Jeanne Owens, author

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Heavy – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Picking up her cat, she realized Mickey was starting to feel a bit heavy and decided to put him on a diet, no matter how much he might dislike it. As if sensing her intent, the black and white cat squirmed in her arms until she let go, and landed on the floor with a heavy thud of his feet and dashed away.

 

 

 

 

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In Sentence prompt, “heavy”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/tuesdayuseitinasentence-heavy/

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In The Cards – Stream Of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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Hillary left the fortune teller’s shop feeling a mixture of happiness and dread. The tarot card reading she’d gotten had turned up both the Death card and the Lovers card along with the Wheel of Fortune, and Hillary wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. Was she going to meet her soul mate? Was someone going to die? What did the cards mean? The fortune teller hadn’t been very clear on that part. Maybe she needed to go to a different fortune teller.

As she walked along, thinking of various scenarios of how the cards might play out, Hillary passed by an alleyway. As she did, she heard a small, faint meowing coming from the alley. She walked into the alley and searched for the source of the sound.

At the back of the alley was a pile of junk. As Hillary drew closer to it, she heard the meowing again and could just barely make out a pair of tiny yellow eyes peering out from among the junk.

The eyes were near the ground, in the crack between a couple of large pieces laying near each other. Hillary knelt down to get a closer look, and as she did, a scrawny ginger tabby kitten crawled out and walked slowly towards her.

Hillary carefully reached out a hand towards the kitten, and it came close enough that she could pet it. The kitten was small and thin and looked half starved. Hillary felt sorry for it. She carefully tried to pick up the kitten, and it let her.

The kitten purred as she held it in her hands, and it looked up at her and let out a small mew.

That decided it.

“You’re so sweet,” she told the kitten. “I’m going to take you home with me. I can’t leave you out here and let you starve to death.”

As she left the alley with the kitten, she genuinely smiled for the first time in a long time as she made plans to stop into a nearby store to get some supplies for the kitten and to take it to the vet in the morning for a checkup.

In the back of her mind, she realized the tarot cards had been right, after all.

 

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Note: Death card meaning: change, endings, beginnings, transitions, transformations. Lovers card meanings:  love, union, relationships, choices, alignment of values. Wheel of Fortune card: good luck, karma, destiny, a turning point.

 


This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “card”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Oct. 6/18


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World Domination – Stream Of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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Lisa and Mac were in the living room, watching TV, when their cat came into the room and jumped up on the windowsill. The couple turned their attention to the gray tabby cat and watched him as he sat there and gazed intently out the window for a few minutes. The cat’s ears perked up at the sight of something in the backyard and he let out a small mew.

“Do you want to go outside, Silver?” Lisa asked the cat.

Silver jumped from the window and went over to the door, and Lisa got up to let him out.

Lisa went over to the window to watch, curious what had caught the tabby’s attention. Surprised at what she saw, she motioned Mac to join her.

“I wonder what’s going on?” she asked at the sight of a Silver sitting with a group of about a half-dozen other cats. They didn’t appear to be angry with each other or anything. They were just sitting there, staring at each other.  It was, she thought, as if they were having a meeting.

She mentioned the idea to Mac, who laughed and said jokingly, “Yeah, it’s probably a meeting about their plans for world domination. You know cats are plotting to take over the world, don’t you?”

Lisa and Mac laughed and returned to the couch to watch TV.

Outside, Silver and the others continued their conversation, not knowing that Lisa and Mac were on to them.

“So, how is everything going with you, #13?” Silver asked of the tuxedo cat to his left.

“Fairly well, Sir,” he answered.” I’ve about got my human subject trained to feed me on command. I still have to work on getting her to let me out when I ask. She doesn’t like for me to go outside for some odd reason. I keep having to slip out when I can to make these meetings.”

“And you, #7?” Silver asked of the Siamese to his right. “How goes your training of the humans?”

“Very well, Sir,” she replied. “They adore me so much, they will do anything I want. Although, they do need to work a bit more on cleaning out my litter boxes better.”

“And the training of my humans seems to be going well enough,” said Silver. “There are a few things that still need work, such as treats and more play time. But overall it sounds like the training of humans is going well. Soon, I think we will be able to move on to the next phase of our plans for world domination. We’ll meet back here again in a week to report on our progress. Dismissed!”

The clowder of cats broke up to return to their respective homes, their humans none the wiser about what the cats were truly up to.

 

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This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “dom”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Sept. 29/18


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Trail of Flour – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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Jessie was in the middle of fixing dinner when she heard her phone ring from the other room. Stopping her preparations, she washed her hands and went to go answer the phone.

She hadn’t been talking on the phone for long when she heard a loud noise from the kitchen. She quickly ended the phone call and went to go check the kitchen. The sight that greeted her left her speechless.

The plate of chicken pieces had tumbled from the counter to the floor, along with the bowl of flour she’d prepared to bread the chicken with. One piece of chicken appeared to be missing.

Small powdery white paw prints lead from the pile of flour and across the kitchen floor to the cat flap in the back door.

Jessie instantly knew who the culprit was.

Shaking her head, Jessie followed the tracks outside to the backyard. The tracks continued down the porch until they reached the grass. Jessie stood on the bottom step and looked around the yard, wondering where Jinx could have gone with the chicken. It was a large yard backing onto a small wooded area. Along the side of the house to her left was her pride and joy: a large flower bed with a rainbow of brightly colored flowers of different types in bloom.

Slight movement of a few of the flowers caught her attention and she went over to investigate.

Carefully parting the flowers, Jessie spotted her black cat, Jinx, crouched on the ground and nibbling at the missing chicken breast.

Jessie quickly snatched the chicken away from the cat and Jinx let out a short hiss.

“Bad boy, Jinx,” Jessie scolded. “You shouldn’t eat this. It could make you sick.”

Jinx watched her with narrowed yellow eyes as she took the chicken back inside the house.  A faint noise from the wooded area caught his attention, and he turned an ear towards it to listen. A few moments later, he left the flower bed and strode off across the yard to seek out the source of the chirping.

 


 

This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “flower/flour”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Sept. 22/18


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Notice – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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Levi and his black Labrador, Sirius, walked up the steps to his apartment’s front door. They had been on a nice walk and had a fun time at the dog park, so both were in good spirits. But the yellow sheet of paper taped to the door with the giant NOTICE in red lettering that greeted them quickly dampened Levi’s spirits.

“Notice is hearby given…” Levi read out loud before finishing reading the rest of the letter silently. Beside him, Sirius let out a small whine, sensing something was wrong.

Levi snatched the letter off the door and crumpled it in his hands angrily. Then the weight of what he’d read hit him and he plopped down on the steps, holding his head in his hands. Sirius settled down beside him, letting out another low whine.

Levi removed his hands and pulled Sirius close to him in a tight hug. “What are going to do, boy?” he asked. “We’re being evicted. I just can’t believe it. Where can we go, on such on short notice?”

Dejected, Levi sat there for a while, just holding tight to his dog. Dark clouds built up overhead, and a light rain began to fall, but Levi didn’t pay it any notice. All he could do was stare at his shoes and think about having to move so suddenly.

After a few minutes, Levi noticed he wasn’t getting wet any more. He also noticed that someone was speaking to him, asking him if he was all right. He had a sense that they’d been asking for a few minutes. He lifted his eyes from his feet to see a lovely young woman about his age standing in front of him. She was holding an umbrella over him. A Golden Retriever sat stoically by her side.

“Are you all right?” the lady asked Levi again.

“Oh, uh, yeah,” Levi replied sheepishly. “Thanks.”

The rain finally stopped, and the young woman closed the umbrella. “Lucy and I were passing by on our way back from the dog park and saw you sitting here. You appeared to be in some sort of trouble. And it must be pretty bad because you didn’t even seem to notice the rain.”

“Well, you’re right. I did just get some rather bad news, and it hit me hard.”

“Is there anything I can do to help?”

“Not unless you know of an available apartment that allows pets,” he replied.

Levi let go of Sirius, who sat up straight beside him, and showed her the offending notice he’d gotten.

She took one look at it and instantly understood. “Oh, I’m so sorry,” she said. “That is really horrible news. But you’re in luck. It just so happens that the people in the apartment next to mine are moving out at the end of the month. Why don’t you come back with me and see about applying for it? It’s not far.”

Levi stared at her as if she were an angel sent from God.

She smiled and held a hand out to him. With a smile of his own, he took it.

“I’m Angela, by the way,” she said as he stood up.

“Nice to meet you, Angela,” he replied. “I’m Levi. And this is Sirius.”

The group walked back towards the street.

Overhead, a rainbow had formed.


 

This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “notice”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Aug. 25/18


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Black Cat Appreciation Day

As someone who’s proud to have been owned by a black cat, I want to wish everyone a happy Black Cat Appreciation Day.

Black cats sadly are still struggling to get out from under the veil of superstition they’ve been under for many, many years. But those of us who have been lucky enough to have had black cats in our lives know how great and loving they really can be.

For those of you who may not be aware, here are a few reasons black cats are so great:

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This post is in honor of my angel Shadow

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Present – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Eager to present his present to her, he ran inside the house and into her room. He jumped up on the bed, but when she didn’t wake right away, he let out a small mew. When she still didn’t wake, he crept up and lightly tapped her cheek with his paw. Finally, she stirred, and he sat back and dropped his present on her chest. Her eyes snapped open and she beheld her black cat sitting proudly beside the dead mouse lying on her chest. She shrieked and the cat watched, bewildered, as she swiped the mouse away. He jumped off the bed and ran from the room, wondering why she didn’t like his present.

 

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “present”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/tuesdayuseitinasentence-present/