We're getting adequate rain and the weather report says there is snow piling up in the mountains today, which will make the ski and snow boarder people happy.
I've never been a skier. It's an expensive sport. For a brief while, primarily when I was living in Alaska long ago, I used cross country skis. You don't have to buy lift tickets using those. But they are a bit hard to control.
The maple leaves are all down now. Thank goodness. Most of the Cherry tree leaves are down. The Birch out back takes the longest to lose its foliage. Reluctant I guess.
|The Maple in late October|
|The Maple today|
|Mourning Dove in the yard. They like cracked corn.|
|Chickadees are my main visitors now, besides the Mourning Doves, also considered a pest species. The Coopers Hawk was flying low down a block yesterday no doubt after a fat Mourning Dove.|
|The Doves are not great at quick exits off the ground, making them easy prey for the Coopers Hawk in most areas, but my yard has trees that provide cover and distraction from the Hawks abilities.|
Tonka here is darling and a little boy.
|Tonka, from the Berry Vines|
|Mystic, the torbi kitten|
Helping homeless cats or kittens in trouble can turn into a difficult expensive undertaking. There is little help out there. Especially if they are wild. The three in the bathroom are my current dilemma but a few blocks from me another played out when a woman heard kittens crying and took action to help them. The boy immediately showed her he'd been owned and played openly in the room she put them in within hours after she caught him. She thought the girl, caught a day and a half after the boy, would be the same. But on the day she was going to relinquish them to Heartland, although they don't usually take Linn County cats, she told me the girl was still hiding. She'd given the boy to a friend. So the girl kitten remained with her. But today, she contacted me and is anxious to have the kitten gone because its stressing her cats. Tell me about it.
But then, she added that although the kitten is loving, she doesn't want held. 'Oh no,' I was thinking. 'That's not a shelter material kitten.' I didn't know what to tell her after that. Poor woman, poor kitten. No good deed goes unpunished.
I know she'd like me to take that kitten. I can't. I have no place for the three now in my bathroom. Too many mouths to feed now and I don't get many donations. I'm also not an adoption group. I understand her dilemma very very well.
In other news, is of course another slaughter by psychotics, this time in France. It upset me so greatly I quit the TV and just went to reading books unable to stand the sadness of it.
I also quit facebook for the same reason. I didn't close my page, I quit posting, but have to have it there so I can keep up The Happy Cat Club page. It wasn't terrorists from afar that caused me facebook angst, it was manipulation and snarky insults from people I either didn't know at all, on other pages, or barely know.
I don't need that.
Winter is indeed upon us. I feel the dampness to my bones. The drizzle and gray have affected my mood. Oh to be a bear, and hibernate through the icky months.