During the excessively hot weather, Hamlet gave the marble windowsills a try. I gave capturing an everyday interior in black and white a try. I like that every once in a while, especially at a window where there are often many objects and things are in silhouette with dramatic lighting. Hamlet lends himself well to it because he often avoids eye contact, sometimes just to avoid it, but often because he’s constantly scanning the room for whatever. Except when he’s sleeping on his back. But that’s down below here. As for the marble windowsills, they are nice for a while, and worth the effort. They may seem fancy, but they are actually practical because the metal-framed casement windows tended to develop moisture on the inside during cold weather and would drip “sweat” onto the window frame and sill, which would quickly rot away from the moisture. In the days before plastics, there was marble. And no doubt many a fine feline enjoyed a marble windowsill in those days, and these.
Bear with me on these videos lately! I’m trying out different techniques and still having fun. When I reached to pet Hamlet on the table by the window and he began rolling over onto his back, I decided I had to try to get a video of that belly. Isn’t he the sweetest? He still takes off when I look at him sometimes, and then he does this.
The Four Housecats of the Apocalypse were looking plushy and feeling spiffy after this morning’s brushing, but they would not sit still for a photo so I photoshop-filtered them. They do everything together all at once so I have to use a brush in both hands when we do this. They love it so much I could brush them all day. Alas, life is short.
“Don’t give me that ‘if you like to eat you’ll let me keep working’ line, I like to eat and I’d like to eat right now.” But Mr. Sunshine is nonetheless respecting my work area and not dropping black cat hairs into my white polymer clay, tucked into the rounds of the sweeper hose on top of a stack of cat beds with stacks of throw rugs, TNR materials, laundry, and my Costco pack of paper towels all around. He is happy to be featured in one of the pieces I’m making.
From around this date in past years
Mama Deerie, 2019
Oh, Mama Deerie, did you feel my eyes on your back? My formerly feral eartipped feline eyes watching you browse in the yard? Don’t forget my heritage! I am a fine felioness! I have lived in the great outdoors and I know how to hunt!
Later Hamlet, fearless formerly feral panther that he is.
Mama Deerie wisely ran from the yard and escaped!
I’d like to thank the the wildlife for keeping the kids amused the past few days. It rained this morning and today is cool, but it rained so hard it came in the window because I hadn’t locked it!
Photos shared in past years
Surrounded By Naps, 2018
Basil is curled in the midst of his fur siblings. It looks like a good place to be. Now that it’s cooled off, everyone can relax.
Cool enough for a sisterly bath in the sun. (July 6)
Neighborhood watch tortie. (July 7)
Figure that one out. (July 8)
From Previous Years
Daily Photo: Mewsette and Her Shadow, 2017
The bright sun on the basement floor in the morning makes such clear shadows you can even see Mewsette’s whiskers. The trick was just to catch her in her one moment of not-rolling-around.
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Catching Up on Welcome Kitty Photos
I usually change the flowers in the vase each weekend and at some point during the week I see a nice photo. Here are two from recent weeks.
From June 18 when the daylilies began blooming, with some sprays of pink spirea.
From June 26 with Queen Anne’s Lace and St. John’s Wort found along the railroad tracks.
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Other Photos Posted On or Around This Date…
Wordless Wednesday: On Toesday
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How to Spend a Hot Day
Last week when it was REALLY hot, this is how they decided to spend their time.
And then later…
Cat TV gets real!
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What other photos did I feature on this date?
Wordless Wednesday: Adopt. Now. 2015
Gifts featuring cats you know! Visit Portraits of Animals
This little sketch from five years ago is still one of my favorites, in part because it’s bright and colorful and also because it’s very specific for place, but it’s timeless. The old casement with the vase of paintbrushes on the windowsill has been there a long time, the bright green trees outside the window, and many cats have spent time in the sun on the windowsill so it’s timeless. Funny that I painted this so early in my daily sketches series, five years ago. It was almost prophetic. Read more and purchase.
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