Daily Photo: Wavering Light

Wavering Light
Wavering Light

A dark, rainy day produces its own special effects. Basil and Jelly Bean watch the birds attempting to eat from the feeders dripping in rain while the rivulets down the windows create a pattern, and the light itself blurs the edges of two black cats.


From Instagram

It’s a relief sculpture of the four siblings tangled together in front of the furnace vent, then it’s what they actually look like on this dark, rainy day. I have to step over them to get up and down the stairs, so I get exercise while they sleep.

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Mewsette Models Colors for Autumn, 2015
Mewsette's profile with gentle colors of leaves and flowers and sunshine in the background that look like bubbles.
Mewsette’s profile with gentle colors of leaves and flowers and sunshine in the background that look like bubbles.

We’ve had a few sunny days lately, nice and warm, and the leaves have been falling and enticing Mewsette to chase them. This photo is from a few weeks ago, but when I looked through my viewfinder today this is what I saw—and missed because Mewsette was so busy. Even though the big leaf show is pretty much over, there is still quite a bit of green in the back yard, and with the sun coming in at just the right angle colorful little highlights end up on everything, including Mewsette’s whiskers. She is wearing her purple harness and is nearly pulling herself out of it on seeing a SQUIRREL!!

What it looks like when a cat shakes her head!
What it looks like when a cat shakes her head!

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Daily Photo: Studio Cats on a Cold Night, 2014
two black cats in boxes
Smokie has a box and so does Mewsette.

Smokie has stuffed himself and all his hair into a small shipping box. Mewsette is in her box observing and giving the little man some direction in how to interpret cardboard as he had begun to bite the edge of the flap in all seriousness. He may just be teething, or he may actually have potential, we’re just not sure.

The temperatures have been dropping all day long, and tonight between the wind and wet it’s just bitter out there, and everyone but Bella is in the studio with me. I don’t get cold easily but I had to close the blind in my studio because the wind was seeping in the window—too bad, I was enjoying watching the occasional snowflakes, first of the season, fly around in the light just outside my window.

Below, when it’s cold, there’s always a brother to use as a pillow, and the heater vent. Jelly Bean, Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine cuddle together in the warm spot behind the door.

three black cats on floor
The boys are on the floor under the heater vent.

Mimi has my lap all to herself, nice because she keeps my legs warm as I keep her warm.

black cat on lap
Mimi has my lap.

Bella is the only one not in the studio, but that’s because she has discovered the wool afghan and naps on it multiple times a day.

black cat on afghan
Bella has the wool afghan all to herself.

Winter cold is one thing for use, quite another for animals who don’t have much control over their environment. Seeing the polar vortex was on its way I published an article including information and tips for caring for pets in cold weather.

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Wordless Wednesday: This Box Is Occupied
two black cats in box
“This box is occupied by Jelly Bean and me. It is not available for use,” said Mewsette.

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Sleepy Supervisor, 2013
black cat on boxes
Jelly Bean sits on the stacked boxes.

My sleepy supervisor takes the opportunity for a nap while I pack a few orders and organize my boxes and bins. His face is blurry because he’s purring so hard.

Jelly Bean was my supervisor all day today, and I was a little surprised since he’s usually far too sleepy for a whole day’s work. Like a little Hobbit or one of Snow White’s dwarves (who really were hobbits anyway, right?) he always put in a request for second breakfast at least (he does not get this, despite his shape) and later rolls himself up in a perfect hemisphere of black fur for a deep, deep nap.

After following me around the house from the basement to the studio—this is required for whichever feline has the responsibility for supervising me for the day—he’s taking the opportunity to catch a little Bean-style nap wherein he wraps his tail around whatever he’s sitting on to anchor him should he fall into a deeper sleep and risk falling off his pedestal.

Really, he doesn’t want his picture taken either, he closed his eyes rather quickly…and I have a hard time not squeezing his round Buddha shape.

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Black Cat Camouflage, 2013
black cat in garden
Can you find Mimi in this photo?

Can you find Mimi in this photo? Who would think a black cat could be so easily camouflaged in a green and yellow and orange landscape! Mimi and I enjoyed our sunny morning out in the back yard.

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Surprise! Feline Photo Card
Surprise! Feline Photo Card

Card or photo print. Basil must have thought the yellow basket was a gift for him because he owned it from the day it came into the house, which was the day I was running errands and saw it…atop someone’s trash pile. I sprayed it down and rinsed it in the basement and let it air dry, then brought it up to the magic basket spot, and Basil was immediately IN THE BASKET, looking totally cute, big, long, white whisker and all. Read more and purchase.


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