Benji and the Chair

I have a special chair in my office.  I’ve had it many years and I’m starting to feel the springs in the seat.  Many cats have made their mark on it including the current feline residents.  All have loved it but none as much as Benji.  He has used it more effectively than all the others. The chair is worn and it’s time to replace it. I don’t know how to break the news to him.

Perhaps there’s room for two chairs in my office.  We’ll see how it goes.

~ Susanne and Benji

Rainy Day Walk and the B-17

Rain, rain and more rain was the forecast for the week, along with wind and stormy weather for the weekend.  So we weren’t surprised to wake up to heavy,  pounding rain this morning.   Did we dare go out for our walk?  We headed to Starbucks to consider our options and after running a few errands the rain slowed down.  We decided to take a chance and headed to the Cedar River Trail where sunbreaks and patches of blue accompanied us on our walk.

The Cedar River Trail follows the river north into Lake Washington.   On one side of the river is the Renton Boeing Plant, that recently turned out its 10,000th  737.  On the other side is the Renton Municipal Airport, which not only serves Boeing,  but also other small planes.

Today we were treated to a special one. I heard its distinct rumbling before I saw it taxiing on the runway. I knew it was from another era and my husband identified it for me as a B-17.

We watched it take off, circle the sky and come in for a landing again and again over the lake.

And then as we finished up our walk and headed for the car, the rain returned.  We won this time.

~ Susanne

A Smile on the Face of the Tiger

For this week’s photo challenge I give you the sleeping Tiger.

I do believe that is a smile on his face.


~ Susanne

Road Tripping though the Beautiful Skagit Valley

An hour north of Seattle lies the fertile Skagit Valley known for its fields of tulips and daffodils.

We were fortunate to be at the fields yesterday, on a weekday without the crowds, and before the rain was scheduled to appear. The daffodils were full and glorious in bloom. The tulips are still waking up but many wonderful colors were on display.

The fields above were at Roozengaard, the largest producer of tulip bulbs in the country. Their display gardens show the magic that occurs when you put the best combinations together.



Big Sky After Sunset

~ Susanne

Springtime at Seward Park

Since rediscovering Seattle’s Seward Park last year, it has become one of our favorite places to walk.  Less than 30 minutes from our house, this beautiful park on Lake Washington has beaches, old growth forest, hiking trails, picnic areas, and scenic views of Seattle. Yesterday’s walk was chilly yet bright and full of color.

The welcoming garden at the entrance to the park was fragrant with rock daphne in bloom.  The 8-ton Taiko Gata stone lantern in the center was a gift from the City of Yokohama in 1930, to thank the citizens of Seattle for their assistance to Japan after the devastating Kanto earthquake in 1923.

We explored different areas of the park this time, including the amphitheatre  where young people were playing the latest outdoor games.

From there we walked through the forest,

then back to the lake via the Hatchery Trail.

There we saw a handsome mallard duck, alert yet as still as a decoy, watching his mate nearby.

We finished our walk around the park on the lakeshore trail,

and enjoyed views of the Seattle skyline, dwarfed by the massive cloud hanging overhead.

There were clouds yes, but fortunately our spring walk in the park was rain free.

~ Susanne

Benji the Cover Cat

“Hey Benji, remember when you were just a young lad and we took pictures of you for American Rescue Cat?  We had to take a lot to finally get one that was suitable.  They’re all here in  The many faces of Benji

“Wow Sue,  I really was young then, wasn’t I?  And pretty wound up, judging by the pictures.  I hope I wasn’t too much trouble for you.”

“Not at all Benji. You were lots of fun. You still are!  But now that you’re a mature cat of two, I thought we could get an updated head shot of you.”

“Sure, no problem.  How’s this?”

“Ha! Very funny Benji.”

“Just kidding Sue.  I know just what you’re looking for.  How about this?”

“Perfect Benji!   You’re still the best cover cat!”

~ Just for fun, from Susanne and Benji

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