Posts Tagged ‘Mishka’

“Mishka, the Thief”

December 26, 2017




My best friend, Nick Nicholson in Australia, has two cats….Sasha and Mishka.  They are brother and sister a few years old.  Mishka has  a particular career.  She is a thief.  She steals laundry, sponges, knickers, especially socks from the surrounding neighborhood. This has caused Nick great grief and concern.  He has totalled up the ”loot’ one time and there were 74 socks, 12 knickers, bathing suits, sponges, bras, etc. in that ‘gettin’.

Nick was embarassed and threw everything away, and now Mishka is bringing home insulation…that stuff in the walls.  She is quite the cat.  Quite the thief.

Of course, there is always the fear of neighbors with torches and pitchforks, but so far they don’t seem to know who the thief is…..since Mishka strikes in the night from what I understand.  I am still wondering where she got thos 12 pairs of knickers.  LOL~

She has a natural criminal mind but what the hell?  She’s a cat!

So, Mishka…..may the New Year bring you more interesting stuff and may Nick continue to love and support you, you marvelous thief.  Inventive, too.



Mishka’s Loot

May 22, 2016


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” (, 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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