Last Emerald Greens, Cats, and Book News

Franklin is nonchalant, sometimes

While Franklin the cat seems unfazed by seasonal changes, when the last emerald greens leave I’ll have the blues.

We have book news! There’s a lovely review of my book, Catwoods, on Goodreads and also on the Amazon link to the upper right, where you can purchase the book. Here’s the link to the review by writer Carolyn Breckinridge (no cover pic on Goodreads yet):

Catwoods at Goodreads

Check out Carolyn’s mysteries, Tuscaloosa Moon and Tuscaloosa Boneyard. She also has a book of short stories, Kaleidoscope Jane & Other Stories.Β All three are deep character explorations and are full of twists you don’t see coming!

Travels near the sky

Back to the forest. Still green!

Leaf world

Deer track

I meant to show this one in July.

Spirited Frankie!

“Y’all giant hunters could catch me a deer to eat!”

“Um, no. We’re not actually hunters.”

“Oh yeah? Where does all that canned and dried meat come from then?”

“Complicated to explain, kitty.”


Kudzu at forest’s edge

“Look Franklin, we drove out to the road and I took kudzu pictures!”

Kudzu Blooms

Late in the summer, kudzu does bloom.

“I could go prowlin’ there. Catch my own deer. Purrrrrrrr.”


Kudzu meets forest

“Not gonna happen kitty, but the deer do come and eat it.”

Vines will creep

“Good to know! Purrrrrr.”

(“He’s going to be a picky eater.” That’s what our friend who gave him to us said.)

Kudzu usually stays in sunny places and doesn’t go into the forest. It tries, though. I know my photos are far from technically perfect and they have too much sunglare in them. But the pics convey the experience of all those big leaves bouncing the light around when you’re standing next to them!

Leaf and needle combos

Here’s the pines again, I can’t stay away. Even though they’re not going anywhere. Evergreen. It sticks around.

The big pick-up-sticks game in the sky


Franklin deep in thought

It will soon be the season when everyone’s snugged in, moody, and musing, like Franklin is in this picture.

Jazzed up Shelley

Meanwhile Shelley’s a jazzed tortie, and how! Our friend’s cat always frantically dances around me, rubbing all over my shoes and jeans when we visit her person in town. She leaves plenty of white fur on me. The picture is way out of focus because she’s in mid-dance here.

“Oh yeah,” says Frankie, “I smelled her when y’all came back. So that’s the varmint! Phsssst!”

Cats are everywhere in art now

A friend who’s a metal artist gave us this cat sculpture for the “garden”.

August autumn sneak

I mean, look at those reddish areas. This was freakin’ August! That’s why I have autumn blues already.

Stay tuned!

About Leah

I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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57 Responses to Last Emerald Greens, Cats, and Book News

  1. Beautiful pictures and I love the metal sculpture!

  2. Alfiano Fong says:


  3. Lavinia Ross says:

    It looks beautiful in your area, and our course, the kitties, too! A wonderful review of your book, too, Leah!

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures, Lavinia! And even though it’s now officially fall, the woods still look about the same, lol! A big thank you about the book review!

  4. inese says:

    Franklin deep in thought about the coming winter πŸ˜€

  5. Mee-yow wow Franklin yore furry hansum an you take grate photoess!!! Yore thottfull photoe at THE end iss mee feverite!
    ***purrsss*** BellaDharma

  6. Pam Lazos says:

    Congrats, Leah, in the wonderful book review!πŸ‘πŸ₯°
    Also I hate kudzo!😳

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Pam, I’m so glad you like the review! LOL Kudzu is widely disliked and can do lots of damage to the forest along roads. There have been some attempts to make ethanol from it. There are some human food uses; jelly has been made from the flowers, flour from the roots, and the leaves can be eaten too; it could also be used for animal fodder. Difficulty harvesting it makes those uses hard to implement though. It gets sprayed with herbicides along the roads at times but after awhile it just comes back . . . Maybe one day I’ll make a separate post about it with links to some articles.

  7. niasunset says:

    Good Morning my dear Leah, my one of beautiful readers, Thank you for being with me, and Thank you for your beautiful sharings. Have a nice new week, Love, nia

    • Catwoods says:

      Good morning Nia! I love seeing your pictures and reading what you write, it is my pleasure following your web site! And I’m very happy that you follow and enjoy mine! Wishing you and your family and kitties a marvelous week too, Nia! With love.

  8. Charlee: “That’s a lot of green stuff! Our Dada says they saw a lot of kudzu growing everywhere when they drove down to North Carolina once. He said something about goats eating it.”
    Chaplin: “What about cats? Can cats eat it?”
    Charlee: “Chaplin, not everything is cat food.”
    Chaplin: “Says you.”

    • Catwoods says:

      Ahahaha Chaplin and Charlee, I have known cats who would nibble various green foods, but kudzu’s a pretty tough leaf for a nibbler. Goats and cattle and deer can grind that stuff up, I’d imagine. Once it gets going it does grow everywhere!

  9. Lavinia Ross says:

    Your neck of the woods is very beautiful Leah, no matter what time of year!

  10. Ernestine Harris says:

    Lea they are sooo beautiful,I just love it all.

  11. 15andmeowing says:

    Franklin is a handsome boy. And Shelley is a cutie too.

  12. DS Levy says:

    Leah, I’ll be darn if you and that magical camera of yours can turn kudzu into high art β€” beautiful! As are all your photos of nature AND Franklin πŸ™‚ And I love the pine, too β€” although we just found out Chuck is allergic to it! Also, congratulations on the wonderful Goodreads review (a great source/place for readers to discover excellent books like yours). Wishing you and yours a happy end-of-summer-soon-to-be-autumn. I love your description β€œlast emerald greens” β€” so poetic and lovely. Deb

    • Catwoods says:

      Deb, thanks so much for always being so encouraging, that’s a great help to me as I’m not very self confident and need a boost now and then. So sorry to hear Chuck is allergic to pine; allergies can be difficult to comprehend and in my case I acquired some later in life. The whole immune response thing is so complicated. I’m thinking about joining Goodreads but I don’t think I have energy/time for yet another website … All good things to you Deb, you and your family and fur family have a marvelous season too!

  13. Really lively blog with great images of Franklin, Shelley and all the floras. Franklin looks like my Megan Sweetie and Shelley is like my Yuki Sweetie. I heard of Kudzu mainly due to its invasiveness in United States. Water Hyacinth is one of the invasive plants in my part of the world where it take over the entire freshwater ecosystem causing damage to aquatic food chain. Very good review of your book too. It mentioned you get to see northern light, how brilliant! Keep up your talented work. Saludos! Ashraf

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures, Ashraf! That’s interesting about the Water Hyacinth but also sad that it takes over waterways. I’m glad you are so involved in keeping track of environmental matters. Kudzu does grow over trees but mainly at road edges or clear spaces where there is a lot of sun – so far. Cats are wonderful partly because they are world-wide and so similar in appearance and behavior everywhere so we all have that common experience to share. Franklin meows to your Megan Sweetie and Yuki Sweetie. I think we did see the northern light but that was a decade or so back and as I recall it wasn’t recorded by anyone else, since it’s rare at this latitude. So I have no proof. Sort of like the day I saw the most unusual insect ever and I didn’t have a camera with me, LOL.

  14. Cate says:

    Glad your book is getting good reviews. Leah! And I was interested in the kudzu photos, as I’ve only ever encountered it as a powder.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Cate! I’m glad you liked the kudzu photos. I have heard that flour, jelly, and other products are made from it. It’s considered “invasive” but I sort of like it.

  15. Holly G. says:

    What great photos you’ve shared! Nature is incredible, isn’t it? It’s amazing how it can rejuvenate the soul! Loved the kitty photos, too. Franklin is a show stopper as always and Shelley looks like she is ready – perhaps too much coffee in that one? (kidding of course!)

    Thanks for sharing these. The metal cat art is amazing by the way. I’ve not seen anything like that. What a great piece from your friend πŸ™‚ Most of all, congratulations on your book! I hope it will be the road to many more in the future for you. Blessings 😻

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Holly, for your encouraging comments and good wishes. Volume 2 of the book is complete except for a few details but I can only publish it if this first one does well. I really like the cat art too!
      LOL Shelley’s frenzied reaction to my clothing is a mystery. The answer probably lies in the cat’s exceptionally keen sense of smell. Perhaps she smells Franklin and wishes to overscent his aroma. Or maybe there’s a plant out here that I’ve walked through or past without knowing, that causes a reaction similar to a catnip reaction. All good wishes, Leah

      • Holly G. says:

        LOL! The story about Shelley is adorable! Our Dizzy has done much the same with me. It always makes me laugh. Their reactions never cease to amaze, do they? Thanks for sharing that. You made my night πŸ™‚ Best wishes for you & yours as well. πŸ’• ~ Holly

  16. niasunset says:

    What a beautiful book news, I still keep in my list,. your photographs and especially lovely Franklin I loved so much, Autumn will be here soon too… Thank you dear Leah, be sure I am very excited for reading your book. Love and Blessing to you both, nia

    • Catwoods says:

      Nia, I’m happy you enjoyed my pictures. I had a few I liked of Franklin this time, he isn’t so easy to photograph; he moves around so much! Thank you so much for being interested in my book, I sure hope you enjoy it! Much love to you and your family and kitties, Leah

  17. Kitty Cat Chronicles says:

    Thank you for your kind words on our Caster’s memorial post. We miss our sweet boy terribly, but the love and support from the cat-blogging community has been a huge comfort. So thank you for reaching out.

  18. Sweet pics! πŸ™‚
    I recommend Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. πŸ™‚

  19. Lauren says:

    You are a super email compadre, Leah. Onward!

  20. Lauren says:

    Optimism is next to glory. God bless your work, your and your family’s health (inclding your cats, of course), and may you 9keep writing, photograghing, and painting for your own and others’ joy, introspection, and wisdom.

    • Catwoods says:

      Lauren thanks so much for all your encouraging words and good wishes! Franklin and I appreciate it. LOL I may be the only person on earth who actually likes summer and has a hard time letting it go. At least I’m probably the only one in my extremely hot region. And LOL, I’m old and cranky; I wish people would at least wait until September to start school and until October to put up Halloween decorations. We do get to joke about it a lot on facebook, that’s one perk! Wishing you and yours all good things!

  21. Pretty flowers and leaves with beautiful kitties!

  22. Bernadette says:

    Good news about the books! We keep a lot of green here until the end of September, and all month I’m impatient for the colors, and for winter! Right now a leaf or two are on fire on my burning bush and my river birch has obliged with a falling yellow leaf now and then. I’m sure your autumn colors will look spectacular on the creek, as always. Housepanther purrs to Franklin, from the household!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks so much Bernadette! What a marvelous description of leaves beginning to turn in your area! Dry weather is making some of ours crisp right up and fall now. That might mean a little less fall color, but I’m still expecting a good “turn-out”, Franklin purrs back to your clowder of beautiful panther kitties!

  23. Timothy Price says:

    I love your kitty pictures. Shelley looks wild.

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