Catherine Howell

Joined February 2008

I consider myself an emerging artist, though I’ve been creating since childhood. My favorite subjects are animals and my work is...

Police, Guns and Thieves!!

Boy!! You all should have been at my house this morning:))) It seems two young males took off with someone’s BMW, were carrying drugs, ran over a row of mailboxes, then ran through the ranch fence where we live. We live in the back corner of 350 acres. This happened on the front side. The mailbox owner detained the driver of the stolen vehicle while calling the police. The passenger from the stolen vehicle took off accross the pasture towards our house and yelled out “I’m going to Cathy’s house!” The mailbox owner knew my name because I had sold a horse to his sister in 2008. He “assumed” the passenger of the stolen vehicle was referring to me even though the driver stated that my house was not the house he was speaking of so I must be the wrong “Cathy.”

Meanwhile, the ranch owner called us and said that there was a ‘maybe armed’ criminal heading towards our property and the police were on the way to the accident scene so we should keep our eyes open on our portion of the property.

Picture this! My husband and I are having our morning coffee. We were listening to “The Bridge” on Sirius Radio and “Tears In Heaven- By Eric Clapton” was playing. I was in tears because it reminds me of Grizzy!! We still miss him so… I get up and look out the kitchen window to see police walking up my driveway, one of them with gun drawn!! I walk out the door and say “hello, I know you are looking for that guy..we haven’t seen him around here.” The policeman says “STOP!!” I say “Okay???” He says “how do you know about that guy?” I say “because our landlord called and TOLD us.” He says “That guy said he knows you.” I say “Baloney!!” He says “We have to come in and search your house.” I say “You don’t want to come into my house:)” He says “Why!” I say "My house is really messy and I have art supplies “EVERYWHERE!!”

They enter our home to the tune of four, huge, barking dogs:))) The officer with the handgun walked around our home with gun ready to shoot! They sling open the bathroom door, just like you see in the movies, and Cream Puff the cat raced by him into the living area. Anna, which means, {according to my husband}, another darn cat, cowered in terror. They suddenly ‘got it’ that they were looking in the wrong home. Just to be sure we were not on {The Most Wanted List] they took down our information and told us to keep our eyes open.

What a way to start a Sunday, on my husband’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Jim!!

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