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For those of you who haven’t met him, this is Mr. Man. He is my constant companion in what we call the “North House” aka, the Bungalow, and keeps me feeling well-loved and snuggled when MKL is in the “South House”. Some people say he has a big nose, but I think it’s beautiful. As a Maine Coon, which people say is “the dog of cats”, he is a vocal fellow. If he loves you, he will give you headbutts – after smelling your forehead to be sure no imposter is disguising herself as his Mom. Mr. Man, also known as Mr. Boo, has only had one other owner besides me in his whole life. I adopted him when he was 13 as a birthday present to myself three years ago. Yes, he’s 16 now, and has had a few problems with pancreatitis, from which he almost died two years ago. That experience – my helping him get better – was a turning point in our relationship. He finally came to trust me, eight months after I’d adopted him. Now, I don’t think we can imagine our lives without each other, though having had cats before (my first one lived to 20), I know that one day, I will have to do so.  But I hope that’s a long time off.

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Lafayette, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” — Terry Pratchett

Daily gratitudes:
A successful chainsaw massacre with no loss of limb
An old favorite movie
MKL
Strong arms
True love

 

The Cat

He sits
close enough to my head
on the Red Couch
to be within reach
and to lick
the salt of my tears
off my hand
with his sandpaper tongue.

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Quote of the Day: “Dignity: The moment you live your dreams, not because of what it will prove or get you, but because that is all you want to do. ” — Shannon L. Alder

Daily gratitudes:
Tomatoes ripening on the vine (not mine this year)
The other house in my neighborhood with a metal winged pig
MKL
Kelsea’s happiness
Horseradish cheddar cheese toast for dinner
The return of Peyton Manning

Here’s the reason I’ve been a bit remiss in posting.  It’s not a very good picture….

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but this is Mr. Man. He’s 13 1/2 years old, and 17 1/2 pounds and he joined the household today from the Boulder Valley Humane Society. Even though MKL is rather allergic to cats (and claims he can’t eat a whole one), he was intrigued by the idea of having a Maine Coon. They are known as “the dog of the cat world” because of their size and their chill tendencies. Mr. Man is doing quite well for his first night in a strange house (with a strange woman). He did spend part of the evening under the bathtub, but I probably would have too.  He’s having a hard time jumping up on the bed, but I don’t know if that’s because it’s high (it is), he’s high (he is, on pain medications since he had four teeth extracted yesterday) or he just needs to figure it all out. I may have to get him a step stool if he wants to snuggle in the bed.

So, right now, he is consuming me – not literally, but mentally. He’s a love and I’m so happy.

Cat Loaf

Lafayette, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Rivers spill mysteries into the ocean, and the ocean washes the answer to the shore.”  —  Tanja Kobasic

Daily gratitudes:
My daughter
Cold remedies
Tea
Red roses
MKL

Opposable thumbs
A capricious gift wasted
On clueless humans.

Birds behind a screen
Taunt me with their carefree song.
“Hush” aches in my claws.

In home’s sweet darkness
I race with wild abandon
Alarming sleepers.

They say they own me.
Enslavement is elusive.
Who is the keeper?

I dislike this food
So I return it to you
A gift for bare feet.

Scratch behind my ears.
I share my love sparingly.
Stop at my command.

Sleeping pillowed head,
Path for my little cat feet
To the other side.

Still as a statue
I curl next to your ankles
Waiting for your step.

Your cooking tempts me.
Chicken on the countertop.
My claws climb your leg.

Nestled in your curves
I spoon with you warily
Until you crush me.

I allow the dog
To drool without cessation
Lying in  your bed.

Lest you forget me
I leave my most precious hairs
Upon your best clothes.

but when I do, it’s 1% milk.

Lafayette, Colorado.

(Today’s photo is in honor of Henri le Chat Noir, winner of the Internet Cat Film Festival last week. As if he cares.)

Quote of the day: “To attract something that you want, become as joyful as you think that thing would make you.”  —  Martha Beck

Daily gratitudes:
Salsa lessons with MKL
Frozen edamame on my neck
Clean quilts
New-old earrings
Dragon rolls

Photo title: Not On The Menu

Trellis Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “The past is unchangeable, but the future is unwritten.”  —  Jenna Petersen

Daily gratitudes:
Company
Productive work-at-home days
Tonight’s casserole
Braiding my daughter’s hair
Hot air balloons in the cool mornings

Photo title: On Your Mark

Trellis Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”  —  Rainer Maria Rilke

Daily gratitudes:
Luggage
Books
Concentration
Ice water with lemon
Shared souls

Photo title: Kitty Creatin

Somewhere in the Caribbean.

Quote of the day: “Cats, no less liquid than their shadows, Offer no angles to the wind. They slip, diminished, Neat, through loopholes Less than themselves.”  —  A.S.J. Tessimond

As we’re working our way through Photo Week, I’m realizing how much I’m enjoying sharing my bijillions of pictures.  So I may just start doing the Photo of the Day.  Hmmm..

Photo Title: Next the Cat

A resident at the Nagle Warren Mansion in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Quote of the day:  “Always remember, life is not fair.”  —  my Dad

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