Later, Emma and I went through her paces (the commands I had taught her as a pup) in their beautiful back yard where the trees were in bloom:
My dogs could take some lessons from Emma. She has a far better 'stay' than all of them put together. Or perhaps she just knows how beautiful she is and likes to have her picture taken:
Then, on to my brother's for a couple of days. The day before I left the island, I purchased two catnip toys for his cats, Rina and Clancy. Unfortunately, Allie jumped up on the table, opened the cloth bag, pulled out the package, ate through the plastic wrapper, and absconded with one of the toys (I found it yesterday, underneath my couch). So Rina and Clancy were expected to share:
|Clancy: Num num num|
|Back off, Rina - it's mine!|
|Rina: Auntie Jeeeaaaaan......|
|Rina: Maybe my toy is still in Auntie Jean's purse|
|What? You only brought ONE?|
|Nom nom nom|
|Rina: I can't believe she only brought ONE. |
And Clancy won't share!
Rina soon got over it, though, and forgave her brother for hogging the toy.
I enjoyed their company and the distraction they provided as I sorted through the last of mom's belongings, including all 28 photograph albums. Clancy was more outgoing and adventurous than Rina, but both proved very photogenic:
|Clancy: Hey Auntie Jean, lookit me!|
|Rina: My brother's crazy.|
|Rina and Clancy|
|Rina: Is she finished yet?|
Clancy: I think she's looking at the view.
It was difficult to choose my favourite shot, but I think this one of Clancy and the photoalbums is a top contender:
(c) Jean Ballard 2014
Stay tuned for Part Two - birds, ducks, and a big surprise at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary.