Notes from a parish cat and his author Julie Mackenzie

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I am Father Tom Fish, esteemed member of the religious team at Temptation of Christ Parish in the novels by author Julie Mackenzie. As to my background, I was invited into the rectory as a stray, laid on the charm, and was invited to stay, even honorarily ordained and no less spiritual than my sidekick Father Will. He dotes on me to high heaven and forgives all of my street cat proclivities, whatever the hell that means.

Monday, August 31, 2020

What's In a Name?

 Hi, furry friends!

I have a problem. Me and the rest of us - Bridget and Penny - think we should refer to the woman who's at our beck and call by something shorter and maybe sounding a little better than housekeeper. It's a meowthful and I'm tired of having to say it.

I was given the responsibility of finding something new to call her. Everything lands on my shoulders, but what's a cat-in-charge supposed to do?

Okay, so I looked in the house thesaurus (the only dinosaur surviving, get it?) and words for housekeeper - discovered between housecoat and house of prostitution, whatever that is - has words like charwoman, domestic artist, dayworker, *yawn*. . Finally, I told Bridget to try looking up slave..

Nevermind..had to do it myself. 

It says a slave is...dependent, subordinate (I like that one), fawning, groveling, prostrate...Hey this is fun!! Hahahahaha!

We still didn't solve the problem of what to call our housekeeper besides, "Hey, you!!" 

Wait...we could call her Miss M. Isn't there a movie called The Divine Miss M with Bette Midler? What a brainstorm! Glad we solved that problem and, best of all, it should guarantee some treats!! 


Tom, Bridget and Penny xxx


Eastside Cats said...

"Miss M" is a delightful sobriquet, Tom!
"Housekeeper" is much too impersonal, imho.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

It is quite a problem, isn't it. My boys used to just call me mum.
I don't think the housekeeper would appreciate charwoman, domestic artist or dayworker, so Miss M. sounds a winner.

Brian's Home Blog said...

Miss M with treats sounds like a win!

Greg_1948 in_WA said...

WE were thinking "HK"

da tabbies o trout towne said...

itz food servizz gurl round heer guyz....ore FSG for short !!! :) ♥♥

The Island Cats said...

We kinda like “hey you”!

meowmeowmans said...

We think that's a great solution, Tom, Penny and Bridgie. Then Mrs. M it is! :)

Timmy Tomcat said...

We agree that naming the "cleaner of the litter" with decorum is difficult. We settled it with "Dad" which evolved from "Pops" which we decided fit a corner storekeeper better. You nailed it with that name but, sorry, it is still a bit longish. Just meowin

catladymac said...

Or maybe call her "Ma'am"? Short and easy to say and still respectful.

Catscue said...

Miss M will get you a lot more treats than Slave - smart boy!

Furries said...

Miss M will hopefully give you lots of treats and loves. She appears to need more practice making a bed. Yours appears to be very lumpy.