Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Just a couple of girls hanging out

Me and Mrs., Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones,
We got a thing going on

This is my girl, Olive, aka Olive Jones. She is my cat and, while she loves my husband, I am her person. We are the only girls in this family of a husband, son and boy cat.

For the most part, she is wherever I am. She's at my feet, or in the nearby window when I'm working on the computer. She's always stealing my seat, that red wicker one, in the kitchen.

She studies me when I'm getting ready, like she wants to know how to apply mascara for when she's grown up.

I can't quite sleep until she jumps on our bed and the heft of her settles in against my legs... or on top of my chest.

She's never accepted my son, even though he was born five years ago when she was two, and swats at him whenever she can. Still, he named one of his Webkinz "Olive."

If the boy cat Homer gets too close to me, she licks his head and then nibbles his ears and then bites his neck until he stamps his feet and leaves.

She enjoys a paw massage and looks like she's listening to something intently when you slowly rub her back along her spine.

She's not so much fat as her head is too little.

She loves treats, prefers to eat cat food off the floor rather than from the bowl, and is a super marathon sleeper.

She hunts down the belt of my bathrobe and tries to kill the shoelaces when she catches my husband tying his sneakers.

She prefers the indoors to the outdoors, but visits there a few times a day, particularly when it's warm and there are moths to be caught.

Now she's gone. Looks like a coyote got her this weekend, leaving only a bit of her tail, which we've buried in the back yard.

I really miss my friend.

Well, it's time for us to be leaving
And it hurts so much, it hurts so much inside
And now she'll go her way, I'll go mine
But tomorrow we'll meet at the same place, the same time
Me and Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones

Regular programming will resume tomorrow...

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21 comments:

Caren said...

OH MY Gosh, Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how difficult it is to lose a pet, they are such members of the family. I'll be thinking of you.

Michele said...

Oh - I'm so sad for you. I was thinking all through your post how much your kitty is like my dog, Belle. She is so connected to me. It makes my heart hurt that your baby is gone. I'm so sorry!!

Heather said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Pets truely are an extended part of the family, and I'm sure she will be greatly missed.

AmyDe said...

WOW - didn't see THAT coming. I am so sorry. Your Olive sounds a lot like our Mac - again I'm sorry.

Brenda said...

I am sincerely sorry for your loss. It is amazing how pets become true members of our family.

That Girl Designs said...

Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss. It hurts, I know. What a lovely tribute to her. Thank you for sharing this lovely creature with us. I'm sending a great big HUG your way.

FancyPants-design said...

Oh..I am soooo sorry for your loss!!! So terrible. Take care!!

bandelle said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry. Poor thing. I'll be thinking of you too.

Kylie

Shelia said...

Oh, Mary! I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet kitty! That is so terrible! Your kitty's ways sound so much like my Chloe Dawn, my mini Schnauzer! These little fuzzy faces are really like our children, aren't they? Again, I'm so sorry and don't wait too long - go get you another little fuzzy faced girl kitty!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Marie Force said...

Mary,
I am so sorry to hear about Olive. I know how much you loved her. Your stories about her made me smile. Hold on to those memories.
xoxo
Marie

Adrienne said...

Aw... I thought this was a happy post... Im so sad. Stupid cyotes!
Im sorry for your kitty loss... I almost cried. *sniffle*

Marie said...

I'm soooo sorry for your loss - wanted to shed a few tears at the end of your post. My thoughts are with you...

Man of Plastic said...

That was very beautiful. I had to go to the men's room to shed a few more tears for Ollie (I'm in the middle of "work"). I will always miss the way she curled her paws when she slept and the way she'd lay on her back and sun her big belly on the back deck.

Julie said...

Mary I'm so sorry for the loss of your kitty Olive. I have a little shadow of my own so Admiral and his mommy are sending you lots of prayers and hugs

Lisa said...

i just started reading your journal so i'm new to the comments. I am so SORRY for your loss:( I cried when I read it and totally wasn't prepared for what was at the end of your entry. I'm sending hugs and thoughts your way. I am a huge cat lover myself so it hurts me that you lost your furbaby:(

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Awww, I didn't see that coming either! You snuck it in right at the last. I'm so sorry you lost your cat. I have had a cat & dog & got SO attached to both of them.

Rhoda

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

I think we were waiting for you to tell us something cute she did today...so sorry, took me by surprise. I hope your children are doing ok. I know how hard losing pets can be.

Idgy said...

Mary - I am so sorry about Olive. You , J and T are in my thoughts.

Shannon said...

Oh, that took me by surprise too. I am sooooo sorry. I know how much that hurts.

Shannon

k5tchr said...

Mary,

So sorry to hear about your loss of Olive. Those furry creatures do have a way of wrapping themselves around our hearts.

Ruthie

Lift Up Your Hearts said...

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, I'm so sorry!! How sad! :'(