We’re not going to talk about the weather for this past week. We are just going to enjoy the sunshine and pretty flowers, and nice, somewhat warm air.
Mimi’s real cat tree reclines through a thicket of forsythia and grapevines, so she is cleverly camouflaged as she walks along her way, stopping every few steps to have a really, really good scratch on the bark and sometimes bare wood. She has her favorite spots. I just realized the photo from this date last year shows her on the same section! Scroll down to see.
Below, Mimi demonstrates the proper way to thoroughly reply to a face rub left by a neighbor cat. First, have a really good sniff to be sure you’ve gotten the entire message, and completely understand. Make sure you open your mouth as well as your nostrils, and swing your ears back for good form.
Then rub your chin thoroughly across the entire area, turn your head and slide one cheek fully from nose to ear, then follow with the other cheek, and finally, for total emphasis, rub your forehead all over it.
This message was likely in response to yet another neighbor cat who appeared on the edge of the yard in one of the spots where the fence is missing. I saw Mimi staring at something, thinking it was a small critter in the leaf litter, then saw her posture as she began to move forward and saw the white cat with orange spots who lives a block down looking eager and friendly. Mimi was having none of it. Wearing her harness and leash she took off over 10 feet toward him barely touching the ground, and when he realized he wasn’t going to meet a new friend he turned and ran along inside the fence, past Mimi’s tree, above, and out of another opening in the fence. Mimi stopped when he went through the opening, stood with her head high and very proud. I chased after in case she might actually leave the yard so I didn’t have a chance to take any photos at all. But Mimi is absolutely certain where the boundaries of her territory are. Below is the kitty, who I photographed last summer intending to share him here but never got the chance.
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Wordless Wednesday: Stalking the Squirrel
Looking Out the Door, 2017
Aren’t they sweet? It was the only angle I could photograph them that I didn’t get a lot of reflection, although that’s nice, see below. But this is what I saw as I swept the porch and looked down. Below, looking at me, looking away, with the springtime front yard reflected on the door.
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It’s Chewy.com day and Mr. Sunshine and Mimi are guarding their cases of food from the strange humans who are making loud noises in the neighbor’s driveway with a backhoe.
Mimi is really going to miss her life-size cat tree. I wish I had the space in the house!
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Catnip Tea?! 2013
You made tea out of perfectly good catnip?
And what’s worse:
YOU HAVE YOUR OWN PERSONAL STASH OF CATNIP?
I can’t believe you would betray us this way—a jar full of the best leaf in the house, and you keep it to yourself, and you make TEA?!
. . . . . . .
Yes, I do have a stash of dried catnip leaves that I use in herbal decoctions for myself. Homegrown.
I wasn’t going to hear the end of it until I shared some.
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For several years before moving in with me, Mimi “belonged” to a neighbor who would not spay her and she had six litters of kittens*. She hunted for food for her kittens, and my yard was her territory. Now that she’s a pampered princess she still likes to indulge now and then, just to keep in shape, though she is on a leash when she is outdoors with me.
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