Daily Photo: A Purrfect Way to Start the Weekend

black cat in box
An easy Sunday in a box.

Well, there isn’t much better than a nice quiet nap in a fresh cardboard box in the sun. Jelly Bean is enjoying all the nuances of the box and the sun on the kitchen table. It was so good that I had to take a bunch of photos as the light moved.

black cat in box
Could anything be better?


From Instagram

I see cats everywhere. These two wood shapes were the side pieces from an old magazine rack that couldn’t be revived, but as I was working with it I immediately saw cat faces. Feline comedy/tragedy masks? We’ll see what I do with them.

Cat Faces!
Cat Faces!

Okay, you asked me if I’d pose with that red flower. Can I go now?

Can I go now?
Can I go now?

Little tree panther on the prowl. This tree is lying on its side and needs to be removed, but I may have to keep a part of it as Mimi’s playground.

Mimi in her tree.
Mimi in her tree.

Mimi is in the mood to explore her territory today. If she wasn’t on her leash I’d never find her in this.

Creeping around in the Virginia Creeper.
Creeping around in the Virginia Creeper.


From Previous Years

Wordless Wednesday: Bella Shipping Su-purr-visor

Bella Shipping Su-purr-visor
Bella Shipping Su-purr-visor

Golden Morning, 2016

Golden morning.
Golden morning.

I posted this on Facebook because I couldn’t wait to share it.

Not bad for a photo I took and played around with before I even got out of bed! Nice way to awaken the creative senses on a Monday, and about 15 seconds of muted sunlight.

It’s rare that I have my Smartphone in my bedroom because I usually charge it at one of my computers overnight, but I saw Bella on the wardrobe through my bedroom doorway and just got the phone and took a quick shot without even sitting up, sure she’d move if she saw me move. She did not so I could sit up and zoom in and capture her in about six postures, sitting in the same place but turning her head this way and that. I chose this posture because the silhouette was so clear, then used a few filters to fill in the background with light and isolate her silhouette, then used my camera’s sepia filter. Everything is blurry and a little out of focus but Bella. I think we’ll be seeing more of this image.

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From Facebook and Instagram

Hamlet was helping in the studio over the weekend.

Hamlet is determined to be a studio cat, because pens are irresistible.
Hamlet is determined to be a studio cat, because pens are irresistible.

Today Mimi and her children were very distracting.

My studio staff is working hard on this Monday.
My studio staff is working hard on this Monday.
Now they've made it a family affair. Really, I can't tell you what an amazing thing it is to turn around and see this pile of happy black cats, and they have no idea what a wonder they are. I don't know how I get anything done some days.
Now they’ve made it a family affair. Really, I can’t tell you what an amazing thing it is to turn around and see this pile of happy black cats, and they have no idea what a wonder they are. I don’t know how I get anything done some days.

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What other photos did I feature on this date?


Bad Hunters!, 2013
black cat with yellow beans
All they got were these beans!

Giuseppe is, to say the least, disappointed at the prowess of his human Mama Bernadette and feline Mama Mimi.

black cat in garden
Mimi slinks around the bean tub.

Our moms went hunting in the garden and all they brought back was this useless basket of beans! They were out there all morning and we were watching them among the tomato plants and broccoli thinking “sauteed vole with fresh grass” or “chipmunk stew with catnip”. It was almost more than we could bear, the waiting, and even though none of we Four like to go outdoors we were almost ready to charge out there and meet them, and were hoping we’d have enough for lunch and dinner, after all that waiting.

And then the two of them came strolling into the house with this! And they were happy about it! I dug around in there and tried to see if perhaps the mousies or voles were hidden underneath but I knew they weren’t because I couldn’t smell them.

As for Mama Bernadette, Mr. Sunshine knew there was something wrong when he inspected her garden seeds the day she went out a-planting and didn’t find seeds for mousies or catnip. He and Mama Mimi tried to tell her it was all useless but she would not listen.

black cat in garden
Mimi strolls quietly around the garden.

We’re worried maybe there is something wrong with out Mama Mimi. Maybe she’s been hanging with Mama Bernadette too much. Mama Mimi never taught us to hunt or brought us things but she told us all about it so we knew just what to do when the first mousie showed up in the basement.

And that’s what we’ve had to resort to—hunting for our own dinners! Mama Bernadette calls it some stupid “Mousewatch” thing and has a good laugh on our behalf, but this is serious stuff. If they’re going to go hunting out there and only bring in this sort of thing, we Four have to get to work! Already Jelly Bean has caught two, but the tell us it’s five mice per cat per day…let’s hope it rains a lot so they come running into the basement.

I don’t mind them supplementing their diet with a real mouse now and then since they do invade the basement on a regular basis, but don’t let them convince you they are deprived or forced to live on a vegetarian diet—they do get their twice-daily raw meals!

And no need to worry about Mimi’s prowess. One morning while on her leash with me attached, Mimi caught not one but two voles and calmly brought each of them to me. They’ve overrun since Namir and Cookie are gone, and as they are shallow-tunneling creatures and eat as they go, last year they ate the roots off of nearly all the vegetables in my garden. I left the voles in the garden where Mimi had set them down, and about two hours later they were gone, likely taken by the crows.

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Hmmm?, 2012
tortoiseshell cat sleeping on windowsill

It’s too hot for anything more than just opening one eye a tiny little bit. Kelly has found a spot in the shade on a cool marble windowsill and she isn’t changing that for anything.

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four black cats in cat bed
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