You Know You’ve Been in Bandera Too Long When…

…you start to give the feral cats names!

Yep. I was sitting on the porch a long time yesterday, since it was my designated day to not do anything in particular. The gang of feral cats kept wandering by. One of them kept sitting there, staring at me. No, feral ginger cat, I am not going to feed you or give you water, because my spouse would be Most Displeased. Besides, I happen to know you have plenty of food and water.

Cat looking through bars.
You’re the one in a cage Suna, and I’m watching YOU, says Ginger.

I was feeling all smug, because I’d already made my Move and Exercise goals on the Watch. It’s easy around here! That made my December goal, which was even more smugifying. I’m doing what the doctor said and increasing my exercise; I even raised my Move goal last week.

exercise app screenshot
I did just fine yesterday. Christmas was even better.

In addition, a Facebook friend graciously told me how to make the Exercise app on the phone show up on my watch, which means that if I stop for a second to take a picture, the app will pause. That will make my walks “count” more than they have in the past. Nothing’s more frustrating than walking for a half hour and getting one minute of “credit” for it. (Yes, I know my body counts it as exercise, but I want to make my watch happy, too. And yes, I know one of my goals for 2020 is to stop trying to make other people happy. But, this is a watch. It’s different.)

screenshot of exercise app
My Move numbers are trending up!

Where Was I?

Oh yeah. So, I spent a lot of the afternoon reading a book, The Toss of a Lemon, which I bought ten years ago and finally got around to reading. It’s about Brahmin life in India in the early twentieth century. Lots of bird and cat watching went on, as well as a view of some young folks enjoying their new minibikes and ATVs in the park.

The cats walked by and I’m going, “Hey there, Big Blind Boy, how you doing Lady Marmalade, looking good, Blue Eyed Lady, howdy Gray Ghost…” I’d named all the cats. Yep, I’ve practically moved into the cabin now.

feral cats
They aren’t impressed by the names.

Luckily, today’s our last full day here. Tomorrow we’ll head out and say hi to a couple of Lee’s friends, then be reunited with our precious pets and friends! We’ll even get to open a few more gifts, though I already have the gift I wanted, which is some time with Lee to destress and really enjoy each other.

siamese mix cat
I’d like some food, please, says Blue Eyed Girl.

Let’s see what happens today!

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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