Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Exhaling summer ...

Autumn for us is like a deep exhale after a summer of heat, a delicious pause before inhaling a new season of hustle and bustle, family and friends, peace and contemplation, or whatever else.  Cat boys really like this season...the crisp weather delivers in metered doses, cool mornings, warmer and warmer daytimes, cool and cooler evenings.  It is the season of games, and who knows more about games than cat boys.

Last Sunday was a typical autumn Sunday for our part of the world...a cool morning where heat was carried by quanta of light that reflected off the air and dust particles, Gussy felt the electricity and so did Ollie from the look of his wild mane.

We three decided to go to the back yard of delights after moseying around here and there, a private location where we step into the pretend kingdom. 

 "Let us sit", I said, and that is what they did!
Sure, there was the urge to grab them, wrestle them, and give them kisses on their funny faces, but I had to admire beauty from afar as one admires it in the wild, from afar, no touch.
 The slender Augustus who was weighed at 15.5 pounds of delicious loveliness was trying to think of something profound while the Big Orange was trying to read Augustus' mind by pointing his ears backwards towards him.
Then they connected by looking at each other but ears pointed back to cover a good distance around them!  Fascinating!
 Then they showed me their profiles, the jaguar and the lion...yes, your mommies were jags and lions.

To one who has been long in city pent,
'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven, - to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.
~John Keats, Sonnet XIV


Then they looked away from each other,
and right back towards me.  I wanted to giggle but did not.
Finally the slankster got up and with stretched strides
that turned into a hurried gait
ran towards me.
The squirrel was looking from above
when we were walking back home.

I was thinking about inhaling and exhaling, one can say so much about it both physically and spiritually and emotionally.

Learn how to exhale, the inhale will take care of itself.  ~Carla Melucci Ardito

I frequently need to exhale and I have noticed that cat boys really love exhaling, and they look awfully cute when they do that.

Please exhale...happy Tuesday everyone...FALL is here! Cat boys sent you their best wishes...



  1. Autumn really is like an exhale isn't it? I like the way you worded that - I'd never thought of it that way before.

  2. What a fantastic capture and appropriate caption of the jaguar & the lion!!
    These autumn days are beautiful arent they. I shall remember with every leave that falls, I will exhale...
    What a lovely post you've given us today. xo

  3. optimist- it feels that way...really a delightful season as is exhaling

    prairiegirl-their profiles are really telling...fascinating...these autumn days are gorgeous and I know they are many times more so where you are...Enjoy xxx

  4. love that quote.
    love the boys.
    love you.

  5. Always, always so exquisitely toned!

  6. marie- all this love, we are loving it and same back to you xx

    mrs gnat- thank you : )

  7. another wonerdful post! You three are masters of being in the moment :-) actively aware of yoor environment
    Beautiful photos!

  8. Yes, the cat boys do have some interesting communication methods don't they? Those revolving ears sure make them less secretive and more adorable too if that's possible.

    I'm inhaling autumn as much as I hate exhaling summer. We've had nice weather but I think it will be more typical rain from here on out. Give the cat boys my love. :)

  9. Your pictures are pieces of art.
    Admiring your patience and skill of snatching just the perfect picture, just at the perfect moment.
    It is always so relaxing to visit your blog!
    Have a wonderful November weekend!

  10. oh your garden is indeed a magical place, where jaguars and lions roam! ... while being admired from every angle ;)
    Your post reminded me that I've been wanting to take up yoga again, or at least do the inhaling thing - it's a weird thing but one does too oftenforget to do that :o