Today 3 opportunities presented themselves, before I had my first cup of coffee.
I swear, I need to start wearing my camera on my belt instead of my cell phone.
Last night I found myself tossing and turning in bed at 1am. So I figured I'd get the heck up and watch some late night TV to lull me back to sleep. Reruns of Seinfeld followed by the History channel's "Big airplanes" did just that.
Before I continue, let me share a bit of history. One of our cat rescues goes by the name of Izzy.
To say he isn't a ball of fire is understating it. Izzy has taken up space in our household for about 10 years.
As with most of our animals, there's something just a bit off with Izzy. He has been diagnosed with diabetes, which means we have to give him a shot of insulin each morning and each night.
When I say WE, I mean, not me.
Those veterinary duties fall to my wife and 2 of my daughters. Sorry, I'm a tug boat engineer, not an emergency room nurse. I just can't do it.
On top of that, we noticed a few years ago that Izzy was having sight problems. I first noticed it when I realized it takes Izzy about 12 minutes to walk through a doorway. His head is on a swivel, trying to determine if the couch is a couch or a car.
Like I said, he has issues.
Not unlike the gazelles and wildebeests of Tanzania's Serengeti Plains, pictured below is Izzy, in his natural habit
Now, to my story. While tiptoeing through my darkened family room at 1am, I noticed something odd on my back deck.
As you can see, Izzy is looking at this opossum while his bowl of cat food is quickly disappearing.
This explains why our cat food bill has gone up and Izzy's weight has not.
Something tells me that this isn't the first time Izzy has been visited in the dark of night by this creature from our woods.
But, if I was a betting man, Izzy thinks that creature next to him is one of our other cats.
Remember the sight issue.
I'm just saying.
And then, hours later while heading for my first cup of Ecuadorian coffee my daughter brought home for me from her vacation, I noticed more visitors in the back yard.
...and yes, in the garden.
Thinking about, there are worse ways to start the day.
Before anyone starts sending donations, be sure to know this spoiled rotten cat is nothing but happy, issues and all.