Friday, November 14, 2014

November strolls

On this particular morning Gussy examined Ollie closely...I think Ollie had tuna on his breath.
The rose in the courtyard looked particularly lovely until I noticed that is was hosting a bunch of bugs under its sad.
The big Orange was running around hastily, a new strategy he has devised to confuse his brother Augustus, and to disappear for the day.

I have told MrLittleJeans that he should try to hire people like Ollie who are so anxious to go to work each day...he is truly remarkable!
Augustus told me that he knew what Ollie was up to and that he just played along so his younger brother would feel good.  He knows the hiding place quite well.  I laughed at his funny face.
Moments later Augustus was himself distracted by could-it-be possibly mice..., and our neighbor confirmed that she has a lot of mice.  I felt concerned.
Later that same morning Augustus Sweet Pants tried to show me one of his ancestral poses.  He is a rock star!

It is Friday all too soon...
Work is busy all too much...and yet, magically, we love it.  I am pretty sure we do.  Hmmmm??

When we are busy we cannot think of words too much, they become unnecessary, how could that be, but it be!

We wink at each other a lot.  Cat boys send you love and best wishes for a happy weekend...let's see if we can do this again soon.

Ciao everyone!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014

While the evenings might give the impression that life is still in our household, judging by an upside down Mr Puffy Pants (aka Ollie and Gingerella),
and the boys/men in the family room defining a triangular plane,
and Mr Puffy Pants again, now fallen on another corner of the plane,
and Mr Sweet Pants, the precious one,
and the still plants out in the patio,
this impression is certainly not accurate.

Mr Sweet Pants had earlier the same morning brought home a present, which he dropped readily by the front gate of the condo.
Gingerella who was indoors with me heard the plop and ran out.
He did not need to go to any school to instantly recognize the fellow who was staring right back at him.

By then, I too discovered that a mouse was by our door and went out to make sure he would not enter our house.  I heard the big growl of the Orange one, and that made me laugh.

The boys grabbed the mouse and released it out in the greenery outside of our complex, and commenced playing.  They would let loose the mouse and grab him again until he found a way to disappear.
and Ollie stayed there, patiently, silently,
behaving much like their ancestors would.
They roamed
and searched
and remained silent.  What a thrill!

It has been such a long time since we last visited, and it might be another long stretch before we visit again.  We frequently wonder how we had time to visit in the past and what happened because we continue to walk, meditate, read and reflect together as a family.  Well, no matter what, why, and how...the cat boys sent their best wishes.

We were reading this by the way.

And indeed there will be time
For the yellow smoke that slides along the street,
Rubbing its back upon the window-panes;
There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea. (Eliot)
Boys love Eliot!  Cat boys send love!

Ciao everyone!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring is here all too fast...

even though not fast enough for those who have endured a long and hard winter.

The skies that cover our complex belong to heavenly places, we are so thankful for the blues and greens and the white smeared above us.

Down below a few flowers adorn the beaten land of our back yard only once a year and that seems to be just enough, making us appreciate their beauty even more.
Two cuties pies were exploring.

Cat boys were thinking about this

"For intellect conceives not save limited things. Verily, bound by the realm of limitations, men are unable to gaze upon things simultaneously in their manifold aspects. Thus it is perplexing for them to comprehend that lofty station. No one can recognize the truth of the Middle Way between the two extreme poles except after attaining unto the gate of the heart and beholding the realities of the worlds, visible and unseen."

--The Báb, The Gate, Spiritual Teacher

and when they shared it with me I thought I had no idea what they were saying.  That's what I get for sending the boys to ashrams were they obviously meditate a lot and become acquainted with the abstruse!

Cat boys send you big purrs and little purrs....

Ciao everyone!

Friday, March 7, 2014

...when plans change

When Gussy looked back on our way out yesterday I knew I had to follow his gaze.
Behind, Ollie was rolling on the floor seemingly practicing a good back stroke probably because it had rained some days ago.

Then he pretended to be an opera singer, a worth effort in my opinion because he has the most beautiful vocal cords.

Augustus said that he could not look anymore.

 Then he checked with me to see what to do.

 Ollie showed me a good portion of his beautiful tongue to indicate that he was not delirious.

 Augustus thought he'd better check for himself.

 Then I found the two of them rolling on the ground.

 Augustus tried to peel off the ground

 and escape.  Next we heard the parrots on the tree outside the complex and the cat boys were off to check these birds pronto!

Sometimes we step out with the intention of observing, reading, and reflecting, and we succeed.  Other times, a certain orange cat starts playing and the plans change.

In my feline excursion that day I was thinking about this:

"I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me."- Isaac Newton.

I am certain we all have experienced the pleasures of discovery and pondered over magical mysteries.  Cat boys said that they had.

The weekend is around the corner.  Enjoy.  Cat boys sent you kitty kisses and purrs!

Ciao everyone!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The situation room....

A very handsome dove was sitting in the branches, no need to seek shelter because his 
 ginger hunter was easily out of reach.
 I felt I had to soothe his nerves with some treats that he counted carefully
 and a little bit of coffee, which he did not care for so
 we went to the cement pond.
 In another corner I was more fascinated by the leaves,
 so beautiful that I had to show Ollie and then
 he had to think about the leaves himself.
 On the other end of the courtyard a certain jaguar-like young cat was carefully observing a bird much like a scientist would except that he really really wanted to lick its lovely face.
 A squirrel came to distract the big jaguar, and that
 he succeeded to do.
Walking around the complex I came across this cactus that I liked so much.  We may have to go and buy one.

First, the title of this blog has nothing to do with the content.  Ollie has learned a new word and he pretends that every room and every place he visits is "the situation room".

Second, we prepared this post a few days ago when the sun was shining gloriously and this afternoon, when I have the time to post it, it is raining equally gloriously.  It feels like a serious spring at the moment.

We have come to respect, cherish, love more than before, long and get sustenance from our friends.  Nothing has changed really.  However, as we get to know each and every one better we see more of their respective beauties.

There are unlimited quotes on friendship and I gave Ollie the task of finding one but until he does we three decided to enjoy this one:

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”- Emerson

Ciao everyone...may you be followed by sunshine and your favorite animal.  Kitties send love and pawful of kisses.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

following their paws here and there

The cat boys may now be referred to as cat junior youth.  They run around with fast paws and I am lucky if I get glimpses of them here and there.  Just like any mom would wonder I too wonder how these cat boys grew up so fast.

Last weekend one set of paws was found on a ledge
and the other set was resting on another ledge.
I walked around examining the surroundings, mostly the skies that were blue enough to accentuate the beauty of the bare branches.  The breeze would come in bursts bringing with it freshness from an unknown space, and a familiar swish.  I was thinking different thoughts, breathing deep the cool, dry air, deliberately,
when the fluffy orange of his coat caught my attention, and within the span of a few moments
the little head of a stripey one emerged from behind a thin plant.
It occurred to me that we three were enjoying the very same.

Nature is thin around us but we find ways to enjoy it in short spans.

We three brought to mind this lovely passage.

Nature satisfies by its loveliness, and without any mixture of corporeal benefit. I see the spectacle of morning from the hill-top over against my house, from day-break to sun-rise, with emotions which an angel might share. The long slender bars of cloud float like fishes in the sea of crimson light. From the earth, as a shore, I look out into that silent sea. I seem to partake its rapid transformations: the active enchantment reaches my dust, and I dilate and conspire with the morning wind. How does Nature deify us with a few and cheap elements! Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous. The dawn is my Assyria; the sun-set and moon-rise my Paphos, and unimaginable realms of faerie; broad noon shall be my England of the senses and the understanding; the night shall be my Germany of mystic philosophy and dreams.  ( Emerson)

May you be surrounded by nature a little bit each day and may kitty kisses land on your face during the nights.

Cat boys sent pawful of kisses and their best wishes for a fabulous February.

Ciao everyone!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Sunday moments with the cat boys...

No words today.  Only images from yesterday.

Cat boys sent you their best wishes for a lovely new week.

Ciao everyone!

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