I so have you wrapped around my big white mitten, all I have to do is look at you and you go gaga and run and get your camera.
She does, and she’s also pretty good at making the most of her looks and her props. I have a dozen photos of her in this box. I just pointed my camera and she had the moves. I have created a little monster!
I played hooky yesterday (Thursday) and worked in the yard for six hours, so I’m catching up today, Friday. So many things have come up, paperwork, repairs, phone calls, that take the little bit of daily time I usually reserve for working outdoors and some on the weekend, which I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate as exercise. In this weather my yard is getting totally overgrown, and this following two years of inability from my hip. After worrying about Basil who was by then feeling much better I decided I could exhale and relax with some hard work on a perfect sunny day, waving and talking to neighbors at a distance. Today I’m a little behind in things, and a little sore, but it was worth it.
Mimi is particularly grateful that day is over. I made her wear her leash the whole time and did not walk around with her as we usually do. She was pretty mad when I was outside all day and she didn’t get to play, nor did I take any photos of her. Today we made up for it by going out in the rain more than once. And now I officially have more photos than I know what to do with and not enough days to share. But abundance is a good thing.
From around this date in past years
Synchronized Sleeping With the Big Ninja, 2019
I just can’t handle it. I look in my bedroom and big, inky Giuseppe is stretched out on the bed looking very much like a big panther. Right next to him, less than half his size, is fluffy Mariposa, in the same position as Giuseppe, looking like a kitten and holding onto his leg with one white mitten, a serious sleeping expression on her face. And then they move into another position!
Time to flip over and stretch out. Giuseppe has his paws curled, Mariposa has her mittens stretched out like big cotton balls waving but she does have her boots curled up, tail also curled toward the side. I just want to touch them both!
Giuseppe’s face, sort of, upside down, ears flattened, paws curled.
Then, Mariposa works on that one.
Pretty close, if you ask me. I think she gets points just for the whiskers.
Then one more, just for cuteness.
Giuseppe isn’t big on cuddling with the fosters when he comes upstairs. He usually wants to just have a good sleep on the bed, but he will cuddle with his family. Mariposa has totally integrated herself into all their lives. Giuseppe doesn’t seem to mind at all.
From Facebook and Instagram
Four directions, the four siblings.
Photos from years past.
Hamlet and Sienna Have a Cuteness Contest, 2018
I had no idea when I walked into my bedroom I was walking into a serious competition for “cutest foster cat”. I did notice right off that they were very cute, but it wasn’t until they both struck poses that I stopped and realized this was important stuff. Sienna was first, and as I moved toward her to pet her and reward her for greeting me, an important part of socialization, Hamlet watched, then rolled himself into his own pose in response.
Apparently there were three categories: cutest face, cutest full body, and cutest freestyle pose. Above, and below, are the cutest faces.
Hamlet regularly rolls over for me, but only on the wardrobe at the top of the stairs, never on the bed. Hamlet has his rules. That’s how he feels safe. But here he let it go. Perhaps Sienna taught him something.
Then there was the cutest full body pose. Sienna is a true professional, but Hamlet lost a few points with moving too much. But he is still cute.
Then the freestyle pose where each of them could choose a pose they felt most advantageous to their cuteness.
Again, Hamlet loses a few points with moving too much and not really holding his pose, but he is still cute.
Both kitties competed well and won lots of praise and petting for their efforts.
A nice, fresh, new, WHITE worktable cover, so of course…
What other photos have I shared around this date?
Wordless Wednesday: Fill Those Feeders to Turn on CatTV!
Mimi’s Dream Vacation
I caught a nice photo of Mimi enjoying our old picnic table as I wandered the yard photographing whatever. I added an Instagram tilt shift and it was like Mimi’s magic place.
Below, Mimi tries her paw at some cattitude. “Can I just work on my tan without you getting in my face?”
And while she enjoyed the sun on the picnic table she was followed by rainbows, if you look a little closer.
And here are some of the things I photographed blooming in the yard while Mimi sunned herself.
What other photos have I shared around this date?
Bella Basking, 2016
We had some sun today. Bella settled down to bask in it for a while. She looks very sculptural.
What other photos have I shared on this date?
Because I will share Charm’s rescue story soon…
Daily Kitten Photo: Fighting off the Hand Monster
I will admit that I have a lot of photos in this post. And I will admit that I enjoyed this little game just as much as the kittens did and it was difficult to stop because they kept wanting to play. But then I had to get work done, and then I had to sort through all the photos I’d taken of our little diversion that involved sisters little Splash and Zorro and later their brother Higgins joined them. I guess I’ll have to post kitten photos each day for a while…(poor me).
It started when I was working around in the bathroom in the morning and Splash saw my shadow—yes, that big puffy thing is me, mostly my hair—on the wall of the tub. She began chasing my shadow as I moved so I caught a few photos. Then I went to pet her and the shadow of my hand got both her and Zorro going and it looked so funny to me too, this big hand reaching out of nowhere to grab the tiny kitten! Making the hand gestures work as shadows with my left hand and snapping photos with my DSLR with my right hand was a trick, but worth it!
Above is fearless little Splash giving me one high five and then two ! Below nothing gets past the mighty Zorro as Splash gives commentary. After those two Higgins is determined to “get that thing” and almost gets gotten in his efforts.
Now it’s Higgins’s turn!
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