Charley checks out a pumpkin | Jane Boursaw Photo
Charley checks out a pumpkin | Jane Boursaw Photo

(The continuing adventures of the little black cat that Tim sent me the day after he passed. Read all about her adventures here. -jb)

This week with Charley, everyone’s favorite managing editor of Old Mission Gazette discovers pumpkins, climbs the walls, feasts on wheat grass, and has a famous doppelganger.

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If you’ll recall, I recently posted that she started snacking a variety of houseplants. I checked to make sure all of my plants are cat-friendly – they are. But I decided to see how she felt about some organic wheatgrass. She enjoys it, but I can’t figure out how to keep it from molding after a few days, and then I have to toss it out.

I thought about getting her something like this, but she’s already completely spoiled, and I don’t know if I want to spend upwards of $30 on something that might go the route of the wheatgrass. Maybe we’ll just stick with the more pedestrian Ponytail Palms and Boston Ferns.

Charley checking out her new organic wheatgrass | Jane Boursaw Photo
Charley checking out her new organic wheatgrass | Jane Boursaw Photo

You already know that I take a ton of pictures of this diva. But try getting one good pic of her with a pumpkin. After several hundred tries, we finally managed this…

Charley checks out a pumpkin | Jane Boursaw Photo
Charley checks out a pumpkin | Jane Boursaw Photo

And this…

Charley checks out a pumpkin | Jane Boursaw Photo
Charley looks bewitched by a pumpkin | Jane Boursaw Photo

Doesn’t she look tiny there? How can she go from that to this…?

Charley doing her stretchy-stretches | Jane Boursaw Photo
Charley doing her stretchy-stretches | Jane Boursaw Photo

And speaking of divas, does she remind you of anyone…?

Charley Girl and Lauren Bacall
Charley Girl and Lauren Bacall

I’ve probably mentioned before that this log home Tim built for us attracts every animal, bird and insect in the neighborhood, so woodpeckers pecking on the side of the house is nothing new. This year, I finally called in a professional to kill all the insects, but apparently, one bird didn’t get the memo and was pecking on the wall outside my office looking for lunch. This was Charley’s response…

Charley spots a woodpecker pecking on the side of the house | Jane Boursaw Photo
Charley spots a woodpecker pecking on the side of the house | Jane Boursaw Photo

We love the cooler fall weather. If you’ve been reading the Gazette for a while, you know that fall and winter are my favorite seasons. Such a Michigan Girl. But we also love this time of year because we get to fire up the woodstove. Charley especially loves it. Some photographic evidence…

Charley loves the warmth of the woodstove | Jane Boursaw Photo
Charley loves the warmth of the woodstove | Jane Boursaw Photo
Charley enjoys her woodstove warmth | Jane Boursaw Photo
Charley in her upside down mode by the woodstove | Jane Boursaw Photo

I’ll have what she’s having…

Charley gets blissed out in front of the woodstove | Jane Boursaw Photo
Charley gets blissed out in front of the woodstove | Jane Boursaw Photo

However, I’m a little concerned that she’s grown TOO fond of the woodstove. The past few nights, I was looking all over for her and finally discovered her curled up behind the stove. Hmm… I felt the woodstove back there, and it’s pretty darn warm, bordering on hot. I hope she’s got the cat-smarts not to burn herself. Or do I need to install some sort of toddler fence around it…?

Charley discovers a new hiding spot in back of the woodstove | Jane Boursaw Photo
Charley discovers a new hiding spot in back of the woodstove | Jane Boursaw Photo

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A lifelong resident of the Old Mission Peninsula, Jane grew up on a cherry farm (Johnson Farms), married the boy next door (Tim Boursaw), and raised two kids there (Will and Marissa). Her 35-year career as a photojournalist includes bylines with the New York Times and Ladies' Home Journal, and interviews with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. But she loves writing about the OMP most of all.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Cats like things so hot! You might pick her up from that stoveside spot sometime to find she’ll melt limply over your arms!

  2. It’s so nice to get a Charley update. I’m happy she’s living in the lap of luxury and enjoying HER wood stove. You thought that was your stove didn’t you?

  3. I think Charley Girl has it made in the shade. No need for fancy grass I think, she is doing just fine. Thanks as always Jane for keeping us informed and entertained. And did I ever tell you fall is my favorite time of year too!

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