Daily Photo: Awake

three black cats
Awake

For some reason, when they should be fast asleep tucked into their baskets on a summer afternoon, they are awake. Purrhaps my very appreciation of them keeps them awake. I think I might stay awake if someone was staring at me while I tried to sleep too. Don’t worry, they got their beauty sleep. It’s a small price to pay to keep the human happy and inspired. And we think this would be a great Basket Day photo too.

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From Instagram

The girls had some fun in the sun, now they have it made in the shade. Ah, summer, such purrfect weather.

two black cats
Mewsette and Mimi

From the back yard and beyond

Good Morning!

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sundrops
Good Morning!

 

From around this date in past years

Whiskers Alight, 2020

black cat whiskers
Basil and his whiskers.

Oh, my, Basil has whiskers all over the place for whisker Wednesday and a bonus nose lick for tongue out Thursday.

Basil is even better this week than last. He was eating and acting and moving around just fine but looked a little dazed and was very quiet, but he really wasn’t his usual overeager self, talkative, playful, really physically active. But this week he’s been back to himself. I called my veterinarian and told her that Basil had his sparkle back.

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From Instagram

Mimi had a good idea about keeping cool today. It was very hot!

black cat in the grass
Mimi in the grass

MooMoo is keeping an eye on Denise across the street so he’s the first to know when she serves dinner, and he’s doin’ it with style.

black and white cat
MooMoo peering over the wall.

 

And photos from the back yard and beyond

Spreading some spearmint goodness with whoever wants some. I let it grow in my grass so it smells nice when I walk through it, and it’s also a natural insect repellent. It’s not native to North America, but the bees and other pollinators love it. Just don’t put it in your flower or vegetable garden because well-behaved plants don’t stand a chance.

spearmint
Spearmint

Looks like fun, wish I could fit in that birdbath!

 

 

From around this date in past years

The Season for Serious Bird Drama, 2019

Four cats watching the bird drama.
Four cats watching the bird drama.

A noisy clutch of baby wrens is fledging in our little courtyard and their parents are everywhere at once. Very gripping drama. Mimi, Mariposa, Giuseppe and Sienna lined up to watch the show. Here are a few closeups, and then the baby wrens.

Mariposa watching the wrens.
Mariposa watching the wrens.
Sienna and Bella.
Sienna and Bella.

And the baby wrens. Baby birds always look like grumpy birds.

Grumpy Wren

Photos shared in past years

Basket Nap With Video, 2017

Basket Nap, Scene 1
Basket Nap, Scene 1

The yellow basket continues to be a favorite napping spot, and Giuseppe and Bean have been favorite napping partners since they were kittens.

Basket Nap, Scene 2
Basket Nap, Scene 2

Giuseppe kind of acts like the pillow while Bean likes to sleep in a ball, so he tucks himself into Giuseppe’s belly.

Basket Nap, Scene 3
Basket Nap, Scene 3

The yawn starts another segment of the nap.

Basket Nap, Scene 4
Basket Nap, Scene 4

I recorded just a short portion of the nap, doing my best to get the purrrrrr, so you might need to turn up your speakers.

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Photos posted on or around this date in previous years

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Blue Pitcher With Black Cat, 2013

Blue Pitcher
Blue Pitcher

Don’t be silly, human. Who would be interested in a photo of a dumb blue pitcher?

I think this is much better.

Blue Pitcher With Cat
Blue Pitcher With Cat

I have to say, I do like it, Mr. Sunshine, subtle, almost abstract. I have some talented cats here.

I also had way more photos of the blue pitcher with black cats in them than without.

This was the final photo I chose, without cats—just for jollies, even though no one would really want to see a photo of a dumb blue pitcher without any cats in it. I had my DSLR in my right hand and my left arm around Mr. Sunshine, Giuseppe and Mewsette on the cabinet, holding them against me as they struggled, and waving my right foot at Mimi and Bean on the floor to decoy them from jumping up. So I was standing on my left foot and doing the hokey pokey, and I don’t know why the photo is as clear as it is, or how I got the angle I wanted showing a bit of the table above it…

Blue
Blue

And don’t forget, you too can have talented photo assistants and feline art directors in your home—and I can vouch for the creativity of black cats. During Adopt-a-Cat Month, you can easily find your next interior decorator or social critic!

Then…

Five in the studio, sleeping.
Five in the studio, sleeping.

I ran some errands and came back to it later.

“A friend gave me this tee about 25 years ago. Sometimes when I go to clean up at the bathroom sink I look at myself in the mirror and see that I’ve been literally immersing myself in my work. Mimi insisted upon adding a little fur to it too. “

The "creative kitten" tee.
The “creative kitten” tee.

Finally, getting to the fun part.

“Sewing buttons on each bag while Mimi gives herself a luxury bath on the rest of the bag and she will.not.be.moved. I’m honored she wants to be close to me, I guess.”

Mimi bathing on the bag while I attempt to sew buttons on it.
Mimi bathing on the bag while I attempt to sew buttons on it.

I enjoyed all the moral support, and I did manage to get everything ready!

What was I working on in some of these photos? See below!

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Other Photos Posted On or Around This Date…

Must be good days for working in the studio.

Warm and Cool, 2016
Warm and Cool
Warm and Cool

So how many colors are in a black cat? I see many colors in Giuseppe, especially the warm sunlight flowing in the window and the cool blue light reflected from the sky right next to it, along with all his wonderful mahogany and burgundy and even green and purple tones in his fur. Black, like white, contains many colors. But I don’t think Giuseppe cares at all about what colors are in his fur. I think he’s thinking about Mlle. Daisy Emerald Marguerite on the beginning of this Memorial Day weekend.

Not at all like Mewsette, below, from 2014.

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Other Photos Posted On or Around This Date…

Wordless Wednesday: Surprise, 2014
black cat peaking over edge
Surprise!

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Studio Cats, 2012
two black cats in studio
Bean yawns as Mimi looks bored to tears.

Sorry to bore you, Jelly Bean, as I earn your daily bread!

Mimi sits over on the windowsill looking dazed and confused.

Am I the only one around here having a productive day?

But then, what is a productive day for a cat?

Actually, both of them are miffed at me because I wouldn’t let them on my work table. Sorry, black cats, other people don’t find your fur charming when it’s framed into their pictures. You only want to be on the table when I’m using it, otherwise you have no interest.

You know I eventually lost this argument, as you can see below when Mr. Sunshine took over my framing tools.

black cat playing with tools
Mr. Sunshine can use two tools at once.

My mom thinks I’m helping her work, but I’m actually doing a lot of the work myself. Look how well I’m handling both the spool of that really fun plastic-coated wire—and you know how I love my plastic—at the same time as I am tasting one of those long metal things. I can do this! Just lay everything out in front of me and I’ll take care of things.

Everything must be tasted; mom laughs and says I relate the the world by chewing on it. I don’t know what that means because how else could I determine anything about an object I’ve never seen? Or one I have seen but haven’t seen in a while? Or one I see all the time but just feel like I have to bite it?

I even let mom use my tools as long as I’m not using them already.

Here I am when the work is all done. I’m very proud of my work.

black cat with tools
Mr. Sunshine is proud of his tools.

Feline logic, it just can’t be argued with.


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