Friday, May 22, 2009

The Letter Home

Dear Folks,
Well, I just wanted all of you to know that once more I have landed on my feet. There was a terrible storm a couple of weeks ago, with lots of noise and lights and it scared me into early labor. I'm not used to so much activity and worry over how my siblings were faring in such really had me in a tizzy. The children were just soaking wet and I feared they might drown. Suddenly this red car pulled into the parking lot of the building where I had found some shelter. I had the kids up on the loading dock and made plenty of noise when I heard activity in the back hall way. The door opened and the giant on the other side looked down at me and my little brood and sighed. Heavily. I don't think he was to pleased to see us, but he didn't chase us away either. He left for a bit, then came back out with a box. I watched, holding my breath, as he scooped the children up and put them in the box. He turned to go inside, then looked back at me and said, "well, are you coming in?" Of course I was coming in. What's he think, I'm nuts?

He got this small warm air machine and began to dry and warm the children, then he turned it to me. Not liking this new turn of events, I ran behind this big chair, and washed and dried myself. What's he think, I'm a baby? So anyway, after we were all warmed up, I got in with the babies and they had a good meal. I heard the giant leave the room, and when he returned, he had a bowl of milk and some sort of meat broken up in the dish. He called it chicken, and I was amazed. Did you know that lizard tastes like chicken? He kept asking me where I had come from and how I had ended up at the Progressive Journal. I tried to tell him that I needed a job to support me and my family and that I was an excellent Copycat, that there was no job around a newspaper that I couldn't tackle with finesse and speed. And judging from the mouse droppings I hadn't gotten here a minute to soon.

I saw him pick up this little square gizmo and start talking into it. I think he called it a cell. Didn't look like any cell that I'd ever seen before, but I took his word for it. So whoever was on the other end ( he called her Mom) he was telling her about my plight and asking if there was any room at the inn. Seriously, he asked if THERE WAS ANY ROOM AT THE INN! At first all I could hear was laughter coming from the other end of the thing he called a cell. A laughing cell. Now that I could handle. He explained that along with me, there were five little ones and that he couldn't keep us here. There seemed to be some conversation on the other end and after a bit he put all of us in the red car. He told me I couldn't drive and kept moving me away from the steering wheel. I had never traveled so fast and the scenery was fascinating. We turned down this long drive and I saw a house and trees. Man there are a lot of trees here. It's like Disneyland. So anyway, we stopped next to this house and a lady giant came out and hugged the man giant and then they stood looking down at the children. The lady giant was telling the man giant that I was so ugly I was cute. What does she mean ugly? She started calling me Puddinhead immediately. How did she know what you call me, Mama? I tried to tell her my name was Shaherazade but she just won't say it.

So, I have this nice house just off the porch, we are all warm and comfy, meal times come regularly at 6 am and 6 pm and we have all the rest of the day to do our own thing. Today I went exploring with the pair of giants who live here. I found their garden to my liking. And the woods are wonderful. I met this really bossy squirrel who told me to stay off his tree. Like, I didn't see his name on it, so what's he on about? Anyway Mom, I just wanted all of you to know that we're safe and don't worry about us. I don't know why they call this the Crazy Cat Lady's house. She doesn't seem at all crazy to me. I think she may be my gift from the Maker.

Love
Shaherazade
alias "Puddinhead"


From The Crazy Cat Lady: I had a message on here about a blogger who's blog disappeared and now blogger is blocking some of my visitors so I've removed all mention of my friend to see if that helps...what in the devil is going on!? And I also wanted to tell you that my book, The Crazy Cat Lady has been picked up by Amazon. Just type in the title in your Amazon Search!

46 comments:

Everything Stops for Tea said...

ahh bless! - Well done on the Amazon connection!

S

Maggie May said...

That was lovely! really enjoyed it!

Gaston Studio said...

VERY well done! And I loved your story and was so glad that the man giant found you!

Hilary said...

Aww sweet.. and wonderful news for you!

I loved the "Copycat" newspaper reference... too cute. :)

jazzi said...

Congrats on the book! The excerpt reads very well.
I shall have to go searching...

Moannie said...

Yayeee! Way to go. Lovely story, thank you for sharing.

ancient one said...

Wonderful story...

Country Cottage Chic said...

You wrote a book? When did that happen?? It'll be on the best seller list soon!

I'm glad you found me at my new blog - I still haven't heard a word from blogger & it's impossible to email them so I don't know what is going on.

Jayne

Suldog said...

Have been enjoying your book ever since I bought it - well, since it arrived, anyway! I read a couple of pieces before bed each might. Just the right length.

Vee said...

So you took in Mama and all her babies? Oh wow! You are a better woman than I. Perhaps they heard you had a book out. Congrats for getting picked up by Amazon! That's good news.

We've got to chat, but there's so much going on here. Let's see, I'll send some email soon.

Have a fun day!

Oh, I can't believe that that happened to your blogging friend. That's crazy.

i beati said...

I have my Christmas list love ya Sandy

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

That was such a joy to read Sandi!!
I'm gonna see about getting your book. My Grans would love having me read them this!

justabeachkat said...

Crazy? You? No way! Sweet? Definitely!

Hugs!
Kat

jay said...

What a sweet and fun story! But I need to know: is the little house just off the porch inside the house or outside the house?

Sounds like a lucky cat family, either way! :)

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

You clever and talented old sausage you! What a joy that was to read and if I can get away with ordering yet another book on Amazon, it will be yours - I have about a dozen delivered over the last three weeks!

Hope you are feeling better honeybun. X

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I loved your story! I was getting your book for my daughter-in-law, but now I NEED one for me. Oh, and my kids call me the crazy dog lady. I am honored to be in such company!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love it!! Congratulations on Amazon!

What is happening with blogger? I've been having a time visiting, the past couple of days. I changed to Firefox, from IE, this morning and it helped with that. But I understand there is a problem they are working on, also.

Sandy said...

Trying to pull my head above the water and catch up on some blog reading! You never disappoint with your sweet stories.
Have missed coming by! Have a wonderful weekend.
Blessings,
Sandy

Tara said...

Heehee! And Amazon--that's the BIG league, Sandi!! Congrats!

♥ bfs~"Mimi" ♥ said...

L.O.V.E. it!!!!!!!

And HUGE congrats on Amazon!

mihalis-halkida said...

Sandi Good morning thank you for the school, Hello, Michalis

Lee said...

Great story, Sandi! Loved the letter format! How many cats does this make now? Congrats on Amazon and good luck on the book signing today!

Hugs!
Lee

Akelamalu said...

Oh I love a happy ending! Looks like Puddinghead landed on her feet! :)

Candy said...

Thanks for the update on Puddinhead, I don't seem to be able to say Shaherazade.
Congrats on the Amazon listing.

Blessings on this Memorial weekend,
Candy

SandyCarlson said...

What a lovely, lovely story, Sandi. What luck kits.

Country Cottage Chic said...

Just to let you know that I have set up a new blog to replace my lost one at:
http://countrycottagechic2.blogspot.com

Hope to see you there soon!
Jayne

Cheffie-Mom said...

WOW!! Congratulations on the Amazon news!! BTW - I have a blogger friend who told me people were having trouble viewing blogs through explorer?? I don't know if this has anything to do with it??

Dr.John said...

Great story.
Wow! Now I'm reading the blog of a real author.
Congratulations.

david mcmahon said...

Very creative post - and wonderful news about Amazon!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Fabulous Sandi - the story and about your book - I'm off to Amazon right now! Hugs - A x

The Muse said...

Blogger is having MAJOR issues! So much so that I believe i may look elsewhere. sad isn't it?

So very proud and happy for you about Amazon...but not surprised!!! :) :)

NeereAnDear said...

What a darling story!!!

Sounds like you now have a new brood.... LOL what a sucker you are... heeheee!!

stopping by with a quick hello...

CONGRATUALTIONS ON AMAZON!!
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HUGS
JO

Jeni said...

My kids and a few choice friends always refer to me as "That Crazy Lady" and if Mandy had her way in the world, she would be the up and comer as the "Crazy Cat Lady."
Great story, Sandi. And, I've got to remember to try again to log in and get a copy of your book to. The last time I tried, my computer froze up on me and I was having online issues which all led to my having to get the modem thing for my cable internet connection replaced. But all is now working again, so shouldn't have any problems if I order a copy now.

Peace.

Seamus said...

Congrats on being picked up by Amazon.

Wonderfully creative letter! :)

Merisi said...

I worry about yur husband: he must be mighty jealous that your are getting picked up left and right! First by amazong (what a guy!) and now by David! What's a girl like you to do?

For me, I know, congratulations are in order - big ones, twice over. Cheers to Cat Mamma! :-)

Sandy said...

Congratulations (both on the publishing and on making David's spot)!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sandi, congratulations for your nod on David's blog. This is a precious post! Loved every word of it. And congrats about Amazon, too! You go, girl!

And apparently that Jellicle does, indeed, have several names. ;-)

XO,

Sheila :-)

Susan said...

Very adorable 'letter', Sandi!

SandyCarlson said...

Happy Memorial Day, my friend. God bless.

CatHerder said...

great post......one more crazy cat lady reporting for duty here :-)

Love Bears All Things said...

Blogger has gone crazy or is it Microsoft. I keep getting these aborting messages.
Anyway, I've tagged you. See my post for 5/26/09
Mama Bear

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

Very cute! I loved it.

Veggie Mom said...

Awesome! And Blogger/Google are still acting a little stupid. I really dont' know what's going on...

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Wonderful news!! I loved every word. So good....hugs...m..

imbeingheldhostage said...

Holy carp you're famous!! How exciting is that?! I just put one in my trolley. Congrats Sandi.

(btw, my earlier comment may have sounded insensitive-- You really are in my thoughts and I hope everything goes wonderfully with your procedures)

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