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Hermitage Letters

Another rainy day . . .

I, Poirot, am writing today because Gus and Aidan are too busy playing. . . . they are young and love to hide and then jump out to surprise each other. I can tell you that the older kitties who live with us – Dru, Bobette, Lily, and Marla – do not appreciate these games! Bobette is 17, almost 18 years old, and sometimes she just says, “Oh boys, play that game far away from me,” and then she jumps up onto the table out of their way.

I don’t think there is any hope that Mom will write soon, because she is now reading three books at once!
The Tail of the Tip-Off – a novel for fun
The Story of Monasticism – a book she is reviewing for NEHA (NEHAHQS@aol.com)
A New Pentecost? – an old book, now in it’s second reading
I don’t know how she keeps them from running together, but when I asked her she said, “No worries, Monsieur, the characters and plots are all quite different.”

Mom just came in from feeding the outside animals – she is all wet, even her hair is dripping. Right in the middle of her outdoor chores it started to rain, very heavy rain! Breakfast must be good though because Jackie the horse is standing in the rain as he eats breakfast. Mom always puts carrots and an apple on top of his food, and the apple is usually his favorite treat.

Lucy Lu and Maisie, two silly beagle girls, wanted to go out, but they came right back inside when they felt the rain! Now Goldie is barking – Mom will open the door even though we both know that Goldie will not go out in the rain for anything or anybody.

And a sad thing happened this morning – our duck Lewis flew to the Rainbow Bridge. Lewis was a very old Rouen duck; Mom had moved him to a special pen so no one else would eat his food, but he only lived a few days after that. Now we only have one duck, a brown and white duck named Clark. Clark and Neville the goose live in a pen right beside the gate, and Neville calls out when anyone comes into the driveway. Mom calls him the “watch goose,” and most people who come near the gate are afraid of him, which is silly because he cannot get out of his pen – he just makes a lot of goose noises and they are afraid he will bite them!

As you may know, last Thursday was Ascension Day – that is a very special day for us because we live and Ascension Hermitage and Sanctuary. Here is a prayer for Ascension Day – we hope you will pray it for all of us:
Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind there ascend, and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and even. Amen. [BCP, p. 226]

Until next time,
Stay safe; pray always; keep in touch.


PS Please say a prayer, too, for the homeless orange kitty who hides under the vacant building next door. She also walks right into the street and hunts in a very wide territory. At first we thought she had kittens hidden under the building, but now we don’t think so. Mom is trying to catch her so she will be safe, but she would rather be hungry – or eat somewhere else – than go into a trap. She is a very smart kitty on one paw, but not smart at all on the others.

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