Beginning of the Technicolor Days

Day 6

High winds forced us off the water yesterday. But, we did another 30 miles today. We’re camped on the Safe Harbor Dam. We’re only 32 miles from the Chesapeake, with this and two other dams in our way. -Uncle Jeff

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Please, examine the brave travelers’ progress thus far.


Day 6

Purple: done. Green: not yet done.


This trip is not about cats, of course, but I do feel compelled to share their progress on zee blog regardless. I am so excited for them, proud of them, and I know Olive might agree.



It is pleasantly cold tonight and Olive and I are curled together on the couch watching murder movies, one of us in her jammies. I have been enjoying these long days of solitude– filled, of course, with school children (hands covered in paint or glue) or friends who drink beer and eat custard and climb cliffs and sip coffee, wear sweaters. But it is unusual to return to a house that remains quiet when I am here and when I am gone.

Our world has been technicolor lately, zinging greens of first grass, rosy flowering trees, the violent yellow forsythia, like the brilliant one that just exploded at the end of our driveway. The sky, great and big and blue.

These days are gifts: painted bottles filled with beans, children playing outside of windows, the river roar above the train, hummus pitas, mornings pouring golden across the yard, soul music, hugs through seat belts, laughing.

There have been other gifts too– gifts about cats.



I was fortunate to receive this bracelet from my dear parents a few months back, which has become Olive’s feeding station totem– it now hangs proudly above…



from zee MADRE y PADRE de JAKE




Yes, now Olive’s feeding station is complete. Bowls from Erin, kitten totem from Momcat and Dad, and Jake’s parents throwing down the setting for it all– a mat of cats.

A second, most beloved gift also came from zee Madre de Jake. On her birthday this past January she gave us all gifts and this was mine.



General Catton. I wear this guy often and it is met with rave reviews! It has quickly become a favorite in my limited/spirited wardrobe.



Finally, a mug to match one’s cat dress! Baby, where do we find these things?




Our favorite Baltimoreans gave me a subscription to Art in America for Christmas… and wasn’t I surprised to find this, the April issue, in our creekside mailbox.





And, okay okay, this is not a present for me but THIS IS my Babci celebrating her recent birthday– with a new pair of sneakers and Cioci Tina’s cat, Rider.

I come from good people, and am glad to be surrounded by them still.


Rider and Sneaks



As my SAW would say, be well.


About bearicaquinn

Smallish, smushy in the sad parts, certainly destined for cat-lady-dom. Enjoys boats, bikes, black coffee, pug faces, sourdough bread, the morning when you have slept long enough, beards, mountainsides, art, rooftops, etc. Will continue to live in things that are interestingly shaped. So octopus.
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