We had a day today! Normally, during the week, I sit a lot, and I’m pretty dull. But when I’m up and about, so is the whole household, and we had things to do, or I had things to do and everyone had to supervise me. A good bit of it happened in the kitchen, and a nice warm and slightly steamy kitchen on one of the first cold days is a definite draw for felines, so all eight of us were pretty much in one room for most of the day, with momentary variations on who was using the cabinet for what, and it wasn’t always me. If anyone gets any strange messages from me, let me know. I think Smokie did fall asleep before he managed to actually send any messages. Mr. Sunshine, I’m not so sure. Someday I’ll catch up on all the photos I took today, but for now, I still have a few plants to come inside, and I really need to finish out my storm doors, but I can assure you that all felines were involved in everything, and Bella especially was part of each activity.
What other photos did I feature on this date?
Alternative Cat Trap, 2012
When a box, piece of paper, garment, newspaper, magazine, book or computer keyboard is not available, a small stack of warm laundry, folded or unfolded, is appropriate to lure and trap cats.
Sunshine and Mimi snuggle together for a nap.
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That Wool Afghan, 2011
I admit it has been a little cold at night, and it was time to put the wool afghan at the foot of the bed, just in case we had a really cold night. But it’s as if they were waiting for me to get the afghan out of the closet so they could cuddle on it, and I’ve barely seen them in three days.
Jelly Bean, in front, isn’t sure it’s worth waking all the way up, but Mr. Sunshine on the left and Mewsette on the right are fully awake and no way are they moving. The black lump behind them is Giuseppe, who they’d actually been using as a pillow. It’s the only time he sleeps on to of the quilt, though he’ll no doubt be back under in a few days when the afghan gets old.
I had to touch up their eyes as best I could because I had to use the flash and they looked possessed otherwise.
Once the leaves fall from the tree out front I’ll have more light, but four black cats on a primarily black afghan will always be a challenge.
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Shadow Kitty, 2010
Jelly Bean casts a big shadow on the door from his perch on the windowsill. I really enjoyed how the glow of the sun is centered right behind him, as if he’s in the spotlight. He likes it there!
In the two years since I took this photo I’ve also used it as an illustration for other feline-themed projects, which encouraged me to have my camera ready when I walked past the bathroom door on sunny days.
Browse some rescued cats and kittens!
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Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
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