A Weird Weather Story, with Cats As Usual

(Marvelous readers, sorry for starting this way.): Please do not reblog without asking for permission. Photos are for the use of Catwoods Porch Party only. Posting my link(s) on cat, animal, and nature fb pages is fine, but I ask that fb pages about other topics ask me first.

“Lets go,” says Franklin, “I’m ready to tell a story!”

Here is Franklin to begin our adventures starting on Valentine’s Day. Pictures were all taken earlier, actual pictures from this event will be posted at a later date.

An ice storm with accumulation was forecast, to be followed by prolonged sub-freezing temperatures. Travel wouldn’t be possible. We can’t stay in the forest in an ice storm because branches loaded with ice will fall and block the roads. Been there, actually. So we went to town. Ice, snow, and freezing rain were coming that night and the next day, and the warning was extended enough to place our area just within winter storm range. So, dicey.

Franklin made his grand entrance into the house in his carrier. Shelley pitched a hissy and told him he smelled worse than any dog, ever. He was soon whisked into his private deluxe royal quarters so he had the last “hiss”. The hubs triple checked the shelter for the ferals.

The next day, Monday, no precip had started here yet, and on the radar map we saw a narrow streak that looked like thunderstorms, next to the winter storm expanse. Weather info said some “warmer” air was pushing the winter storm slightly farther to the west.

Our five “Kittens” on a sunnier winter day

The hubs went back to the country for something he forgot. While the roads to the west were becoming impassable, I was in the rooms with The Kittens when suddenly a wild wind sprang up, things were blowing around like crazy outside, and I heard stuff hitting the house and the fence. All kittens ran and hid.

The wind was over soon, thankfully the hubs got back, roads to the west kept on icing up, and the weather info said the winds were caused by a gravity wave storm. That’s a rare sort of storm and I’ve had a hard time finding clear information on it. But I know we’ve had  some much more serious ones in 1998 and 2009. I recall one when the storm traveled to the east but the trees all fell to the west. Links for those interested: National Weather Service

Alabama Wx Weather Blog

We got mostly cold rain that day, the temperature sank fast, the kittens came out of hiding but acted edgy for a long time.

On Tuesday we woke up and it was 15 degrees and lightly snowing. The hubs thought the ferals would need some less than frigid water so he warmed some water and took it out to them. We got a dusting of snow and it sort of faded over several hours, I won’t call it “melting” because the temp would stay under freezing all day. Even so, flocks of Robins and Cedar Waxwings came to the yard that afternoon and The Kittens were spellbound by bird TV for a long time.

Protect Me, Big Brother

That’s Spooky and Lynx. The kittens sometimes snooze two by two, and there will be others in the photo series “Protect me, big brother”. Less often, the two girls snooze together. Spooky has always taken evasive action to avoid being petted, but we’ve found that if she’s with another cat, we can pet her fairly easily! I always start by petting the other cat, so she observes that it works really well; then I move on and lightly pat Spooky. The hubs is now able to approach Spooky when she’s alone, and pet her! Great progress!

It stayed below freezing overnight and the next day until around 10 am.

We made it home Wednesday night, exhausted. On Saturday, persons in parts of my state are still dealing with after-effects of snow, sleet, ice, and cold air. It’s been cold in both houses but at least we never lost power and we have heat. I feel for the people and animals in Texas and other areas hard hit by the cold and winter weather.

Here is a link about helping those in Texas: The Texas Tribune

Moonpie with camellias

Here’s Moonpie in January; camellias bloom through the winter here.


Our friend’s cat, Shelley

Here’s our friend’s cat, Shelley, who is here to say, “Franklin stinks!” (Cats recognize and accept each other if the scent is familiar; an unfamiliar scent means fireworks.)

She also wants everyone to get my book, Catwoods, for long winter reading or to greet the coming spring. Check Amazon on the right hand side, or go direct to Borgo Publishing on the “Order the Catwoods book online page, linked to under the banner above.

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I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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63 Responses to A Weird Weather Story, with Cats As Usual

  1. My feedreader is broke so I don’t know who posts new posts or not, so i am going down my blog bookmark list to see what is what. That was an interesting cat evacuation story and glad everything turned out ok. Hopefully that is the last of the cold unusual weather but Winter is not officially oer until the 21st!

    • Leah says:

      I’m hoping for spring soon too Greg, and my chances at this latitude are pretty darn good, lol. It can start as early as February and dandelions have already been sighted in some spots. However, anything can happen here too, weather-wise. For instance there was that blizzard I mentioned in March of 1993 . . .

  2. Black cats were killed in England for many years due to their backward cultural mentality. It is still apparent but only to an extent where black cats are non white humans per se. I won’t get into race issue, but my point here is by and by blacks cats are neglected, hence I was really pleased to see those cats… Kudos to all the black cats Leah! My Megan Sweetie was black and one of your cats from that group looks like my Megan Sweetie….Meooow!

    • Leah says:

      Three of our cats are black and I think they are some of the most beautiful cats, although all kitties are beautiful, all humans too. I’ve read about the terrible things done to black cats in Europe in the middle ages . . . the superstition behind it exists in America too, sadly. Whenever I can I try to advocate for black cats and of course for harmony and love to all humans. Your Megan Sweetie was a beautiful black kitty!

  3. Hey Leah! I must admit the picture of your five sweeties basking in the sun really made me happy! They look like proper sweetie and I am so happy seeing them and reading your piece! I once had a dream where I was surrounded with over 100 cats, in a dense lushy forest, and it was peaceful, the cats were laying down, some were running for no reason and some where pushing ice cream buggy! One came right at me with ice cream buggy and ask me would I like some ice cream? It was best dream I had and every time I return to bed I wish that dream comes back… Your five cats is sweet reminiscence of my dream in some extent! Keep up the brilliant work! Bushcat for Bushcat anyway okay! Paws Up! Bushcat

    • Leah says:

      I’m happy you like the pictures of our kitties, Ashraf, they make me happy too! I have several like that but it’s harder for to make the colors look “right” – and I’m not saying I did, lol – when I’m adjusting for so many different cats! That is some kind of good dream you had, ice cream from kitties, what fun! Cheers and Meows, Leah

  4. So very sorry you guys had to go through that but so happy to hear you are all safe!! So good of you to make sure the ferals are doing well too~ Keep safe! I had never heard of a gravity wave storm! fascinating

    • Leah says:

      Thanks so much for the well wishes! I’d never heard of that gravity wave storm thing either until the first one we were in . . .

  5. KDKH says:

    I’m glad everything is safe for you and your clowder. How sweet that Spooky are learning to trust you and your husband! I wish my cats would sleep together, but we’re feeling lucky if they are in the same room without fighting. They are a long ways from sleeping together. Take care.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much for the well wishes, KDKH, we appreciate it! Spooky has been slow to come around, so we’re happy it seems to be happening now. The five I call “The Kittens” are from one litter, they grew up together so that’s why they are used to snoozing together harmoniously. It can take cats from different backgrounds awhile to adjust to each other, and some never do. A feral cat brought us five kittens (she’s spayed now) and we ended up keeping them. Cheers and Meows, Leah

  6. Wee saw tHE Mewss Miss Leah an Franklin an wee were so wurried ’bout all of youss; there.
    Thanx Sky Cat fore keepin all of youss safe an warm….
    Franklin you look furry Purrfessor like an hansum too! Shelley yore gorgeeus as efurr!
    Pleese take guud care of each other an know wee say purrayerss fore youss’!
    **purrss** BellaDharma an {{{huggiess}}} LadyMew

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much BellaDharma an LadyMew, it is really sweet of both of you to worry for us! We did much better than many but it was draining to get through it. Franklin and Shelley thank you for your kind words and we all thank you for your purrayerss for us, Sending cheers, purrs, and hugs, good wishes, and love to y’all!

  7. niasunset says:

    Oh dear Leah, what a terrible days… But I am so glad you are all in safe.The weather in any place in the world is not usual… Dear Leah, your cats are so lovely, so adorable, Thank you for sharing with us and also Thank you for your support me on blogging world. Much Love and Hugs, nia

    • Leah says:

      Nia, thank you so much for your well wishes, we appreciate it! It wasn’t easy but we didn’t have it nearly so hard as others who did get snow and ice along with the bitter cold. The kitties and I also appreciate your kind words about them. My pleasure supporting your work on the blogging world, I enjoy your posts every day! Hugs, Love, Meows, and Purrs, Leah

      • niasunset says:

        you are all welcome dear Leah, Much Love and Big Hugs to you ALL, You are very special friend with your cats, Thank you, Love, nia

  8. meowmeowmans says:

    That is some crazy weather you had, Leah! I’m glad you all stayed safe. We, too, have been really concerned for the people and animals in Texas.

    I love that Spooky is making progress with her confidence. 🙂

    • Leah says:

      Thanks meowmeowmans, the kitties and I appreciate your kind words! Our weather makes fast, strange changes, for sure.
      We too are delighted and surprised at the change in Spooky! She wasn’t afraid of us, but just didn’t like to be touched. Now she sometimes approaches and seems to enjoy being petted. She’ll always have a home with us of course, we want her to be happy on her terms, however she turns out.

  9. catscue says:

    Sounds like you were well prepared and stayed safe – yay! But what a terrible storm you had, glad you’re all okay.

    • Leah says:

      Thanks catscue for the well wishes, the kitties and I appreciate it! We were indeed fortunate during the bad weather this time. Cheers and Meows! from the kitties and me!

  10. Great post and we are so happy that you guys are OK. We have been purraying for all our furrends who were affected by all this unusual weather. It sounds like you guys did well. We look forward to seeing more photos and hearing about your adventures. This will be a winter that we all remember. Thanks for sharing and have a marvellously happy day!

    • Leah says:

      Thanks for your kind words and well wishes, the kitties and I appreciate it! We were grateful that we came through okay and didn’t get the worst of the weather this time. We hope for more adventures, there will only be a few winter pics as I don’t go outside to take the pictures in the cold, lol. Hopefully spring is coming for everyone and we’ll be able to get back to the creek on a sunny day soon before the snakes and bugs come back! Cheers and Meows!

  11. Well, we got about 8 inches of snow, but the rest was easy compared to so many others. At least I was off during the worst of it, so we could just relax and take out time to clean it up.You sure had to go through a lot of trouble to be safe from being stranded and having branches or worse fall on your dwelling. Its great that the ferals were well provided fro., and thanks for that, too:)

    Us peeps had our own bird TV, since those feathered creature flocked to our feeders just outside the dining room window, where they have been for a long time to entertain Pipo & Minko when they were still with us. Sometimes the pups will stare out the window…and them they will run out there to chase them away, they are so silly, at least they don’t try to catch them. But they couldn’t run through the deep snow very well…LOL!
    Haven’t hardly seen squirrels though. That may soon change as the weather has reversed and we had almost 45 today, wow! Puddles everywhere!

    • Leah says:

      I’m glad you were off during the snow, Ingrid, I know it makes travel difficult, at best. It’s great you got to see some bird TV, too! Feeders are ideal for attracting the birds, we used to do feeders but present to-do lists are lengthy and a few pleasantries just don’t get done now. Lol I bet it was fun watching the pups try to run through the snow.
      We’re enjoying some milder weather now but you never know this time of year when things will make sharp changes. I hope everyone gets spring soon! Cheers and Meows!

  12. Carole Schulman says:

    I am glad to be here and see what has been happening to you, hubby and the cats. Here it has just been horribly cold. Today was 55 however, with sun. Rain will be back after this respite. I only hope no snow. The kitties are looking petable and smoochable. wish I could be there to do that. IF they granted me that privilege.
    Katie isabella

    • Leah says:

      The cold and other winter weather has been a pain, hasn’t it!? We got some warmer weather today with sun but it cools down in the evenings and nights. I’m ready for snow to end, too. The kitties do like to be petted! Your comment did make me think of something, though. We are high risk persons so we have stopped visiting anyone due to the pandemic; as a result. the kitties might be shyer around new people, as we no longer have visitors. We only visit the friend who has Shelley, who also isolates. So I think they would grant you the privilege, but they would take much longer to decide they were okay with that. I think that it will be a long time before we can do any visiting again, sad to say. All the best, Purrs and Meows.

  13. Dearest Leah,
    Glad things worked out for you and nothing bad happened.
    It can become very spooky for our fur babies but we learned that when they stay all inside with us, indoor shutters closed and with calm ‘human’ parents, they’re fine.
    We always feel for abandoned pets that stray and hardly can stay warm…

    • Leah says:

      Thanks so much Mariette, for your well wishes! I’m glad your kitties and animals stay calm during bad weather, the wind storms are usually the worse for ours. I worry for the ferals and strays too. I think they are adept at finding places to hide when it’s windy, at least. Eventually of course, we might be able to coax the ferals inside . . . All good wishes to you, Hugs and Meows,

  14. Charlee: “Yeah that was some crazy weather last week. So many people affected!”
    Chaplin: “We’re lucky here on the coast, we didn’t get anything at all like that here.”
    Charlee: “On the other hand, we do like the idea of just sitting and watching bird TV for hours …”

    • Leah says:

      Glad that someone escaped the widespread crazy weather, Charlee and Chaplin! Our cats agree, bird TV is a great distraction for active felines!

  15. DS Levy says:

    Hi, Leah! So glad you and your husband and kitties could get to the town to escape the Valentine’s Day storm. Yes, love those trees—but ice will bring down the limbs and then you’ve got problems. We haven’t been north for a while just because we’re not even sure we can make it up our two-track. Your kitties are looking as adorable as ever! Supposed to get up to 53 degrees in northern Indiana on Saturday and I say … “Bring it on!” 🙂 Have a lovely week, Deb

    • Leah says:

      Hi Deb, the weather has sure been cold and snowy in so many places this year, for sure! We have some warm days now but we never know when the cold comes back this time of year. I’m ready for spring to come for everyone. The kitties and I thank you, they just love hearing that they are adorable! All good wishes to you and your family, kitties and humans!

  16. Glad the cats (and you) came through it okay!

  17. pollymorse says:

    Glad everyone is ok. I can’t wait for spring! Great pics. All adorable!!!!!!!!!!!! Stay safe and warm.

    • Leah says:

      Thanks Polly, the kitties and I appreciate it and I’m happy you like the pictures! We have some warm days right now, but we never know this time of year, it could turn cold in a flash! Hoping you stay safe and warm too and that spring comes soon for everyone!

  18. Wow, what a challenge – I spent years living with a large colony of cats, but never needed to relocate for storms. Exhausting just thinking about crating and carrying and consoling and coping with the inevitable mess. (On our end our two cats had only two issues with this month’s weather crisis: Brie was indignant that the ground was so cold! and Sketch was indignant that we would not turn on the faucet to drip for her. We gave them ample pets, but they pouted nevertheless. So glad the weather is back to kitty-friendly and the water back to freely dripping.
    I look forward to pictures of your experience. Cool of Franklin to help you tell this tale!

    • Leah says:

      I’m so glad the weather seems to be moderating too, Jazz! I don’t blame your cats at all for objecting to cold ground and frozen water drips! There actually won’t be much to my winter storm pictures, since no way am I going outside in real cold. I just have a couple of snow dusting pics taken through the window and maybe a few bird pictures, also through the windows, turned out. By the time I post them I may have some spring pics to go with them, lol. I’ll always have more kitty pics.

  19. This winter, especially February , has been rough in so many parts of the USA. My town, near Philadelphia, has had two and a half feet of snow this month. All of last winter we had zero snow.

    • Leah says:

      Wow that’s a lot of snow, Neil! I know it’s hard to contend with and there seems to be so much of it this year! I hope this is that last of the snow for everyone, but we’ve seen it as late as March or even May here at rare times.

  20. Timothy Price says:

    Wild weather and too much excitement. The kitties are all looking great.

  21. 15andmeowing says:

    I feel so bad for ferals. I am glad you and your hubby take such good care of them. I am also glad you had a safe place to go with your kitties. XO

    • Leah says:

      I feel bad for the ferals too and worry about them all the time, but they did come through this just fine. We might have been a little warmer out here actually but we didn’t want to take a chance on being stranded. XO

  22. Just so you know, Leah, you can control the reblog feature: go to your dashboard > settings > sharing. You can turn off the reblog feature, FB, etc. I was being reblogged by someone who was kind of passing my posts off as his own, so I understand your irritation.

    Beautiful kitty photos. 🙂 Stay safe through that wild weather you’re getting.

    • Leah says:

      I’m glad you like the photos, Lynette, thank you! We are trying with the weather, we have tornado season coming up.
      About the reblogging. That’s exactly what I had done in two places on my Dashboard about a year before this happened. So I thought I couldn’t be reblogged. Not so. Sadly, reblogging can still be done through the reader. Go to your post or any other in the reader, there is a sideways “v” looking thing at the lower right of your post, and if you click that it gives you the option to share on facebook, twitter, and reblog on your own blog. It’s still there even when you check the “Don’t display the reblog button”. Sigh.

  23. I cannot even imagine that kind of cold. I”m so glad that you, the Hubs and The Kittens are all safe and well. Moonpie is the cutest name! All the photos are beautiful as always. 😉

    • Leah says:

      Thanks so much for your good wishes, Pam, and for your kind words about the pictures! I’m glad you enjoyed them! You may know but Moonpies are a sort of big cookie with chocolate and marsh-mellow and graham crackers. They get tossed a lot from Mardi Gras floats, in years when there are parades.

  24. terrepruitt says:

    I am sorry you have to start like that, I say, don’t apologize for having to state the obvious! People should really know better (I know, you and I have already griped about it).

    I am glad you all are safe. Hopefully the winter weather (crazy winter weather) is done.

    • Leah says:

      You are right Terre, I just thought that opening might be off-putting to those who are new to the blog. I’m still having trouble with an inappropriate facebook page posting my links, just to harass me. Long story and one I’m not comfortable revealing.

      Thank you for your good wishes, we hope the winter is done, for everyone, too!

  25. Bad weather can definitely scare cats…right up there with 4th of July fireworks and Halloween doorbell ringing. 😦

    • Leah says:

      It can scare them for sure, especially the kind of high winds we get here. I don’t think they liked the heavily dripping faucets all night either, they just weren’t used to them. The kitties went back to their usual serenity after all that was over with!

  26. Correne says:

    So glad everyone was safe Leah.

  27. Brian says:

    Such an awful winter storm but we’re glad everyone ended up being okay.

    • Leah says:

      It sure was a mess, much for worse for so many others than for us! I’m happy every time I hear of someone who came through okay!

  28. I read your sentence, “The hubs triple checked the shelter for the ferals,” and my mind linked “hubs” with “triple”, as if that was a nickname for a group of three husbands, who were checking the shelter together. I was like, Leah, what have I missed?? 🙂 Maybe my brain froze too much last week.

    • Leah says:

      Ahahaha, my husband is just one amazing guy who works overtime to care for and help the cats and ferals. Glad you have come through the bad weather okay, Textile Ranger!

  29. Lavinia Ross says:

    That is some wild weather you got, Leah! We were lucky here to only get rain. North of us got ice and snow.

    • Leah says:

      I’m glad you only got rain, Lavinia, ice and snow is such a nuisance! I believe during those same days at the coast they had tornado watches, which always means a mix of warm and cold air; I was too busy with our own weather to keep up with it.

  30. John says:

    Wow, I’m glad you guys made it through that terrible weather! The east and Texas have really taken a beating this winter, Leah. Stay safe and warm up there. (thank you so much for continuing to visit my blog, Leah, so appreciated) 😊

    • Leah says:

      Thanks John, I really appreciate your kind words! The weather has been horrible for sure for a lot of people. My pleasure visiting your blog and seeing your marvelous photos!

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