Fun Monday

Quirky Lisa (Lisa's Chaos) is today's Hostess with the mostess quirks. She used the following instructions to enlighten us about today's topic:

A quirk is defined as a peculiarity of action, behavior, or personality; mannerism. We are all unique individuals, having quirks that help make us who we are. I would like to know what your quirks are. Confess to one, confess to ten, you decide. Just come back Monday ready to spill the beans, the rest of the world may look at you like you are from Mars, but you‘re among friends here. We won’t laugh, in fact that eccentricity just may endear you to us more.

Well ...I'm being as quirky as Swampwitch today. I'm sorta following the rules, and sorta not.

Instead of hearing about my boring quirkiness, you are being treated to an old story about a quirky cat.

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Daggett was a cat with very odd behavior.

I like to think she channeled my monthly mood swings. But, her excuse may be that her head was slightly injured in a closing automatic garage door as a kitten.

She often sat at the highest point of anything or any place she could climb - which was pretty much everything. With her ears back and her back arched, she appeared to be ready to pounce. It was a formidable pose. We called it her vulture impersonation.

Her favorite citadel was the top shelf next to the garage door. There she could victimize anyone who planned to pass through the doorway into the house. Mind you, the immediate family would swat back and not let her get the upper paw. However, the occasional guest that ventured to the garage refrigerator balked - then yelled. We rescued the feckless who assumed she was a vicious predator.

(Sneaking beneath lawn chairs to test the pliability of her claws was another unacceptable quirk especially because she experimented on hanging bum. But that is another story)

Some years ago, the elderly couple who shared our back fence was very eccentric and the woman was cranky. She was not happy to have children in the neighborhood.

For instance…one day she moved her sprinkles close to the fence so that the water splashed on Karmyn as she played on the swing set.

“If that water is hitting you,” she instructed Karmyn, “you can go inside and play.”

Another time she yelled to me across the fence that the kids threw rotten apples in her yard. I asked the typical questions; who, what, when, and where? In her fingers she held up a scrawny dried up old apple that probably dropped from another old crow’s grip. Lord knows how many cherries the birds lose in our yard on the steal from Bill’s garden.

“I’ll tell them to be aware of your yard,” I responded with much skepticism.

Although we never said it to her face, privately we nicknamed her B#tchy B.

Not long after the apple incident I walked into the back yard to weed flowers.

“Help me! Help me!” I heard B#tchy B calling over the fence.

I looked the direction of her voice and peered through the fence.

There was Daggett, straddling the top of the woman’s head - claw clinging on for dear life. B#tchy B turned her eyes towards me but remained motionless.

“If I backed up to the fence” she asked in the sweetest voice ever heard coming from the difficult woman’s mouth, “do you think you could lift your cat off my head.”

“I think I can do that!” was my solemn faced reply.

Slowly she moved closer as I stepped up on a board and stretched my arms for the grab.

I pulled the cat gently up and away without any apparent damage

“Thanks.” Her tone remained subdued.

“And you are very welcome,” was my reply.

I turned towards the house, hid the smirk on my face and muffled the belly laughs that already boiled into my chest.

Walking away and out of hearing range I scratched the crazy cat’s neck and whispered into her ear:

“I’m beginning to think that you’re a keeper!”

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Now scat over to Lisa's. It's not to late to join the fun.

(fyi: Daggett was named after the pet robot dog in the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica series.)


Olive said…
That was a cute story and Daggett most likely was born with some of those traits. We had a cat that we named Half Baked - explains it all. Thanks for the humor and laughs.
Jeanna said…
Good story. My best friend growing up had a cat that hung out on top of the kitchen fridge and pounced on certain people. He seemed to know who he could shake up the most.
karisma said…
LOL! Now YOU are even NICER than ME! Now I would have said "Hang on, while I go and grab the sprinkler! Then you can go ahead and PLAY inside!

Clever Kitty!

Isn't it funny how we all blame "Swampy" when we break the rules. She seems to be the instigator of bad habits, hey?
Tracey_iPost said…
I love crazy cats. Life would be boring without a bit of personality! I used to have one that liked to sit on the back of the couch and attack people's ears while they were lounging on the sofa! Good times.
min said…
Cats are so weird!
Hehehe - I love cat stories. I have a few of my own. Sounds like this kitty was a good judge of character;)
Hootin' Anni said…
Oh I could have so much fun with Ms. B!tchy B....I love pranks. Ooops let the 'cat out of the bag'...LOOK!! I'm up on my perch...ready and waiting for her!

My FM is posted...come on over!!
Jan said…
What a great story. We have a neighbor we just call The Bitch. I keep hoping she'll move. No luck so far.
lisaschaos said…
I'd say Dagget was a keeper! So he was a little quirky, it's ok. :)

Thanx for playing. :)
Hazel said…
Oh, how I wish you'd excused yourself for just a moment to retrieve your camera & get a shot of her with her feline "hat".
Jettie said…
OOHh how funny is that!! good good story!!
Hazel said… me wondering if everyone has a B-type neighbor?

I was running a errand and my 4 kids were home alone for a few minutes. She came over baring a shotgun & threatened to shoot our dog if she ever entered her field again. The youngest was crying when I returned a few minutes later & the others were white as sheets.

Ah, the joys of country living.
Very nicely written and funny. (Although I would worry that she might try to poison my cat now - maybe that is my quirk!)
Debs said…
ROFLMAO!! I would love that kitty. :D

I will have to post about our Psycho cat. He was pure evil. *LOL*
runningatlarge said…
Hmmm. Channeling animals seems to be an oddly recurring theme this week.
Susie said…
Loved the story and I agree that Daggett is a keeper!
Tiggerlane said…
That was GREAT! And Daggett - I was so busy looking at Richard Hatch during that show, I barely remember the dog.
Karmyn R said…
That is just crazy - I told Dave's brother that story yesterday. AND - I almost commented at WT's blog the other day about our cat getting a head squish by the garage door..... Daggett was on our mind.
Heather said…
Your neighbor sounds wretched! I'm so glad Dagget got her! Made me happy just reading about it!
Oh my! That is hysterical! Rules for the post broken or not, I love it! :)
Junebug said…
That was good! Does WT have a new blog?
Jo Beaufoix said…
Hee hee, Daggett is a fabulous name for a fabulous cat. What a mean woman.
I love it when they do what you only wish you could!
robinellablog said…
So funny! I hope she is/did enjoy/ing a long life.
Cute story, Pamela!
I love my dogs, but I'm crazy about my cats.

This sums it up for me...cats are very opinionated about everyting, even humans. Daggett, must have taken it upon herself to teach your neighbor a lesson in manners, and not to mess with your family, or else, she'd be back.
Faye said…
What a character that cat was. Sounds like she was just what the doctor ordered to keep the neighbors in line. Loved the bit about testing pliability of webbing on lawn chairs and--oh sorry--getting a little bum as well.
Alison said…
great story..that horrid lady totally deserved that!!!
grace said…
that was so funny and interesting
You must have had to bite your tongue while you pulled the cat off her head?????? Funny!!
Nekked Lizards said…
Quirky cats are the best. I love kitties. Very cute story!
Molly said…
I am sure that all cats are quirky, and each cat has its own eccentricities. I met a cat that ate Christmas tree light bulbs. But on the other hand, all of those pecky kitties like Daggett show us some endearing trait.
Kila said…
LOL, was she any nicer towards you after that?
Nina said…
Kila.....that was going to be my question! What a good cat.

I loved Battlestar Galactica (the first one).

I have 3 cats and they are all weird! But declawed!

Your story reminds of the ongoing battle that my parents have with their neighbor, he hates dogs and will stand on his side of the privacy fence and squirt at my parents dogs with a water bottle, water gun or even the hose if thinks no one is watching. Now keep in mind my parents have small dogs, yet one would think they were pit bulls they way this guy carries on he's just a jerk. My dad caught him not to long ago doing it again and he told the guy next time he caught it at him he was going to hose him down :-) These people are in their 70's for cryn' out loud!
nikki said…
What a wonderful story. I hope that cat got a treat after the B*tchy B incident!
Way to go Daggett. Unfortunately many of us have neighbors that are butt heads. We all need a Daggett to help us get along with them.:))
Ari_1965 said…
My Miniature Pinscher-owning neighbors across the way left in their moving van this morning. After I waved goodbye, I did a victory butt-dance in the kitchen. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the neighborhood overjoyed at the departure of these folks. Why anyone in the world would want to own FIVE identical perpetually yipping and yapping tiny dogs with legs like cheap pencils I'll never understand. But, oh, the joy of no longer having to hear that chorus of yips.
M@ said…
Senor Cat is loco.
Mariposa said…
Hahaha, cute story, and I'm keeping it for IT Guy later...he loves cat!

Happy (belated) Fun Monday!
MarmiteToasty said…
:) very funny, I love cat stories..... I have shelves of them lol.... stories that is, not cats :)

Betty said…
What a funny "cat" story, Pamela. I've never had a cat, but I've always heard that they can be quite entertaining.
Debs said…
I read Karmyn's blog and seen pics of the cutest new addition to your family. Congrats!!! He is soooo adorable. :)
Kathleen Marie said…
A precious story...I love my two annoying cats... You really need to write a book!
Sayre said…
Hahahahaha! What a great story! I believe your Daggett may have been kin to a cat I had once...
storyteller said…
I’m visiting today’s Fun Mondays (and catching up in Google Reader with my new laptop) I’m realizing I missed LOTS of folks Quirk Posts last week … probably because that’s the day my new computer arrived. Anyway … it’s fun to catch up today. I enjoyed your cat story and am glad you got to see the new grand-baby at last!
Hugs and blessings,
dawn said…
What a great story. How funny about the neighbour and the cat going for her head. I would have been laughing inside also.

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