late fall, kitty eyes and gratitude

Fall arrives very late in northern California, especially here in the Central Valley. I always envy friends that post gorgeous fall colors in September and October since it's not unusual for us to have the ac running while we're carving pumpkins. But I can't complain because this past Halloween was perfectly magical.
By November it finally looks and feels like a real autumn. The Japanese maple in my backyard is bursting with miniature orange and crimson leaves.
There is a carpet of deep violet foliage under LaLou's plum tree, blanketing her favorite spot.
I still miss her dearly and it's nearly a year now since I said goodbye to that sweet little cat. I sat in her spot for a minute and wondered what the world looked like under her tree.
How did all the trees look through her pretty kitty eyes?
Did she like padding up the leaf covered walkway that led to my backdoor? Did she know how she made my heart smile when I saw her through my kitchen window?
I really miss my beautiful green eyed fur baby.
Maybe it's because my Luna has a little cold right now and I hate it when pets are sick no matter how insignificant it is. But she is doing better and I think she's ready for the cooking and feasting that's about to come.
I'm looking forward to seeing my small family tomorrow, mom, my brother, his wife and their two little dogs. I started on a few things and the rest we will do together tomorrow.
Whatever delights you will be enjoying this last harvest holiday I hope you're having them in a warm, cozy home and in the company of family and friends. I am truly grateful for mine.
Happy Thanksgiving


Hindustanka said...

Hello, Anna! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Glad you are gathering together :)
Also as usual I am fascinated by your pictures, they truly have magic in them.
Ahh..and I understand completely how much you missing your cat,let's hope she is happy somewhere else and looking up on some other orange leaves...

Ms Misantropia said...

Cats and dogs are the greatest family members - and visitors :)

Linda Wildenstein said...

Anna, I do so understand your wonderings about you beloved Lalou. We recently let our Odin cross the rainbow bridge and the house is oddly silent without his trumpeting bark. I hope he an Lalou have acquainted themselves in the great beyond. Animals make such a profound difference in our lives.
So happy that you will be celebrating together for Thanksgiving with family, enjoy.
Oma Linda

Sara said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Those are beautiful images.

Animals are such a big part of our lives. I can understand how you must feel. Hugs.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, as well. Sounds like you have a wonderful day planned.

Linda said...

Beautiful photos Anna, I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving..
Our fall colors have faded and there is a feeling of crisp air comming our way. It was 65 on thenksgiving and this morning it was 30.

Celia said...

Happy Thanksgiving Anna. I hope you had a beautiful day!