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Daily Cat Photo: Cardboard Inspiration

black cat in box
Mewsette models with her work.

I guess if I can have a creative and productive day, my felines can too. My feline cardboard interpretation artist was inspired by the box I’d intended to use for sorting orders.

A misguided decision on my part. Glad my felines could set me straight on that point.

But it didn’t take Mewsette very long to feel the cardboard had something to say and then interpret it in her unique method. The cardboard flew as she bit into the edge and tossed the bitten bits off onto the table top. Soon, one of our familiar Western Pennsylvania hilltops appeared in green, in silhouette. She was creating a landscape. Reading my mind purrhaps?

Detail of Mewsette's latest work.
Detail of Mewsette’s latest work.

Really great work requires a resting period, and contemplation. Mewsette settled in to hear if the cardboard had any more to say. Apparently it did not.

Mewsette in contemplation. black cat in box
Mewsette in contemplation.

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Why Mimi and I did not visit the back yard yesterday afternoon.

photo of three white-tailed deer
Is it safe?

The deer came back for a visit, two does and a yearling. I saw them from the kitchen door and hurried to the basement door to be on their level, but the screen is still in the screen door and it was so overcast and dark by that time that most of the photos didn’t come out well. Above they are sampling my compost pile. Below is the photo I wanted because the little one is looking right at me.

photo of three white-tailed deer
The photo I wanted to get!

Cute to see three deer butts.

photo of three white-tailed deer
Three deer butts.

And the girls are very pretty.

doe in garden
Well, hi.

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What other photos did I post on or around this date?


Daily Cat Photo: Two Beans, 2014
black cat in mirror
“How do you like this view?”

Jelly Bean practices poses before the mirror in the bathroom to choose the right selfie. After all, it wouldn’t be Bean without a mirror in it somewhere!

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I’z On Yr Table Blockin Yr Lite, 2012
black cat on table
Mimi makes her needs known.


When Mimi wants attention she wants it when she wants it, not after I’ve finished my silly project and washed my brushes and cleaned up. So while I was helpless with glue-covered hands and brush she sat dangerously near a glue-covered block of wood and paper, looking up at me, directly in the path of the work light I had swung over this spot on my work table. For variety she gave vigorous face rubs to everything around including the industrial-sized bottle of Elmer’s glue you see at the right, which she knocked over onto the floor with one particularly fervent face rub, about 42″ down from this waist-high table; it’s a good thing Elmer doesn’t move too fast or splash. A certain human was not pleased. Mimi was embarrassed. But as soon as I cleaned up we got back to what we’d been doing.

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Baby, It’s Cold in Here, 2011
a pile of five black cats
A pile of five black cats: clockwise from top left, Giuseppe, Jelly Bean, Mimi, Mewsette, Mr. Sunshine.

Ooh, the temperature dropped and we even saw a few snow flurries today! I didn’t have the kitty keep-warm lamps on at my desk, so they had to improvise on the oversized green sh0pping bag that really is underneath them all.

The view above is one from the angle at which you cold see that there were decidedly five black cats in the pile; note Mimi on top of the pile. Well, she is the mom, and this is after she did a little clean-up on each of their faces and ears. The job of a mom cat is never done, but they do keep her warm and make a nice soft bed when they all pile up like that.

The photo below is what I saw when I turned around from my desk. All was quiet but I had a sense of a large gob of cats behind me. Sure enough, there they were. My poor camera, photographing these piles of black cats kind of blows its little electronic cells because it can’t find anything to focus on. It blows my little brain cells too because I can only focus on them.

five cats piled up
What I saw from my chair.

It’s good to see the Bean back in everyone’s good graces. If you can’t get enough of seeing five black cats piled up, or four or three, see this collection of images of Mimi’s Children, and Mimi herself, not always piled up, but always together.

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Somehow I Think I’m Being Watched, 2010
three cats looking out door
I Am Being Watched

And indeed I was being carefully scrutinized by these three as I filled my bird feeders on the deck facing the lovely sunny morning. More kitties were farther back, hidden in the shadows, but Jelly Bean, Cookie and Mimi made sure I didn’t slip away as I took some time to photograph the frosty morning.

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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
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One thought on “Daily Cat Photo: Cardboard Inspiration

  • mewsette…we iz inn spired by yur inn spired creatshunz oh all thingz…..sturdee paper…..N we iz glad yur mom & mimi did KNOT go out yesterday….if thoz deerz iz knot vizshuz…….call uz burd loverz ~~~~~ ♥♥♥


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