Wednesday, May 29, 2024
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Daily Photo: Beam Me Up With Sunshine

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Mr. Sunshine waits to be beamed up for a nap.

Get the pun?!

Mr. Sunshine wants me to get this picture quick because he’s waiting to be beamed up for a nap in the sunshine. He always seems to have a slightly annoyed expression on his face despite his feelings at the moment, though here he might be a little annoyed at me because he’s more than ready for his all-day nap until it’s supper time.

I have appointments for oncology, internal medicine and surgery, for the end of the month, but he looks great and is pretty much back to normal, all inflammation reduced to nothing. I’m going to take him back to one of his veterinarians next week to see if I can get a little more direction on what they feel he needs. I’d like to avoid expensive appointments with specialists if I can and see if possibly imaging can help determine what’s going on. I’m inching myself along with affording treatments, but I know any specialty treatments are going to cost well over $1,000.

But I’m thrilled that he’s back to his old self, kind of salty but really playful, great appetite, affectionate, very mobile and connected. He joins me in the basement when I’m working in my studio, because, of course, he’s my engineer cat and loves all the tools. And while he felt best even for a while before his diagnosis in one of the baskets on my desk, now he settles in one of his other favorite baskets under the window when I’m at my desk. He and Jelly Bean have a wrestling match in the basket too, which Bean always loses so that Sunshine can enjoy his repose. This influences my decision for choosing a level of treatment—if I could see him struggling or deteriorating, that’s one thing, but he’s all back and ready to stay, so I’m on it, however I can make that happen. And enjoying his company again!

black cat in cat bed
Okay, I’m on my way!



From around this date in past years

Three Geniuses With a Cookbook

three black cats with cookbook
My three geniuses.

As soon as I set it down the boys had their paws all over my cookbook. What could possibly be their motive? Are they commenting on the recipe I’ve chosen? Looking for something they like better? Looking for the recipe for hurlyburly while planning to reenact the opening scene of MacBeth? Excited that there are big chunks of paper they can sit on and each trying to beat the others like a game of musical papers? Guess I’ll never know because they were exhausted by their creative efforts and settled down atop the book for a nap, or purrhaps that was the intent all along. Can a cookbook be a cat bed?


From Instagram

I didn’t end up posting anything on Instagram today! I developed cellulitis on my leg after working in the yard over the weekend, likely as a result of a spider bite, and decided after three days that it should be looked at as I don’t want to lose my limb or my life to a flesh-eating bacteria, and I also found a tick on myself after 10 minutes in the yard this morning, so I went to a MedExpress. All is well with an antibiotic, and finally a cold front arrived with a storm, a nice one this time, but I never actually finished something I’d begun to post. We are all glad for the rain and cooler weather. Our high temperatures aren’t anywhere near as bad as many others’ across the countries, but 94 with a heat index of 101 with a portable air conditioner makes it impossible to work on many things I do. Mimi and I visited the back yard in the rain today.

From the back yard and beyond

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One of the photos I took with Mimi in the rain today.

And just like that, the phlox is covered in flowers today. The heat broke with a storm and the flowers were covered with raindrops. I’ve been watching the stems grow taller but producing only leaves for weeks. Last weekend the first buds began to form at the tops of the stems and they were fast to bloom with bright deep pink flowers and an intoxicating scent.

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First Phlox

Old Friends Watch the Sunset

Two old apple trees have seen many sunsets and weathered many storms atop this hill.

two apple trees at dusk
Old Friends


From around this date in past years

Jelly Bean Will Greet You, 2020

black cat on chair
Jelly Bean will greet you.

…if we ever have guests again! I know Jelly Bean would love it if we had people coming by. He’s ready to sit and purr so loudly you can’t hear another human talk. So would all his siblings and fur siblings. And so would I! I guess we’ll just have to be patient, but when it does happen again, you’ll know that a house full of kitties will be here to greet you.


From around this date in past years

Lazy Days, 2019

Mariposa and Hamlet enjoy a cool window on a warm afternoon.
Mariposa and Hamlet enjoy a cool window on a warm afternoon.

The top of the wardrobe is Hamlet’s favorite spot since his orange juice box collapsed, but Mariposa goes where she will. She enjoys spending quiet time with each of the other cats, just as she likes trying to get them to play with her. She and Hamlet are famous for stalking each other and their high-speed chases, and just as quickly it’s quiet and they are sitting side by side at a window, sniffing the breeze. Just two formerly feral cats living the life.

What a nice spot for kitties.
What a nice spot for kitties.


Photos shared in past years

Wordless Wednesday: Saturated Nap, 2017

Giuseppe is enjoying a nap saturated with color and comfort.
Giuseppe is enjoying a nap saturated with color and comfort.

Finally Warm Enough, 2017

Five at the door.

It’s a beautiful clear and sunny morning, and finally warm enough to open the basement door.

Basil, Bella, Hamlet, Mewsette and Mimi.

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Now this is natural for Bean!

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