Friday, November 21, 2014

Barley Loves Autumn

We were hardly ready for the cold that arrived Sunday, 
and the dusting of snow seemed strange while leaves were still on the trees.  
Monday morning, before dawn, long ribbons of geese made their way south over the distant hills.  
At night, we could hear them overhead complaining about the weather.

Despite what the thermometer says, it is still autumn, 
and I'd hate to let the season get by without Barley weighing in on it. 

Barley loves autumn.  

He loves foggy mornings when the world is quiet except for the crunch of leaves underfoot.

He loves the fresh clear air, and the late afternoon sun on his coat, 
and living in a world of orange.

He loves being a blur of motion as he races over the ground in broad circles, 
scattering bright color in his wake.

Barley loves winter, too, but he's not ready to let go of autumn just yet.  

And for that matter, neither am I.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mrs. Squirrel Strikes a Pose

This red squirrel is a frequent visitor to our birdbath.  
She seemed quite friendly when she first came, 
but after being scolded repeatedly for stealing from the bird feeder, she's much more wary.

If only we could have her for a friend without having to feed her.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Buffy and Twinkle Have a New Home

Sunday evening Don and I were at the kitchen table when a loud meowing sound halted our conversation. Outside, on the windowsill over the sink, two small kittens were making their presence known.

It's heartbreaking when people won't take responsibility for an animal and drops the problem on someone else's doorstep. There are certain practical considerations for us not having a cat, the biggest one being that Don is not fond of them.

I haven't had a cat for 26 years, though we've had four well loved dogs during that time, and up to this week, I had slipped into the mode of believing that I wasn't a cat person anymore. Funny how two and a half pounds of fluff can walk into your heart and change your mind about that. Actually, five pounds, two and a half each.

Their headquarters this week was a box on the front porch, and I joined them as often as I could. The volume of their happy purrs indicated that their batteries were fully charged. Twinkle would look me straight in the eyes and let me know she appreciated being cared for. Buffy loves Barley the dog and followed him everywhere, while Barley studiously tried to avoid any contact with the sweet thing. Barley thinks one dog is all any family needs. The vote was two to one against the kittens.

I put up flyers around town, and made myself a nuisance by asking everyone I met if they'd like a kitten or two, and there were no takers. Most everyone I asked either hated cats or already had two or three of them. We were running out of options.

Late this afternoon, Don ran into a friend who said his place could use a couple of cats. We just dropped the two off at a small farm they'll share with chickens and ducks and one big dog that protects small creatures. We're confident they'll become fast friends. They're sleeping tonight in a cozy enclosure and dreaming of eating grasshoppers and digging in the garden.

I love happy endings.

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