He’s had a rough couple of weeks. I have been gone more than normal lately and his separation anxiety has been bad. Most cats aren’t quite so clingy toward their humans but Scout seems to think my job is to always be available to him. The simple act of going to the mailbox leaves him terrified and usually results in him following me closely for a few hours.

We forget that, while they are a part of our lives, we often are the entire world for our pets.

Supervisor Scout

My supervisor was displeased yesterday because he wanted my attention and I was busy staring at screens all day. Three computer screens and two buzzing cell phones kept me busy when he clearly had something to say.

Look at those accusing little eyes and tell me I’m not being reprimanded!

He forgave me later in the evening when I took him flying. That’s when I carry him around while he stretches his little legs and appears to pretend he’s Superman flying off to save the day. Calvin and Hobbes have nothing on Brandi and Scout. We have incredible imaginary adventures!

Pay No Attention

Pay no attention to the lump under the area rug. Scout thinks he’s the best at finding hiding places. So just keep moving. There’s nothing to see here, folks.

Truth is, he’s so sleek and dark that he’s nearly invisible sitting in plain sight. Unless he’s in a patch of sunlight, that is.

I like how the light reflects off his coat and makes him look so dapper. He’s a handsome boy and he knows it. Just like he knows he’s the best at hiding.

Happy Monday, friends. Go forth and do all the things you do well!

Around Here

Around here, it has been cold and snowy. I have been enjoying hibernation, trying to balance relaxation with tending to my own health and wellness.

I have been taking the easy way out where dinner is concerned. This bag of stir fry is a step up from the egg sandwich and fistful of chocolate I would rather be eating when I’m cold and tired.

This book has been keeping my mind engaged.

As always, Scout keeps me on my toes.

I joined in a free art history webinar the other day and got a nice overview of the progression of early art through the Impressionists who happen to be my favorite artists.

This is a famous Claude Monet painting that I was lucky to see in Washington DC last year.

The webinar instructor had a down to earth approach to art and a wonderful ability to simplify big topics. If I had hundreds of extra dollars I would sign up for a paying course she offers on the Impressionists. She gave voice to what I have long felt but didn’t understand about these lovely works of art. I’ll talk about that another day.

For now, I’m trying to find a balance between work and home, self care and doing as I please, healthy skepticism and unhealthy mental ruts.

Winter is a time of hibernation. We recede into our homes as animals take to their dens. Even the hardiest of plants conserve their energy and rest in anticipation of brighter days ahead. Aside from a few walks, I have been happily hibernating and wondering what kind of rebirth might accompany the arrival of spring.

Around here, life is pretty good these days

Scout And The Christmas Tree

Like an idiot, I dared to put up a Christmas tree last week. If you’re a cat owner, you will understand my mistake.

Scout doesn’t really try to climb the tree so much as he eats it. Although when he does go for a climb I’m pretty sure it is moments away from landing on the floor. Consequently, there a lot of conversations in my house that start with phrases like “WHAT did I just say” and “you better leave that alone….”

Any attempts to keep him away go ignored in the face of his determination. Everyone has a recommendation – orange peels, whole oranges and tin foil are the most popular. He just thumbs that cute little heart shaped nose in my direction and resumes his activities.

I bought a spray deterrent and doused the tree, skirt and floor around it all. That held him at bay for less than two days.

I can’t wait to take down the tree.

Scout In Costume

I forgot to share Scout’s Halloween picture. He hated the hat but was surprisingly cool with the cape. He knows how to rock a great costume with the confidence of a model on a catwalk.

Here’s his other costume. He liked this one better because it didn’t require a hat that covered up his nice ears. He really does make a nice Batcat!

Happy Saturday, friends. Go forth and enjoy this day.