Vintage Photo: September Morning in the Garden, about 1998

 September morning in the garden.
September morning in the garden.

What’s not to love? A tangled happy garden, a sleepy happy cat, lots of color and detail and sunlight.

My garden kitty, Moses, enjoys her morning nap on the bricks in the shade of the beans, mid-morning in September. I’m fairly certain I took this in the late 90s, but it stands in for any sunny morning Moses and I enjoyed in the garden. Remembering Cookie and Namir this morning while Mimi and Mewsette and I were out hanging laundry (well, I was hanging laundry), I thought I’d bring out this photo, and one other, below. I think of all the cats who shared my garden, and the fact that Mimi and Moses were probably acquainted from Mimi visiting the garden and patio when the basement door was open, though they never lived in the house together.

This photo is available as a print or a greeting card. See details at the end of this post.

“Respite” is from the same day, a little later because it’s afternoon sun, and Moses is kind of flapping her tail. She must have been unhappy about something, but her signs were very subtle. That barrel is the same one that’s in the painting “Garden Sketch With Mimi”, in the same place, with beans growing in it. Some things never change.

gray cat sleeping on bricks in garden
Respite.

I have the story of Moses as my Garden Sprite in The Garden Bean. See other photos of Moses on The Creative Cat and read the story of her rescue and life.

See more Vintage Photos, scanned from prints on film through the years and photos From the Archives which were never featured here.

Also see more photos of Garden Kitties.

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From Instagram

Exploring the back yard.

Exploring the back yard.
Exploring the back yard.

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What other photos did I feature around this date?

Hamlet and Ophelia are Quite a Pair

Opposite sides.
Opposite sides.

“We do everything alike.”

Straight ahead.
Straight ahead.

They do this often, side by side and either mirror each other or move together. I had even more photos of them in mirror action, but they were a little too blurry. Three is good!

Now bathe!

Mirrored Bathing!
Mirrored Bathing!

I made a collage on Instagram.

Collage on Instagram.
Collage on Instagram.

Well, two cats are having a really easy Sunday. Later they spent several hours in every stage of cuddling.

Curled up together on the bed.
Curled up together on the bed.

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What other photos did I feature around this date?

How’s This for a Birthday Gift? 2015
Five cats are surrounding Cassidy!
Five cats are surrounding Cassidy!

This is my great-niece Cassidy, and she turned 14 years old on Saturday. I can’t believe she is 14! What to get for her birthday? Well, she’d like for you to donate food or goods or time to an animal shelter! Details below.

Everyone settles down.
Everyone settles down.

I may have mentioned that family members arrived in town from Savannah, GA last Friday. My niece Jennifer and her children Kaden, Kyler and Cassidy, my great-nephews and niece, stopped by for a surprise visit on Friday, in town to help my sister with her house. In minutes, everyone was playing with kittens, as you’ll see below. Then yesterday Cassidy and Kaden stopped over just to visit the kittens while adults were doing other things.

Seven cats in the kitchen.
Seven cats in the kitchen.

On Cassidy’s tenth birthday she had a party and asked everyone to bring food and toys for the cats and dogs in the Humane Society for Greater Savannah, where she’d adopted her beloved cat Baby two years before. They already had Elsa, a tabby cat Jennifer had adopted when the children were young, and the border collie mix Bingo when the kids were a little older. Her brothers had a number of reptiles as pets but Cassidy wanted a kitty. One of her own. Jennifer let her wait a couple of birthdays, then planned out a visit with Cassidy to the Humane Society. Jennifer had an idea of a kitten for Cassidy, but Cassidy saw Baby and “fell in love with her”. Baby had some health concerns, a respiratory issue and a few other things that required she stay at the shelter for treatment and Cassidy had to wait a couple of months to take Baby home. Jennifer and the shelter both offered to let her choose another kitty, but her heart was set on Baby, and she waited. And Baby is the purr-fect kitty for Cassidy—they love each other! Below is the photo of Cassidy and Baby with the donations.

Cassidy with Baby on her tenth birthday.
Cassidy with Baby on her tenth birthday.

Back to the current time, and Kyler was smitten with Theodore/Teddy Bear when he’d visited, and I’d say the feeling was mutual.

Kyler has Teddy Bear.
Kyler has Teddy Bear.

Simon found Kaden and they were best buddies right away.

Kaden has Simon.
Kaden has Simon.

Simon was on everyone’s lap on Sunday, and even Alvina slowed down enough to show up with the rest of them. Teddy Bear caught on to the affection thing and never left the cabinet.

Cassidy has more cats to pet than she has hands.
Cassidy has more cats to pet than she has hands.

Cassidy didn’t need to “adopt” a kitten because she had Baby, and we talked about her tenth birthday party and the donations. The visit was a surprise and I had no gift for Cassidy, so I asked her what she’d want. In short order, we decided we’d just ask for donations for pets in the shelter!

So that’s the special request. If you have the opportunity, send a donation of goods or money, or spend some volunteer time, in honor of Cassidy Wittig’s birthday! If you do, comment on this post and let me know and I’ll send it along to Cassidy. The shelter where she adopted Baby is The Humane Society of Greater Savannah, but any shelter donation would be great. If I had known ahead of time I would have planned better!

Below are a few more photos from their visit Sunday. The boys were the big attention hogs, but the kittens had their time too. Kaden and Cassidy were greeted by Simon and Teddy Bear.

They were greeted by Simon and Teddy Bear.
They were greeted by Simon and Teddy Bear.

More cats!

Cassidy still has all five cats because she has a lap.
Cassidy still has all five cats because she has a lap.

Little cats and big cats, they all started collecting.

Even the kittens came by for pets.
Even the kittens came by for pets.

I don’t have enough chairs! Cassidy had all the cats because she had a lap, so I gave Kaden a lap too–and immediately he had cats!

Kaden needed a lap!
Kaden needed a lap!

Now they can’t leave!

Now everyone has cats.
Now everyone has cats.

It was so good to see them all for the little time I had with them, but we may have another visit soon enough. (And we did, when they adopted Simon and Theo and I took them to Savannah in January 2016!)


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September morning in the garden.
September morning in the garden.

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