As I sit at my desk this morning:
- The neighbor’s cat has wandered by twice – once on the way out to his Monday hunting expedition – and once coming back with a mouse in his mouth. His route is under the fence between his house and ours, down along our yard and our patio (where I see him as he goes by my office glass door), then off into his jungle full of who knows what excitement. I think he’s had a run-in with either one of the local raccoons or coyotes because he’s missing part of his tail and much of the fur on his backside. He’s not a particularly good-looking cat as cats go. But he’s clearly a good hunter and he’s even better at staying alive.
- The local doe and her fawn have sauntered through the yard, down the driveway, across the street and into the green belt. This year, I’ve gotten smart and used something called Deer Out to keep her (and that darn cute child of hers) from cleaning every last piece of vegetation off of my one remaining rose (she obliterated the other ones) and biting the leaves off three-quarters of the rest of my garden plants … while leaving the stems intact. While I like seeing Mama and fawn, they are my arch nemesis when it comes to my garden.
- The guy painting our house has come by twice and waved to me as I sit here at my desk … he doesn’t exactly know what I do for a living; he only sees me sitting at my desk with my hands on a keyboard, or sitting in my chair talking to myself. (What he doesn’t see is my Bluetooth in my ear that indicates I am, actually, talking to someone other than myself.
I’m not sure what these all have to do with each other. Perhaps nothing. But then again – the fact that I am sitting at my desk watching cats and deer and house painters go about their morning, as I go about mine, brings a smile to my face.
When you get right down to it, I think we’re often so busy chasing our tails (sorry neighbor cat with less tail … no offense intended) that we forget to stop for just a minute, and take pleasure in what’s going on outside our window. Everyday normal stuff. Like the morning errand-run of cats and deer.