With the smoke and the fire and the stars at night

Up again in the morning bright

With nothing but road and sky in sight

And nothing to do but go...

—old hobo poem

Friday, February 7, 2014

Bodie Miller (no, not Bode, but Bodie)

If you're familiar with ski racing, you've undoubtedly heard the name of Bode Miller, one of racing's greats (and a somewhat unconventional guy, as many greats tend to be).

The Bodie Miller I know spells his name a little differently from the great skier Bode—that is, he would if he could spell.

My Bodie is another Maine Coon cat, this one from the local Humane Society, where he's been languishing for many months because he's not a kitten and also maybe because he's such a BIG guy. He's about two years old and has the mellow nature and intelligence of the Maine Coon. I can barely lug him around, he's so big—kind of like having a young bobcat.

He acts like he's been part of the pack since he was a toddler, and a sweeter cat I've never had around. 

I've been working on my latest book, another Bud Shumway mystery, this one called "The Silver Spur Cafe." After that's done (hopefully in a week or two), I'll dedicate myself to finding a bigger rig to accomodate this newest ranch hand, then head out. I never did get south, but instead am currently holed up in the land of Neversummer, renting a little house and wishing I'd gone to Arizona, but there still may be time.

At least I'm getting some work done, and all this snow makes for good writing weather (a foot of new snow just today).

In the meantime, stay warm and happy.


  1. This is a nice house, but I think I also would rather be in Arizona for the winter. Bode is so good lookin'.

    1. He's a real gem, Rubye, just like a ruby is, too. :)

  2. Now that is one handsome looking Bode. Your snowy house pic made me shiver with too many old winter memories gone by........

    1. It's actually in the 40s and melting this morning, Al, but I would for sure rather be in Arizona.

  3. Your "orphanage" keeps growing! You do need a bigger rig…maybe even a two story :)
    You're saving lives, one animal at a time!
    Box Canyon Mark

  4. Congrats to your new addition to your family he is beautiful nice job saving him.
    I am delighted to hear he fits purrrfectly with the gang

  5. What a beautiful cat! When we volunteered at a shelter in TX there were several of those big, sweet kitties that had been there for years. Wanted to take them all.

  6. Bodie is very handsome !!! Thank you for rescuing him! I am happy to hear Bud Shumway is nearby! I love your books!


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