The Other I

April 8, 2021

Barring the unexpected

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 3:25 pm

I used to think that being old was going to be a little boring and uneventful. Now I’m old, and the one thing it is not is uneventful. Not only not uneventful, but life today is more full of the unexpected and unpredicted than I’ve ever known in my life.

So right now, rather than trying to concentrate on writing something profound and serious, I’ve decided to write some posts about some of not only unplanned but totally unexpected things that are taking up so much of my time.

Today it’s the baby cat hiding under the solar panels on my roof. This little cat belongs to someone in the village, and we have all been on the look-out for him for the last five weeks. Late this morning, my next-door neighbour knocked on the door with the news that he’d just seen a cat scrambling under one of the solar panels, and it sounded like the one we’ve all been watching out for.

So I got a ladder, and sure enough, there he was. We called the owners but they weren’t home. So I went to Google to find out what kind of food I might have in the house that little cats might benefit from. The one thing I had was some chicken organs, so I defrosted them. I went back outside and saw the cat peeking out, so I put the food along with a dish of water by the edge of the fence where I thought he might feel safe.

I watched from the inside but he didn’t appear. Eventually, I climbed up the ladder and saw that the cat had disappeared. So I put the ladder away, and put the chicken organs into the compost. The owners did make contact and said they have reached the conclusion that this is the cat’s life style, and that he even visits “home” occasionally.

Not the story of a lifetime, I admit. But you can’t say it’s the kind of thing I should have planned on using up most of the day’s energy.


  1. I think that’s a day well-spent, don’t you agree? Let others fight over empires, and waste their time building fortunes and fan-bases.

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    Comment by psriblog — April 8, 2021 @ 10:53 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your comment. It makes me feel you understand. Because yes, I would do it again.

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      Comment by theotheri — April 17, 2021 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks Terry for your cat story! What always happened for me and my late husband Joe was that every time a dear cat that we had died, a new one would suddenly appear in need of a home!
    As a widow, when Hermes passed at 19 yrs, sure enough Mama feral came with twins. Eventually all were taken indoors by yours truly. Especially because a racoon or coyote almost killed “Mama.” Caring for 3 felines is a challenge. I too am old! But during this pandemic, sheltering at home alone, these felines have been wonderful companions and teachers too. Anyway, you did try to rescue the cat. Am sure your neighbors are grateful. p.s. Cats esp. like tuna fish to lure them indoors. love, Cookie

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    Comment by Carolyn M. Grassi — April 12, 2021 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

    • Cookie, your cat stories that are wonderful. No question that they are part of your “family.” I wonder sometimes why some of us relate to cats as our family pets and others to dogs. Dogs became first-class members of our family when a vetinarian recommended we get a guard dog to deal with repeated attempts to burgle our house. I’ve told a few stories about how important they were to us — as your cats are to you — in this blog category about our Kuvasz guard dogs named Suli and Dugo.


      Comment by theotheri — April 17, 2021 @ 11:21 am | Reply

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