February, 2012 Archives

I love visiting large aquariums; whether in Baltimore, Chicago, Orlando, or most especially, Camden, New Jersey, which is only 30 minutes from my home.  Touching the silky skin of the baby manta rays and sand sharks, viewing the ethereal upward-floating motion of jellyfish, or viewing the restless prowling of large sharp species from the walk-through shark tunnel pulls me into the world of water.  Every facet of the aquarium draws me into a dreamscape, with my Piscean nature caught up in imagining how it would feel to be an aquarian creature.

 

                                                                      

The beautiful white blanket of snow covering South Jersey today allows the War Memorial and flags flying above it to stand out in bright relief.

War Memorial on Lincoln's Birthday

After waiting for what seems like an eternity, a real winter snowfall has finally graced South Jersey.  That it occurred on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday makes it all the more memorable.  A large flock of Canadian geese and some local ducks posed for their portraits at a pond close to my home and I had to commemorate the events with some pictures.

Charles Dickens (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870) one of the world’s greatest authors, was also a cat lover!  Dickens’ most famous quote regarding cats was:

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?”

Here at cranmercat, we most heartedly agree with Mr. Dickens!

 

     No matter what kind of stressed-out day I’ve had, when I arrive home, my cats make me happy to be alive and to be sharing the day with them.  They usually twine themselves around my ankles, begging for immediate food and attention. If, after removing my coat, I  collapse into a chair,they jump up on my lap and kneed my legs with their paws, so that I feel like a surrogate mama cat.  The fact that I am important to them and their main focus enables me to enter the “moment” of just being; of connecting with a friend who is glad that I’ve come home.

 

In Praise of Pets