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Hermitage Letters

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Pentecost!

Well to follow up on our last post, we did catch the orange kitty . . . and she is nursing kittens, so of course we let her go. The good news is that she is pretty much tame and let Mom pet her and even put Advantage on her so she won’t have fleas; and we know she will come to eat. The scary thing is that she is outside in an unsafe place – I know that from first paw experience! – and we really have no idea where her kittens are. Mom tried to look under building where Kitty hides, but she couldn’t see any kittens; probably the kittens are in another location because Kitty crosses the street and also goes into the woods and down the street to other houses and buildings. We hope she will bring the kittens to us when they are old enough and pray that they will be stay safe in the meantime.
It rained so much in the night that there are puddles everywhere, but there was a little blue in the sky, so I thought maybe, just maybe we would have a sunny day – but just an hour later and the sky is all gray again! We are on day 15 of rain, but no complaints from me because I am safe inside. There is a warbler in the tree just outside our window – I would rather watch him than eat or play. Of course, I would never catch a bird, but I do love to watch them!
That was yesterday – and yet more rain today. All of this rain is great for growing grass and vines and for raising mosquitoes and ticks! This morning Mom “rescued” a tree from a Virginia creeper vine. . . she would stay outside all day if we let her, but you know we need her inside to feed us and clean up.
Robin and Hemingway caught a mouse – they really wanted to keep it as a mouse toy or mouse trophy, but Mom said “No!” She just doesn’t understand the reasons we want to keep the mice we catch, and she’s not open to discussion about it either, although she seems glad that we catch the mice in the first place. Sometimes humans are inexplicable!
And today, the sun is back! Brilliant light is filtering through the trees and the fence posts are steaming in the warming morning air.
Another sunny day – even chilly! Today is Pentecost – 50 days after Easter. This is one of our mother’s very favorite days of the liturgical year. Even though red is the color to wear today, Mom doesn’t have any red clothes – she just wears basic black whenever she goes out. Jackie’s field is full of yellow buttercups and we still have purple and lavender irises at the end of the driveway, but we do have our many red hummingbird feeders and two pots of bright red Gerbera daisies, so we are sort of decorated for Pentecost!
And now that it’s sunny and more like Spring, Mom is starting her spring-cleaning routine. We were surprised to find that mice had made winter beds in two of the china cabinets . . . so all of the plates and bowls are now washed, and the dishwasher is full of glasses and coffee cups. “Just a downside of country life,” Mom said to Zed and Chaelie as they watched her wash and dry the china. Mom always tries to block spaces where mice can come in, but mice are very smart and very tiny! I say that Alice Jeanne, the Eskie, should be helping on mouse patrol in the kitchen, but she would rather play with her stuffed toys, and then she sleeps all night so she is no help at all. We have to give this some thought . . .
In the meantime, here is a prayer for Pentecost:
O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [BCP, p. 227]

Until next time,
Stay safe; pray always; keep in touch.


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