The French novelist Colette coined a truism when she said, “There are no ordinary cats.” Both of the cats in our household live up to their non-ordinary qualities on a regular basis. However, it is the younger of the two, with her kitten-ness still intact at two years of age (human years, that is), who tends to exhibit precocious whimsy a bit more often than her older feline housemate.
Recently—well, really since the snow stopped flying at the beginning of May—Daisy, the younger cat, has discovered the bird and squirrel activity just outside the windows on the north side of the house. Out there, a beautiful ash tree and equally verdant blue spruce grow in the yard. I’ve hung a bird feeder on one of the branches of the ash tree (and protected it with the all-important anti-squirrel cover). Thus, a never-ending source of avian action ensues as finches, wrens, chickadees, and other assorted species flitter from the safety of the dense spruce to meals at the feeder. Meanwhile, seeds fall below the feeder keeping the squirrels and morning doves happy. To complete the scene, a hummingbird feeder hangs on a metal rod just to one side which has been discovered by a family of the broad-tailed colorful birds.
Daisy sits inside at the window enjoying the true-to-life Kitty TV appearing before her. Her funniest moments come when she crouches down with ears lowered in an attempt to become invisible to the unsuspecting ones outside. It’s entertaining to watch especially from the outside as she becomes a stealth kitty:
And, from inside the house, she’s not nearly as invisible, but still just as cute: