A to Z – The ABC’s of Me: C

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This is my seventh year of participation in the A to Z Challenge. My  intent this year is to share a little bit about me each day… the good, the bad, and the ugly… so you can get to know “the woman behind the words” a little better!

Apparently C should be for cantankerous, though it wasn’t my initial plan.  Both my tablet and my older laptop decided to be cantankerous (as in uncooperative) this week, and yesterday found me unable to keep either one powered up long enough to write a post or even read and comment.

Today I surrendered to the need for updated tech toys and accepted my son and daughter’s offer of a new notebook as an early Mother’s Day gift. Found a great one at a perfect price at Best Buy, and I’m up and running again!

Being honest, cantankerous would also be an apt choice for me at times, and not just yesterday or today.  I can be argumentative, especially if I am frustrated or I feel like someone is not understanding what I’m saying.  I tend to blow off steam, and then quickly get over it, sometimes leaving ruffled feathers in my wake.  I own it, and I’m working on it; it doesn’t happen nearly as often as it used to.

My original choice for the letter C was an obvious one… cats! Speaking of cantankerous and cats, I once wrote a fun little limerick that comes to mind…

Carlos the cantankerous cat
Would bite at the drop of a hat
When folks tried to pet him
He’d turn round and get them
He relished his role as a brat

I have been in love with cats since I was a very small girl living in an old farmhouse, I was fascinated with the barn cats, especially the mama cats with their kittens!  From time to time we had a housecat when I was growing up, though my father much preferred we didn’t.

As an adult, I’ve had cats every time I’ve lived somewhere it was possible. Both of my children have grown up to love cats as well, and my daughter has three of her own.  Papa Bear loves cats too, before I knew him he had one that lived to be twenty years old, which is highly unusual for an indoor/outdoor cat.

We presently have five cats, they are inside-only cats due to the coyotes and dogs that run loose out here in the country.  You can see their photos in the sidebar. They range in age from Smoky who is 2 years to Sophie who will turn 15 this year.  They all get along fine. Toby and Smoky, are wrestling buddies every morning! Sophie is the matriarch and they usually defer to her, even though she is small and a featherweight.

Three of them are rescue cats, while Tiggy and Gracie are littermates we kept from a mama cat we rescued.  I am an advocate for adopting animals rather than shopping for them, so many desperately need homes and make wonderful companions!  My fantasy job would be to operate a sanctuary for senior cats.

Papa Bear and I talk often about how much love and laughter our furkids add to our house with their antics, not to mention lots of floating fur, especially with four of them being long-haired!  If you come here wearing dark clothes, you will go home looking furry, no matter how hard I try to keep up with it! 🙂

Do you like cats and/or dogs? Do you have any pets in your home now? Do you ever have days when you feel cantankerous?

Note: Please bear with me as I scramble to catch up with your A-Z posts now that I am back up and running here.  This didn’t start out nearly as smoothly as I’d planned!  I will be around to visit everyone within the next couple days and I can’t wait to see what you’re sharing! 🙂


Links to my previous 2018 A-Z Posts:

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

30 thoughts on “A to Z – The ABC’s of Me: C”

  1. My laptop is 6 years old and is also cantankerous. It will only charge if I set it on its side so that the weight of the computer is pushing the charger pin firmly inside. And the battery runs down with just an hour or so of use. Sigh.
    You KNOW cats is one of my favorite “C” words! Pete and Nora play tag every morning, just before dawn. I seem to be base.

  2. We have one cat and that’s plenty for me. She is not a lap cat or even an especially friendly one, except for my husband. She’ll lay on his lap for hours. Me she tolerates but I guess the feeling is mutual.

  3. I’m certainly glad your back up and running! We had many kitties when I was growing up, but only one since we’ve been married. Our Callie cat lived to be nearly twenty years old and waited until our dear daughter 2 came home from grad school before she passed on to kitty heaven several years ago. She could be cantankerous at times with toddlers, and for some reason would unexpectedly lash out at dear daughter 1. We never could really determine why as this is probably our kindest and gentlest child.

  4. i love that word cantankerous and thank you for sharing your cats with us. I dont have any these days and I do miss their energy. too hard in a forest with such a vibrant birdlife but oh we have had some beloved felines over the years.

  5. Congratulations on the new tech toy! May it work for many years.

    A quick temper that is over with fast is sometimes better than a slow boil that holds a grudge.

    We love cats, too, and that poem would be perfect for Hibiscus, or “Biscuits” as i call her. We say she is the perfect choice if you always wanted to be a cat’s chew toy.

  6. My laptop is connecting with a wing and a prayer. It is about eight years old so maybe it is just tired. Some of the letters are worn away which may explain some of my bad spelling. Maybe part of the problem is the cookie crumbs that get stuck between the keys. 🙂

    I can be cantankerous and cranky! Usually doesn’t last long but it isn’t pretty while in action.

    Of course, I love cats! I would like to have a dog but I live in a condo on the ninth floor and I am sure I would be constantly cantankerous and cranky having to take a dog out several times a day especially when the weather is bad or I am ready for bed. So it’s cats for me.

  7. That is a sweet gift from your kids. Some cats are cantankerous, but I love them all. As you know I have many, 12 actually. I never had one growing up though, we had a dog, Nipsy who lived to be 16.

  8. I’m just waiting for my cantankerous laptop to bite the dust. Cats have a reputation for being cantankerous – I loved your limerick.

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