Mishka’s Loot


My dear friend, Nick Nicholson from Australia sent me this picture last night of one of his cats, Mishka.  She is quite the cat burglar.  For the past year, Mishka has been roaming the neighborhood, bringing back loot from God Knows Where.  Amongst the items she has selected are:

3 tea towels

one facewasher

2 car washing sponge

1 hairband w/bow

2 sports headbands

1 T-shirt

1 long sleeved T-shirt

1 girl’s top

1 piece bathing suit

1 pair of stockings

1 pair of leggings….


But by far, her favourite things to bring me were:

9 pairs of Knickers

19 gloves (mostly gardening gloves)


83 socks.

Nick xxx

Mishka looks…. positively unrepentant.

Nick was my collaborator on “Pitcher of Moon” and “The Song of the Nightingale” (Amazon.com, 2014 and 2015).  We are going to do a collection of my Southern Short Stories next spring, with Nick including his marvelous photographs from his recent trip around the US, including the South.

Nick has been my greatest encourager in writing  and in other creative arts for the last 10 years.  Besides my Aunt Jean Kohut, who died two years ago at age 102. In this time when people  don’t read much, except their phones, these two people have made all the difference in my exploration and production as a writer.

However,  unless Nick can dissuade Mishka from her life of crime, the folk around him will appear with pikes and pitchforks, demanding at least their knickers and socks back.

Think of the villagers in “Frankenstein”.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2016



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2 Responses to “Mishka’s Loot”

  1. sunmoonstar13 Says:

    Hehe, I love that photo! Mishka – the most adorable thief ever 🙂


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Adorable and Totally Unrepentant. Her collection of loot surpasses anything I have read before, though she has a brother in Florida that does the same thing.

    LOL! I love the look on her face!


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