Daily Photo: A Sweet Cuddle in the Basket

Cuddles in the basket on a rainy day.
Cuddles in the basket on a rainy day.

Giuseppe and Bean in a brotherly embrace. I am helpless at their sweetness.

I have no idea how many photos of cats in the yellow basket I have actually taken. Some days I take two dozen and nothing else, and don’t have the time to post them. But trust me, it’s non-stop. I never cease for smiles and inspiration.

Overexposed cuddles, but they work.
Overexposed cuddles, but they work.


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From the Archives: April 23, 2007, Cookie, Kelly and Lucy

Cookie Looks at Me
Cookie Looks at Me

You may recognize the photo above from my Animal Sympathy Cards—it’s Cookie giving me a very serious look. It’s funny that all this time I’d thought, especially knowing the rest of this series of photos (there is always a series of photos) that I’d taken this photo out in the back yard, specifically with Cookie on the deck and me in my garden below, but that’s not so—she was right here on the shelf on my desk with the red brick porch pillar behind her and the morning sun on her face. Probably her expression is telling me that I am intolerably dull and we really need to go out into the yard. Sometimes Cookie thought she ran the show.

As I gather all my years of digital photos into one place I’ve been spending probably too much time looking through them, but I’ve been enjoying what I’ve found. I am surprised there are days when I have no photos of cats, and days back in this era when I have no photos at all. Then there are days like this where I have several series of photos of different cats at different times of the day. At this point in 2007, I hated this camera, and I don’t use “hate” loosely—it took way too long to focus to photograph cats well, all the photos were a little too red no matter how I adjusted it, I couldn’t control the contrast and lots of little details in each photo that I won’t go into; I can even look at a few and distinctly remember moments of frustration. Still, I took plenty of photos, and I’m glad I have them.

Below, Kelly enjoys a morning roll on the bed. This was always her habit after breakfast, to sit in the sun at the top of the stairs (there’s one of her there, but it’s badly exposed, darn), then hop over into my bedroom roll around on the bed while talking and bathing herself. I tried to catch her in mid-roll, but here I managed to catch and hold her attention for just a moment so I could see those big green eyes. When Kelly was happy, I was happy, but I know she can’t figure out what I’m laughing at.

 Kelly on the Bed
Kelly on the Bed

And then later in the day, Lucy settled on the bed. This is my favorite photo of the series, just Lucy perfectly curled in all that white on the bed. I remember thinking, though, that even though she was cute, something was wrong. Lucy followed me all over, and when she wasn’t with me she was with one of the other cats, especially Namir, who she adored, but she was never alone. Here she was alone on the bed, and not as responsive to her pets and compliments or invitations to play as usual. I’d talked to my veterinarian a few times about vague symptoms I’d noticed since her spay, and on April 25 she was diagnosed with FIP. But she was still my kitten, and I love to see photos of her.

 Lucy on the bed.
Lucy on the bed.

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4 thoughts on “Daily Photo: A Sweet Cuddle in the Basket

  • May 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Such lovely pictures of cats past and present.
    They all leave footprints on our hearts and we will never forget any of them.
    Brothers cuddling is such a nice thing to see 🙂
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

    • May 3, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      It’s almost ten years and they are just as they were when they were kittens. We keep all the others in our hearts.


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