A whisper from the woods

Mewsings from Jorge (and me!), April 2022

Apr 11, 2022

Mama has been going around our house sorting through a lot of things. She calls it, “Spring cleaning,” whatever that means!

This upsets me. I like things how they are. I do not want anything to change.

Sometimes, it makes me nervous. Mama keeps saying it is ok. She promises it will be nice once it is done. She says, “You will see, Jorge! Even though it is a mess now, it will be beautiful soon.”

I like to help by getting into everything she lays out. I really enjoy getting under things or sitting on them. This is a great time to play! I will paw at some things.

This is especially entertaining when she puts things on the bed. Then I can have loads of fun. Occasionally, she will make it a game with me. Then, I get excited. I am jumping around and in the things on the bed….

She loves it, even though it is frustrating for her sometimes. HAHA! I see her smile so at least she thinks it is cute. She tells me, “Mama does not need any help right now. You just supervise things.”

Here I am with just a few of my toys. I like to put them everywhere!

After a while, Mama will pick up my scattered toys for me. She puts them in that little basket. She says, “Now, you know where they are.” A bit later, I go and pick out what I want. After a while, they are mostly out of the basket.  I just love it!

In the mornings, we have a little game we play. Mama picks a toy and throws it to me when I am on the bed. I catch it! Yes, I do! Then she cheers, “Good Boy!” Then I go crazy with the toy. Sometimes, I hit the toy (like my paw is a tennis racquet) so it goes off the bed. Mama picks it up and throws it back to me. It is a lot of fun. Mama says it is our morning ritual.

Back to the spring-cleaning thing…. Mama said, “Should we donate some of these toys? You have so many. There are other cats that can play with them, too.”

I like that she makes me part of the process. I wonder if the cats outside will get my toys. I have some cat friends outdoors. Mama will buy me toys that I do not use or care about, so she likes to give them to other friends or donate them. I guess it is a nice thing to do; to share things with others.

Her friends come over and bring me toys too! They smile when I play with them. Now we’re all happy. 😊

Mama told me there are good things that come along when giving up stuff. She tells me it is not just about our “stuff” or our “things” but about thoughts, too. We can let stuff go that does not work for us anymore.

This is interesting for me to ponder.

What is not serving me anymore?

Or if I notice a thought, to let it pass on by.

She says, like clouds in the sky, just let them pass by. I am working on it.

Maybe I can try that and see how it goes. I will try to do it about my toys and Mama’s things that are going away. I will let them pass by. She says we can be grateful that they served a purpose at one time but, since they do not anymore, we let them go.

The real lesson here is about not underestimating the power of cleaning and playing. Wink, wink!


A Note from Jennifer: Deep bow.  Be well everyone! Enjoy life. Happy Spring!

Clouds image courtesy of rawpixel. Photos courtesy of Jennifer Troyan.

Quotes to enjoy:

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. ~ Alice Walker

Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor – it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living. ~ Peter Walsh

Clouds in the sky very much resembles the thoughts in our minds! Both change perpetually from one second to another! ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan


Please share this. Thank you!


  1. Anrich Bester

    Nice photos, Jorge!

    • Jennifer Troyan

      Thank you, Anrich! Jorge loves having his photo taken. 🙂

  2. Nancy

    What a special way to enjoy life with Jorge, morning rituals are my favorite with Smokie Joe ( my boy) he comes running when he knows its time!

    • Jennifer

      Oh, I love that. Thank you for sharing. Smokie Joe sounds like a sweetie too!

  3. Debora Winick

    This one is very good about giving your “clutter” to others to enjoy. Jorge will love it too!

    • Jennifer Troyan

      Debbie – So glad you like it. Jorge loves being a part of the process.

      • Nikki R

        I love how you and Jorge are giving and donating to others. There are so many shelter pets and rescue pets that can definitely use them. Love all the meanings behind your stories and Jorge is such a beautiful, handsome boy.

  4. Debbie Padjen

    Hi Jorge,

    What a beautiful boy you are. I once had a female Himalayan that looked so much like you. Her name was Verhsa. She was such a joy everyday, just like you are to your Mama. I am glad your Mama likes to play with you and make you happy and energetic. I am curious Jorge as to what your favorite foods are? Versha loved to steal the broccoli and brussel sprouts off my dinner plate. She didn’t like milk or tuna and would only eat Friskies dry cat food and water. What are your favorites Jorge? Also do you sleep next to your Mama curled up at night?

    • Jennifer Troyan

      Oh my gosh, Debbie! I am going to ask Jorge when I get home tonight and follow up with you. I know he loves treats and tuna but I will see what he says about it.

      He does sleep with me and sometimes even spoons with me. 🙂

      I’m so happy to hear about Versha as well. I am going to tell Jorge all about this!

      • Debbie Padjen

        Yes, Jorge and Versha would have been good friends( might have taken a few months of getting to know each other). She could have used a friend to chase around the house.

  5. Nicole

    Thank you for sharing Jennifer and Jorge, your stories are inspiring, I always smile, reflect and delight in your relationship and news. Keep on spreading your mewswings joy:-)

  6. Julie Caldwell

    Love this story. Thank you so much for your musing around with all of us. Our Budddy (newly found kitty) enjoys the morning ritual as well. Rejoicing that our lives are graced by these amazing animals

  7. Kika Gusmao

    I love reading your tales, Jorge. I am also delighted to read so many responses from our community. Thank you all!

  8. Kat

    Never thought of mental clutter the same way as physical things clutter and that I can let go of both easily if I want to. Have a great day Jorge 😽

  9. Jennifer Troyan

    Julie, Kika & Kat – Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I am sure your comments will add to the fun of this blog.

    Jennifer 🙂


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