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Skeeter: A Cat Tale [Kindle Edition]

Anne L. Watson
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"Dealing with a dog, to put it crudely, is like dealing with a person who's a bit dumb. Dealing with a cat is like dealing with a person who's more than a bit crazy."
 
When a stray kitten romps into Lynne's life, she has no idea what she's getting into. As Lynne describes in letters to her friend Angie, Skeeter is all cat -- high-spirited, contrary, and inventive. He's so goofy that he reminds Lynne of her own nuttiest escapades; so irrepressible that even Lynne's neighbor, Mark, gets wound around his paw. And when Angie visits to see Skeeter for herself . . . Well, no one who meets Skeeter will ever be quite the same again.
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Anne L. Watson, a retired historic preservation architecture consultant, is the author of several novels, plus books on such diverse subjects as soapmaking and baking with cookie molds. A former resident of San Pedro, California -- the setting of "Skeeter" -- Anne currently lives in Friday Harbor, Washington, with her husband and fellow author, Aaron Shepard, and one formerly-stray cat.
 
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SAMPLE
 
January 29, 2000
 
Dear Angie,
 
Skeeter is not entirely happy about the way we live. For example, he doesn't like my going to work. With more justification, he disapproves of some of my attitudes. Most of my experience with animals is with dogs. In a relationship with a pet, I elect myself pack leader. Cats are not pack animals. Skeeter, a democrat, considers us equals and resents my bumptious ways.
 
This is particularly true when it comes to food. I buy various kinds of food for Skeeter so he won't become too set on one type or flavor. I had a friend in high school whose cat, Sparkles, would eat nothing but Kitty Queen Tuna. No other brand would do, even people tuna. Kitty Queen Salmon would not do, either. My friend's family had Kitty Queen Tuna crises, when none could be found. "Did you try the all-night drugstore?" "We went there last time, remember? They don't have it." The cat probably would have starved before it ate anything else.
 
My friend's mother had a strange relationship with the cat. She believed Sparkles to be the reincarnation of her own mother, long deceased. So the cat ruled the household. I am not going down that road with Skeeter.
 
A gauntlet has been thrown, though, regarding turkey. Till last week, he ate it with obvious enjoyment. The two cans I've given him this week have gone untouched. Someone said it might be spoiled, that I should smell it. A longtime vegetarian, I think meat always smells spoiled, but I gave it a whiff. Disgusting, but not rancid. I won't buy it again, though, if he feels that way.
 
This morning he got beef, which he accepted. In fact, he made a pig of himself. After breakfast he returned to the bedroom, belching alarmingly.
 
"Would Monsieur like a potato with the steak next time?" I asked. "Perhaps a small glass of red wine?" Monsieur looked interested. "A salad?" No sale.
 
I think I'll continue being pack leader. Like all despots, I perpetuate Skeeter's servitude by monopolizing the means to freedom: the checkbook, the car keys, the can opener.
 
It's unfair that I should be the leader just because I'm bigger and smarter and have opposable thumbs. But it's going to stay that way as long as I can manage it. If Skeeter is the reincarnation of my mother, she can learn to eat what she's given.
 
Love,
Lynne
 


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January 29, 2000
 
Dear Angie,
 
Skeeter is not entirely happy about the way we live. For example, he doesn't like my going to work. With more justification, he disapproves of some of my attitudes. Most of my experience with animals is with dogs. In a relationship with a pet, I elect myself pack leader. Cats are not pack animals. Skeeter, a democrat, considers us equals and resents my bumptious ways.
 
This is particularly true when it comes to food. I buy various kinds of food for Skeeter so he won't become too set on one type or flavor. I had a friend in high school whose cat, Sparkles, would eat nothing but Kitty Queen Tuna. No other brand would do, even people tuna. Kitty Queen Salmon would not do, either. My friend's family had Kitty Queen Tuna crises, when none could be found. "Did you try the all-night drugstore?" "We went there last time, remember? They don't have it." The cat probably would have starved before it ate anything else. 
 
My friend's mother had a strange relationship with the cat. She believed Sparkles to be the reincarnation of her own mother, long deceased. So the cat ruled the household. I am not going down that road with Skeeter. 
 
A gauntlet has been thrown, though, regarding turkey. Till last week, he ate it with obvious enjoyment. The two cans I've given him this week have gone untouched. Someone said it might be spoiled, that I should smell it. A longtime vegetarian, I think meat always smells spoiled, but I gave it a whiff. Disgusting, but not rancid. I won't buy it again, though, if he feels that way.
 
This morning he got beef, which he accepted. In fact, he made a pig of himself. After breakfast he returned to the bedroom, belching alarmingly. 
 
"Would Monsieur like a potato with the steak next time?" I asked. "Perhaps a small glass of red wine?" Monsieur looked interested. "A salad?" No sale.
 
I think I'll continue being pack leader. Like all despots, I perpetuate Skeeter's servitude by monopolizing the means to freedom: the checkbook, the car keys, the can opener. 
 
It's unfair that I should be the leader just because I'm bigger and smarter and have opposable thumbs. But it's going to stay that way as long as I can manage it. If Skeeter is the reincarnation of my mother, she can learn to eat what she's given. 
 
Love,
Lynne
 
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NOVELS BY ANNE L. WATSON
 
SKEETER: A CAT TALE. When a stray kitten romps into Lynne's life, she has no idea what she's getting into. As Lynne describes in letters to her friend Angie, Skeeter is all cat -- high-spirited, contrary, inventive, and so goofy that he reminds Lynne of her own nuttiest escapades. No one who meets Skeeter will ever be quite the same again.
 
PACIFIC AVENUE. When young Kathy Woodbridge steps off the bus in San Pedro, California, she is running away from her past in Louisiana -- a past burdened by family tragedy and the imprisonment of the man she has loved. Soon she meets Lacey Greer, who can sense the young woman is deeply troubled. But before Lacey can help, she must uncover just what Kathy is running from.
 
JOY. In the Oakland, California, of 1989, Mirai San Julian is a young woman with a fascinating life and a rich past. She restores historic carousels -- her dream career -- working from her own studio in a former roller skating rink. But why is everything suddenly falling apart? Mirai knows how to restore a carousel, but can she restore relationships with those she loves? 
 
FLIGHT (Young Adult). Linda Farley of San Diego is now living as Lainie Foster with her mother and brother in Olympia, Washington, under rules she's been given for being in the Witness Protection Program. But questions confront her at every turn. How could her loving father get involved in a Mafia money laundering scheme? Why is her mother so familiar with their new city? And who is that dark-haired woman she keeps spotting in front of the house?
 

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  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Shepard & Piper (May 11, 2014)
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  • Language: English
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attitude May 12, 2008
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I am not a cat person unless you count Garfield. He may just be a cartoon figure but to me "Garfield" is the coolest cat ever. Or so I thought until I read a little book called "Skeeter A Cat Tale". Skeeter has an attitude with a capital A. The poor misguided owner Lynne thinks she has the upper hand but when you read this book you will discover Skeeter is the one running the show.

I loved it when the Lynne tries to put a harness and leash on Skeeter. Since Lynne only had knowledge about dogs, I can understand why she might think what works for one, works for the other.

The book is mostly about Skeeter, but also includes some of the adventures of Lynne. One day Lynne is walking the shores of San Pedro, Calif when she found an elongated flexible cone or seedpod. Since her sister was taking a basketry course Lynne decided her sister might like to use some of the seapods. So Lynne looking up, saw that more of these littered the slope dropping from a tree at the edge of a cliff. Now climbing the cliff was easy, even gathering cones as she went. But when Lynne reached the top and turned around, she realized something. She was trapped. There was a chain link fence running along the top as far as she could see. So she abandoned her pride and skated down on her rear, blistering it in the fast descent and rubbing a noticeably-positioned hole in her clothing. It was one of those moments that ever one has encountered in their lives. It was a "Dear God, it's Lynne here and please don't let anyone see me making a fool of myslef". Thank goodness no one saw her as she stalked away with what little dignity she had left and the shreds of her jeans.

This is a fast read and reached me on a day when I really needed a good laugh. If you have had a bad day you need to buy this book and keep it on hand. Beleive me laughter is the best medicine.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not enough about Skeeter! December 10, 2010
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After reading the 5 star reviews, I thought this was going to be a charming book about a very mischievous cat, but found myself quite disappointed not even halfway through it. I didn't mind the "letter" format, but the author seemed to use Skeeter as a front for writing about herself and her adventures, past and present. And, I found them to be rather mundane. I was hoping to smile and laugh a lot, being a cat lover, but was not entertained as I thought I was going to be. This is one book I will not recommend to friends, which disappoints me, because I thought it was going to be that kind of book. Cats, by their very independent nature, can offer a lot of fodder for a good writer. This little book is by no means poorly written, just boring and dull.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Skeeter:A Cat Tale April 30, 2005
Format:Paperback
Skeeter is a stray kitten with questionable lineage and irreverent independence. His story is told in a series of letters from Lynne, Skeeter's equally independent "person" to friends back in Chicago after Lynne moves to California and brings Skeeter into her life.

For anyone who loves cats, as I do, Skeeter is a fun romp through the world of cat lovers and the cats who own them.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining September 19, 2009
By Mary A.
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This is an amusing, entertaining, quick read. A quite nice little story to relax with. The author captures the unique personality of Skeeter's
endaring and mischievous antics. Recommend this book for anyone.regardless of whether or not you are a "cat person".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You've Got Mail - Skeeter Style November 15, 2010
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This small and easy to read book is written in a "You've Got Mail" style. The letters are all from Lynne describing her move from Chicago to San Pedro, California and her adoption of a kitten (Skeeter). The letters are to her friend in Chicago (Angie) and later in the book, to her sister (Melissa). If you ever owned a cat, you'd appreciate the antics of Skeeter. Warning: May cause reader to go out and adopt a cat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick read February 20, 2012
By A. Cole
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This wasn't so much a book, as it was a collection of letters written by the author to her friend after moving back to California. I expected the book to be about the cat since it's called "Skeeter: A Cat's Tale". Skeeter was more of a supporting cast member instead of the lead actor. It was a cute book nonetheless and it was nice to hear about his antics as told by his human.

I'm giving it 3 stars because of that. I didn't hate it, but I will probably forget this book before summer arrives. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick read - perfect for waiting rooms, and light reading for the poolside or beach.
The premise of the book sounds cute, but keep it away from the kids - this is a book for adults.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheerful September 27, 2009
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I've always been a dog person but I was adopted by a stray cat 3 years ago. Since then I have had great joy watching his antics and can totally relate to Skeeter's person and stories. I am still literally laughing out loud at her description of what she did to her Christmas tree for her cat! This was a very fun book to read and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about cats who never had one before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Story! April 13, 2010
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Plot/Storyline/Character Development: 5 Stars

This was a delightful story of a woman, Lynne, who gets a cat and names him Skeeter. Now, this cat wasn't some circus act; he was just a regular cat, a "mutt", really. That's where the story got its charm. Any cat owner can see aspects of Skeeter in their own cat. Animal lovers of any type can enjoy the cat's antics knowing that their pet has similar quirks.

The story was told in letters to a friend, giving it a "homey" feel, as though the author was talking directly to the reader. This also gave the author a unique opportunity to develop Lynne's character to the fullest by telling of other aspects of her life that didn't necessarily include Skeeter.

Editing/Formatting: 5 Stars

Both were of professional quality.

Rating: PG - Could be okay for very young children, but I doubt they would enjoy the pace and stories involving Lynne that don't include Skeeter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars but I got rid of a cat like that!
Cute story, but I got rid of a cat like that!
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars cute read
very cute. the kids enjoyed it.
Published 21 days ago by Fre
2.0 out of 5 stars Skeeter
Cute, but basically a time waster. I don't think I would read anything else by this author. So reader you have been warned.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Try her others for greater entertainment.
I very much liked Pacific Avenue. This, not so much.
Published 2 months ago by Niel T. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story for those who are in animal welfare or just want a heartfelt story
Published 2 months ago by Jen Koca
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
OK, but could have just been a short story.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Skeeter you are fun and enjoyable
This little book was a lot of fun to read. I was sorry when the book ended but it sure is a cute book and I would highly recommend it for any one of any age to read.
Published 3 months ago by LKB
1.0 out of 5 stars Pass on this, the poor cat is a prop
Set up as letters written from "Lynn" to "Angie" after Lynn moves to L.A. from Chicago.

Lynn actually gets a cat, but the letters written between 1999-2000, are more a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marie's Read/Allen's shop
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for cat lovers
Very cute, quick read. Great for cat lovers
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I write 4 or 5 pages and gave up. Not really interesting.
Published 5 months ago by Mayte wynn
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Anne L. Watson is the author of a variety of works, including literary novels, soapmaking and lotionmaking manuals, and a cookie cookbook. She is also retired from a long and honored career as a historic preservation architecture consultant. Anne, her husband and fellow author, Aaron Shepard, and their cat, Skeeter, live in Friday Harbor, Washington.

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