Thanks to the "get your a@@ home vibes" from Naomi, and the hopes of others, Muffin has returned.
It was rainy and yucky last night, so I figured that that was, well, that. Today, I looked up in time to see Muffin walking along the windowsill...two days after she pulled the Houdini of a lifetime. Happy family together again.
I am going to take Naomi's suggestion of "keep that little %#$*&^ inside!" I ain't doing this again!
Crisis averted...for now...