Our neighbour’s cat went missing last week. A very friendly marmalade cat whom everyone in the community loves. It was sad. It was very sad for me, because he is the reason I don’t need to get a cat for the kids. He is in our backyard. He is in our home. He loves to be cuddled by small gentle hands. Curls up on our couch when the door is left open (or scares the crap out of my husband by rubbing against his feet while he’s working…we don’t have any animals so when my husband is working and something silently starts brushing up against his toes he jumps. A lot.) And the best part is, we get to enjoy him without ever having to clean a litter box or pay a vet fee.
The cat was gone for almost a whole week. And then, right before my neighbour’s birthday someone who had taken in the friendly “lost” cat saw the missing poster and returned him home. Such a happy story. Which reminded me of our story, when our cat went missing:
She was also a marmalade cat. A little spunky girl whose name suited her: Shiraz. And we loved her. (Did not love the litter box, or hair, or vet bills…but that’s beside the point) We went away on vacation with someone coming in twice a day to cat-sit (or feed rather). And when we got back, she was gone. So we did what all good-people-who-love-their-pet do: we put up posters.
The first phone call was at 10pm at night from up the road, at a fast food place with an outdoor service window (which had our poster in it.) A man had seen our cat! And on his cell phone he told us where she was. Huddled under a car in the parking lot. Oh, wait what colour was she? Because it was dark and he couldn’t see. We held the line as he fumbled for a flashlight. And then. Low and behold! A black cat.
The next was a voicemail. A woman saying she found her! Only her collar was green, not black with ID tags as we had left her with. And then, despite us returning the call (repeatedly) no further response or contact.
Did I mention at the time we lived on a tropical island with a large feral cat population? One island on which a do-gooding organization set up cat feeding stations with actual cat food. (Granted they also trapped and spayed/neutred the cats and re-released them into the ‘wild’. Guess it did help control the mice/rat population…) Anyways we sort of figured this is where our cat ended up. Figuring out she could live just fine without us. And still get her fix of kitty food.
And then we got the last phone call. A lady. A very kind lady. Who described our cat to a tee. Down to the little black collar (ID tags lost). We got VERY excited. We made plans to come up to where she was (an area not too far away) to pick up our little ball of love. And right before we hung up the phone she asked: “How many legs does your cat have?”
Crazy. There is a whole lot of crazy in this world. And it is enough to make me laugh (and cry somedays). But without it, life would be boring. Because who would put up a lost cat poster and not mention if their cat was missing a leg? And who would call people to say they had found a cat, well a mostly-whole cat, when the picture in the lost poster clearly indicated our cat was whole? The lost limb was not a fresh injury. This lady was crazy. (But in a do-gooder type way.) And now I can smile at all the good memories of our cat, and the crazy story of her being lost. Likely in a forest, being well fed.
Speaking of being well fed. Now a days we certainly are. Tried a new recipe I will share with you. It. Is. Amazing!
And also a weekend project. When you have an hour to do nothing but seal dumplings together. But trust me, totally worth the effort. AND better still, you can freeze them and prolong the food-love.
First the making and draining of the filling: cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, smoked tofu and so much goodness.
Then the putting of said filling into tiny little wrappers. It’s like Christmas over here I swear! Only the little presents are edible.
Then the actual eating of said dumplings. Unless you are my children. In which case you unwrap them first. For full mess effect. Either way it was a whole lot of yum, with kale chips and wild rice on the side. I highly recommend you give this a go. Even if it means inviting yourself over to my place for dinner so I can pull some out of the freezer for you.
By the way, I have a big surprise in the works for December. Something I’ve been working on all this month. Can’t let the cat out of the bag just yet. (Sorry bad joke.) Stay tuned!
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