Thursday, August 2, 2012

a natural diversion

We were going to share with you a third habit of thought that we try to stay away from, namely the tendency to create false dichotomies, but then so much has changed in our immutable surroundings that I had to and they had to comment about it.

For one, squirrels have gone to a convention, leaving behind a few shy ones.  You will see one in the pictures below, dining at a safe distance away.

Two- pigeons are no more, and au lieu of them we have seen demure doves and really loud crows; occasional parrots fly overhead, and the tss tss of hummingbirds cheer our dawns and dusks.

Three-Mr Sweet Pants and Mr Puffy Pants are on to new games. Mr Sweet Pants is Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau and Mr Puffy Pants is Cato.  The surprise attacks continue throughout the day.  It occurred to me today that MPP is missing the squirrels, and so he is using his brother to keep his attack skills in form.  I told Augustus to toughen up and not take any abuse.

Anyhow, in the brief moments of togetherness that we could muster up I shared with some ideas for reflection.

Mr Sweet Pants preparing to be read to while surveying the surroundings:  note the squirrel on the branch behind him.

 This squirrel did not go to the squirrel convention.
 Within moments Ollie jumped on the wall and Augustus has to move to a different spot.
 We exchanged glances that were packed with words.
 He is very proud and yet modest at the same time in the way only cats can be.
 Augustus could not be any sweeter as he listened,
 and Ollie could not be any cuter as her reflected.

I told them about the Navajo and how the cycles of corn rising is to them significant, a symbol of cycles of life leading us to perfection.

I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me? Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how dost thou busy thyself with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting. (The Hidden Words)

 The cat boys vowed to memorize this passage in cat language, which would be a series of meows.  They then made pawfuls of kisses and sent them out your way to wish you happy days.

Ciao everyone!


  1. "mighty, powerful and self-subsisting." Therefore making the self so?

    Lovely passage. Lovelier boys...

    Xo to all of you!

  2. That's what we are trying to do...xoxo

  3. Lovely Navaho wisdom. The boys seem to be enjoying themselves...and absorbing the knowledge. Oh, if only we humans could do likewise!

  4. in *this* life, i'm striving for progress. perfection will come in the next world.

    LOVE to you and the boys!

  5. I´ve missed seeing your boys. Lovely pictures today. Ollie´s face is so revealing.
    Kisses tour way!

  6. Happy weekend Sanda...I too wish we humans could be more cat like! Sending you love.

    marie marie- so true dear friend xx

    Mette- great to see you, just checking out your beautiful jars; it has been tough finding the time to post their pictures. Sending you kisses and love.

  7. Heavenly writing - I fall into the delicately placed words into a world where things rustle and whisper and they are important.

  8. I loved the comment about the squirrel convention! Very clever, Mona. Have a great weekend. xo

  9. I can't wipe the enormous smile off my face!! You have fantastic wit, I must say! And those boys... :)

  10. Love the picture of the squirrel above and the kitty below...

    Hope your week is starting out wonderfully!

  11. I love this:

    "We exchanged glances that were packed with words."

    Maybe you can tape the boys' "series of meows" for us. That would be really cool. :)

    Hugs to you and the boys.

  12. thank you dear glorious gnat for your encouragement

    anne- great to see you xx

    prairie girl- if you lived here with us you'd see that the squirrels really did go to the convention ; )

    Hannah- a favorite of mine too..

    Grace grace- I wish I could tape them, they use so many different tones when they talk to me. You should see them watch their new video xx