Friday, April 25, 2008

Treasures and Pleasures from Fred the Cat’s Patio

As you probably know by now the Pops have a large screened patio with a wall around most of it that’s about three feet high. That wall is my perch early and late in the day. Maybe throne would be a better word than perch.

From that wall, this time of year, I experience all sorts of things. When the breeze comes from the east, the fragrance of the gardenia bush soothes my feline soul. Right now the bush is loaded down with gorgeous large white blossoms. I can see day lilies, roses, amaryllis and sea grapes all in bloom.

I watch two cardinals building a nest in the hedge. I watch doves getting romantic at the bird feeder. I can listen to the mockingbirds serenading one another. I can see a black racer snake search around the fence posts for lizards. I can watch the slow little box turtle make its way across the lawn to a bowl of cat food that’s put out for the little stray cat. If I look up I can see up to six swallow-tailed kites soaring and doing acrobatic maneuvers in the sky.

Who needs tee vee and such when you have things like this to fill your day?

Have a great weekend and tell me what you see from your perch.

Fred the Cat (the cat who loves you guys!)


Blogger FranIAm said...

Oh my- you are a vision Fred, a vision!

And I love what the description of the patio evokes - gorgeous.

My perch shows me the computer. Mr. BooBoo is on his feline perch and staring out at the backyard.

It seems there is a new cat - not sure if it is a stray, I don't see a collar and I can't get near it. Anyway, this cat is Boo's virtual twin and they are often seen staring at each other. Personally I think BooBoo is jealous because that cat gets to be out there chasing the birds and such.

TeeVee is overrated. In more ways than one.

April 25, 2008 2:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, you may be on to something. Less tee vee more living.

April 25, 2008 5:02 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

right on fred!

me, i see sunshine and squirrels.

April 25, 2008 5:31 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

Great perch Fred!!!

We can see Orinch and Bob the strays that Maw feeds, and Opie the opussum. We can see mockingbirds, doves, blue jays, robins, yellow and house finches, cardinals and squirrels!

Luf, Us

April 25, 2008 7:06 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Our cats can look out upon the front lawn and into my idiot neighbor's yard. I need to get them a better view. As for birds, it's certainly been less noisy than in the past. Less of them, unfortunately.

April 25, 2008 7:39 AM  
Blogger ZILLA said...

Lately, I've been seeing a lot of work from my perch.

But, last night I propped my screened porch door open so your cousins, Ivan, Koko, and Steve, could come in if it rained, which it did, and they did.

And one of the fabulous furries brought me a trophy -- a very fat mole.

So, now, from my perch, I see one less thing to do.

And that makes me glad.

April 25, 2008 7:59 AM  
Blogger annie said...

tatiana kitty loves her redwood forest-of-a-yard. she spends her days watching birds, deer, and other kitties sneaking around her yard.

next week, she moves to a new home with her humans. less trees, more town action. but still lots to watch all day. we hope she adapts without too much stress. the same goes for her humans!

happy weekend nature watching, fred.

April 25, 2008 8:03 AM  
Blogger Dean Wormer said...

From my perch right now?

I can see a street person pushing a shopping cart and an Elvis impersonator doing a bad rendition of "Teddy Bear" across from the book store by my office.

At home I'm lucky to be surrounded by fir trees. Lots of 100+ foot high douglas fir. We also have blackberries, blueberries, cherries and rasberries (just planted) on the property. All of which we use to make jams and wines.

As for critters- besides our dogs we have a goat (Little Joe) and lots of wildlife including squirrels, tons of birds, the occasional raccoon and an owl which I love to hear in the middle of the night but drives the dogs nuts.

April 25, 2008 8:10 AM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

Fred you look marvelous! really--I mean it!

April 25, 2008 8:55 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

here's my view

i posted this a little while back.

it's the same today, that's why i'm lingering at the keyboard and enjoying the beauty. it's desert beauty, not all green and lush like it is in water fat places like florida. but i love the austere foliage, the sweeping vistas that we have.

April 25, 2008 9:15 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

AHH, you have a lovely view don't ya! Our puppy loves to walk and look at all the fauna & flora of Florida!
Ya know it twood be nice to be a cat, sit on a perch and just watch things go by, but I can't they don't make big eough perches for humans, ALTHOUGH thinking more about the prospect I think watchng people in a mall or restaurant is like being on a perch- Humans can be so interesting cant they

April 25, 2008 11:06 AM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

Well Fred,
You look too comfy on that perch - isn't there something constructive you should be doing? I just though I would stop by and tell you to whisper in PoPs ear that I am sorry about the insane GA women crack. How was I to know, seeing that she is so atypical, and besides, it wasn't all inclusive. ;-)

My furry friends get a cat's eye view of a Hummingbird feeder, a thistle feeder covered with Goldfinches, a Bluebird house complete with babies, a shallow bird splashing pond, a bird bath, and a fish pond. That's when they aren't following me around or lying on my feet. They would love to eat the chattering Green Conure that lives in the office, but no luck so far. They tried to catch the shiny tropical fish in the big aquarium, but after banging their heads on the 3/8" glass a few times, fish lost their fascination.

Taz escapes into the outdoors occasionally, but doesn't get far. Being unfamiliar territory, she makes it about 20 feet before hunkering down in fear, or to study the lay of the land - I'm not sure which. Being fully equipped with razor sharp claws and a predisposition to eat anything that moves, I don't dare let her out into the wildlife preserve lest there be no more wildlife.

It's nicer in the spring when the leaves are full because it helps shield the view of the other 8 deteriorating McHouses nearby. Doesn't help with the noise of trains, planes, helicopters, screaming, shootings, cars with no mufflers, or sirens, however.

Have a peaceful weekend. I'll be here in the office plotting my escape from GA - as usual.

April 25, 2008 11:57 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Ah Fred, I look forward to the days when my bride can support me in the style to which I'd like to become accustomed--in which I spend the whole day watching birds from a nice little perch like yours. Someday soon!

Enjoy the spring birdies, Fred, and have PoP give you a little 'nip from me!

April 25, 2008 11:58 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

My kitties get to watch the visiting deer as they munch on the daylillies and the hostas and the pansies and the bird seed in the feeders.

April 25, 2008 12:30 PM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

dguzman said...
Ah Fred, I look forward to the days when my bride can support me in the style to which I'd like to become accustomed--in which I spend the whole day watching birds from a nice little perch like yours. Someday soon!

Interesting dream, yet sounds like a recipe for personal disaster to me... ;-) Dreaming of emulating McSame is scary...

April 25, 2008 1:14 PM  
Blogger WeezieLou said...

my little boy kitties have separate perches on windowsills abt 10 ft apart. there, they look out onto 1/4 acre, with 2 bird feeders that entertain cardinals, swallows, titmice, pigeons. at night, they see the occasional owl, possum, armadillo. they see flowers, waving too-high grass and god knows what else.

April 25, 2008 2:31 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

ah, a cat with the right perspective!
watch the real birds not the parrots and the twits.

April 25, 2008 4:59 PM  
Blogger Matty Boy said...

Like nearly everyone else, I want to know where to apply for Fred The Cat's job in my own area.

April 25, 2008 10:14 PM  
Blogger the walking man said...

Me perch upon the mainstay mast
a' vision to the horizon
pushed out at this height.

I see, I smell, I think...

that I'd rather think
'bout holdin' on tight
a splattered me on the deck below.

now that would be an awful sore sight.



April 26, 2008 2:29 AM  
Blogger Scarlet W. Blue said...

I love that patio, Fred.

April 26, 2008 9:20 AM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

Fred you're pretty lucky. That is a grand view indeed. I have to wonder if you have ever seen the gorgeous view little bill the cat has up in the rolling hills of Santa Barbara? Her wonderful 86 year old owner runs paws De Deux!

April 26, 2008 3:11 PM  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Fred, watching nature is wonderful. 'specially the birds. So sweet sounding. Taste good in a Gumbo too!

April 27, 2008 7:59 AM  
Blogger poopie said...

Fred looks downright content, as I would be too with a setup like that!!!!

April 27, 2008 8:22 AM  
Blogger Cujo359 said...

Hey, Fred. What I see right now is a yard that needs mowing. Probably ought to get someone to do that for me.

Looks like quite a place you have there. Say hi to your humans and have a good Sunday.

April 27, 2008 1:57 PM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

Funny Fred but I just came by and looking at you reminded me that we have one that looks like you. I feed what I thought was one very pretty long haired black and white cat and noticed half a dozen of them stalking my yard and the Bush where I feed the birds. I'm beginning to think I have a herd!I thought that cat was eating an awful lot!

April 27, 2008 3:06 PM  
Blogger diamondmc said...

Hi Fred, wish I was down there were spring seems to be in full bloom. Up here in Mpls winter like temps won't give up, it was 29 this morning. I will be sitting in my window wondering were all the birds are...Mr. Kitty

April 28, 2008 5:53 AM  
Blogger Jazz said...

Hey Fred, mind if I go perch with you?

April 28, 2008 6:03 AM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

Fred, Baxter here. I don't get to sit Outdoors and watch Stuff like You do. But I do like to sit in the kitchen looking out the Back Door. I see Lots that way. Let's enjoy the Springtime!

May 01, 2008 9:34 PM  

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