Daily Photo: Enjoying the Outdoors

Mimi on my lap.
Mimi on my lap.

I think it’s too hot for snuggling, but then I’m not a cat. Mimi tried to decide if it was cooler on the flagstones or on the patio out front and then came back to spend some time with me.

These photos are from June 12! I am so far behind in catching up with photos I’ve shared on Instagram but not here that I’m just going to grab the next ones in line and double up on a few. Five events in eight weeks, I’m surprised I know what day it is! But now that I’m back in my studio and some busy work is done, I’ll be posting regularly again. I even set up a new list of articles when the old one ran out in late April!

Below, during the last heat wave, Mimi tries to decide which is cooler, the flagstones or the concrete. She ended up on my lap, above.

Mimi on the flagstones.
Mimi on the flagstones.
Mimi on the cool concrete porch.
Mimi on the cool concrete porch.

Later, in the studio, the evening sun on Mimi and Mewsette was beautiful.

This beautiful light.
This beautiful light.

And here’s a brief little video. I was transfixed with watching the sun speckles flow across the two as they slept on my table.

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Other Photos Posted On or Around This Date…

Kitty Cuddles
Kitty cuddles with Ophelia and Basil.
Kitty cuddles with Ophelia and Basil.

Now this was a sweet moment. The long-haired black cat is not Hamlet cuddling with Ophelia, it’s Basil. Ophelia was there first when everyone gathered for a big afternoon nap, but Basil naps there too. They are both such nice cats that they compromised and cuddled, but first they rubbed their faces together, exchanging their scent with each other. A nice act of acceptance, and another big step for Ophelia!

They quickly settled down to the business of napping, though, head to head.

Ophelia and Basil napping.
Ophelia and Basil napping.

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Shared on Facebook

Yes, I have a few days to catch up on again. I had quite an intense week last week and didn’t even manage to share photos on Facebook most days until the weekend.

MONDAY

"Who is dat?!" Ophelia discovers a friend.
“Who is dat?!” Ophelia discovers a friend.

 

Hamlet and Ophelia discover the wardrobe and the window.
Hamlet and Ophelia discover the wardrobe and the window.
He's looking at me, isn't he?
He’s looking at me, isn’t he?

SUNDAY

Just me and my girl in the studio on this perfect afternoon.
Just me and my girl in the studio on this perfect afternoon.
The formerly feral club gathers to observe the morning wildlife at the basement door. Good program on this CatTV channel today--feeding cheeping fluttering baby robins! Hamlet, Bella, Basil, chaperoned by Mewsette.
The formerly feral club gathers to observe the morning wildlife at the basement door. Good program on this CatTV channel today–feeding cheeping fluttering baby robins! Hamlet, Bella, Basil, chaperoned by Mewsette.
"What can I say? I'm hot." So am I. Temp in my studio right now.
“What can I say? I’m hot.” So am I. Temp in my studio right now.

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Other Photos Posted On or Around This Date…

Cats-up Time!, 2015
Charm being charming in the basket.
Charm being charming in the basket.

Tee hee, that’s a pun on “catsup” or “catchup” or “ketchup”, but I’m not going to put any ketchup on my cats! Every once in a while there just aren’t enough hours in the day, and when this week looked as if the days might run long after Sunday’s clinic, though I had posts planned and drafted, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to post on time. Rather than post scattershot, fall asleep editing photos because I took too many, lose track of where I was and have way too many errors in my articles, I decided to just wait until the weekend when I could start “catching up” with my week and enjoy it all. I’ll be posting most of this past week’s articles today and tomorrow, then next week’s articles will be on time, in part because there is a certain important date next week.

Above, Charm finally settles into the basket and is totally cute!

Look who’s in the basket! Charm is killing me with cute. It’s just who she is, even after being abandoned and kittens. Haven’t seen a drop of tortitude, she is just all sweet.

I posted this photo on Facebook to a lot of likes and comments, and why not? This one is from my phone, and in the one I took with my good DSLR her head is turned just a bit to the left and she’s looking out the window. I think I need to paint this one anyway.

And that’s another consideration with fostering and what it does to my schedule…no daily sketches, falling behind on artwork, and the studio activities that involve the bathroom for water or washups or hanging things to dry don’t get done, or take way more time. So after a meet and greet and an adoption of Zorro and Crayola—together—integrating Charm and arranging a meet and greet for her, rearranging the upstairs now that the bathroom is open, catching up on artwork and handmade goods, a big design project and a second one the customer and I wanted to finish, sending out queries as always for new work and articles, I’m ready to get back to posting and my daily photos and sketches. And helping to catch another litter of kittens from where Charm and her kittens were found…

Two tiny black kittens who will not go into the trap!
Two tiny black kittens who will not go into the trap!

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Looking at Zorro Looking at Zorro
Zorro reflecting.
Zorro reflecting.

Nope, not a mistake, but you are literally looking at Zorro looking at herself, and a few other things. She is of course adopted now, but this is a post I prepared on Monday to feature her again for adoption, but didn’t have time to post it that day. The next day her adopters came and the rest is history! But I still wanted to share these lovely photos of the little girl who wears the mask.

The photos were taken with my phone and the light is chancy for that. Only one of them was clear and balanced, but I liked the other two and decided to play around with filters. Above I used a diffuse glow, converted to black and white, then added a yellow filter to soften and blend all the lighter toned elements of the photo so you could just focus on little Zorro and her reflection, along with the semi-circle of the mirror. Below is the clear one, and I love that I caught her reflection looking at the ball, which is actually just sitting on the wood.

Zorro's reflection looking at the ball.
Zorro’s reflection looking at the ball.

And if I can get a photo of any of my cats looking at themselves in the mirror, I do my best! But this was so blurry it was painful to look at. Hmmm, if I were to do a quick color sketch, what would that look like? I used the dry brush filter with broad settings, a large brush and coarse detail settings, just catching the little one looking at herself!

Who is that?
Who is that?

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And some goodbyes to some of Charm’s children

Bon Voyage
The last time nursing all together, just about dawn on Sunday.
The last time nursing all together, just about dawn on Sunday.

Sunday, yesterday, was clinic day, the day the five kittens would be spayed and neutered, and Splash’s new person would meet us there to take her home. Charm has been fussy about nursing the kittens for the past few days, they are so big compared to her and often she had to sit up or stand to fit them all to nurse at once. But just before dawn on Sunday she called them all over and they happily ran while she laid down and put her arm over little Splash.

Closeup of the five of them, the last time they'd all be together here.
Closeup of the five of them, the last time they’d all be together here.

Perhaps she nursed them at that time every day, which would not be unlikely knowing cat schedules for such things, or perhaps she knew. Mom cats can be very intuitive. Mimi taught me that. But soon enough after this I let Charm out of the room and packed the kittens into carriers, then let her back in and gave her a big breakfast so she could eat, alone, all day. When we came back, Higgins and Samwise would meet their person and go home in the evening, so this was really the last time we’d all be together.

Compare this to the first time she nursed them the day they all came here—how big they’ve grown!

Nursing lying down
Nursing lying down

What sweet memories.

I am a huge proponent of pediatric spay and neuter and have seen dozens of kittens come through just fine at clinics, and still be small enough to feel like little kittens to adopters while no one needs to worry about an unwanted litter when they get older. This was the first time the kittens were mine though, and they just seemed so small! But each of them was over two pounds, and only Zorro was slow to wake up. She was groggy and shivered a bit so I picked her up and held her against me and carried her around. One of the reasons my cats like me is that I am always warm, and Zorro soon stopped shivering and calmly looked around the room. In all we served 69 cats and kittens at the clinic, most of them stray and feral cats, plus kittens fostered by Pittsburgh CAT foster homes who will now be ready to go to their forever homes.

Recovery area in the clinic; we served 69 cats on Sunday.
Recovery area in the clinic; we served 69 cats on Sunday.

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Shared on Facebook on Sunday

First, Sheri and her son came to the clinic in the afternoon to take home little Splash. She has already sent many photos and a video of Splash being confident and affectionate and curious.

Bon voyage on your new life little Splash! Congratulations Sheri O’Leary on adopting one of the sweetest kittens I’ve seen in a long time. There isn’t anything I love more than sending a kitten I’ve rescued and fostered and loved to her excellent forever home. It’s like giving a gift to both the cat and the person–the gift of each other, and a lifetime of love in the bond between human and animal.

Sheri meets Splash, love at first sight.
Sheri meets Splash, love at first sight.

I headed home with Higgins and Samwise and Crayola and Zorro, and had a few cats to deliver to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society on the way home. Everyone was glad to get back to their room and were eating and even playing right away.

Higgins and Samwise

Off to another adventure! And another incredible adopter! My two little hobbits, Samwise and Higgins, just went home with Kerri Laur. I can’t wait to see these two little fuzzballs grow up with a person who obviously adores them. What an incredible day, the culmination of being able to change the lives of these two beautiful kittens from homeless to cherished forever companions and see a human smile with happiness at meeting them and taking them home, that gift of each other.

Kerri with Higgins and Samwise.
Kerri with Higgins and Samwise.

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Today Zorro and Crayola are pretty relaxed in the bathroom, having it all to themselves!

Ahhhhh, lots of room to stretch!
Ahhhhh, lots of room to stretch!

Yes? What can we do for you? Crayola had been spoken for a couple of weeks ago and was also to have gone from the clinic to his new home, but that person adopted another kitten from Pittsburgh CAT in the meantime and in the rush I didn’t find out until I called her on Friday. But Zorro and Crayola will be seeing a potential family tomorrow and would be adopted together!

Zorro and Crayola are like, "Wow, we have all this space."
Zorro and Crayola are like, “Wow, we have all this space.”

Zorro shows off her little incision.

Zorro shows off her tiny spay incision.
Zorro shows off her tiny spay incision.

Crayola puts his paw behind his head and goes back to sleep.

Crayola had a good nap in the tub, and no one disturbed him.
Crayola had a good nap in the tub, and no one disturbed him.

And Charm isn’t so insistent to get out of the bathroom, and even wanted back in. She is feeling pretty relaxed and hopefully I’ll be able to fatten her up a little more. She may also go to an offsite adoption place or to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society for adoption too. But in either case, you’ll be seeing more of her here! And speaking of WPHS, I also had the chance to see Scarlett today! You’ll be seeing her again too.

Charm is enjoying watching out the door with Giuseppe.
Charm is enjoying watching out the door with Giuseppe.

Get your house full of foster cats and kittens during Adopt a Cat Month!

Oranges
Oranges
Oranges

Samwise and Crayola together in the sun, watching one of their sisters on the windowsill. They make a journey tomorrow.

I posted many photos on Facebook today of the kittens and Charm, and shared them below.

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Shared on Facebook

Kitten cuteness! Bittersweet, this is the last day we will all be together. Tomorrow they have the rite of passage for domestic cats–spayed and neutered at the clinic–and Splash, Samwise and Higgins will go to their forever homes. It’s been a great month, kittens, and you’ll be an inspiration for many things to come. (Splash asks Samwise, “What is spay and neuter?” “Maybe that’s what’s for second breakfast?” he answered.) PS: Crayola is still up for adoption!

Crayola, Samwise and Splash are ready for action! Or second breakfast! Higgins has other plans. Crayola is still up for adoption!
Crayola, Samwise and Splash are ready for action! Or second breakfast! Higgins has other plans. Crayola is still up for adoption!
Splash asks Samwise, "What is spay and neuter?" "Maybe that's what's for second breakfast?" he answered. It really was second breakfast right then!
Splash asks Samwise, “What is spay and neuter?” “Maybe that’s what’s for second breakfast?” he answered.
It really was second breakfast right then!

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Crayola is very orange! He’s already a husky kitten and very adventurous and helpful, climbing the baby gate on the window and balancing on the bar, and helping to make the faucet work! He loves beat the crap out of fleecy mouses and chase his tail and wrestle with his siblings but he’ll always take some time out for love and kisses. He is orange all over–nice red stripes on his face and legs and big swirls on his sides, and creamy orange in between. He’s probably going to be a big boy, and lots of fun!

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Second breakfast, elevensies, lunch, I’m fattening them up in preparation for taking food away tonight. Good to see all those colors together too.

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Meanwhile, down in the kitchen…mom Charm is fitting herself right in.

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Three seriously cute housepanthers
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These three really have to stop this sort of thing. I have work to do and I can’t be distracted by such serious cuteness. Mimi, Sunshine, Jelly Bean.

Mimi looks miffed, possibly because of the snow (see below), Mr. Sunshine looks like he’s making a face by sticking out his tongue (he and Bean had been giving Mimi a big bath), and Bean just looks like he’s there and he’s cute and nothing more is needed. Read more, and purchase.



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