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I’ve been feeding a stray cat (I call him Clarence since “Kitty-cat” doesn’t fit him at all) from one of the front windows. I slide up the screen and dump a little cat food into a bowl on a table on the front porch just outside the window.
He didn’t come around for about a week and when I saw him again, he resembled a mantis. I’ve been watching for him lately and putting fresh food in the bowl as soon as I see him and he’s been putting weight back on. Yesterday, Bob made this heavenly broiled salmon for dinner and we had a bit left over. Our cat, Salem, won’t eat fish so, early this morning, when I saw Clarence coming across the yard, I put out a small dish next to the cat food with the salmon in it.
An hour or two later, Bob made a surprised noise when he woke up and almost stepped on a dead mouse on the living room carpet. I went to check the window, and saw I’d left the screen up. And there was Clarence, sitting in the grass across the road looking at us through the open window with that satisfied cat expression.
This black widow had built a web and an egg sac inside a cinder block in our back yard. Bob had to move the cinder block, but he was able to do it without dislodging the spider or her eggs and most of her web survived intact.
Well, it looked like a nice day to go for a drive, but that was the only photo I got!
This guy is perched on a low plant in our front yard – it looks like his right wing is damaged. I thought about moving him to a tree branch, but I’d worry that he might make a nice snack for a bird or bat. I guess I’ll assume he knows what’s best and I’ll keep the cat indoors for the night.
Isn’t he gorgeous? Lunas are out mostly at night, so it’s unusual to get a good look at one.