Cygnus makes a friend

Okay, I guess that’s a bit of a stretch. Botes and automotive vee-hickles are inanimate objects and do not make friends with each other except maybe in cartoons.

I was heading out to the moomin after a laundry run and a few grocks. I went to Pat’s for grocks because I can put my laundry in the warshing musheen, drive the eight blocks or whatever to Pat’s, and get back before the warshing musheen is done. I am direct about grocks, not to mention laundry. That is not really pandemic driven but probably more so since the pandemic. In. And. Out. I have a daily standup meeting at work and I didn’t want to miss that.

But then. I was done with laundry and the few grocks I needed in a short enough time that I could slow-drive along the locks. The American Spirit was s-l-o-w-l-y leaving the Poe Lock upbound but what was that in front of it? Was it a cruise ship? Yes it was! It was the Viking Octantis waiting for the American Spirit to finish its exit so the Octantis could go through the lock downbound. I couldn’t really get a good pic but I joined all the other rubberneckers *anyway*.

Oh yeah, one afternoon last week when it was too cold (windy) to sit on Bill’s Birch Point Beach Bank Bench, I had my after-work cocktail in the little hollow in front of the Old Cabin. Suddenly a small mammal with a very cute face and ears came along. It looked a bit weasel-y? It was NOT a squirrel. I know what a squirrel looks like. We figured out today that it was probably a pine marten. I have never seen one in real life before. The weekend of my dad’s memorial celebration, one of my brother’s dogs encountered a pine marten and all I can say is there was a big, if brief, hullabaloo.

Apparently pine martens eat all kinds of rodents. All the way up to rabbit. Hmmm. I haven’t seen Heinrich around the yard lately. I hope he’s okay.

One Response to “Cygnus makes a friend”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I’ve never seen a pine marten or is it a pine martin? Not sure. A cruise ship? We have lots of them in Seattle but I haven’t seen any except in photos.