Friday, December 1, 2023
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Daily Photo: Not Moving

Bella is not moving.
Bella is not moving.

“I hear you but I am not moving.”

You know when their ears are turned in your direction that they are listening, but when the rest of them isn’t moving you might as well give up. Bella slept all day.


What cookbooks are for.

I wouldn’t have guessed Mimi as a paper towel shredder. I couldn’t get a video, it was all a blur. I keep forgetting 15 is considered senior. Mimi gets a new tag.


New Buddies, 2017

Basil and Bella keep Hamlet company.
Basil and Bella keep Hamlet company.

A week after Hamlet’s sister Ophelia was adopted he’s enjoying new company. Basil and Bella, separately and together, match his energy level with high-speed chases around the house several times a day and then curl up for long afternoon naps. At one point I hear a cavalcade on the second floor and go upstairs to see Hamlet and Bella in my bedroom in stop-action poses. Later I look out the studio door to see two fluffy black tails in succession making the u-turn on the landing from the steps into my bedroom. The rug in the bathroom is all crumpled up against the bathtub, a pile of folded clothes is on the floor in my bedroom. He is friendlier with me that before, more eager for affection, and sleeps on the bed with me. Now he can find his own life.

I’ve been getting updates from Ophelia’s adopters and she is out from under the bed, on the lap, being brushed, choosing her own diet. I will share photos soon. In the meantime enjoy some photos of Simon and Theo and their fur siblings down in Savannah! And from previous years, Bert and Ernie.

Extended family


Simon, Theo, Bingo, Baby and Elsa enjoy the new decorating

My niece moved some things around in the entryway to her house and of course that means that all the animals have to go and sit on it and see what the view looks like from the new stuff.

Simon and Bingo enjoy the new decorating.
Simon and Bingo enjoy the new decorating.
Simon looking decorative on the cool marble top.
Simon looking decorative on the cool marble top.
Else looking dignified, since no one else is.
Else looking dignified, since no one else is.
Baby airing out her lady parts, as my niece says.
Baby airing out her lady parts, as my niece says.
Simon hinds behind the fern to watch the birds outside.
Simon hinds behind the fern to watch the birds outside.
Theo, the Silver Fox.
Theo, the Silver Fox.
Theo toasts his belly.
Theo toasts his belly.

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Watching at the Window
Mewsette watches at the window in the morning sunlight.
Mewsette watches at the window in the morning sunlight.

Ah, just a little bit of sunshine and Mewsette finds a good spot, watching at the window at the top of the stairs. There’s quite a bit of activity out in the back yard as everything out there is eating at the bird feeders or the plants still standing or under the snow, and having a drink at one of the pans of hot water I put out this morning.

Mewsette is simply inside, looking beautiful and contemplative, where every loved cat should be.

This is really a “thing” for Mewsette as you’ll see below from 2014.

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From around this date in previous years


A Few of Ernie, 2015

black and white cat with paw
Ernie with the loooooong paw!

Ernie liked to let one paw dangle as far as it would go, so of course I had to lie on the floor and photograph him like that! Usually, by the time I got the camera in place Ernie was up and trying to help me. This time, I just held the camera down and hoped for the best.

I have so many photos of Ernie and Bert that I took to share for adoption, and just because I take pictures. I’m sure I’ll be sharing a few more as time goes on, but here are a few I recently took just in case their adoptions didn’t through, so here are three of Ernie, and I’ll post Bert’s tomorrow.

black and white cat

A nice relaxed Ernie! What a wonderful face. And below, he’s ready to play.

black and white cat
Ready to leap!

Ironically, you will probably also see some art featuring them too. I had way less time for sketches while they were here, partly my schedule in the past month or so, and then I just had less time for sketching for the time I needed to spend with them. Plus Smokie and Bella, and four fosters is a bit of extra time all total.

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Other daily photos shared on this date


Wordless Wednesday: Which Photo of Pretty Mewsette?, 2014
photo of black cat
“Pretty Mewsette”

(But here were the runners-up! I took all these photos in two minutes, then it took me a day to decide which one I wanted to be the special one. I’m still not sure!)

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After Mardi Gras, 2013
two black cats and colored beads
After le bon temps rolled.

Beginning the day with meows and leaps of “Laissez le bon temps rouler!” and a chorus of “Jambalaya (breakfast), a-crawfish pie (freeze-dried bonito salmon flakes) and-a file gumbo (we didn’t get to that), ‘Cause tonight I’m gonna see my ma cher amio…” (that last being Giuseppe, of course) we had a breakfast Mardi Gras party. We used our birthday party beads because for the most part they are the right color, though Mewsette insisted on her red beads being included.

Mewsette and Giuseppe rest after the big event, which lasted about ten minutes. Everything in proper measure.

Lyrics to Jambalaya © Hank Williams, Jr.

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The Proper Use for a Macy’s Bag, 2012
black cat on macy's bag
JB cleverly hidden on a Macy’s bag.

No one would ever notice a black cat on a white paper bag on a white floor because he is completely flat (or thinks he is). It’s the best use of a Macy’s bag I’ve seen in a long time.

The magic Macy’s bag has been a bed, a fort, a Narnia portal, and a sled since I brought it home from a meeting with “Aunt Carolyn” of My Three Cats who generously included a few heavy-duty catnip toys along with other gifts for the kids.

I think Jelly Bean is still under the influence. Mewsette sneaks up on him.

two black cats and macy's bag
Of course, Mewsette is completely hidden as well.
two black cats on bag

And gives the wild-eyed boy a little nose tap.


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One thought on “Daily Photo: Not Moving

  • What a great series of pictures!
    All the cats look so happy and that’s wonderful 🙂
    They do know how to entertain themselves too,heehee
    We are also happy to see that the adopted kitties are doing well too.
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ


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