Friday, April 19, 2024
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Daily Photo: Mimi Exploring

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Mimi tiptoeing through wet leaves.

Mimi looks elegant tiptoeing through wet leaves in the back yard, even though she’s not supposed to be there. But she got a brief walk in the back yard, and I got a photo with black and white film, and that was pretty good.

After a lovely snow yesterday morning the temperature rose and the snow melted, leaving heavy droplets on everything, sparkling when the sun briefly shone through a hole in the cloud cover. At that point I ran out with my film camera loaded with black and white film. Mimi knew what I was planning and shadowed me in the house, then came out the door with me, but inspected the deck before coming down the steps. I managed to get one photo before the sun went back behind the clouds. Mimi had taken a few steps onto the grass, then turned back for the stairs. We had both gotten the break we wanted, but that wet mucky stuff just wasn’t any fun.

I checked her over just to see if a tick had had the chance to find her in that brief minute or two, and she was good.

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Photos from around this date in previous years

Mariposa Haz Ninjas!, 2019

I haz fam-a-lee!
I haz fam-a-lee!

I was washing dishes after their dinner and turned around to see this. And it didn’t stop there! I chose five of my favorite non-blurry photos from the group and shared them, and I could write captions all day. Here are the captions, and below that the other photos. Feel free to comment with your favorite caption!

Mariposa haz ninjas!
I have the most amazing cats.
This is what they do while I am washing dishes.
One of these things is not like the others.
“I haz fam-a-lee, I got all my ninjas with me.”
Not bad for a formerly feral kitty!
Lots more captions!

She is our kitty!
She is our kitty!
Mariposa's protection system.
Mariposa’s protection system.
One of these things is not like the others.
One of these things is not like the others.
I'm nice and cozy warm!
I’m nice and cozy warm!


Photos from years past.


Every Desk Needs a Little Black Cat, 2017
Mimi in the studio.
Mimi in the studio.

Mimi curls up on her fleecy bed on the corner of my drafting table. She is so tiny and so perfect. I just love to look at her whether she’s looking out the window, bathing, loafing or rolled in a ball, which is her favorite sleeping position.

This was Thursday in the studio, and I’m all off my schedule this week but I almost managed to keep up with it. At the same time, her three sons were having a hard time fitting behind the door, so they were trying to nap sitting up.

Boys behind the door.
Boys behind the door.

Who Is That Kitty?! 2017

Who is that kitty?!
Who is that kitty?!

I’m fairly certain Mewsette is playing a little game with herself when she plays peek-a-boo with herself at the edge of a mirror. Whether or not, she certainly seems to be having fun with it.

Whatever she’s doing, I almost can’t stand the cuteness. If I laugh, she comes over to talk to me, so I have to be really, really quiet, though she’s accustomed to my camera so I take it out on snapping about a dozen shots.

If you look closely on her hip you’ll see a kitty shadow. That’s her mom, enjoying a sunbath. Mewsette will soon join her again, after she is certain the other black kitty will stay in that mirror.

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From Facebook and Instagram

“My Three Sons”, the boys, ever hopeful when I’m in the kitchen. Sorry, guys, you ate already, this is mine.

"My three sons."
“My three sons.”

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


King(s) of the Hill, 2013
two black cats on entertainament center
Mr. Sunshine watches JB approach with a challenging expression…

Not a good place for a proposed wrestling match, Mr. Sunshine.

Jelly Bean hopped up here first and went exploring. It’s the highest spot on the first floor, and it’s also quite warm since the vent from the furnace to the second floor runs up that wall near the corner of the room, and my first-floor ceilings were long ago lowered nearly two feet. I’m not sure why they don’t spend more time up there really—all of them have demonstrated they can get up there with a short leap from the dresser/cat library, such as Jelly Bean the other day

But lately Jelly Bean has been up there at least once each day, visiting ceiling cat, as I’m sure there is one up there.

Mr. Sunshine followed him up, and sits in the only convenient spot for exiting the realm of the upperworld, his tail curled in anticipation and his eyes set on adventure.

But after a little nose tap they decided to join forces and look down on me. I think Bean likes the look out the door better.

The brothers join forces, for what I’m not sure

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5 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Mimi Exploring

  • Elaine

    Love your kitties and your photos! That series of them watching you do dishes is priceless ~

    • Thanks, Elaine! That’s one of those unique moments!

    • She is a very smart kitty! I thought I’d included this in the description–the housepanthers were sitting in a group as always and she was sitting outside. Looking at the tiny space in the middle, she carefully stepped over someone’s back and into the center, then settled down. No one seemed to notice. She was very pleased with herself. Can you imagine her living outdoors in a feral cat colony?!


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