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One of my cats has been missing for the past 4 months. For the most part, it has been a disappointing, frustrating, and time-consuming task to search for him.


Down the Drain

My cat got lost in an area with miles of drainage areas like the one below. Some of these drainage areas are like small valleys with gently sloping sides, while others seem more like miniature canyons with steeper slopes. Most of them are filled with weeds and dry grass as well as bushes and trees. They also have recreational trails built beside them. I have walked many miles looking for my cat, and I will probably walk many more.


One of the drainage areas in the place where my cat got lost. I spotted him here (at least I think it was him) during my initial search of the area.


My cat ran toward me, and then he ran past me and up this spillway. He hid in a hole above the spillway. I tried to get him to stay in this area by leaving some food and water for him. Unfortunately, field mowers came by a few days later. I wasted a few weeks trying to trap him with a humane trap here, not realizing that the noise of the field mowing machines probably scared him away. I lost track of him after that.

No Shelter

I have not had any luck finding him at the local animal shelters. I have seen several shelter cats that looked very similar to my cat, but they turned out not to be him for various reasons. For instance, my cat was neutered before he got lost, and the shelter cats that I saw were not neutered until they arrived at the shelter. Lately, the tabby cats that I have seen at the shelters are too small in size and/or are kittens. However, I will continue checking the local shelters just in case he ends up there.

One of the lookalike tabby cats I saw at one of the local animal shelters

Is That Really You?

Putting up lost cat posters has brought me mixed results. People have called me about seeing my cat, but I could not see the cat they saw for myself because I live too far away from the area where my cat got lost. By the time I drive down to that area, the cat is gone. One time two students called me saying that they had my cat and were trying to hold it for me (I did hear a cat crying in the background), but they ended up letting it go because I could not get down there right away and they had to go somewhere and did not know anyone they could leave the cat with. After seeing various tabby cats at the local shelters (and even other parts of the neighborhood where my cat got lost), I find myself wondering if the people who called saw my cat or a lookalike tabby. I also do not think my cat would let a stranger pick him up because he is quite skittish and fearful of strangers.

I do not know if I will see my cat again, but I do not want to give up looking for him at least for now. I am not satisfied that I have done enough to find him. However, as the months go by, I realize that I cannot put the rest of my life on hold while I continue to search for him. Sometimes it is difficult to concentrate on other things knowing my cat is out there somewhere, but I will try to move on.



Merry Christmas!

photo of Christmas tree with red ribbons and lights
“Christmas Tree with Red Ribbons”
December 2016
Sacramento, California


I am sorry that I have not posted something new here for a while. I have been caught up in the seasonal routine of shopping for gifts and food and writing  and mailing a few Christmas cards. I have a feeling that I am not alone. 😀

Even if you do not celebrate Christmas, I hope you will find a way to enjoy this time of year with the people you care about the most.

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The Witch’s Well

Happy Halloween! I hope you enjoy this poem inspired by the work of
Edgar Allan Poe . . .

digital artwork of a well and woods
“The Witch’s Well” – digital artwork by Arlene G. 

I made a wish
At the Witch’s Well
Unswayed by
Dark tales
The villagers would tell
Of well wishers
Who died
Under its spell
One wish and
One drop
Of my blood
In its black water
Were all I would need
To bring back
My beloved Evangeline.

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I waited
An hour
Maybe two
Watching for her
In the distance
Owls and ravens
High above
In the broken trees
Looked out too
But sadly
Was not in view.

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It was after midnight
When I finally left the well
I felt foolish
Waiting by its side
I regretted
I had no horse to ride
When suddenly
I saw
In the dimming moonlight
A pale fair maiden
In a long white gown
It was she–
My lost Evangeline!

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She beckoned me
To follow her
Down a misty path
We walked together
Hand in hand
She was warm
Despite the October cold
Her dark hair
Scented with lilacs
As it was before
I could not believe
That she was
No more
Until suddenly
I saw
Her eyes
With a deep red glow
And from her sweet lips
Cried the voice
Of a fiend
Deep and low,
“Say good-bye
To Evangeline
And all you know
This is your end
To hell you will go!”


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Happy Halloween!