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interlude (now with added cat)


Good afternoon, all–

As a nice interlude between commentaries, I’d like to share Stella Luna with you.

I sit typing while Stella Luna, looking disapprovingly over the top of the laptop screen, wonders why my hands are wasting time on a keyboard instead of scratching behind her ears like they are supposed to.  Stella is a tuxedo cat.  She has beautiful green eyes.

She is capable of truely disgusting things, is Stella.  As just an example, once I came home from work to discover, in the middle of my living room carpet, the head and the tail of a lizard.  Nothing else.  Just the head and the tail.  Now, I am grossed out by live lizards running across the sidewalk.  This.  This…. ewww!  Yesterday, she ate nearly a full can of wet cat food, and then proceeded to cough up a hairball (and all of her food) all over the same living-room rug– that never did anyone any harm and does not deserve this sort of treatment.   I spend more money on rug cleaner because of this feline.

So, she can be a very gross girl.  But then, she comes to cuddle  during a thunderstorm and sticks her little cold nose right in the palm of my hand, and I can’t help but forgive her.  When I sit in my chair to watch tv, she leaps into my lap and spreads herself out, so that her paws are hanging around my knees, and falls right to sleep.  How could you not love that. 

When she particularly wants to get back in my good graces and show what a cute little thing she is, she rolls over on her back and looks at you upside down.  Like this.

"Love me," she says, "I'm adorable."

"Love me," she says, "I'm adorable."

And I do.

p.s. The tiny pink spot in the picture near her head is the lazer pointer.  This represents the best $5 I have ever spent on a cat toy.  She rampages after it.  It’s very funny, and Stella seems to get a kick out of it.

Any other feline fanciers out there? 

Bloom emerges


I’ll be leading this section {Calypso– section 4} with Wandering Rocks.  (I’ll let you know when I start.  We are still on the very difficult section 3 at the moment.) There, I will attempt to sound learned and wise (Ha!).  Here, however, will be my silly marginalia.  For those of you who have been following this series (oh, you poor, unfortunate souls), here we go again…

“Clean to see: the gloss of her sleek hide, the white button under the butt of her tail, the green flashing eyes”– Hello, Stella Luna– my cat the gracious, kind, and benevolent animal upon whom I am allowed to wait hand and foot.

“Mrkgnao! the cat cried”– Stella makes that same exact sound!

“Nothing she can eat?’– the cupboard is bare

“she prefers yesterday’s loaves turnovers crisp crowns hot”– She Who Must Be Obeyed [John Mortimer’s Rumpole series]

“His eyes rested on her vigorous hips.”– Everybody ought to have a maid [Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum]

“He held the page from him: interesting: read it nearer”– playing trombone

“Make hay while the sun shines”– a roll in the hay?

“They like them sizeable”– nice to know that someone does

Stella Luna-- who stars in this section      Stella Luna– who stars in this section