A Gift That Came Early

The holiday season is all about gifts. Whether you get gifts under the Christmas tree, or during the eight nights of Hanukkah, or the seven days of Kwanzaa, or celebrate the gift of light at the solstice, most of the holidays happening in December include gifts.

This year I received a wondrous gift a little early – he came to live at the Palatial Horvath Estate at the end of September.  Here is the thrilling tale of our adventure thus far.  It’s filled with pathos, roundworms, and a whole lot of love…





  1. 1.  a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else. “the company found passenger travel a distraction from the main business of moving freight.”

synonyms: diversion, interruption, disturbance, interference, hindrance   “a distraction from the real issues.”

  1. 2. extreme agitation of the mind or emotions.  “he knew she was nervous by her uncharacteristic air of distraction”

synonyms: frenzy, hysteria, mental distress, madness, insanity, mania


Distractions can come in many shapes and sizes.  Sometimes they aren’t all that pleasant – “what’s going on with my health?”  “what’s going on with my job?” “what’s going on with my money?”

The Most Difficult Thing About Pets

poppiesI was debating whether or not to write this post.  It is rather personal.  It’s also Mother’s Day, so I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate.  But it’s what I’ve thinking about, so I thought I would write it.

As you may know, I lost my cat Oliver to small cell lymphoma and pancreatitis about six weeks ago.  I wrote a blog post about it here.  In the blog post, I mentioned Oliver’s sister Emily, who also had cancer.

Challenges, Cats, and Coming Home

butterfly1So, I haven’t been here for a while.  The last couple of months have been extremely challenging for me on many different levels.  I was sick for the entire month of January (literally).  I fell trying to shovel my elderly mother out of her house and was laid up with a badly sprained ankle and strained Achilles tendon for the month of February (it’s still giving me trouble).  It snowed almost every freaking day from Thanksgiving until, well, the end of time.   And two of my four cats were diagnosed with cancer within weeks of each other.

Cat Haiku

As I was shuffling through papers the other day, I happened upon the following examples of haiku poetry written from a cat’s point of view. I have no idea who wrote them, but my cat Eddie has taken to wearing a beret and insisting on being called “Francois”. Reach your own conclusions.

For those who do not know, Haiku is a form of poetry consisting (in the English language) of 17 syllables split over 3 lines in a 5-7-5 pattern. The poems that follow do use the haiku rules, but I’m not sure how good they are. I assume no responsibility for quality. Besides, they were hard to transpose because the handwriting was terrible. Well, that is only to be expected if one is trying to hold a pen in one’s paw.

Miscellaneous Pictures of Cats

Hooray!  The first draft of my book is finished!  But my writing frenzy sapped me of all creative energy.  Thus tonight I present you with miscellaneous pictures of my cats.  Because when you don’t know what to post, post pictures of cats.

And away we go…

1.  Emily and Oliver as babies.  Emily has the black ears.  Oliver is a very discrete gentleman.

2.  Awwww… doesn’t it look like they were hugging?  They weren’t.

3.  Oliver now.  He’s grown.

4.  Emily now.  She’s grown.