monday morning minutes


After living with us now for over three years, the Gingers have long learned about, and inserted themselves into, the many rituals around the house. For example, every morning I fix some sort of breakfast, Luke will leap up onto the counter and sit in front of the microwave while I work further down over the stove. He’s always hopeful something interesting might fall to the floor. Most mornings nothing does, but every once in a while something does, and he immediately checks it out and eats it if he deems it worthy. He has a bit appetite for cheese and the occasional bit of cooked egg, and he loves to clean off the tip of my knife after I use it to spread salmon cream cheese on my toasted bagels.

This morning I had to take both of the girls over to see the vet and get their flu shots. Taking them anywhere together is challenging, the vet even more so. I was fortunate this morning that there were no other patients in the vet’s office when we were there, but still. The girls love their car rides over to the vets, where they’re made a fuss over. As usual Ruby the yellow gained a pound. Annie surprised me by losing a pound, so I guess Annie gave her’s to Ruby. Otherwise they’re both totally healthy little characters.

Annie’s tongue
A more dignified Ruby

the gingers, january 2019

Bo on the chaise lounge – G9, 12-100mm, golden hour

Out in the therapy pool this afternoon, after not being able to use it for the entire week including Saturday due to how cold it’s been in Orlando. Then today the temperature was 80F. The boys like to stroll out while my wife and I are in the pool and see what we’re up to, or else to pick a comfy spot and just watch us. The Gingers are such wonderfully sweet cats.

Luke half asleep at night – Pen-F, 17mm/1.2

And then there’s Luke. I discovered tonight for the very first time that cats will make little noises while they’re asleep. Very small noises to be sure. And as I watched, his feet twitched as if he were moving, perhaps running or chasing his brother Bo. I have always seen this kind of sleeping behavior in our dogs. But I have never ever heard it or seen it with a cat, until tonight. The only reason Luke is awake is because when I swung the Pen-F around to grab a shot, he somehow knew I was there and woke up just enough to look up at me. I have the Pen-F set for fully silent operation, so I must have made some other noise to tip him off.