Yesterday was the last day of summer for 2020. It wasn't the best of summers, what with COVID restrictions, smoke and devastating fires, and a difficult recovery from back surgery, but it was a beautiful summer here most of the time. I love summer and am always sad to see it go. Goodbye Summer.
Today we say welcome to Autumn, and it is starting out beautifully. When we went out for our walk this morning, we stopped at Safeway to mail a letter in the blue drop box. The pumpkins were glowing in front of the store.
And the sky was a glorious blue.
Rain is on the way tomorrow to let us know that summer is really over. Maybe the blue sky will return next week.
Yesterday we also said Goodbye to Betsy Brown Cat.
Here she is a few days ago sitting on my lap on the patio.
Betsy adopted us this summer, after encountering us in our yard. She soon became a regular visitor and we began to feed her when we couldn't locate anyone else who was caring for her. We do not want a house cat, and while having her visit outside was good for the summer, I began to worry about her as the rains started. We have very little shelter available outside.
Two days ago I noticed clumps of cat hair on the table where we feed her. Something had attacked her. Then yesterday Charlie the Borrowed Cat showed up. He is out of confinement and had come to claim his territory. Betsy was in it. There was a lot of hissing and yowling, Tom got his arm badly lacerated by Charlie when he got in the way, and then Charlie viciously attacked little Betsy, who was standing her ground. The struggle went on across the yard until Betsy hid in some bushes, I hit Charlie on the nose, and he stalked off.
I decided we couldn't keep Betsy safe. It was time to find her a new home. So we took her to King County Animal Control where they looked her over briefly. She is female, young, and not feral. Because she is comfortable with people, she is adoptable, and after 72 hours in quarantine, she will be put up for adoption.
I am sad for the ordeal this sweet little kitty is enduring, but I so hope she will find a forever home and the love and attention she craves.
Goodbye, sweet little Betsy Brown Cat.