I have admitted that I am a Snow Lover. I think it’s beautiful. I’ve always loved snow, but it’s especially gorgeous when it coats the landscape out here in the countryside. This year the weather had been mild, mild, mild all the way to Christmas. Then on Christmas Day, the weather people started throwing the word “blizzard” around. We were to get said blizzard over night and wake up to a white After-Christmas. And that is exactly what happened. It’s not often that the words “blizzard” and “Southern Illinois” get used in the same sentence. But by 10pm on Christmas Night, the snow had started, the North wind was howling, and the temperature was dropping. We spent the day after Christmas digging out. A couple of days later, we got another dump of snow. By New’s Year’s Eve, we’d had three snows and varying amounts of flurries and sleet in between.
Do you remember the feral cat colony in the abandoned hotel that my family and I discovered when we were on vacation in Florida? I met a wonderful woman named A who loaned us a trap while we were there because we had seen a crippled tuxedo cat (we named him Domino) and didn’t want to leave him in those conditions. We were unsuccessful, but my connection to A is ongoing. She lives in the neighboring county to the one where this particular colony is. She started asking publicly for help in that county - someone to begin looking out for the cats in this colony we had discovered. Back in the Fall, I received a phone call from a woman named C. She lived in that county and would start feeding at “our” colony. I was thrilled. She would also be on the lookout for Domino.
She has given hours and hours, weeks and months, going to the abandoned hotel, feeding, watering, and looking for Domino. There has been no sign of him. I’m not sure what that means. Maybe his condition was an injury and he recovered on his own. (This is the view I try to take.) In the meantime, C is hoping to eventually get help in her county and start the TNR that is desperately needed for this colony. (At some point, I want to tell the story of a little crippled kitten C discovered in this colony. It’s a heart-warming story - for another time.) Anyway . . . I mention C and Florida for this reason. She had I are in regular contact now. She texts me the latest on the colony and other info as well. She has connected me to two of her sisters on Facebook who are “sharing” info about Winnie’s Wish adoptables.
A couple of days ago I got a text from her about how she spent New Year’s Day. I was shoveling snow when her text came in. She had spent the day with friends at the beach. She included a picture of the ocean. Yes, I am a Snow Lover. But staring at that ocean pic on my phone, I could almost smell the salt in the air and feel the warm breeze.
Florida. I was there in May and even brought a bit of it back with me (you might recall). Now I’m surrounded by snow. It’s hard to imagine the things of Florida. A picture of the ocean, a delicious glass of fresh Orange Juice, that warm Florida Sunshine.
. . . . see you Monday.