Daily Photo: The Magic Shopping Bag

The magic shopping bag makes everything special.
The magic shopping bag makes everything special.

Basil hopped right in and suddenly everything was new and different. He studied the entire kitchen from the perspective of the bag as if he’d never seen it before.

Sometimes it’s good to get a new perspective.

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Photos From Previous Years

Pretty Pleeeeze…?

black cats in sink
Mr. Sunshine turns on the charm

Mr. Sunshine will try every charming approach to get what he wants, and right now he wants a drink of water from the bathroom faucet. Who could resist? He has the most classically beautiful face of all four of his siblings, the nice wedge shape from his chin to his ears, exotic slanted yellow eyes and long, long straight whiskers and he’s the most curvy, and he knows if he catches me just right I’ll have a hard time turning away.

Jelly Bean is in the background, taking a break from his charming routine while Mr. Sunshine works. After all, you can’t go wrong if you just sit in the sink and keep your nose right under the faucet.

I do turn the faucet on for them every day, though I make sure they also drink from the water bowls around the house. Still, a stainless fountain may be in their future.

They haven’t had their visits to the bathroom sink for a while, and I kind of miss finding them in there like this. Maybe soon enough we’ll be able to have our bathroom back!

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Daily Photo: Friday Fangs

Basil naps at the end of a long week.
Basil naps at the end of a long week.

Basil is glad it’s Friday and he can just fall asleep even though all his day’s work isn’t yet done. It’s been an exciting week—we’ve been reorganizing and consolidating stuff all over the house after the Christmas rush and there have been boxes and bags and piles of clothes to climb onto and into and knock down.

And then his human was a little overdone and staying up late and running around because something called a cable modem wasn’t working for a few days. What did that matter except that she wasn’t sitting all day with a convenient lap?

But most exciting of all—of anything that happened all week—was cleaning out under several pieces of furniture and appliances and retrieving all of Bella’s fleecy mice and all of Basil’s sparkle balls! This morning he even left breakfast before he was done to go and play with his blue-green sparkle ball for a while and then came back with big round excited eyes to finish his breakfast.

Falling asleep on the human’s lap while she’s working and letting your mouth fall open so everyone sees your fangs. Ah, kitty life!

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From Facebook and Instagram

I’ve been forgetting these!

From January 19

I tried to tell you it was really cold outside, but no, Mimi, you wouldn’t listen. So she supervised me from inside as I filled the bird feeders and bird baths this morning.

Inside or outside!
Inside or outside!

From January 20

The cat loaves are rising in their baskets.

The cat loaves are rising in their baskets.
The cat loaves are rising in their baskets.

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What other photos have I shared on or around this date?

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Bella Offers Encouragement, 2014
black cat watching black cat video
Bella admires Charlie’s video.

Bella has learned to enjoy watching videos on the computer, and while they are usually exciting wildlife videos she also got to meet a new friend and, as a former frightened kitty herself, had the chance to offer some encouragement to a newly-adopted house panther who was feeling shy.

Charlie’s human had posted a short video of him enjoying some human pets around the head, and he purred and curled his paws. It was all very nice. When I played it, Bella raced over to the monitor and tried to touch Charlie, and we watched the video a few times until she was certain she’d gotten her message to him. “Hey bro, it’s really nice when you get used to it! Took me a while, now I’m sorry I wasted the time trying to avoid being petted! Also, it’s kitty heaven to have a house full of your feline family to play with!”

Then a message came back, “Charles says, ‘Hello miss Bella. I am very flattered that you like my video, but embarrassed at my silly purring. Perhaps we have much in common both being house panthers who are learning to trust these clumsy big two-legged cats. Could I be so brash as to send you another video sometime?’

Ms. Bella says, “I watched my first video on the computer the other day and now I love my videos. If only my human could make a video of me, but she complains about her stupid device not having enough space right now (from the human: that’s because of photos of Bella), but please send your video, I’ll be waiting! I may even get Mr. Sunshine to play it for me!”

Bella also wanted to tell Charlie, “I am just learning to purr when the human touches me too, and sometimes I don’t want to but it just happens. It makes them very happy, and sometimes you get rewards, though they can be really squeaky and touchy when they get happy.”

black cat watching black cat video
Bella wants Charlie to know she’s ready whenever he is!

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Mewsette’s Turn to Supervise
black cat looking at computer screen
Mewsette supervises my post of her image.

Mewsette kept a close eye on my work the other day as I posted this sketch that featured her. I wrote in my post:

Right now, Mewsette is watching me compose this post. I wonder what she’s thinking.

I’m thinking that I can’t see fully half of my monitor.

Then I added:

But one of the things I’ve always liked about painting animals is that they never tell me what I’ve painted doesn’t look like them. I don’t take this to mean they like it, though.

black cat looking at sketch on computer
Mewsette studies the sketch.

Not sure where Mewsette’s opinion fell on this sketch; she is universally pleasant, though I don’t think she’d hesitate to tell the truth in order to spare my feelings.

She continued watching with the same relaxed interest. Look closely at the text in the photo.

cat looking at computer
Mewsette watches me type a line about her.

“Mewsette is watching what I type as I type it.”

Some days I get the feeling they think what I do is pure drivel.

Perhaps I should be just a little afraid.

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And Mom Says We Make a Mess
black cat in piles of yarn
Mom Makes a Mess

“She can make a heck of a mess herself when she puts her mind to it.”

I was sorting yarn and craft materials, and there is no neat way to do that. What I like is Jelly Bean’s expression, slightly annoyed, a little sad, “Mom is hopeless sometimes.” He wants to take his afternoon nap on the bed and just wants me to remove my stuff.



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2 thoughts on “Daily Photo: The Magic Shopping Bag

    • February 3, 2017 at 9:55 am
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      Ha ha! Basil always seems to be looking for advice from Ceiling Cat!

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