Happy 11th Birthday!

Happy 11th Birthday!
Happy 11th Birthday!

This was the best photo I could get of them on their birthday morning, but they just wanted their breakfast. So I gave them a little more time to try again, but they just wanted their naps. So they are off the hook for this year, unless they do something particularly cute all together later today.

Below is a photo I took just last week of all four of them piled up on that cute little brass kitty day bed which is much prettier. It still never ceases to amaze me that they continue sleeping in a heap, all four of them, and are as close as they were when they were toddling around the bathroom trying to figure out what life was about and how to ambush each other. Mimi can’t even find a place in there.

Piled up on the kitty day bed.
Piled up on the kitty day bed.

Thanks for 11 years of unconditional love and inspiration. I hope I’ve done as well by you. July 26 is their actual birthday, while July 29 is the day they came here. Mimi celebrates her birthday on that day, the day she changed her status, and she will turn 15. It’s hard to believe so much time has passed.

Below are birthday celebrations from previous years.

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Happy 10th Birthday!

Happy 10th Birthday
Happy 10th Birthday

They were having none of photo opps this morning for their 10th birthday breakfast photo, so I fed them breakfast and then made up a little something special.

Happy 10th birthday to the four best cats in the whole world!
Happy 10th birthday to the four best cats in the whole world!

I can’t believe they are ten years old. Not so far underneath everyday life I’ve expected some catastrophe with one or all of them. But they’ve gone on each day to be healthy as rocks, their own sweet selves, loving each other and their mom and all the fosters and everyone who visits here, and inspiring me to new and better creative things.

Let’s hear it for ten more years! We’ll celebrate more on July 29, the day Mimi came here with them.

Plus, you get to see greetings from all the other birthdays for the previous nine years.

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Happy 9th Birthday!

 

Breakfast on the big day!
Breakfast on the big day!

Happy 9th Birthday! It’s very hot here so we did not get together for a birthday photo today. I did photograph everyone in groups, but I love the group photos for birthdays. I’m sharing my favorite birthday photo, from their fifth birthday, above. Mimi is, of course, the princess! You have to go and see the rest of the photos from that day, and read about the Fifth Birthday Party!

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Happy 8th Birthday!

Happy eighth birthday everyone!
Happy eighth birthday everyone!

It’s a big day in our house! Guess whose birthday it is? I can’t believe it’s been 8 years. They didn’t actually arrive at my house with their mama Mimi until July 29, which is an even bigger day for us, but today we celebrate their arrival in the world and the birth of Mimi’s last litter! But everyone just wanted their breakfast this morning so no big smiles, and now they are really tired of me playing with my phone. We are going to have treats because why not? Happy birthday Mr. Sunshine, Giuseppe, Jelly Bean and Mewsette, Mimi your children are as sweet as you, and thank you Lucy in memory for guiding them all to me.

Read the rest about what they did on their 8th Birthday!

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Happy 7th Birthday!

five black cats on table
Happy 7th Birthday to the Four, and purrs for their mama, Mimi!

HAPPY SEVENTH BIRTHDAY to Giuseppe, Mr. Sunshine, Mewsette and Jelly Bean!

They are enjoying a scattering of treats on the table—before breakfast! I have plenty of group photos of them on other days, but I always like to get a group photo on THE day, something different each year, and though all my attempts were a little blurry I thought I’d play around with this one and I think it’s pretty festive. I had wanted something colorful and actually looked for multi-colored treats and considered dying some with food coloring for this, but a little Photoshop magic did the trick. Counterclockwise from the left it’s Mr. Sunshine, Giuseppe, Mimi, Mewsette and Jelly Bean. Read more about their 7th Birthday!

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Happy 6th Birthday!

four black cats
The Fantastic Four waiting for breakfast on their sixth birthday.

I am so excited to wish a Happy Sixth Birthday to four of the biggest inspirations in my life—and a real “Happy Mother’s Day” to their Mama Mimi—although this morning they were over that and were ready for their breakfast. Today we remember those times years ago and all the cats we’ve known and all the things we’ve learned and done, and get ready for another year. Happy Sixth Birthday to The Fantastic Four!

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Happy 5th Birthday!

Breakfast on the big day!
Breakfast on the big day!

We had a little party on their 5th birthday. You have to go and see the rest of the photos from that day, and read about the Fifth Birthday Party!

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Happy 4th Birthday!

The Big Four at Four.
The Big Four at Four.

The Fantastic Four started out the day with a Fantastic Breakfast—here it’s just their favorite dry food in bowls because I knew I could get them to pose for a photo like this. This was just for starters, followed by fresh salmon, wherein they were not nearly as organized, nor could I take photos!

This was kind of staged—they don’t normally eat up there, and they don’t normally eat dry food, but just to get a shot of them all lined up I used bowls of their favorite grain-free dry that I know they all like and, heavens, forced them to eat it! Right. They were lined up as soon as the bowls came out, and if I could only have recorded the purring along with the image…Read The Big Four at Four and The Big Day.

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Happy 3rd Birthday!

Third Birthday Nap
Third Birthday Nap

Happy Birthday to us!
Mom is making a fuss
With salmon and catnip!
Happy Birthday to us!

Woo-whee, We’re Three!

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Happy 2nd Birthday!

Two years old!
Two years old!

On the day of their second birthday, July 26, 2009, I was just beginning to blog, but we were still grieving Namir and I forgot all about it, but here’s a photo from right around that date that you may recognize from a number of posts—and probably something they did on their birthday for real!

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Happy 1st Birthday!

five black cats
The Four at one year old with mama Mimi!

This was 2008, before blogging, but when I had at least started documenting birthdays. Look how small they are!


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5 thoughts on “Happy 11th Birthday!

  • July 26, 2018 at 6:10 pm
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    Happy 11th Birthday to the coolest blacks we know!!! (Including your mum Mimi)
    WE have been around for a few of those years and we are happy we discovered you 🙂
    Purrs you all get spoiled today(and everyday)!
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

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  • July 26, 2018 at 1:53 pm
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    ♫♪♫♫♫♪ guyz…a MOST happee 11th two each oh ewe N heerz ta 11 mor…..sell a brate with sum perch pizza; donutz, friez, ham samiches N greenz & heerz two a yeer a head filled with happeez N healtheez ~~~~~ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ make sure ya stay IN trubullz two day ~~~~ 🙂

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    • July 26, 2018 at 4:25 pm
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      They’ll take it all Tabbies! They know they are pretty special and deserve everything.

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