Category Archives: Pets

Rajah Poses for the Camera (Part Two) and a Goodreads Giveaway

The internet, of course, was created so that cat videos and pictures could be easily shared (huge grin–I’m kidding). I realized it’d been several weeks since I last posted a picture of Rajah, so here’s one of him with a slight “glow” to his eyes.

He is doing well despite being almost 13 years of age. He had to have dental surgery last week, but is recovering well and has a great time getting in front of my computer screens every chance he can.

As I’ve already blogged about, my pen name is changing this year from L. M. May to Lynn Kilmore. There’s a Goodreads Giveaway for a signed copy of Soul Cages that will end right about midnight on June 9th. This will be the last time that a print copy of the 1st edition is offered in a giveaway under that old pen name of L. M. May.

A second edition of the novel is going to be coming out in August 2014 with the new pen name on it.

Click here for the Goodreads Giveaway link.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Lynn

Peace Among the Roses

Picture of roses while standing next to themI try to post on Mondays so that it’s off the “To Do” list before the week gets too far gone. But as you can see from the date, this is being posted on Wednesday.

There’s been a couple of crises that erupted behind the scenes in the past few days, and so writing this post got pushed back so I could concentrate on getting a handle on things before they got out of control.

All of us, sooner or later, face serious troubles and tribulations. All of us have times when the problems come on so thick and fast that it feels like we’re trapped in a rowboat during a raging sea storm.

I’ve learned through trial and error that it can relieve stress to walk outside for fifteen minutes, and just go on a short walk, or go wander through a garden.

This time of year, I like to go out into the garden and stand among the roses.

Picture of a rose taken by Lynn KilmoreI tend to let the roses bushes grow too high before I trim them, so right now (being rather short), I am nose-to-petals when I stand next to them.

But it’s amazing how much peace can be found by just standing by some roses for fifteen minutes.

There is peace to be found by a rose bush … a cherry tree … a winding path through the pine trees …  or a prickly pear cactus in the desert. It’s there, waiting, if one goes in search of it.

Until next time, Lynn

 

First Roses in Bloom Last Week

Picture of roses taken by Lynn KilmoreThe roses began to bloom last week, so I took some pictures at the same time that I took pictures of the green beans sprouting in the garden.

The roses are hardier in the desert here than the lilac blossoms. While the rose petals dry out, the bushes keep blooming all summer long if I make sure to to trim the bushes monthly.

When the summer breezes are coming from the right direction, the rich scent of roses in bloom reaches the back porch. Their scent and beauty makes even the dustiest hottest summer day a moment of joy when I gaze at them.

I hope you all find a moment of beauty this week.

Until then, Lynn

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