These are the shattered remnants of the big ceramic rain catchment that was one of the first things I bought when we moved here. With birthday money.
We had this rain last night, courtesy of Hurricane Alex, who's been demoted to a tropical depression. Torrential rain. I was in the kitchen, making a secret, special, surprise treat for our elegant tailgate dinner at the Santa Fe Opera tonight, when I heard this clatter.
We couldn't figure out what it was, until David checked outside. I think the soil became so saturated that, with overflow pouring over the side, the big vase listed to one side and, like the Titanic, sank onto the patio and shattered.
You can see how one piece of it still rests on the branch I had in there so that critters who climb in for water can climb back out again.
(This does not work for beetles, however, who gleefully drown themselves. I don't know why.)
So, I try not to read in too much. But Teddy is sick today. She was sick yesterday and I thought maybe it was just a bug. But she's still not well today, so I have a call in to the vet. Right now she's sleeping in the sun, which makes her warm and happy.
I have a feeling it might be diabetes.
Teddy will be 15 in October, so I think I should get some more years with her.