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    Head Cats and Cold Stoves

    So, do you remember my telling you about our gas furnace acting up? It was the coldest part of January and the pilot kept going out. Pine Lake Stoves had been up here no less than eight times trying to remedy the problem. Finally in February, Bob the technician brought up what’s called a “diffusion plate.” From what I understand, this plate helps keep the pilot lit. All I know is that I’m very glad we have a wood stove.

    As of my writing this to you today, Bob has again been back this morning bright and early and somehow got the pilot to light. As soon as he left, the stove went out. Herman and I just moved away from the computer to light the stove and to time how long it stayed on. Fifteen seconds was it.

    I know it’s odd to be speaking of heat in late March when the end is so near, but remember I’m always writing to you a month ahead. I do, however, have some awesome news about Hermania’s cats. They had been outside all winter because a new dog in the household frightened them from coming inside. Finally, Hermania’s husband locked the cats on their porch when they came in to eat.

    As of this writing, I’m assuming the cats are still inside and warm. Which is a great relief to me. Every time I have seen Herman’s daughter, I was always inquiring about the cats. And worrying about them in the cold.

    One day Herman went over to their house in Caroga Lake to put a heater under their bathroom pipes to keep them from freezing and while he was there he spotted one of the cats under the house near the space heater. Seems they had taken up residence there and came out to the porch for food and water.

    I always think of a cat curled up in a ball somewhere warm in the house in winter. At least that’s what my cats do. I wish I could train them to be lap cats, which they definitely are not. They’ll come to greet whoever comes to the house. And Sam in particular likes to be petted, but hates to be picked up.

    Sally, on occasion, likes to ride around on my headrest of my electric wheelchair. And she has even gone as far as to sit with her front paws on my head. So I guess you could call her a part-time head cat if not a lap cat.

    Speaking of the gas furnace, since it has been off so long, the cats have taken to drinking from the pan of water we usually have on top of the stove. Since it is cold these days, they are comfortable with jumping on top and drinking their fill. At least someone’s happy with the gas stove like this! I just hope they notice if and when it starts functioning again.

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