Daily Photo: Brotherly Secrets

two black cats
Sunshine is telling Giuseppe…

What do  you suppose Mr. Sunshine is whispering into Giuseppe’s ear? From Giuseppe’s expression it seems to be something quite shocking! And considering I don’t know anything particularly shocking that Mr. Sunshine might be whispering to he brother that he doesn’t already know, it also means I have no idea what Sunshine might be telling him. If you followed that, I’ll just add that it’s probably not our business as humans to know, but kitties reading the post will probably get it.

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From Instagram

I’m still ready to play, but you two want to go back in? Perhaps we’ve stayed out longer than I thought. It was a bit chilly before the snow.

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Girls are not happy.

 

From the back yard and beyond

Squirrel Ponders His Day

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Squirrel enjoys morning sun on his ears and whiskers and ponders what he’ll destroy today.

This photo was taken through old wavy glass, that’s the “effect” on the highlights. I love how it works out with each of the wavy glass windows in my house, each one a different pattern.

Today is Whisker Wednesday, and while I love the photo just because, I actually took it because of Whisker Wednesday. I waited until the squirrel got into a position where his whisker highlights were clear.

 

From around this date in past years

What’s for Dinner? 2020

What's for dinner?
What’s for dinner?

I only set a few cans of food in front of them and asked what they wanted for dinner. I didn’t expect such an extreme reaction. Did they misunderstand?

A note on something interesting, to me at least. Nearly everyone asks me how I can tell all these black cats apart, especially the four siblings. Well, Mewsette and Giuseppe are sister and brother, and aside from being black with yellow-green eyes they look quite different. Mewsette has a round face and a shorter nose, a wide muzzle, smaller ears, and oval eyes. Giuseppe has a wedge-shaped face and longer nose, narrower muzzle and big ears, and rounder eyes. Actually, I walked into the kitchen and woke them up, then quickly took about 10 photos. No wonder they have such expressions on their faces.

The Prize

One of the birds we regularly watch, the house finch was having trouble getting through the sparrows to get his due at the feeder. He finally managed to get a sunflower seed.

The Prize
The Prize

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Photos from around this date in previous years

Bella in the Cat Book Library, 2018

Bella in the cat book library.
Bella in the cat book library.

Bella is looking studious in the cat book library. “Cats don’t need books,” she says, “we know everything.”

One of the features in our “new” room is the reinstatement of the cat book library on the mahogany dresser with the mirror, obviously an excellent place to display one’s superiority.

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Former Fosters: Update on Simon and Theo, 2017

Simon and Theo and their first Christmas tree.
Simon and Theo and their first Christmas tree.

Simon and Theo’s first Christmas! They were 2015 fosters and in February 2016 I took them to live with my niece and children in Savannah. Simon is into everything, and he’s clearly scoping out that tree for all the possibilities, but hasn’t gotten into trouble yet.

Simon sizes up the tree. It has so many possibilities.

My niece had some extra photos on her Facebook page but I didn’t want to share them because they’re all pretty casual, but she added this, “Cat’s Christmas perspective: Elsa (oldest)-whatever. i get treats, happens every year. Baby (next to oldest)-yes, they do this, then I remember I get goodies. Simon (1.5 yrs old, formerly feral, new to house early 2016)-yep, these make good blankets. WTH??? is going on????”

Simon and Theo and their fur sister Baby investigate the tree.

Jennifer bought Simon a basket for Christmas so that he could sit in it under the tree. Simon loves to be in things. But when she looked under the tree Theo was in the basket, and Theo doesn’t like to sleep in things.

Theo in Simon's basket.
Theo in Simon’s basket.

Simon discovered this and gave Theo kisses and generally annoyed him until he left.

Simon gives Theo a few kisses.

Simon had his basket back.

Simon gets his basket back.

I know they have an awesome home, and I can visit them along with my family.

Simon and Theo just hanging out.
Simon and Theo just hanging out.

They love their doggy brother.

Watching Bingo under the coffee table.

Theo is soooooo handsome and Simon so clever! This is why we rescue, so kitties can have happily ever afters!

The brothers.
The brothers.

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Looking for Trouble to Get Into, 2016

Simon is looking for some trouble to get into.
Simon is looking for some trouble to get into.

What’s a young cat to do when everyone is asleep and he wants to play? He’s waiting for trouble to happen so he can get into it. They human has been very dull. Who could not love that face?

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Shared on Facebook

Mimi and I got outside for just a little bit yesterday before the rains came and the temperature dropped. It’s hard to believe I was barefoot with capris and a tee until mid-afternoon!

From December 26, celebrating Boxing Day.

From Christmas night…

December 23, from those long nights in the studio…

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Six black cats!
Six black cats!

They are gathered for when I opened the oven to remove the freshly-baked apple crisp. Why not? Several of them tasted the ingredients as I put it together. It’s not unusual that I get six black cats in one place, but getting the seventh cat on that cabinet is a real trick!

In the front, Smokie is washing Bella’s face. Giuseppe sat down with his tail over her, the rest milled around, not sure whether they would stay for the warmth and chance of apple crisp and possibly dinner, or go back to their afternoon naps. They went back to their naps!

Our friend Debby Nicola came to visit (you’ll see her also in my update to yesterday’s post about Bert and Ernie) and was greeted at the door by five of seven black cats—Mewsette and Smokie were upstairs enjoying an easy Sunday nap. Below four fine felines milling around angling for pets; it’s the boys and Mimi. Each of the boys had some time on her lap, then Mimi occupied her for a nice long nap.

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Debby tries to pet four black cats at the same time.

A little later we went upstairs to see how Bert and Ernie reacted to a visitor, and Mimi sat disapprovingly on the top edge of the baby gate—you can see her over Debby’s shoulder—as our traitorous visitor handed treats to the two foster cats. Humans! You can just never figure them out.

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Mimi disapproves of other cats getting treats before her.

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Cleaning Day, 2013
five black cats
Cleaning day!

Stacks of boxes! big chunks of paper! twine! packing peanuts! it’s all going out the door! Wet floors and noise! She’s gone crazy! Better get out of her way or she’ll be tossing us out too!

Yes, time to clean up after the holidays, and the kids are losing all their improvised toys. It’s not as if they don’t have plenty of official toys! Except, of course, Mewsette’s precious works of cardboard art.

It’s good to do an inventory and put things away, though, all the stacks of boxes of merchandise and packing materials. It took lots of kitty toes to keep track of how many cards and garden flags and calendars are left, and as much as we all wanted to get started on new things, we had to get the place under control.

Not the best photo, above, but I was running the sweeper when I saw the big eyes and looks of horror and all of them clustered on the cabinet for safety!

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Into the Picture Frame, 2012
black cat looks into picture frame
Mewsette looks into the world inside the glass.

Mewsette studies the image reflected in the glass. How does she get in there to explore this magical world?

Perhaps if she peeks around the back…

black cat looking around the edge of a picture frame
Mewsette peeks around the back…

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He’ll Never Know What Hit Him…, 2011
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I’ll just sit here really quietly then suddenly leap…

Somehow I don’t think Jelly Bean is thinking about how much he loves his brother Mr. Sunshine. I think he sees a target drawn right on the back of Mr. Sunshine’s head.

This is how it begins, the daily wrestling match, it’s all Jelly Bean’s doing as he sits on his table by the window waiting for one of his brothers to innocently happen on by. Usually it’s Giuseppe, but now and then Mr. Sunshine walks into the trap.

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Cookie’s Biggest Fan, 2010
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Mewsette Guards Cookie

I will always thank Mewsette for taking care of Cookie.

Has Mewsette adopted Cookie?

I’ve often noticed Mewsette being near Cookie, sitting, sleeping, bathing, sometimes trying to do a gentle nuzzle or head-butt which is summarily rebuffed by Cookie. “I don’t need any babysitting!” Cookie would say. However, I’ve lately seen Mousse cuddling with or near Cookie—after she’s fallen asleep, of course!

Perhaps like Giuseppe in the way he adopted Peaches years ago, cuddling, keeping her warm, giving her his youthful energy, Mewsette will finally have her way with Cookie. Cookie couldn’t ask for a nicer understudy in Mewsette, big, strong, quiet and sweet.


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After seeing the “Van Gogh Up Close” exhibit I wanted to work the same energy and form I saw in his brush strokes choosing oil pastel to layer and blend the strokes. It’s Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine, just quietly hanging together on the landing, Giuseppe sitting upright, Sunshine loafing. Find this art on a garden flag, a keepsake box, a tile, and more. Read more and purchase.


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2 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Brotherly Secrets

  • January 7, 2022 at 9:52 am
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    Life is always entertaining when you have a bunch of cats:)
    That most of these cats are siblings makes it even better!
    Never a dull moment at your place I expect!
    Happy New Year too !!
    Purrs, Julie
    and Nancy

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    • January 7, 2022 at 11:22 am
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      Yes, five of 12 are related…but those siblings are the biggest clowns! I’m glad to see you can comment with automatic approval now! I had to approve all your comments for years, I have no idea why. Glad to hear from you and Julie too!

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