So how does it work when the black cat is ON the ladder—does it change your luck at all? I was willing to walk underneath the ladder with the black cat on top because that Mimi on a ladder makes it very lucky indeed! And Mimi has lost a little weight but seems to be feeling better generally and has been eating more on her own. She is on medication still but also received another reiki treatment and an acupuncture session, so with all this hopefully this eating thing might catch on. She has been in very good spirits.
The morning was beautiful, sunny and feeling warm and with a new item to add to Mimi’s list of things she owns—the old wooden ladder under the deck.
She was thrilled to run up the steps and inspect the top, especially taking in the view of the garden.
But the best part of it was the feel of the wood beneath her paws, and under her claws.
But we went out again late afternoon when I often take a little break to rest my eyes. I knew what was happening for I’d seen the clouds roll in later in the morning and the wind waved the branches around and fluttered the garden flags, then the rain began to fall and drizzled all afternoon. Mimi was not happy and walked around the deck railing because it was as close as she could get to the yard without getting wet.
I did not bother to translate what she said to me.
Eventually Mimi went out into the wet grass and drizzle and this is what we both found! I’ve been checking the forget-me-not clusters every day looking for signs of open flowers and they were not open this morning. Perhaps they opened to catch raindrops in their little flower mouths! Soon the back yard will be carpeted with flowers. For a few more photos of forget-me-nots visit my blog Today.
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From a few other sunny mornings in April
Now, and Then, Some Things Never Change, 2008, 2014
The other day I photographed a wonderful series of black cats with lace curtain (and beginning a sketch along with them) as well as Mewsette and Mimi in one of their two-level wrestling matches, Mewsette on the wardrobe and Mimi plotting behind the lace curtain. Later I went digging through older photos from April 2008 when the kitties were getting to be cattens and Mimi was finally letting go of her role as a mom cat to see if there was anything cute to be posted from the archives. I happened to notice a series of photos of a two-level wrestling match between Mimi and Mewsette! I actually hadn’t realized they’d begun this when Mewsette was only nine months old! Everything is about the same, but none of the plants made the transition from life with seniors to life with kittens, but even Mimi and Mewsette look the same along with the wardrobe, the windowsill and the lace curtain.
The photo above is from 2008 with Mimi trying to camouflage herself with the lace curtain, below are three from Mimi’s big plot to ambush Mewsette the other morning. First, Mimi cleverly hides behind the curtain, sort of.
Then she measures the distance to Mewsette, and of course Mewsette has no idea what Mimi is planning…
“When you’re little, you have to use every advantage,” Mimi says.
Then she pushes aside the curtain and takes aim…
…and lands one on Mewsette’s forehead!
Back to 2008, Mewsette wears a patient expression, the same as she does today. “Some things never change,” she says. Mewsette didn’t take it lying down but always gives her mom a fair fight.
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