Our cat Mercedes went missing for two days. She is a dim-witted furry beast who freaks out in open spaces (among other places) and when Bede opened the doors in an attempt to cool off the house, Mercedes got out. She's usually so skittish that she'll peep her nose out and then pull it back in again, but this time curiosity must have triumphed over fear... momentarily. We noticed the next morning that she was gone, but we should have noticed sooner, as she usually wakes us up with her mewing EVERY NIGHT.
Coyotes venture into our neighborhood quite a bit, looking for small, tasty morsels. We thought certainly that Mercedes was gone for good. It's hard when a cat goes missing, because there's no closure, but despite holding out some hope, I began to think of her in the past tense just to get some distance from what I thought was the inevitable.
Last night, we woke up a number of times when we heard mewing a number of times, but found no cat outside. Then, around 4 a.m., Bede saw her on the back porch. He went out to get her, and she ran away. We got out flashlights, and eventually found her under the neighbor's porch. Bede stayed very still and finally she came out from the porch around 4:45 a.m.
I dropped Lucia off at school this morning, drove home, and went to bed. Now' it's 1 p.m. and I'm ready to start MotherReader's 48 Hour Book Challenge. I'm starting out with George MacDonald's The Princess and the Goblin, which I first read as a child. Over the next 48 hours, I will have a storytelling gig, preparation for our bedroom painting, care of Lucia, guitar practice and maybe even some breaks for sewing. Still, I will read. I will keep a running tally of books read, pages read, time spent reading, and time spent blogging. I will do a final blog post Sunday, June 7, after 1 pm PST.
Here I go!
June 6 update at 6 pm:
Total time read: 11.5 hours
Number of books read: 6
11:24 pm update:
Total time read: 12 hours 45 minutes
Number of books read: 7
Time spent writing down notes: 30 minutes
Time spent reading other blogs and commenting: 90 minutes
As tempting as it is to spend a couple more hours reading, I'm going to bed. After having my sleep wrecked by a cat, I am not going to stretch out my circadian rhythms even more when I'm probably not going to be in the running for the 20 Hour Club. If I'm focused, I'll get 3-4 more hours of reading in tomorrow before I stop at 1 pm.