Oh my, the sun was good stuff! A nice warm weathered wooden step and a rough sturdy concrete flower pot! What could be a better find!
We didn’t have much time outside yesterday so I tried to make up for it today. Unfortunately for Mimi she had her harness and leash to drag around the yard and it just wasn’t as fun, but with her feeling better, and me distracted by flowers suddenly blooming, I’d rather have a little had on what she decides to do. I’m just so excited she is maintaining how she feels.
Below is just a really good face rub on the concrete pot. I love to watch them rub their faces on things like this–you can tell it feels really good!
Don’t tell Mimi I told you this, but she really got carried away and rolled right off that step she was on! That’s how good she felt.
I got so many nice photos of her today that I’m going to share a few more tomorrow, but it seems this ladder is now a permanent stop on the daily tour of the back yard. She looks lovely up there! And she’s out of the sun too–important with a black cat that they don’t get over heated.
Below she watches me skeptically…I am doing something very strange, she thinks, or perhaps I am just being who I am, but I am enjoying what I am doing as much as she enjoyed the roll and rub on the step and flower pot.
Flowers have been blooming daily, and today the bleeding hearts bloomed. It is an essential plant in my memorial garden for obvious reasons, and this is a replacement of the one I lost a few years ago. I was concerned I’d lost this one too after this odd winter, but the leaves sprouted only last week and here is the little row of unique little heart-shaped purses. The flowers are different on this plant than the former ones, but still interesting and pretty as I rolled around in all directions to get the best angle on the plant. The plant is so ephemeral, vivid and vital for only a few weeks, then the flower stems die back, and then the plant dies back, all in just a month.
Keep an eye on my photo blog Today for more flowers!
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From a few years ago, same day…
“I Don’t Like What He Has To Say”, 2012
We have a huge forsythia. It’s bigger than my car, big enough for lots of little birds to settle in on a winter’s day while awaiting a chance at the feeder, and big enough around that it covers a lot of ground.
Which, in a neighborhood of outdoor cats, means a lot of messaging, in the feline manner. I used to say this forsythia was like a chat room, but now perhaps it’s more like Facebook, or maybe Twitter. How much can you say in a quick little stream of pee? I’d say 140 characters is about right.
And the forsythia is like a public computer, or a series of networked public computers, or perhaps it’s like the WiFi in Starbucks or Panera where everyone gathers and logs on and checks their messages, as Mimi is above, and correspond with others, though hopefully they don’t do it in the feline manner or it would really screw up someone’s laptop.
Mimi takes a moment to think about the message she’s just received. She is exhibiting the “flehmen response” wherein cats get a fuller sense of a scent by allowing it to pass by an organ in the roof of the mouth as well as into their nasal passages. This is common with cats of all species and breeds, but is not limited to cats. Mimi is understanding what animal it was, how long ago it passed by here, possibly its state of health, and a few other things a spayed cat shouldn’t care about. As for her blank-eyed, open-mouthed expression, I’ve seen people look this way after reading texts and e-mails as well.
I’ve also seen this look after humans have read certain messages. Mimi is tiny and delicate, but she makes up for it with her eyes and her postures. I would not want to read her blistering reply, if she indeed deigned to send one.
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And today’s photos on Facebook…
Whew! Got this week’s orders packed and in the mail with a lot of feline assistance and supervision last night and this morning! Mimi sits in the mail basket and wants to know why we just can’t skip this step and go outside now? Bella organizes the paperwork. Bella is very organized. She’s kind of a type A kitty, if there is such a thing. Except when she’s done working and napping in Mimi’s favorite sunny spot and Mimi has to wake her up and make her share. And Mewsette, Giuseppe and Jelly Bean cover my chair in the studio making sure I don’t sit down and therefore I do get the work done. Now Mimi and I are headed out to the back yard to celebrate how well she feels. See you later! Have a great day!
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