This guy. What a way to stress his human companions, and doesn’t he look just fine? This fellow got by us one evening and ended up spending over five days under a fallen tree thick with blackberry bushes, dodging the coyote packs and raccoons that live in our urban wild. He and his sister are not skilled in survival, but he is clearly better at it than I give him credit for. He appears just fine, just a whole lot thinner, and perhaps a bit more vocal, as each morning he greets me with a lot of chatter and head butting. I think he is thankful. He started his life under a porch, motherless, found by an animal rescue group and it took some time for him and his sister to become the affectionate and happy, (as far as we can tell), beasts that they are. There is a lot of conversation about whether cats should be indoor or outdoor, and I see the point of both arguments – I am not taking a stand here. It is clear he must have wanted to explore but I must say, there is something terribly heartrending about hearing a sad, weak meow in the bushes and being unable to persuade the frightened cat out of the thicket. It took getting up at 5 am when the city was quiet, (no thanks to the folks setting off Halloween fireworks, that was not helpful) and creeping through the prickles to finally grab him. We are so glad he is back. The house was notably quieter without him.
“if animals can show gratitude surely man can do the same?” From the Sushogi, by Dogen. Funny how bits of teaching come up at the most interesting times.
Knitting has been continuing. Trips to the red rocks in Utah and Nevada recently inspired this cowl, texture and colour. And now the rain here has started so reminiscing about wide skies and extraordinary vistas has been reflected in the fibres I am drawn to. This is Indigo Moon fingering weight merino, lots of shifting colours in this. Maybe a bit brighter than real life rocks but invokes it. This will have to help remind me that the rain is not endless….
On a side note, the old Warp and Woof group met again last night. It was so much fun. The fireplace was on, the rain poured, we had good food and most importantly we enjoyed one another’s company while we puttered away on projects. I am glad that’s back too.