I know, Bella.
She has such expressions. And she wasn’t happy about me interrupting her outdoor gazing.
I would have loved these in black and white but for Bella’s exceptional pale aqua eyes.
A Visiting Artist!
Friend and fellow artist Chaz Letzkus needed some real cat hair on his drawings and the boys were glad to oblige. Chaz hides real animals and himself in each of his detailed ink drawings. He had some new ones for me scan. Giuseppe and Jelly Bean acted as if they hadn’t had any attention in years.
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Photos from around this date in previous years
Keep Your Nose Warm, 2019
Bella has an endearing way of sleeping by wrapping her paws around her nose. She kept her nose really warm this afternoon.
Photos from years past.
Can I Just Have a Drink in Peace?, 2017
Giuseppe thinks I’m up a little too close. He’s probably going to try to flip some water on my camera.
What other photos have I shared on or around this date?
Birds were everywhere and Bella could hardly focus on anything else, especially that speckled starling up on the suet.
The snow fell heavily but not for longer than an hour, but the birds stayed under cover. When it was done they hit the feeders and there were so many birds outside the windows and so much chatter Bella could not leave the window, not for a second. I tried to catch the moment when she was looking upward and I had the best Bella silhouette with the moment when there were also at least ten birds on the feeders and others in the branches behind, but there was no getting them both this morning.
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From Facebook and Instagram
Ophelia watching the snow.
I love this photo. It’s so simple, but just what I pictured when I saw Ophelia there this morning. Lining up my phone with the window was a challenge when I also wanted Ophelia’s silhouette nearly centered and clear, placed against the window muntins. I couldn’t believe my luck.
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Zen and the Art of Kitten Control, 2015
Jelly Bean likes to sit on this exact shelf on this cat tree, very pear-shaped and squinty and composed, like a purring Buddha about his meditation, encouraging the chi to flow freely into the room to effect purrfect feng shui. This doesn’t go well when a certain kitten wants to wrestle.
Jelly Bean, however, subdues Smokie without even lifting a paw.
He practices his powers of awareness and focus…
…and focuses his awareness on Smokie, who apparently gets the message…
…as he helplessly spins in the little tube…
…Jelly Bean doesn’t even need to look at him, just continues focusing his awareness…
…until Smokie is helplessly slipping from his perch! Jelly Bean barely moved. Now he can continue his meditation.
It isn’t always like this! The two of them enjoy wrestling on this cat tree every day, and I fear for its wellness with the force of their leaping and rolling around. When I got this—and I freely admit I pulled it from the curb when it was put out for the trash near me and someone posted a picture in our rescue group—I wondered who that little tube was for. Ha! Not even Mimi would fit in there! Well, it’s a favorite spot for both Smokie and Bella. And that little perch at the top? Bella’s throne.
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