ASTRID’S UNAUTHORIZED EXPLORATION

by Janet Blue on July 27, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

It’s time again to get our “rhyme on.” This is one of our favorite days of the week, when we get to join Angel Sammy and Teddy with another poem. “G” is today’s prompt letter. I pondered all week about writing a poem for Giulietta, but finally decided to go with one of the prompt words for this week, based on Astrid’s antics of Tuesday evening. These are this week’s prompt words: (1) Garden (2) Giggle (3) Groceries (4) Grandma.

I’ve selected the subject of garden. I’m certain that has peaked your curiosity about the title of this post. Read on, and you will see the link between the two.

Astrid Takes Flight

Our garden was a thing of beauty in the spring,
With green grass and flowers bright as any bling.
The rains kept coming day after day,
And all of nature’s beauty was on display.
Everything now is dried up and brown.
Looking at it makes Mom and Dad frown.
In spite of this, Astrid felt the need to explore
And snuck right out the catio door.
She jumped and flew about ten feet to the ground,
Where she took off without making a sound.
For three hours she had her mom in a tizzy,
As Mom searched in the heat until she was dizzy.
Where that stinker was hiding is unknown.
We’re just thankful she decided to come home.
The garden is no place for a fraidy cat like her,
When skunks and groundhogs she might incur.
Though the garden may be turning to dust,
The critters still find scavenging flowers a must.
Gardens are fun places to explore and play,
But for most kitties this is not a place to stay.
This is especially true for our adventurous cat,
Who disappears into the shrubbery just like that!
She is tired today and acts quite ashamed,
When yesterday she thought it was the perfect game.
You can bet Mom won’t be letting her out of her sight,
In case Astrid once again decides to take flight.

© Janet Buickerood Blue 07/26/2017

I bet you expected to see Astrid here, but she is embarrassed to show herself after being a naughty girl. So in her place, I am sharing a collage of flowers, from when the yard was still thriving, and a photo of one of critters mentioned in the poem.

 

flowers in our garden

 

groundhog in the garden

To read Angel Sammy’s poem and find links to other poems, click on the badge below. You will also find the prompt words for next week if you’d like to pen a poem yourself. It isn’t all that hard, and it does not have to rhyme.

Thankful Thursday

We think it is pretty obvious for what we are thankful today. Of course, it is Astrid deciding to come home. Dad Tom, however, is not too happy or thankful for the two-inch gash Astrid put in his arm when he grabbed her. But that will heal. Had we lost Astrid, our hearts would not.

This also is our entry in Brian’s Thankful Thursday blog hop. To enter, click on the badge below.

 

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Kitty Cat Chronicles July 30, 2017 at 8:53 pm

Oh my goodness!!!! Astrid!!!! While I admire your bravery, please don’t you do that ever again! The outdoors is not a place for kitties like us, sweetie. I’m glad you got home safely though. I don’t know what I would do otherwise. I love you dearly, my beautiful wife. Sending a kiss for every garden ever. XOXO, Sampy
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MrJackFreckles/Pipo/Angel-Minko July 28, 2017 at 2:23 am

We are glad you decided to come home, but sheesh, why did you have to be mean to your Dad?

Exploration and being naughty can be fun, but its not so nice for those you scare half to death…

Having said all that, I Pipo confess, I like to sneak outside too sometimes.MOL!
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BeadedTail July 27, 2017 at 9:35 pm

Astrid, while it’s funny to watch our beans in a tizzy, it’s really not nice. You should’ve came out way sooner than you did. We’re glad you’re okay though!
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Raven July 27, 2017 at 9:24 pm

I’m glad Astrid’s garden adventure turned out ok and she’s safe.

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The Island Cats July 27, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Oh Astrid. You mustn’t do stuff like that. It only makes the humans crazy…and it makes life a little harder on you. Though Wally says paws up for getting out there…he would love to be out in the great outdoors, too.
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Yael July 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Astrid,
I am so glad you came in. It sounds like you gave your mom quite a fright. No time to go exploring in all that heat. I do like those pictures of your mom’s flowers though.
Yael from Playing In Catnip
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Da DB Boyz July 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm

Oh my! Astrid we are so glad you are home safe and sound after your walk about…that must have been so very scary for your pawrents!
xoxo
Jakey & Arty
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Mary McNeil July 27, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Wow ! Been there, done that ! Sooooo glad Astrid came home safe and sound !

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Jeanna July 27, 2017 at 1:13 pm

That’s a good ground hog close up! Incredibly pretty flowers, you must have a beautiful garden.
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Eastside Cats July 27, 2017 at 12:27 pm

That’s a heck of a poem…bravo!
Astrid, I am glad that you came home without too much trouble. It’s a wild, nasty world out there, and your peep just wants you to be safe.
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Ellen Pilch July 27, 2017 at 11:22 am

Great poem, I am glad you were able to catch Astrid. Beautiful daylillies. XO

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Brian Frum July 27, 2017 at 11:13 am

Oh Astrid sweetie, that could have ended badly and we are so thankful you are okay. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!
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da tabbies o trout towne July 27, 2017 at 10:51 am

astrid….yur poem total lee rockz even if yur in big time trubull witha cap a tull Z

N yea, itz best KNOT ta freek mom N dad out like that…ya noe ~~~~~~~~ we R glad
all ended well 🙂 ♥♥

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Linda Arthur Tejera July 27, 2017 at 8:51 am

Oh, my, they can put such fear into our hearts since we know what potentially lies out there and they don’t have a clue! Oh, Astrid, how could you? So glad you found her. My heart still pounds just thinking about those times it happened at our old house. So far, here, so good! Fingers crossed! Such a lovely poem. And I love your flower photos. We seem to have nearly the same blooms as you! Such a cute groundhog!
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katie isabella July 27, 2017 at 7:47 am

Meant to type “town” in front of the house, not two.

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katie isabella July 27, 2017 at 7:47 am

That is a living nightmare when they somehow get out Admiral did once and it scared the living daylights out of me because my property includes a greenbelt of woods. Two in front of the house, forest in back…to within 30 feet of the back of the house. It would be horrible. She was crouched in the yard and tho she was cowering I managed to get her.

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The Swiss Cats July 27, 2017 at 6:49 am

Astrid ! You must have scared your mom to death ! We’re glad she’s not mad at you and even took time to write a lovely poem about your adventure ! Purrs
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Teddy July 27, 2017 at 5:17 am

Astrid, Astrid, Astrid! Shame on you for making your Mom and Dad worry like crazy while you were exploring and playing in dirt and weeds in the great outdoors! I have a feeling you won’t be escaping or even attempting to again…..there truly is “NO PLACE LIKE HOME”……you’re safe, have plenty of foodables, toys, AND your whole family who love you! Thanks for joining our poetry day too – it’s a truly wonderful poem in your honor Astrid but don’t make Mom have to write another one about your GREAT ESCAPE again OK??????

Love, Teddy
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Summer July 27, 2017 at 2:12 am

My human would be beside herself if any of us got out! Well, we all have at one point or another (including Sparkle) but it was always only for a few minutes, or even less than that. Except for (you guessed it) Binga! One day a few years ago she managed to get out of a door that was left ajar while my human was out – but when she returned, Binga was more than ready to come back in! Being outside did not have as much appeal as she thought it would.
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Lone Star Cats July 27, 2017 at 1:39 am

I’d luv to explore our garden (I luv to eat plants), but I can never seem to break out.
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