Brr. Heat’s off for some reason. Well, here’s what the next few days’ Ulaanbaatar weather looks like. I’m sure it’ll be fine.
But as of today, my nighttime warmth has been reduced by 1/3. As a counterweight to this week’s puppy sadness, I derived great comfort in the successful November rescue of Miss Padma. What a first rate cat she's turned out to be; I quite grew to love her furry little face. Thus it was a bittersweet moment this afternoon when I accompanied her to her new home, that of Lama Purevbat (the founder of the Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Arts), his wife Kim, and their two daughters, Hanna (15) and Lhamo (8). Needless to say, the girls are over the moon to have a new kitty cat. Here’s Padma with her smallest new mommy, Lhamo:
And yes, I also gave them the Meow Town Cat Gym. In a year and a half, Mooj and Nita couldn’t work out that the sisal posts were for scratching, not the sofa, not the desk legs. (Remember the hilarious moment when I first proudly brought it for them from America? It was in this critter-happy post.) On the other hand, it took Padma all of a minute and a half to discover the joys of sisal abuse, to play endlessly with the hanging fuzzball the others ignored, and to make Meow Town her personal domain and fortress. She kinda needed it. Mooj was cool about Padma, of course. I mean, he’s The Mooj. The Mooj abides. But Nita, well, Padma seemed to provoke in Nita bug-eyed outrage by her very existence, frequently expressed in plaintive caterwauls, and occasionally in attempts at all-out assault. Padma’s quick, but she’s tiny, and it was a semi-intimidating situation for her at my place that showed no signs of improving quickly. I think she’ll emerge into the fullness of her lovely personality as the solo object of girly affection in her new home. And I can contemplate attachment and impermanence.
Now, as long as we’re on the subject of the natural world, I want to introduce you to a new blog I discovered. It goes by the peculiar, and slightly apostrophe-challenged, name of “marktwainssecretary’s blog,” but don’t let that put you off. Its stated subject matter is “Science, Nature and Buddhism.” I find it a highly worthy effort, and so might you. Check it.
And in this same vein, kinda, I should give a shout out to the blog that’s created the most traffic by far for DODR over the last month or so: Bizarre Creatures. It’s connected because somehow its author happened upon the photos and query I posted after one Gobi trip a couple autumns ago in which I had encountered, well, some very bizarre creatures. Turns out they were some species of the ridiculously, prehistorically ancient triops, known to science, which irked me. I was so hoping I had discovered a hitherto unknown species and I could name it: Triops Konchogii. So why are so many people finding that old post about my old post? Probably because they did exactly what I did when I clicked over: I got totally absorbed in the creatures he or she featured, and read every single page, hardly daring to consider what actions in previous lives created the karma for such manifestations. Didn't you?