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Daily Photo: Decorative

tortoiseshell cat with christmas ornaments
Sienna is decorative.

Sienna has found her warm spot for the day and she is staying there. On the red blanket and peeking out from under the ornaments she’s looking quite festive, though I almost missed her as I walked through the room. When your display has eyes that follow you, you notice.

~~~

From Instagram

Ice creeping up from the bottom on the inside of my single pane kitchen window above the sink.

My thermometer on the deck reads minus one but it’s a protected area. It’s actually -5 or 6 in the area. I’m more concerned about the wind than the light snow that’s blowing around, or the temperature, unless we lose power. We’ve had some gusts that practically laid some trees sideways, but for the most part it’s been moderate.

We’re keeping pretty cozy here in our little house. All the cats were less active than usual, finding a cozy spot and staying there all day much as our community cats have been doing outdoors. Interesting to see how feline instincts prevail even when living indoors.

~~~

Snow at Night

A favorite snow scene I painted of a view out my back window. Stay warm and safe in this weather.

“Snow at Night” pastel, 11.75″ x 8.25″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Snow at Night” pastel, 11.75″ x 8.25″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

 

 

From around this date in past years

Yes? 2021

black cat
Yes?

Yes?

I see you there with that toy of yours, and you’re disturbing my sunbath. If you’re going to take my picture and smear it all over the internet, can you just do it and get it over with?

Mr. Sunshine loves attention, but takes his naps far too seriously to suffer a fool like me focusing on him, even from across the room as I am here with my zoom lens to focus on his nose. He also doesn’t like to admit he’s finally developed a white whisker. We won’t say he’s not perfect anymore. We just won’t say anything. Except that there are some whiskers for whisker Wednesday.

~~~

From Instagram

Midnight Louie has touched his nose to each item and sniffed it in today’s inventory. All is accounted for.

black cat with glass items
Midnight Louie does a nose inventory.

When are you going to put me on a tote bag?
Ummm……….

Simba is all worn out from supurrvising me today, but he’s very pleased with himself.

Morning meeting, before the nap. Lots of whiskers among the three #siblingcats as they settle down in the cloud bed on my work table in my basement studio to #supurrvise me for the day.

How it worked out by the end of the day. Less one #jellybeanbean , plus one #giuseppeverdicat and one #littlemimicat .

 

From the back yard and beyond

Wireless

two birds on bare tree
Wireless.

Communicate clearly, listen attentively, and take your turn. Read more about this photo on my daily photo blog Today.

 

From around this date in past years

Mimi’s Cat Tree, 2020

black cat on tree

(On Thursday this week I attempted to catch up with posts, but either my connection or the the internet was so slow I couldn’t move things through Dropbox, my video wouldn’t upload to Youtube and I couldn’t include all the images I wanted to in this post. I will continue trying to catch up, since I’m currently including things from October and November!)

Now that’s a cat tree! Mimi was really happy to have a little walk on her favorite cat tree out in the backyard. She was not happy about the following tick check. We’ve been avoiding that area because the deer hang out there. I changed clothes in the basement and tossed the others into the washer. But it was all worth it for Mimi to enjoy one of her favorite things!

Below is a Youtube video a little more than a minute long of her little adventure (if it ever uploads to Youtube, if not you can see a portion of it on Instagram here), and a gallery of still photos from her adventure. All this happened on November 14, and my schedule has been so fragmented I forgot I hadn’t shared it!

 

~~~

From Instagram

October 25: Bravely guarding our front porch.

Sshhh, nobody call right now, my receptionist is taking a nap.

tabby cat sleeping on desk
Sleeping office cat.

 

From the garden and beyond.

Autumn was spectacular this year. For the first time in a few years I could get out to enjoy it with my new hip, and while work and working on my house called me here, also for the first time in years I took the time to appreciate the season and slipped out for a few hours when I could to seek the most beautiful places to photograph. I had wanted to paint en plein air too, but in the end there was so much to see, and such a joy to walk, that I never settled down for that. Still, I have many paintings planned for the coming months.

October 15: Colorufl Grove

“…and when my season is over/
graciously give my gift to the earth/
for the benefit of myself and all around me,/
and without fear/
patiently wait for my moment to return
in spring.

~from my poem “Like a Tree”

colorful grove of trees
Colorful Grove

 

October 15: Such Treasures

Who knew our humble green hills held such treasures?

row of colorful trees
Such Treasures

 

October 17: Frosty Morning

A cold and frosty morning here in Carnegie PA. Even the weather chickadee can’t believe the temperature.

Frosty morning
Frosty Morning

 

~~~

You can find these and others on my photography website, Today.

 

From around this date in past years

Basil in a Basket, 2019

Basil in a basket
Basil in a basket

A tisket a tasket, it’s Basil in the yellow basket. Basil really loves this basket, possibly because it matches his eyes, and possibly because it’s a large basket and the big boy can stretch out. No matter the reason, he really wishes I’d get lost so he can get to his nap.

Shared on Instagram

Good evening.
Been busy?
We are still here. <

Good evening
Good evening

~~~

Photos from previous years…

Talented Toes, 2018

Bean washes his toes.
Bean washes his toes.

It takes a great amount of skill and talent, not to mention flexibility, to be able to twist one’s foot around upside down and bite one’s toenails. Bean’s got it. One must also fan out all of one’s whiskers. This is one special act Bean brings to this common feline activity.

. . . . . . .

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

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Photos Before Breakfast, 2017
Five sunny cats.
Five sunny cats.

Finally, the sun came up with no clouds in the way! The kitchen was full of sun, and everyone was sopping it up. Mewsette settled in the center and Giuseppe and Jelly Bean settled with her, then Mimi moved toward the door and Mr. Sunshine went to give her a little bath. Everyone milled around, happy, and wrestling or rolling now and then.

These three would not move until the sun had moved, and everyone was so distracted there was no breakfast until they had had their fill of precious sunshine.

Three in the sun.
Three in the sun.

~~~

From Instagram, Thanksgiving Day

We heard that other kitchens had WARM OVENS with REAL TURKEYS inside!
Their turkey will be roasted tomorrow when I make a batch of homecooked food for them. Until then, this is what I have to deal with.

I gave them some leftover turkey from the home I’d visited. Perhaps that was what caused them to be so excited this morning.

Demands.
Demands.

. . . . . . .

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

.

Morning, 2017
Waiting.
Waiting.

Mimi was both enjoying the sun and simply waiting for me to open the door so we could go outside. Bella was enjoying the sun and spending time with Mimi. They made a lovely composition in several photos.

Pondering.
Pondering.

I still like to post the nicer photos from my DSLR in addition to the ones I share from my phone so I guess we’ll be seeing even more photos some days. Part of the reason is that I’m also building my e-commerce site at the same time, which will include a gallery of images to choose from for custom cards, prints and such in addition to the ones I already offer. It’s hard for me to choose, and feedback is much appreciated.

Enjoy!

Girls, morning.
Girls, morning.

. . . . . . .

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

.

Seven Black Cats in Four Square Feet, 2014
seven black cats on the cabinet
All seven on the cabinet!

Looks like I may need a bigger cabinet!I finally got all seven of them up there at once—they do this at least once a day, but one jumps down or is completely hidden or the photo is just too blurry and the most I’ve posted on the cabinet so far is six.

I’m not even preparing their dinner yet and they’ve all gathered up there, milling around. As you can imagine, it’s difficult to get a good photo of this—along with the everyday challenges of photographing black cats even in good light when they are holding still. Also, if I talk to them, they jump down and come over to me! So I need to keep a camera near and at the ready, keep an eye on them as they arrange themselves without looking at them, then quickly turn around, point and photograph before they jump down and come over to me—or simply jump down because it’s pretty crowded up there!

I did try to get them all looking at me, but that was when they jumped down.

Clockwise, starting from the lower left corner:

  • Mewsette has all four paws balanced on the very corner of the cabinet
  • next to her is Smokie, but you can only see his ears here
  • Mimi is on the back left corner of the cabinet
  • next to her and facing away is Bella
  • at the other corner and facing in is Jelly Bean
  • crouched at the front right corner about to jump down is Giuseppe
  • and in the middle front with the very direct expression is Mr. Sunshine

And in the next second three of them were on the floor and one on the table, and it was all over for the moment.

. . . . . . .

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

.

 

Wordless Wednesday: It’s a Cat’s Life
two black cats with books
“It’s a Cat’s Life.”

. . . . . . .

It’s Right There! 2013
black cat watching wren
It’s just Bean’s luck—there’s a window!

But there’s a window in the way! While we were visiting Emeraude in the bathroom today…well, I was visiting Emmie while Bean was conspiring to somehow get at least a taste of her food, and purring very nicely all the while. We both heard something tapping outside the window and while Bean leaped up to the windowsill I pulled myself up to see a wren on the windowsill with a real prize—a black oil sunflower seed! She rapped it against the windowsill and eventually it popped open so she could quickly gobble sunflower heart inside. Off she flew to get another, probably without knowing that one black cat and one human were intently watching, albeit for different purposes.

. . . . . . .

Civil Disobedience, 2013
five black cats
Mr. Sunshine gives me the knowing expression as Mewsette hurries in for the civil action.

When five black cats won’t look at you but sit like statues on Easter Island, you know it’s time for dinner.

Sometimes I work on the computer in the kitchen, which in feline experience means I pay a lot of attention to it, or at least the keyboard and mouse. I barely notice when, one by one, they gather close around—above, Mewsette is late, and hurries to join the group.

Then everyone turns their back on me.

five black cats.
They all turn their backs on me. Mimi is the last to quickly turn her head.

And keeps turning as I move around.

five black cats
They continue turning.

Well, it really was just about dinner time.

. . . . . . .

Someone Drank the Coffee, 2012
black cat with cup of coffee
Mewsette needs a little more coffee.

Mewsette was a little perturbed that there was no coffee left in my coffee mug. She had a few sips, but while she had a bath I drank the rest. Well, it was mine!

But Cookie had taught her about sharing my coffee while I worked in the studio, as seen below from last year…


black cat on tree

(On Thursday this week I attempted to catch up with posts, but either my connection or the the internet was so slow I couldn’t move things through Dropbox, my video wouldn’t upload to Youtube and I couldn’t include all the images I wanted to in this post. I will continue trying to catch up, since I’m currently including things from October and November!)

Now that’s a cat tree! Mimi was really happy to have a little walk on her favorite cat tree out in the backyard. She was not happy about the following tick check. We’ve been avoiding that area because the deer hang out there. I changed clothes in the basement and tossed the others into the washer. But it was all worth it for Mimi to enjoy one of her favorite things!

Below is a Youtube video a little more than a minute long of her little adventure (if it ever uploads to Youtube, if not you can see a portion of it on Instagram here), and a gallery of still photos from her adventure. All this happened on November 14, and my schedule has been so fragmented I forgot I hadn’t shared it!

 

~~~

From Instagram

October 25: Bravely guarding our front porch.

Sshhh, nobody call right now, my receptionist is taking a nap.

tabby cat sleeping on desk
Sleeping office cat.

 

From the garden and beyond.

Autumn was spectacular this year. For the first time in a few years I could get out to enjoy it with my new hip, and while work and working on my house called me here, also for the first time in years I took the time to appreciate the season and slipped out for a few hours when I could to seek the most beautiful places to photograph. I had wanted to paint en plein air too, but in the end there was so much to see, and such a joy to walk, that I never settled down for that. Still, I have many paintings planned for the coming months.

October 15: Colorufl Grove

“…and when my season is over/
graciously give my gift to the earth/
for the benefit of myself and all around me,/
and without fear/
patiently wait for my moment to return
in spring.

~from my poem “Like a Tree”

colorful grove of trees
Colorful Grove

 

October 15: Such Treasures

Who knew our humble green hills held such treasures?

row of colorful trees
Such Treasures

 

October 17: Frosty Morning

A cold and frosty morning here in Carnegie PA. Even the weather chickadee can’t believe the temperature.

Frosty morning
Frosty Morning

 

~~~

You can find these and others on my photography website, Today.

 

From around this date in past years

Basil in a Basket, 2019

Basil in a basket
Basil in a basket

A tisket a tasket, it’s Basil in the yellow basket. Basil really loves this basket, possibly because it matches his eyes, and possibly because it’s a large basket and the big boy can stretch out. No matter the reason, he really wishes I’d get lost so he can get to his nap.

Shared on Instagram

Good evening.
Been busy?
We are still here. <

Good evening
Good evening

~~~

Photos from previous years…

Talented Toes, 2018

Bean washes his toes.
Bean washes his toes.

It takes a great amount of skill and talent, not to mention flexibility, to be able to twist one’s foot around upside down and bite one’s toenails. Bean’s got it. One must also fan out all of one’s whiskers. This is one special act Bean brings to this common feline activity.

. . . . . . .

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

.

Photos Before Breakfast, 2017
Five sunny cats.
Five sunny cats.

Finally, the sun came up with no clouds in the way! The kitchen was full of sun, and everyone was sopping it up. Mewsette settled in the center and Giuseppe and Jelly Bean settled with her, then Mimi moved toward the door and Mr. Sunshine went to give her a little bath. Everyone milled around, happy, and wrestling or rolling now and then.

These three would not move until the sun had moved, and everyone was so distracted there was no breakfast until they had had their fill of precious sunshine.

Three in the sun.
Three in the sun.

~~~

From Instagram, Thanksgiving Day

We heard that other kitchens had WARM OVENS with REAL TURKEYS inside!
Their turkey will be roasted tomorrow when I make a batch of homecooked food for them. Until then, this is what I have to deal with.

I gave them some leftover turkey from the home I’d visited. Perhaps that was what caused them to be so excited this morning.

Demands.
Demands.

. . . . . . .

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

.

Morning, 2017
Waiting.
Waiting.

Mimi was both enjoying the sun and simply waiting for me to open the door so we could go outside. Bella was enjoying the sun and spending time with Mimi. They made a lovely composition in several photos.

Pondering.
Pondering.

I still like to post the nicer photos from my DSLR in addition to the ones I share from my phone so I guess we’ll be seeing even more photos some days. Part of the reason is that I’m also building my e-commerce site at the same time, which will include a gallery of images to choose from for custom cards, prints and such in addition to the ones I already offer. It’s hard for me to choose, and feedback is much appreciated.

Enjoy!

Girls, morning.
Girls, morning.

. . . . . . .

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

.

Seven Black Cats in Four Square Feet, 2014
seven black cats on the cabinet
All seven on the cabinet!

Looks like I may need a bigger cabinet!I finally got all seven of them up there at once—they do this at least once a day, but one jumps down or is completely hidden or the photo is just too blurry and the most I’ve posted on the cabinet so far is six.

I’m not even preparing their dinner yet and they’ve all gathered up there, milling around. As you can imagine, it’s difficult to get a good photo of this—along with the everyday challenges of photographing black cats even in good light when they are holding still. Also, if I talk to them, they jump down and come over to me! So I need to keep a camera near and at the ready, keep an eye on them as they arrange themselves without looking at them, then quickly turn around, point and photograph before they jump down and come over to me—or simply jump down because it’s pretty crowded up there!

I did try to get them all looking at me, but that was when they jumped down.

Clockwise, starting from the lower left corner:

  • Mewsette has all four paws balanced on the very corner of the cabinet
  • next to her is Smokie, but you can only see his ears here
  • Mimi is on the back left corner of the cabinet
  • next to her and facing away is Bella
  • at the other corner and facing in is Jelly Bean
  • crouched at the front right corner about to jump down is Giuseppe
  • and in the middle front with the very direct expression is Mr. Sunshine

And in the next second three of them were on the floor and one on the table, and it was all over for the moment.

. . . . . . .

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

.

 

Wordless Wednesday: It’s a Cat’s Life
two black cats with books
“It’s a Cat’s Life.”

. . . . . . .

It’s Right There! 2013
black cat watching wren
It’s just Bean’s luck—there’s a window!

But there’s a window in the way! While we were visiting Emeraude in the bathroom today…well, I was visiting Emmie while Bean was conspiring to somehow get at least a taste of her food, and purring very nicely all the while. We both heard something tapping outside the window and while Bean leaped up to the windowsill I pulled myself up to see a wren on the windowsill with a real prize—a black oil sunflower seed! She rapped it against the windowsill and eventually it popped open so she could quickly gobble sunflower heart inside. Off she flew to get another, probably without knowing that one black cat and one human were intently watching, albeit for different purposes.

. . . . . . .

Civil Disobedience, 2013
five black cats
Mr. Sunshine gives me the knowing expression as Mewsette hurries in for the civil action.

When five black cats won’t look at you but sit like statues on Easter Island, you know it’s time for dinner.

Sometimes I work on the computer in the kitchen, which in feline experience means I pay a lot of attention to it, or at least the keyboard and mouse. I barely notice when, one by one, they gather close around—above, Mewsette is late, and hurries to join the group.

Then everyone turns their back on me.

five black cats.
They all turn their backs on me. Mimi is the last to quickly turn her head.

And keeps turning as I move around.

five black cats
They continue turning.

Well, it really was just about dinner time.

. . . . . . .

Someone Drank the Coffee, 2012
black cat with cup of coffee
Mewsette needs a little more coffee.

Mewsette was a little perturbed that there was no coffee left in my coffee mug. She had a few sips, but while she had a bath I drank the rest. Well, it was mine!

But Cookie had taught her about sharing my coffee while I worked in the studio, as seen below from last year…

cat drinking coffee
Cookie demonstrates how to drink my coffee.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Decorative

  • 15andmeowing

    Sienna is a beauty. Of course, all your kitties are beauties. XO

    Reply
    • Thank you! So are yours. It’s kitties are just beautiful creatures! Thanks for visiting.

      Reply

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