I have a new friend. His name is Norman. He is the cat who lives next door. I have done nothing to encourage a friendship with this feline. Originally, I shooed him, I barked at him, and I even squirted some water at him. But for some reason, the cat likes me? When I am working in the yard he hops the wall and comes over to me (unbeknownst to me) and snuggles in and out of my lets while I fertilize, trim, or weed in my garden. He likes me to pet him? At any rate, it is hard to not like a cat that acts like a dog! And, I am a dog person. This is the first cat that I can honestly say I like.
The other day I was panning some concentrate from a trip in the desert. I was looking for gold. When I had searched for the gold and found nothing, I would toss the pan of water in the tree well nearby. I was about to do the same thing when I saw Norman lying in the tree well sleeping! He was exceedingly happy lying in that well with the breeze blowing over the water to his left in the well and over him. He passed with an A in school for studies of evaporative cooling! HAHA. What a smart cat! Anyway, Norman and I are friends now and I sort of take care of him. He knows when I am in the yard and immediately hops the fence. I give him cat “treats” and water since it is pretty hot in Arizona these days.
In the evening, I will go out and sit and look at the stars, and soon, Norman will be there. I know he’ll be there so I put his snacks in my pocket beforehand.
I finally have gone to the Miami, Arizona arts district and have photographed all the cat pictures I could find on the local walls. As mentioned in an earlier blog, an effort at beautifying Miami’s old business district and current arts district are worth bravos. In addition to the cats, I found waste bins that had been painted in glorious colors on different themes. I do not know who did these or if it was a collective effort, but they are good! The style is definitely different from the cat person. Some photos are included. If you see a rectangular background about 3 times as high as wide, that is the trash basket art work.
Miami, Arizona was hit hard in the 80’s when many of the copper mines shut down. Many Arizona copper mining towns were dealt a blow from which they have striven to overcome in the ensuing years. If you love cats and color, you will love these photos.
Not long ago I travelled to Miami, Arizona, an Arizona town with a frontier history. The town is mainly a mining town with a folk who are proud of their heritage.
I noticed a sign pointing to the “arts district”. Just off of U.S. Route 60 (north) are many old buildings that have been transformed into artists’ studios and galleries. It is really a nice stroll looking at all the different types of art. Artists have come to this little town because of the opportunity to be able to work and sell.
As we walked down the sidewalk, we began to see pictures on the walls, on the sidewalks or benches. It seemed that most of the paintings were of cats, but there were also a few other animals. I inquired at one of the studios and was told that an artist in the town decided to help with the area beautification by creating these wonderful images – one can about follow them through the whole district.
I have included a photo of one of the images. There are tens of images all worth a photo. So just in case you weren’t aware of it and plan to pass through Miami, Arizona, it’s worth a stop to look. Don’t forget your camera.