Silently, the Cat, and Miss Theodosia by Felice Holman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This reminded me in some ways of Mr. Widdle and the Sea Breeze - older person, stuck in their ways, learning to live a little. Of course there are differences, in that Miss Theodosia does live, albeit at night. These vignettes (it's not quite a story) are charming and if you're lucky enough to find a copy - grab it.