Friday, February 23, 2024
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Al Fresco

tortoiseshell cat with weatherfish
Cookie communes once again with the weatherfish and pokes her nose on dry grass.

Cookie communes with the weatherfish as we explore the backyard on an unusually warm, windy day.

tortoiseshell cat on deck
Cookie tells me to get a move on.

We’ve been going outside every day all winter long, but Cookie found the snow and ice just weren’t fun anymore on her 19-year-old paws, so we mostly stayed on the deck. But today we explored the yard in all its winter tatters.

Cookie knows I prefer her to wait for me to come with her into the yard, so she pauses at the top of the steps—but her expression is, “As soon as you turn around, I’m going to run down these steps.” She did. I followed. Sometimes my position of authority means nothing.

tortoiseshell cat on lap
Cookie on my lap on the steps.

But after a little sojourn of the weatherfish, under the deck, the fallen branch, picnic table and park bench, our favorite thing is just to sit together.

I’m so glad Cookie and I can share this time. She doesn’t move as well as she used to, but then all she needs to do is walk around the yard at her own pace. She and I also remember other friends who used to share our time in the backyard.

Plus it’s only February and the tomorrow weather will change and I know it will be a while before we get a day this nice again.

While Cookie and I were sitting on the steps, we were being very still so we could count the birds in our yard for the Great Backyard Bird Count, today, February 18, through Monday, February 22. I’ve been participating in this bird count and others for years, and tomorrow I’ll be writing about how to participate in bird counts and why it’s fun and important.

Until then, curl up with your kitties as the temperature drops, an d study your bird identification books!


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4 thoughts on “Al Fresco

  • Kimberly Helgeson

    Thanks for the wonderful posting and pictures. I love opening your posts. You have such a way with words and the photos……. very calming. Thank you!

    • Kimberly, I’m glad you enjoy them! Putting them together has that effect on me too.

  • What a beautiful post. These special moments are so precious.


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