Daily Photo: Bean in a Basket

Bean in a Basket
Bean in a Basket

The toy basket makes a good bed after a good play session sometimes, especially when I’m cleaning up and put it on top of a stack of boxes. Now it’s a lookout post and Bean can see all around the room.

Just go away.
Just go away.


From Facebook

Everyone had a great day today.

Trying to get a beauty shot of the two formerly feral long-haired black cats, Hamlet wonders why Basil has to try to open that door.

Hamlet and Basil.
Hamlet and Basil.

Hard to tell but there are four black cats in this pile up, Bella, Hamlet, Jelly Bean and Sunshine. Right now Jelly Bean and Sunshine are washing Hamlet’s face. Guess the boys are taking care of the kids this afternoon.

Four on the bed.
Four on the bed.

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Mimi’s Tiny Paws are Frozen, 2017
Mimi attempts to balance on one of my shoes.
Mimi attempts to balance on one of my shoes.

If you’re familiar with the opera which gave Mimi her name, you may also recognize the title of this post. If not, that’s okay. Mimi doesn’t really care for arias either.

She also doesn’t care for cold paws, and Monday we had a dusting of snow. I stepped out to fill the feeder later in the afternoon so the birds would have food in the morning—some of them begin eating before dawn—and Mimi came out with me. The cold concrete porch was bad enough, but snow? No way.

First she tried balancing all four paws on one of my wool clogs. I admit I have larger feet but that didn’t work out so well for Mimi. So she decided to straddle both of my feet, meowing at me to hold still. So I was stuck standing there with Mimi on my feet.

Mimi balances on both shoes.
Mimi balances on both shoes.

The neighbor across the street pulled up in front of their house and was thoroughly scrutinized by Mimi outside and Giuseppe inside. I don’t typically have Mimi out front without her collar and leash, but she was in no mood to walk in even a light coating of snow, and we were outside for only a few minutes.

Mimi and Giuseppe both keep an eye on the neighbor.
Mimi and Giuseppe both keep an eye on the neighbor.

Don’t Mimi and Giuseppe look alike?

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Tweetie Practicing Her Cuteness
Tweetie practicing her cuteness.
Tweetie practicing her cuteness.

Tweetie, aka Ophelia, is practicing her cuteness this morning. She is well aware of her feline powers.

Here Comes the Sun
Here comes the sun.
Here comes the sun.

Hamlet enjoys his morning sunbath.

Together, Hamlet and Ophelia.
Together, Hamlet and Ophelia.

Hamlet and Ophelia/Tweetie are doing well in their explorations of the upstairs, but always glad to be back together in their room for a break. I love their crossed tails as they enjoy watching the birds and the snow flurries.

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Five Black Cat Veterinary Supervision Squad, 2013
five black cats looking in doorway
Five Black Cat Veterinary Supervision Squad

“Have to keep an eye on those veterinarians—we know what they like to do to cats!”

They felt the need to protect their senior fur sister, Emeraude, who was being examined in the bathroom by the hospice veterinarian. The veterinarian, however, felt the need to see what she was doing so I tossed each of them up on the wardrobe outside the bathroom door, where they could kind of watch around the corner and in the mirror on the door. They stayed there. They are such good cats, I can never say that often enough.

Emeraude had been diagnosed with lymphatic leukemia the previous November so everyone took good care keeping her warm and comfortable and loved. We kept her feeling well though the disease would slowly progress, and she was happy as a member of our fur family until early February. Read more about Emeraude.

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Daily Photo: The Big Sister and the Violet Mousie, 2015
two black cats with basket and mousie
Bella says “it’s my mousie!”

Bella spent some time with her fur sister instead of lolling about flirting with her fur brothers, and Mewsette doesn’t fall for any such charm. The lesson was “sharing”, something most cats have a little difficulty with.

And the violet mousie has become a regular theme around the house. It’s Bella’s favorite, but I sometimes see that Smokie has stolen it. I also find it in interesting places, on my desk, on my pillow in the morning, at the top of the stairs, and sometimes Bella drifts by and sets it down where I’m working, as she did on my keyboard the other day. We now have a game, of course, “where’s the violet mousie?” It eventually shows up.

Below Mewsette decides to take action when Bella doesn’t offer her mousie to Mewsette.

two black cats with basket and mousie
“But I want to play with it!” says Mewsette.

And because I have several dozen photos I made up a couple of animated GIF files to show what happens when the girls get into it! Really, they kind of share it back and forth.

two black cats with basket and mousie
A little tussle with the mousie.

But then Mewsette gets the mousie all on her own and sneaks some playtime with it, and Bella doesn’t mind at all.

two black cats with basket and mousie
But eventually Mewsette gets her way.

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Lady Emeraude and Her Court of Jesters, 2014
four black cats
Lady Emeraude and her court of jesters.

Well, when they’re holding court in in the bathroom and Lady Emeraude is on the throne, what do you expect of three black cats who think I’ll mistake them for her and feed them her food?

This is actually from a few days ago. Emmie hasn’t been feeling well and it seems the lymphatic leukemia is finally getting the better of her. Her eyes have been weepy for a while, then I began to hear a sniffle. This developed into an upper respiratory infection that at first we weren’t sure wasn’t just the dry air irritating her eyes and now. But it’s part of her compromised immune system through the leukemia, the excess of white blood cells, the lack of red blood cells. Where she used to eat just about anything I put in front of her I’ve had to coax her to eat, and sometimes she just doesn’t. It’s not unexpected. She’s come a long way from the summer, and November when she was diagnosed.

Yesterday she sat on my lap for the first time as I sat on the floor in my studio. I’ve spent plenty of time sitting next to her on her bed in the bathroom, but she never got to my lap or stayed there if I placed her there. I think, like most of the cats who’ve spent time in this house, she likes my studio. She is welcome here.

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Wordless Wednesday: The Blob, Black Cat Version, 2013
pile of black cats
I’ve been stepping over one of these every day or sometimes I find it on my bed, and it has finally engulfed them all. It even absorbs the light…

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Package Inspection and Approval, 2013
Black cat looking at cards.
“Make certain the cards are lined up properly prior to running the scoring blade.”

I have a house full of working cats who are happy to wake from their naps to help me with my daily tasks and offer their opinions in no uncertain terms. Mimi supervises the scoring and folding of greeting cards, above, and below she inspects the interior of a box prior to packing it with a customer’s order.

black cat in box
Mimi inspects the interior of a box prior to packing “This box is the proper size and correctly assembled.”

And no box is ready to be sealed shut and sent on its way without the “stamp” of approval from Mewsette, my feline cardboard interpretation artist, who daylights as a parcel approval manager.

bit marks in cardboard box
Mewsette’s mark of approval.

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Possibility of Lunch, 2012
two black cats looking at squirrel
Could be lunch.


“No, too tough. Roasted, in his own juices.”

“We’ll make mom really happy.”

“I know, he stole her little nut grinder from the deck, and he broke two bird feeders.”

“Wait a minute, there’s a better way.”


“Yes, raw.”

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Three Seriously Cute Housepanthers

Three seriously cute housepanthers
Three seriously cute housepanthers

These three really have to stop this sort of thing. I have work to do and I can’t be distracted by such serious cuteness. Mimi, Sunshine, Jelly Bean.

Mimi looks miffed, possibly because of the snow (see below), Mr. Sunshine looks like he’s making a face by sticking out his tongue (he and Bean had been giving Mimi a big bath), and Bean just looks like he’s there and he’s cute and nothing more is needed.

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