The First Day of Spring…or Bip?


Is anyone else glad the spring is coming in two days? I am.

My sister and her husband live next door and they have a beautiful male cat. Surprisingly, the cat was named for a sound he makes …. “bip.” Yes, this pretty gray and white cat makes a sound like he swallowed a clock. He makes this sound when he is happy, and if you listen very closely you can hear him bipping. Kind of like purring, but not.

All during the summer months, Bip loves to be outside. His favorite thing to do is walk around the pond and make his way to the edge of the woods. He will sit with his face to the woods for very long periods of time, watching for small critters to come into the yard. I’m sorry to say that he likes to play around with these little creatures until he kills them. It’s not very nice, and I have tried to tell him, but he just doesn’t listen.

During the winter months I missed seeing Bip on his rounds. Day after day, it was freezing cold and snowy, and Bip doesn’t like to get cold feet, excuse me, cold paws. He hasn’t walked around the edge of the woods for months, and who could blame him.

However, today I saw him sitting with his nose toward the woods. That is a good sign that spring is actually coming. Plus, he only missed the First Day of Spring by two days. It is Thursday March 20th. So I am nominating Bip as the new harbinger of spring. Move over Punxsutawney Phil, even though you are a very famous groundhog, you only tell us if there are going to be six more weeks of winter.

Make room for a timely cat to signal The First Day of Spring.

Wait until next year if you must. When spring comes to southeast Ohio, if you can find our house, you will see a gray and white cat sitting with his nose to the woods in our backyard. Plus, if you’re really quiet, you can hear him bip.

HAPPY SPRING!

PS. Please forgive me for not blogging for so long. I was waiting for my fingers to thaw.

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