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A Cozy Day

watercolor of two cats sleeping
“A Warm Nap”, Watercolor, 9″ x 6″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski


The day dawned cold and damp and didn’t improve; nor did the sun show her face, nor the day brighten more than a dull dark gray sky. As snow changed to rain and back to snow outside I put on a pot of soup that would simmer all day long, and laid out some baking in between household projects I wanted to finish, listening to music, and stories.

Soon the house warmed from the kitchen out; I keep the temperature lower during the day to keep heating costs down so this alone was a treat. Cats emerged from tiny hidden spots and stretched, one by one entering the kitchen, having a snack and a drink, looking out the windows and doors, supurrvising me in my kitchen duties and getting some love, then finding a place to nap. I alternated my baking with household projects, tiptoeing around the house, quietly hanging artwork, organizing materials, putting things away into drawers, making lists, visiting the boys upstairs.

The windows steamed and diffused the view of the muddy wet day outside, the dry air filled with moisture from the simmering soup, dispelling the raw winter feeling with a sense of milder days. A whole, long day passed in hushed simplicity, enjoying our imperfect home, purrfect for these moments.

I had other plans for yesterday, but this what I and the felines ended up doing, and it was the best thing. I don’t have to move the world every day, and my kitties lose patience with me sometimes. I had intended to write about it last night, instead I was drowsy relaxed and couldn’t stay awake but still wanted to share the moments. I hope you had a day of relaxing in your own special way in a place you love with those you love too.

The art is titled “A Warm Nap” from January 21, 2014, almost exactly nine years to the day.

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“Cat With Fruit”, oil pastel, 7″ x 5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

The white-cold winter is outside the window, but Jelly Bean is comfortable and safe inside where even the shadows are warm and with summery tints in his fur. In this house we don’t forget that many cats are not so lucky to be on the inside, warm and safe, looking out at an icy day, and along with the simple inspiration I know that was on my mind when I painted it. Read more and purchase.


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