Day 340: Something Beautiful-Cats and Catalpas in Winter

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

Warning: This post contains content portraying some grim realities of the natural world. Why post this in a blog about beauty? These realities form a counterpoint and perspective from which to appreciate beauty. Those disturbed by nature in its raw form may want to avoid reading further.

Winter came our way with a vengeance yesterday. Ice, sleet, and 2-3″ of heavy, wet snow. At bedtime I slipped away with dreams of sweet quiet slumbers knowing that Muchmore Road would be abandoned due to the hazardous driving warning. But the Muchmore Kitty changed all that. Heeding my admonitions to pull her weight at the estate, she seriously started after the mousing bounties during the night. Thank god mice do not scream. I am tense wondering what carnage awaits me. It seemed her mission carried on the entire night. She is diligent in her task and I will try to focus more on knowing the mice will not take over and less on “bounty” clean up.

To distract myself from this reality, I took in the early morning view from my bedroom window. The giant catalpa reigns over the south border between my property and my neighbor’s. Her arms are trimmed in white and weave through the lightening sky. In about an hour I will rue all this as I try to extract a path back to civilization through the snow-filled drive.

Update: Kitty is in stand off with Minnie in the master bathroom. No evidence of other conquests—and this is beautiful.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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