This was one of those morning when I didn't really want to go outside. It was cold and snowing. It has been a long winter in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin.
I put on my cat-carrying sling and fastened the clasps in front.
Dep came running, arched her back, rubbed against my ankles, and purred. "Ready, Dep?" I asked.
Glad she finally liked riding in that sling, I picked the warm, furry body up, and tucked her into the sling. She didn't stop purring.
I put my coat on and zipped it over her so that only her head peeked out. I pulled up my hood, went outside, locked the door, and put on my super-insulated mittens.
I walked to our coffee shop, Deputy Donut. My cat, who had the name first, helped keep me warm during the short walk. We went in the back way, into the office where Dep spends her day. Through the window into the kitchen, we could see my partner and father-in-law, Tom, already frying donuts. I let Dep out to race up and down the ramps and kitty staircases in her toy-filled playground. Tom had already turned on the gas fireplace. Dep's gym, also known as our office, was toasty.
So was the kitchen. Tom, the father of my late husband, treats me like a daughter. Tom retired from our local police force and gives good advice. Yes, there have been murders in Fallingbrook recently, and yes, I've been instrumental in helping solve them. Tom's advice and the advice of my police officer friends is always to stay away from the investigations and from murder suspects. It's excellent advice, and I would follow it if I could. But life happens, and though I try to stay out of trouble, I don't always succeed.
Tom and I had lots of yummy fried treats and hot drinks ready when we opened for the breakfast crowd. Stomping snow off their boots, laughing and teasing one another, they came in. "Emily! Good to see you!" they cried as if they hadn't seen me for a long time, when most of them had been there several times already that week. "Tom!"
It's been a long winter, but we stay warm. And happy. Some of us even purr.
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