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Daily Photo: Kitchen Cat


black cat in kitchen
Bella getting ready for a day in the kitchen.

Saturday morning kitchen, getting ready to set a pot of vegetable bean chili to simmer, and soak the henna for my hair treatment. Bella wants to know why I never make anything she likes. This was not arranged, I randomly set things on the cabinet and Bella came to sit behind them. She has such a sense of composition.

It’s been a busy few days, and I really needed to stop and clean my house and do some serious cooking. How could I expect to get anything done without a serious supurrvisorcat? I never get caught up, but at least I’m in better shape now as I prepare for a month of vendor events (COVID-19 permitting).

Here are a few photos from last week and over the weekend.

Mimi in a mirror in a mirror. I took a photo of her reflection(s) in the mirror on my bathroom door, dancing in the sun.

black cat in mirror
Mimi in a mirror in a mirror.

Chessy and Missy, two of my neighbor’s #eartipped #communitycats , enjoy the sun on a warmish day. They see me fairly frequently and finally Missy decided I’m not going to try to kill her (really, cats worry about that all the time, especially community cats), but she was leery until Chessy told her to chill. They kept an eye on me, though. I missed a good photo of the gray tabby sitting on the corner of the wall; my camera wouldn’t focus in time, darn it.

Some pretty things Mimi and I found out in the yard.

I’ll have more updates in coming days as I catch up, once again!

Photos from around this date in previous years

Sleepy Studio Cats, 2019

Sleepy studio cats, Sunshine and Bella.
Sleepy studio cats, Sunshine and Bella.

Sunshine can often be found with Bella twined around him somehow. They snuggle, and Bella always has interesting sleeping positions, including dangling a limb off a nearby edge. Lately the blanket I keep on my work table for sleeping cats to attract—I’ll just be honest here—to trap sleepy kitties and their errant furs in a spot that works for me. One of the reasons this spot works for me is that I can reach out and pet them at any time, and I can easily take their photo…and it keeps them from sleeping in my project boxes where I have upcoming things sorted out. I love when they come up and share my studio.

Bella awoke and asked me if I really needed to make all that noise. Well, I guess not.

Do you really need to make that noise with your camera.
Do you really need to make that noise with your camera.

Mariposa is feeling better!

Mariposa at the clinic, being a very good girl.
Mariposa at the clinic, being a very good girl.

You didn’t know she was feeling bad, right? Well, last night she had one of those unexpected but brief kitty things and needed some treatment. After dinner she vomited up all her food. She eats fast and sometimes she eats too much, despite my efforts to slow her down, and she’d been playing hard all day. She’s never vomited, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she did one day. However, when she vomited up liquid a short while later I put her in the bathroom for observation. Then she was vomiting a little bit of fluid every half hour or so.

Thank goodness I can rely on Pittsburgh C.A.T. to provide veterinary care for my fosters, even late at night, after midnight. I drove to our clinic in Tarentum to meet with Lindsay, our vet tech, who examined her and fixed her up with fluids and some medications, and all went well, which was not the case the last time Mariposa met with Lindsay, and it’s a testament to how Mariposa has socialized. When I took her for her foster check a few days after she arrived here, I could barely get her in a carrier, she was near an angry cat who growled and while she was already defensive that really set her off, no doubt remembering her days in the feral colony. Lindsay couldn’t even begin her exam, Mariposa bit Margo, who was helping Lindsay, then little Mariposa ended up across the room in a corner scowling and growling, but Lindsay managed to get a dose of gabapentin into her so the exam and vaccines and microchipping could continue.

This time I put Mariposa right into her carrier, we took her right out when we got there, Lindsay lifted and turned and palpated, opened her mouth and pulled out her tongue, then set Mariposa down and put a needle for fluids into her skin above her shoulder blades. Mariposa looked a little uncertain, as you see, but she stayed put and didn’t give anyone a fight. She was a model kitty.

Mariposa came home with me after that. She escaped the bathroom when we came home and ran to her favorite fountain to have a long drink of her favorite water. Then I carried her back upstairs and watched her relax in the warmth, absorbing her fluids while I soaked in the tub.

This morning she was ready for action. There was one spot of liquid vomit on the floor, but that was all, and the medication would not have taken effect yet. She has eaten mild digestive food and had water and her meds. We are only waiting for her to make a deposit in the litterbox before she can have her freedom.

Earlier yesterday Giuseppe had some loose stool, which is not like him, and I’d noticed he was kind of growly in the belly, so it might all be a little virus going around. I do my best to be careful when managing stray and feral cats, but it’s likely something that came from one of them in the past few days.


From Facebook

Lots of floof and toe beans and big purr, I am too distracted to work with a happy Basil on my lap.

Basil on my lap.
Basil on my lap.


Photos from years past.


Ready for Spring, 2018

Mimi, the daffodils and me.
Mimi, the daffodils and me.

The daffodils and Mimi and I are all ready for spring.

We had a nice visit to the back yard on a sunny afternoon. The weather has been very March-like, undecided, suddenly very cold, with unexpected snow, then a mild day. The daffodils are making the best of the good times. I can’t wait until they bloom. Mimi can’t wait until I turn my back so she can run into the neighbor’s yard. I am grateful she has been feeling very good lately. Adequate flea medications, regular raw and cooked foods as well as some canned, and Dr. Michelle’s care have done wonders. Visits to the outdoors are also essential to keep us both grounded. We’ll both be glad when we are hanging out laundry again!


I Was Here First

"I was here first."
“I was here first.”

Sunshine and Jelly Bean have been killing me with extreme cute in this basket. I cleaned up the place a bit and put all the zebra cat beds into the basket, knowing it would be THE BEST CAT BED ever. Every day since then, almost two weeks, Mr. Sunshine and Jelly Bean arrive there after breakfast, one takes the basket, the other invades, they bathe each other, wrestle and throw each other out, then I look over and they are wrapped around each other, fast asleep.

Tucked into each other.
Tucked into each other.

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Daily Photo: Surely You Remember? 2015
black cats on green sink
Surely you remember?

How could I resist those eyes?

Even after months of not having access to their favorite “drinking fountain”, Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe are right back up there each morning, along with Bean. Three or four of them gather at the sink, and it’s just like the good old days.

It’s been a long week, and I had to cut back on posting or I’d be totally sleep-deprived instead of only somewhat, still trying to catch up from my week on the Lincoln Gallery. That has not stopped me from photographing my famous felines, in fact I’ve taken so many photos it’s hard to choose which ones to use each day, and trying to choose only one from a series is especially difficult! We have them “framed”, we have them in the basket, we have them in twos and threes and each one of them had their special moment when I could not stop photographing. And the violet mousie played a very big part in some days. I expect to see some posts with multiple photos very soon.

In the meantime here is a photo I posted on Facebook way back on February 16! I was going to use it as Wordless Wednesday, but it’s just as well here.

Blow Dryer Monster

two black cats at doorway
Blow Dryer Monster

Other daily photos shared on this date


For Mademoiselle, 2014
black cat with quilt
Giuseppe peeks from the quilt, thinking of his Mademoiselle.

O mio amore, my dearest, most precious jolie Mademoiselle, I would so love to se pelotonner with you under the quilt, faire une sieste under the rocker where no one could see us. I would share my green sparkle ball with only you.

It is so cold, ma chere, just la pensée of you warms mon cour. Che gelida paw, se la lasci riscaldar*, I dream of serenading you and holding your paw in mine. May my love fly on the wind to you in Verona, mingled with the snowflakes, each delicate and unique, just as you.



*“This tiny hand is frozen, let me warm it here in mine.” From the famous aria of the opera La Boheme, with apologies to Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.



Read about Mlle. Daisy Emerald and the long-distance affaire between the mature French-Canadian feline lady and the young American opera star.

They so enjoy writing florid Victorian-style letters to each other, sometimes the poets, sometimes the artists, sometimes the bonneted Mlle. Daisy Emerald and the beplumed Giusepper Verdi in their Revolutionary roles.

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And here are two more photo from this session…

Professional Models
black cat on quilt
My three professional models.

Now, do they have a lot of self-awareness or what? They didn’t pose the way I’d hoped they would, and they did many other things, but then they also did this. Mr. Sunshine occupied the chair and would not give it up, Giuseppe settled underneath, and Jelly Bean worked on looking sweet.

They really are modeling. I needed some settings for an illustration so I draped my quilt over my rocker and it was immediately covered in cats, and then they got creative, as they do. Mr. Sunshine in the classic cat modeling pose, reaching for a toy.

three black cats on quilt.
Mr. Sunshine in a lovely pose.

Other Daily Photos From This Date

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Morning Thoughts, 2013
black cat with shadow
Giuseppe contemplates his shadow, the long shadows on the door and other important things in morning sun.

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Two Curious Cats, One Brave Stinkbug, 2013
two black cats with stinkbug
The stinkbug makes his point.

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Mimi in Green, 2012
black cat with green leaves
Mimi enjoys a sunbath among the geranium leaves.

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