(I did one loop around the house & let him out, he really did pretty well with it, but this is the funniest picture I have ever taken in my ENTIRE LIFE)
After that, though, it was time to stick Loiosh in the basket instead & go check the mail, because 1) he’s bored, 2) I’M bored, & 3) I had herbs coming. Not that kind.
I found a terrifyingly large pawprint. That’s my hand next to it & y’all, I don’t have small paws. Photo by Inoru.
I didn’t take a ruler out with me but judging by the size of my hand, it’s about four and a half inches long, top to bottom. Definitely a canine, with the claw marks visible at the top. I don’t think coyotes get that big so it’s probably one of the neighborhood dogs.
Also there are a lot of these plants growing! I’d seen them plenty last year but never blooming. Inoru’s pic, again, & they found out what it is, too, which I don’t remember but it’s in the carrot family & the leaves & roots are edible.
Loiosh usually hangs out of the basket much more than this, but it was a bit wooshy out. As witness also my ridiculous hair.
Of course he got out for a bit to wander. & of course he went under a fence where I can’t get to him, but that’s what leashes are for.
Also yes, I did leave the other end of the leash tied to the basket, because I like being able to use my hands for things other than ‘corral the cat’ occasionally.
The tree near the mailbox is making buds! I have no idea what kind of tree it is, but the bark on the new growth is red.
On the way home I stopped & carefully picked some piñon resin from one of the trees out front. This is a smidge over an ounce. I love how it glows in the sun.
BTW I’m just gonna post everything public right away for a while, on account of *gestures vaguely at everything* & we all need cat pictures.