Keeping The Faith

Saturday morning…birr

What a challenge. Between wearing ski clothes to bed because the boiler went south to screaming, I can’t hear you, to your new landlord who has to be so sorry he ever bought your building in the first place.

To be fair, it does pretty well when you consider it’s 116 years old (built in 1899), but like any centenarian, it poops out once in a while. It’s easier to be understanding once it goes back on, but when acting up, one wants to pummel it with a baseball bat.

That said.

Work is slightly slow, not unusual for January, but my bills are over the moon, even though I’ve been very good.

No lunches, dinners…eating home a lot, which might explain my lack of enthusiasm. Eating rice and vegetables on a tray in bed could kill a girl, but so could her Visa arriving on a stretcher. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to chisel down all my credit cards so that if I did use them, I’d pay the purchase off within two months.

Of course I sure could use a new dress to perk up my spirits and kitten heels, perhaps in leopard, to match. Go ahead, smirk…but it’s not funny when you have to run by Bergdorf’s window as if it were a bakery.

And my pet yearning is another issue. I’m due in Brooklyn at 11 to see my girl, but the temperature is 18. It’s not like Carmela was still across the street and I could leave a note., see ya manana.Ā  They’re expecting me, plus I want to go, despite the cold.


And I know what you’re thinking…why don’t I call to reschedule? They don’t answer their phone, that’s why. The Pope would be easier to contact.

If I had a kitty here to have and to hold, maybe the decision not to go would be easier.

So what’s keeping me from the pound? The expense. My pal Chris took his dog to the vet because she had a cold. I didn’t ask him, but mark my words, that cost a coupla c-notes when you add cab fare and Coco’s medicine.

Can I afford a cat? Should I settle for fish or a hamster…a turtle perhaps?

Maybe I should look into taxidermy…get a stuffed moose head. I could even name it…Lassie or Bullwinkle.

In any event, keeping the faith I will book a great job to relieve some of this anxiety is what’s on the table, along with Raisin Bran and an overripe banana. I long to go out for Irish oatmeal with walnuts and figs, but not while Visa is still on the disabled list…sigh.

S0 please pray for her.

But you’ll now have to excuse me while I don 15 layers to go to Brooklyn.



I did go to Brooklyn where Carmela was waiting in the window, and we did venture out, but between the snow and salt and her shearling coat she hates that makes her look like Kate Smith, we scurried back in like a coupla flustered rabbits. But all was not lost since we sprawled on the kitchen floor together and ate Danish pastry, without our coats šŸ™‚



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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19 Responses to Keeping The Faith

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Here’s hoping a mega job is on the near horizon!


  2. Elle Knowles says:

    I hate to break the news, but even turtles can be expensive! H and I just purchased a container of turtle food for Franklin at a whopping cost of $13.00! That’s $1.00 per ounce! Who would have thought? No wonder we aren’t rich! lol! H may have to venture out to catch some insects and minnows! Things will look up soon for you I hope. Keep the faith and stay warm! And why is it we always feel so much better with the purchase of new togs in our hands – until the bill arrives, that is. šŸ˜¦


  3. Loretta says:

    Ha ha, your posts have me laughing out loud! :). I’m not sure you’d get a hold of the Pope that easily these days, with religious wars all around us, he’s probably in hiding šŸ™‚


  4. Lynn says:

    Susannah, have you ever considered being a foster mom for a rescue foundation? I am not certain about NYC but here, they are always looking for good people to provide a temporary loving home for animals waiting to be placed in their forever home.

    Expenses are covered by the rescue foundation as well as food so the cost would not be any issue for you. It may be a solution for you to try?


  5. Looks like you figured out a way to enjoy your visit with Carmela. Yes, cats are expensive especially as they age. Cheaper than therapy though.

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  6. Patricia says:

    Bummer about the boiler and the Visa. But \O/ Carmela! Why did they move to Brooklyn and not around the corner or down the street? Glad you had a good visit. Teddy says maybe you could be a dog or cat keeper for when owners go away.


    • Funny you should mention that. I just gave business cards to Joey the doorman in case he hears of anything. We’re on the same wave length Madam Patricia.

      My best regards to Teddy and Jack. They sound like golfers…FOUR…


  7. Everything is expensive ……fingers crossed you get a great job!
    I’m not surprised that Carmella enjoyed a danish, however I am shocked it was only one. I’m so glad you went!!


  8. I heard the Pope faxes a lot, actually. šŸ™‚
    It’s good that you could get to go see Carmela, despite the cold. I think you two need each other. (And I will pray you get a great job soon šŸ™‚ )


    • Yes, we do need each other. I may see her today but big rain is expected. I worked on Saturday so I couldn’t go. This weather is our enemy, me and Tubes. She’s the sweetest though, rain or shine šŸ™‚


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