Well, I made it through most of last week with posts, then abruptly stopped on Friday afternoon. I had a field trip on Saturday which you’ll read about in another post. Mimi and I had little time outside last week after we found the little one in the back yard. By Friday Mimi was barely speaking to me, and I really need my little breaks outdoors to exercise my body and my eyes and recharge my creative batteries by just going outdoors for a few minutes and activities once or twice a day. So I decided we could visit our little courtyard out front for a while, until the little one is safely walking around, though I do have two little videos from a few days before the fawn showed up in this post as well.
Now that’s a cat tree!
Mimi the tree hugger. We are out front for a while because of the little one in the back yard.
My river birches, evening light. What Mimi is scratching on.
Standing on my feet. Mimi has some interesting ways of showing me she’s happy.
Welcome Kitty says, “Have a purrfect evening.”
Mimi says, “Surely you’re not considering getting up?”
Mimi and I approach our woodland garden and suddenly the mulberry tree is filled with what seems like dozens of squawking wrens! They must have had fledglings on the ground. We stopped and watched the show.
The Catbird Talks to Mimi
I have no idea what she was saying, but Mimi was listening intently.
Photos posted on or around this date in previous years
The Magic Grapes Box, 2016
“I’m going to nap in the grapes box, okay?” Hamlet is pushing his boundaries, and feeling very brave. The grapes box has magic in it.
Everyone has been taking their turn in the grapes box. Somehow, frightened and feral kitties don’t feel so wild in the box, and they play and nap. It’s just an arm’s length from my chair at my desk downstairs, so all I need to do is turn my head and see a wonderful image.
Above is Hamlet, below is Bella. She got a few more comments and likes on Facebook, but both of them got plenty
“Bella gets some time in the grapes box too, and of course she is CAT 1.”
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Ophelia was deliciously lazy today. Note that she is resting her head on the end of her tail.
She has been adjusting well lately. Hamlet was moving faster than her, and far more confident, while she was often timid and hiding, but friendly when she felt safe in a familiar room. But this fourth try at letting them out most of the day has finally done well for her. She explores the house carefully, and she does run from me when downstairs, but she always returns to her familiar space upstairs and is very friendly, as sweet as can be, so precious it’s really hard for me not to scoop her up and hug her, but she would be terrified. I must control myself and not squeeze the floofy. But I did pet the belly, which she loves.
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Cats have such difficult lives. The four siblings are trying to decide where to nap today.
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Daily Photo Reprise: Mewsette in the Mirror, 2012
Mewsette settles here every day after breakfast, quietly reflecting in the sun. In the brilliant yellow morning light the photo looks as if it’s sepia-toned but it’s not, that’s just the natural tones in Mewsette, in the old cream lace curtain, the antique gold mirror frame, even the pine wood of the wardrobe. The mirror is very old and slightly clouded, pitted here and there.
She still does this, nearly every morning, summer and winter, and I’m getting a number of lovely photos of her here again this year.
I decided to try out a few of my favorite filter techniques on this one, and I think I see a series of cards growing out of Mimi and Mewsette here at the top of the stairs, Mimi in the Mirror, Mimi and Don’t You Wonder What They Think?. Yes, it was a wonderful idea, read more about it, below!
Let me know which of these three you like best: at the top is the “diffuse glow” filter, immediately below is the original photos and below that a feathered and textured cream edge.
Feathered and textured cream edge…
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Victoriana Cats set of greeting cards. It looks like I followed through with that idea! I liked this idea so much I did make a set of cards from it. Taking the four most popular images, I desaturated and applied a fine diffuse glow to make them all consistent. Though they appear to be sepia, it is the play of morning sunlight.
You can find the set of cards, Victoriana Cats available all the time, and the Victoriana Cats Keepsake Boxes when they are in stock—those are handmade.
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Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters Tuesday: Rescue Stories Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork Thursday: New Merchandise Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!