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The Joy of Cherry Blossoms

Picture of cherry blossomsThe cherry blossoms are in bloom here in New Mexico and other parts of the Southwestern United States.  Here’s a picture of blossoms outside my home office.

Rajah, our cat, is all excited about the cherry trees blooming, because it means the robins are back for 2014. He loves to stare out the office windows to watch them hop around in the cherry trees. He gets great exercise from all the leaping up and down to the office windowsills each day.

Cherry trees are a definite bird magnet (for obvious reasons). The robins and wood doves make sure each year that we don’t have cherries that go rotten on the ground or in the trees. They strip the trees clean, but we are usually able to pick enough cherries for ourselves beforehand that we don’t mind that the birds are eating up the rest.

The blossoms have a sweet (but not overpowering) smell that is wonderful. Their petals are very soft and delicate, and soon will fall like confetti when the spring winds blow.

May you all find something wonderful in nature to look at this week.

Until next time, L

Rajah, My Cat Supervisor

Picture of Rajah the catThis is Rajah. He was given that name by his previous owner, and it suits him very, very well.

Rajah decided that he wanted to live with us about 18 months ago, and made it clear that he was going to move in with us and KC, our dog, whether we wanted him to or not.

He ran off from his owner three times (crossing roads with 6 lanes of traffic to reach our neighborhood) and after the third time we all finally gave in and let him have his way. He moved in, and has fun bossing KC the dog around, and putting his tail on my writing keyboard so that I can’t type.

He gets fussy if I don’t go in the home office at least for an hour or two each day, so I consider him my Cat Supervisor. KC is my Dog Supervisor, but she’s much more lenient about my work schedule.

The cherry blossoms have begun to bloom. I’ll see about posting a picture next week. Rajah loves jumping in the windows stare at the robins in the cherry tree. There will also be more about Rajah and KC in the following weeks.

May you all find joy in something you do this week.

Cheers, LM

Writers and Cats (and Dogs too)

A heck of a lot of fiction writers I know have cats.  A couple have dogs, or both cats and dogs.  If one ever needs to break the ice at a gathering of writers, just mention the word “cats” and everyone will start talking.  Cats and writers go together the same way milk and cookies do.

I used to have a cat, but she passed away, and my spouse tested positive for cat allergies, so I haven’t adopted another.  Yet.  We adopted a dog, and she’s wonderful to have around too.  However, I admit sometimes I miss having a cat to knock over my pens, lay across my papers, and tap out gibberish with her paws on my keyboard.

Cats and dogs provide a valuable service to writers–they drag their owners out of bed before it gets too late in the morning, and demand their writers take stretch breaks out of their work chairs on an hourly basis.

Dogs and cats also keep writers from getting too depressed.  It’s hard to stay in a funk when there’s a warm furry body on one’s lap purring, or while scratching a dog’s tummy.  And keeping a dog happy requires two walks a day in all kinds of weather, which is great for dragging a writer out of the house instead of staying inside to fume endlessly over a piece of writing.

The other thing cats and dogs are great for is being reminded to not take work too seriously–it’s hard to wallow in self-pity over a critic’s online review when a paw shoots out from behind a monitor to whack one’s mouse in mid-click.  Or mope over an editor’s rejection letter when the dog drops her favorite soggy rope in one’s lap.

Now that I think about it, cats and dogs have contributed quite a bit behind the scenes to the happiness and health of writers working in home offices.  So let me raise my mug of tea in a salute to cats and dogs everywhere.