A wonderful evening

Our 87 yr old neighbor came over for dinner and we had a very enjoyable time stuffing ourselves, watching the cats play, and listening to music. It’s hard to imagine the experiences she’s had and the changes that have come about in her lifetime.

She gave me a hug after I walked her home, and told me that she appreciated me “tolerating an old woman.” Of course, she doesn’t realize that I am just as rewarded by the friendship as she is.

That’s the beauty of life… we give and receive, sometimes without even knowing it.

Fairy wings


“Beautiful” isn’t the first adjective that you would normally think of when someone mentions a cicada, but I was rather astounded by the sight of this newly molted creature hanging from our trash can lid last night. I just had to photograph it, because the wings were breathtaking. They were incredibly fragile looking and a luminescent green color that reminded me of fairy wings.

Blu’s escape attempt

blu_escapeBlu, our 5 year old cat, escaped through an open window this evening. She is declawed, so we never let her outside since she can’t defend herself properly or climb a tree. Also, I’ve never liked the idea of have a pet roam the neighborhood, picking up fleas and eating who-knows-what, and then coming in the house for a nice nap on the couch. So, we keep both of our felines indoors all the time.

Anyway, back to the story at hand… It was almost completely dark outside when this happened, but we managed to track her down in a wooded area near the house. She was totally freaked out by the whole experience and wouldn’t come to us or let us near her, so one of us had to blind her with a flashlight while the other one snuck up behind her and grabbed her.

Needless to say, this was a rather traumatic experience for everyone involved, but she’s now safely back in the house and fighting with her “brother” after enjoying a nice dinner of canned tuna.

Cats have the life, don’t they?