Figaro

Figaro came to live with us seven years ago and has been a treasured family member ever since . The first time we met, at the shelter, he immediately started climbing up my pant leg, as if to say ””Pick me, Pick me!””  We were originally matched up with another kitten (named Baxter) but the shelter employee who had been specially looking out to Figaro thought we would be the right family for him. He was the runt of his litter and came into the shelter at the tender age of three weeks old. From that first moment when we were introduced, to seven years later, Figaro has grown into a very special family member. He often sleeps at the foot of my bed, and won’t get up in the morning until I do.  He says good morning with his deep rumbling purr and makes me laugh when he stands up on his hind legs (while meowing urgently) to try and reach some ham on the kitchen counter. He still has the playfulness of a kitten and sees things like q-tips as his personal toys, running around the house with one of them in his mouth, almost like a dog with a bone.  We named him Figaro because with his black and white colors, he looked like the cat in Pinnochio. That, and the fact that there was a newspaper in Europe named Le Figaro, and a chain of coffee shops called Figaro as well. Since we love Europe, reading, and coffee, we were further convinced that Figaro was the right name for him.  Looking at him now, it’s hard to believe he was ever the tiny little kitten who would fit into your hand. As he’s grown, our love for him has grown right along with him and we are grateful that he is part of our family.

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      Thanks Tracie! Your Chester is pretty handsome himself! Figaro really is a gem, as I’m sure Chester is to you and your family. I can totally relate to making room on the c ouch. Our cat Tabitha insisted on sleeping there no matter what we did so we did the same thing as you. We put a nice comfy afghan there and it’s been ‘her spot’ ever since. Love the name Chester by they way!

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      Hi Maria! Thanks for your kind words. Seeing him carrying around a q-tip around the house can be a bit entertaining. We think he thinks he’s a dog. Actually we call him our ‘dogcat’ because of his love for meat (we feed him scraps every night in his bowl) and his loyal, gentle personality. I enjoyed reading about your dogs. Especially the part about being ’embarrassed at being ‘caught’ together. That’s so funny that they would act that way. 🙂

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    Hi Andrea! What a sweet story. I love that you rescued him. That’s a special thing to do.
    I, too, enjoy a good mystery. In fact, that is my favorite genre. I enjoy David Baldacci, James Patterson, Robert B. Parker (RIP), Marcia Muller, and Sue Grafton. I also like the “cozy” mystery books as well. How about you?

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      Hi Nancy! Thanks for your lovely comments. I’m glad you think so. 🙂 I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading the authors mentioned in your post, but I’ve read several of Sandra Brown’s books. That was how I was introduced to the murder mystery genre. And like you, I’ve gotten to like it. Ever since I’ve starting reading her books, I’ve been wanting to read more by her. Everything I’ve read is highly suspenseful right up until the very end of the book. She certainly keeps you guessing. However you’ve given me lots of other great authors to discover and I’ll be on the lookout for them the next time I’m in a bookstore:) I’m not familiar with the ‘cozy’ mystery books, perhaps you could tell me more about them?

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        Hi, I think the “cozy” genre are books that feature women sleuths and many times they include recipes at the back. They have main characters who are housewives, caterers, etc. Some authors are Dianne Mott Davison, ??? Wolzein, Earlene Fowler (quilt series featuring Benni Harper), and Carolyn Hart’s series with Max and Annie Darling as the main characters. Annie owns an Indie Mystery Bookstore

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        Oh, they sound very interesting, I like the fact the women are featured as heroines as well.

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        Thanks so much for sharing them with me. I’ve already started 2nd chance by James Patterson and am enjoying his choice of characters and the story very much.

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      Thank you Amy B! He is a bit attached to his q-tips! I read your story about Maggie (who is also adorable) and found myself thinking how very lovely it must be to come home to such a welcoming corner, and find her sitting there waiting for you. I love the fact that she was a rescued dog too. It takes a special kind of commitment to work with an animal that wasn’t treated well.

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    Thanks Tracie! Your Chester is pretty handsome himself! Figaro really is a gem, as I’m sure your Chester is to you and your family. I can totally relate to making room on the couch. Our cat Tabitha insisted on sleeping there, no matter what we did. So we did the same thing as you, we put a nice comfy afghan there, and it’s been ‘her spot’ ever since. Love the name Chester by the way!

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    Thanks so much for sharing them with me. I’ve already started 2nd chance by James Patterson and am enjoying his choice of characters and the story very much.

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