Daily Photo: A Friendly Nose Tap

two cats at the window
Mariposa and Sienna nose tap.

This photo is indeed blurry, but I still wanted to share this sweet nose tap between Mariposa and Sienna! The two girls have a lot of interests in common and find themselves together quite a lot: on the bed, at the windows watching birds, at the basement door watching wildlife, in the kitchen watching me. Mariposa is the most diplomatic cat I’ve ever met, especially in a species not known for diplomacy! Sienna loves other cats, but one at a time, not nine at a time, so she’s a little more cautious. Mariposa has just the right touch.

Well, here’s a moment—and it was only a moment—and my camera decided to focus on the lilac outside the window! Most of the time I can get two or three shots off really quickly and catch those moments, but not this time. Still, it was definitely a moment I wanted to share!

From Instagram

The view in my studio, staying warm and dry on a cold rainy day.

three black cats at window
Sunshine, Mewsette and Mimi enjoy a warm studio.

Disappointed and indignant! Among bags and bags of groceries I brought home not one bit of cat food could be found! Well, Mewsette might eat the salad greens, but that doesn’t count. What a lot of washing of hands and things too. PS: the rain changed to wet snow and the temp dropped 10 degrees while I was out.

six cats in the kitchen
Looks like I’m in trouble!

What they thought of my hardship in the cold and snow.

three cats from the back
Their opinion of me.

And from the back yard (and front yard)…

I can’t handle the cuteness! (Read more on Today.)


A happy cranesbill geramium flower and flower buds in the rain. (Read more on Today.)

cranesbill geranium flower
A cranesbill geranium in the rain.



From around this date in past years

Clearly Overthinking Their Day, 2019

Basil, Jelly Bean amd Mr. Sunshine clearly overthinking their day.
Basil, Jelly Bean and Mr. Sunshine clearly overthinking their day.

Having had the the door barred to predators, the need to find food, kill it and eat it replaced by being served in bowls, and the thrill of reproduction effectively removed from their bodies, Basil, Jelly Bean and Mr. Sunshine are paralyzed by the indecision of just exactly what to do next this morning and clearly overthinking the issue. A round of naps was had by all after this strenuous mental exercise.

From Facebook and Instagram

Mariposa watching me through the reflection of my rhododendron on the window. Magic.

Mariposa magic.
Mariposa magic.

Mimi is flexing all her paws and kneading the table she is so happy to be outside.

Mimi on the picnic table.
Mimi on the picnic table.


Photos from previous years.

Can We Talk?, 2018

Can we talk?
Can we talk?

Hmmm, I’m not sure what to expect. What would Giuseppe have to say that appeared to be so serious? Food problems? Suddenly it’s too hot? Sienna hangs around him too much? Really, I think he was practicing his inscrutable expression.

Early evening sun shone into the kitchen and highlighted just about everyone’s whiskers. Every time Giuseppe turned his head, his whiskers were alight.

I'm not sure.
I’m not sure.

Then he decided on a graceful profile pose.

Maybe I'll show you my profile.
Maybe I’ll show you my profile.

Somedays it’s all about the whiskers.

From Facebook and Instagram

First of all, Mimi doesn’t want you to think this leash stuff is okay. She goes along with it sometimes, but mostly she pouts, and even wants to go back inside. But today, with everything suddenly in bloom—each day more and more—we took a walk around the house. Below is one photo from the side of the house where the tree used to be. I miss my lilacs and rambling rose, but I do love seeing such verdant growth there. It will already bloom all summer long, not to mention the plans I have for certain areas.

Things are blooming all over. Side yard: tulips, lamium/yellow dead nettle, periwinkle, lavender cranesbill geraniums, japanese spirea, and dandelions! No grass, boring stuff. More to come soon.

Mimi in the side yard.
Mimi in the side yard.

And right by the basement door…

Wild strawberries.


Photos shared on or about this day


A Sweet Cuddle in the Basket

Cuddles in the basket on a rainy day.
Cuddles in the basket on a rainy day.

Giuseppe and Bean in a brotherly embrace. I am helpless at their sweetness.

I have no idea how many photos of cats in the yellow basket I have actually taken. Some days I take two dozen and nothing else, and don’t have the time to post them. But trust me, it’s non-stop. I never cease for smiles and inspiration.

Overexposed cuddles, but they work.
Overexposed cuddles, but they work.

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pastel sketch of two cats by window
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