Thursday, June 13, 2024
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Daily Photo: Comfortable Autumn Naps

three cats sleeping on bed
Autumn afternoon naps on the bed.

We were so happy to enjoy cooler temperatures—relative to what our summer was like—earlier this week, but autumn brought with it a real cold front yesterday. We are not fond of heat, especially those of us with fur! But we will miss the open windows and doors of summer, and the longer days and more activities outdoors to watch.

But naps on the bed are once again comfortable to consider. Hamlet settled in “his” spot on the throw at the foot of the bed; when it’s not baking hot he likes it there and sleeps there overnight too, so it has his scent and he feels secure. But I haven’t had a throw on the bed for the summer months so he’s happy it’s back.

He’s watching Mariposa be silly and cute, but I know she’s enjoying a roll around on the bed, now comfortable again that it’s cooler.

Up on the pillows you’ll see Giuseppe peering at us from between Preppy Kitty’s ears. He settled there because the sun was warming the pillows though it’s just moved on, another nap that would have been impossible just last week.

Happy Autumn everyone! No IG or Today photos for today, but I’ll be resuming soon. I do, however, have several daily sketches featuring September naps on the bed. None are listed on my website though all are available for sale, so enjoy, and if you see one you like, please ask! I have another featured at the end of this post that is on my website, though it’s not from September. (Yes, you’ll hear a few sales pitches here and there as Mr. Sunshine has more tests done.)



From around this date in past years

Sleeping Cat Doorstop

black cat by door
Bella the doorstop.

Bella tucks her nose into her arm when she’s sleeping, but she could choose somewhere aside from the open front door with the screen still in the door if she wanted to keep her nose warm and block out the light! She is so precious when she sleeps like this, but she’s never by the door. I almost think she intended to give me an idea for one of the little cat figurines I’ve been considering. Couldn’t you see a sleeping kitty doorstop just like this?

Or purrhaps she was rolling around in a bit of catnip and just had to have a quick nap.

(And it’s all about Bella below—well, not all, but this is right around the time she joined us six years ago!)


From Instagram

#whiskerswednesday brought to you by Mewsette!

Mewsette shows off her fine set of white whiskers on a sweet warm September morning. She has always been the world’s happiest cat, hurrying over to me, tail high. I missed recording me calling to her at the beginning, but she always answers me, sometimes we have a nice chat. The boys get all the attention because they pile together, but Mewsette has always been sweet and fun all on her own.

From the back yard and beyond

If only the blue jay was green! The jay’s white spots blend in with the light between the leaves, but not those blue feathers.

blue jay in tree
Not too camouflaged.


From around this date in past years

I Got A Chair For Bella, 2018

Bella on the chair pretty much immediately.
Bella on the chair pretty much immediately.

We have a new-to-us chair. Apparently I was mistaken that it was for me because Bella has used it more than me since it’s been here. In fact, all the cats have clocked more hours on this chair than I have so far, and that’s not counting the times we “share” it.

A seat full of two.
A seat full of two.

I’ve needed to replace my desk chairs for years and know they are part of the reason for my sciatica. I purchased three smaller ones from Margo that I can use for shorter periods, but I need one with a deeper seat that gives me good lumbar support for the two areas where I sit for long periods. A good desk chair is not inexpensive, and although I don’t care for the style I know the ones with the high backs are what I need. Someone kindly put their trash out early one evening in a neighborhood I drove through, and I saw this chair, in fairly good shape, and in a minute or two it was in the back of my car. For all the memories of cats and long days and late nights the old chair carried it was out on the porch as soon as I got home.

And another time. She's always hanging out there.
And another time. She’s always hanging out there.

We all used it immediately. I sat with The Three Stooges / Mousketeers / My Three Sons lined up on the top of the back wrestling and trying to push each other off. This usually happens right behind my head, but until one of them landed on me they were totally out of my way. Mimi sat on one of the arms. Mewsette was on my lap.

This morning, a typical scenario that I will never get a photo of: Mimi one arm of the chair, Mewsette tucked in behind me, Sunshine draped over my lap, Bella draped on the top of the back, Giuseppe and Sienna on the desk overlapping my keyboard. Finally we have a chair that fits all of us. Many photos are blurry because my camera just sees a lot of black and gets confused.

The boys.
The boys.


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What other photos did have I shared around this date?


Dappled Light, 2017


Mimi and Mewsette rest in dappled light in my studio.
Mimi and Mewsette rest in dappled light in my studio.

I have been spending a lot of time in the studio, and not all of it on art and handmade goods. A portion is spent on the computer and while I’d rather be making stuff I’m always glad for the comforting presence of my felines, especially when they are so beautifully inspiring.

This photo is from June but I didn’t get the chance to share it then. It looks pretty much like it in the afternoon here. As I worked I watched the light change and now and then reached out to touch one or the other of the girls.

Here is a five second video I made that same day of the sun moving across them. I’d kept it short for posting on Instagram.


Posted on Facebook Today

Aw, thanks to the mystery visitor who dropped off this little purrse while I was out for just 10 minutes. Good timing! It just made my day and more. Glad to know someone thinks I’m meow-velous, please tell my kitties!

A little surprise gift!
A little surprise gift!

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Bella Beautiful, 2015
Hello, my name is Bella.
Hello, my name is Bella.

Bella looking elegant in morning sun. She loves her window, and the warm light gently highlights her sleek details. You may recognize this photo from the very end of Smokie’s rescue story last week, but I modified it a bit. I love the composition but the other version of this looked too dark and dull even though the light was very soft adn I liked the greenish tones. Even though I loved the gentle highlights on her shoulders in the other photo, the detail in her face really shows her delicate features. She is very slender and graceful.

I have so many photos of Bella and Smokie and the Five from the past few weeks that it’s been hard to decide what series of photos to choose from, and which one, or ones, to post. If I had the time I’d post them all though it actually takes more time to choose just the right one or two! But I guess I’ll be posting extra photos for a few days to get them all in, so, for now…Here she turns around to see the outdoors from another angle.

black cat on windowsill
So graceful!

She really is quite inky black, just as you see in this photo where she’s nearly silhouetted against the bright window.

black cat on windowsill

And then we have a look around, and sniff some air coming in past the nose.

black cat on windowsill

Bella is still a little timid with a fast or awkward move on the part of the human, or a loud noise, but very affectionate, both willing to accept and to give. The other day she reached out and pulled on my arm, and when I moved close she stood up, put her paws on my chest and rubbed her face all over mine. She doesn’t like to be held for too long. She really likes to play! That’s when I start waving things and toss things in the tub and she leaps to the rescue with that little panther body. And she also loves studio wrestling with Smokie, something he’s apparently never done or not often, and it’s all at her instigation. One thing you’ll see soon…she loves the sink! And the tub!

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What other photos did have I shared around this date?


Random Thoughts, 2013
cat shadow and cat toy
Random Thoughts

It’s just an odd sort of capture, Giuseppe on the landing with the light from the window casting him in silhouette, and the current favorite cat toy right there. If a cat were to sit on the landing and dream, wouldn’t it be of a sun puddle and a catnip toy?

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Wordless Wednesday: Some Things I Love, 2013
black cat with basket of vegetables.
Mimi and a basket of fresh vegetables she helped me harvest.

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What a Mess, 2013
two black cats
What a mess!

I had lots of entertainment at my desk today, if you consider the Unbearable Cuteness of Black Cats on a very busy day to be entertaining. I certainly did, especially when they provided me with cuteness breaks at just the right moments so that I didn’t lose my mind. Above is how it ended up. Below is a slideshow of how we got there.

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Touched By Sunshine, 2012
four black cats
They still want an explanation.

Giuseppe, Mr. Sunshine and Mewsette are still wondering what the problem is with black cats when they are being as pretty as possible. Mimi is not concerned.

Just reinforcing for “Less Adoptable Pets Week” that “less adoptable pets” are beautiful once they get into your home and your heart. Anyone I know who has adopted a black cat intentionally or unintentionally has soon come to love all black cats for the depth and beauty of that black fur, and learned that underneath the color, all cats are cats, despite what humans think.

Tomorrow we’ll learn about living with a deaf cat who the kids never met.

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Wordless Wednesday: Peaches Reflecting
calico cat reflected in table
Peaches Reflecting.

From 2010, featuring the beauty and love of a highly-adoptable senior kitty; this is the photo that inspired my daily photos on The Creative Cat.

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