Often when I get off of work Mama and I go for long drives on the back roads surrounding Malden and Campbell. We do this to unwind and to talk about our days, and to discuss other topics. Our conversations range from the mundane like music and the comings and goings of our friends at the library, and also deeper stuff like God and politics and death and life. On some days I also like to take pictures of the clouds, particularly on days like today when weather systems are moving in or pushing out. Today was one of those days; it was dreary and dark most of the day, with heavy clouds, but towards sunset the clouds began to clear.
The harvest is well underway here in the Bootheel, as the yellow strips in this picture show. Someone has their cotton all baled up!
My pictures of animals never do turn out well since animals are always on the move. Long story short, our shadows proved to be a group of about fifteen turkeys, maybe more. The birds were extremely calm in the presence of people, showing no fear of either the car or the flash from my camera. They trotted past us without a care, gobbling softly as they went. Pretty darn nifty; it isn't every day we get to see critters like this.
God clearly knew I needed a pick-me-up. My beloved blind cat Pebbles fell seriously ill over the weekend and I spent the past few days crying and moping and praying the vet could save him. This is the same vet who owns the turkeys, by the way; Malden has but one vet. Long story short, Pebbles will survive and most likely be back to his old self before too long, but I still feel awful. I thought Pebbles would be okay with Mama since my other cats hate strange animals, but Pebbles apparently couldn't handle being separated from me. He stopped eating, stopped washing himself, stopped doing everything a cat should do. He's on the mend now and won't be leaving my side now, but he's got a lot of weight to gain back. Anyway, I spent the weekend beating myself up and was still in a funk today, so thank God for the sky and the flowers and the turkeys, whether they were tame or not. One doesn't see turkeys every day, and I'm grateful that Mama and I got to see them.
Now what do I do? Get ready for bed and make sure the animals are warm enough!