Monthly Archives: April 2014

KC Watching For Pigeons

Picture of KC the dog in grass.KC considers it her mission to keep the doves and pigeons out of the back yard. Here’s a picture of her looking around to see what needs to be done.

I’ve noticed that she leaves the robins and chickadees alone, though.

We live in a city, so pigeons are a major problem in our neighborhood. She almost never catches a pigeon … except for one time, when a pigeon got too lazy and careless to fly away, and she caught it.

And yes, she ate half of the dead pigeon, but then she brought the other half to us to share with us.

Our cat Rajah loves to sit in a windowsill when KC is outside so that he can watch her rummaging through the grass. I think he finds her amusing to watch. He seems to be smirking at her about her escapades.

KC found a dead wood dove during a walk a week ago, and proudly carried it home in her mouth to show off to all of us. My husband said that all the drivers slowed down their cars to gape at KC parading down the sidewalk with the dead dove sticking out of her mouth.

She’s a good dog, and dropped the dead wood dove on the front porch, then ran on into the house. That made it easier for us to grab rubber gloves and get rid of the carcass before she decided to eat it.

It’s nice to know she likes to provide for the family.

Until next week… Cheers, Lynn

 

Lilac Blossoms in the City

Picture of lilac blossoms in bloomOriginally I was going to post a picture of KC the dog for this week’s post,  but nature intervened with lilac bushes in bloom all throughout the city.

They fade quickly due to the desert sun, so I took a picture before it’s too late. A week from now the petals will be withered and blowing away in the wind.

This particular lilac bush has blossoms that remind people of Easter eggs that are colored a pastel purple.

You can smell the blossoms from many yards away. A rich aromatic scent that tickles the nose. A scent that makes me think of when I lived in Virginia (a place I now find surreal in its greenness whenever I travel back there–the sight of tall leafy trees and thick green grass growing without the need for irrigation is an amazing thing to me after so many years of living in the Southwest). Outside this city I live in is mostly hardy desert survivors like junipers and chamisa and tumbleweeds and cacti (such as the prickly pear cactus).

So I had to do lilacs this week. But I’ll post a picture of KC next week.

Enjoy Spring (or Fall, if you’re below the equator), Lynn

Rajah Poses for the Camera

Rajah the cat with tea cupI’m hopelessly addicted to tea, so it seems fitting that I include a picture of Rajah hanging out near a tea cup.

You can’t see her, but often our dog KC is lurking in the background on the floor nearby, moaning about being ignored.

So next week I need to make sure to take a picture of her to post so that this stays even-handed in coverage between dogs and cats.

I love having both a cat and a dog around the house. They’re both so different in personality, and yet they will bicker and tease each other like siblings. Because of them I never get lonely working in the home office, though I also make sure to take trips to a local tea shop to keep from being alone too long.

Also, if you work from home, it’s good to a have a dog because the walks get one out of the house on a daily basis. Fresh air and exercise is critical to good health when you work at a desk at home. It’s too easy to sit at the desk all day without stretching.

Add in a cat, and it’s fun to start work in the morning once back from walking the dog, for there’s the joy of a mug of tea combined with the cat playing hide-and-seek with the laptop.

I was in poor health until very recently, and having the two of them around these past 12 months made sure that I got up enough from my desk to keep my circulation going, make sure I got daily walks, and make sure I laughed several times a day. Pets can be truly wonderful medicine that way.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Lynn

 

Rajah the Cat Supervisor at Work

Picture of Rajah blocking access to a computerHere’s a picture of Rajah doing what he does best at the office: blocking access to a computer.

As far as I can figure out, cats consider it their job as cat supervisors to make sure a chosen human in the household can’t reach their keyboard or see their screen without first petting the cat.

Maybe it’s a secret stress reduction program to help out humans … though it gets stressful if I’m in the middle of a Skype meeting and can’t see the computer screen because Rajah is sitting up straight right in front of it.

I’ve noticed keyboards are another favorite target of cat supervisors–to lay on … to randomly walk across the keys to send off a strange garbled message to business colleagues … and to shed on the keyboard so that the keys are coated in cat hair.

Our dog KC gets rather jealous of Rajah’s ability to demand attention from a human by jumping up in front of the computer screen. KC is an 80-lb German Shepherd mix, so safely jumping up on a computer desk is out of the question and she knows it.  So instead she whines in complaint at Rajah when he perches on the desk. It sort of sounds like the dog version of, “Get down from there. You’re not supposed to be on the keyboard. You’re going to get in trouble.”

Rajah really seems to enjoy watching KC from above where she can’t go, and will look rather smug about it.

Hmm, Rajah is letting me know as a I type this that it’s time to bring this blog post to a close. I admit I find writing about pets and nature very soothing since the fiction I write tends to be very serious in mood and plot.

May you all find something that helps you to relax.

See you next week. And there will be major news coming soon about the fiction writing side of things, but I plan to do those as blog posts that are separate from the nature and pet stuff.

Cheers, L