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  1. Gloved Love in the Neighborhood

    Sunday, February 21, 2021


    It had been quite a number of days since I had any time with my feline friend, Mustache, who lives in the discount store down 198th Street.  Today I went in there to use the ATM.  While waiting for the machine to process my request, someone was rubbing against my leg and saying “meow.” 

    “Mustache, it’s so nice to see you.  I’ve missed you.”

    After getting my cash, I bent down to give Mustache some petting.  She jumped up on some boxes.  “Yes, that makes it easier for me,” I told her.  She clearly had missed me too.

    One of the people in the store was telling me how much the cat loves me and that I should take her home.  This man tells me that whenever we are all in the store at the same time.  I always tell him that she’s not up for adoption, that she lives in the store.  This man is always trying to convince me that Mustache loves me and doesn’t act this way with anyone else.  I let him know that I know she loves me and that she knows I love her.  Another customer chimed in, “She gives the cat love.”  I nodded to her and we both smiled which is recognizable even with masks on.  It also struck me how much the woman didn’t find the love a mystery whereas the man always seems to sound like it’s unbelievable.

    So Mustache and I continued our affection session.  I had knit gloves on and wondered if that felt more like her cat mother to her.  And then the man told me that she caught a rat earlier.  “It was almost as big as the cat.”  I made gagging sounds.  He hurried to assure me that she caught it but didn’t eat it.  I shuddered anyway.  I continued to pet her and even told her, “You did your job.”  But I was so glad I had my gloves on the whole time. 

    to CGG-M

    Mindy Matijasevic


  2. Peeking out of Hibernation

    Friday, February 19, 2021


    Hi people.  I went AWOL for a couple of months.  Hibernating in a way.  Thanks to many of you for checking in on me.  The holidays, the cold, and falling into a funk of sorts just had me feeling not very communicative.


    I’m dealing with health issues and lack of money.  Such fun.


    People from different areas of my life have been very generous to me.  In that way, I feel very, very lucky.   And I am very, very grateful.


    My most productivity is when I am decluttering in my apartment.  I’m just amazed at how much stuff is in here.  Unbelievable.  It feels good to fill garbage bags.  It also feels good to fill bags for the shelter in my neighborhood.


    I weigh more than I have ever weighed in my life (including when nine months pregnant).  I think sitting way too much is a big factor.


    Some pandemic confessions:

            I am finding it easier and easier to be a hermit.  I rarely even return phone calls.

            I got hooked on a season of “The Bachelorette.”  I had never watched  it before.  Not my thing.  Yet I got hooked.

            Shamefully, I got interested in “The Bachelor” as well.

            One day I really sunk.  I couldn’t tolerate listening to Trump’s defense attorneys anymore, and I watched half of the Maury show.  Yeah, the “You ARE the father” show.  I was shocked at myself.  I haven’t done that again.


    I am soooooo looking forward to the relief check.  I need it just to catch up with some things and stock up on some things.  It’s not about a trip to Cancun for me.




    Much love to CGG-M  ❤❤❤