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Catching My Breath


Yesterday was a marathon of a blog day…………not only did I cover three separate subjects in my blog (whew!) but I was busy almost all day (or should I say Mom was?!) running around visiting everybody we could to see what all of you were up to as well as following the comments coming in on my Teaser.  Then last night for some weird reason, I wasn’t able to comment or upload photos on the Cat Scouts site – which was unfortunate because my Patrol was sponsoring a Pot Luck at Campfire with the added bonus of TELLING SCARY STORIES!    Because I wasn’t able to post there ( things are OK today thanks to our Denmaster fixing it) my best buddy Raz from Friends Furever posted my scary story.   It was a short story my Mom wrote back in 2002 called “The Companion”.   Wanna read it?   Are you sure?  It’s kinda spooky.   OH ALRIGHT IF YOU INSIST………..

“The Companion”

By Pamela June Kimmell


It was always there….sometimes barely noticeable, and even at times, practically invisible, but still there. She’d started calling it “The Companion” because it was so reliably a part of her existence that it was something she could count on – almost like a friend, but not as friendly as a friend. In fact, lately The Companion was radiating a decidedly menacing feeling.

Gretchen first noticed The Companion when she was twelve years old. Ten years later she’d yet to tell a soul about it. Whenever she came close to telling anyone, The Companion prevented it. The blinding headaches it inflicted upon her were definitely not worth the trouble of explaining The Companion to anyone.

At first it had been a barely noticeable shadow just at the edge of her eye – just the smallest darkness which, if she pulled her eyes to the left in her eye socket as far as she could, and as quickly as she could, she could catch sight of. Through the years it stayed just out of sight. She became used to it, as an extremely introverted child, without friends, it was her friend – her companion. She had quickly learned not to tell her mother or father about it because of the resulting pain.

Lately though, The Companion was scaring her. It was beginning to grow. It was growing quickly in fact. It was now a visible shape edging closer in her line of sight. She no longer had to pull her eyes to the far left to see it, it was visible all the time. The worst experiences with The Companion were at night. It grew at night. In fact, it seemed to “feed” on the darkness. Gretchen now slept with the bedside lamp on, thinking it would prevent The Companion from growing so large it would obliterate her sight in her left eye. You see, that was her biggest fear – that she would be blind in that eye from The Companion. The light seemed to help somewhat. It grew, but not as quickly as it did in the dark.

Gretchen no longer went to movies, or night mass at church, or for a drive at night. She made sure everything she did was scheduled in broad daylight, when The Companion was at it’s smallest and least threatening mode. Her best friend Amy teased her about never being able to join her and the other friends she had from work at their once a month “movie nights”, but it was only light-hearted teasing. Amy and the others knew Gretchen had a fear of darkness – they had encouraged her to see a psychiatrist or psychologist about it – but long ago had given up pushing Gretchen to do anything.

Gretchen was asleep when the noise started. She awoke with a start to the sound of what sounded like a drum beating. Gretchen was confused in her semi-awake state, but not so confused that she didn’t quickly realize that the noise was perfectly in synch with her heartbeat. But she had never heard her heartbeat before. Then she saw something she’d never seen before.

In the corner of her room – the darkest corner, not reached by the bedside lamp – she saw The Companion. With each loud beat she heard, The Companion pulsed. The Companion was not visible at the edge of her sight any longer – it was “detached” from that place and had taken on its’ own separate identity. Not only that, but with each progressively harder beat, it was growing larger.

Gretchen was frozen in place….she realized she was shaking – not from cold – but from fear. She was sweating profusely, and could not bring herself to stop staring at The Companion. She felt that if she did stop looking at it – even for a second – it would come towards her.

It no longer felt like a “companion” it felt like a separate, malevolent creature, that was waiting for its’ chance to envelop her in its’ inky darkness and extinguish the light that was “her”…..snuff out her very life force.

As she stared at The Companion, and if she forced the fear from her mind, she noticed that it was not only no longer growing larger, but in fact was losing its’ extreme “darkness” – it was graying. She felt perhaps it was weakening. The loud heartbeat also subsided as The Companion began fading. She was winning the battle of wills with it. She was feeling strength coming from somewhere within which was conquering her fear and reducing the power The Companion had over her.

Then The Companion disappeared.

Gretchen was finally able to move. She got out of bed and discovered her shaking legs were steady enough to carry her into the bathroom. She ran cold water into the sink and bent over to splash it liberally on her face. She stood and stared into the mirror at startled face peering back at her.

Then she noticed something else. The Companion was no longer visible at the edge of her vision. It was gone. That meant it no longer was “connected” to her, as she had always felt it was. But what had become of it?

The next few days Gretchen did not see The Companion either at the corner of her eye, or “loose” in her house. Not only that, but she didn’t even “feel” its’ presence. For years and years it had been her constant companion, and now she was alone. She felt liberated….relaxed….no longer trapped.

Gretchen enjoyed her freedom. At the library where she worked with her friend Amy, she no longer avoided the dark corners or the basement storage areas. She laughed more and seemed so much more relaxed. She even suggested a movie night with the girls – something she would never have done before The Companion had left her.

Friday night came, and Amy was to pick Gretchen up at her house for the theater. Gretchen was a bit nervous, but not overly so considering she’d never gone out at night before. As darkness descended and the appointed hour approached, Gretchen found herself looking out the front window, wondering what it would be like to be out in the night air – alone.

Amy pulled up in front of Gretchen’s house and honked the horn. Gretchen picked up her sweater and purse, opened the front door and started to step outside when suddenly the porch light went out. She stood in the total darkness with only the sound of Amy’s car engine for company. A panic seized her, unlike anything she’d felt before. Then she heard it……the heartbeat……the loud drumming heartbeat which matched her heart’s thump beat for beat.

She “felt” The Companion before she saw it. It was behind her she knew. The malevolence was palpable…..she was frozen in place and could not move. The Companion was back to claim her.

In the midst of her panic she realized Amy’s car had vanished – in fact the distant street lights were no longer visible, nor were the neighbors’ windows lit up from within. The darkness was all-consuming.

She felt the ice cold fingers of The Companion on her shoulders first, then the coldness enveloped her arms and legs. She felt faint. It had taken possession of her and her will to fight it was fading quickly. She relaxed in the numbness.

Amy honked again, then turned off the car’s engine. She wondered if Gretchen had perhaps changed her mind after all about coming. Come to think of it, the house looked deserted – no lights shining in the window; porch light out. She walked up to the door and rang the doorbell. Nobody answered it.

She figured Gretchen had changed her mind so she left to join the other girls at The Cinemax in town. She’d call Gretchen in the morning. But Gretchen wasn’t there Saturday morning, or the next morning, or the next. In fact, she was never seen or heard from again.

Then one day, at the library, Amy noticed a darkness appearing in her line of sight – just out of reach unless she pulled her eyes to the left as far as she could………..

The End —–

Copyright 2002

Pamela June Kimmell


The Scouts ALL told some great stories!   Thanks again Raz for loading mine up for me!

So now that I’ve started your day off with a scare……….(or maybe you called your ophthalmologist or optometrist for an eye check appointment???), what’s up for THIS OLD SPOILED CAT today?  Not much.  I’m gonna take it easy and recover from the busy last few weeks.  I think I deserve it, don’t you?


Sammy (Mom’s “Companion”!)

Telling All, Shopping and Dominating



HA!   That’s some title for my blog today isn’t it?   Wanna know why?   Well, it’s because today is a TRIPLE FUN day.   First, it’s Bacon and Fozziemum’s monthly Shopping Around the World blog hop day, and secondly, Summer is celebrating World Cat Domination Day and of course what would Wednesday be without my Teaser Tell All!   Triple fun today like I said yes?

Let’s start off with shopping shall we?


Our assignment this month was to price FIVE items from two different stores  to do a price comparison – and using those five items (at least  that many items but could be more) make a meal.   Recipe optional!    Mom decided to go to  two of the four grocery stores in our town – Harris Teeter and Giant to price her items.   What do these items make in the way of a recipe?   One of my Dad’s FAVES – hamburger stroganoff!   Ready?

Harris Teeter (HT)  Giant (G)

1 lb. hamburger


HT = $4.99 (80% Angus Lean Ground Chuck)

G= $5.99 (90% Lean Ground Chuck)

Sour Cream


HT = 8 0z. $1.79

G = 8 oz. $1.69

Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup


HT= 10.5 oz. $.97

G = 10.5 oz. $.97

Flat Noodles


HT = Muellers Hearty Extra Wide 8 0z.  $1.79

G = Muellers Hearty Extra Wide 8 oz. $1.79



HT = One Vidalia onion $.37

G = One Vidalia onion $.37

SO – the prices were very comparable………they would need to be – these stores are a block away from each other and competition is fierce.   Anyway, these ingredients plus a few other “accompaniments” make excellent (and easy peasy) HAMBURGER STROGANOFF!

Brown the burger with some chopped onions (as much as you like) and if you want to add a clove of crushed garlic that makes it even better (optional!).   Meanwhile, boil the noodles and drain.   Add one can of Cream of Mushroom Soup to the cooked hamburger…….then as much sour cream as you want to add (Mom adds about half a container) – mix well and add a tiny bit of milk to make it the consistency you like.  We like ours kind of “thick” (sticks to the noodles better!!).    Serve the “stroganoff” over the noodles and VOILA – excellent dinner.   Add salt and pepper to taste!

That was fun this month – well, it’s ALWAYS fun now isn’t it?  You should pawticipate if you don’t already…………you can see the other posts by visiting BACON HERE !!


Yesterday’s photo was a Guest Teaser…………..and I honestly thought there was a good chance that NOBODY would guess it but I was OH SO WRONG!    First things first – here’s the photo:


Who was my Guest Teaser?  Why it was my buddy Flynn’s Mom Miss Jackie!   She sent me this photo which had NOT been published on her blog and which she’d looked at closely for “hints” so we thought it was going to fool everyone – especially with a Burger King right there!   Thank you Miss Jackie and Flynn………..this is for you!

Thanks Jackie and Flynn!

Thanks Jackie and Flynn!

The photo was taken on the street in STAVENGER, NORWAY………………Burger Kings are everywhere apparently!

Who was my FIRST COMMENTER?  Well, it just happened to be the same friend who was the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER……………..I absolutely cannot believe that this blogger has such an uncanny  ability to know where photos were taken – ones that aren’t on the internet to google and find – just knowing some landmarks or having traveled (or read up ahead of Teaser Tuesday) and he is the AMAZING EASY!   These awards are BOTH for you my geography whiz kid buddy!



Others who guessed it right?  Yes there were some………and you all get this:


Then of course we have the friends who absolutely are GREEEN with envy………..or are using these to paper the walls of their homes from top to bottom  as GREEEEEN wallpaper!   This is for all of you!


WOW……………. amazing huh?   Keep on trying everyone – one of these days Easy will be out on a walk when the Teaser goes live and won’t be first.   HAHAHAHAHA


This day was started by Angel Sparkle – Summer’s sister, at Sparkle Cat.   We’re celebrating the fact that we rule our homes – something those of us who have been around a while know to be TOTALLY true!    Summer is having a special celebration of the day on HER blog so be sure to visit.   It began on Sparkle’s birthday so that makes it SUPER special for Summer to be hosting the event!   If you click the badge below, you’ll visit Sparkle’s special blog for today…………..


CATS RULE………we know this!   All I have to do to remind Mom of that is hop up on her lap and keep her occupied while I snore and snooze away and keep her TRAPPED there even though the phone may ring, or someone may knock on the front door, or heaven forbid, she has to visit the bathroom (tee hee) – because she will NOT disturb me.   She will sit there until she explodes before she’ll push me off her lap………now if that isn’t domination I don’t know what is!    HAHAHAHA


So – enjoy  today – it’s a BUSY one isn’t it?



A little P.S.   I’m following a new blog with two ADORABLE little girl kitties – you might enjoy visiting them too??!  Their blog yesterday  had a link to that video that’s been “seen around the world” with the kitty who ACCIDENTALLY had a ride in an ultralite airplane in France!!!!



Tuesday Teaser



Alright!  Let’s get the SHOW on the road!   This week’s Teaser is a Guest Teaser……………and the person who sent us the photo said they had conducted a THOROUGH search of the photo and they did not see ANY obvious “hints” for you to use to figure out where this photo was taken.

I suppose the “proof is in the pudding” as they say – so let’s take a peek at this photo and see what’s what shall we?


OK – that’s the little gem you need to examine closely THIS week…………remember I need you to tell me where the photo was taken – state or country, town/village/city – and what do you get in return for your time?

Well, if you’re the very first person who COMMENTS on today’s blog (even if you don’t guess!) – you get this!


If you’re the very first person who GUESSES CORRECTLY  where the photo was taken, – you get this!


If you’re one of a cast of thousands (haha) who GUESSES CORRECTLY  (because even if you’re not FIRST to guess right, and you’re still RIGHT, you deserve an award!) – you get this!


And even if you’re eating dust/left in the road/up the creek without a paddle/out in the cold/clueless – yes my friends, even YOU shall be rewarded – you will get this!


Pawsome?  Yeah I thought so too so GET GUESSING!



Reminders for tomorrow:

Bacon and Fozziemum have their monthly SHOPPING AROUND THE WORLD tomorrow

Summer is having World Cat Domination Day with some special events tomorrow


Hugs, Sammy the Teaser Guy





Where In The World Will We Go Next????

Tomorrow is Teaser Tuesday (as if you didn’t already know that!).   Well, we have a doozy tomorrow.  It’s a GUEST TEASER……….but I do believe it will be a TRUE TOUGH TEASER so bone up on your geography while you can…………..Even the King of Teasing, Mr. Easy, might have a bit of a TIME with this one.

I have you wondering for sure now right?   I suppose in a way, I’m “pre-teasing” you  today with this post…………I’ve got you on the edge of your seats yes?  You’re drooling with anticipation over tomorrow’s Teaser right?  Well stop drooling because you might short out your keyboard (ha ha ha).

Just keep in mind we have PRIZES for First Commenter on the Blog tomorrow, First RIGHT Guesser, ANY Right Guesser, and the duds who know ZIP – the Big Greenie for  wrong guesses or NO guesses.  Everybody wins………….EVERYBODY!

Spend the rest of the day studying up now………………you know you wanna win!!

Hugs, Sammy


Excuse me while I tidy up a bit – I want to look extra SMART tomorrow!


Father’s Day and Selfie Sunday!


A double occasion today but the MOST important is Daddy’s Day………………….Mom and I made this card for him – he loved it!!


My Dad means the world to me………………..and my Mom says HER Dad meant the world to her too so I want to honor that as well.    In fact, we want to honor everyone who IS a Dad because it’s a very important job.   I’m going to spend the whole day with my Dad today……………showing him how much I love him!

We are also participating in Sunday Selfies with Kitties Blue…………….I did a selfie portrait of ME for that and here it is – I hope Dad likes it………I’m up on his and Mom’s bed getting ready to take a bath (tee hee)…………..


Want to see more Selfies?   Click Kitties Blue Badge below to visit!




Happy Father’s Day!  

Love, Sammy