Once upon a time, Mimi was not the queen of the household, owner of the human and supervisor of all that was and wasn’t in her realm. Though a six-time mother, she was a junior member of the household, very junior compared to the older girls.
Here, the “Golden Girls”, the “Tri-color Trio”, my three most senior kitties, Kelly at 17, Peaches at 20 and Cookie at 18, have their dinner on the cabinet in the middle of the kitchen while Mimi longingly, or slyly, I wasn’t sure, looks on. She was about five years old. Apparently, she had a plan.
Mimi was relegated to the floor with her kids so that I could watch the three senior girls eat their dinner and assess their appetite and eating habits as I did daily to ensure they were eating well. Peaches, fighting kidney failure, definitely needed the supervision for her occasional struggles with acid reflux, one of the side effects of the condition. Kelly was timid about the kids and preferred being with her fur sisters, and I was happy to ensure she ate in peace without being nudged out of her dish by a three-year-old. Cookie didn’t really need the supervision but she kept an eye on Peaches and so she got to eat next to her; besides that, Cookie was my girl and that was reason enough.
Mimi didn’t hear the part about the age category but decided she was special too and should eat in the place of honor with her sisters instead of on the floor with the kids. Sometimes, she had had enough of those kids. And then there was Dickie who was with us then, who could hoover up anything faster than anyone, and then start charming each of the other cats for what was left in their bowl, with great success.
So Mimi began appearing on the cabinet at meal time, waiting for her portion. Mimi never asked for anything, she was always grateful just to be here. It took me a few days to catch on as I tried to convince her they were getting the same food she was, not realizing it wasn’t the food she was after, but the status.
Mimi is tiny and quiet but she is also persistent, and one day I decided yes, indeed, she was special. Because she is. We lost Peaches in October 2010, and when Cookie developed kidney failure the following year, Mimi kept an eye on Cookie the same as Cookie had done for Peaches, and then she also did with Kelly. And now she keeps an eye on me.
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Photos “From the Archives” and “Vintage Photos”
Photos pulled “From the Archives” were taken by one or another digital camera of mine between 2002 and, well, yesterday, but usually they are older than that, and I had never had the chance to feature them. Vintage Photos are from my film archives back to 1983 when I purchased my Pentax K-1000 camera. They’re a fun way to “introduce” other members of my feline family who came and went before I began blogging, and to illustrate my feline family in general from days gone by.
On Instagram and Facebook
So what’s on the agenda for today so we can plan our nap schedule?
This Welcome Kitty has a new do.
Photos from previous years
Shadows of Reality
Bella settles in the sun streaming in the basement door, her shadow just as interesting as herself. Now that the season is nearing the equinox the sun’s angle has dropped and shines farther into the room, and the highlights and shadows on all those black cats are even more interesting.
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On Instagram and Facebook
I am listing all the photos from Instagram and Facebook from the past week.
No, Mimi, not even under a chair under a table under another table, I will find you and take your photo. You look very avant garde under there, bathing en plein air. Continue.
Mimi has the whole back yard to roam, but she settles on my skirt. I love this girl. Problem is, my leg is asleep and my battery is at 6%. But Mimi is so happy!
Pretty Mewsette has been joining Mimi and me for our morning backyard sojourn.
Good morning. Lucky 7 Monday. The whole tribe gathers.
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Tortoishell cats can be camouflaged against many backgrounds with all their irregular speckles and dots. This photo of Cookie taken in the spring of 2010 truly shows her ability to blend into her background as her orange and tan blend with last year’s leaves and her green eyes blend with the spring’s new growth. I could not love her more. Read more, and purchase.
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