Daily Photo: In the Dark

cat on shelf in silhouette
I see you.

Mewsette looks at me from her secret place. She is the only one in the house who likes the shelf at the top of the stairs, though Bean spent time up there for a while, even with Mewsette. But now this is the one place Mewsette can get away from it all, or at least her brothers.

cat on shelf in silhouette
What creature lurks in the dark?

Who is that in the dark above us all? It is Mysterious Mewsette.

cat on shelf in silhouette
Mewsette in profile.

Now we enjoy Mewsette’s profile because Mewsette has chosen to ignore us and contemplate deep thoughts for a while.

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What other photos did I feature on this date?

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It Rained on Mimi’s Parade, 2013
black cat looking at rainy steps.
It was raining on Mimi’s parade today.

Mimi insists on going outside for even just a few minutes each day, even today, though it was wet, or raining, or pouring most of the day.

Usually we visit the deck and the garden in the morning, filling bird feeders and bird baths and checking the plants—soon we will be harvesting salad greens and green beans. Often we visit in the afternoon as the back yard is my outdoor photo studio as well for artwork and merchandise, and in late afternoon the back yard is bright with light reflected from the sky, the perfect color balance. Mimi will take both opportunities, waiting impatiently as I buckle her collar and clip on her leash. I open the door and let her go, knowing she won’t go far, and a 15-foot leash is trailing her down the steps to the yard. What would I do without a feline supervisor whether in gardening or artistic pursuit?

As today wore on and she saw no moves to go outdoors near late afternoon she really started a meow fest and tried to lead me to the back door, but I wasn’t understanding what she wanted, or so she thought. “Mimi,” I told her, “you can see it’s raining, you don’t want to go out in that!”


So I suited her up and let her run out the door while I followed with my camera. Off she went and down three steps before she realized it was wet! She ran back up, circled around, then tried it again, as if it might have changed in that split second. Back up she came to tell me something was gravely wrong with her back yard, and stood there to look at it, now and then meowing over shoulder to me to fix it.

I have still not heard the end of it. I do hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow. I can’t take two days of this.

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Cats make each day interesting. Find your weather commentator during Adopt a Cat Month!

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I Have to Use the Phone, 2013
four black cats on table
“I have to use the phone.”

“I have to use the phone,” Jelly Bean says as he steps over the boxes.

“Right,” says Mr. Sunshine, keeper of the telephone and all things electronic and mechanical.

Apparently one black cat was not enough supervision for me as they collected on my work table. I’m really glad the Modge Podge was dry on the keepsake boxes before all that black hair went floating around the room with all the bathing.

I’m not sure who Jelly Bean intended to call, or if he was just playing games with Mr. Sunshine, who can be touchy about his stuff.

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Sleepy Neighborhood Watch Tortie, 2012
tortoiseshell cat
Kelly catches 40 winks or so on her shift as window monitor.

So Kelly had today’s shift as Neighborhood Watch Cat, but on a quiet Sunday on the street there’s an opportunity to catch a nap. Her eyes aren’t quite closed all the way, she could awaken at any moment, so no one need worry of an unexpected and unannounced danger, such as the squirrel running across the porch, or chipmunks taking advantage of the birdbath.

We will all be back to work tomorrow, from the first bird tweet in the trees and the first commuter parking in front of the house.

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Kelly Is “In”, 2010
tortoiseshell cat on desk
Kelly is “in”.

Kelly has changed tasks from paperweight kitty on the desk to paperweight kitty in the bin.

Or perhaps she is telling me that paying some attention to her is on the top of my agenda.

The “in” bin is always a favorite nap spot. Lately, however it’s been pretty full but that doesn’t stop Kelly from piling her slender self on top and letting her long legs and tail dangle over the edges.

I am working on several organization projects in addition to regular work, artwork and design for myself, and letting my desk get fantastically cluttered until it’s time to sort through all the stuff and clear it away. It’s been fun to watch the progress, and the cats make themselves at home on top of whatever is there. Now and then they slide off with the goods when one of the piles gets too unstable, but just about any cat can drape itself over something and keep it in place.

As you can see, the downfall of my desk began quite a while ago!

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