Daily Photo: Catifying Your Studio

three black cats
Giuseppe, Sunshine and Mimi are reorganizing to their liking.

“We’re catifying your studio. We thought we’d show you how it’s really done.

“We spend so much time in here we think it should better serve our needs.”

Well, I’m sure having a few shelves to tuck themselves into inside a cabinet would be nice, especially higher up toward the ceiling. But do they want to have to walk around my boxes of stuff that’s already in there and needs a new home?

“That’s your problem.”

Mr. Sunshine, on the floor, always looks a little guilty.

Mimi is critiquing my painting.

Taskmasters, these cats.

But I always leave a little room for her on the shelves above my work table. A little black cat doesn’t take up too much space.

black cat on shelves
Mimi on the shelves.

You can see a little more of their studio catification below.

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What other photos did I feature on or around this date?


Oh, That’s Where I Left My Pile of Cats, 2013
five black cats
A pile of cats.

Of course, I left them in my studio! I should have known, everything ends up on that table.

Especially when I’m trying to work and they need some attention.

I love how they always do things together, just like in today’s vintage photo from their kittenhood. Bean is in the box, and it’s about the same size as the one all four were in in The Messy Playroom! My how they’ve grown. Aside from Bean, the big guy here stretched out in the front is Giuseppe, couterclockwise it’s Mimi, Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine.

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Wordless Wednesday: Never Forget What I’m Capable Of, 2013

black cat scratching on picnic bench
Mimi says, “Never forget what I’m capable of…”

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My Sunday Face, 2012

black cat face upside down
Jelly Bean’s Sunday nap.

Jelly Bean demonstrates just exactly how to take a Sunday nap.

Bet you didn’t know he had cute little fangs like that.

Bet you couldn’t keep your hands off him either.

He’s cute from every angle.

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Today on “Today”: Drum Cat

I photographed “Orange Kitty” in her habitat, the third floor, of her foster person’s home, in my travels transporting cats yesterday. The foster just purchased the house and the woman who sold it to her was moving to the west coast to take care of her parents. She had Orange Kitty all packed up as a carry-on but she would not fit on the flight because her carrier was too big. She asked if the home buyer would foster Orange Kitty until a flight could be arranged, so Orange Kitty is there for one more week, and she and the drum set have the entire third floor all to themselves. I really liked the open space, the interesting alcove, the light and shadow, so there it is. I featured this today on my photo blog, Today.

cat with drums
Drum Cat


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The Welcome Garden

Welcome garden on the left.

From my second floor window the other evening I heard a child talking…and talking…and talking, occasionally punctuated by a soft adult voice. People walk up and down the street regularly and they deserve their privacy, so I stayed where I was. But in the child’s voice I clearly heard, “Kit-ty,” and needed to look into it. Most of my cats were in the studio with me. I stood up from my chair at the drafting table so I could see down into the street and saw a young woman and a toddler at my welcome garden. The toddler was gently touching each flower as the woman named them. Then he touched the garden flag, and again he said “kit-ty”, then turned to the other side and its flowers and kitty garden flags, and blowing on the little pinwheels I have tucked here and there.

He was reviewing the lesson, apparently enjoying the repetition of touching the flowers and flags and hearing “geranium”, “phlox”, “petunia”, “kitty”, but he only repeated “kitty”. The woman looked up, possibly sensing me looking out the window. I smiled and waved quickly and sat down, thinking I should go down to talk to her to see if she liked kitties, if she wanted to adopt a nice kitty. But she still deserved her privacy, and I was too involved in what I was doing to want to get up and go down to the street to talk to her. And I really just wanted her to have her moment with the little boy. Perhaps I’ll see them again some time, but I’m glad they seemed to enjoy their little visit.

Welcome garden on the right.

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3 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Catifying Your Studio

  • August 1, 2014 at 8:23 am

    You have to be very creative to work around cats 😀 Love that drum kitty. Sadly the Petties don’t seem to want us to vote today 🙁

    • August 1, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Animalcouriers, that was a once-in-a-lifetime shot. How often do you find a plump kitty and a drum set in a unique alcove of an otherwise empty attic with good lighting? And yes, creative and quick, before they have cat beds in place of all your stuff. I think the Petties were originally supposed to end last night and things may have been set to stop, but they extended them and who knows? Thanks for voting!


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