Summer Slips By While Cat Basks

Cheerful Franklin

We’re looking back at June and July pictures today. It’s mid August and everyone’s yearning for fall, yikes. Leaves on a few trees are now turning yellow and dropping thanks to weeks of no rain. Outside in the heat in a light wind, I hear soft crunchy sounds of dry leaves stirring. Too soon! I still crave summer. I have August Angst, that melancholy frame of mind that comes with knowing the season will soon turn. I’m not ready.

In book news, many thanks to all who have purchased my/our (I wrote it but had feline muses and editors) book, Catwoods, we appreciate it! Now in addition to Amazon (click cover at upper right), Barnes and Noble, and other online sources, you can get it from Ernest and Hadley Booksellers, the indie bookstore owned by the indie publisher of the book.


It’s July, what’s up with the red-orange?

Those reds are actually berries, but it seems early for berries!

Swirling Myrtle

The crepe myrtles really showed up for us in town this year.

“That looks like last summer,” Franklin chimes in, “when I was new and little and hungry in town, that wasn’t a fun summer.”

Sun-soaker Frankie

“Do you remember how you got here?”

“I found a cat-feeding biped in October, who saved me. Then The Hubs showed up and brought me home. Much better eats, two cat feeders in-house, much better summer this time around!”

Crepe Myrtles have grown taller

“I expect you saw lots of these in town.”

“I did!”

Stylish Myrtle

“I jazzed up this one considerably.”

“Whoa! They didn’t look like that!”

The sky gets the blues!

“Let’s get back to the forest for a sec . . .”

“We haven’t left . . . ” (This cat takes everything literally.)

Our favorite canopy

I admit I’m partial to pine and the ways it divides the light.

Pine spree

Pine Delight

Summer with Rusty Reds

Besides the reddish berries, we’ve had some leaves going rusty red early. Maybe from the dryness, I’m tellin’ myself. Because to have leaves start turning in July would be just . . . eerie.

Woods Wildflowers

Mmmm, wildflowers!

Cute Toad!

We saw some critters in the “yard”.

Possible tree frog

This could be a tree frog but I don’t know the species. They tend to land on glass surfaces.

Blue Dasher

Blue Dasher Dragonflies have been zipping around everywhere this year. They fly right up to us and have been known to alight on a hand. They move so fast I haven’t gotten many pictures though.

Frankie rolls and cavorts

“Say,” Frankie says, “those last three have caught my eye, and I have yet to eat any. We’re right here in the kitchen. Couldn’t you . . . ”

“Um, no way. No one here eats those critters . . .” (Life with a small outspoken predator.)

Confusing July berries

Creepy Myrtle

Our crepe myrtles have been cycling all summer, sprouting buds while the older blooms wither and new flowers open. This often lasts well into autumn.


Stay tuned, August may be even weirder . . .

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57 Responses to Summer Slips By While Cat Basks

  1. Alfiano Fong says:


  2. Holly G. says:

    Hi Leah! It looks like you could have taken these photos from our back yard! Tons of pine trees, crepe myrtles and blue dragonflies. They really have been everywhere here this year in extreme numbers!

    Love the flower photos and Frankie is just too cute for words! What a charmer πŸ™‚

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Holly, I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures! We did have lots of blue dasher dragonflies this year, but actually not as many as in other years. Other varieties of dragonflies and damselflies seemed to be scarce or absent this year, it’s strange. Frankie is very pleased with what you said about him!

      • Holly G. says:

        Haha! Frankie is a bit of an egomaniac is he? πŸ˜‰ Only kidding of course! He is so very handsome.

        Dragonflies are interesting creatures. I was just watching one this evening hanging out on the deck. They remind me so much of butterflies, in how they just sort of hang out with us and don’t overreact when we are around. I was able to get close and study his eyes, wings, etc. Very neat! πŸ™‚ And I agree, it is odd how we see some varieties in spells. There is so much toxic activity going on with chemical sprays and everything else. It wreaks havoc on our wildlife 😦

        • Catwoods says:

          The blue dashers flew around our hands this year and seemed like they wanted to land on them! I do agree the decrease of wildlife is due to chemicals used in the environment and/or some cumulative effect we don’t completely understand. Lower insect populations have been noted worldwide. And having lived in the same forest for 35 years I’ve seen it. When Volume 2 of my books are out those observations over the years are described as the time goes on.

  3. Hi Leah:
    I found where you enable LIKE button in the pages from Word Press website Just copying these instructions for you here okay:

    Go to My Site(s).
    Click on Tools β†’ Marketing.
    Click on Sharing Buttons.
    Check the box next to the pages you want the Like button to appear on.
    Click Save Changes.

    Hope it works out! Ashraf

    • Catwoods says:

      Ashraf, thanks so much for finding that information! I will try it later, hopefully today!

      • No problem at all. Good luck and let me know how you get on. Saludos!

        • Catwoods says:

          Well I did find it and turned the likes back on for the About page and all the other “Pages”. Thanks so much for your help, Ashraf, I doubt I’d have found it myself. It must have been on previously because there were some likes there already on some pages. I have no idea how it got turned off, LOL.

  4. Chandra Lynn says:

    Great pics. Of course, I’m drawn to the crepe myrtles, especially since a too-busy Sunday made miss the Crepe Myrtle Festival. Also–I wanted to drop in and apologize. I noticed that you and another blogger “liked” my latest post. That’s what alerted me to the fact that the post had published while I was still working on it! Gasp! How embarrassing! I “unpublished it” and then republished it. I cleaned up the text a little bit, but the major change was adding the photo of the “adorable tag.” Anyway, thanks for always dropping in and liking the post. As usual, I’m way behind on blog reading. Classes started less than two weeks ago and I need a break…already. :-/

    • Catwoods says:

      No worries about your post, I went back to see the tag and it is indeed really nice! I’m also going to re-read in a sec. My pleasure liking your posts! I’m happy you liked my pics and I also thank you for stopping by! Sorry you missed out on the Crepe Myrtle Festival though. Dry weather seemed to have done ours in a few days ago but with all the sudden rain, maybe they’ll come back. Also no worries about having to catch up with blogs. Teaching is a wonderful profession but I know it has to be hectic and time consuming!

  5. Pam Lazos says:

    Fabulous photos! Love the frog and dragonfly, and, of course, Franklin. :0)

  6. Lavinia Ross says:

    Beautiful photos, Leah! I love that one of little Franklin, too! What a happy kitty!

  7. Charlee: “Look at the feet on that possible tree frog! It’s got like Spider-man grabby fingers!”
    Chaplin: “Do you think there are any tree frogs in our cat tree, Charlee?”
    Charlee: “Hmm … I think we’d better go check!”

    • Catwoods says:

      Charlee and Chaplin, thanks for stopping by! I don’t think you’ll find tree frogs in your cat tree, but have fun looking for them!

  8. The tree frog photo is awesome! I love those cute grip toes πŸ™‚

  9. Life On The Patio says:

    I am with you. I love Fall but it has to stay away for a while😊. Love all the pictures!

  10. 15andmeowing says:

    Beautiful photos, especially the kitties. I plan to order your book soon. I can’t wait for fall, summer is too hot for me.

    • Catwoods says:

      Franklin the kitty and I say thank you for liking our photos and for ordering my book! I hear you about the heat, the last few days have been scorchers.

  11. Enjoyed reading your blog and the images you have taken. Frankie is proper sweetie for sure. The frogs were brilliant. Amphibians are the most endangered group of animals with almost half of the amphibian species has gone extinct already. Lot of folks think it is the mammal which is most endangered, it’s not, it’s amphibian. The images of wild flowers are nice and bright too.

    • Catwoods says:

      Glad you enjoyed this, Ashraf! That’s sad about the amphibians. I try to keep up with issues of ecology but hadn’t really known. I did recently see an article about how so many species of frogs are going extinct.

  12. Cate says:

    Lovely images, as always, Leah! I especially like that little tree frog. How handy to have suction cups on one’s fingers and toes!

  13. You look so handsome, Franklin. The picture in front of the window is gorgeous, those eyes make me melt…the sun too though😸 We loved this post, but be aware..Summer isn’t over yet. In fact we’re getting high temperatures again this week, so ENJOY as long as it last πŸ™‚ Extra Pawkisses for a Happy WednesdayπŸΎπŸ˜½πŸ’ž

    • Catwoods says:

      Franklin and I thank you Little Binky, he is very pleased with what you said about him, and I am happy you liked the pictures! Indeed it’s a hot day with occasional showers predicted, summer isn’t done with us! But the leaves are turning yellow fast, that’s a bit strange . . . wee woo hoo. Happy Wednesday back atcha!

  14. niasunset says:

    Beautiful post, and sure Franklin is the best one! Blessing and Happiness to you all. Thank you, Love, nia

  15. nananoyz says:

    Love that Franklin.

  16. Lovely photos and Franklin is the cat’s meow! πŸ˜‰ I live in the south too (north Florida) and I’m fine with summer being on the way out, although not fine with Halloween displays and the like all coming out way too early. I guess for me it’s the heat I want less of, but in mid-August kids go back to school and the energy around me shifts to something a bit manic. I don’t have kids. I just observe πŸ™‚

    • Catwoods says:

      Franklin and I thank you so much, Marie! I’m happy you like the pictures and our kitty. I don’t have kids either but the town is a university town so traffic and activity just booms. I guess I feel out-of-sync because school started in September in those ancient days when I was there!

  17. It seems that summer was way too short, but by the calendar it is not over yet! Someone threw up a dragonfly on the carpet this morning. No idea who. A few yellow leaves on the trees here as well. Franklin has a pretty good memory. Have a good week.

    • Catwoods says:

      The heat today reminds me that you are right, Greg, it is still summer! Aha, I knew Franklin had designs on those dragonflies he was tracking with his eyes! All the best wishes to you and kitties!

  18. Yvon says:

    Lovely pictures, especially of Franklin πŸ’•

  19. DS Levy says:

    What lovely photos (again!), Leah! Dashing Franklin looks stunning as well. And say β€” I think you have a new WP theme, or at least a new header? Looks great! Our leaves are also starting to drop, and I think it’s due to lack of rain. I was told that up north, in Michigan, the cooler weather may bring the colors on sooner. Well, pumpkin spice-everything will soon be upon us! LOLOL And that word β€” β€œcrepe myrtles” β€” I just love that word! I’m putting it in my notes for future use! (Thank you!) Wishing you and your husband and dear Franklin a wonderful rest of the summer! Deb

    • Catwoods says:

      Deb, I’m so glad you liked the pictures! And Franklin is all puffed up about himself from your comment. Well, all cats are anyway, lol. The only thing I changed on the page besides losing the ads is the background, it was plain green for awhile, now it’s summer pines. I’m stubbornly clinging to my old theme which wordpress doesn’t offer anymore to newcomers but they said I could keep it. Cooler weather would be a relief at this point, actually. Go for it with the crepe myrtles! I really like that name too as well as the plant, they make a wonderful addition to gardens and literary works! Looking forward to seeing it in something you write! Warmest wishes and refreshing cool weather to you and yours!

      • DS Levy says:

        Crepe myrtles it is! LOL Yes, loved the photos β€” your words and images always inspire me, Leah. Your blog looks wonderful β€” as so, of course, does Franklin (he can puff up a little more) πŸ™‚

  20. Sue127 says:

    I thought I was the only one who suffered from August Angst. 15 years of living in the South has toned it down some, but seeing yellow leaves this week (mostly from no rain) hit me hard. My Kitty and I appreciate you! Thanks, Sue

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Sue, we appreciate your comment, and greetings from Franklin and me to you and your kitty! I first heard of August doldrums long ago but I don’t think it was widely known at that time. I’ve had it almost every year. Now if I do an online search I find it’s becoming more common.

  21. That IS a tree frog,we have them here too, and they are a pretty light emerald green. I had to shoo one out of the inside of the bird feeder today, MOL!

    Franklin s so sleek and handsome!

    Lovely pictures! Our trees are stressed too from the very dry spell we are having, and the grass is crunchy underfoot…

    • Catwoods says:

      I’ve seen those emerald green tree frogs here too! Franklin is very pleased with what you said about him and I am happy you like the pictures!

  22. Lauren says:

    Beautiful cat, flowers, and scenery, Leah. You make Alabama compelling to this Yank! πŸ€—

    • Catwoods says:

      Many thanks Lauren, I’m happy you like the pictures! There is a lot of natural beauty in AL but unfortunately, trying to keep it that way can be difficult and sad.

  23. Timothy Price says:

    Wonderful photos, Leah. That is a cute toad and tree frog. Franklin is so beautiful.

  24. Eliza Waters says:

    Franklin has the prettiest eyes. He’s a handsome guy. πŸ˜‰
    Dry weather will stress trees into losing leaves early. I expect you still have lots of warm days left! πŸ™‚

    • Catwoods says:

      Franklin and I thank you, Eliza! His eyes get to me too, every time! I think you are right about the dryness, the leaves, and the long warmth ahead. I just feel rushed and unsettled when school starts in August and there’s a little talk about Halloween.

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