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Monday, July 16, 2007

Relief from a cat

It has been hot.

I do not function well in anything over 85, so life has been heavy and brown. While summer is the time of harvest and flowers and tomatoes and corn, it is also the time of year my body and head lose interest in many things. My creativity is sucked up by the harvest, and wrangling the young rams to put them in the various makeshift pastures. The latter must change, and next year the special 'chosen one" field will be complete with water, living quarters and grass pasture. At this time of year, my optimism - usually abundant- wanes, and I seem to lose my ability to go through a whole day without musing things like, "I'll just tell Martyn we must sell the farm and move to 5 acres". Then I sleep, and waking up to see a cloudy sky, I once again start all over.

I found Big Tony hidden in the 12' high fennel forest. He spends much of the hot days there, hidden from sun and other cats. He is King of his own forest. I took time to sit with him a few minutes, and life didn't seem quite as brown and heavy.


Anonymous said...

It must be lovely in the fennel forest~

Cathy said...

And fragrant!

Anonymous said...

I had no idea fennel grew that large! Must be some HUGE bulbs!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you wrote this. I have the exact same experience in the hot weather, my creativity leaves and takes my optimism with it. Winter is my creative time. but summer, while I love the sunny days, leaves me feeling quite lifeless and down. i find I wake up and don't know what to do with myself. Everything seems like too much work, and as you mentioned, i have no interest in anything. i find myself asking, "who is this unmotivated person?"

i suppose it's time to just enjoy the good food, go swimming and sit with the animals. Last night I sat outside, lit some candles and watched the stars for several hours. it felt good.

my dog Alex is part albino. he can't stand the heat either. he would like the fennel forest too.

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