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Friday, November 18, 2011

Adaptation.


There is a family of squirrels running  these rails all day long, from one tree to another. Newkie is attentive and patient, measuring every movement to maximize her chances of catching one of them. She has been in the Northwest with us for a few months, experiencing Summer, and Autumn, and today,  a Pacific storm with waves crushing on the rocks sounding like trains changing tracks kept her from venturing out.

She sat and waited, and noticed birds and squirrels ignoring the sound of the waves. She ventured out for a while until hail and snow flurries sent her back in.  Again, she sat by the window and watched and waited.
Patiently.

When she finally saw birds and squirrels on the deck, she asked to be let out again.
The deck was crunchy with hail.
She chose to move around under the chairs and tables before rushing after a squirrel.

I guess if we want something bad enough, we  ignore the discomforts afoot.
She'll adapt to the rain, the wind and the heavy noises soon enough.




25 comments:

Michael G-G said...

Quite a storm!! And yes, we adapt.

ds said...

Hail?! Already?! (then again, we've had snow--already) Sounds like Newkie is adjusting well. I love the way you wrote this, Rosaria. Thank you.

decomondo said...

She will surely adapt.
Her new experience, which seems quite turbulent, will turn into a newly acquired wealth.

potsoc said...

There is nothing a cat will not adapt to, even humans.

An English Shepherd said...

Cats are very clever..

Rubye Jack said...

Yelp, it does seem to depend on how badly we want that something. Newkie sounds like she is doing well and happy. God bless the cats in our lives.

Brian Miller said...

ha yes it all hinges on how much we want it...hmm...wondering what we are unwilling to go after in life right now...

yaya said...

One of these day you might find a little "gift" on the deck from your cat...just remember it's the thought that counts!

Cloudia said...

fascinating to watch my boat kitty acclimatize to luxe apartment life. Every day she acts more relaxed. . .
fun post



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#1Nana said...

Those life lessons are everywhere if we pay attention!

Lydia said...

Wow, you really had a storm over there! We are expecting perhaps black ice on the roads tomorrow, and Portland has some snow.
When all is said and done, I think Newkie will be happy to see an Oregon spring but she sure has some sights and sounds to learn about before that. This whole squirrel business is going to keep her mind sharp and her body in twitch-ready condition, thereby increasing her good health. Kitty kisses from the gang in Silverton.

Maggie May said...

I can't help hoping that Newkie will not catch anything. That seems to be the one downside to keeping a cat. They are purrfect in every other way.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Hilary said...

Cats are part terrier when they see something they want. ;) I agree with Maggie May. I'm thankful that none of the cats I've had over the years has ever caught anything. Glad to know that Newkie is adjusting so well.

Suz said...

I'm hoping Newkie doesn't catch anything either....but I so admire her carrying on and adapting
very nice post Rosaria

That gentleman's lady said...

Chasing squirrels will help her adapt :)

hugs xx

Miss Footloose | Life in the Expat Lane said...

Fun watching your cat's adjustment to a new environment. Watching myself and others adapting to a new foreign environment is interesting too, and frustrating and infuriating sometimes ;) but eventually you learn and adapt to the most amazing things and habits.

Rob-bear said...

Unfortunately, some Humans up here are not like Newkie. They stay outside in the storm. Mostly because they have nowhere to go.

When the weather drops to 0°F, it would be nice if they had a warm place to sleep.

I'm sure Newkie is slowly learning to adapt to her surroundings, as others have suggested. Up here, not so sure about some of the Humans.

becky said...

We walk about on cat's feet...I'm enjoying the ways you turn Newkie stories into human metaphors.

Step-parent's Cove said...

Oh so true!

Janis Bohan said...

I lived for a long time in the mountains, and although life has taken me to other place, I still reminisce a lot about the sights and pleasures--and the lessons--of living in the woods. I love your writing for how it takes me back there.

A Cuban In London said...

We're fully adaptable but sometimes we forget and we want everything on a plate. We should imitate cats more, don't you think? :-)

Greetings from London.

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

We can learn a lot from cats about adaptability! So glad that Newkie is settling in!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Amazing what you put up with if you want something badly enough! I guess cats are no different. Diane

Phoenix said...

Cats are the supreme adepts. There is not much you can throw their way that they can't handle. (Vacuum cleaners aside, though I did have one cat learn to stare down the vacuum cleaner that dared get too close to his tail, and the person operating the vacuum cleaner learned to back off accordingly.)

I think this is a large part of the reason why I love cats.

Joani said...

Rosaria....thinking of you today. Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs.