As soon as I set it down the boys had their paws all over my cookbook. What could possibly be their motive? Are they commenting on the recipe I’ve chosen? Looking for something they like better? Looking for the recipe for hurlyburly while planning to reenact the opening scene of MacBeth? Excited that there are big chunks of paper they can sit on and each trying to beat the others like a game of musical papers? Guess I’ll never know because they were exhausted by their creative efforts and settled down atop the book for a nap, or purrhaps that was the intent all along. Can a cookbook be a cat bed?
I didn’t end up posting anything on Instagram today! I developed cellulitis on my leg after working in the yard over the weekend, likely as a result of a spider bite, and decided after three days that it should be looked at as I don’t want to lose my limb or my life to a flesh-eating bacteria, and I also found a tick on myself after 10 minutes in the yard this morning, so I went to a MedExpress. All is well with an antibiotic, and finally a cold front arrived with a storm, a nice one this time, but I never actually finished something I’d begun to post. We are all glad for the rain and cooler weather. Our high temperatures aren’t anywhere near as bad as many others’ across the countries, but 94 with a heat index of 101 with a portable air conditioner makes it impossible to work on many things I do. Mimi and I visited the back yard in the rain today.
From the back yard and beyond
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One of the photos I took with Mimi in the rain today.
And just like that, the phlox is covered in flowers today. The heat broke with a storm and the flowers were covered with raindrops. I’ve been watching the stems grow taller but producing only leaves for weeks. Last weekend the first buds began to form at the tops of the stems and they were fast to bloom with bright deep pink flowers and an intoxicating scent.
Old Friends Watch the Sunset
Two old apple trees have seen many sunsets and weathered many storms atop this hill.
From around this date in past years
Jelly Bean Will Greet You, 2020
…if we ever have guests again! I know Jelly Bean would love it if we had people coming by. He’s ready to sit and purr so loudly you can’t hear another human talk. So would all his siblings and fur siblings. And so would I! I guess we’ll just have to be patient, but when it does happen again, you’ll know that a house full of kitties will be here to greet you.
From around this date in past years
Lazy Days, 2019
The top of the wardrobe is Hamlet’s favorite spot since his orange juice box collapsed, but Mariposa goes where she will. She enjoys spending quiet time with each of the other cats, just as she likes trying to get them to play with her. She and Hamlet are famous for stalking each other and their high-speed chases, and just as quickly it’s quiet and they are sitting side by side at a window, sniffing the breeze. Just two formerly feral cats living the life.
Photos shared in past years
Wordless Wednesday: Saturated Nap, 2017
Finally Warm Enough, 2017
It’s a beautiful clear and sunny morning, and finally warm enough to open the basement door.
Basil, Bella, Hamlet, Mewsette and Mimi.
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