Daily Photo: Bella’s Best Idea

black cat with mouse toy on computer keyboard
She offered me her mousie.

“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 on the computer, and crossing things off my list while adding others until my food was ready.

Bella had been happily playing, but hopped up on the cabinet, put her absolute favorite treasured white fleece mousie down next to my mousie and laid down on my lists, putting her head on my phone.

computer mosue and cat toy
Bella carefully put her mousie next to mine.

“Take a break!” she said, reaching for my pen, making sure I was unable to do much of anything.

black cat lying on desk
Not much I can do now!

I was really quite flattered she offered me her fleece mousie. She runs around the house with it and growls as if it’s a real mousie, even if there aren’t any other cats around who might be threatening to take her mousie away. What else could I do?

black cat

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What other photos have I posted on or around this date?


Today’s Supervisor, and How Mewsette Celebrates Work, 2011
black cat on worktable
Mewsette eagerly awaits my arrival in my studio.

I had barely finished my coffee but Mewsette was round-eyed and ready to start today’s shift in the studio, packing all the things we’d made and assembled yesterday and last night. She supervised me last night as well, and typically the family trades off work shifts so everyone gets enough rest, but Mewsette felt her enthusiasm and quiet encouragement were necessary. I had to agree, it’s been a long few weeks leading up to the holidays, and there really are times when, if a feline wasn’t stationed on my work table to make sure I got the work done, and done correctly, I might just go to bed.

Yes, this is what my studio looks like right not too…good thing you can’t see the rest of the room.

Below is Mewsette’s Celebration Initiating the Workday to Consecrate the Creative Space, performed before I begin anything at all, rolling around on my worktable and rubbing her face on all my tools, bringing joy and black cat hairs to all I do.

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Wordless Wednesday: Namir, Dramatically, 2008
cat in spot of sun
Namir, from 2008

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Asleep on the Job, 2012
black cat curled
Giuseppe sleeping on the job.

And asleep on my desk as well. I find Giuseppe’s nose as sweet as when he was a kitten.

Giuseppe curls up on the only elevated surface where he’s permitted in my studio. Yes, I said permitted, and I have glue and paints, so don’t push me too far!

It’s important they can see what I’m doing, but I cleverly place boxes and crumpled piles of craft paper on the floor which keeps them busy.

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I Get the Tin of Cookies, 2011
photo of tortoisehshell cat on tin of cookies
Kelly owns the tin of cookies.

A design customer stopped today to drop off work and a gift tin of butter cookies. I’m so glad. Kelly’s life was apparently incomplete until the cookie tin showed up.

Kelly was right on the ball and on the tin as soon as I set it down, standing on it and spinning around to see the 360 degree view from 12″ higher than before. She spent quite a bit of time quietly sitting on the tin looking at various views of the room and also out the window.

Okay, Kelly, the tin will stay there until you’re done with it.

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