Oh yeah — quilts and kittens made for a cozy wake up. Cold has lingered here in Central Texas, an unusual event, temps stayed in the 30s till nearly noon. When I opened the house, there were four grown doe-deer still bedded down out back at 10:30. I grabbed my video and shot them through the back window [hmmm? may not turn out well]. But their tawny bodies, lying in the tall grass, blended into the dead trees and limestone outcropping with only dark noses and eyes visible. They watched from a safe distance as I attempted the capture them on film. It’s rather unusual for those critters to still be abed in mid-morning. That’s how cold it is here! The cats went out front. But Tootsie, the 9-pound yearling kitten, came around back and got in the yard chair at the window near my kitchen table, she meowed at me to let her back inside. Maddie Bell, a fat 12-pound beast with thick hair to keep her warm, ran to the back door like something was after her as soon as I opened it. Nell, a 10-pound skinny girl had gone out front and across the street to a neighbor’s house where she always gets food scraps on the back deck. That skinny cat stays over there most of every day. But, on account of the cold, I opened the front door and called to her. And did she come running home as fast as her kitty legs would move! Now, its past noon, the deer have moved off, I’m back at work wrapped up in a thick robe, and the three cats are snuggled back into blankets and quilts on beds and sofas.
Good to be warm and inside — I might even think up a resolution or two.