Rajah Poses for the Camera

Rajah the cat with tea cupI’m hopelessly addicted to tea, so it seems fitting that I include a picture of Rajah hanging out near a tea cup.

You can’t see her, but often our dog KC is lurking in the background on the floor nearby, moaning about being ignored.

So next week I need to make sure to take a picture of her to post so that this stays even-handed in coverage between dogs and cats.

I love having both a cat and a dog around the house. They’re both so different in personality, and yet they will bicker and tease each other like siblings. Because of them I never get lonely working in the home office, though I also make sure to take trips to a local tea shop to keep from being alone too long.

Also, if you work from home, it’s good to a have a dog because the walks get one out of the house on a daily basis. Fresh air and exercise is critical to good health when you work at a desk at home. It’s too easy to sit at the desk all day without stretching.

Add in a cat, and it’s fun to start work in the morning once back from walking the dog, for there’s the joy of a mug of tea combined with the cat playing hide-and-seek with the laptop.

I was in poor health until very recently, and having the two of them around these past 12 months made sure that I got up enough from my desk to keep my circulation going, make sure I got daily walks, and make sure I laughed several times a day. Pets can be truly wonderful medicine that way.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Lynn

 

Rajah the Cat Supervisor at Work

Picture of Rajah blocking access to a computerHere’s a picture of Rajah doing what he does best at the office: blocking access to a computer.

As far as I can figure out, cats consider it their job as cat supervisors to make sure a chosen human in the household can’t reach their keyboard or see their screen without first petting the cat.

Maybe it’s a secret stress reduction program to help out humans … though it gets stressful if I’m in the middle of a Skype meeting and can’t see the computer screen because Rajah is sitting up straight right in front of it.

I’ve noticed keyboards are another favorite target of cat supervisors–to lay on … to randomly walk across the keys to send off a strange garbled message to business colleagues … and to shed on the keyboard so that the keys are coated in cat hair.

Our dog KC gets rather jealous of Rajah’s ability to demand attention from a human by jumping up in front of the computer screen. KC is an 80-lb German Shepherd mix, so safely jumping up on a computer desk is out of the question and she knows it.  So instead she whines in complaint at Rajah when he perches on the desk. It sort of sounds like the dog version of, “Get down from there. You’re not supposed to be on the keyboard. You’re going to get in trouble.”

Rajah really seems to enjoy watching KC from above where she can’t go, and will look rather smug about it.

Hmm, Rajah is letting me know as a I type this that it’s time to bring this blog post to a close. I admit I find writing about pets and nature very soothing since the fiction I write tends to be very serious in mood and plot.

May you all find something that helps you to relax.

See you next week. And there will be major news coming soon about the fiction writing side of things, but I plan to do those as blog posts that are separate from the nature and pet stuff.

Cheers, L

 

The Joy of Cherry Blossoms

Picture of cherry blossomsThe cherry blossoms are in bloom here in New Mexico and other parts of the Southwestern United States.  Here’s a picture of blossoms outside my home office.

Rajah, our cat, is all excited about the cherry trees blooming, because it means the robins are back for 2014. He loves to stare out the office windows to watch them hop around in the cherry trees. He gets great exercise from all the leaping up and down to the office windowsills each day.

Cherry trees are a definite bird magnet (for obvious reasons). The robins and wood doves make sure each year that we don’t have cherries that go rotten on the ground or in the trees. They strip the trees clean, but we are usually able to pick enough cherries for ourselves beforehand that we don’t mind that the birds are eating up the rest.

The blossoms have a sweet (but not overpowering) smell that is wonderful. Their petals are very soft and delicate, and soon will fall like confetti when the spring winds blow.

May you all find something wonderful in nature to look at this week.

Until next time, L

Rajah, My Cat Supervisor

Picture of Rajah the catThis is Rajah. He was given that name by his previous owner, and it suits him very, very well.

Rajah decided that he wanted to live with us about 18 months ago, and made it clear that he was going to move in with us and KC, our dog, whether we wanted him to or not.

He ran off from his owner three times (crossing roads with 6 lanes of traffic to reach our neighborhood) and after the third time we all finally gave in and let him have his way. He moved in, and has fun bossing KC the dog around, and putting his tail on my writing keyboard so that I can’t type.

He gets fussy if I don’t go in the home office at least for an hour or two each day, so I consider him my Cat Supervisor. KC is my Dog Supervisor, but she’s much more lenient about my work schedule.

The cherry blossoms have begun to bloom. I’ll see about posting a picture next week. Rajah loves jumping in the windows stare at the robins in the cherry tree. There will also be more about Rajah and KC in the following weeks.

May you all find joy in something you do this week.

Cheers, LM

Dogs and Whatnot

Picture of a dogThis week I am really enjoying rereading Shakespeare’s Richard III, but trying to do Twitter or Facebook about it is like squeezing through a mouse hole. Too small for too much to say. So instead I thought I’d write about the wonderful dog in the photo to the left that keeps me company while I edit the sequel to Cubicles, Blood, and Magic. Unfortunately the flash on the camera went off when the picture was taken, so KC looks like she had laser eyes.

The internet can never have too many dog or cat pictures, so today’s photo upload is my contribution to our pet overlords’ dominion over the mental thoughts of humans. (Joking, of course … though can you be sure? *grin*)

Next week I’ll introduce you to my feline supervisor.

Have a fun week! LM