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Let me tell you a story

Yesterday, I needed to head to town. I grabbed the money to pay a bill, and planned to zip down my driveway.

Once I hopped into my SUV and bumped down the gravel drive. Yes, I said bumped. Somehow I missed the fact that the trash trailer was hooked up to my Honda Pilot. Oops. I really didn’t want to take that thing with me, but there I was, a third of the way down the driveway.

I’ll tell you a secret: I’m a little bit lazy. Rather than driving down the driveway, turning the SUV/trailer around down at the bottom, and driving back up, I opted to back up the driveway. That’s right. With the trailer.

What was I thinking?

I can tell you right now that didn’t end well.

Another secret about me–I can‘t back up a trailer. But I just thought that somehow backing it up–up the hill with a curve would be A-OK.


I did manage to avoid the ravine ditch completely, but jackknifed the trailer right at the edge. That was as good as I could get. SUV with jackknifed trailer

I fought with the hitch and tongue, called Greg for minor instruction, and finally managed to free the ball from the tongue (or whatever it’s called).

For most people, this would have been a simple process, but I’d say it took me a good twenty minutes or more.

That finished, I got on the road again.

Today I stopped down at the bottom of the hill at the end of the drive. I needed to deposit some egg boxes for the neighbor, plus check the mail. I normally just keep on driving.

Imagine my surprise/shock when I returned from the mailbox to find Charlie (Chuck) riding on top of my SUV! Yep–he just caught a ride and held on!

Cat on top of SUV

I shudder to think what would have become of our little friend if I had not stopped! I never would have known. Thankful doesn’t describe my feelings enough! Smiling woman standing beside car with cat sitting atop car

Chuck did not worry. He was super chill about it all. In fact, he saw no need to come down, and I resorted to coaxing and begging, then finally grabbed at him until I snagged a paw. I plopped Chuck inside the car and we bonded while riding up to the top.

Once at the top, Chuck still needed to explore the car, look out the window, and linger. He took his time before eventually hopping out and trotting away.

Orange tabby cat in vehicle with woman in driver’s seat Crazy cat!

Again–I’m so glad that I found him! He’s everyone’s best kitty, and Greg especially loves that little guy! He’s quite a hoot sometimes! Orange tabby cat in vehicle

Oh, our animal friends!

Animals are fun, crazy, and aggravating, but they do make our lives richer!

Some of my favorite animals tales of all time are found in the James Herriot books. All of his books are entertaining–chronicling the experiences of James Herriot as he served the rural communities England. I learned recently that his books are a conglomeration of different people/events taken from his long veterinary career. This article tells a little bit about his background and books.

Our best of his books is a collection of animal stories called the Treasury for Children. Somehow, if Chuck had lived in James Herriot’s time, I think his antics would have earned him a mention in a story. If you’re able to get your hands on the children’s collection, be sure to look up the story of Oscar, the Cat About Town. It’s very cute.

Well…thank you for coming by today.

I hope you enjoyed our little account!

Have a great day!


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8 Replies

  1. Laurie,
    I am sure Charlie loved going for his ride…I can probably back up better than I can pull straight in forward as i used to back into my parking space at home and at work for many , many years…..
    Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful party each and every week!! I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into it along with visiting all the links and choosing Features!!! Thank You!! I hope you are having a great week!!

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