From the Journals of Most Beloved

From the Journals of Most Beloved

Photograph of a Small, white, female cat sitting on a windowsill with her neck stretched tall because she's looking at a bird through the window. " Most Beloved" is the cat who writes the tales at Gardens at Effingham.

Welcome to my journals!

So good to see you here. I am “Most Beloved,” she who lives in the big house at Gardens at Effingham.

I write a great many of the stories here, recording my observations, snapping photos, and keeping a daily journal about the gardens.

My journals are my sketchbook where I keep detailed notes about the cats and the many activities and adventures in the gardens.

Welcome to the Gardens at Effingham.

From the Journals of Most Beloved

Cali’s Newborn Kittens Video

Pretty white cat with a dark striped spot on her right ear sleeping on a desk with her shoulders propped up on a desk lamp. Pink nose, pink ears, white whiskers and soundly asleep, this is a photograph of "Most Beloved" at Gardens at Effingham

What greater gift than the love of a cat.

Charles Dickens
A white cat named "Most Beloved" photographed close up as she yawns. The cat is missing one front fang tooth and her yawn is enormous. Her cat 's tongue is pink and the cat appears as though she is smiling. Happy cat just waking up from a nap
Most Beloved” waking up from a nap, Gardens at Effingham

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  • A Mother’s Day to Remember-Cali Cat Has Kittens

    A Mother’s Day to Remember-Cali Cat Has Kittens

    Mother’s Day Surprise A glorious May Mother’s Day, replete with brilliant blue skies and wisps of sun-drenched clouds, became gardens requiring enormous clean-up once the storm had passed. We had walked in the mid-afternoon, savoring the sun and remarking on the cerulean blue sky. But we had no longer returned home before the skies grew […]

  • “Okay,Who Gave the Cat a Pen?”

    “Okay,Who Gave the Cat a Pen?”

    Ah ha! Captured! That stray pen–twirling, whirling, edging ever closer its way towards me. And Paper? Well, that’s a given. I’m already sitting on top of a stack of papers. ’Tis my place (always) to sit atop her papers, especially when she’s writing, especially the papers she’s trying to use.  And besides, what use does she […]

  • When Peaches Meow: Musings with “Most Beloved”

    When Peaches Meow: Musings with “Most Beloved”

    The Orchard Years I look up and above to the picture Mom gifted me of my 11-year-old self, hand across the back of our Labrador Retriever’s shoulder, and Dusty (our rescued groundhog) pulling at his jaw. I was sitting, plaintive smile, faraway look in my eyes even then, blonde hair pulled back in a ponytail, […]

  • Three Ways To Know When Summer Ends and Fall Begins (According to the Cat)

    Three Ways To Know When Summer Ends and Fall Begins (According to the Cat)

    #1. The cat is subsumed by melancholy “Oh yet to relish, to sleep, to bathe in the heat of the midday sun–” –sighs the cat Oh yet to languish, to sip, to savor a cup of catmint tea–” –bemoans the cat Act 1, Scene 1: Bay Window in the Breakfast Room. Most Beloved upon seeing […]

  • Hungry Hawks and Plump Kittens

    Hungry Hawks and Plump Kittens

    The kittens, at 7 months now, flush beautifully with their full winter coats. Poofy and gorgeously striped, they frequent the food bowl together, an inherent pecking order amongst them, one often under the forsythia while the other one eats.

  • Ode to Joy of Being a Cat

    Ode to Joy of Being a Cat

    Scherzo. Forte. Crescendo without denouement. Succession of notes, days metered in the click-click of 4/4, key of A (for August heat), unstable and trilling, repetition the same and in measured heat, 90 degrees plus and even when not, humidity to sear the presto. 

  • Cat Naps and Winter Dreams: Is it Spring Yet?

    Cat Naps and Winter Dreams: Is it Spring Yet?

    Winter Daydreams Eagerly await mail for seed and flower garden catalogs to arrive Bring in mail and start an ongoing (and ever-towering) stack of winter dreams Pile up all garden books, magazines, journals, and catalogs Gather a soft, snuggly blanket (preferably one that looks good against all my white fur) Get excited and open several […]

  • A Cat Sleeps in Our Garden

    A Cat Sleeps in Our Garden

    Days fall short now, time cutting across day’s light, night coming too fast—before supper, before work can be done, before we are ready. Gardens have been put to sleep—by us, or by nature—and while inside we work by light, outside, this early darkness awakens late fall’s chill.  Against this vague, ambiguous drift of days between […]

  • Finding Spring in the Snow: Happiness is the Color of Daffodils

    Finding Spring in the Snow: Happiness is the Color of Daffodils

    Daffodils in Early Spring With their creamy yellow centers surrounded by snow-white petals, Daffodils bring smiles of joy and unbridled happiness in anticipation of spring. Saturday and I’m dilly-dallying the day away. Frivolously, I might add, and contentedly I must add, for I am alone with she who loves and adores me. Just the two […]

  • Happy Highlights: Newborn Kittens Video!

    Happy Highlights: Newborn Kittens Video!

    Welcome to my journals! So good to see you here. I am “Most Beloved,” she who lives in the big house at Gardens at Effingham. I write a great many of the stories here, recording my observations, snapping photos, and keeping a daily journal about the gardens. My journals are my sketchbook where I keep […]

  • A Photo Gallery of Midwest Gardens in Bloom

    A Photo Gallery of Midwest Gardens in Bloom

    Celebrate the Seasons through Flowers At Gardens at Effingham, we celebrate spring, summer, winter, and fall through the joy of our perennial gardens. Enjoy the gardens in full bloom through this photo gallery of the seasons. Spring Beauty Spring and summer bring a spectacular display of early, mid, and late blooming flowers, shrubs, and trees: […]

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