Saturday, June 15, 2024
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Daily Photo: A Green Morning of Adventures

two black cats in garden with yellow flowers
Setting out on their grazing adventure on a very green morning.

We had just come out the basement door and after some likely sniffing of the peemail on the peonies the girls began their morning grazing session, moving slowly along the flagstone path. The buttercups were brilliant this year, and I’ll always remember this combination of yellow and green with Mimi’s and Mewsette’s black fur—every sunny morning it was just stunning.

These photos are from a very green morning, May 15, 2023, just a couple of months ago. Both girls were roaming and enjoying the sun and the taller grass before I cut it once again, grazing together then going their own ways, then coming back together on the green wicker loveseat. I’m not sure what the opportunity was on this particular day, but we seem to have gone outdoors twice, the afternoon outing shared in my Sunday post about Mewsette. Everything was so beautiful and I took so many photos. I’m so glad I did.

“Passing on your left!” as Mimi turns around but Mewsette wants to move forward. As I ride my bike on the Panhandle trail this is an oft-heard phrase as we bicyclists pass the walkers along the outside edges of the trail.

two black cats in garden with yellow flowers
Passing on your left!

Then, settling in for more good grazing in new spots. Through the years they were outside together I often saw Mewsette and Mimi mirror each others’ activities or postures.

two black cats in garden with yellow flowers
Happily grazing.

Then they split up and head off for their own favorite activities, Mimi to the woodpile for a good scratch…

black cat in garden
Mimi heads for the wood pile for a scratch.

…and Mewsette for the end of the yard for an adventure among the overgrowth, and probably a pee out there. She got to like that, maybe more comfortable than the litterbox, or maybe she was more comfortable after moving around in the sun to squat and pee, and maybe a little bit of a territorial venture, covering another cat’s or animal’s scent with hers.

black cat in garden
Mewsette heads out to the end of the yard.

And then…the green wicker loveseat! Mewsette’s favorite spot as soon as it warmed up in March, she visited it almost daily, usually with Mimi joining her, and sometimes me too.

black cat on green wicker loveseat
Are you going to join me or just point that thing at me?

Mimi gets the message and heads for the wicker.

black cat in green grass
Mimi joins Mewsette.

Then it’s time for the two of them to have a face rub fest!

two black cats on green wicker bench
It’s a face-rub fest!

The whole exciting morning then settled down for a few outdoor naps, Mimi on the deck and Mewsette on the wicker in a photo I shared in June when I posted an update on her condition…

Mewsette on the green wicker loveseat.
Mewsette on the green wicker loveseat.

 

 

From around this date in past years

Mariposa’s Comfy Cradle, 2022

tabby cat in print rack
Mariposa looking smart.

Mariposa loves her new bed, like a cradle for her little fluffy body. Really, wasn’t this made for a kitty? All those bars to drape limbs through, and shaped like a cradle? She let me know how happy she was that I had provided this for her. It’s actually my print rack, the slope-sided holder for my larger art and photo prints, but I’m sure it doesn’t mind spending some time as a cat bed with a happy purring kitty inside.

tabby cat in print rack
Mariposa looking classy.

It’s a great day for the kitties when I start moving things around in some area of my house. They will have new climbing places and new views from them, and the best thing is that they can come back a while later and it’s all different all over again. Such is the organic kitty enrichment in my house. In this case I was unloading my car and unpacking from my show in June (yes, this was from nearly a month ago!). I love watching their enthusiasm to explore and inspect when I stack up my bins, move them around, open them and pack or unpack. Their environment changes in these little ways all the time.

Below, you can see what kind of full-body support the print rack gives to kitties!

tabby cat in print rack
See how comfy it is?

From Instagram

Catching up from the beginning of July…

Mimi decided to start the #boxpawty by crawling into the bottom box of a stack of boxes in the basement and having a nap, then totally ignoring me while I raced around the house looking for her. I only maintained my composure and sanity because I remembered seeing her go in there another time when I was in the basement.

Cool cats in the morning before the day got hot. Hamlet and Sienna. There’s something I love about this photo. We may not have seen the last of it.

#caturday morning second breakfast with Mimi and the kids.

It’s your Sunday #catpuzzle. Good luck solving.

From the back yard and beyond

My Tiny Harvest

From around this date in past years

Still Life With Three Cats and Tomatoes, 2021

three black cats and tomatoes
Still life with cats and tomatoes

I don’t always know what I’m going to get when I walk into a room, but it’s sure to be entertaining, and often inspiring. They are posed like a post-Renaissance pastoral painting except they are indoors, but there is a bowl of fruit, well, tomatoes are fruit, and it really doesn’t fit the genre, but it works for me. In any case their eyes are saying “mind your own business”. Guess I’ll get out of their scene.

~~~

From Instagram

Don’t know why that squirrel isn’t exploding with the force of all the feline death rays being sent in its direction. The fool is actually out there looking them in the eye. From the left, front: Sienna, Mewsette, Mariposa. Back: Basil, Mimi, Mr. Sunshine.

Six cats staring at a squirrel.
Six cats staring at a squirrel.

From the back yard and beyond

I’m a little behind but I’ll be sure to catch up on my daily photo blog Today.

 

From around this date in past years

Housepanther Brainmeld, 2020

two black cats on bed
Housepanther brainmeld.

Hamlet has got a kind of a guy cat crush on Bean. I find them together a lot lately, but it might just be Bean’s turn. Hamlet has been napping with each of the other cats. Hamlet is named so because of his internal conflicts, and in this he’s not entirely comfortable, but something is telling him to do this, so he does.

Here is what they looked like when I walked past the bedroom door, which is what made me stop and take the photo.

two black cats on bed
How they were sleeping

Below, they were napping on the table by the window, or Bean was, then Hamlet was there, then Hamlet was spooning with Bean, with his arm over Bean’s shoulder.

two black cats napping
How they sleep.

Then they were both asleep.

Someday Hamlet will realize it’s all okay.

 

 

From around this date in past years

Pondering, 2019

Basil shows off his whiskers while he naps.
Basil shows off his whiskers while he naps.

Basil dozed off while watching out the front door. In profile, he has such whiskers, so long and curved, and all over the place. Those big mittens and all that fur. He’s such a big teddy bear.

He wears a calming collar now and then, and now is one of those times. It seems to be a summer thing, and to my best guess all the unidentified noises that come in the newly opened windows and doors frighten him. He’s on edge, overreacts to noises and situations, and sometimes acts defensively, and that’s just not my sweet Basil. So the calming collar it is beginning in May, and he is fine through the summer. Sometimes I leave the same one on him, and sometimes I remove it just to see if he’s good without it, but he only seems to need that annual reintroduction of the outdoor sounds to become accustomed to.

Oh—he woke up!

What do you want?
What do you want?

Okay, get this if you’re going to keep pointing that thing in my face!

Get that camera out of here!
Get that camera out of here!

Photos shared in past years

Lots of Daily Photos, 2017

A Shadow of Me
A Shadow of Me

I love cat shadows. It’s difficult to get them around here because we are so crowded, and sometimes I don’t get the chance to sweep the floor after I scoop and refill litter boxes in the morning…But that’s when I get the best light coming in the door to create one of those long, exaggerated shadows, like Mewsette’s here. I took quite a few, with my camera no less, as she turned her head this way and that, looking for a good position for both her real self and her shadow self. And I always like the mottled effect on the basement floor in black and white photos.

Just when I’d grown accustomed to posting to Instagram, Facebook and The Creative Cat using my handy tablet, I dropped it far enough into the dishwater that I can’t use it anymore. It’s far easier to post with a tablet than a phone, so I’ve fallen behind on sharing photos here. That means you get treated to ALL the photos I’ve posted in the past couple of weeks, all in one post! Then I’ll try to start over again.

Part of the premise of The Creative Cat is to share the daily goings-on, as they happen, not at some random date. I still enjoy that on IG and FB but this is where it all started, so it’s my goal to do that along with sharing at least one really nice photo that I’d like to feature, and also featuring photos from past years. That’s kind of how it is in my head, and that’s no lie.

So here we go, all the way back to June 17!

JULY 3

Bella sees life from a different perspective.
Bella sees life from a different perspective.
Synchronized sleeping, Giuseppe and Jelly Bean.
Synchronized sleeping, Giuseppe and Jelly Bean.

JUNE 29

 

Brotherly bath.
Brotherly bath.

JUNE 28

Nothing like a roll around on sun-warmed concrete and getting some sun on your belly! Mewsette joined Mimi and me outside this morning.
Nothing like a roll around on sun-warmed concrete and getting some sun on your belly! Mewsette joined Mimi and me outside this morning.
Chilling in the shadows under the laundry.
Chilling in the shadows under the laundry.

JUNE 27

Seven black cats waiting for the next program on CatTV. Arrive early, get the best seats.
Seven black cats waiting for the next program on CatTV. Arrive early, get the best seats.
Disappointed they have to sit in the balcony seats.
Disappointed they have to sit in the balcony seats.

What were they waiting to see?

The Baby Finch program was on CatTV again today! And they had a flight lesson. RIGHT OUTSIDE THE DOOR! The CATBIRD is singing her fool head off out there, but Bella decided to have a session in the litterbox…

JUNE 26

Sorry, your laundry basket has been repurposed.
Sorry, your laundry basket has been repurposed.
Mimi enjoys cool shade between my dresses hanging on the line.
Mimi enjoys cool shade between my dresses hanging on the line.

JUNE 25

Really innovative program on CatTV! Mama House Finch feeding fledgling Baby Finch RIGHT OUTSIDE THE DOOR! Lots of flapping, cheeping and really exciting scuffling noises. Two thumbs up!

JUNE 24

Mewsette is Mimi’s favorite snuggle partner, she’s the purrfect size to curl around Mimi.

Mewsette and Mimi
Mewsette and Mimi

JUNE 22

Hamlet enjoys a cool breeze through the screen. He loves to sleep by the open doors.

Hamlet at the door.
Hamlet at the door.

JUNE 21

Apparently hanging out laundry is exhausting work.

Mimi resting.
Mimi resting.

JUNE 20

Looks like Basil is “all out of love”. Only people of a certain age will get this. 😉

Basil on the phone.
Basil on the phone.

JUNE 19

Mimi and me on the front patio.

What to do...
What to do…
Black and white.
Black and white.

JUNE 18

Hot. Open window with fan. Still they cuddle.

Giuseppe and Bean
Giuseppe and Bean

JUNE 17

Where have you been all day? You are late and you smell like other cats. Just out earning your keep, my lovelies.
Where have you been all day? You are late and you smell like other cats.
Just out earning your keep, my lovelies.

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One thought on “Daily Photo: A Green Morning of Adventures

  • 15andmeowing

    All beautiful kitties.

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