Sunday, November 30
Wednesday, November 26
Tater often walks up and down the keys, quite deliberately, I'm sure. It's hard to catch him with the camera, but in this clip, he finally did a descending scale, with a nice resolution -- and then one more note.
Of course, I can't prove to you that he is doing this deliberately. But why else would he walk down the 88 keys, thunderously, then up again, during certain wakeful periods. Of course, you say, he wants to go out! Just open the door!
But because he's a cat he can be perverse and apparently "indecisive." I doubt that a cat is indecisive at all. He's just weighing the odds that, given the cheddar cheese aroma lingering on your fingers from your snack, you will lead him to the kitchen for his own portion. rather than not.
Tater seems to walk deliberately down and up the keyboard. Sweet Pea, on the other hand, steps nimbly and soundlessly along the narrow edge of wood.
Monday, November 17
Sunday, November 16
It's not mild Portland, Oregon, nor is it the colder southern New England, and there are thousands of microclimates here in the southern Appalachians, depending on elevation and aspect. In my little yard in town I have differing zones.. Here's some of what's going on in the sunnier areas these days. In this region we plant fall pansies. They are colorful in the fall and hunker down for the winter then come into their own in the spring.
I got in my car this afternoon and noticed this (the picture is after I got home, so subtract a few). It's hard to read, but Club Members will Get It.
Sunday, November 9
Blame the absence on work, or laziness, or the fact that the cats always try to sit on the keyboard. It's hard to type when you have to balance the laptop on the edge of your knee. It's much easier to just READ. And once in a while I read to the cats. (They love it.) So here are a few booknotes, first on children's books I've read recently. Now that it's a new school year it's time to read this year's Battle of the Books choices. The most recent is Christopher Paul Curtis's Elijah of Buxton. Curtis has been winning awards for his fine historical fiction, and it's not clear why this one was only a Newbery Honor Book, not THE winner. It's also a Coretta Scott King winner.