Our walks have been absolutely lovely over the last week. I sometimes use our time on the trail to “write” – to work through ideas and phrasings and thoughts in the hopes that the really good stuff will stick long enough for me to jot it down when I get home – but lately, I’ve just been enjoying and savoring.
A certain somebody shows absolutely no interest in moving and is quite content to stay wherever you put her. Occasionally, we encourage her to crawl by placing her favorite toys just out of reach, as pictured below. (Rookie parenting mistake, I know. In a few months, we’ll be doing all we can to get her to sit still). This has made very little difference. She is quite happy to entertain herself with her hands or her socks or, in this case, her pacifier. I’m told she takes after me; my parents tell a story of me at a young age when, after having all my toys taken away because I refused to help clean up, I amused myself endlessly with my security blanket. (“Say cheese, Daddy!” … because everyone knows that a blanket looks just like a camera.)
Meet Catnap (Nap for short – her sister is Catnip, or Nip). See the sores above her eye? They’re partially healed, now, and they look much worse in person, so we made a little trip to the vet last week. Diagnosis? Most likely a severe allergic reaction to fleas. Ugh. Last week it was ants, now fleas. Poor Nap. We rapidly went from caring concern about whatever was causing them to, “Get away from me, you flea-ridden beast!” (Not really. Well, maybe a little bit.) We have now treated all three pets for fleas. Begone, nasty creatures!
(And just in case you are having second thoughts about ever visiting our home again: the vet assured me that this is not at all a reflection on my housekeeping. Fleas are sneaky little buggers who manage to evade all cleaning attempts. She also told me that adult fleas don’t migrate from animal to animal – they stay put – and that they much prefer cats and dogs to humans. We have not experienced any bites. The vet said she would be surprised if we had; she said you know you have a very serious problem when humans start noticing them.)
Those are the little moments around here this week. How about you? Head on over to Like Mother, Like Daughter and join in the fun!