Wednesday, May 22, 2024
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Daily Photo: Door Patrol

two cats looking out door
Door patrol by Sienna and Mimi.

Mimi is at the door because I’m outside in the sun and she’s not. I’m cleaning off the front porch so she has more room, but that doesn’t count for her. She is not happy.

Sienna loves to sit at the door in the sun but it’s difficult for me to get a photo of her from inside or out. I think she feels cornered in the area by the door so as soon as I approach she runs off. Usually she does the same when I appear outside, but this time Mimi is there so purrhaps she feels a little braver. I hope one of these days she calms down enough for me to get a beautiful sunny photo of her looking out the door!

This has been an unexpectedly busy week, and in part I’ve been busy with photographs and little videos of flowers and wildlife! It’s also the time to watch over Morty and Mr. Max when they are out, keep an eye on Mimi as I work my way though fine-tuning her medications and herbs, and getting myself back in the swing of my afternoon creative time each day where I tune out and write or paint or make things. I keep forgetting to post on Instagram and the day goes by. Eventually it will all even out and I’ll be back to IG!

From around this date in past years

A Friendly Nose Tap, 2020

two cats at the window
Mariposa and Sienna nose tap.

This photo is indeed blurry, but I still wanted to share this sweet nose tap between Mariposa and Sienna! The two girls have a lot of interests in common and find themselves together quite a lot: on the bed, at the windows watching birds, at the basement door watching wildlife, in the kitchen watching me. Mariposa is the most diplomatic cat I’ve ever met, especially in a species not known for diplomacy! Sienna loves other cats, but one at a time, not nine at a time, so she’s a little more cautious. Mariposa has just the right touch.

Well, here’s a moment—and it was only a moment—and my camera decided to focus on the lilac outside the window! Most of the time I can get two or three shots off really quickly and catch those moments, but not this time. Still, it was definitely a moment I wanted to share!

From Instagram

The view in my studio, staying warm and dry on a cold rainy day.

three black cats at window
Sunshine, Mewsette and Mimi enjoy a warm studio.

Disappointed and indignant! Among bags and bags of groceries I brought home not one bit of cat food could be found! Well, Mewsette might eat the salad greens, but that doesn’t count. What a lot of washing of hands and things too. PS: the rain changed to wet snow and the temp dropped 10 degrees while I was out.

six cats in the kitchen
Looks like I’m in trouble!

What they thought of my hardship in the cold and snow.

three cats from the back
Their opinion of me.

And from the back yard (and front yard)…

I can’t handle the cuteness! (Read more on Today.)


A happy cranesbill geramium flower and flower buds in the rain. (Read more on Today.)

cranesbill geranium flower
A cranesbill geranium in the rain.



From around this date in past years

Clearly Overthinking Their Day, 2019

Basil, Jelly Bean amd Mr. Sunshine clearly overthinking their day.
Basil, Jelly Bean and Mr. Sunshine clearly overthinking their day.

Having had the the door barred to predators, the need to find food, kill it and eat it replaced by being served in bowls, and the thrill of reproduction effectively removed from their bodies, Basil, Jelly Bean and Mr. Sunshine are paralyzed by the indecision of just exactly what to do next this morning and clearly overthinking the issue. A round of naps was had by all after this strenuous mental exercise.

From Facebook and Instagram

Mariposa watching me through the reflection of my rhododendron on the window. Magic.

Mariposa magic.
Mariposa magic.

Mimi is flexing all her paws and kneading the table she is so happy to be outside.

Mimi on the picnic table.
Mimi on the picnic table.


Photos from previous years.

Can We Talk?, 2018

Can we talk?
Can we talk?

Hmmm, I’m not sure what to expect. What would Giuseppe have to say that appeared to be so serious? Food problems? Suddenly it’s too hot? Sienna hangs around him too much? Really, I think he was practicing his inscrutable expression.

Early evening sun shone into the kitchen and highlighted just about everyone’s whiskers. Every time Giuseppe turned his head, his whiskers were alight.

I'm not sure.
I’m not sure.

Then he decided on a graceful profile pose.

Maybe I'll show you my profile.
Maybe I’ll show you my profile.

Somedays it’s all about the whiskers.

From Facebook and Instagram

First of all, Mimi doesn’t want you to think this leash stuff is okay. She goes along with it sometimes, but mostly she pouts, and even wants to go back inside. But today, with everything suddenly in bloom—each day more and more—we took a walk around the house. Below is one photo from the side of the house where the tree used to be. I miss my lilacs and rambling rose, but I do love seeing such verdant growth there. It will already bloom all summer long, not to mention the plans I have for certain areas.

Things are blooming all over. Side yard: tulips, lamium/yellow dead nettle, periwinkle, lavender cranesbill geraniums, japanese spirea, and dandelions! No grass, boring stuff. More to come soon.

Mimi in the side yard.
Mimi in the side yard.

And right by the basement door…

Wild strawberries.

Photos shared on or about this day

Monday Bella, 2017

Monday Morning Bella

I had set this up intending to post last week on Monday but got distracted, as I often do on busy weeks. April was a busy month. I’m hoping May will be a little easier. And you don’t have to wait one more minute to see Bella as she supurrvises me at my desk!

Oh! It’s Monday. Bella’s glad. They get more rest supurrvising me during the week. Over the weekend I’m all over the house and they get a little annoyed sometimes.

Below is Bella’s position on top of the sorting cubby on my desk, just at eye level and and next to the corner of my monitor. Who would dare laze around at their desk with that expression watching you?

My supurrvisor

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Other Photos Posted On or Around This Date…

Dreamy Spring Morning, 2015
Bella and Mimi in a dreamy spring morning mode.
Bella and Mimi in a dreamy spring morning mode.

Bella napped and Mimi kept an eye on my activities on a sunny spring morning in the sunniest spot in the house. Bella acts as if she is sleeping, but note that her ears are turned toward me…

A little bit of filtering makes an everyday photo seem somehow otherworldly, desaturated color and a little bit of diffuse glow. Below is the original photo, which I like for its limited but strong color palette.

Bella and Mimi share the sunny spot.
Bella and Mimi share the sunny spot.

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Making An Appearance Today

Amber Buttercup was seen tucked into the corner of her picture window enjoying the sun in front of her highly customized window blind.

Amber Buttercup in her window.
Amber Buttercup in her window.

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Posted on Facebook…


Today is a celebration of purple and blue as Mimi models her purple harness and leash to coordinate with the forget-me-nots and violets. Recess is over, back inside, kids.

Mimi in-forget-me-nots.
Mimi in-forget-me-nots.
Mimi, Queen of all She Surveys.
Mimi, Queen of all She Surveys.
Proper paw placement and purple.
Proper paw placement and purple.


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Other Photos Posted On or Around This Date…

Solar-powered Garden Cat, 2014
black cat in garden
Solar-powered garden cat, in black, absorbing the thermonuclear reactions.

Mimi’s not sleeping, she’s absorbing thermonuclear activity to store for use later, when the rain comes and it gets chilly again.

Black is the best color for this activity.

Nothing like a few good, weathered tomato stakes to dig your claws into.

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If Your Bathroom Sink is Full of Black Cats, 2014

Looks like this day has always been a big day for hanging out in the bathroom sink.

three black cats in green sink
Is your sink full of black cats?

“Don’t mind us, we’ll just hope you get the idea.”

Idea? What Idea? Why do cats have to be so obtuse with their messages? Don’t they realize they’d probably get what they want more often if they just plain asked for it?

But then what would I photograph every day?

“Really, we may be in need, but we wouldn’t want take any of your valuable time. We’ll just wait.”

two black cats in sink
“We’ll just wait.”

Do I detect more than a note of sarcasm?

They would not look at me for any temptation, no matter what I promised.

“Well, maybe I need to work a little harder to get the point across to you. Does this expression help?”

How could I resist those leafy eyes?

three black cats in sink
“Does this help?”

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*Sigh*, 2013
Jelly Bean is waiting for the faucet to spring to action.
Jelly Bean is waiting for the faucet to spring to action.

Jelly Bean waits for the faucet to magically begin dispensing water.

Even though his back is facing me I know he’s tucked his chin to his chest and his eyes are closed, but he’s not sleeping. It’s just so Bean.

And even if I turn on the faucet, he won’t drink from it. After nearly a year they love their fountain but still have a fondness for the faucet, yet it just seems like an old habit.

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From Previous Years

Manipulative, 2012


Admit it. You’d give him anything.

I admit he is very hard to resist. Way back when I had decided I could not possibly keep all these kittens I had decided to keep perhaps two, and tried to choose so that I would not become too attached to them all. I loved little Jelly Bean, or Little Guy as I called him then, but I had to consider giving him up. He looked right into my eyes, knew what I was thinking, raced me up the stairs, hopped into the bathroom sink and flopped down and purred, batting his eyelashes at me.

“I don’t know who’s going or staying, but you’re not going anywhere, Little Guy.”

He is so completely manipulative that he is the one who got me to start turning on the faucet for them every day to drink. I have never, ever allowed my cats to drink from any faucet because I was concerned they wouldn’t get enough water since I had no intention of leaving faucets on all day. I admit that everything in the bathroom leaked when they were growing up in there so they thought water was supposed to be that way, and especially after the seniors I have had bowls all over the house.

But this Little Guy charmed me with a look like this and I simply turned on the faucet. What would you do if he sat on the sink and looked at you like that? See how you do looking into those green eyes. If the look alone doesn’t work, he talks very softly, and I am under his spell.

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4 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Door Patrol

  • 15andmeowing

    I always enjoy photos of your cats- present and past.

    • Thank you. I enjoy scrolling through past years too, bittersweet, but so many memories.

  • Brian's Home ~ Forever

    What fun door guards and they do look ready to collect some tolls! Thanks for joining Angel Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!


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