A Smashed Peep (and some other stuff)

I ran away for a long lunch Thursday. Basking in the sunshine and walking the bike path at a favorite park felt like the epitome of freedom. Everything is COVID closed but you can still walk and drive around the lake.

This car turned my head.

And I went back for a closer look at these Peep bunnies, clearly run over by something. That’s not something you see every day and I liked the pink against the asphalt!

It was gorgeous out so I was sad to go home and resume working. But opening the window in the room where I work to let Scout enjoy the fresh air made the afternoon pass quickly. This picture was taken before the window was open but you get the idea.

He was a happy boy and I was thrilled for the fresh breeze and chatter of birds nearby.

My world has become very small and familiar. While this isn’t ideal, it is sort of fun to look more closely at your surroundings and seek out the details you might not ordinarily appreciate or even notice as close as your own home. Take a look around. You never know what you might find.

Embrace A Black Cat

It’s Friday the 13th! Are you superstitious?

Since black cats are often a symbol of bad luck, I want to take a minute to advocate for them. Not only is my little Scout not bad luck, I consider him my lucky charm.

I wonder sometimes what might have happened to him given how cruel people can be to black animals. Black animals are often the last to be adopted in shelters and at higher risk of abuse.

If you have a chance to adopt a black kitty, I hope you’ll do it. All animals deserve a good life.

Bird Feeder Fun

Scout’s birthday gift has provided him with hours of entertainment. I need to wash my windows but I’ve been able to grab a few snapshots of some of his birdies, as we call them. Here are a few from yesterday at dinner time.

Happy Birthday Scout!

Since I picked up Scout in the street when he was just a little guy, I have no idea when he was actually born. The vet gave an estimate. While I think that it’s a few weeks off the mark, we ran with it this weekend and had a little first birthday party for Scout.

He had tuna. The humans had cake. He received more gifts than a lot of children. And like most kids, he was more interested in the packaging than the actual toys!

And like most kids, he turns a bit wild when his grandparents come to visit. He was practically swinging from the chandeliers by the time they left.

I made him a little party hat but he was pretty determined to not wear it. Poor little cat didn’t want to put on a silly party hat for pictures! In fact, he’s probably still traumatized from the Christmas hat.

It may sound silly celebrating a cat’s birthday but I believe that one key to happiness is appreciating the small things.

It may be a small thing but Scout is kind of a big deal in my life. It’s the least I can do to wish this sweet little cat a Happy Birthday!

An Early Birthday Present

Scout received an early birthday present yesterday. I relocated a bird feeder outside his favorite window.

He barely moved all day.

This little feeder attracted several species throughout the day and, by dusk, Scout was so worn out from watching their comings and goings that he collapsed on the couch.

This clearly is going to be the best babysitter ever.