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I started out the back door to get towels out of the dryer this afternoon and caught myself just in time to miss stepping on Foster Kitty’s latest stalking triumph – the back quarter of his afternoon delight spread out neatly beside him while he gnawed greedily on the upper portion. H wanted the squirrel population pared down because they eat all the bird seed in the feeders so he’s getting his wish.

In Foster Kitty’s defense I can’t call him a night stalker because he does all his stalking during the day. He has become a stalker of squirrels. I’ve lost count on how many ‘gifts’ he has bequeathed us on our doorstep, be it at the front door or at the back door. He always leaves us the tail so we can make a muff or something I guess.

I just can not figure out why he considers raw squirrel a delicacy, though I do know for a fact some people covet the brains. My ex mother-in-law was famous for adding the head to her squirrel gumbo. After one too many times of scooping that head up with those beady little eyes in the serving spoon my days of eating squirrel gumbo are over.

When you think about it they are just rodents and not on my lists of wild game to eat anymore. Thankfully, with all the hunting H and Andrew do, they rarely go squirrel hunting. If they did, they could take Foster Kitty with them and he could be the squirrel cat.


 Gumbo anyone?





About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. My grandpa always ate the squirrel head. I thought it was so throaty with its yellow teeth.

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  2. Such a good cat! She truly respects you to keep doing that with the tail. The cat realizes she /he is in a submissive position to you and gives you the best part. They are amazing to me.

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  3. Oh man, I can’t even imagine.

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  4. Nice touch adding the head!
    I’ll never forget meeting squirrel hunters in a campground in West Virginia in an old Cadillac pulling an old trailer. “Yep…. squirrels and ramps” (that’s wild leeks) Unforgettable characters!

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  5. Gumbo and brains included?

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