I’m going to tell you a dirty little secret: I like to procrastinate. If I don’t have an idea for the Saturday blog that thrills me, I’m perfectly willing to wait and see if something fresh pops up Saturday morning (which is still Friday night in the Americas, so something fresh often does pop up in people’s exuberance for the weekend). Procrastination often serves me well.
But when it doesn’t, it’s awful. A ton of pressure to produce 500 words of crap . . . I could have done that Thursday afternoon and saved myself the pressure!
And then there’s today, when something so wonderful happens that all thoughts of writing and blogging are driven out of my mind.
You see, Mama Tabby had her kittens in Auntie Milk’s bathroom last night. Our biological empire increases!!!!
Auntie Milk’s husband is my husband’s uncle invited me over to take pictures, and I jumped on the chance (in pajamas, yet!).
My friends, they are the most adorable little things! I couldn’t believe they weren’t even a whole day old. I thought they’d be more naked-mole-rat than cat. But they were soft, fuzzy little fussballs searching for mother’s milk.
Mama Tabby (who is the basis for my heroine Tabby Kate, the caterwauler who falls in love with Captain Greebo) is doing fine, but had the most incredulous expression on her face during my visit. “What the hell are you doing here?” Still, she let me pet her, and handle the babies.
I haven’t been in Auntie Milk’s living room before. She has Mama and kittens in a box by the kerosene stove. The weather here is foul April today – gray and wet and windy and howling. But in that warm room, we had Mama and her babies, Chibi (the littlest from Mama’s earlier litter) hiding behind the sofa and peeking out to yowl greetings at me, and Lady Black, the old woman who curled up sleeping on the couch. It was paradise, I tell you. I wish I could have stayed for hours.
So, you’ll have to come back next week for my thoughts on writing. The kittens have driven it all clean out of my mind. Maybe next Thursday, I can come up with some helpful tip or funny observation on the craft and business of writing. For today, it’s all cats.