Saturday, November 15, 2008
Eileen, yesterday, pieni kissa, a small cat, jumped on the roof of my car when I pulled up into the driveway. I had returned from my mom's and sister's, where I went to have a morning coffee, first having stopped at Harri Paakari, one of the Finnish bakeries in town, to pick up some of Harri's famous freshly made danishes and lemon leaves pastries.
First, the cat tried to get into my car. Me pois!, I shooed her away. Nonchalantly, she followed me to the front door and mewed loudly to be let in. "I'm not letting you in! Get out!" Nonchalantly, she plunked herself down on the doorstep. I squeezed in the door, using my leg to keep her out. Me pois kuule kissa! Get out you darn cat!
I think she is part of the clan of a million blue cats. At Least a Million Blue Cats. Ainakin Miljoona Sinistä Kissaa, another one of the old Finnish books I've found at rummage sales. This fantastic book by Kaarina Helakisa, published in 1978, has great illustrations, too. When I get back from having a sauna at Armi's today I am going to read the chapter "Seitsemän ovea ja seitsemän sinistä kisaa sekä vähän tähtitiedettä ja kynteliä ja kuminaa" ~ Seven doors and seven blue cats along with a bit of starlore and tears and some noisy clanging.