Tonight Polly was sitting beside me on the couch when she caught sight of Brody watching her from the stairs. She immediately jumped up and scurried over to one of her baskets where she feels safe from that big orange cat!
in a house and studio that was becoming colder and colder when the power went out during an Ice Storm on Friday and Saturday, the 12th and 13th of December. As the temperatures outside plunged into the teens and low 20's, they made the best of a cold situation. Here's their advice.
Curl up in a cozy basket.
Wear many layers of warm clothing.
Surround yourself in an especially soft warm blanket.
When the power returns, get as close as possible to the heat source. In this case, Ellie May advises sitting right on the heater!
quiltcat had a post about cats and books which reminded
me of Ginger aka Tiddles Too, a calico cat with a double identity in the seacoast town of Kennebunkport in the late 1980's.
The Kennebunk Book Port was a popular bookshop above a Candle Shop in Kennebunkport run by Jack and Shirley. Their welcome sign on the door read as 'ice cream, children, bare feet, long hair, no hair, cats, dogs and small dragons are welcomed here anytime.'
They loved cats and over the years there was a succession of cats adopted from the shelter or strays that called the Book Port home. Georgie was a beautiful long haired cat who was adopted and Jack thought she would love a companion so off he went to the shelter returning with Ginger who had a bad reputation for not getting along with others. Georgie and Ginger became best buddies.
"Georgie" on the steps of the Book Port's loft.
Ginger on the flowered deck of the Kennebunk Book Port.
When Georgie suddenly passed away, Ginger was terribly sad so Jack introduced another Shelter cat to the Book Port. Ginger was out at the time of the arrival of the kitten and was horrified when she returned to find a strange cat in her domain. She exited not to return for a long time. There were sitings of her at the Post Office, and Hotels and other spots in Dock Square. Occasionally she would appear at the Book Port for something to eat and then disappear.
The South Congregational Church was near the Post Office in Kennebunkport. It seems that Ginger found the comfort she needed at the church. The Reverend named her Tiddles Too (after a famous Church cat in England) and she became a part of the congregation, regularly attending services and weddings. Jack's curiosity was peaked when he got a newsletter from the Church with an article and photo of their Church Cat named Tiddles Too. My how she resembled Ginger!
There are many amazing stories out there. Cats have a way of adding so much to one's life, a neighborhood or community. I have more stories about such things, do you?
I'm an artist/illustrator specializing in ink and watercolors and photography. My little studio in Maine is nestled in our garden by a babbling brook. Everyday I draw inspiration from the pets who have touched my life, our garden, birds and wildlife critters, quaint old houses, children, shells, scenes of the seaside and more.
Hope to share my art and observations with you and don't forget to take a moment to notice the precious little things around you.