April 25th, 2005

munkacsy_parc_monceau

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The sky cleared for the full moon which, being low in the southern sky, made long shadows fall. Had it not been so cold, I'd have spent more time watching the bright night. The tom cat who lives at the end of the block didn't seem to mind the cold, though. He came visiting tonight, and sat in my driveway a long time. He saw me on th porch, but didn't leave. My cat was sleeping in the living room when he first appeared, though I thought his call would wake her. An hour later, she woke and wanted out, so I opened the door for her, expecting the tom to be gone by then, but he was still there. She was not pleased by his presence, but did not try to run him off, instead settling down in a flowerbed to watch him, and she refused to come back inside.

The tom made no aggressive moves, so I decided not to run him off, and to let her remain out, but I listened for any sound that might indicate that a kitty contretemps was brewing. It didn't come for nearly an hour, and I don't know which of them started it, but at the sound of hissing and growling I went back out and found them staring one another down on the lawn. The tom took the opportunity of my appearance to make a quick departure. As he has never shown any fear of me, I think that Sugar might have been the aggressor. He might have tried to approach her, just to be friendly, and gotten snarled at for his pains. Once he had gone, Sugar came back in, looking quite pleased with herself. For a small and aged cat, she is quite intensely territorial, and I've seen her go after cats twice her size. Someday she's going to get her tail kicked.
caillebotte_the orangerie

Distracted

I'm sorting photographs, trying to decided which are worth uploading to various sites, and for which sites each would be most fit. Only part of my collection is digitized, and the scans of most of those which have been aren't very good. Still, I've found a couple of dozen which I might post in various places. I've created an account at Urban Planet, which has some interesting posts and discussion boards, but doesn't provide its own image hosting. Then there's OurMedia, which provides unlimited storage for original and public domain image, text, audio and video files on the servers of The Internet Archive, but is still rather difficult to use, being still in Alpha. I also have a few that might be worth posting at citynoise.org. But here I am thinking about uploading still more pictures and I haven't even gotten around to restoring the dead image links in my old LJ posts. All that stuff that was in my old PictureTrail account has to be uploaded to Scrapbook, and then the various posts in which they belong hunted down and their HTML changed. Daunting.

Spring was back today, flaunting puffy white clouds and bright sunshine. The new computer's location gives me a better view of the outdoors than did Sluggo's desk, so I am constantly distracted by the passing day. Pages sit unread while I watch woodpeckers drill in the utility pole, or enjoy the play of light on the growing leaves, or simply watch the clouds drift. If I;m going to get anything done at all while the afternoons are so nice, I think I'll have to start closing the drapes.