Squirrel. Squirrel for a snack. Squirrel for dinner. Squirrel for breakfast. Bella sits transfixed, barely breathing, making plans, figures there are enough squirrels out there to feed the family for quite some time. How to get them…
We don’t dislike squirrels, we just know that’s what Bella has on her mind. And she talked to Mimi about it, and Mimi confirmed Bella’s suspicions. I’m not sure how Buddy feels about that.
But Bella and I also spent some time together birdwatching, lurking below the windowsill, holding completely still, me with my camera, Bella with her ears flat. We saw a whole flock of goldfinches, drab in their winter feathers with just a flash of yellow at the throat. Bella is very excited by their fluttering when they’re all together.
And we were both transfixed by a busy little chickadee that would hop from one branch to another to the feeder, grab one seed, flutter off to a branch and talk about it, chick-a-dee, chick-a-dee-dee-dee, and finally break it open and eat the seed inside, then start all over again.
Mimi came outside with me to do some outdoor things, but wanted nothing to do with the snow and ice, even on a sunny day. Snow is kind of okay, but at that time of the day the temperature was still in the teens. Mimi is an indoor kitty now, no more freezing her little paws!
We also spent some time in the morning, with three of the four siblings sleeping on the floor, and on in the cat tree, and Mimi telling me that I really needed to rethink what I’d planned. I shared the text and photo below on Facebook; I used the “blue wash” filter in my smartphone and it’s interesting, so we are using this photo as our Caturday Art as well.
Me: But Mimi, how can I sketch you when you are sitting on my sketchbook?
Mimi: The paper is black, no one will see me. You make no sense sometimes. (Exits with dismissive swish of tail.)
Cats take things so literally sometimes. I sketched her children instead.
I’ll post the finished sketch of her children in a little bit.
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