So Cuthbert comes and wakes me up at 8:00 a.m. this morning, with some sort of urgency. I get up, go downstairs, check his food bowl. All is as it should be.
I sit down at the computer with my coffee and start the day. And within minutes, here he comes.
What he wanted was a lap to sleep on in front of a warm monitor.
The last two nights, I've notice a HUGE yellow/red glob high in the evening sky. It's so big, I thought it was a conjunction of Mars with another planet (also yellow/red). Looking it up, though, it appears to simply be Mars, distorted slightly by the atmosphere. Apparently Mars is very close to earth right now.
Anyway, if you look up in Aries, there he is -- big, bold, beautiful. If you don't know where Aries is, look South and find Orion -- he's unmistakable. To the right of Orion is a big red star: Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus the Bull. Go about the same distance and direction from Aldebaran to Aries as from Orion to Aldebaran: and there's Mars. You can't miss it!