?

Log in

Autumn is so complicated. I spent most of today either at church or… - ghost train [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
robin_rule

[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

[Sep. 26th, 2007|12:46 am]
robin_rule
Autumn is so complicated. I spent most of today either at church or in the garden, the other church.
I forgot to ask the doctor how much time early in the morning i am supposed to garden. The first day I worked from &:30 a, til 2:30 pm. I have a feeling that's wrong. Too much, but i love it.

I love to walk at twilight and I forgot to ask if that's ok. Me and my cat Capt'in loves to walk around the churches and vacant lots of which one is no longer vacant. The baptists sold their lot, but unbelievably, kept the three apple trees. It is a very huge, ugly rich mansion of no taste and I bet it takes a long time to sell. It has much acre for a town lot. I am furious. That was my lot. In the spring, and in December, the grass would come up two inches high, an emerald green velvet softness, that I would lay my cheek on and the Capt'in would sit on my back as if it were a ship and he was in the crow's nest," Ahoy! No pirates today Jane", he would miaow and come down to tickle my cheek with his whiskers. How I love this gentle little tuxedo cat. He is the only cat that comes in the house now and sleeps with us. Sooty has taken over dan's office outside and the neighbor lady gave me one of those little circular beds that have a sheepskin lining. He loved it right after I put a slip of mine in it I had been wearing for a few days. he has a little english teatray with three matching bowls and is quite content to come and go through the window. Frenchie is doing very well for those of you who has followed this feral cat's life. His ears are completely healed of ear mites, but I did notice I have to keep up on the medicine and he hates it, so he is leery of my love now. That is such a sad thing. Also his eyes weep, and the drops I give him I don't think he minds, but since i have him, I always treat the ear mites. One might say, do it at two different times, but you have no idea how hard it is to catch a feral cat once. Or rather coax one to come close enough to to grab them by the scruff of their neck, 1,2,3, wipe his eyes, squirt them with drops and then turn him left, squirt the ear med, turn him like a popover, do the other ear, make him stay for at least five more minutes and listen to a love song in very bad french while i rub his head, so he knows that this is all for his own good. Now he runs when he sees him and that's too bad. We were just gettin a relationship. I moved his bed to the back yard with the other cat-flats and then all last evening , he sat on the front porch and looked expectically at me even though he has eaten and slept back there for several weeks. His fur has grown thick and soft. He has a bit of a heft to him, instead of all skin and bones. I have loved his sickness away. You can do that to people as well as cats and dogs, even though they are in no way similar. The human being is infinately more valuable. But much harder to get to trust.

I believe my garden is going to be ready for winter. I am going to finish painting the book cases matte black and two coats of urathane that need it. The caboose is turning into a sweet little home after six years. I am giving things away right and left. When it is done I have to redo my will. There will be not so much to give. And even science doesn't want my heart...
linkReply

Comments:
[User Picture]From: neanahe
2007-09-26 02:41 pm (UTC)
Ah, but animals are similar to us in many ways. Haven't you read:

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.


They serve a purpose to teach us to love, to trust, to nurture, and they give us comfort and companionship in return. How we treat them matters. Have you never noticed that people who are cruel to animals are often also cruel to other humans, as well?
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: robin_rule
2007-09-27 12:22 am (UTC)

animals

i haven't read those books, though i hear they are wonderful. i read "Ring of bright Water", "Old Yeller" , "Beautiful Joe" and "Black Beauty" and hated animal books after that because they made me cry. Then I discovered "Wind in the Willows", "The Narnia Books", and teh mixture of the two made me want totake care of animals. i think if I hadn't had to do all the math, I woulda been a good vet. Have you ever read a book by Paul Gallico called Thomasina? And I don't mean the disney movie. watch that AFTER you read the book if you have to watch a video. Laurie is the character i am very similar to.

I will look for those books you mentioned. The Youngest Son works at a used bookstore two blocks away.
thanks for reminding me of them.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: neanahe
2007-09-27 02:25 pm (UTC)

Re: animals

The words are actually the refrain from a hymm:
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/a/l/allthing.htm

James Herriot, who wrote the books borrowed, the lyrics for his titles. I did read the books as a child, though, and loved them. The stories center around his life as a veteranarian working in the English countryside. Some of them will make your cry, but most of them are funny and cute. They are as much about the people he encountered as the animals he worked with.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: robin_rule
2007-09-27 10:53 pm (UTC)

Re: animals

yes, i knew about them and wanted to read them, but i just never got around to it.it iwll be good winter reading as we get months of rain day after day after day
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: vampiresoflove
2007-09-26 04:24 pm (UTC)
nor moth with dusty wing
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: robin_rule
2007-09-27 12:04 am (UTC)
?
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: vampiresoflove
2007-09-27 01:45 am (UTC)
i dunno

what you wrote and what the person above me in the comments said made me think of that christina rosetich poem, you know?
Hurt no living thing, lady bird, butterfly, nor moth with dusty wing, nor grasshopper so slight of leap....
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: robin_rule
2007-09-27 02:29 am (UTC)
ah. and to add insult to myself, i don't know that poet. i recognize the poem tho. the only christina poet i know is Christina Rosetti who wrote "Goblin Market" and was the sister of one of my favorite painters, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Thank you.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: vampiresoflove
2007-09-27 04:02 am (UTC)
our christinas are the same christina.
Ive only ever HEARD her name, never seen it written down.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: robin_rule
2007-09-27 09:05 am (UTC)
i wondered, love, if that was the case, but i didn't want to embarrass you AND i sure as hell don't know every poet in the world. did yr ma read them to you? mine never did, but it was delicious to discover her on my own...
now, i have two packages to mail to you. one flat, one box. i have seven boxes to mail from last christmas and some summer birthdays to various people. do you think i should put 2008 at them instead of last year? i am so ashamed...
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From: mrsmcgillicuddy
2008-03-10 05:58 pm (UTC)
Hello,I hope you don't mind a stranger popping in.
While searching for communities to join I saw your name, and took a glance at your journal and it is very entertaining. If you come back and continue to write I'd like to be able to see what you wrote. I was wondering if I could friend you? You needn't friend me back.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: robin_rule
2008-08-27 06:36 am (UTC)
mrs. sorry it took so long to get back to you. i'm changing over wrinting places, had given this up except to check an errant fifteen year old niece, and thank you for enjoying my work. yes, i'll friend you and when i change to my new place, i shall let you know...oh no, i've been away so long i've forgotten how to friend someone. let me know willya and i'll punch the right keys...Robin
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: robin_rule1
2011-05-31 09:06 am (UTC)

friending

dear mrs. mcgillicuddy, in 2008 you wrote me that you enjoyed my work and wanted to friend me and i went away for a long time. i had a heart surgery, some people (most) get cardiac depression)and my meds made me forget things and so, my dear, you blew away into the clouds like a george macDonald charater. I am back. (i hope I have enough friends to make it worthwhile)
and i thank you very much for liking my writing.
so, yes, we'll give it a try.

it is now 2011 and my near and dear call me Jane. but you'll still have to 'friend' me at robin-rule1

PS i take lots of cardiac meds and my spelling has become atrocious and impossible. forgive me.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)