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Winter’s Berth

on December 27, 2013

With winter comes days where chilling winds are felt right to the bone. In some areas, snow and ice  envelop the landscape leaving the only color in sight for miles being white. Unlike our furry friends, we don our heavy coats, boots, woolen socks, mittens and scarves to ward off the bite of the frigid air. Of course, we know the soft fur of our little friends keeps them warm without the need for all the extra ‘gear’ but that does not necessarily mean they do not feel the cold.

BUT… does the cold inevitably keep them indoors? See the slideshow ‘Come play with me!’ after the poem!

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Winter’s Berth

A mound of silky white fur
Amid cushions of bottle green
Reflects hues of icy blue
Off crystal dewdrops barely seen

Teeny tiny silver moons
Draping from hairy stems
Tickle a pink little nose
Like frosty pearlized gems

Stretching and yawning
Rising above home turf
Tiny paws reach forth
Scratching in winter’s earth

Within a few steps
Visions begin to blur
Chilly winter winds
Softly lift the long fur

Delicate hints of sunlight
Peeping through bleak gray skies
Grant fleeting moments of warmth
Around wide-open eyes

Suddenly through the bitterness
A little hand reaches down
“Nosy Nettie, why are you here
Among plumage turned gray brown?”

With a special purr-r-r
Ever so thankful to be found
The snow white fur ball
Bids farewell to the cold, cold ground

©2012 catnipoflife
Sharla Lee Shults

The purr from cat to man says, ‘You bring me happiness; I am at peace with you.’
—Barbara L. Diamond (Writer, n.d.)

Touch of Catnip: Come play with me!

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Special Care After Play Time

After being outside, especially playing in the snow, little paw pads become very cold, often leading to numbness. Upon return to the indoors, cuddle time is first on the agenda. He or she will be happy to have a little bonding time with you. Once the furry little fellow (or gal) is cozy and warm in your lap next in the order of care is the purring pal’s paw massage. This stimulates the nerves making sure all feeling is restored to the toes. Speaking of toes, it is then time to inspect the space between each one, examining for possibility of debris or maybe a cut on the paw pad. Remember, there is a lot more to those cut little feet than just razor-sharp claws!

“Purr-r-r-r-r-r, purr-r-r-r-r-r, purr-r-r-r-r-r!” Gotta go. Someone’s calling…

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9 responses to “Winter’s Berth

  1. […] With winter comes days where chilling winds are felt right to the bone. In some areas, snow and ice envelop the landscape leaving the only color in sight for miles being white. Unlike our furry friends, we don our heavy coats, boots, woolen socks, mittens and scarves to ward off the bite of the frigid air. Of course, we know the soft fur of our little friends keeps them warm without the need for all the extra ‘gear’ but that does not necessarily mean they do not feel the cold.  […]

  2. It snowed today. Just a little. But everything looks dusted with powdered sugar 🙂

  3. bobmielke says:

    Your first photo reminded me of the recent drive I took to capture what would become this year’s Christmas card. camp 18 is 18 miles from Seaside, OR over the coastal mountain range. It had snowed the night before my drive and all the evergreen trees were dusted with a light coating of white. Driving was dangerous in the dark before sunrise so I didn’t risk pulling over to photograph this avenue of beautiful trees. It was a postcard view as I covered the 46 mile drive there. In this case I just enjoyed the view as I arrived at my destination just before sunrise. Once there I was able to park in their empty lot and setup my tripod for the coming sunrise. It’s impossible to outdo God in providing the perfect scene for the holidays. 🙂

  4. Raani York says:

    Sooooooooooo beautiful!! I love this post – and the poem – and of course: THANK YOU for the kitty pictures!! They made me smile and laugh and I LOVE them! It’s too bad I can’t let my kitties out in the snow and take pics. 😦

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