where to? what next?

Time to say goodbye to the holidays for me – bah, humbug survives another season to rise like the phoenix for another new year. What’s ahead for 2022?

I started the New Year much like I’d ended the Old Year – with a morning walk through the neighborhood.

the sun rose in the east over a neighbor’s American flag

somewhat reassuringly, I felt on both counts, given the anniversary of the January 6th insurrection in six days

America strong? America divided? Where to, America, in 2022? What next?

who’s this in front of Bully Cat’s crib?

Well, well, well. Something new to see on the first day of the New Year. A different cat sitting in the driveway of Bully Cat’s secret hiding place with the open door policy for him. Apparently Bully Cat has a Crib Cat Companion. Where to, what next for Bully Cat himself?

Bully Cat across the street from our house when I got home

Bully Cat up to his Old Tricks on the first day of 2022 – strolling past me as I walked up our driveway. Where to, BC – what next? Is there hope for redemption from your bullying behavior in the new year? Is there hope for redemption for everyone in the new year…

so where did that put Carport Kitty

in a familiar hiding spot

but under Pretty’s truck in our driveway instead of Neighbor John’s

Where to, what next, Carport Kitty? Will you stay afraid of Bully Cat, or are you running a food scam with him? Only the New Year solves the mysteries.

Regardless, you have a place to call home

and a new favorite spot in the warmer weather –

keeping watch over yarn ball Pretty got you for Christmas


Stay safer, stay saner, please won’t you just get vaccinated and boosted, please stay tuned.

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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11 Responses to where to? what next?

  1. Teresa Williams says:

    Maybe the new year will bring us and Carport Kitty a clean carport. It could happen

    Liked by 2 people

  2. JosieHolford says:

    I am BC’s biggest fan.
    Good to read the latest in the saga.
    Where to, indeed. And how many more cats will this year bring?
    Here’s to a better year and new and improved cats for everyone.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. cindy knoke says:

    You have a kind heart. Sweet kitties. How is your son and his family doing? How is Ella?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Our son and his wife have now tested negative and are doing much better!
      Ella is hanging in – we took them more testing kits this afternoon and talked through the kitchen window. Pretty took her mask off so Ella could see her smile and was met with a finger wag and a “put your mask on, Nana, and don’t take it off again.” At two years old, she has learned Covid lessons. Somehow so very strange to me. But so thankful they are much improved. And thank you for asking!


  4. Wayside Artist says:

    I’m afraid to ask any questions about 2022. On New Year’s Day a meteor exploded over Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mind you that’s almost 400 miles west, and I didn’t hear or feel the explosion, but it’s not a terribly auspicious start. Happy New Year? The jury’s out!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. 🎊Pawkisses for a Happy New Year to all of you
    and hope that all your wishes come true
    in 2022✨🐾😽💞

    Liked by 1 person

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