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-3 + 4 Weeks: Cat Slumber Parties, Magnolias and the Moon

Raji spent Friday night inside the house with us. The temps were in the low 30s and we were disinclined to heat the garage again. As you know, Raji has been spending more and more time in our house, eating his meals on the other side of a bookcase from Junior. He had gotten to the point where he’d dash into the house as soon as I opened the door to the garage in the morning. Although he still loves going into the garage and checking out his play cage on that side of the house, you just can’t beat a screened-in back porch for entertainment.

I’m happy, no, I’m thrilled to say that his first sleepover was successful! I was prepared to be woken in the middle of the night by blood-curdling screams and yowls.

Didn’t happen. Nope, I actually slept pretty good that night, and when I woke the next day, all was quiet. Mind you, the cat door to the back porch was open, giving the cats more personal space even if it was cold. And my husband left the door to his rooms open (after making sure they were more or less Raji-proof) so, again, more personal space. None of my cats like closed doors. They see a closed door and they will fuss and bang until it’s opened.

So he slept inside again the next night, and, again, all was quiet until about 7 am when Raji came into my room and briefly mewed. He’s a quick learner. I am the primary feeder; therefore, if he wants to eat, he has to wake me up.

I feel so very, very fortunate that everyone is getting along … or at least tolerating each other’s presence … well, except for Maxine, but she hates all other felines anyway.

I managed to get out for a couple of neighborhood walks this week. On one, I took the time to admire our somewhat small but still lovely magnolia. I love the blooms, but I might love the buds more.

Light is everything when it comes to photography, at least for me as a newbie. Our tree had plenty of buds to photograph, but the light had to be just right to get a good shot. If the light is not good, no amount of editing is going to improve a blurry image. I am really pleased with how the photos of the buds came out.

On Saturday I went for an early evening walk. I had been tidying up the house all morning, then ran a couple of errands in the afternoon. I almost didn’t make my walk because I was tired, but Greg was still out on his bike ride, so I just made myself do it. I’m so glad I did.

It was the Golden Hour and I was walking on an easement between two houses. I had been picking up trash and had a full trash bag; but when I happened to look up and see the light, I dropped the bag and pulled out my iPhone. I love these pictures but they don’t do justice to the beauty of the sunlight on the trees and the half-moon against a blue sky.

I’m down to nine days left at my job. We’ve been very busy so, for my staff’s sake, I’m glad I didn’t take the month off as I had planned. I was able to pitch in and carry some of the load, but at the same time I am learning to let go … as I should.

While I do worry sometimes about being on a fixed income, at least I know I’ll never need to buy expensive cats toys and beds.

Thank you for reading! I hope my friends in all the states that have been hit by these brutal winter storms are well and safe, and that spring will soon be here for you.

27 thoughts on “-3 + 4 Weeks: Cat Slumber Parties, Magnolias and the Moon

  1. Just the name of this post evokes great images in one’s mind…and the reading, photos, reflections are not disappointing! Especially Raji’s newly conquered kingdom!
    I, too, feel more hopeful upon gazing where the light falls – beyond my own tiny corner of sight!

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  2. The magnolia bud photos are exquisite, Marie. I always enjoy the different shapes/sizes/colors of magnolias, but Iโ€™m with you on the bloom bud. Glad the sleepover went well. I imagine they will be the norm soon. As a writer, youโ€™ll get used to the fixed income. Ha! As long as I have a little change for cat food, birdseed, squirrel food, a plant (or two), and books, I consider myself living well. ๐Ÿ˜† And oh, the places youโ€™ll go!! ๐Ÿ’š

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl! I plan to do a lot of traveling through my books (so many books!). One thing we’ve learned through this pandemic is how much we do not need. Although even with the mountain of yet-to-be-read books I have, there’s always another book (or two) I want to buy ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Marie, I have happy tears for Raji! Heโ€™s so adorable. And 9 days-woot!!!!!!!!!! Those photos of the light on the trees are so beautiful. You will be able to see stuff like that any day you choose after your nine days! XO

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    1. Oh, Luanne, I am so looking forward to not being tethered to my little corner. You’ll be overjoyed to know that Raji and Junior are now playmates. We even saw Junior lick Raji’s head the other day!!

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  4. It’s snowing here, so seeing those beautiful pink blooms is a delight.
    I love the cat sleepover, and I’m so glad all is going well. I guess it’s good you have that porch and lots of space. Good luck with your remaining 9 days! โค๏ธ

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    1. Thank you, Merril! Raji has been staying in the house every night now. I can’t quite get over how well he’s integrated. We think Raji actually prefers cats to people, although he gets affectionate with us around feeding time ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. I’m so glad to read about your success with Raji! Your patience and persistence paid off. And your walk sounds lovely…. Pretty photos. My advice about retirement…… Inhale, exhale, repeat….. It’s a transition and a process. Wishing you well.

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  6. What amazing progress for Raji! And I love the magnolia. Of all things, they have already bloomed and passed in NOLA. I want one in our new yard, but it is SMALL. I don’t think any tree will fit….and there are ones in the neighborhood I can enjoy (you can tell this is magnolia business is heavy on my mind ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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    1. Oh, I hear you, Ellen, and I’m grateful for my neighbors who have big blooming magnolias too. Ours is small and its growth will be limited, but some of our neighbors have grand magnolia trees. I love how the petals blanket the ground too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Love reading about your cats and especially how Raji is moving inside with the rest of the family. Your magnolia tree photos have been a joy for me lately. I grew up in TN where they are magnificent about this time of year. I too am more fond of the buds than the blooms! Don’t worry about living on reduced salary when you retire. You don’t need as much money when you stay at home every day except weekends. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Sherrey! We’ve definitely spent less money on ourselves since the pandemic started and that is mainly because I’ve been working from home for the past year. Bring on the reduced income. I’m ready for it ๐Ÿ™‚

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