fluffy orange cat spotted
Saturday, June 28 2014
This morning we had word from our uphill neighbors ("the Greenhouses") that a large fluffy orange cat had been spotted near their house. Being physically closer to us than others, they were one of the few neighbors we'd told about our embarrassing cat fiasco of 17 days ago. They're a very old couple, and it was possible they didn't see what they'd thought they'd seen, so Gretchen went over there first thing this morning to find out what had been seen and to look around. Since dogs are never of any help when searching for shy cats, I took the opportunity to take our dogs on a walk in the forest, salvaging a heavy load of firewood from that downed tree near Funky Pond Summit I hadn't been able to saw up yesterday due to chainsaw failure. I expected carrying such loads for a half mile to be impossible under summertime conditions, but when done shirtlessly, there's little discomfort. This lends credence to theories of human hairlessness that explain it as a means of thermoregulation.
Gretchen returned from the uphill neighbors soon after I'd returned with my load of salvaged firewood. She'd had a good conversation with the woman of the house ("Mrs. Greenhouse"), who'd insisted the cat she'd seen was not Clarence (whom she knows well), but a fluffy orange cat. That sounded like a strong candidate for one of our missing cats. Helpfully, our uphill neighbors happened to have a pair of live traps they'd used in the past for woodchucks in raccoons, so Gretchen set one of them with wet food behind one of their sheds.
I had a late start on planting beans this year, but they're growing quickly now. Yesterday I installed a bunch of dead pine sapling trunks along the north edge of the main garden patch for them to grow on, and some of them have already started their climb. One miss during the planting season was peas, so today I planted a bunch of Laxton's Progress Shell Peas (whose Hudson Valley Seed Library seedpack design was painted by our friend Susan the Artist) on the north ends of the smaller garden patches (including the garlic patch). I also planted a number of other things I'd been neglecting to plant.
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