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Walking the cats

Walking the cats

In the morning when I leave for yoga, sometimes the cats follow me. At first it was only as far as the end of the driveway, but today they walked about halfway with me.And for the past two days, they have waited for me to finish yoga and come back. These cats act like...
Need a bigger lap

Need a bigger lap

Most mornings before I go to teach yoga, I sit outside with my coffee and enjoy “bench time” with the cats. I started that with Three and now I do it with her kittens. There isn’t enough space for everyone to climb aboard, but they do...
Out walking

Out walking

Morning mist in the hills this morning. Asa moya. 朝靄です。 The goat ladies leading me up the path to yoga. A hilltop shrine overlooking Sakuma dam has been here since 1704. These little pink flowers remind me of the nonpariels on liquorice...
Autumn magic

Autumn magic

The chrysanthemums from last year are blooming. Lots of childhood memories tied to mums; our neighbors, the McFaddises, grew them for market. We took a walk this afternoon along the suisen walking path. It’s been pretty well ruined by the typhoons, but at the...
Halloween 2019

Halloween 2019

I am ridiculously proud of myself. At the end of August, I brought home a bag of Brach’s “Autumn Mix” from America and there are still candy corns left for Halloween. I have been rationing them out for two months. I feel like today I can indulge and...
Gentlemen, look away

Gentlemen, look away

We had the kittens neutered this month. It is, from a human’s point of view, the wise choice for a number of reasons. But I can’t help feeling it’s not fair to the cats. They don’t get a say, the definitely don’t understand, and we are...
Cat helper

Cat helper

This morning we took Isabella Bird’s three brothers to the vet for their neutering. When we arrived home without them, she was frantic. She ran to the car crying and hasn’t let me out of her sight since. She decided to cling to me and so I have moved my...
Typhoon 21

Typhoon 21

Mr. Mogura drowned in our yard yesterday. His beautiful little feet will no longer dig rills under the moss. I am beyond tired of storms. As Typhoon #21 passed to the south of us, it dumped an entire month’s worth of rain. It flooded the downtown Kamogawa, as...