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Suddenly Spring: 2011

tortie cat in greens
Cookie is in the green.

Last year, April 23 was a rainy day just like today, but the forget-me-nots were just getting started. I’ve been looking forward to this picture of Cookie, along with the Queen Bee, below, on the picnic table.

Cookie sits amid the sprouting grass and forget-me-nots, deciding where in the yard to explore first.

Just a week ago Cookie’s speckled tortie coat still blended into the background of dormant grass, leaves and twigs and I would often lose track of her when she stood still. Now I have no problem at all as everything has greened up in just the past week and her camouflage has lost its effectiveness.

We’ve been checking the progress on what we planted in the garden last month, and this week the peas finally began sprouting, and while the spinach and lettuce had sent up a few scouts earlier they sprouted in earnest this week and began to grow. The asparagus sent up some spears and the violets, along with the forget-me-nots, added some color to the greenery. Cookie and I are glad our back yard is finally starting to look familiar, and it’s warm enough to take our walk!

And Cookie got to take a little rest on our picnic table, one of her favorite spots. Now it’s in dappled sun but when the trees leaf out it’s pretty much in shade. We took a little time to remember Namir; the three of us spent quite a few mornings and afternoons out there, and the picnic table was always a favorite spot for observation.

And with that, it’s officially the outdoor season.

tortie cat on picnic table
Cookie is ready to supervise my work.


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6 thoughts on “Suddenly Spring: 2011

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  • Finally have gotten to this date of your postings. Had to sit back and reflect/remember this pawsome girl! I still pray for many who are at the bridge; making my list which is growing almost every day.Your Cookie was/is indeed such a beautiful gal..I miss her too. Sending you loving thoughts and healing wishes. Sincerely, Linda and her furs. <3

    • Linda, I remember her every single day, especially right now when my yard is once again full of forget-me-nots. I feel her out there, and it’s a comfort, and I have lots and lots of photos, and they’re a comfort too.

  • lemniscate47

    Cookie looks pretty in the greens n forget-me-not blues, but the second photo of her is phenomenal. It captures n combines her distinctive markings, like those of the tragi-comedy masks of Ancient Greek theatre, n her love of the outdoors. All in one!!
    And her ears.. her ears look like they’re receiving radio signals directly from Aricebo!!
    All this Power n Perception concealed from most, within her deceptively slight form.
    I like this image of Cookie more than any other I’ve seen so far. xxx

    • Annie, the second photo of Cookie on the picnic table is a little more telling. I began seeing signs of her decline in the spring of 2011, and this particular day she began well, as you see, but tired out more quickly than I was accustomed. Normally her eyes were round and open, and here they are nearly half-closed. She is definitely communicating.


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