Things are progressing in the Ruby and Mallory relationship. I have no photographic evidence of this, largely because most of this activity takes place at night in poor light conditions.
But, Ruby has decided the Mallory is a “good thing”, and they have begun playing together in a very charming way. Ruby has a big orange ball that sort of looks like a tennis ball and has a squeak. Mallory thinks that ball is just right for wrassling with. The other night, Ruby was a little jealous because Mallory was getting all this attention, and she brought her ball to us. So, we were multi-tasking, making the string work for Mallory while throwing the ball for Ruby.
Ruby brought the ball back and dropped it, and Mallory attacked it. After she kicked it away during one of the wrestling “falls”, Ruby picked it up, and then delicately dropped it again and nudged it with her foot so it rolled over to Mallory. Pounce! Mallory was on it again, and Ruby watched benignly at the ball being “killed” until Mallory kicked it away again, towards Ruby. Ruby pushed it back. . . They also play chase games, which are very exhilirating for Mallory since there is an element of danger in them.
We have also witnessed Mallory running up to Ruby as she lies with her head on her paws, wrapping her little cat arms around that big head and washing that large expanse of forehead. Ruby looks slightly confused, and Mallory stops washing after a few licks and sort of makes a “that’s a lot of hair” face.
Meanwhile, the gardens are growing. We are having to water quite a lot, as it is very hot and dry right now. Not looking forward to my water bill with much pleasure, I’m afraid.
Managed to bruise my wrist rather badly the other day. The occasion was a demonstration of how to apply elbow grease to wall washing activities so as to actually remove the dirt from the wall. Unfortunately, I forgot about the little edge of counter top that was extending onto the wall about halfway up, and came in contact with it in “full elbow grease” mode.
I found time to make an art journal page…
I cropped and posted this picture of spiderwort a few days ago. This morning as I was examining the image, I realized that in addition to the tachnid fly I was interested in, there was another bit of wildlife occupying the spiderwort. Check out the little green crab spider that is lurking to the left of the pollinator.
I think it is interesting that I cropped and uploaded that image and never noticed that spider until several days later. How things can hide in images and your subconscious is fascinating!