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7 A.M.


7 A.M.

Their rebuke is most benign.
Cats yowl protest. The dogs all whine.

As outside dogs slip into gear,
Zoe wakes up and bites my ear.

Their stomachs are a timetable
that I will meet if I am able.

I drag myself out of my bed.
If only I could sleep instead!

The hour that I hit the hay
I fear was not so far away.

Three hours of sleep or perhaps four
were all I had. Surely, not more.

Just as I thought to jump sleep’s hurdle
I remembered, “Daily Wordle!”

Grabbed computer, filled every square,
weeding out vowels my only care.

Wordle in five or four or three?
I cannot sleep until I see.

But later, morning comes too soon
as animals begin their croon.

I move to kitchen to feed cats,
open the door, put bowls on mats,

fill with kibble and with wet 
catfood, and they still their fret.

Move to back door, feed each dog
different portions, mind in fog.

Zoe inside, big dogs out,
fends off pilfering and pout.

What I gain in remuneration
is their ceasing excitation.

Whines replaced by scraping beat
of metal dishes on concrete,

clicking jaw and lapping tongue
as cats and dogs both old and young

enjoy results of their design.
Then, back to bed as they all dine!

Prompt words today are concrete, remuneration, design, rebuke and timetable.


Zoe Report V

Please note that there are three videos. Once you see the first, come back to this page to see the other two.


Zoe in combat with a palm leaf in her new domain. It is accessible from the house, but has gates at two ends, a wall on one side and the house on the other. I put a little house in it with a fluffy rug and put sod and grass in the planter between the palms and pots. It is “her” place. The cats come to visit, but she is boss even though they are five times her size. The dogs come visit by sticking their noses through the vertical bars in the gate. It’s like she is holding court. In this video, however, she is pursuing her favorite activity: declaring war on plants.

Help Decorating


Irresistible Red.

Help Decorating

Rendered breathless by the product of my hours of decoration,
Roo and Kukla must approve my gorgeous presentation.
How can it be a hindrance if they rearrange a few
of the lower ornaments? Perhaps just one or two?
Christmas is a family time and there should be a law
that the positioning of ornaments may be by hand or paw!


Prompt words today are decorate, hindrance, presentation, breathless, product.

Seated Guests: Oct. Last on The Card

Ollie at the head of the table. Kukla, an honored guest.


For Brian’s challenge, we are asked to publish the last photo we took each month. I always forget to take a special shot, so it really is pot luck for me.

For Bushboy’s Last on the Card Challenge.

The Cat That Roared: PPAC, Aug 8, 2021


Please click on photos to enlarge.

I love this bronze sculpture of a cat looking into a mirror which is one of dozens along the streets and in the parks in Sheridan, Wyoming. This one is on the corner near the cinema.

For Cee’s Photographing Public Art Challenge

And, it seems like this would be appropriate for Travel With Intent’s “Reflections” prompt, as well.