Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Inspirations on the Longest Day

Bloggie friends!

I always say that one of the best writerly inspirations a writer may have is a furry friend.

Charlie teaches me to be optimistic and to seek opportunities in the here and now while simultaneously giving me frequent heart failures.

Here he is staring up at the bird feeder. What you can’t hear are my screams in the background for him to leave the birds alone.


Charlie says: Ooops there goes my snack.



Happy Summer Solstice everyone! Today is the longest day of the year - “when the sun is at its maximum elevation”. (source).

So while I’m all for the sun being around for today for as long as possible, let’s hope the 9-5 work hours don’t drag longer than they should! Ahem!

39 comments:

Tracy said...

I told my students that 'tomorrow' since it's still Monday here, that it's summer and they asked if we got the day off; by golly, I think we should!

Brian said...

Don't give up Charlie, they'll be back!!!

Fuzzy Tales said...

Happy Solstice to you! Hard to believe that after this we start losing daylight again. LOL. The spring/summer months are passing too fast.

I'd be more worried about Charlie and the cars--lol. A little raw meat is good for him...unless he just toys with the "prey" and doesn't eat it?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Charlie says he was just looking!

klahanie said...

Ah yes indeed. Our non-judgemental and loving furry friends are quite the inspiration and such a source of comfort.
Of course, in my case, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star, is the 'pawsitive' writer on my shy, humble and rather unknown blog.
Are you sure today is the longest day of the year? I thought all days had 24 hours :) Take care and may we get a bit of sunshine.
In kindness, Gary
x

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

just think, the sun will still be out when you are done working!!

Poor Charlie, you ruined his dinner!!!

xoxoxo

Repositório said...

And here is the shortest day on year!!! Kisses!

mshatch said...

I couldn't agree with you more; in fact, if anything the work days should be shorter, right?

Charlie looked a bit put out.

Summer Ross said...

Great pictures of Charlie- almost enough to make a flash fiction piece out of. Have a great day!

m.q said...

happy summer!!!!

Clarissa Draper said...

I didn't know it was the longest day of light in the year. Cool. And to think I missed it!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

That is a very low hanging bird feeder! How can Charlie resist looking at all those tantalizing flying morsels close to his head ? :)

Happy Summer Solstice!

Mr Puddy said...

My mom love the way your mom say " Charlie teaches me to be optimistic and to seek opportunities in the here ", My mom learned that from me too : )
xoxo

Katnip Lounge said...

ACK! Way to go...screeching off Charlie's snax!

ABBY said...

Charlie
I saw your snack too!
Purrs
Abby

Simon Kewin said...

Happy Solstice! Shame it's raining and we can't actually see the sun ...

Brigid said...

Lets hope your working day doesnt drag. My friend has a new cat who has a fondness for chasing birds, there is a tense atmosphere in her garden at the moment.

Marg said...

Oh Charlie, you need to find a better snack than those cute little birds. That is why our Mom doesn't have a bird feeder. We would have ourselves some snacks too. Happy first day of Summer.

Hannah and Lucy said...

Happy Summer Solstice to you both too - have a peaceful day Charlie.
Luv Hannah and lucy xx xx

The Kewl~Kitty~Krew said...

Happy Summer to you too~!!! We've missed you as Google deleted our other blog, so we MADE mom start us a new one~!!!

Liz Fichera said...

Beautiful pics! Cute cat. :-)

Bossy Betty said...

He is the welcoming committee!!!

SAS....Sammy, Andy and Shelly said...

Happy Summer Solstice, sweet friends.

We love ya both bunches.

Talli Roland said...

Happy Summer Solstice!

Furry friends are always good for comfort and optimism. Yay for Charlie!

The Golden Eagle said...

I hope you have a great first day of summer! :)

Angie Paxton said...

Happy Summer Solstice! I hope Charlie gets a treat for being a gentleman and leaving the birds alone.

laughingwolf said...

charlie may not wanna EAT it, just kill it... cuz he can ;) lol

happy solstice to you as well, kit :)

William Kendall said...

Charlie's thinking of how to get out while you're not looking.

Life 101 said...

Ahmen sister. Of course, I no longer work a 9-5, but I did write all day.
I can almost hear Charlie say, "Ah man, I was sooooo close."

Eliza said...

Naughty Charlie!

Lynda R Young said...

Charlie is so cute. My cat does similar things -- she is a terror, a delight, an inspiration.

Madeleine said...

I shout at my kitties the same way. Poor Charlie, Did he have his ornitholgy spotters book tucked in his pocket?
I once told my cat to 'Drop it!' when he had a squirrel hanging from his mouth. He did and it scurried away, thank goodness. LOL! :O)

Au and Target said...

Yo forgot about that bit where the furry editor helps by lying all over the keyboard.... :-)

Stephen Tremp said...

Charlie's just saying, "I'm practicing Solctice Day, Charlie style."

Manzanita said...

I, too, was concerned about the cars. I hope Charlie is traffic savvy. Maybe cats are more so than dogs. I always grab Cody when a car goes by. Charlie says, "A bird could have been more fun than my string."

MorningAJ said...

Hope you had a good solstice. We managed to see a little sunshine before the evening ended.

notesfromnadir said...

The longest day of summer -- my favorite day!

Yeah, right, like Charlie's really going to listen to you! He's got his eye on the sparrow[s]...

Theresa Milstein said...

Happy summer! Though it's in the 60s and raining here. It's been raining for DAYS! Today is our first day out of school. Why won't the weather cooperate.

Glad Charlie didn't nab the bird. Saturday night, guess what my kitty was chasing in the yard? A RAT! Yes.

So glad she didn't catch it.

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

Cats do teach us to put one paw in front of the other, don't they...