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Daily Photo: You’ll Just Have to Stand

two black cats on chair

Mewsette and Giuseppe occupy my chair.

Mewsette and Giuseppe have occupied my chair, either or both, for days. I’ve been preparing for my upcoming art exhibit and they know that’s a lot of work, and if I sit down I might not get it all done. So, I saw even standing at my drafting table because they were right.

But aren’t those two ebony faces darling? It’s one of the ones I’ll point out to people who ask how I can tell them apart when the differences in their faces are so clear—eye shape and set, noses, ear shape and set, width of cheeks and even the height at which they hold their heads. Such beauties.

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What other photos did I feature around this date?

Disappointed, 2013
black cat in box

Mewsette is disappointed in the box she has chosen for interpretation.

Actually, I’m sure she didn’t expect the box to taste like pineapple, but Mewsette certainly did expect it to hold together through the finishing of her newest project. After she and Giuseppe had napped in it off and on and she’d done a bit of work between naps, the sides began collapsing.

I asked Mewsette if she thought this might not actually also be something the cardboard might want to express to the world. So though Mewsette was disappointed, she agreed to continue this important work in discovering the voice of the cardboard, and she also asked me to leave the carefully placed scraps where they were on the table. They were part of the work.

Unfortunately, the box completely collapsed after another series of naps, but Mewsette still said that was also what the cardboard had to say and considered it a progressive installation. Also, there was a bit of tabletop hockey with the scraps, but it was, after all, an interactive installation. I admire her flexibility.

See more posts about Mewsette, the Cardboard Interpretative Artist.

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Warm Concrete on a Summer Morning…, 2012
black cat rolling around on concrete

Mewsette rolls herself all over the warm concrete.

There is nothing as good as warm concrete on a summer morning. Just ask Mewsette, or any one of about a dozen other cats who’ve lived with me an gloried in the patch of concrete right outside the basement door which seems to hold the sun’s warmth even in the winter.

Mewsette is silly. She cries and cries, softly, at the door when I’m outside in the garden or hanging laundry. Then when I open the door she does a little performance but doesn’t go outside. What she really wants is for me to hold the door open while she enjoys both the outdoors and the indoors.

But this morning I had wet laundry to hang so I got her to walk past the door, then closed it. It’s protected in this spot, and if she makes a move to run I am actually in the way. But she didn’t. She decided the warm concrete was about as far as she was going to go. I thought the series of photos was better than choosing one or two (and slideshows are so easy with a wonderful little plug-in I downloaded!). I should just admit that I usually take way more photos than I will ever need.

(The white powder is diatomaceous earth.)

Please visit the original post for the slideshow.

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My Brother’s Paws, 2011
photo of two black cats

My Brother’s Paws

Jelly Bean rests his sleepy head on Giuseppe’s outstretched paws. What else is there to say?

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Mr. Sunshine Lets It All Hang Out, 2010
black cat sleeping with book

Not Now, I’m Sleeping

Mr. Sunshine sleeps in his favorite position, on his back with his hind legs spread and all his toes curled.

Maybe it’s that Little Brown Book of Anecdotes that I’ve kept at my desk for reference lately which seems to appear in a lot of sleepy kitty photos. A new idea for calming kitties? Well, perhaps these juvenile boys aren’t the world’s biggest readers. And then again perhaps they are absorbing the content of the book in their sleep.

I’ll have to pull out a few of the sketches I have of Mr. Sunshine in various open positions. Makes me think I should gather all the pencil sketches of my cats sleeping around the house over the years—the most populous in my collection because they hold still long enough to get a good sketch—into a collection of notecards or a little notebook or something. Hmmm…


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4 Responses

  1. mewsettte & giuseppe…ewe guys knead ta get tinee signz with yur names on em, like name tags…N wear em
    but wear em diffrunt N tell de rest of de crew ta due de same THEN let mom B figure out who bee who…
    :)

  2. Ha! We love the expressions of the kitties!
    The chair is theirs. Guess to do have to work standing up ;)
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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