Daily Photo: Not Social Distancing Today

two black cats in a basket
Basket boys.

Looks like the idea of social distancing and keeping in your own basket didn’t last too long. Giuseppe and Jelly Bean can’t go that long without cuddling. And then, of course, they have to suddenly break into a wrestling match. And then they are cuddled into a heart-shaped nap again. Those two started that game when they were kittens.

From Instagram

Fancy boys are practicing a little safe social distancing at our welcome chair. They often cuddle because long-haired black cats hang together but purrhaps Hamlet just needed some privacy for his feline toilette. No one plans to visit our shop (good thing because I’m cleaning and reorganizing) but if you did, Basil would be pleased to greet you, while Hamlet would run for his life but come right back.

two black cats on chair
Fancy boys will greet you.
bittercress greens
Bittercress greens.

Vegan vegetable chowder was yum including some fresh bittercress greens Mimi and I pulled from the back yard. I love soups, but most prepared soups are too high in sodium for me, and I love to make my own.

vegetable chowder
vegetable chowder

Photos from around this date in previous years

Sculptural, 2018

Bella being sculptural in the sun.
Bella being sculptural in the sun.

Bella found a nice sunny spot on a cold, snowy afternoon and immediately assumed one of her graceful positions.

Meanwhile on Instagram (last week) Basil’s paws make an appearance…

The sparkle ball, ancestral feline prey species.

The sparkle ball, ancestral feline prey species.
The sparkle ball, ancestral feline prey species.

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Morning in the Back Yard, 2017

Overseeing her realm from the corner of the deck.
Overseeing her realm from the corner of the deck.

Mimi and I decided to go out into the back yard first thing in the day instead of last, partly because we haven’t been getting there for the past few days. Mimi took some time to look over her realm, not entirely too happy about it I would guess.

Of course, she had to get in a good scratch on her tree, the one that leans down to the ground just for her.

Mimi has a good morning scratch on her tree.
Mimi has a good morning scratch on her tree.

The morning was warm and a little bit wet, but the forsythia was blooming and one of the vintage daffodils was about to open up.

Good Morning!
Good Morning!

Later in the Day

Hamlet wants to know when dinner will be served. He's on my desk with the rest of the family.
Hamlet wants to know when dinner will be served. He’s on my desk with the rest of the family.

Hamlet has been joining the group at mealtimes to get in my face and make sure I know my priorities. He just appeared on my drafting table in the studio and stood there waving his tail so I reached out to pet him. No ducking, no cringing, he just enjoyed it. Then he sat down and looked at me.

Because I was not done with my work, he decided to have a nap right there.

Desk ornament. Hamlet.
Desk ornament. Hamlet.

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Silhouettes and Highlights, 2015

The Nose
The Nose

Jelly Bean’s nose.

Jelly Bean is the star of this set of photos, also from yesterday, a lovely sunny morning just right for photographing black cats, and Jelly Bean’s pensive stillness. While all my other models were bathing or watching out the window or watching me, Bean was quietly about his own meditation.

Sunny Thoughts
Sunny Thoughts

Above and below are two of just his profile in silhouette or near silhouette.

Napping Silhouette
Napping Silhouette

I really like his graceful curve as he leans into the sunlight.

Resting
Resting

Just a silhouette.

Solemn Silhouette
Solemn Silhouette

And here is another slideshow, not so many as in previous days but probably more variations. The landing is very small, and I need a distance from my subject to be able to focus with my DSLR. Bean was by the window so I could move around and get a few other angles I couldn’t get yesterday.

 


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