Daily Photo: It’s 85 Degrees Because Mr. Sunshine’s Belly Said So

black cat on back
Mr. Sunshine and his temperature belly.

Happening right now, it’s officially 85 degrees in here. Mr. Sunshine’s belly thermometer rolled him over on his side and we had a few false starts, then he went all the way over, exposing himself to the neighborhood. He is very reliable in this. (This is from Tuesday when it was hot! So are several others in this post.)

 

From Instagram

Today’s already a hot one so Mimi is chilling with the Angry Bunny on the shady front porch.

“Me being up here has nothing to do with Mimi eating her lunch,” Mariposa said. “I just like the view.”

two cats on counter
Mariposa is innocent.

“When are you going to plant those tasty tomato plants? And how about those green beans? Can’t wait!” Look who came dancing out of the native plants and stood in the middle of my garden. Can you say “fence” my deerie?

doe in garden
Hi!

Georgiana Shaylor peony, I think. Not bad for a mostly-dead stick that I took home from Agway at the end of their plant sale years ago.

pink peony
Georgiana Shaylor peony (I think).

 

Photos from around this date in previous years

Sienna Says It’s Naptime, 2019

Sienna says it's naptime.
Sienna says it’s naptime.

Sienna says, “It’s naptime. Would you care to join me?” Sienna LOVES to sleep with a human. She’s so happy she can’t settle down, and she purrs and rolls around and head butts me, and gives me nose taps on my nose. So purrhaps it was a good thing for Sienna that I needed to get back to work instead of napping. Someone’s got to pay the bills around here, you know.

Sienna’s response to that.

Oh, Bernadette, you bore me with your excuses.
Oh, Bernadette, you bore me with your excuses.

From Instagram

Basil’s Caturday morning mystery: what is that lump under the quilt?

Basil wonders about that lump under the covers…

It’s the melodramatic master cat who thinks it’s chilly this morning.

It’s Giuseppe!

Photos shared in past years

What is Mewsette Thinking? 2018

What is Mewsette thinking?
What is Mewsette thinking?

Mewsette has always been the intellectual of the little family of Mimi’s kittens, pausing for long, deep thoughts. I often find her staring off into space, obviously visualizing…well, I’m not sure. In this case she may be visualizing a piece of artwork, sitting on my drafting table in my studio with the brushes in the background. Or, perhaps I’m visualizing…

Apparently thinking so hard made her very tired.

Big yawn!
Big yawn!

Even more tired. I know I yawned in response! I liked this blurry photo just as much as the clear one. I know that very soon after this Mewsette joined Mimi in a nap. I don’t think I did though.

Kind of like the blurry one too.
Kind of like the blurry one too.

Mariposa and the Catbird Have a Talk, 2019

Mariposa and the catbird.
Mariposa and the catbird.

I’m not certain they are having the same conversation, but the catbird sits up and emphatically chatters with wings flapping, then Mariposa’s long whiskers move up and down and quiver though the rest of her remains completely still, and I know she’s engaging in a little cat chatter herself, probably whispering to the catbird about appetites and flavors. (Don’t worry, there’s a screen there, it disappears when I use my zoom lens.)

We’ve had quite a bit of bird activity here lately, and most of it has been from CATBIRDS. Catbirds?! They don’t even sound like cats—except when they do. They chatter away with random noises and squawks and imitations of other birds and other sounds, and then they mew a few times and they sound so much like a kitten that I’ve gone beating through the bushes in my yard looking for the felines. Farther down in this post I have a short video of the catbird talking to Mimi and me in the back yard. Here’s a catbird who commenced scolding me as soon as I got out of my car after parking it in the driveway.

The catbird keeps an eye on me.
The catbird keeps an eye on me.

And here is a catbird from a couple of years ago who came to visit Bella.

Bella has her eye on that catbird! Cat bird?
Bella has her eye on that catbird! Cat bird?

Photos shared in past years

What is Mr. Sunshine Thinking? 2018

Mr., Sunshine thinking
Mr., Sunshine thinking

Mr. Sunshine is not quite the intellectual Mewsette is but he has his moments of deep thought, probably about something to do with tools or engineering some household project. Maybe sitting in the sunshine makes them sit and think, since sitting in the sunshine is part of both scenarios, it makes them drowsy, and so it seems his thoughts are the same as Mewsette’s were the other day.

Sunshine's big yawn.
Sunshine’s big yawn.

Now that’s a good one, ears folded back and all! Now let’s relax a little.

Ahhh...
Ahhh…

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Photos posted on or around this date in previous years

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Eight Black Cats and the Garbage Truck Monster, 2017

Garbage truck monster is outside the house.
Garbage truck monster is outside the house.

Breakfast was interrupted by the irregular appearance of the garbage truck monster. Seven black cats are huddling on the cabinet while brave Bella goes to the window. All survived.

Last Friday

Mimi guards the porch.
Mimi guards the porch.

Well, I made it through most of last week with posts, then abruptly stopped on Friday afternoon. I had a field trip on Saturday which you’ll read about in another post. Mimi and I had little time outside last week after we found the little one in the back yard. By Friday Mimi was barely speaking to me, and I really need my little breaks outdoors to exercise my body and my eyes and recharge my creative batteries by just going outdoors for a few minutes and activities once or twice a day. So I decided we could visit our little courtyard out front for a while, until the little one is safely walking around, though I do have two little videos from a few days before the fawn showed up in this post as well.

Now that’s a cat tree!
Mimi the tree hugger. We are out front for a while because of the little one in the back yard.

Now that's a cat tree!
Now that’s a cat tree!

My river birches, evening light. What Mimi is scratching on.

River birches.
River birches.

Standing on my feet. Mimi has some interesting ways of showing me she’s happy.

Happy Mimi.
Happy Mimi.

Welcome Kitty says, “Have a purrfect evening.”

Welcome Kitty.
Welcome Kitty.

Mimi says, “Surely you’re not considering getting up?”

You're not going in yet are you?
You’re not going in yet are you?

The Wrens

Mimi and I approach our woodland garden and suddenly the mulberry tree is filled with what seems like dozens of squawking wrens! They must have had fledglings on the ground. We stopped and watched the show.

The Catbird Talks to Mimi

I have no idea what she was saying, but Mimi was listening intently.

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Photos posted on or around this date in previous years

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The Magic Grapes Box, 2016

Hamlet in the grapes box.
Hamlet in the grapes box.

“I’m going to nap in the grapes box, okay?” Hamlet is pushing his boundaries, and feeling very brave. The grapes box has magic in it.

Everyone has been taking their turn in the grapes box. Somehow, frightened and feral kitties don’t feel so wild in the box, and they play and nap. It’s just an arm’s length from my chair at my desk downstairs, so all I need to do is turn my head and see a wonderful image.

Above is Hamlet, below is Bella. She got a few more comments and likes on Facebook, but both of them got plenty

“Bella gets some time in the grapes box too, and of course she is CAT 1.”

Bella in the grapes box.
Bella in the grapes box.

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Deliciously Lazy

Ophelia was deliciously lazy today.
Ophelia was deliciously lazy today.

Ophelia was deliciously lazy today. Note that she is resting her head on the end of her tail.

She has been adjusting well lately. Hamlet was moving faster than her, and far more confident, while she was often timid and hiding, but friendly when she felt safe in a familiar room. But this fourth try at letting them out most of the day has finally done well for her. She explores the house carefully, and she does run from me when downstairs, but she always returns to her familiar space upstairs and is very friendly, as sweet as can be, so precious it’s really hard for me not to scoop her up and hug her, but she would be terrified. I must control myself and not squeeze the floofy. But I did pet the belly, which she loves.

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Cats have such difficult lives. The four siblings are trying to decide where to nap today.

Indecision
Indecision

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Daily Photo Reprise: Mewsette in the Mirror, 2012
black cat in mirror with lace curtain
Mewsette in the Mirror, diffuse glow applied, leaving only the most important areas.

Diffuse glow...

Mewsette settles here every day after breakfast, quietly reflecting in the sun. In the brilliant yellow morning light the photo looks as if it’s sepia-toned but it’s not, that’s just the natural tones in Mewsette, in the old cream lace curtain, the antique gold mirror frame, even the pine wood of the wardrobe. The mirror is very old and slightly clouded, pitted here and there.

She still does this, nearly every morning, summer and winter, and I’m getting a number of lovely photos of her here again this year.

I decided to try out a few of my favorite filter techniques on this one, and I think I see a series of cards growing out of Mimi and Mewsette here at the top of the stairs, Mimi in the Mirror, Mimi and Don’t You Wonder What They Think?. Yes, it was a wonderful idea, read more about it, below!

Let me know which of these three you like best: at the top is the “diffuse glow” filter, immediately below is the original photos and below that a feathered and textured cream edge.

black cat in front of round mirrir with lace curtain
Mewsette in the mirror, unretouched though it looks like a natural sepia.

Feathered and textured cream edge…

photo of black cat in mirror
Mewsette in the Mirror with a diffused and slightly patterned cream-colored edge.

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