Daily Photo: Distracting Me With Sweetness While I’m Trying to Work

Mariposa looking at me in the mirror.

I decided to sew as many tote bags as I could in the space of one day, Tuesday this week. Mariposa, Sienna and usually Hamlet sleep on my bed in the afternoons, and when I came in to start setting up to sew, they were ready for the action. I don’t spend time in my bedroom sewing as often as I spend time in other rooms, and many or even all of the cats will often join me in whichever space I’m working any given day, and me and 10 cats and my projects in a 10 x 12 room is quite a crowd. And so most of them did on this particular day, hanging out on the bed or on the floor, walking on the ironing board behind me because that was “new”, and inspecting my sewing machine which is typically folded up into the console table. You know it was all very exciting. Eventually, the sun came around to the window, welcome on an unusually cold day, and everyone settled down. Later we went downstairs for them to have dinner, then we came back up so I could sew until well after midnight. For a long day of fun but tedious and repetitious work, they did their best to distract me, sometimes distracting me so much that I got caught up in photographing them and playing with them, then had to get back to work. It was a great day, beautiful to look at, exciting to see my tote bags come to life, and a joy to spend with my cats, one of those days that I imagine when I think of working at home. And this is what they did.

Mariposa was fascinated by my sewing table and sewing machine because it’s typically all folded up with things on top of it. I’ve always found it’s best to let the cats explore the new things until they’re done, and then they leave it alone, and so she did. But first she had to check out the new kitty in the mirror

Of course, the ironing board was “new” too, and they had to explore it. I had it set up right behind my chair, and I watched them in the mirror above my sewing machine.

Mimi and Jelly Bean on the ironing board.

Sienna couldn’t resist the sunshine and settled down in her favorite place anywhere, ever, tucked in among her feline friends on the pillows.

Sienna and her kitty friends.

Mimi thinks we should go back outside in the sun again, even though it’s cold. She wants to do this about every half hour or so. She watches me in the mirror. Something fascinates me about a cat looking into a mirror as if it’s reality and of course she sees me, whom she knows, but she would also be looking at the back of my head. I guess Mimi is okay with this.

Mimi watches me in the mirror.

Mariposa and Jelly Bean enjoy the sun for just long enough to start up a wrestling match, something they both love to do. Although sometimes Mariposa jumps up and runs off from one of these, it’s always a friendly thing and pretty comical to watch her white mittens flying around and landing a solid one, POW, right in the kisser. I have to completely stop what I’m doing and stand on the chair at my sewing machine to get a good angle at them.

I glance up at the mirror and Mimi is having a really good yawn.

Big yawn!

After a while things quiet down, and everyone is asleep. That’s a bunch of cats, there.

Everybody’s asleep.

Then even more asleep.

Cat balls, like caterpillars.

And much later, one of the piles of cats sleeping on the bed.

A pile of black cats.

It was a good day.


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4 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Distracting Me With Sweetness While I’m Trying to Work

  • May 17, 2021 at 12:23 pm
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    wavez two ewe mariposa; yur lookin gorgeouz az ever…..we haz been off line sinz WINTER… !!!

    COD

    hope everee onez happee and healthee and stayin in trubullz 😉 ♥♥

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    • May 17, 2021 at 5:15 pm
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      We wondered where you were! We thought we just weren’t getting your blog posts again. Great to hear from you, hope all is well!

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  • May 15, 2021 at 8:28 am
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    “Mariposa trying to figure out how to play with it.” Love it!! My Bowie would be right beside her, saying, “Oh, yeah! I’ll bet this can make *food*!!” And a pile of housepanthers, too!! Your life is fantastic!! B^D

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    • May 17, 2021 at 5:14 pm
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      Yes, some parts of it are unbelievable, mostly having to do with cats!

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