Who Knows Cats?

I am compelled to re-post this photo of MAWKIN and a cat poem from last year. In this shot he was observing our efforts to clean the garage.

SOMETIMES

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 Kitty…
Where do you go
When you vanish like that?
How do you reappear so soon?
Why are you napping now?
What is your game?
Who knows?

© Sometimes, 2016

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Thinking about Gerunds

Sitting on the swing, and swinging, with Peggy
half asleep and full of bliss
and thinking about something I may have never
thought about before —except maybe in English class
back in the distant days of schooling.

In a daydreaming state, defying description,
except for some beautiful words:
lingering
meandering
singing
dreaming
swinging
remembering
enjoying
words with lovely meanings of warmth and comfort
and a glorious state of well-being.

Getting to an upright position, from such a lap of luxury,
after napping on a swing on the last day of Summer
is a fete of accomplishment in itself!
aching
smarting
limbs sleeping and creaking
glad to be alive!

©Sometimes, 2016

(Here’s a Wikipedia post that is a must for people who like Gerunds and the like.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerund

AMAZING ODD-BALLS

MOBY

A Maine-Coon.   He is huge but his Vet says he is “not obese.”    She predicted his size when she first met him when he was a scrawny little thing I rescued from the barn.  Referring to my other cats, the Vet said “they might want to be nice to him, because he’s going to be a big boy!”     He is now in his fifteenth year.

UPDATED POST: who doubts that cats are smarter than a lot of politicians?

Physics

test suggests cats understand gravity, Japanese researchers say

“Our study is the first demonstration that cats seem to grasp the laws of physics,” said Kyoto University’s Saho Takagi. But an expert on domestic pets and author of a book about cats called the study “seriously flawed.”

[…for the rest of this article, please follow the direct link…]  washingtonpost.com/…/physics-test-suggests-cafe-cats-understand-gravity-japanese-researchers-say

[[Please Note, regular Sometimes readers— I have eliminated the original link to the entire Morning Mix column because I want to link ONLY this one article about the test about Cats.      Although other items in the column are interesting and noteworthy, some of the material is not compatible with my general view of world carryings-on….namely politics.    I do like cats, however, and believe that they should be given more cognizance, as they are clearly much further advanced that many of the rest of us. ]]

Now friends—This Washington Post article by Ben Guarino, in the paper’s Morning Mix column is fascinating.    Not that it will really surprise anyone who knows at least one cat personally, but it is some great Gee-Whiz-Science.      I wonder if it applies to ALL cats, or if it is a skill found primarily in Japanese cats.

It reminds me of Schròedingers Cat, except that his conjecture depended more on other scientists’ gullibility, and less on the Cat (if there even was one.)   Or perhaps more akin to Dr. Pavlov’s dog, who famously recognized the rattle of his food dish even when it wasn’t dinner time.

Has anyone heard whether or not Donald Trump has a cat?   Would the cat be more attractive as a candidate to run the U.S.?     Hmmm… a lot of voters have cats, that’s a given.  Remember Socks?  George W Bush’s cat?    Was it not Margaret Thatcher who had special dog-walkers on her official staff?   Did they really have little pockets of doggy treats inside their gun holsters?

 

 

 

 

More photos… once and again

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Tree skeleton…I can’t bear to cut it down. 
violets
violets
rock
rock
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Reminds me of the old North Wind of the old, old maps.

 

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Dinner time.
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Just lean right up there against the cupboards, Hyacinth, so you don’t tip over.
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Tonatiuh  says Hi.
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Baby stretching her legs. 
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Hello?  Anyone out there?

 

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Hiding out in the Oregano
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Poppy 
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What say you?
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Spiky “do.” 
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My sisters.
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Maybe Sister, Mawkin, and Bro.

grande olde dame

tinky very good
Tinkerbell

 

We have a cat named Tinkerbell
a short-haired butter-scotch yellow
never interested in fellows.

She has lived to a ripe old age
now in her eighteenth year
she is a bit thin in figure.

We have nicknamed her Missus Tinky
her real name just doesn’t fit her
she’s always been pick of the litter.

Missus Tinky dislikes kittens
she finds them very annoying
and likes them best when they’re going.

She tolerates her house mate cats
but argues and gets into  spats…
prefers the company of dogs.

© Sometimes, 2016

 

more photos

 

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the green area to the left of the blooming trees is where landscaping trees have been removed.   The spruce trees are where the pond is.  A few apple trees in the background, and the remaining bones of what was once an enormous American Elm tree.
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Top view of a tulip.
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Pearl wants me to do something.
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more tulips
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closer-in shot
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Fluffy is not inside the cage.

 

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Fluffy
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Lily-of-the-Valley foliage.

 

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Peony bud with Bee
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pink flowers

 

 

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Mickey from next door.  he enjoys yellow accessories.