search instagram arrow-down

Recent Posts


Top Posts & Pages

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 5,630 other subscribers


Thanks for Freshly Pressing me again!!

Freshly Pressed

Blog Stats

Blogs I Follow

Blog Stats

And again! Thank you to all who follow and support me!!

The irony of the title is not lost on me. Electric Light Orchestra (the song Evil Woman comes to mind) was an odd influence on my youth but that is another story. This story is about my nightly orchestra. I’ve chronicled the bears “hallooing” across the valley. The occasional coyote song-fest is not rare and there are always the crickets and peeper toads.

We have had our share of caterwauling the past few nights here on the back side of the mountain. I think it started on Friday night with the yowling under my bedroom window at 3am. I was in good hands (paws) as Chuck and Thelma where visiting and three dogs sounded the alarm. Lights flared as I traipsed behind them through the house, stumbling into furniture and stubbing toes. I tried to call out invitingly to Skeedles to perhaps come inside and quit the concert.

Needless to say, no cat would risk three highly energised dogs for the promised calm of the inside. This serenade to the waxing moon was repeated the other night. Alice and I deftly hit the lights and cajoled to the crickets and night creatures.

Caterwauling 2, Martha’s beauty sleep 0.

This morning as we trucked up the road for our walk at the ‘forced march’ gait of Chairwoman Mao the Chinese Shar Pei torture queen, we were overtaken by our neighbor in her car. She pulled aside to catch up because, though we can occasionally see each other’s house between the trees in the dead of Winter, we rarely are on the same schedule. I inquired about the health of her household of 4-legged creatures. Two cats have been declared “gone.” I suspected one, as she had emailed me recently asking if I would check my garage for her calico lady. Both were old and with winter approaching, we shared wishes for a quick and painless end. Circle of life here in the country.

As I walked on, I thought of the orchestra lately and wondered if it hadn’t been a remembrance service performed for those lost. Why should grieving be reserved for us humans.?


Skeedles headed out for the night

14 comments on “Eclectic Night Orchestra

  1. Doppleganger says:

    Interesting thought…. quite lovely actually… the heralding of transition…

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Do you think they really know, Doppleganger? I can’t help feeling we are all connected.


  2. julieallyn says:

    Great visuals! I, too, grew up on ELO and fondly recall their ruby red slippered album cover. 🙂

    Here’s to a soothing night of Martha beauty sleep sooner rather than later!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Julie! Sleep is sometimes over rated!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Touring NH says:

    Parts of your nightly serenade sound quite soothing, but the Caterwauling I could do without. I’m not sure grieve is the exact word for what animals do, but I know it is something similar. Diesel searched the house and yard for weeks after Mitten’s time had come. But I firmly believe animals “get over it” much faster than humans.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. How interesting Laura! I agree, it took a few days for Alice and Skeedles come back from losing the other three last January, but they were there for the departure so I assumed they had an understanding.


  4. I don’t speak cat but the idea of one grieving is interesting. Mine always wanted to be out doors more than inside so it was hard to tell what they were thinking.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I laughed at the “I don’t speak cat…” line. Does anyone but cats speak cat? Skeedles is a diehard outside cat until the snow fills her tunnels under the decks. Thanks for dropping by.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. jaknisell says:

    I do believe that they do grieve. I had a cat that grew up with my newfie. When he died suddenly at the age of 4 the poor cat started licking his hip until the fur fell out. He recovered when we got another newfie. They slept together every night. The cat would sleep in the dogs crate during the day. When that dog died the cat died exactly one month later. We believe he died of a broken heart.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I think you are right Annie. Their emotions may not be exactly like ours but they certainly do have obvious connections. Thanks!


  6. I wasn’t raised speaking cat, but have had feline tutoring ( although often there’s a lot of glaring and stomping off in disgust at my slow progress…)
    Animals know. Closer to seasons, life and rhythms. They feel loss of a presence (even if they don’t outwardly admit any attachment when the individual is alive and close). They sometimes seem to understand a passing is approaching. Olde Tiger was a fierce outdoor pioneer and ruled the yard – no coming in for him in hurricanes ( he felt he had to keep snakes out of the garage – and we saw a few chases) and he was quiet snug in either his garage loft or greenhouse apt with a heating blanket in the worst weather. Until he got old and I forced the issue…and he seemed to accept and stopped trying to rip the door and wall apart. He did sun on the back deck – and there decided to recruit an intern in dire straits (RC Cat). Blind Tiger sat yowling and staring in one spot just before a storm until I finally saw the tiny kitten in a tree. Tiger then stomped inside with “finally” written all over him. A few years later RC who was pretty crazy play wild at first, then oddly relinquished her favorite sunny spots for frail and fading Tiger…and stopped whacking Tiger over on the head all the time. Then there was just RC who took charge of overseeing the office and realm.
    When Granny cat visited multiple times (instead of boarding at a facility), the two were not going to chat and have tea. Until Granny came finally for hospice. RC sat watch and once again gave up the sunny spots. And became kinder.
    They know somehow. And they know and feel loss. And ponder a bit. You can see it. I think you heard it there at night.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Phil…your insights and recollections are wonderful and so on target. Never trust a human who doesn’t have animal companions. Appreciate your thoughts and comment.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Marie Keates says:

    When our Fluffy cat was run over the other cats in the neighbourhood certainly seemed confused. Charlie, the slinky black cat, her mortal enemy spent weeks creeping past the house jumping at the slightest sound and the little tabby kept wandering about looking under bushes where she like to doze.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I believe they live life differently than we do but still share a sense of loss. Thanks Marie!

      Liked by 1 person

Love to know what you are thinking! And thank you for commenting.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Pragma Synesi - interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Putnam, in the studio and beyond

Reflections and ruminations in Education, Beauty, Art and Philosophy

Badfish & Chips Cafe

Travel photos, memoirs & letters home...from anywhere in the world

The city of adventure

From there to back again (usually on a bike)

Nolsie Notes

My stories, observations, and art.

Shellie Troy Anderson


Oh, the Places We See . . .

Never too old to travel!

The Task at Hand

A Writer's On-Going Search for Just the Right Words

I Walk Alone

The World One Step At A Time

Tootlepedal's Blog

A look at life in the borders

Susan's Musings

Whimsical Stuff from a Writer's Mind

Travels with Choppy

A dog and cat in clothing. Puns. Travel. Bacon. Not necessarily in that order. News

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

A Sawyer's Daughter

The Life & Times of a Sawmill Man's Eldest Child

On The Heath

where would-be writer works with words

The adventures of timbertwig in the forest of Burnley and the Rossendale Valley

crafts, permaculture, forest management, self employment, cycling


Time to change, live, encourage and reflect.


Bring new life to your garden!

The Grey Enigma

Help is not coming. Neither is permisson. -

Ethereal Nature

The interface of the metaphysical, the physical, and the cultural

UP!::urban po'E.Tree(s)

by po'E.T. and the colors of pi

Kindness Blog

Kindness Changes Everything

Crazy Green Thumbs

Chronicling a delusional gardening experience.

New Hampsha' Bees

Raising bees holistically in New Hampshire

Indie Hero

Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller

Therapeutic Misadventures

Daily musings on life after 60 & recreating oneself

valeriu dg barbu

©valeriu barbu

Writing Out Loud

A Place of Observation

cancer killing recipe

Inspiration for meeting life's challenges.

Archon's Den

The Rants & Rambles of A Grumpy Old Dude


Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. Kurt Vonnegut

Once upon a time... I began to write

My journey in writing a novel

Not a Day Over 45

A View from Mid-Life

Sharon Hewitt Rawlette, PhD


Diana Tibert

~ I write -

White Shadows

Story of a white pearl that turned to ashes while waiting for a pheonix to be born inside her !

At Home in New Hampshire

Living and Writing in the North East


Two rare, life-threatening diseases that led to a bone marrow transplant and a snappy Buttkick List



International Cowgirl Blog

%d bloggers like this: