What do you think Mr. Sunshine is thinking? Don’t know if Mr. Sunshine is enjoying his little wax paper crown, or if he thinks it’s a halo, or if he’s plotting his revenge. What do you think? I think it may be something I wouldn’t post for sensitive ears.
But this is the price they pay for fame!
And I love my studio cats. I’ve had a number of long nights lately and these will continue through the holiday season. I am so glad I have my studio cats who keep me company and keep me entertained when I need it. And for Mr. Sunshine’s understanding about the wax paper tape backing on his forehead. At least he didn’t get it as badly as Jelly Bean.
When I saw this photo from 2013 among the ones from previous years I decided I had to share it today. We’ve had some moments like this in the studio…
And because I referenced Jelly Bean in the text from this day four years ago, here is that post too.
Dewy morning grass makes for cold paws. Mimi posed for a few dramatic shots and then cuddled on my lap to warm her toes.
Later, Mimi used a few of her children as a nice warm bed for a cozy afternoon nap.
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Photos from previous years on this date
Squirrel on Deck!, 2016
Fatso hasn’t stolen anything lately but loves to go rooting around on the deck, making really exciting little scratching noises and then leaping from one thing to another. Torture! they say. Environmental enrichment! I say. Fatso eats well, not always intentionally, but he does a good job keeping my cats entertained.
In other news, our Chewy order came in today. They were on the box as soon as I set it down and someone has been guarding it all day today.
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Kitty Sorrows, 2014
Is Giuseppe considering drowning a few kitty sorrows in a glass of white wine? He certainly doesn’t look too happy. What is it—Mlle. so far away? Bored with life here? What could a cat who has everything be unhappy about?
Or is it just his moody artistic nature? He wasn’t chosen for the role of “Rodolfo” in La Boheme? Well, we creative types do have our challenges.
Giuseppe’s mom and brother join him in commiserating.
Bean, always compassionate offers a few suggestions to lighten up. “He bro, wanna watch some kitty porn?”
What other photos did I feature on this date?
Wordless Wednesday: I Just Love My Brother
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Mewsette Makes a Good Cat Bed, 2013
Yesterday Mimi curled up on Giuseppe, now it’s Mewsette. Mimi reserves the right to use her children as soft and warm cat beds any time she pleases—you can see this in her expression.
Mewsette has been persisting in her newly-transformed box; in fact, that’s how she learned what the box wanted to be. Though she considers her installation to be complete, she still curls up deep inside the box.
Her tiny Mama Mimi (accents on the second syllables for my French cats) gently steps into the box and curls up on top of Mewsette, barely making a dent, and not bothering Mewsette in the least. Nice, soft, furry, warm, purry cat bed, Mimi obviously thinks, and it’s one of those reasons you have children.
Bath En Plein Air, 2013
Emeraude was on her windowsill again yesterday afternoon, having a good bath after a mid-day meal. From October 6, the day she began acting a little subdued, she hasn’t paid any attention to her windowsill at all, but has just been sleeping on her fleece bed on the floor, eating well, but very quiet. So it was good to see her yesterday finish her food and head for the three step journey to the windowsill—toilet, sink, window—and then spend the warm afternoon enjoying the sun and the air, a little bit of her old self. Each time I went in the bathroom she stood up and greeted me with her not-so-pretty voice. I hated to disturb her.
She’s been feeling better with some sub-q fluid support and supplements and another acupuncture treatment. Nothing has gotten in the way of her appetite. Read more about Emeraude.
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Wordless Wednesday: Remembering
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Shadow Kitty, 2012
The gentle mixed shadows reminded me of an illustration, and yet it changed every second with the sun, moving near midday shining through layers of trees at a long angle into the bathroom window, past the tall maples and the shorter tulip poplar and even shorter mulberry to the pussy willow right outside the window. Jelly Bean sat on the sink, head tilted toward the faucet, waiting for his human to “get it”, just the top of his head showing at the very bottom of the frame.
Then just a little later he moved up to the windowsill and look like a monster kitty heading into the room!
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Mimi on My Shoulders Makes Me Happy, 2011
Above, Mimi supervises my work from the best angle she can find—my left shoulder.
This is the cat who was always just a little cool about touching. She could do the limbo under your hand and bend herself into some pretty complicated shapes in order not to be touched.
Mimi was never, ever unfriendly, mind you, but she was not accustomed to being touched in her former home where she lived as a mostly outdoor cat having kittens and pretty much being ignored.
But she has come up with her own little games for attention, some of them involving sitting right in front of me with her back to me or sitting on my right wrist as I work at the computer. This proves to me that she has to take drastic measures in order to be noticed.
She has just begun this practice of getting up onto my shoulders. When I’m working bent over a table, she gets on the table and then steps up onto one of my shoulders. She is so lightweight I hardly know she’s there.
Below, Mimi moves over to my right shoulder do take a break. She works so hard.
These photos were fun to take. I only had my big DSLR with me, and holding that far enough away from my and focusing without looking through the viewfinder was pretty fun! And all that without dislodging Mimi.
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