- I saw a new wildflower.
|Star of Bethlehem that opened May 7, 2015|
My friend Krys identified it as a Star of Bethlehem ( Ornithogalum umbellatum ).
- The tulip tree opened its blossoms for the first time this year.
|Tulip tree flower that opened May 7, 2015|
- And when I checked on the kitten in the afternoon, it greeted me at the door to the barn. It was no longer confined to the stroller.
The cat is out of the bag now! I thought. Of course, it was bound to happen. I could not expect that kitten to remain in the stroller forever. The fact that it decided to explore a little further shows that it is healthy and growing. But for whoever is responsible for it, this opens up a whole new can of worms. How is the kitten going to be kept safe now?
And that's where I have to trust that Mother Cat is going to do her job, as I have too many other responsibilities to be babysitting a kitten all day long.
This moment comes with every baby. It happened with Sword, and it happened with Bow. They went from being totally helpless and dependent to being mobile little walking disasters who had to be kept out of harm's way without crushing their independence.
|Sword and I on October 17, 1999 in Taiwan|
Sword went from this helpless being who was not much bigger than the logbook into which three people wrote down everything she ate in three languages -- Chinese, Hebrew and English ....
|Sword was six months old at the turn of the millennium|
|Sword and Teyman when we first moved here. Notice how small the forsythia bush is!|
You can see a small part of the tulip tree in the top left corner of the photo
|Sword supervises Bow in 2002|
|Bow becoming mobile|
|In the old hammock in the sun room|
He stuck very close to us, indoors and out, so we did not have to worry that he would wander away.
|Hanging off the dogwood tree|
It's not the fence that kept Bow in the yard -- it's that he wanted to stay close to Sword
|During an Easter egg hunt on another property|
Bow always found the ones higher in the tree
|Let's go explore without Mommy|
If he wanted to go exploring away from Mommy, Bow would recruit Sword to come with him, holding onto her hand tightly.
But the day eventually came when Bow felt confident to do things on his own, things we could not do.
|Bow overlooking the yard|
And that was the day when my job of keeping him safe got much harder.
|Bow hanging off the liquidambar tree|
I still have to be with Bow in the pen most of the hours of most of the day, which is why I cannot possibly afford to baby sit a kitten. I will leave that task to Mother Cat.
I left the food and water and scrammed. It would have been nice to stay a while and play with the kitten, but I am allergic, and Mother Cat is watching. So I went to look at the tulip tree, instead.
|Several bees share a tulip tree flower|
As most of the tulip tree flowers are still closed, the bees were crowded several to a flower.
That works fine for smaller bees, but if you are a bumblebee, it can get too crowded.
The accommodations for a bumblebee are considerably less commodious.
Depending on their size, you can fit at least two wasps in a flower, though.
However, the bigger the wasp, the more room it needs.
So, that was yesterday. Today, we have a bleak and rainy morning.
The cat and the kitten, the birds and the bees will just have to fend for themselves for the time being.
Bow is asleep on his blanket, and all is right with the world.