CATS ARE PREDICTABLY UNPREDICTABLE!
I grew up in California as a dog lover, in spite of the fact that we had 13 cats at onetime when I was a youngster. In fact, my husband, Tom, and I still had two small dogs, Smack and Poppy, when our first cat, Skooter, came into our lives more than a quarter century ago. Though I still dream of someday having a West Highland White Terrier, I am sure that will be a dream unfulfilled if the resident felines have any input.
I am not ashamed to admit that I am now a crazy cat lady. We have had a maximum of eight cats at one time, as we do now, having recently adopted a new kitten. For me the optimum number of kitty residents is seven: It’s a feng shui thing. But our latest addition, Calista Josette, stole my heart and so I was willing to chance setting our lives off balance. We also have found that it is best to acquire new residents in pairs (didn’t do that this time) and so sometimes the population dips to six and then five. During those times, I find myself feeling as if our 100-year-old, three-story house is completely empty.
I have been writing since I was in the third grade and have a B.A. in English from the University of California Santa Barbara. In the past I have written for both the local city magazine and our regional business journal and worked for a local college where I was responsible for the creation of all publications: newsletters, brochures, catalogs and print advertising. My poetry has been published in the following literary journals: Deros; Harvest from the Hills; The South Florida Poetry Review; Inlet; Wind; Up Against the Wall, Mother; Artemis; Artistic License; Kentucky Poetry Review; Vintage ’45 and Gryphon.
I also designed, edited and contributed to the poetry textbook, “Sky Hooks and Grasshopper Traps” by Judy Light Ayyildiz and Rebekah Woodie and edited the textbook, “Finding The Spark,” by Mignon Chubb-Hale.
With the advent of the electronic age, the logical next step seems to be a blog combining my interests in writing and felines. Actually I have been doing just that in an annual Winter Holiday newsletter for more than 20 years. And though my original plan had been for a book entitled, “Twelve Blue Cats,” I have a very short attention span (just like all kitties) so believe this format will be ideal.
I am optimistic that, if you are in any way partial to felines, you will enjoy reading about the antics of my past, present and future cats.
And, as I begin this venture, I must acknowledge and thank Jim Ellison for his site creation and Steve Stinson for his whimsical logo. The patience and expertise they offered this novice was invaluable!
Janet Buickerood Blue
December 10, 2012