Here is my Christmas gift to you. From our house to yours, Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy.
Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the house,
No cats were stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
Hung high enough to keep cats unaware.
All of us snuggled warm in our beds,
3 cats in their places, having been fed.
I, in my jammies and Mike in his suit (birthday, that is)
Had just fallen asleep. Ahhhhh…all was mute.
When out by the tree there arose such a clatter, we sprang from our bed to see what was the matter.
Away down the hall, we flew like a flash – tore open the door and stood there aghast.
The tree lights shone down and cast such a glow
As to give us some insight on objects below.
When what, to my wondering eyes should appear but one tiny mouse and 3 cats in high gear.
This little mouse was so agile and swift. He darted by footstool and under the gifts.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came. And as they flew by, we called them by name:
Oreo! Bradley! And Friend, what the hell? Get the heck back here and *($%^ we yelled.
As dry leaves before the wild hurricane fly, we saw only white fur and ribbons go by.
We tried our best, honest we did. But that mouse darted past and the cats flipped their lid.
While standing on tip-toe, Mike steadied the tree. Think he was praying to God, when a cat gripped his knee.
He lay down in pain whilst mouthing some words, and beasts swirled around him, a thundering herd.
A birthday suit chase wasn’t really that smart. To heck with the gifts, protect the…part!
Battle continued, the warfare ensued…we sat there in shock. We knew we were screwed.
E’en now I wasn’t ready for slaughter. I turned, closed my eyes and the battle got hotter.
Paper was shredded and ornaments cracked. The room was a mess and that is a fact.
And then I spied him, the mouse on a shelf. I thought he was cute, in spite of myself.
His eyes, how they twinkled. His dimples – how merry!
But his dang little body was gruesome and hairy.
I called for the cats and begged them for murder. They answered the call with all of their fervor.
Legs were a’flyin as they began to scurry.
The picture brought to mind was Moe, Larry and Curly.
Amongst the commotion, out the mouse flew
with cats close behind, but I think they were duped.
Once more round the tree, just for good measure.
Mousie it seems, was getting his pleasure.
Just then the mouse turned and I swear had a grin.
Up the chimney he ran, to all our chagrin.
Another girl might’ve felt dismal and sad.
Down in the dumps and horribly bad.
While another girl might detest this barrage.
Me, I’m an artist. I’ll use the bits for collage!
WISHING ALL OF YOU THE VERY MERRIEST OF CHRISTMASES AND HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS!
Thank you for reading this past year.
Merry Christmas Kathie!!
Oh, how witty. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!
Felt a little down in the dumps this morning and your poem came along and made me laugh out loud and brightened my day. Thanks! See you in The Villages in the new year. Merry Christmas!
OMG sooo perfectly Kathie. I laughed as I pictured the sight. Remind me to tell you about my Mike and the frog story.
Kathie, your artistic talents are not limited to a paint brush! You wield a quill just as adeptly! Merry Christmas and thanks for the smiles! Sending warm hugs…..
Loved this. So funny. Was really down in the dumps and this brought me right up!! So enjoy your arty newsletters. You are such an inspiration.
All the best to you, hubby, and three felines.
Lorraine and the fabulous four felines
THANKS FOR THE LAUGHS!CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THAT COLLAGE!
A true Christmas classic that will live on for decades! Thank you!!
Thank you for the giggles this morning. Happy Christmas and a very Merry New Year! You really do need to start a book. I’m sure most of us would buy one. Love and hugs always! 🙂
Loved it! Those ornery critters!
Merry Christmas to you and Mike! Keep those parts SAFE! Tee hee!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!
You should use your story and illustrations to write a children’s book. You are so talented.
Merry Christmas to you and Mike. See you in March.
Wow! That was brilliant! Cat people will definitely concur! Merry Christmas ?? to you and yours! (Including the cats!!!)???
Thanks Kathie only YOU can make me laugh so hard I wish I could have been there. Wish you had it on video or YouTube. A Merry Christmas to you and your family and a Very Happy New Year.
LOL! What a vision you have put in prose with amusing images to behold!! Merry Christmas to you & family! ❤️??
Loved the poem Kathie, Merry Christmas!
WONDERFUL! Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
(Maybe you could use the bits to illustrate the prose in book form.)
You made me snarf my coffee! Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a year filled with creative happiness and bubbling laughter.
thanks for the ‘chuckle’..remember, we have our ‘companions’ for their purrs and entertainment value. I agree, the mousie had a grin on his face. Merry Christmas to you all!
Absolutely wonderful!! So vivid! Have a great Christmas and thank you for this moment of joy and fun!
Merry Christmas to you!
Oh my gosh, how funny! You are a very good writer Kathie. Merry Christmas!
Thanks for all the joy you bring to our lives,
I always laugh out loud when I read your comments. I’m glad I can return the favor. Thank you all so much for making my life so rich. Merry Christmas! xoxo
LOVE IT !!!
Thanks, Kathie, for a laugh-out-loud break in the day. Yes, Of Course you’ll use the mess for collage…! What else?
Merry Christmas and a Great 2017 to you and yours.
Sounds like a future children’s book! Except you may need to add a fig leaf!
Loved your version of the Night before Christmas!! Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Love and hugs, Jeanne Wagle
Merry Christmas Kathie and cats! Love the picture with one under the tree.
So much fun!! Merry Christmas!
Sounds like a “series painting”. What great fun, I hope it wasn’t as bad as described but on the other hand, it could have been worse. Happy Christmas happy collaging.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Grandmummy
Fantastic thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful holiday and blessed 2017.
What a perfect gift; the gift of laughter! Thank you and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
What a great story! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Kathy!
I loved your poem.
It was absolutely scary.
While at my house we’re being merry.
The grandkids are out of school
And nary a one has followed a rule!!!
Wrapping paper is flying
While GG is crying.
We’re busy laughing and baking,
No matter how much mess we’re making!!!!
The memories were making are dear
This GG is crazy it is clear!!!
We’re having a ball
And wishing MERRY CHRISTMAS to all!!!
You are so funny. Love you.
Love it, Kathie! You should have it printed with illustrations! You’d start a new Christmas tradition! Merry Christmas!
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing your talent and wit with all of us, you’re the best!
I just knew you could write lyrics and poetry as well as paint!! This is great, being owned by numerous cats I can just picture the chaos. Merry Christmas
That was so funny, Kathie!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2017 Tuesdays!! I so look forward to them!!
Thank you, Kathie. You can sure make words work for you. Merry Christmas. Now we’ll see if there’s a little mouse in a corner in a future watercolor.?
How cleaver you are a f poetic to. Boot! Wishing tbe Merriest of Christmases and a healthy, happy and artistic New Year!
Thanks for the giggles, we’ve had our share of cat and mouse stories too. I’ll share next time we meet. Doing any classes in OH, MI, ID this winter? I would love to get in on one if you do, just let me know. Happy Christmas and New Year blessings !
Merry Christmas Kathie. I’ll be sure to read it to our gang of four furry family members!
Fun share…..Merry Christmas! Joan
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Kathie!