“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

Such a lovely day it is today, a gift after the cold and before the rain. I ventured out on the deck for a bit to enjoy the warmth. A small breeze was blowing the hanging leaves together, and I imagined unseen spirits walking in the yard on the bed of crisp, brown leaves. Gracie stood beside me and surveyed her kingdom. Though she was ever alert, nothing caught her eye and we both came inside together.

I have been watching the Hallmark Christmas movies. I joke and say I’ll have to be more cautious about my sugar intake, but I am such a sucker for happy endings.

The other night my headlights shined on a small cat in the middle of the road. I stopped. She gave my car a quick look, saw she was safe and returned to the task at hand. She was chasing a mouse. I could see both of them in the light. The mouse went only so far before the cat pounced and dragged it back. They did that again and again. At one point I could see the tail of the mouse hanging from the cat’s mouth then the mouse was back on the ground running. I decided to do a u-turn so the cat warily watched the car moving losing track of the mouse but only for a bit. Once she realized I wasn’t going her way, the hunt was back on and the cat chased the mouse into the underbrush. That was the last I saw of both of them.

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16 Comments on ““There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We got the grey and dismal day here instead but no rain thankfully. Strong winds are howling however so I’ll fall asleep like a baby later 🙂

    The cruel play the cats have with their prey. I don’t like mice around or in my home but I sure don’t like that part. Dogs are more straight on and when they’ve captured a mole, vole or mouse they kill it directly, Not nice that either but less cruel.

    We swedes don’t need happy endings 🙂 On the contrary, the sadder the end the more popular a movie usually is 🙂 Sudden,violent death and preferable a broken heart ending is the best but too few American movies are made with endings like that 🙂 I think that’s why I have The War of the Roses as one of my absolute favorite movies, the way Kathleen Turner turns her head from Michel Douglas just as they die is an absolutely great ending of that film 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Rain is coming but it will be too warm for snow. For that I am thankful.

      I agree about the cats. Whenever I find a dead mouse in my house I never see any injuries or indicators as to how it was killed. I swear the mice are just scared to death by the game the cats play.

      Hallmark is a greeting card company with its own TV station so they are in the business of happy endings, especially at Christmas.

      That’s a great movie!!

      Have a wonderful eveing!

  2. Hedley Says:

    “I am much more original musically, and a much more original thinker.”

    Such is Joni Mitchell’s opinion of Bob Dylan. Her interview in The Sunday Times in support of the release of her new boxset/compilation is at best a bit odd and certainly ornery.

    “Music is over for me, pretty much,” she explains. “I can’t sing: I don’t want to. I want to paint, and I want to write. I can’t tour, I can’t travel, I’m sick; I can fly two flights a year. I’m old. You have to know when to give up.” OK, she is 71.

    Didn’t really inspire me to run out and buy a box of retreads.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I’ve always thought her ornery so this doesn’t surprise me too much.

      Cigarettes ruined her voice. Giving up at 71?

      I have every one of her albums so I don’t need her retreads.

      • Hedley Says:

        WRONG !!!!!
        Her voice, admittedly, is not what it was, but she rejects all suggestions that the cigarettes — she makes serious progress through a pack of American Spirit as we speak — are to blame.

        “People say my voice got weary from years of smoking. Well, I’d been smoking for 15 years when I made my first record. It was other things that changed my voice.”

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        Well, she is wrong. Most people I know who smoke have a raspy voice easily identified as belonging to smokers. Her denying it doesn’t change the truth.

        If she is talking about her 1968 album, add 45 more years of smoking to the 15.

      • im6 Says:

        She’s scheduled to be the guest on The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS this Tuesday, November 25.

      • im6 Says:

        I think it’s the hair.

      • katry Says:

        im6,
        I have set it up to be recorded.

        I was going to write I think it’s her hair when I saw your comment. Yup, that is a nice 40’s do.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I didn’t know that about Joni Mitchell. Sounds like she’s really bitter about it though. My voice went partly because of cigarettes (which I quit early on) but mostly because of many bouts of bronchitis shredding my vocal chords.
    However, even Beverly Sills knew when to quit so maybe it’s a good thing.

    My old dog Tegan and the cat Monster were a superb tag team of mouse catchers. Monster caught them and played with them. Tegan took them away from Monster, killed them quickly and then took them outside to dispose of them. Very co-ordinated.

    Lovely day up here. I took the dogs out for long walks a couple of times and I didn’t even need a coat or the earflap hat. I even found an opportunistic yellow viola growing in the lawn. There’s not much out there to pollinate it but I gotta give it points for optimism. 🙂

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      She does sound bitter. Hers is a strange life. She gave up her baby, the girl as an adult found her, they fought, were estranged then reunited. I found the whole episode a bit odd.

      I don’t know which cat is the mighty mouse catcher. I would just find them, the mice, dead in the morning. I have seen Gracie chasing one outside. It was too funny. Like the story of Little Black Sambo, Gracie and the mouse kept chasing each other around a tree. I was waiting for one of them to turn to butter.

      It was nice here too, but I was far less energetic. I just did a wash.

      Have a great evening!

  4. flyboybob Says:

    I think that cats and dogs each made a different pact with humans when they became domesticated. The dogs want us to be members of their pack. Sure they would herd our sheep and guard our property but they are real family members. Cats on the other hand have a strictly business relationship. They will catch mice and we will leave them alone. If the cat wants affection it will be on their terms.

    I’m not a fan of cats but a genuine dog lover.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Dogs are quite eager to please and mine is a tail wagger. My cats do come when called, mostly.

      I have two cats and a dog. I like having a combination.

  5. Jay Bird Says:

    Joni never had much of a voice (e.g. “Woodstock”) but she was a brilliant writer. Cig’s and age don’t mix well (e.g. Lightfoot). I have not seen Joni live in many years.

    I’ve had cats and dogs. I greatly prefer dogs, but they require more maintenance (walking) but score higher on unrequited love.

    • katry Says:

      Jay,
      The last time I heard Lightfoot I was horrified by his lack of a singing voice. He had been such a favorite of mine.

      You are right about the unrequited love. My dog, a boxer, has a docked tail. She wags it so much I expect her butt end to rise in the air like a helicopter as if she were a cartoon character.

      When I go away, getting a house or dog sitter is difficult. My dog has never spent a night alone. The cats, however have as my friends never mind the dog coming for the weekend with me. Gracie has a dog door so she comes and goes into the yard whenever she wants.

      My cats do come when called or at least one of them does.


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