It all started while we were at my friend's house on the Fourth of July, being entertained by her cat and it's favorite laundry basket. Listening to funny stories of her cats and their adventures reminded me of the affection I shared with my cat (cats) many years ago. The next day, I went to the library looking for something fun and light to read. There on the shelf was a book with the prettiest illustrations of cats on the cover called "The Cats of Moon Cottage". The story takes place in England and it's all about the antics and personalities of the cats belonging to the owners of this cottage. I couldn't put the book down. The next morning an announcement was made at the end of our Sunday School class that someone had 4 kittens to give away. This, of course, I took as a sign directly from heaven.
I knew my next step was to convince myself that my very large dog would accept and get along with a kitten. My kids were not sure at all about it. My daughter very definitely did not want a cat. So. . . I got to thinking. She goes off to college in a year. . . I decided that would probably be the best time to add a new little member to my family anyway.
In the meantime I'm feeling very homesick for a kitten or for the cat she will grow up to be, my new little companion. I got caught the other day. My son has a soft, cuddly Winnie the Pooh we bought at Disney World a few years ago. He noticed it wasn't in his room in it's usual spot. When I admitted I had borrowed it to snuggle and keep me company he thought that was pretty hilarious... haha.
I finished the first book and I'm starting on the second. It's called "More Cat Tales from Moon Cottage" by Marilyn Edwards. The illustrations are by Peter Warner. Reading it makes me feel all cozy like wrapping up in a down comforter or snuggling Winnie the Pooh or looking forward to a new kitten. I told my daughter I might name it after her, but on second thought, Winnie sounds like a good name to me.
P.S. There's even a website where you can see photographs of the actual cottage and the cats in the stories. www.thecatsofmooncottage.co.uk