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{April 21, 2010}   Petting kitties and Counting Bunnies

When my husband and I were both working full-time outside our home, we got out of bed between 4:00am and 4:30am so that we could have time to have our tea and go for a walk or work out before work.  It was usually around 5:30am when we got outside.  Depending on the time of year, it would be just getting light or still dark when we took our walk.

The duskiness allowed us to see a lot of wildlife, including foxes and bunnies.  We saw so many bunnies that we started counting them, and I started recording the bunny count in my journal.  In the early summer, the bunny count was usually somewhere between 13 and 25 each morning.  On one occasion we were in Truro for a long weekend; we went for a run in the bird sanctuary and lost count of the bunnies at about 35.

The other thing we would do on our walks is pet the neighborhood outdoor cats; we made up our own names for them.   In our old neighborhood, there were at least eight cats that we named and regularly petted.  I sometimes wonder how many of them are still around.

The neighborhood we live in now is a dog neighborhood; people are walking dogs at all times of the day.  There is only one cat that we sometimes see and stop to pet; we call it Angel because it has such a beautiful face.  It is orange and white with long fur and a full tail any cat would be jealous of.

Now that I work irregular hours and my husband works at home, we don’t walk until 10:00am and the bunny count has become a thing of the past.  But I don’t miss it enough to want to get up at 4:00am again.  I was lucky the other night; I came home from work at 7:30pm and a bunny ran across the driveway.  Bunny count: 1.

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