Mariposa and Hamlet are having some cat communication in ways that humans can’t understand. It’s a beautiful sunny morning and Hamlet is in his favorite napping spot any time of the day, but especially on sunny mornings. Mariposa decided to join him in her own unique way.
Just two innocent formerly feral kitties enjoying life indoors.
I saved up the Mariposa posts from Instagram for this Tabby Tuesday. From last week…
Mariposa’s excitement meter: all the way to the top of the door! I agree, it is an absolutely gorgeous morning and it makes me want to jump and celebrate too.
I don’t really like Mariposa climbing the screen, so I need to find something that she can climb that I can put near the door. When she feels so good and so excited that she needs to LEAP up and climb something, she can use her alternate climbing item instead. Soon I will replace the screen in the door with the window for winter. Perhaps over the winter she’ll grow accustomed to climbing whatever I put there so that by spring when the screen goes back in she’ll climb that instead of the screen. Hopefully.
Anybody remember when I had that rolled carpet leaning up against the door frame and she immediately climbed up and down it? Well, I guess she was trying to tell me something even then.
From Sunday, when Mimi and I were outside. She is settled at the front door, guarding her castle.
Over the weekend…Basil and Mariposa negotiate about the dishtowel drawer. I just hope they don’t decide to share it, because I’ll have some fixing to do.
From the backyard and beyond
I don’t do a stakeout here with my camera, waiting for a hummingbird to come along, I want you to know that. I know they show up because I’m constantly refilling that feeder, but I never get to see one! This feeder is the big one down by the garden.
This blue jay was mouthing off from this lichened branch in the back yard, as they do. As I framed the jay for a photo I caught a similarity in patterns I hadn’t seen without my zoom lens: the wing-tip feather shapes in blue and white shapes outlined in black, and the lichen on the branch, green outlined in black. That may be an interesting subject at some point. Perhaps the blue jay was telling me to look more closely at what I saw.
From around this date in past years
Keeping An Eye on Me, 2019
I was outside photographing some merchandise in front of all the greenery, and of course I couldn’t possibly do that without supurrvision. You can see that Mimi is especially peeved that she is not able to manage my setup and lighting and she is certain the photos will be a disaster. Jelly Bean is enjoying the air, Basil wants to know what I’m doing, and Mariposa is there because she was the first one to come to the door and watch me. In the photo, she is watching something rustling around in the ivy, much more exciting than the human bumbling around with her cane and her camera and a couple of crates trying to get a good angle on things in front of the phlox.
And indeed the photos were a little bit problematic, but not so much as the ones I took of them at the door. For some reason they were all very dark or blurry and took quite a bit of adjustment to get them to clear up so you could see the kitties. Well, the black kitties, Mariposa was very clear to start with. Look at her sitting there with her white mittens side by side on the bottom edge of the screen door. Mimi is waiting for the door to open under her determined will. Jelly Bean is still napping. I am glad to know they care.
It’s a beautiful morning and Mariposa is celebrating. This is not a good kitty thing to do but I understand how she feels.
Looks like everyone is heading for the heights this morning. Basil, Bella and Mewsette are settling down to enjoy an all day nap.
Mimi’s tiny pawprints.
Six cats enjoying morning sun. We are loving all the space in our reorganized basement. We start the day down there with laundry and creative work in my printing studio, kitties play and sunbathe. Hopefully it stays dry.
Photos from years past
Daily Photo: Interesting, 2018
Because I couldn’t decide which one. I took the photo trying to capture the glow of that green mid-century compote. I knew I’d use it for something in a photo, but I also liked the composition of the two cats. I desaturated the rest of the photo bit by bit until even the cats were desaturated, everything but the compote and its glow, and then desaturated all of it. I like black and white photos with a lot of contrast. So I like them both.
Bella’s violet mousie escaped behind the cabinet! What a way to start the week.
A Peck of Red Peppers and Mimi and Me
Enjoying some compositions with red ripe jalapenos with nice green stems on the violet bench. Mimi had a part in it as well.
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Other Photos Posted On or Around This Date…
A Basil-in-the-Box, 2017
Basil found a perfectly Basil-sized box and settled right into it. His big round eyes might be from his surprise that the box fits so well, or it might be because of the big scary kitty staring at him from the bag just behind him. You just never know with Basil.
Mimi is not pleased with her leash, but she does love to be outdoors, especially now that I’ve cleaned off the bricks on the patio by the basement door. I believe she was watching a bee, but someday I may add a butterfly to that phlox and do a painting of this.
My little flower enjoys a flower.
Above is the filtered instagram version, but I kind of like the regular version too, below.
And then earlier the young’ns were lined up in their favorite spots getting some sun.
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Kittens On the Loose, and a Visitor, 2015
They all love the windowsill and spent most of their time there!
Kittens had another “day out” in the upstairs yesterday and are obviously becoming more accustomed to the upstairs and all its interesting piles of boxes and packing materials and the computer and all sorts of other things.
All the adults greet them differently, mostly with interest though Mr. Sunshine likes to hiss to make sure they know who is the mancat. Kittens respond appropriately, sitting down to think about what meaningless crumbs they are, but everyone gets over it pretty quickly.
Basil is less shocked at the magical appearance of three little cats and more curious. One by one they are fine, and it’s so funny to look at this and remember that a year ago he was a little smaller than them and now he’s nearly a grown up. Soon I’ll be able to let them downstairs too, and then the basement! I’m not sure I’m ready for that.
I have some lovely photos of them from today in addition to these, but with those I’m setting up gallery posts for each of the kittens to promote their adoption. I’ll be posting those today and tomorrow, and I can’t wait to share! In the meantime…
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Today’s photos from Instagram and Facebook
Today’s studio supervisory staff, Simon, Alvina and Theodore. Ninjas are waiting in the wings (napping on the bed) in case instruction is needed (or a piece of kitten food is found in the bathroom).
They discovered the bedroom too, and that nice big fluffy bed, and a window full of critters!
Lots for kittens to see! Theodore and Simon. Don’t forget, these little fluffballs are up for adoption!
Simon learns the meaning of “no”. It took 27 tries and some pieces of waxed paper backing from double-sided tape.
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And we had some exciting visitors!
Maureen and Cecil Chatwin visited us all the way from Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada! They were visiting their daughter in Philadelphia and decided to visit a few others in the U.S., and since Pittsburgh is on their route back home Maureen said they’d like to visit here and meet Mimi and the kids and all the fosters. Maureen has been a Creative Cat reader for at least three years and found me through another reader in Winnipeg, Denise Sitter, who will also (finally) be getting her framed Daily Sketch to add to her gallery of daily sketches and prints.
Just about all the adult cats greeted Maureen and Cecil at the door and kept them busy when they came in. I was surprised that Basil and Bella, who are usually shy at first, stayed put and greeted them with the rest. When Cecil used my computer for hotel reservations Bella stayed right where she was, and Mimi kept an eye on him too. Charm really enjoyed the scalp massage, and Mimi helped Maureen to choose some greeting cards too.
Visitors are fun, especially those from our neighbors to the north! Giuseppe sent a special face rub message to Mlle., and even though our visitors aren’t traveling anywhere near Steel City North, we are sure Mlle. will get the message as they go across the border!
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Kennedy is clearly not amused that Giuseppe is sitting at the baby gate trying to imitate him in order to get Kennedy’s treats and special foods.
That didn’t stop Giuseppe from giving the big-eyed sad kitten look through the baby gate. He has no shame.
It all started when I was getting ready in the bathroom in the morning, and Kennedy always sits and watches then walks figure 8s around my ankles. I turned around and instead of seeing the one black cat I’d expected I saw two.
Kennedy is doing extremely well. I’d been very concerned last week when he just quit eating and though he was still active he seemed despondent. It was serious enough that I thought it might be his time to let go. I got him to the veterinarian (thanks to all who donated!) and then had two reiki sessions to help him balance his energy and to help me pinpoint where he needed help. It seemed that right side was giving him trouble though he felt happy and didn’t seem ready to go. Between that and a bit more accupuncture, then an herb Dr. Michelle prescribed, he’s a new cat. No more restless energy and wandering, aimless vocalizing and litterbox issues as well as lack of appetite. Where he used to wake up when I walked past the room he sleeps soundly and I have to wake him up sometimes. When he’s up he’s much more graceful and measured, and that stiff spine is supple enough that it curves, and sometimes I really do mistake him for one of the other black cats. I hope this is the next step toward greater healing.
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Only the Shadows Know, 2012
So what were the boys up to, as I looked around the corner to see their shadows on the floor, but not them?
Probably just conspiring in a little brotherly bathing, I think!
It’s Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine, not the typical partners in crime, all the more reason to wonder.
Nothing transpired from the conspiracy, except some play and a bath and a nap in the tub.
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