Small Pleasures

Small Pleasures

Mist the Kitty is getting old. She is deaf, possibly blind in one eye, and limps a bit when she first begins to move around after her naps. She still has frequent “crazy cat” sessions, where she charges around the house and up and down the stairs, chasing phantom mice and bats.

She loves our company, sitting between us of an evening, just chillin’. She has become accustomed to having me around the house, since I haven’t been working at all since November. So accustomed is she to my company, that when I returned from my trip to town to renew my health card, she was waiting by the door. I received a scathing verbal scolding, for about five minutes after my return. After assuring herself that I understood my transgression, she curled up on the couch and went to sleep. Humans are hard work.

Her pleasures are few. Sleeping and eating occupy most of her time. She enjoys her milk every morning. She is an avid drinker of water. I must take care not to set my mug of drinking water on a low table, or on the floor. She has a special radar for such an occasion, within minutes she will have snuck up on my mug, and I will suddenly hear her lapping up my water, head in the mug. She loves being brushed, and this has become Attila’s ritual with her, several times a day she will jump into his lap for a good brushing. She loves the winter firings in the masonry heater, waiting in front of the heater every morning, staring at Attila as she sits erect and regal, emanating expectation. She loves to sit at the window and watch the birds in the trees, which is not possible in the winter when the blinds are closed against the cold. She loves it when I whistle softly and blow gently by her ears; I think she can hear a little of the high pitched sound, and likes the head to head attention. Mist is a very happy cat!

A lot of posts on Facebook are expressed through a graphic with a quote printed onto it. I am a big fan of quotes, I include one with every journal entry; sometimes tied into my prose, other times as a “what do you make of it” exercise. But I am growing tired, and almost offended, by the Graphic/Quote avalanche on Facebook. Quotes are, of themselves, without context. They are usually very general and can be adopted by many philosophical positions. The way they are bandied about on Facebook renders them almost meaningless as a form of cogent communication. I have come to think of Graphic/Quote offerings as representing a superficial agreement, like politeness, where there is no depth of understanding, no meeting of minds; only an agreed upon facade. I regard the Graphic/Quote as a form of intellectual herding. Facebook seems a classic case of “the medium is the message” [Marshall McLuhan].

The posts on Facebook that entail the author’s own thoughts, feelings, descriptions, and links to information that interest them, are a treat. Those friends are on my close friends list, usually the only posts I read these days. I now ignore “friends” who ignore me, nothing personal, just following the do unto others adage. You can assume you are on my reading list, if your reading this.

Snowing still, since last night. Shovel, shovel, toil and trouble.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 9:36 AM EST Friday 17 January 2014
Condition: Light Snow
(HA! I see 4 inches have fallen since we went to bed last night!)
Pressure: 100.7 kPa
Visibility: 5 km
Temperature: -3.3°C
Dewpoint: -4.1°C
Humidity: 94%
Wind: SE 15 km/h
Wind Chill: -9


“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”
Will Durant
1885 – 1981


  1. Tom, sorry to hear about your cat’s untimely end. Your experience touches on my fears. There are coyotes living in the wilds around our country house, foxes, fishers, owls, and other predators. Mist would only be a morsel! She thinks she wants to go outside, I know she would run into trouble.

    Quotes can be a barrier to communication. I had a friend, who passed away some years ago, who had a genuine photographic memory. When deep emotion welled up, his mind would grasp the nearest words, which were not his own, and he would express himself entirely in quotes. That was just one of the challenges that his “gift” brought into his life. His career was brilliant, but that was only worth so much in the overall scheme of things.

  2. Bex

    We have coyotes here too and I worry about our dogs when they are outside. Not sure a coyote would attempt to attack a collie dog but you never know.

    Don’t do FB or Twitter at all. I don’t see what the attraction is really. I’d much rather read full sentences, full thoughts, written by more realistic friends than one finds there. All this new gobble-speak, as I call it, just shows that I am an old fart in a land of young snippers.

  3. Bex, in general coyotes leave people and larger pets alone, I know of one exception only, and that occurred in very wild country, uninhabited by humans. It is pretty wild around our country house, with large stretches of crown land, undeveloped in any way. The wildlife around us ignores us for the most part, but then we are generally obnoxious to their way of thinking, unpredictable and capable of violence (hunters). But a little furry cat…

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