Oh, Lizzy! (Gargleblaster #156)

I spy another lizard sprawled motionless on the tile- sans tail. With a shudder, I prepare a napkin burial. It scurries from my fingertips.

I squeal.

My giggling sons, the obvious suspects… until I discover the culprit waiting for another “toy.”


04-06 Lizzy


gargle156This is my response to the weekly Gargleblaster challenge, which is to answer the following question in exactly 42 words:  Who dunnit?

Not only did we discover Lizzy is our lizard catcher, we also found that we need to do some weatherstripping repairs.  She will sit in this position for hours waiting to play.  Forget the catnip mice- those are for amateurs 🙂

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65 thoughts on “Oh, Lizzy! (Gargleblaster #156)

  1. tinsenpup April 7, 2014 / 5:47 AM

    Oh no! Lizzie! (Is it wrong to admit I laughed at this?)

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 7:04 AM

      Nope 🙂 If I hadn’t have been startled, I might’ve laughed, too, Tinsenpup! Now, when I see “dead” lizards, I have my older son relocate them outside. So far, we’ve only had one casualty… the rest are really good actors.

  2. Sean April 7, 2014 / 6:11 AM

    Ah yes, the joy of finding critters throughout the house. I remember one time when our cat found a mouse and played with it. It was hiding in a shoe. At least the shoe didn’t get put on, that would have been an experience. Cats will be cats and kids will be kids. At least it wasn’t a snake. Take care and enjoy your day.

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 7:06 AM

      I know it could be worse, Sean… my mother-in-law’s cat would bring mice inside and leave them dead by her slippers. Ew! The mouse in a shoe would’ve freaked me out… I already tap them to check for scorpions so I don’t know what kind of paranoia that would start for me 🙂

  3. atrm61 April 7, 2014 / 6:11 AM

    Naughty Lizzie,leading you astray ;-)This was a fun take Janna:-)

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 7:07 AM

      Lizzy is our curious, feisty cat. Her litter mate, Sammy, can’t be bothered… she once slept on the back of a couch while a lizard rested on a cushion just a foot away 🙂 Thanks for reading, Atreyee!

      • atrm61 April 7, 2014 / 7:10 AM

        Ack!I detest lizards!Yes,.I did see the pic you put up-great click:-)

        • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 7:14 AM

          Thanks, Atreyee! Of course, I didn’t have the presence of mind to take a pic of the faking lizard, so I figured the waiting cat was the next best thing. My older son does a fine job of relocating lizards before Lizzy has too much fun with them. I’d think word would get out that our door should be avoided. Maybe they don’t communicate well, or the other lizards are being dared to try it 🙂

        • atrm61 April 7, 2014 / 7:24 AM

          All animals and even icky creatures are interesting to watch -from afar 😉

        • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 12:17 PM

          That is the key, Atreyee… outside is best!

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  4. Debbie April 7, 2014 / 6:45 AM

    HaHa! Caught red-handed (or is that red-pawed??). Sounds like Lizzy has found her “hobby,” and she’s successful at it. Would that people had that much concentration!!

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 7:08 AM

      Oh, she is quite dedicated to her hobby, Debbie. Things are warming up, so she spends more time checking out the door. (As I spend more time nagging my husband about how we need to fix the weatherstripping!

  5. Michael April 7, 2014 / 6:52 AM

    A napkin burial. What a way to go.

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 7:08 AM

      Hey, at least it was clean 🙂 Thanks for reading, Michael!

  6. nrhatch April 7, 2014 / 7:15 AM

    Lizzy and Tigger would be best buds. He adores catching lizards! We get an occasional one indoors, most stay outside. Yay.

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 12:16 PM

      I’m all for them staying outside… I have no problem with them scaling the house… outside 🙂 They are great entertainment for the kitties, but would hate to see them hurt, Nancy!

  7. angieinspired April 7, 2014 / 7:58 AM

    I absolutely love your title! Lizzy gets top billing

  8. whimsygizmo April 7, 2014 / 8:00 AM

    Heehee. Ah, the “gifts” from cats. 😉

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 12:19 PM

      It could be worse than lizards, Whimsygizmo!

  9. fatgirlinboxinggloves April 7, 2014 / 8:32 AM

    Cats are awesome, but their gifts can be gruesome. This was a fun take on the prompt.

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 12:21 PM

      Glad you found the humor in it, Carol Ann… it’s funnier now than when it happened 🙂

  10. Sarah Ann April 7, 2014 / 12:51 PM

    Oops, but good to know it wasn’t one of the boys!

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 7:06 PM

      That is a good thing, Sarah Ann (I think they know better, though!)

  11. djmatticus April 7, 2014 / 2:16 PM

    Thank goodness we don’t let our cats outside. I don’t think The Queen could survive finding a lizard in the house. Then again, I’m not sure I could survive the accompany scream either. So, at least we would go together…

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 7:07 PM

      Ooh, I don’t want to think about what they would bring in if we let them out! Lizards themselves don’t bother me, but if they can get in, it means other things that do bother me can, too (scorpions, spiders, etc.) Thanks for reading, DJ.

      • djmatticus April 7, 2014 / 8:42 PM

        Spiders we have aplenty, but they don’t bother The Queen at all. I contend that is becaus she’s never had to deal with Black Widows in her house, as I had to when I was growing up. One of the most powerful memories I have is of playing on the living room floor and watching a shadow crawling up the curtains next to me and my mom absoultely freaking out. In my mind it was a huge one, but I’m not sure it was just normal size. And, yes, spiders freak me out… but, being the dutiful husband when we find them in the house I safely trap them and escort them outside per the Queen’s wishes.

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 7:08 PM

      No kidding…they need to clean up after themselves, Widdershins!

  12. Dawn April 7, 2014 / 3:00 PM

    Oh my sister used to have a cat that brought us “gifts”. Great take on the prompt.

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 7:09 PM

      Thanks, Dawn! Yeah, their gifts aren’t always appreciated 🙂

  13. paulmclem April 7, 2014 / 3:02 PM

    For our cats it’s mice/birds and the head is usually gone. Not sure if they actually eat it 🙂

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 7:09 PM

      Oh gross! This makes me happy our kitties stay inside, Paul 🙂

  14. Kay April 7, 2014 / 4:37 PM

    This is great! I’m glad my little one doesn’t have access to living toys aside from the ladybugs (our building has a low-level ladybug infestation…).

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 7:12 PM

      Thanks, Michelle! They are strange creatures, but I love ’em 🙂

  15. Marcy April 7, 2014 / 5:58 PM

    I liked your story. I remember getting “presents” from my cat left on our doorstep. Eww.

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 7:13 PM

      Haha, at least the gifts were on the doorstep and not in your bed, Marcy 🙂

  16. TheJackB April 7, 2014 / 7:27 PM

    That would have made me laugh too. I think my mother probably has a couple of stories of things I did that were similar.

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 8:57 PM

      I bet she does, TJB! Thanks for stopping by to read it 🙂

  17. Widdershins April 7, 2014 / 8:07 PM

    Horror story, from before Mrs Widds and I got together … She woke up early one morning nose to nose, literally, with a large dead rat, beady eyes wide open, staring at her. A present from a feline friend to show how much she was valued!

    Needless to say, I am now the one to dispose of the corpses. The good news is that Widdercat is now so old she doesn’t bother, although, there has been the occasional corpse on the patio, so I think the neighborhood cats are picking up the slack.

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 8:59 PM

      Oh my gosh, I think I’d sleep with a helmet on if that happened to me! Then, I’d need to go into therapy in hopes I could sleep again. I’m glad you are able to take care of the ‘gifts’. Fewer gifts is a good byproduct of kitty age, I guess 🙂

  18. Christine April 7, 2014 / 9:50 PM

    Gah! Your cat is awesome. 🙂 Ours are not clever enough to catch anything alive. I feel very well protected from stray socks, however.

    • jannatwrites April 7, 2014 / 10:12 PM

      Well, Lizzy is the only one in our house that makes any effort to earn her keep. She carries the other two 🙂 Glad you don’t have to worry about the socks… that’s a real threat, you know 🙂

  19. Lance April 8, 2014 / 6:37 AM

    My Monki would ignore it. She’s “above” such.

    I laughed hard at this. Is that wrong? Good word choices

    • jannatwrites April 8, 2014 / 7:47 AM

      Had I not been the one fooled by the play of dead, I probably would’ve laughed too, Lance 🙂 Our other two cats can’t be bothered to tend to critter invaders.

  20. shailajav April 8, 2014 / 9:12 AM

    NO! Not Lizzy! She’s too cute 🙂

    • jannatwrites April 8, 2014 / 9:44 PM

      Thanks, Shailajav! She is a sweet kitty (though the lizards may not agree…)

  21. Natalie DeYoung April 8, 2014 / 12:09 PM

    Haha! Like my kitty…only with mice. 😉

    • jannatwrites April 8, 2014 / 9:45 PM

      Natalie, I prefer lizard over mice, I think. {Shivers}

  22. annbennett April 9, 2014 / 3:34 AM

    I’m a cat lady with a bunch of dogs. Cats do the coolest things.

    • jannatwrites April 10, 2014 / 12:37 AM

      I’m a total cat person, Ann… I think they are fascinating animals!

  23. Suzanne April 9, 2014 / 10:37 AM

    Oh Lizzy, indeed! But at least she tipped you off about the repairs. 😉

    • jannatwrites April 10, 2014 / 12:50 AM

      That’s right, Suzanne… too bad the repairs aren’t getting done 😦

  24. pattisj April 10, 2014 / 8:47 PM

    Lizzie’s a keeper!

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