Daily Photo: Mentoring

Sometimes Hamlet isn't so sure about Basil.
Sometimes Hamlet isn’t so sure about Basil.

Basil is Hamlet’s ninja sensei, just as Giuseppe was for Basil. But sometimes Hamlet thinks he could probably teach Basil a few things.

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From Instagram and Facebook

A Cat-spiracy at the Desk

On my lap and desk right now, Mimi on my knee, Giuseppe on the desk and Hamlet on his back, purring. It’s a cat-spiracy to keep me from forgetting dinner.

A cat-spiracy.
A cat-spiracy.

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What other photos did I post on or about this date?

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Basil in His Fort, 2016

Basil in his fort.
Basil in his fort.

Basil looks very mysterious and dignified keeping partially obscured in his fort by the back door. Only the morning sun captures a few highlights in his fur, but the reflected light captures his eyes.

For the real view of things, though, we get to see what Basil’s fort is made of.

What Basil's fort really looks like.
What Basil’s fort really looks like.

Ah, the bliss of a cardboard box. It can become anything you want, and Basil is truly the king of his own little castle. At least until one of the little fluffies comes along to challenge him. He likes being one of the elder statescats and acting like a ninja trainer with the little ones.

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Shared on Facebook

Pigeon posture?
Pigeon posture?

I did post all these photos on Facebook, but FB only shows you four and you had to see the full yogic beauty of Tweetie’s afternoon.

Tail 1.
Tail 1.

“Oh my goodness oh my goodness, the sun is shining and I MUST do my sun salutations before it goes away again! The posture of one’s tail is VERY important! Oh, I feel so relaxed now!”

Tail 2.
Tail 2.

Tweetie is the type of kitty who would preface everything with, “Oh my goodness oh my goodness” while flustering around and flapping her tail.

Tail 3.
Tail 3.

(And the one I think is cutest because it’s closest to what she does all the time when she flips her tail over her back.)

Tail 4.
Tail 4.

Squirrel entertainment

Now this was also shared on Facebook, but you wouldn’t understand the reference in this photo if I didn’t include a photo I shared on FB the other day.

Mimi checks out what’s left of the gutted green pillow from where the squirrel wisely dropped it before trying to drag it up the tree and over the roof to his lair. Before the snow I found climps of pillow stuffing all over the yard. We’re hoping he comes back and provides more kitty entertainment.

Mimi checks out the pillow.
Mimi checks out the pillow.

The big entertainment this morning. Look closely and you’ll see Fatso the squirrel disembowelling one of the pillows on my porch swing, a blob of stuffing in his mouth and clutched in his paws. Apparently he didn’t insulate his nest well enough when temps were warmer.

Squirrel guts the pillow.
Squirrel guts the pillow.

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

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Mentors I, 2015
two black cats
Mentors.

Giuseppe has been there to greet Smokie from the very first time Smokie ventured from the bathroom and it’s been sweet to see the big ninja with the little fluff ball. Smokie adores him! I think the feeling is mutual, even when it sometimes looks as if Giuseppe is trying to eat Smokie alive though that’s just how they wrestle with their difference in sizes.

This is “Mentors 1” featuring Giuseppe and Smokie. I’ll feature another mentors post as well.

Smokie tends to imitate his big fur brother. How else do kitties learn to be kitties?

two black cats
Big and little ninjas.

Smokie can be really annoying as teenagers can be, but Giuseppe is always patient.

two black cats
It’s an understatement to say Smokie looks up to Giuseppe.

And Smokie comes in handy sometimes too, as here when he acts as a bolster pillow for Giuseppe.

two black cats
Using Smokie as a pillow.

Learning to supervise the human is a special course in ninja training.

two black cats
Learning how to supervise me in the kitchen.

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Other daily photos shared on this date

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MGM House Panther Bean, 2014
black cat yawning in front of mirror
It’s another MGM House Panther—Jelly Bean!

Jelly Bean tries out the MGM House Panther look after his brother Giuseppe did a few months ago. He thinks the famous movie studio should update its image. Lions are endangered and should not be used for silly things like movie logos.

“House panthers rule, don’t you think?”

black cat in front of mirror
What did you think of that?

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Shadow Play, 2013
black cat with shadow
The performance begins.

I thought Mewsette was simply enjoying the sun by the back door…until I crammed myself in the corner to photograph her from a different angle and saw that she was actually cleverly involved in a shadow performance using one of my serving trays. Here the main character enters and wordlessly begins the performance.

Then, below, turns her head to make her point.

black cat with shadow
The play continues.

Another kitty enters and makes a wordless comment facing the audience directly.

black cat with shadow
Another character enters.
black cat with shadow
Mewsette takes a bow.

Finally, Mewsette takes a bow. Bravo!

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A Loyal Sister, 2012
tortie cat and black cat
“She is my sister.”

Mewsette let herself into the bathroom this afternoon and cuddled with Cookie, who can use some big little sister warmth and energy!

On these cold days Cookie stays in the bathroom where it’s warmer and she has the litterbox and water within a few steps. Kelly stays in there with her for company and has been giving Cookie her own brand of love and healing.

Perhaps Mewsette just wanted to see what special food and treats the tortie girls had in there, but if so she would have checked and left; and the funniest thing is that it’s Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine who open doors if necessary, Mewsette has never shown the least interest or ability. When it was the girls’ lunch, I couldn’t coax her away with anything and didn’t have the heart to make her leave. So the girls ate a little later than usual.

Cookie still has some healing to do; her blood test results were truly frightening. However, if it hadn’t been 17 degrees this morning we would have gone outside. I had her with me at my desk and she is wobbly but was back to looking out the window with the boys and wandering from door to door wanting to visit the outside even if it was obviously frigid.

But with a tortie sister like Kelly who cares for her and a big little sister like Mewsette who gives her warmth and energy, she’s on her way. Here’s another photo of Mewsette guarding Cookie.

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Can’t I Get Any Privacy? 2011
black cat with white spot
Don’t look!

But Jelly Bean, your little white thong/diaper/Speedo is so cute. And you’re the one who decided to expose yourself in the middle of the bed.

The other three of the Big Four seem to be featured more often than JB, and I’m not sure why. He’s just terminally cute for some reason I can’t define, but it’s hard to catch his cuteness and his LOUD PURRR in a photo.



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6 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Mentoring

  • January 9, 2017 at 1:05 pm
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    guys…..that squirrelz iz vizshuz….iz de little bass terd gonna ree place yur momz cushion….

    ☺☺☺♥♥♥

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    • January 15, 2017 at 10:00 am
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      Ha ha! The story continued, Tabbies–I found the eviscerated pillow hanging from a tree branch on the way to his lair in the neighbor’s tree!

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    • January 15, 2017 at 10:05 am
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      It’s fun to try to guess, Momma Kat. Hamlet can often have a stern expression because he’s still figuring out this house cat thing.

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  • January 7, 2017 at 9:52 pm
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    So many great pictures!.
    Basil in his fort,sleeping on you before dinner (so you don’t forget)
    the mentors and Jelly Bean! heehee
    All the pictures are great and make me smile.
    Cats are amazing creatures that enrich our lives.
    Nancy and the kitties

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    • January 15, 2017 at 10:07 am
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      All in the course of a day, Nancy. It never ceases to amaze me how much they do in the course of a day.

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