I meant to get this post up on 21st, but….. So you can wish yourselves a Happy Solstice, Christmas, New Year, Hanuka, Diwali, or whatever way you normally welcome the earth’s turning point towards the new solar year. If you would like to read a written account of my year, go to the newsletter page on this blog.
One of the things that kept me busier than expected was, of course, the cat.
The first two nights she miaowed constantly. She occasionally jumped onto my bed and enjoyed a stroke, when she purred frantically, but never stayed long. Needless to say, I got very little sleep! But now she has calmed down and learned to use the litter box. She didn’t eat either for the first 2 days, but is gobbling everything in fine form now.
My dogs chase anything that moves and occasionally kill small animals so I was quite worried about Ruby’s safety. Before she came, I built a cage out of a small room off the living area, that will eventually become a bathroom (when I can afford a hot water system.) First I drilled holes in an upright 2 x 4.
From them I hung mesh screens that are part of a booth I sometimes use for craft fairs. The doors worked very well. The one on the left is higher to allow a cat-sized hole at the bottom so if Ruby and the dogs were inside, and my back was turned, she could easily escape.
When I came home with Ruby, I also brought a cat door, which I installed high in the wall between the living room and an outer room, which doubles as a shop and a place for the insulated dog kennels. The height was advisable for 2 reasons: one so the cat could move around out of reach of the dogs, and the second was that the air coming in would not be so cold as it would if I had put the cat flap on the floor. Then of course I had to build a shelves on the other side of the wall to allow the cat to get up and down there.
In the mean time, the old solar year came to an end.
The forecast was for snow and colder weather. We had a few centimetres of snow but never got the cold. 30 km west, however, they had 14″ snow (35 cm), and about the same distance east they had tons of snow. Friends the other side of Williams Lake have 1.5m already! Why this narrow area between Kleena Kleene and Tatla Lake is virtually snowless is a mystery.
For the first two days of the new solar year, it was simply mild and grey. The mountains were invisible. Sunrise on the 24th was dramatic – typically a red-sky-in-the-morning warning.
The sun shone for a short while after it cleared the southern ridge. I have a door that opens onto my deck. By sitting in the living room I can bask in the sunlight out of the wind that would make sitting on the deck uncomfortable. This is a glorious way to get my Vit D!
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