Whew!  It has been a really busy week!
Hubby’s birthday
Our 29th anniversary
The neighborhood block party
A doctor’s appointment
Scheduling other appointments spawned by that appointment
Pursuing an idea for a new writing project
And on top of all that, we’ve added a new member to our family:

This is Peaches.  As they packed up to move to a new house along the highway, a dangerous situation for their outdoor kitty, our neighbors asked if we would take him.  He’s orange, which sealed the deal for me, with amber eyes, Gremlin ears, and a tail that’s fluent in sign language.  He is shamelessly affectionate.  He likes flannel and canned cat food. His first meeting with the dogs proved him to be lightning-fast, adept at finding hiding spots, and in possession of the most venomous hiss this side of the Mississippi.  Once he has visited the vet and recovers from getting snip-snipped, he will be allowed outside again.  I’ll post more poetry as soon as I have the time and inspiration to write it.

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28 thoughts on “A BASKET OF PEACHES

  1. Tippy Gnu September 10, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Snip-snipped, eh? That poor cat better find a good hiding spot and work on his venomous hiss.

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    • Just Joan September 10, 2017 / 11:42 am

      Gotta do it, Tippy. If he goes outside, he’ll make kittens (and we’ve got far too many around here already). If he stays in, he’ll start marking his territory. It’s a compromise; I’m letting him keep his claws so he can climb trees and walls and window shades and stuff. So far, he seems amenable to indoor living. 🙂

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      • Tippy Gnu September 10, 2017 / 1:18 pm

        I know. Male cats do mark their territory. And sometimes even after they’ve been fixed (our 17-year old cat occasionally sprays, even though he was fixed at 6 months old). You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.

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  2. L. T. Garvin, Author September 10, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    I love your new baby, Joan! Peaches, what a perfect name. Of course, I would adore him, I’m the ultimate crazy cat lady. I won’t even tell you how many I have, all rescues. I can’t stand knowing about an animal in need of a home. I tell you these days are truly busy. I’m hoping you have a new kiwi poem up soon. 😀 I also hope you enjoy some beautiful fall weather in the days ahead.

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    • Just Joan September 10, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Thanks, Lana. Peaches is exploring and adjusting. This ain’t my first feline rodeo… Peaches is #9. He’s our only cat at present and the only orange one I’ve ever had. I’ve heard they can be temperamental, but he is a lover to the core. He-Kiwi hasn’t reached my yellow hibiscus yet, but he gets a little closer every day. I’m loving the chill mornings and snap in the air, can’t wait until the trees start changing. Autumn, here I come! 🙂

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      • L. T. Garvin, Author September 10, 2017 / 9:12 pm

        I’ve had one orange cat, she was a lovely little animal. He-Kiwi hasn’t reached the yellow hibiscus YET, lol! We are having some chill mornings too which is a bit early for us 😀

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      • Just Joan September 11, 2017 / 10:42 am

        I love how God makes the eyes just the right color to match the cat… his are amber, like turn signals. He-Kiwi will be getting a winter haircut soon, so he better grab while he can. 🙂

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    • Just Joan September 10, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      Isn’t orange the coolest? Was yours ornery or sweet? 🙂


  3. kutchie Kender September 10, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    He Is Lovely! I’m sure he will be a peach!



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    • Just Joan September 11, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Thanks, Ursula. He’s been a peach so far. 🙂


    • Just Joan September 11, 2017 / 10:44 am

      Thanks, KE. He knows he’s cute and is quite the flirt, gratuitous with his affection. 🙂

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  4. chevvy8 September 11, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Congratulations on all the significant events you’ve celebrated this past week including the addition of Peaches to your family! 😀

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    • Just Joan September 11, 2017 / 10:46 am

      Thanks, Chev. Life is alternating periods of quiet and busy these days, ebbs and flows. All you can do is roll with it. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Peter Klopp September 12, 2017 / 12:25 am

    Happy birthday and happy anniversary! Congratulations and greetings from your blogging friend in Canada!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Just Joan September 13, 2017 / 11:46 am

      He is adorable, Annmaria. I can’t take credit for his name, the neighbors gave it to him. It suits him well. 🙂


  6. circumstance227 September 14, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    Welcome to Cat World! ( in case you are a newcomer). From now on this peachy orange thing will take over your life. Subjugate you to her (his?) will. And you will be grateful.

    I fully expect you to be posting cat videos within a month.

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    • Just Joan September 15, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      Thanks, 227. I’m a lifetime member of Cat World, but have been cat-less for the last 6 months. I thought Peaches might be amenable to indoor life, but having lived the last two or three years in the outdoors, he shows a clear preference for freedom, fresh air, exercise, and no dogs. Take over my life? Are you kidding? He has already taught me to open windows for him, provide canned food for his dinner, accept playful bites as shows of love, and not expect him to come when I call. After warning the vet that he was Houdini reincarnated and would scratch, bite, etc, to get himself free, he made a liar out of me by behaving perfectly for his exam and shots and going back into his crate without a fuss. Good grief! 🙂


    • Just Joan September 16, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Thanks, Quirky. It is interesting to watch his personality unfold. Just when I think I have him figured out, he throws me a curve ball. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Ellen Hawley September 22, 2017 / 8:55 am

        We had a red cat a long time ago, and the vet swore that there’s a personality red cats share–friendly, playful, and real characters.

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      • Just Joan September 22, 2017 / 1:38 pm

        Your vet is right, Ellen. Peaches is all of those things, especially a real character. I’ve been told reds are “temperamental” but this guy is a lover, a real purr machine. 🙂


  7. Ellen Hawley September 22, 2017 / 5:44 am

    He’s gorgeous. I’d have taken him in without a second’s hesitation.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Just Joan September 22, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Thanks, Ellen. I’ve always wanted an orange cat. This guy was well-known in the neighborhood and a friend of my Ginger before she disappeared. The offer to adopt him was pure serendipity and you can’t say no to that. 🙂


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