2014-05-12 Iris 1

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.

 – Luther Burbank

2014-05-12 Iris 2

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

2014-05-12 Iris 3

To dwell is to garden.

– Martin Heidegger


Glorious Sleep

2014-05-08 Soot

This is Soot. Soot is a local neighborhood cat that looks strikingly similar to our little tabby, Carmen. One of the area neighbors feeds a large group of cats that may or may not be feral, but we get a number of visitors to our bird feeders as such and Soot is one of those cats. We named him/her Soot as it seemed that the little feline had stuck its slate-colored nose in something like soot, and thus the name.

We don’t mind that these cats like to visit our yard. They’re quite cute and our feeders are too tall and the birds are too quick for it to be a problem. Normally they just sit under the feeders and chatter at the birds as they eat seed.

The other day, Soot sauntered over from the woods and sprawled out in the sunshine for a long afternoon nap. It must have been quite the nap as the cat laid there for an hour or two, turning this way and that; stretching and soaking up the evening sun. I took the challenge that I should find a time once in a while to nap and try to attain the somnambulant bliss that little Soot appeared to experience that day. A good challenge indeed.