Don’t worry, I’m okay. See the photo below.
I posted these photos on Instagram on December 4 when I was being observed in the kitchen by three judgy cats, Giuseppe, Mewsette and Mimi. Instead of getting the usual face-on photo I thought I’d get one that was from a more interesting angle. I did this by holding my camera below them and using the front-facing camera. I had a great laugh when I looked at the photos I’d gotten and decided to share them right away! And then I was a little concerned someone might think I’d fallen on the floor (and couldn’t get up), so I leaned forward and took one more.
I’m trying my best to catch up! I still have photos from November that I haven’t shared, and I overloaded my studio schedule this week and didn’t have the time to post. Well, I was having fun in the studio this week, that’s the truth. You’ll see it all soon.
November 18: Mimi told the neighbor’s cat something I can’t publish here when he came over to sample her catnip plant. He wisely stopped in his tracks and quickly considered his escape route. One afternoon last summer, when he wanted to come over to stalk birds at the bird feeders, she chased him all the way across the street into his own back yard and cornered him behind a lawn mower. She lived her young years primarily outdoors, raising kittens, and dealing with every unneutered cat in the neighborhood. She’s never too far away from that when she’s guarding her castle. Don’t mess with little Mimi cat!
November 18: Some days I’m not sure what to think. Guesses?
November 21: Supurrvisory staff is having a difficult time getting motivated on this cold and rainy Saturday morning.
November 25: Judgy Mariposa is not impressed with Sienna’s bedmaking performance.
November 25: Mr. Sunshine looks mildly annoyed at the little love scene behind him. I think I’m running out of space on my desk, and it’s time to quit for the moment.
From the back yard and beyond.
November 25: Oh, hai. I know you can’t see me because I am perfectly camouflaged. So I’m just going to saunter across your yard here, and I may decide to walk up the steps to your deck to eat that parsley too, now that the groundhog has gone into hibernation and doesn’t get all the good stuff before we get here.
November 21: Never pass up an opportunity to bloom, even if it’s a cold and rainy November day. Feverfew is always ready, cheerful and bright.
November 21: On a cold and rainy November day, enjoy a warm October sunset. I took so many photos of Autumn this year, and had so little time, I didn’t get a chance to share so many.
Think this one’s going to be a painting. I recall these lines of poetry–I was shocked to find this welling of emotion happened to others…
from The Princess: Tears, Idle Tears
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depth of some divine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking on the happy Autumn-fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more
I’ve been posting regularly on my photo website Today, but I really don’t have the time to share the photos here each day. The deer have been so inspiring, birds, squirrels, and all those autumn photos that I’ll never forget…if you’re interested, please click the link each day to go there and see what’s new! If I have a chance I’ll share photos.
From around this date in past years
Thinking About Fishes, 2020
Bella notices everything, so don’t think she doesn’t know there’s a Pisces medallion behind her ear. She’s aware of composition and hidden meanings, and I suspect she’s a Pisces like me, judging from her rescue timeline. But she was also a champ at the cat fishing game on my tablet, until I dunked it into the dishwater. Someday I’ll have to make that up to her, but in the meantime she is sending me a very clear and colorful message.
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Photos from around this date in previous years
Catching Some Sun, 2019
Basil was racing around the kitchen, excited because it was about to be breakfast, when he ran into a patch of sunlight and stopped. What is this stuff? It’s nice and warm! I think I’ll just stand here and cast an interesting shadow for a while…
Photos from years past.
How Formerly Feral Cats Enjoy Cold Weather, 2018
These three often get together to enjoy some CatTV. If they hadn’t been rescued, though, they wouldn’t be enjoying it through a window, they’d be out there. Not one of them has ever expressed an interest in getting the “real” experience. I enjoy watching them.
Before the tree fell down in 2016 it was in the background along with all its branches, and there was a lilac in front of the window that I let grow and kept trimmed so I could open the window, but it would still provide cover for the birds at this feeder. The birds avoided these feeders almost entirely for over a year, but finally they are showing up here again. Of course the bird populations on the feeder change every moment, and that’s part of the fun. Here is what they were watching.
From previous years
And Yet More Photos of Jack and Diane
At one point while they were doing their thing on the windowsill I just stood there and snapped figuring a few of the had to be good. Well more than a few of them were good, just because kittens are cute. They are at an angle that would make Jack appear larger, but really he’s growing so fast and is noticeably bigger than his sister. Their expressions and posture in the one above just make me smile! My caption was, “These two. Stick a fork in me, I’m done.”
After this the two of them settled themselves into the corner of the windowsill for some intensive birdwatching, but it’s clear Jack doesn’t take it quite as seriously as his sister.
Below, there is no better toy than a sibling’s tail. They were busy chasing each others’ tails on the windowsill. Jack told Diane, “You bite my tail, and I’m going to bite yours!”
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