Wednesday, October 4, 2023
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Daily Photo: Bella Studio

Bella looking lovely as I mat and frame my photos.
Bella looking lovely as I mat and frame my photos.

What would I do without my studio cats watching over every detail of what I do, and often being very artful and inspiring in their own right? Bella means beautiful after all. I can forgive the cat hairs on the mat.

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What other photos did I feature around this date?

Home Remodeling Inspectors, 2013
two black cats
Mimi and Mr. Sunshine are ready for work.

Mimi and Sunshine are ready for their supervisory duties, Mimi for aesthetic design and Mr. Sunshine, of course, for engineering and technical support.

I’m so glad I have such talented cats, and that whenever I need to do something around here they are ready to serve as supervisors at a moment’s notice. I installed two new ceiling fans in my kitchen this afternoon, replacing the one remaining of a set I moved here with and installed nearly 23 years ago. Yes, it was time. My kitchen needs far more than this, but this is a start. Below, Mimi lets me know it’s time for her mandated break so she stretches out on my directions, ensuring I won’t continue (don’t be too sure Mimi, your human has installed about three dozen ceiling fans in her life…). It is, after all, Labor Day weekend.

black cat on cabinet
Mimi tells me it’s her break time.

My kitchen was originally two small rooms, a 7′ x 10′ kitchen and an 8′ x 10′ dining room, and the wall was removed between though there are still two ceiling fixtures in each section. I haven’t had a fan in the kitchen portion since the bathroom flooded in 2009, and the light fixture wiring went bad on the one remaining in the former dining area. So now I have light and air in both portions of the room, the better to photograph black cats, and nice for kitties to spread themselves out beneath in warm weather. Mr. Sunshine tells me I need the check the level on that fan before I go installing any fan blades. Note his brothers lazily sleeping in the box while he works hard. They were assigned to chase down any screws or other hardware I dropped, but I was left to do that on my own the one and only time ( yay me) I dropped one. Of course, Mimi and Sunshine could not do this as that type of unskilled labor was not in their contract.

black cat looking up
Need any help up there?

The newer styles of fans are much more efficient and much quieter than the older ones, so I won’t be relighting the pilot on my stove all the time and turning up the volume on my radio as when both fans were running. Mr. Sunshine decided to immediately try out the air flow across his belly—to ensure it was properly installed, of course. “Piece of tuna cake,” he said. “I could do this job in my sleep.” And so he proceeded to demonstrate his proficiency.

black cat on back
Mr. Sunshine checks the air flow with his belly.

Other daily photos shared on this date

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2012: First Morning
black cat silhouette in window
First Morning

It’s not autumn yet, and this particular morning…click here for the original post.

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2011: You’ve Really Made a Mess Here
tortoiseshell cat on table
Kelly observes the mess I’ve made of her table.

You’ve made quite a mess of my table….click here for the original post.

Browse some rescued cats and kittens!


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3 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Bella Studio

  • Bella is indeed lovely 🙂
    We like Mr Sunshine cooling his belly with the fan! MOL
    It is never fun when Mom leaves a mess on our sleeping spots either .
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

    • Sunshine does everything the easy way! And Bella is such an inspiration. Those eyes!


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