The weather has most definitely turned up here on the mountain. Nights are cold, cold cold, and mornings are crisp like the best apple you ever ate. Clear blue skies and autumn sunlight filtering through the pines. After 18 years in LA, all my visual cues are set for “warm” and it is always a shock to step outside and feel the air – always colder than I expect. It was in the 50′s here the other day – probably not cold to someone who hasn’t lived in Southern CA for nigh unto two decades – but certainly on par with what I expect from “winter” there. The woodstove is getting a lot of use in the evenings.
There is some reframing of seasonal norms going on!
But really, that’s not the most exciting thing. Ollie and I made a Discovery the other day… I’d heard rumors before I moved here, of course, of a mysterious tribe that lived in the park. But it was all myth and legend until the other day.
Hark! What is this?
Could it be… kittens? It IS kittens. Three kittens, to be precise.
It is a confirmed kitten sighting and one that I hope will be helpful. I mentioned it to another resident of the park here, and she has called a local rescue group and let them know where the kittens are hanging out. Apparently the group has been aware of them for some time but had been unable to find them. It’s a big park and there is a lot of brush. There have been plans to trap, spay and release the mother/rehome the kittens if they could just be located. Of course, no sooner did we locate them, but the owner of the cabin next to ours came out and started to do some work on the place, scaring them away. I’m hoping they come back.
Meanwhile, inside OUR place, it is All Cats All the Time. There is Exploration going on and I have realized that perhaps I should have taken the mountain of boxes down to our storage unit. I’d hoped to wait for D’s return, as those boxes are heavy and I really don’t feel like shlepping them all to the car by myself, but…
Oh… well… never mind.
Looks like vertical space is in hot demand here at the Fortress of Solitude. We will have some catification to do upon D’s return. A vertical cat superhighway? You bet. The low beam ceiling poses a conundrum, but I have faith that with a little creativity, we will be able to create some up high spaces. Even though I stuck a hummingbird feeder not 12″ on the other side of the living room window, and the hummingbirds provide diversion for most of the day, it would appear that the Gleaming Cat Towers of Gondor are not sufficient variety for our arboreal dwellers.
Princess Bonbon Fluffypants Von Schnitzeltoes has not got many deep thoughts, but she does like exploring.