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Lessons from a Feral Cat Father

From Christina: It’s my pleasure (I think) to have Liza O’Connor as a special guest today as part of a Father’s Day weekend celebration.  She’s here to tell us about her “feral father”.  Enjoy!


Liza O’Connor—Yes, I was raised by feral cats.

Feral Cat Dad

However, I loved my Feral Dad Cat (FDC) and wish to share a few valuable lessons I learned from him:

1) There’s no shame in frugality

My dad was the cheapest cat I ever knew. He’d buy large bags of bread, past the expiration date, meant to be sold as chicken food. To ensure humans didn’t buy it for consumption, someone would jab their hand in the middle of each loaf. While Dad once retrieved a partially eaten grapefruit from the trash and made me scrape all the flesh out better, thankfully, he allowed me to toss out the bread slices that had been finger stabbed. Even feral cats have their limits of cheapness.

2) Expect to work for anything you get and value what you earn.

Like all small children wandering through a store full of toys or candy, I would ask my feral cat if I could have something. He’d say ‘not unless you have the money to buy it.” That would provoke me to follow behind him saying ‘cheap, cheap, cheap’ like a baby chick. You might think it unsafe for a baby chick to taunt a feral cat, but he just laughed at me. However, I NEVER got the item I asked for.

Finally, after six months of chirping, I took his advice and asked for a job. He grew flowers for a living and it turns out even tiny children can carry small potted plants from one place to another. (I was paid a penny for relocating a pot to wherever my dad or grandmother said to put it.) Trudging through a hot humid greenhouse during summers was hard work. I soon learned that money could be had, but it didn’t come easy, and thus I became very selective on what I bought with my money.

3) Love can be said without words

My Dad Cat worked all the time, but since he worked ‘at home’ in the green houses, when I tired of carting pots, I would crawl upon his big foot and wrap myself around his leg and let him cart me about while I bonded with his ankle. He soon nicknamed me ‘Bug’. When I challenged my new name, he said it was short for ‘Sweet potato bug”. I loved sweet potatoes, so I became ‘Bug’. Even as an adult, he called me that. It was his way of saying he loved me. Because, let’s be frank, you have to truly love a person to let them sit on your foot while you drag them about as you try to do your work.

4) Be adventurous and brave

My feral dad cat had no sense of safety precautions. NONE. He once let me climb into the bucket of his tractor so he could carry me about. (I had gotten too old for his foot; I was about twelve). I get in the bucket, he says something, but I can’t hear him over the noisy tractor. So I look over the top to ask him what he said—just as he raised the bucket. Split my chin wide open. BTW: He’d tried to tell me to hold on tight because if I fell out of the bucket, he wouldn’t know and I’d be run over. (And still he was going to let me do this.)

He once had me walk the 6” beam across the top of the green house, dragging along thin rope, so he could attach it to the heavy plastics and pull it over the beams, creating a new roof for the greenhouse. If I had fallen, it would have been a 30’ drop.

Each summer we would go to Buffalo River. We couldn’t afford a raft, so, he taught us to ‘walk the rocks’ in the rapids. (You keep your feet out in front and walk over the rocks you meet as the water rushes you downstream.)

Having survived these adventures, I learned not to fear danger, which explains why I kayak, raft, fly planes, hand-glide, sky-dive, scuba dive, shark dive etc.

Love you, Feral Dad Cat from your kitten, Liza

These are just a few things my feral cat dad taught me. I could go on for pages. Yes, he was a flawed parent, but you don’t have to be perfect to be greatly loved by your kittens. You just have to love them and give them moments of happiness. And that he did.

Love you feral Dad Cat!

 

 

 

 

 

 



Having been raised by feral cats, Liza is a certifiable nut.  She has no manners, loves to make people laugh, and works very hard to make you laugh.

You can find her books at Amazon.



 

Liza O’Connor was recently featured in an Author “Quick Chat” at ABC Author Book Chat.  Check it out!

Author Quick Chat – Liza O’Connor

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25 Words or Less – March 2014

March is here and spring is right around the corner. It’s been said that all young men’s thoughts turn to love in the spring, so be prepared!

Here are more great titles — and quick little blurbs — to help you get ready for spring fever and thoughts of love.

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TheBullRiderandtheBaby by Jeanine McAdamThe Bull Rider and the Baby by Jeanine McAdam

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A Taste for Killing by H K SterlingA Taste for Killing by H K Sterling

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The Grace of a Duke by Linda Rae SandeThe Grace of a Duke by Linda Rae Sande

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The Masked Lady and the Murder by Lindsay DownsThe Masked Lady and the Murder by Lindsay  Downs

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Tree Change by Tea CooperTree Change by Tea Cooper

Forced to choose between the world she wants and the man she loves, Cassia opts for fame and fortune…but will it be enough?

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Harper's Wish by Krista AmesHarper’s Wish by Krista Ames

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Totally Devoted by E M BannockTotally Devoted by E M Bannock

Can a modern independent woman find love with a strong-headed traditional man? Will her career as an x-rated author get in the way?

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Tempting Clover by Decadent KaneTempting Clover by Decadent Kane

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Timeless Knight by Tori JamesTimeless Knight by Tori James

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Coming to Terms with Love by Dilys J CarnieComing to Terms with Love by Dilys J Carnie

Will her past destroy her future! Or will it be the start of something special?

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Valentine Masquerade by Margaret SutherlandValentine Masquerade by Margaret Sutherland

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Ghost Lover by Liza O'ConnorGhost Lover by Liza O’Connor

Two sexy English brothers. One irresistible ghost. Who would you choose as your lover?

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Love Reawakened by Shelli RosewarneLove Reawakened by Shelli Rosewarne

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Seducing His Heart by Jean JoachimSeducing His Heart by Jean Joachim

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Readers, please check out these books and let your favorite authors know how much you’ve enjoyed these stories.  Let everyone know! Your emails, comments, and reviews are appreciated.

The Winner is…Melissa Keir

Congratulations go to Melissa Keir, winner of Time for Love’s “Readers’ Choice” Award.

Last month, a number of different romance authors shared short blurbs about their books. Readers were then able to vote for their favorites.

Results of the voting can be viewed here.

1st Place: Melissa Keir

Chalkboard Romance

This story will be featured at Time for Love on Friday, February 7.

Chalkboard Romance by Melissa Keir

 

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2nd Place: Flossie Benton Rogers

Mind Your Goddess

Mind Your Goddess by Flossie Benton Rogers

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3rd Place: Liza O’Connor

Worst Week Ever

Worst Week Ever by Liza OConnor

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Honorable Mention goes to Tea Cooper and Marie Lavender.

And THANKS go out to all readers who voted.

Please continue to show your support for these talented romance authors by reading and sharing their stories. Your reviews and encouragement keep us going, so please take a moment to show your appreciation to authors whose stories you’ve enjoyed.

25 Words or Less – January 2014

Here are more great titles — and quick little blurbs — to whet your romance appetites. Grab a book today. Satisfy those cravings for love.

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The Wrong Woman

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Upon Your ReturnUpon Your Return by Marie Lavender

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Ribbon of Darkness Summer RossRibbon of Darkness by Decadent Kane

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A Winning Streak Tea CooperA Winning Streak by Tea Cooper

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Misadventures Manda Ward

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Readers, please check out these books and let your favorite authors know how much you’ve enjoyed these stories.  Let everyone know! Your emails, comments, and reviews are appreciated.