Daily Photo: Checking for a Mouse, or Good Recipes

tabby and white cat looking in book shelves
Mariposa checking for a mouse, or some good recipes.

“You never know where you might find one,” Mariposa says as she peers into the darkness of the bookshelf. “That’s what my mother told me. Your next meal isn’t just going to show up, you have to go find it.”

But, Mariposa, you next meal is going to show up, unless something terrible happens to me!

“Well, sometimes you’re late. And a smart kitty keeps in practice. Besides that, it’s fun! But you don’t have any good recipes here, I checked.”

Well, she did grow up in a feral cat colony, and I don’t think she ever had the opportunity for wet food because the bigger cats got it first. Mariposa has a lot of play energy, and she’s always exploring little spaces. The instinct to hunt, even for a fully socialized indoor cat, is what drives their play and exploration activities. Even though they don’t need to hunt anymore, or ever, the activity is stamped on their biological schedule, to get up from a nap, explore, prowl, stalk and catch dinner, even if she’s climbing cat trees and swatting toy mice around.

Now, hunting for good recipes, I thought that was a human activity. I could be wrong.

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From Instagram

With this one, belly rubs are definitely welcome. Nothing like a cozy kitty belly complete with a purring massage to warm up my slightly stiff fingers on this chilly gray day. In fact, just being able to look at Mr. Max makes me feel warm all over. Even so, he is up for adoption, so if you are in need of a studio cat, he’s your man!

“I want to lick your paints.” Cats are so weird sometimes. Morty gave me about 90 minutes before he came over and sat in the space where my watercolor was after I lifted it up so he wouldn’t sit on that.

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From the Back Yard and Beyond

All Was Still But the Falling Snow

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From Portraits of Animals

Compositions in Black and Green Greeting Cards

Compositions in Black and Green Greeting Cards
Compositions in Black and Green Greeting Cards

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From Paths I Have Walked

Close The Door, poem in progress

I pulled out this poem in progress from September, now, partway through winter. It’s too long to include the whole thing here, but click to the post for more and an essay.

pastel painting of cat looking out door
“The Little Sunflower”, pastel on velour paper, 11″ x 16″, 1997 © B.E. Kazmarski

I don’t know when I will close the door
for the last time

long days of summer freedom
endless open windows as if
outdoors was in
warm days, birdsong, butterflies
cool nights, lightning bugs, crickets
storms
heat
days and nights of sundresses
my bare feet on the tile
on the wood
on the concrete
on the grass
on the soil of my garden
warm, nourishing…

Read the rest on Paths I Have Walked…

 

From around this date in past years

Dreamy Little Girl, 2022

dreamy Mariposa
Dreamy Mariposa

Who knows what she ponders? Maybe the ceiling fan and how someday she’ll get that thing. Maybe how nice it is to be inside a nice warm house when it’s very cold outside, unlike the abandoned house she grew up in. Maybe, like me, she slips into a non-pondering mode where she’s just blissfully in the moment without judgement. She’s tucked into a portion of my display in the middle of the room so that when I turn around from my desk, she is right there, and I can even touch her to make sure she’s real.

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From Instagram

Easy morning birdwatching. Bella, Sienna, Hamlet.

From the Garden and Beyond

I could tell the snow was slowing down when the birds began visiting the feeders. These two blue jays were having a grand time, sampling all five feeders in the back and three out front, making their blue jay noises.

Blue Jays
Blue Jays

From around this date in past years

Good Morning, 2020

black cat on windowsill
Good morning from Mimi

I get the best photos of cats on this bathroom windowsill. This photo of Mimi was pretty popular on Instagram, and I was pretty pleased with it too.

I was so happy to get a photo of Mimi on the windowsill in the bathroom. She hasn’t hopped up there for a while, and neither have most of the others either. Over the summer the baby gate I use there takes up most of the sill, and until we did some work on my gutters rainwater has actually been coming in the window and also through the wall even when the window is closed, making a big mess. With all the rain we’ve had lately visiting this favorite morning window hasn’t been very comfortable.

But Bella has been up there, though she doesn’t permit photos, and Hamlet as well. I’m pretty sure everyone else has visited too.

I shared the photo above on Instagram on Monday, and here are a few more below from Monday and over the weekend.

Of course, you want to nap with me. (Basil)

black cat on bed
Of course, you want to nap with me.

Apparently only one basket in four is acceptable for naps.

The birds.

cat looking at birds
Sienna and the starlings.

Look closely for two deer in this photo.

End of the day.

black cats on bed
End of day.

 

Playing around with little cat shapes in polymer clay.

cat shapes in clay
Playing around with little cat shapes in polymer clay.

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Photos from around this date in previous years

The Feline Narnia Portal, 2019

cat walking through books.
The Narnia portal I’d always knew existed.

Finally found that Narnia portal the cats have always known about. Cleverly marked by the cat books.

This photo was definitely a hit on Facebook. I’d taken it when I was setting up for one of my open houses or just reorganizing as I developed my shop display and didn’t get a chance to share it then. I just remembered it and decided it was time to share. I still laugh every time I look at it!

It’s pretty frightening, though, when one of them disappears—completely—for hours sometimes. They could have escaped somehow, or be caught somewhere in the house or hurt or ill and hiding or unable to make a sound. It’s scared the crap out of me a few times and I’ve upended the house to find them, like when Kelly was hiding back in 2012. Cats finding small hidden spots to nap is a part of their biology and on its own that’s not a problem. This spot in particular is a real prize because the bookcase backs up to the wall where the furnace vent for the second goes up, and it’s totally toasty warm in that little kitty cave. I just want to know where those tiny spots are in case of an emergency. And then it’s funny again.

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From Facebook

If that’s all the sun there is, Mimi will take it. She’s the black speck in the middle of the photo.

Mimi will take just that little bit.
Mimi will take just that little bit.

Photos from years past.

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Kitty Keep-warm Lamp, 2018
Bella by her keep-warm lamp.
Bella by her keep-warm lamp.

Mimi sometimes does this, but lately Bella’s been getting there first. Those old-fashioned 25-watt light bulbs put out the heat, but not so much that the glass shade is too hot for a kitty to cuddle up to. On these cold nights kitties need all the warm spots they can get.

Are you going to go away?
Are you going to go away?

Bella prefers to bask in privacy. I wish I’d had my better camera—these were taken with my phone. Typically, because I photograph so many birds from the window the camera is usually there. I’ll make sure it is from now on, and of course I’ll never capture Bella there again.

Privacy please.
Privacy please.

This is the same lamp by which I photographed cats which became Halloween cards.

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From Instagram and Facebook

I have been unusually busy with errands, water in the basement, snow and ice…but I have shared a few photos on Facebook.

January 9

Are you going to share that cereal or not?
Are you going to share that cereal or not?

January 11

Yes, until it started raining it was completely intoxicating outside, 68 degrees. Even the rain was nice.
Yes, until it started raining it was completely intoxicating outside, 68 degrees. Even the rain was nice.

January 12

Good morning! All eight just hanging out in the kitchen on a rainy morning.
Good morning! All eight just hanging out in the kitchen on a rainy morning.

January 13

Does this look like there is a big kitty looking at me through the ice on my car window, or do I just see cats everywhere I look?
Does this look like there is a big kitty looking at me through the ice on my car window, or do I just see cats everywhere I look?

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What other photos did I post on or about this date?

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We Iz Cute!, 2017

We iz cute!
We iz cute!

We iz cute! You don’t need kittens in here for cutez!

The boys are happy to have their bathroom back. They seem to forget that once they were the litter of kittens in that bathroom with a house full of adult cats who didn’t appreciate having their bathroom taken away.

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From Instagram and Facebook

Friday the 13th

Oh, no, it’s Friday the 13th and there are #8blackcats in my kitchen! It’s okay, Giuseppe tells me they just want breakfast.

Eight black cats on Friday the 13th!
Eight black cats on Friday the 13th!

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A heart-shaped nap

Later in my studio…
My studio supervisors are having a heart-shaped nap.

A heart-shaped nap.
A heart-shaped nap.

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Mimi and the rain

Saturday…
I may have accomplished many things today, but the rain is still falling and Mimi cannot take her walk so I can just get over myself.

Mimi and the rain.
Mimi and the rain.

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What other photos did I post on or about this date?

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All Cats Are Not Black!, 2016

I found a kitty who looks like me! gray kittens
I found a kitty who looks like me!

Teddy Bear is shocked to find a kitty who looks like him! For months he’s been the only cat in a house full who is not black! At least the cats that he saw. He didn’t know we had a kindred spirit hiding in the foster room!

He and Simon and sometimes Bella have been visiting with our houseguests lately. Hamlet is a little frightened to come out of the room with all my chaos of stuff, and then everywhere he turns he sees another cat! It’s been very, very good for him to see these two and begin to play with them—he’s even more relaxed with me. Tweetie is thrilled!

Teddy and Tweetie watching the two black cats.
Teddy and Tweetie watching the two black cats.

 

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What other photos have I shared on or around this date?

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Littered With Cats, 2011
six cats in one photo
Littered With Cats

From January 2011, a sunny morning in the kitchen. Yes, this similar to another recent photo reprise, but this one includes Cookie looking out the door, Mimi having a sun bath, and the Fantastic Four just, well, littering the floor. Something about that January morning sun

What happens when the winter sun shines in the back door in early morning for the second day in a row? Everybody takes advantage of it.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a lasting sunny morning, some bright ones with cold haze, mostly cloudy or overcast covers it before an hour has passed. Yesterday and today were bright blue and sunny; yesterday everyone in the household (including me) stepped into this strange, unfamiliar substance, warm sunlight in the house. Today, all the cats had it down right away and after a brief romp around the house and a sip from the bathroom faucet, all of them came back to the kitchen, collecting in the warmth by the door.

From the front is Mr. Sunshine, crouching, and Giuseppe, sitting up; these two have a way of looking slightly guilty no matter the situation. Then Mewsette is cleaning her foot and Jelly Bean is purringly balled up next to the door. In the far distance, Mimi is on the left, swinging around for a lick on the hip, and Cookie is longingly gazing out into the yard; she and I had been out earlier, but she can never get enough of her outdoors, except when I haven’t managed to make it warm for her. Only Kelly isn’t in this photo; she’s a little intimidated by the Big Four and while she was mingling a bit she left for her other sunny windowsill.

I do have a number of photos of my cats at the back door, but this is the maximum quantity I captured at one time, and very special to me because it includes Cookie, who was by then in deep mentoring with Mimi, her little grasshopper.

The other recent photo is “Enough Sun for Everyone” and the post is “A Very Special Daily Painting: ‘Forty Five Lives’ by Kimberly Kelly Santini”

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Other daily photos shared on this date

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Bella Got A Basket, 2015
black cat in basket
Bella in her basket.

I have to thank the friend who carried a few things to us in this basket and left it here just before Christmas. I had it stashed in a safe place until I could add it to my basket collection and made the happy mistake of setting it on the cabinet by the big north window where Bella spends a lot of time watching birds and hanging out. She immediately possessed it as her basket and began experiencing the world from the vantage of the basket, and she has been killing me with cute ever since.

black cat in basket
Don’t bother me.

The basket even has magic. She is still a little shy. If she is in the basket when someone arrives, they simply can’t see her, even if she’s looking directly at them. Or so I would presume by her complete surprise when they remark about what a pretty kitty she is and walk over to pet her.

black cat in basket
You don’t see me.

She has also interacted with the other cats and her basket and I’ll add those photos to the collection as well, but for now I’m sharing the best of the photos I’ve taken in the past two weeks. I would say I’ve been a little preoccupied with Bella in the basket, possibly as preoccupied as Bella herself is with the basket!

black cat in basket
It’s the purr-fect size!

She tries a little remodeling on the bow, but that wasn’t as interesting to her as I thought it would be.

black cat in basket
What’s this bow all about?
black cat in basket
I’m going to take care of this bow.

She discovered it has convenient little paw holes along the bottom, for when she might need them. Not sure what she might need them for, but then I’m not a little black cat.

black cat in basket
It has paw holes in it.

But she’s really not too sure about all this photography stuff. Why do I walk all around and talk to her and shake noisy things? Do I think she’s going to fall for that? She’s in her basket and I just don’t exist! “Get a life, human!” Sometimes I wish it was that easy. I certainly don’t want to tell her to stop being so inspiring.

black cat in basket
Get a life, human!

 


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2 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Checking for a Mouse, or Good Recipes

    • January 26, 2023 at 1:47 am
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      I really don’t know how I manage to get anything done with her around here being cute all the time!

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