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.
Mimi had a good idea about keeping cool today. It was very hot!
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.
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.
Looks like fun, wish I could fit in that birdbath!
From around this date in past years
The Season for Serious Bird Drama, 2019
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.
And the baby wrens. Baby birds always look like grumpy birds.
Photos shared in past years
Basket Nap With Video, 2017
The yellow basket continues to be a favorite napping spot, and Giuseppe and Bean have been favorite napping partners since they were kittens.
Giuseppe kind of acts like the pillow while Bean likes to sleep in a ball, so he tucks himself into Giuseppe’s belly.
The yawn starts another segment of the nap.
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.
Photos posted on or around this date in previous years
Blue Pitcher With Black Cat, 2013
Don’t be silly, human. Who would be interested in a photo of a dumb blue pitcher?
I think this is much better.
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…
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!
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. “
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.”
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
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
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Studio Cats, 2012
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.
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.
Feline logic, it just can’t be argued with.
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Basil must have thought the yellow basket was a gift for him because he owned it from the day it came into the house, which was the day I was running errands and saw it…atop someone’s trash pile. I sprayed it down and rinsed it in the basement and let it air dry, then brought it up to the magic basket spot, and Basil was immediately IN THE BASKET, looking totally cute, big, long, white whisker and all. Read more and purchase.
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