Friday, April 19, 2024
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Daily Photo: Mariposa Chasing Snowflakes

Mariposa chasing snowflakes.
Mariposa chasing snowflakes.

Mariposa WILL catch those snowflakes!

Last year at this time she was freezing in an abandoned house and probably trying to catch breakfast on a morning like this. Glad we fixed that.

I wasn’t sure Mariposa would socialize enough to be adoptable but she has integrated as if she’s always been socialized and has actually gotten pretty bold with visitors. She has natural cuteness built in, and mornings like this, when I know life was pretty bad in that abandoned house and last year she wasn’t chasing snowflakes while warm indoors, really bring home the difference you can make when you give a kitty a chance.

From Facebook

Wow the temperature is all the way up to 21°, it’s a heat wave! Mimi and I got some fresh air and sun. I remember years ago when I saw Mimi mincing her way down these frozen sidewalks on those tiny paws of hers. Che gelida manina and all that, Mimi, that’s how you got your name, if anyone knows that opera.

Mimi and me on the front porch.
Mimi and me on the front porch.

Your whites get way cleaner when you wash them in the sun. Mariposa has the most whites around here and is taking advantage of it.

Mariposa cleans her whites.
Mariposa cleans her whites.

Photos from years past.


Littered With Cats, 2011
six cats in one photo
Littered With Cats

From January 2011, a sunny morning in the kitchen. Yes, this similar to another recent photo reprise, but this one includes Cookie looking out the door, Mimi having a sun bath, and the Fantastic Four just, well, littering the floor. Something about that January morning sun

What happens when the winter sun shines in the back door in early morning for the second day in a row? Everybody takes advantage of it.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a lasting sunny morning, some bright ones with cold haze, mostly cloudy or overcast covers it before an hour has passed. Yesterday and today were bright blue and sunny; yesterday everyone in the household (including me) stepped into this strange, unfamiliar substance, warm sunlight in the house. Today, all the cats had it down right away and after a brief romp around the house and a sip from the bathroom faucet, all of them came back to the kitchen, collecting in the warmth by the door.

From the front is Mr. Sunshine, crouching, and Giuseppe, sitting up; these two have a way of looking slightly guilty no matter the situation. Then Mewsette is cleaning her foot and Jelly Bean is purringly balled up next to the door. In the far distance, Mimi is on the left, swinging around for a lick on the hip, and Cookie is longingly gazing out into the yard; she and I had been out earlier, but she can never get enough of her outdoors, except when I haven’t managed to make it warm for her. Only Kelly isn’t in this photo; she’s a little intimidated by the Big Four and while she was mingling a bit she left for her other sunny windowsill.

I do have a number of photos of my cats at the back door, but this is the maximum quantity I captured at one time, and very special to me because it includes Cookie, who was by then in deep mentoring with Mimi, her little grasshopper.

The other recent photo is “Enough Sun for Everyone” and the post is “A Very Special Daily Painting: ‘Forty Five Lives’ by Kimberly Kelly Santini”

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Other daily photos shared on this date


Bella Got A Basket, 2015
black cat in basket
Bella in her basket.

I have to thank the friend who carried a few things to us in this basket and left it here just before Christmas. I had it stashed in a safe place until I could add it to my basket collection and made the happy mistake of setting it on the cabinet by the big north window where Bella spends a lot of time watching birds and hanging out. She immediately possessed it as her basket and began experiencing the world from the vantage of the basket, and she has been killing me with cute ever since.

black cat in basket
Don’t bother me.

The basket even has magic. She is still a little shy. If she is in the basket when someone arrives, they simply can’t see her, even if she’s looking directly at them. Or so I would presume by her complete surprise when they remark about what a pretty kitty she is and walk over to pet her.

black cat in basket
You don’t see me.

She has also interacted with the other cats and her basket and I’ll add those photos to the collection as well, but for now I’m sharing the best of the photos I’ve taken in the past two weeks. I would say I’ve been a little preoccupied with Bella in the basket, possibly as preoccupied as Bella herself is with the basket!

black cat in basket
It’s the purr-fect size!

She tries a little remodeling on the bow, but that wasn’t as interesting to her as I thought it would be.

black cat in basket
What’s this bow all about?
black cat in basket
I’m going to take care of this bow.

She discovered it has convenient little paw holes along the bottom, for when she might need them. Not sure what she might need them for, but then I’m not a little black cat.

black cat in basket
It has paw holes in it.

But she’s really not too sure about all this photography stuff. Why do I walk all around and talk to her and shake noisy things? Do I think she’s going to fall for that? She’s in her basket and I just don’t exist! “Get a life, human!” Sometimes I wish it was that easy. I certainly don’t want to tell her to stop being so inspiring.

black cat in basket
Get a life, human!

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