Cedar, my intrepid little tabby cat who hauled himself back from the verge of death several times, when vets thought he “was a goner,” earned himself the title of “Energizer-kitty,” somehow managing to keep on going-and-going-and-going, with occasional “system failures” or “resets,” amidst his complicated health issues of the last 4-5 years.
On December 3rd he gave me the definite sign that he could no longer sustain his Energizer image and it was time to move to the Rainbow Bridge of light before he suffered any further. The unique combination of being mellow, but very strong-willed, carried him through 16-and-a half years of life, and I’m sure he was granted more than 9 lives! Cedar had a knack for keeping his angels and guardians very busy!
He served as official escort for several neighbors as they walked to our street’s common mailbox center, and was the official greeter-cat on the block for many years. He always knew when I’d be coming home from work, whether by bicycle, car, or foot, and would wait by the front fence.
Sometimes seeming more dog-like than cat, Cedar followed me around the yard like a little trooper, as I worked through the different yard projects, until his final year. Because the front community garden was installed when he really slowed down, he wasn’t a regular visitor, but preferred to stay just behind the front fence, bedding down on his favorite sunrose, keeping his ears tuned to all activities. His spirit is still strongly felt in the garden.
Cedar in his prime
While goldfinches feast upon sunflowers and nuthatches nip away at the suet, we have picked our way through all the squash, tomatoes and peppers, laying most to rest and ripen in garages and windows.
Final samplings of squash, tomatoes, and peppers. Clockwise from yellow summer squash resting on top of darker buttercup squash: "yellow" pepper, spaghetti squash, delicata squash, patty-pan squash, with ripening tomatoes nestled among squash.
My lone cricket still eeks out his chirps most evenings, letting me know that all the frost warnings are not quite for real…..just yet. The predicted heavy rainstorms never materialized in our area, only a couple of short-lived squalls one day. But, it’s so much easier to do cleanup when it’s a lovely, dry autumn afternoon.
The kale, lettuce, chard, and leeks are very happy with the current phase of mild part sun, part cloudy days, alternating with rain, and the nasturtiums that refused to grow all summer have never looked so lush…….
Mid-October transitions in the garden. Where's Juniper?
But, it’s not over yet! It’s not THE final harvest……we’re just getting growing on the fall crops….check back in!
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