“Every day should be an adventure. Mimi and I explored a small section of the neighbor’s yard.”
I posted this on Facebook this morning, and decided it needed its own post rather than added into another. I like the composition right away, Mimi walking through a passage or sorts; I had posted one like this earlier this year as well. I love those two trees, the one with the “toes” is a maple and the other is a tulip poplar, each at least 70 feet tall, and I study them all the time, looking at them out my kitchen window and door in all seasons, and sketched and photographed that little scooped opening through the trees. Because they are so tall it’s very shady in my yard, but the neighbor’s yard in the morning is full of sun and the contrast adds to the feel of a passageway. When I saw her heading there I positioned myself to get the angle I wanted, then followed her. Then the first of the colored autumn leaves with the rich green of summer, the rough bark of the trees, the light, and little Mimi going fearlessly into new territory. Well, sort of. She still knows the neighborhood pretty well. Adding the vignette shading around the outside just added to it. I may do something with this at some time.
And some days I just have too many photos and have to post more.
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It’s not quite wordless, but this photo is part of Wordless Wednesday on Create With Joy!
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Photos I’ve shared on or around this date
Smokie and Mirrors, 2014
There’s a kitten in here!
So Smokie discovered “up” this morning. I’ve been a little surprised that a kitten his age wasn’t already up on the windowsill. I’m accustomed to kittens half his age hanging from curtain rods, yet he’d only begun to explore the tub. I heard some strange sounds that I might have attributed to Fatso the Squirrel running around on the roof or climbing the trees and making the branches tap against the walls, but I didn’t see anything from the windows. Then I realized I was hearing it through the ceiling.
I went upstairs to find several things on the floor and Smokie on the windowsill. Time to move a lot of things out of the way…It’s really fun to see him up here where I’ve seen so many other cats through the years.
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Black Cat Kitchen Ornament, 2013
I have found this Black Cat Kitchen Ornament to be quite beautiful and easily adaptable to any conditions in my kitchen, whether I’m cooking or canning, putting away groceries, washing dishes, working on my computer or pushing papers as I often do in the kitchen. While this highly flexible and mobile item adequately holds cookbooks open and keeps recipes and other papers from blowing away, I haven’t found a real purpose for the elegant and realistic sculpture yet, but I can’t imagine my kitchen without it.
Mimi says, “Perhaps my method of subtle supervision isn’t working.”
I must always leave space for Mimi in whatever it is I’m doing. Not even the box on the table will work—that’s too far away. She must be as close to me as possible. I am honored. And a little crowded.
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Vintage Photo: Where Have You Been?, 2012
Where have you been? I’ve been waiting here, watching the sunlight glide across the porch and all the shadows stretch themselves like lazy cats on the warm concrete. Even the flowers have changed from buttercups to asters in this quiet afternoon. The day is quickly passing; come inside and be with us.
Sophie sits in the corner of the door, happy to see me, from some time in the late 90s. I can’t have been gone too long since the interior door is open and I would not have left for a long afternoon that way, but Sophie has her own sense of time, like her mamá, and she and I both knew an entire season could pass in an afternoon. My front porch, my welcoming scene for over two decades, and for most of those years, Sophie waiting impatiently for me to come in.
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All Cats on Desk, 2011
Okay, there were the five yesterday, and today I had the opportunity to get all seven, which is the typical morning arrangement. They’re not as nicely grouped, but that’s partly because I ad to stand up to take the photo, which caused Mimi and Jelly Bean to also get up and get ready to accompany me wherever I was going.
Cookie had been trying to get back on my lap, but I’d never be able to get up then. She and Kelly had been on my lap, and I was trying to keep them both on the keyboard shelf so that I could quickly stand up and take the photo.
From the back this time are Mimi and Kelly on the shelf; on the desk are Jelly Bean, Mr. Sunshine, and Mewsette and Giuseppe cuddled in a heart shape. Cookie is on my keyboard shelf, getting ready to jump down to my chair since it’s nice and warm after me sitting in it.
I think the heart shape cuddling is usually Mewsette’s idea. In every photo I have of two of them cuddling in a heart shape, Mewsette is one of the kitties!
Nonetheless, this is what my mornings are like. I gave up keeping my desk neat because anything that is set on it is moved around for kitty comfort. I’m actually looking for a new desk, shelves and whole workspace in this little corner with lots of cubbyholes to tuck things out of kitty reach, so I’m not too concerned at the moment.
As I said about yesterday’s photo (from 2011) (and don’t miss the update from just yesterday, 2012!), I’m sure they all like me and enjoy spending time with me but I know their dedication to my desk has to do with the “kitty keep-warm lamps”. During the summer I don’t use the task lights very often because the room is generally bright enough, and the lights are just too darned hot. As the air cools and the sun drops down lower in the sky, my office is suddenly darker with all the trees outside. From then I turn the lights on, and if I ever needed a passive cat-herding apparatus it would be these lights. I have actually set up lights elsewhere just to see what happens, and they are immediately popular.
It’s a very, very sweet memory as we again approach Pet Memorial Sunday and I prepare my speech about “The Joy of Pets”, loving again after loss.
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Two Kellies for the Price of One, 2010
Kelly bathes in front of the mirror on top of the tallest books in the cat book library, unaware that another tortie girl is bathing behind her, sort of.
Kelly makes the sweetest disgusting noises when she’s bathing. She’s talkative but a little timid, and it’s always a surprise to hear the snorts and slurps coming from her, knowing this neat and precise personality, as she keeps her fur impeccably clean. She can overdo it though; being timid, when she can’t decide if she should run and hide she just has a bath, which I call, “When in doubt, wash” or “Fight or flight or wash my face”.
She does love to be petted and gives big, deep nose rubs, but as soon as it’s over she has to begin to bathe her entire body all over again. I try not to be insulted that she feels I’ve polluted her body with my human cooties.
Also being particular about her appearance and surroundings, I’ve always thought that Kelly, a very speckled tortoiseshell, was horrified at all those irregular spots all over her body and was always trying to organize them into some kind of order.
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