I went downstairs and looked out the windows of the front door, but no one was there.
Suddenly, a cat hopped down from the porch railing, scooted halfway down the sidewalk, and turned around to look back at me. After a second or two, it moved on.
I was not wearing my eyeglasses, so I could not identify the cat as one of our neighbors' felines, but I have a feeling it was a neighbor's cat named Smudge, who my daughter and I rescued from a tree and babysat for a few days when he was a kitten.
I felt bad for the cat because it was about 20 degrees Fahrenheit at that time with a wind chill factor down in the single digits.
But how did it ring the doorbell? The doorbell is within a cat's reach from the porch railing, but was it just dumb luck or was the cat very intelligent.
And by the way, just as I began typing this, about 15 wild turkeys just crossed our lawn on their way into the woods across the street!