This is my cousin's mimosa tree up the road......I get to see and smell its sweet blooms on my daily walks. Our old mimosas died a few years ago, but I see new baby ones coming up where they used to be.
CAT UPDATE: yesterday we took the yellow cat and had him neutered, and he did fine; but we also got bad news.........he has the fatal FIV virus for which there is no treatment. The sweet vet told us he's about three years old, and has only had the virus about 6 months. If we keep him as a "house cat" (indoors all the time), he won't spread it around the neighborhood in case he bites another cat, which is how it is spread. The other option was to just let her put him down right then, which we just could not do. So we cried and we prayed and brought him home to be a "brother" in the house for our old "Baby Sister" cat, who is already 20 yrs. old and diabetic. So we now have TWO ailing house cats............we shall see how he settles in. He's very sweet and loving and follows Baby Sister around. It's entertaining for her since she's been lonesome a full year since our last old house cat died.
And the vet said he could live a normal life for 10 to 15 years, if he doesn't catch respiratory infections, etc. from other cats. And thank God this virus is NOT contagious to humans! The truth of the matter is that we are ALL living a life that will become fatal at some point in time. So I'm going to just live and enjoy each 24-hours we have as we are given them, and be thankful for all the loving kitties we've had to come and go in our lives the last 50 years! (And it wouldn't hurt if all you wonderful "animal people" out there would send us little cat prayers once in awhile........thank you!)