Friday, June 14, 2024
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Daily Photo: A Yawn Coming On

black cat making a face
Mr. Sunshine feels a yawn coming on.

Ah, that sun on the back makes a kitty a little drowsy. But isn’t that why kitties sit in the sun?

This is that moment when the yawn takes over and they make all sorts of funny faces. I like the fangs, and Mr. Sunshine’s little white chinny-chin-chin. I know it’s blurry, but I still like it.

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From Instagram

Not happy to be stuck inside on this rainy sleety morning. They’ve crossed their tails about this. They want their sunny mornings in the garden back. So do I.

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From the Garden and Beyond

Misty Golden Dawn

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From Portraits of Animals

Feline Style Sampler

"Feline Style Sampler" book of sketches and portraits.
Feline Style Sampler

 

From around this date in past years

It’s Hard Being Adorable, 2022

longhaired black cat
It’s really hard to be so adorable.

I know I’m the main attraction here and you can’t keep your paws off me, but I’m telling you it’s exhausting to be so adorable. I can’t help it I was born with a gorgeous body and great hair, but sometimes I just want to be a regular cat. I’m going to have a nap now, and rest from all the strain.

I notice you’re just inches away from me. Don’t you want to find a quieter spot for your restorative nap? I might be tempted to reach out and run my fingers through your furs.

Well…I don’t want to miss any opportunities for that, of course.

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Simba is responding well, finally, to the urinary care diet. He’s been off of any medications for over a week. I’ll should have a urinalysis done in a few months just to see where things are, but I’m glad he’s finally past that pain.

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From Instagram

Hamlet and Mariposa give me a little help with cleaning out underneath the cabinet this morning. Hamlet can fit his whole little slender self under there, kind of like a feline dust mop. Mariposa supurrvises, what a team.

Cats are good at many things, including showing you what a bad housekeeper you are.

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From the Garden and Beyond

Not Quite Sunset

The sun was up there, peeking between the snow showers, but it wasn’t until nearly sunset that the clouds finally broke apart far enough that the sun could reach down and touch us.

Note Quite Sunset
Not Quite Sunset

 

From around this date in past years

What Did Basil Say to Mariposa?, 2021

tabby cat in drawer looking at black cat
Basil reaches up to Mariposa.

There seemed to be some discussion about the dishtowel drawer. I saw Basil reaching up and Mariposa reaching down, and then I saw Mariposa’s reaction. Giuseppe, above appears impassive. Who knows? Basil is a sweet and polite cat. Perhaps her bloomers were showing as she dug into the drawer?

tabby cat in drawer looking at black cat
Mariposa has an interesting reaction!

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From Instagram

From today:

Bella is perfectly camouflaged, don’t you think?

This basket is on my desk so kitties have a place to nap that’s not in the middle of what I’m doing. If they choose to use it.

black cat in basket
Bella is camouflaged.

 

From the back yard and beyond.

This Robin looks as irritated about this weather as we are.

I managed to capture this photo in really low light conditions, because it was overcast and late in the day, when I took my walk in the woods last week. The robin couldn’t have chosen a better perch, red staghorn sumac.

robin in sumac in winter
Robin in the sumac.

 

From around this date in past years

Sunny Sienna, 2020

tortoiseshell cat on the windowsill
Sienna sunbathing

We did have a sunny morning this week, and everyone grabbed a good spot while it lasted. Sienna remembers starting out in the bathroom in 2018 and while she’s usually downstairs, when the morning is bright she finds her way up to the bathroom. Here she’s toasting her back. She was so happy I had a difficult time getting a photo of her at all, let alone sitting still.

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Photos from around this date in previous years

Sienna Birdwatching, 2019

Sienna Birdwatching
Sienna Birdwatching

Look at those whiskers, all at attention! I love how the tips of her ears curl back a little too. She is so intent on those birds. She has practically worn a path from my lap to the window. She talks to them too.

It’s especially exciting when there is more than one bird. Here is what she was watching…

What Sienna was watching.
What Sienna was watching.

The cardinals were on a date out there. This is nice but the one below is the one I really wanted, when both cardinals fit between the muntin bars and were both looking at me, and my camera decided to focus elsewhere.

If only it wasn't blurry.
If only it wasn’t blurry.

Photos from years past.

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Hamlet Enjoying the Attention, 2017

Basil and Giuseppe give Hamlet comforting licks.
Basil and Giuseppe give Hamlet comforting licks.

Hamlet gets licks from the big ninja Giuseppe and his mentor Basil.

I was concerned for how Hamlet would react when his sister was adopted. They did spend a good bit of time together, but Hamlet also spent a good bit of time with the other cats in the house too. He really was looking for Ophelia yesterday but seemed to relax by dinner last night. By this morning he was napping with Basil and Bella in the bathroom, which they haven’t done for months, and he had a chance to play with them too, closer to his age. But then he took off on his own for a few laps around the house and some rigorous play with fleecy mice and catnip pyramid toys. He’s enjoying the attention he gets from the big guy and his fur brother, the other household fluffy.

They just look very nice as a group here.

What a nice arrangement of black cats.
What a nice arrangement of black cats.

Hamlet feels very secure with his team.

Hamlet likes the ninjas.
Hamlet likes the ninjas.

He thought he’d just roll over and biff Giuseppe’s ear. No response.

Hamlet tries a little biff on Giuseppe's ear.
Hamlet tries a little biff on Giuseppe’s ear.

Hey, what’s Basil doing down there?

Hey, what's Basil doing?
Hey, what’s Basil doing?

Wheee! it’s fun to have friends!

Wheee!
Wheee!

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Shared on Facebook and Instagram

Good morning! Welcome to a new week, full of potential. And we have some news–we’ll tell you later today! (For current readers, the news was that Hamlet’s sister Ophelia had been adopted.)

Five in the kitchen.
Five in the kitchen.

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Daily Photo: Why We Couldn’t Visit the Yard Yesterday
Mimi stares at the deer in HER yard.
Mimi stares at the deer in HER yard.

Mimi watches round-eyed through the safety of the deck railing as the three deer slowly browse their way out of our yard.

I carefully check the yard before I go outside on the deck with Mimi. Likely I’ll be filling the bird feeders and Mimi has her little routine on the deck as well, scratching the old wooden stool in the corner, smelling everything and rubbing her face against select corners and edges. Only then are we ready to venture out into the yard.

That gives both of us enough time to see the deer, if they are out. I don’t want anyone to get spooked. In this case, I’d been photographing the deer, first through the basement door and then through the back door, then out on the deck. When they’d moved safely to the corner of the yard I let Mimi outside with me.

The yearling.
The yearling.

In the basement, at the washer facing away from the basement door, I felt eyes on my back. I turned around and the yearling was watching me, from across the yard and through the screen door and the window in the interior door. She, I believe, had been browsing on the compost pile just behind her. The blur is caused by photographing through that old metal screen, but it adds an interesting softness to a photo.

Her two adult companions, the sisters, were unconcerned about me, nibbling around and having a drink at the bird bath.

The girls have a drink at the bird bath.
The girls have a drink at the bird bath.

They all moved a little farther up the yard and I could run to my back door and get a photo of them all together.

Browsing around.
Browsing around.

I’ve painted the two girls before as they browsed in the brushy area between the back yards in a painting called “Safe”. I think I’ll do a few more.

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From Facebook and Instagram

Hamlet’s been doing this lately: beheading and eviscerating one of his toy mousies and leaving it in the empty food bowl. Is he leaving me a gift or giving me a menu suggestion?

A mutilated mousie in the food bowl.
A mutilated mousie in the food bowl.

And he also does this. Can you see he’s sitting up like a meerkat? Hamlet is just non-stop interesting, and I can’t wait until he relaxes a little more and I meet the rest of his personality. Yes, he does look as if he’s trying to look like a lamp base.

Hamlet sits up like a meerkat to see the squirrel in the tree outside the window.
Hamlet sits up like a meerkat to see the squirrel in the tree outside the window.

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Wordless Wednesday: Warm Kitty, 2015
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Smokie keeps warm.

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