Last night it rained again. Again!
Earlier I was standing on the patio waiting for Charlie when I saw lightning darting out from behind a big bulbous cloud.
Lightning flashed every few seconds. It looked like someone with a giant flash light was pointing the light at the edge of the big cloud. I’ve never seen lightning quite like that before.
It was kind of mesmerizing.
It lit up the sky. But there was no thunder. Later I looked out and the sky was clear. But it rained later on while I was sleeping.
Yesterday I went to physical therapy. It was the first time I’d been out since Friday’s physical therapy.
I have not been wearing the ankle brace for four days now. The sock that helps with inflammation I wear most of the time, but it felt great not having to wear the brace after three months. And I was pain free.
After PT I drove over to Barnes & Noble and walked around a bit and that didn’t hurt.
So the culprit must be driving. I’m trying to brake with my left foot, but it’s a bit awkward. I suppose I’ll be ordering my groceries and whatever else I can order until things get better.
Hell getting old, isn’t it? Things don’t always heal right. And when they do heal arthritis is usually just a few steps behind.
While at B&N I found a book on clearance called “What Your Cat Knows.” I haven’t had time to dig into it much yet. I thought it might give me more insight into Ivy.
On the front it says: “Tap into your cat’s intelligence through the world of feline cognition.”
This morning she was playing with the remains of the furry mouse toy. Now it’s just shapeless fur on top of plastic.
It would be nice to know what Ivy is thinking when she throws her toys two feet up in the air and jumps up to try and catch them on the way down.
Another curious thing is when she turns her head just so, and acts like she is hearing something that I cannot hear. Or there’s some presence she feels that I don’t.
Sometimes after being still with ears cocked listening to whatever she hears, she will then leap up and run like a dog is chasing her.
When you open the cover of the book, it says: “What is your cat thinking as she eyes you with her inscrutable stare? What is she plotting? Is she happy?
“What Your Cat Knows examines the five basic senses and presents a cat’s-eye view of the world, helping you to understand and communicate with your own kitty. It presents practical tests and activities that will help you gauge and even boost your cat’s intelligence.”
I know you can teach dogs. But I wonder how easily you could teach a cat something? They seem pretty set in their ways. In my experience when you try to get a cat to do something, they do just the opposite.
“Never try to outstubborn a cat.”
― Robert A. Heinlein
“We think we know our cats and their world, but honestly, we know nothing. You may not realize it, but you are living with one super-sense feline friend.
“Extra-sensory stuff: How do they know a storm is on its way, an earthquake is about to hit, or even that somebody is about to die?”
I’d actually never thought of that. I’ve never heard that cats can do that. This should be an interesting book.
Now Charlie is pretty straightforward. If you ask him if he wants to go outside and he does, his ears will perk up and he will run around.
If he is outside for a few minutes and you open the door and say “do you want your egg now” he will dash inside because that is the highlight of his day.
When I am reaching for my keys or look like I’m about to go somewhere, he sits erect and stares at me with great hope in his eyes. If I can’t take him, I tell him I’ll be back real soon.
If I can take him, I tell him let’s go and he gets real excited.
I am going to make it a point of watching the behavior of Ivy and Charlie. Take note of how the two of them react to things and compare them.
Just out of curiosity.
And just so you know, I don’t believe curiosity killed the cat. Because Ivy would surely have been dead a long, long time ago.
“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”
― James Herriot