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So if you’ve been reading this blog then you know that there is an orange cat that hangs out at my house that runs with Jean-Claude. the other night, I saw this cat watching me from my neighbor’s porch, so I decided to feed it. The cat knows that I’m somewhat friendly but still somewhat tepidly approached my porch. In the end, the cat devoured the can of food I put outside, but didn’t want to take the water.

There are actually two orange cats that hang outside of my house. One is a longhaired cat and the other is a short-haired cat. The short-haired orange cat actually ran into my house once when I was taking out the trash.


A Time of Growth and Renewal

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Jean Claude is sitting at my back porch steps after some early morning conversation with my neighbor Bonnie’s dog “Six” and another dog across the alley. 7:30 am in the morning. Kind of loud Spring is his favorite time of the year it seems.

Safety Concerns

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Roxie, the Japanese bobtail, and Jean Claude, the black Bombay, spent part of their morning this morning poised on top of a chair looking through my front living room window. They still are not that comfortable in their usual morning spot at my bedroom window. I think I’ve mentioned I have had some challenges lately with the roof over my bedroom ceiling. A roof blowback, then collapse. A tarp has been placed over the roof and it rained heavily last night. I could hear the splatter and I was afraid. Still as if to comfort me Roxie sat in her spot which is just below the hole in the ceiling where the ceiling caved. By the way before the tarp was placed on the roof, Roxie wouldn’t go near her spot. She would look at me and then look at the hole and look at me and look at the hole and walk away. She senses the tarp and it brings her comfort. There’s been a lot of rain and wind lately. Folks in my neighborhood have seen trees and roofs collapse. Lots of repairs, lots of roofers.

I think about wind, rain and roof issues and the people of Japan. Their bravery, their steadfastness – inspire. Their visible grief – heartbreaking. Prayers of safety and restoration to the people of Japan. May God provide them a tarp of safety, blessings and peace.

Roxie Hid My Shoes

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Roxie and Jean Claude went to the vet the other day. Roxie’s arrival was greated with an “ah Roxie” by the receptionist. She is quite something but CCL said she was well behaved during the visit. “Jean Claude was the one who showed his tail” CCL reports. Roxie, a female Japanese bobtail, and Jean Claude, a male Bombay, have been at their other residence, my daughter Crazy Cat Lady’s house, for about a week. Yesterday I went to visit them. Roxie was very friendly and chatty. I fell asleep on the sofa and she jumped on top of me meowing for me to wake up. When I got up to go home my shoes were missing. Could of sworn I removed them when I was downstairs although I did go upstairs to visit briefly with Jean Claude who was napping on CCL’s bed. Later found the shoes upstairs by CCL’s dresser. Similar to the California Klepto Kitty – Dusty.

And So It Goes

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Years ago  there was a highly popular overnight show on NBC, quirky and fun.  Host Linda Ellerbee would end the program with the words “And So It Goes.”   The show met with an unfortunate termination after only a few years and Ellerbee went on to write a  book about the broadcast news industry and to form Lucky Duck Productions.   I remember meeting Linda Ellerbee at the Red Sage Restaurant.  I was there with some of my colleagues and folks from Mattel, we had just finished a news conference and an all day event with then CEO Jill Barnard and track star Florence  Griffith Joyner and her husband.   We were pretty loud and someone from Ms. Ellerbee’s table came over to our table to ask us to tone it down.  I looked over and saw her and rushed over to her and  gushed about my insomnia and my desire to see her back on television again..   She said she was done with the news business.  I think Lucky Duck was in its infancy and now of course it is an an award winning production company producing programs and features for a myriad of networks.   Jill Barnard is no longer CEO of Mattel and Flo Jo passed a few years after the event.   Lucky Duck — still going strong.