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The Unintended Gift: My first cat, and how cats became my muse

Now it’s time for my own rescue story, my first cat, and how I came to fill my life with cats after her. Yes, I really did get a kitten in a box under the Christmas tree when I was a child. The story is not glowingly happy and, in

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Daily Sketch Reprise: Cookie Has a Drink, 2011

Cookie has a nice long drink many times a day, and her little shape over the water bowl is so very familiar. Because she approaches the water bowl in my studio from the same angle and even holds her tail the same way, I could do this sketch in shifts,

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Daily Photo Reprise: Those Luminous Eyes, 2010

We’ve all used this quote, but living in a house with five black cats it’s abundantly clear. Mewsette and Giuseppe give you the full force of their green and gold eyes. Who can believe there is no soul behind those luminous eyes? ~Théophile Gautier Gautier also had several black cats

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Daily Photo: In the Round

Mimi and Giuseppe watch out the upstairs window on a gray morning made colorful by the “tint” filer on my Smartphone. The colors landed perfectly, and another moment of beauty I will remember. . . . . . . . We are part of the Caturday Art Blog Hop .

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Join in the Christmas Bird Count

AS PART OF maintaining our Backyard Wildlife Habitats we widen our scope to the urban, suburban and rural areas around us to count birds as part of another citizen-science project, initiated in 1900 in response to an annual sporting hunt that slaughtered game birds and songbirds alike as well as

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Daily Sketch: Fun Things Bella Does With Her Tail

Bella has a long, thick, very expressive tail that she waves and curls and twirls as she walks around the room rubbing herself up against things and stretching. It’s hard to tell exactly what is happening, so I did my best to interpret it. . . . . . .

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Daily Photo: Bella’s Best Idea

“Here, try using this mousie,” said Bella as she offered me her cherished white fleece mousie, “if it makes working any easier or more fun.” In the kitchen doing business, I was also cooking lunch/dinner, which is my big meal of the day, making phone calls, sending and answering emails

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Daily Photo Reprise: Mr. Sunshine’s Big Plan, 2010

Are we headed on a little shopping trip, Mr. Sunshine? Going to buy gifts for your family and me? Things don’t always turn out according to Mr. Sunshine’s plan, but then, I’m not entirely convinced he plans things. When he gets an idea, he’s ready to roll, like today when

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Daily Photo: Back to August

Sorry for the blurry face, but Smokie was pretty hard to photograph those first few days! Now that Smokie is past the cute-little-kitten stage, hgyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyfrdeeeeeews (Smokie’s interpretation of that phrase!) I’ve been looking back over some of his first photos. Not only has he grown, which was expected, but he

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Gift Certificates for Commissioned Portraits and Merchandise

Shipping merchandise at this time of the season is chancy, especially with a weekend between now and Christmas, but I can email a gift certificate for a portrait or for merchandise in my shop if you’re looking for a last-minute gift. Gift Certificates for Commissioned Portraits Is there an animal

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