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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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