see what blogs might want to feature an article about their company, and then have the article written for them. In one example, I wrote a travel-related article for a company that rents recreational vehicles nationwide, and the article was posted on a large city’s promotional website.

It’s a win for everyone – the RV company gets promotion, the destination gets talked about and I get to exercise my writing muscles AND get paid!

I’ve also been writing a host of interior decorating and design articles for other websites. Even though my name is no where to be found, it’s still a thrill when I find something I wrote right out there in cyberspace! 🙂