Sunday, November 06, 2005
This is Emma's cat. Actually, he doesn't belong to our family, but try convincing either one of them of that fact! He's hung around our house for weeks, coming and going, and found that Emma was an easy target when he followed us home from the mailbox one day. We spend quite a bit of time trying to keep him from darting into our house when the front door's open even a crack. When she goes outside and finds him by our cars she exclaims, "Oh, here's our kitty!" (I'm absolutely positive that none of this is a result of me sympathetically giving him tuna casserole and milk out of sheer pity one day.) Those of you who know how much Garfield and I dislike cats are probably getting a kick out of the irony in all this.
Anyway, today I figured that if we're going to go down, may as well go down in flames. "What should we name "your" kitty, Emma?"
"Jer? Don't you already have several stuffed animals that you named Jer?" (I have no idea where she originally heard that word.)
"Yeah, but I like the name Jer." (It rhymes with "chair", by the way.)
So we're all outside with the garage door open, and Jer decides to head straight for the back corner of the garage. He's onto something. I wander back there, and sure enough, out darts this enormous rat, with Jer close on his heels. (Ok, it was probably a mouse, but he looked huge to me.) Unfortunately, Jer didn't drive the mouse OUT of the garage; instead, he merely scared him into a harder-to-reach-or-set-a-trap area.
So after my screaming is done, Garfield informs me that he thinks he knows where the mouse came from. "Oh?", I asked. "Yes, I left some cheese in the middle of the garage the other day. I meant to throw it out, but I forgot." (Ahem. I'm sensing a breakdown in cause and effect thinking here. I just stopped asking questions at this point. I mean, do I really want to know what my husband was doing with cheese in the garage?)
We're hoping our rodent friend doesn't have a family, or we may just have to keep Jer around after all. Oh, well...at least he's good subject matter for blog entries that go nowhere!