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Cats Do The Strangest Things

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Grace, has me on a routine. Apparently I am bot the only human.

 

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/my-cat-just-said-feed-me-woman-out-loud-is-this-normal

Grace Checking Things Out

 

 

Social Distancing – The Mental Kind

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We are all getting more acquainted with Social Distancing.  Health experts have warned us that this is what is needed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  For our lives, sakes and the sakes of others’ lives and health, we have been asked to create physical space when shopping or visiting neighbors and friends.

Still, for some, that may not be enough.  There are a lot of people who need to “social distance” in their own homes.  Some of us also need to distance ourselves mentally from less than positive influences.  We need to practice  Social Distancing of the mental kind.

 

 

Changing Course

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Grace, the lovely big Tabby got a taste of the outdoors today.  I let her come out as I watered mums and swept debris from the giant pine tree in my back yard.  She explored and then obediently went inside without being coaxed.  She seems to have struck a balance in her life as she changes course. Many of you know Grace can be very demanding and vocal about her concerns.  I watch her adapt to a new routine quietly marking her territory deciding how she wants to experience her new surroundings.  Fall is a time of change.   Colder weather sets in, the leaves on the trees change colors and our work schedules take on some intensity.  The last quarter of the year.  It can for some of us be a time of upheaval, often things take a different turn and we have to change course and change our expectations.

Fall Flowers

 

Summer is Here For Real

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Today where I live the temperature reached 99 degrees.  Yes, it’s summer.  It’s hot but it’s summer and it’s a good time to read and reflect and to find some peace by the lake, on the beach or in one’s own back yard.

 

 

             The Reading Space 

Shiny Objects

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Cats, as a rule, prefer shiny objects and toys. Usually, they will play for several minutes with a laser toy and just as suddenly lose interest or move on to a more life-enhancing activity such as watching birds, napping, or eating.  It is not a lack of commitment. They seem to understand that the artificial or fake toy they are engaged with is just that – a toy

For instance, Grace, the Tabby cat, likes to play with her laser toy but prefers a brightly colored knit fish on a stick.  She will allow me to play with her with the device but only for a short time.

Humans too, are drawn to shiny objects as well as flashy people. Sometimes we guess or are made aware of the negative impact of our shallow decisions.

Sometimes life accidents will lead us to see our destructive connections to cheap but useless objects or people with no soul or purpose. Far too often, we are taken in. We may even know it’s a gimmick or a toy, or the person is a con, but we remain entertained or are afraid of change, so we hang on.

It is painful work to rid ourselves of things and people who do not add value and drain our resources.  Still, we must stop playing with shiny objects to grow and to give.

Grace’s Fish on A Hook