About this time two years ago my girlfriend found a kitten while walking Jack, our dog. To hear her tell, it was lying in deepish grass in a school yard, or church, near the road, far from where any responsible kitten should have been at that age in the ghetto.

I was on the front porch when Asia returned from the walk as I often was in the torpid summer o'15. She opened her hand and there was this moist mottled mess, no more than four inches, covered in fleas, eyes yet glued shut.

We didn't want a cat, but what do you do? Wash it twice, gently, with Dawn dish soap, cur out the flea bodies, put it on half and half via eyedropper and massage it's eyelids, that's what. 

Now, she's yet a teenager but stays out all night, returns in the morning with no good explanation, demands high-end cat pate' and naps adorable but draws blood if you rub her wrong. She's the coolest: we call her Luna and I took these pictures this afternoon. 

Baby is what I call her actually, mostly. Usually, if I open the iPhone she is coy and resists, but today she modeled for me. Which might make me a pervert, I know. Meow and Hiss.

And these, today's flowers and bee. The lily has been very slow to show. There are like thirteen of them blooming or near to it. Not knowing even what color they were, as it was a late fall random bulb planting and we forgot, well, quite happy with these magnificents newly sprung, and oh the odour!

The bee flower below and the one atop are simple marigolds. So as to not forget how amazing simple can be, I lean in close in the evenings, quiet my mind, and pray that I don't. 

The bee itself is a bumble, of which we seem to have aplenty, but I can't remember the last time I saw a regular bee. Thanks Monsanto, Fukushima Daichi, Ted Cruz, et cetera.

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Comment by cheshyre on July 8, 2017 at 2:12pm

Cats!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never enough cats on the interwebs.

Comment by tr ig on July 8, 2017 at 5:40pm

Hey there cheshyre cat :o

Dairy please do tell the story of the first time you heard a wolf howl, because I've never heard that myself and would love to hear your wordly recounting. Sincerely. 

Comment by tr ig on July 9, 2017 at 12:15pm

Well do I ever have some good news. Yesterday I cut the front lawn with my boy (new green mower called "lawn boy"), but it's a good portion clover in bloom, so I left a square cornered triangle four by two feet of the best clover blooms. Just walked out there (looks like an infant did the mowing), and in my clover triangle were several REGULAR BEES! I know!

 

Comment by Boanerges on July 9, 2017 at 1:37pm

Yah. Cats.  Did you know fark.com has a weekly "Caturday" thread that's hilarious? Luna looks awfully good for a kitten that started out in such dire circumstances.

Anyway, Moggy (also a rescue, but in the dead of winter) tells us that the reason she sleeps all day is because she's exhausted from keeping us up all night. I had no idea a 10-pound furball could make so much noise thudding around on the main floor doing whatever the hell she does (we have to wait for daylight to find out).

As for your canine friend, for some reason this popped into my addled brain:

"Crazy Chester followed me and he caught me in the fog
He said, "I will fix your rack if you'll take Jack, my dog"
I said, "Wait a minute, Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man"
He said, "That's okay, boy, won't you feed him when you can"

Maybe you can tell me why.

Comment by Anna Herrington on July 9, 2017 at 8:51pm

I meant to get back here earlier to applaud your good news of bee sightings and new lawn mower and to tell you of my yard's new clover oval..... that I couldn't figure out how to phrase without you mocking my 'clover oval' ....

and now, I'll just say

How glad I am to have known you friend.

Much love.

Mwah.

*Big* hugs for Jenny.

Comment by L in the Southeast on July 9, 2017 at 9:34pm

I will always remember you this way -- smitten with all things beautiful and proud of it.  You were one of the "realest" people I've met in life, even though I wasn't among the lucky ones who actually met you in person. Bye, trigster.  I'll miss you lots.

Comment by greenheron on July 10, 2017 at 3:33am

This is so like you. And a fitting final post.

Bragging about your new lawn mower and leaving a square of clover for the honeybees.

Gonna miss you. Already miss you.

Comment by lorianne on July 10, 2017 at 10:29am

damn it! usually when i'm mad at you i can call and give you shit. now all i have is this.  and yes, i did 'like' this post you attention ho!

Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 10, 2017 at 10:56am

Somehow appropriate that this is trig's last post.  RIP dude.

Comment by greenheron on July 10, 2017 at 11:09am

Top Post of the Week™ 

I hope somehow he knows.

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