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    Happy New Year to You!

    Can you guys believe it’s already 2004? Let me tell you what a complete klutz Sally was during 2003.

    One morning she was evidently pivoting off my impatience plant and the whole thing crashed to the ground. She also got her paws into my variety of Christmas Cacti, knocking them over just as they were getting new blooms on for the holidays. The most recent thing she did, was knock over an entire vase of roses. This happened as I was asleep at about 4 a.m.

    Herman quickly got up to salvage the roses and clean up the water. I’m not sure how a ten pound cat can get into so much trouble. I’ve begun calling her a “scalawag.” And just so you know, the origin of that word, according to several sources, is that of a “playful, devilish nature.” Which sums up Sally.

    Now, mind you, she can be totally adorable as well. It’s just that she gets into everything. She’s over a year old now, so she’s totally grown. She’s a small cat, and because of this, she will always be a kitten to me.

    She also eats dog food. Every morning when Herman fills Moxie’s dish, Sally is the first one at the dish wolfing away doggie kibbles. Sam is of course disdainful of dog food, and although 50% bigger than Sally, not nearly as mischievous nor awkward. Every time Sally gets in trouble, Sam looks on with a very disgusted look, as if to say, “I wouldn’t do that. Hopefully, she’ll grow out of it.”

    But it’s hard to imagine her growing out of anything, given how much she eats, she doesn’t seem to gain any weight. Sam, on the other hand, has a permanent swag bag below his belly. I think it’s hereditary, because his mom and sister both have similar belly pouches.

    Herman’s daughter, Hermenia, has both the mother and the sister cat. So I’m able to make comparisons.

    I wonder what 2004 will bring for Sally? Maturity? I doubt it. Again, happy new year and may all your troubles be as serious as Sally’s.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"