Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Frisson of Worry

Patty O'Malley, garden gnome
It snowed several inches last night.  This morning, while still in pajamas, I suited up with boots, scarf and coat, and shoveled quick paths from the front door to Patty and Sweetie's feeding station in the backyard, and cleared the deck so their paws touch as little snow as possible between The Cat Hotel and breakfast noms.  (The Hubby does the rest of the shoveling as soon as I'm out of the way).

Usually, no matter what I'm doing outside, Patty comes to visit me.  He dances at my feet, head bonks me when he can, and he meows and calls to me to stop whatever it is I'm doing and pet him!

This morning, however...nothing.  No sign of Patty while I shoveled. Sweetie often waits until I'm finished with broom or snow shovel before venturing out, but as I've said, Patty gets in the middle of my work.  So, after my shoveling was done, and no Patty, I went back inside to eat breakfast, feed Angel and Chuck, and dress for the office.

But where was Patty?  The two sides of my mind started talking to each other: "Patty ran away!  He's tired of not being invited inside the front door, and he left!  Or maybe he got in a fight, and he's hurt somewhere..."  The other side retorts: "Oh, come on!  That boy is just waiting for his kibble, and he doesn't want to give up his toasty bed yet...take it easy, he'll show up!"

Trying to keep a level head, I ventured out once more with kibble and fresh water.  I walked up the shoveled path along sign of cats.  My heart thumped a beat.  A few more steps...and voila!  Patty meowing from the cleared deck, waiting for his food, with Sweetie pulling up the rear. WHEW!!!

He got such a big hug and snuggle!  Sweetie too was loved upon, and a little bird told me just this morning that Sweetie gave The Hubby a big ol' head bump last night when he brought out dinner, because I was delayed getting home.  Love is in the air, even if the air is cold and snowy; sometimes, you just have to wait for it.

And not listen to half of your brain...


  1. We're glad he showed up. Mom does a lot of worrying too, she knows all about that sort of thing. Especially over us.

  2. Oh thank God he showed up!! I was sitting here like a nervous wreck!!!! catchatwithcarenandcody

  3. The mom says she woulda been worried too. Glad Patty showed up!

  4. I'm so glad Patty didn't run or get hurt or anything. I get worried if my boys don't show up as usual. I guess he was too comfortable to leave his bed :-)

  5. We are so happy Patty showed up :)
    It's neat that Sweetie gave the Dad a head bump too.
    They are cute cats.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  6. They kept you on your toes today! Hopefully they'll be back in their routine tomorrow so you won't worry.

  7. I can see why you worry about them so much. I am glad they were both there for breakfast.

  8. patty ....dood...we thinked for SURE yur mom waz gonna say ya went up de ramp stairz & inta de cat condo ....oh well, may bee next time......{ de food servizz gurl wooda been woor reeed two ~~~

    heerz two a jewel tetra N jawfish kinda week oh end ♥♥♥

  9. I'm glad they finally came out from their secret places!


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