Thursday, September 21, 2023
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Daily Photo: Our Last Family Dinner

Eight cats, including Simon and Theo.
Eight cats, including Simon and Theo.

Of course I missed my cats when I was away! How could you not miss 11 cats?! I made sure to get photos from our last family dinner on Saturday night since it would be nearly my last chance to photograph us all together, and I could take them with me and look at them and I knew that would make me happy. It also made me happy to show them off to people who had no idea what eight cats together on one cabinet looked like!

The only one missing from above is Bella, who had been on the table, but once the group starts to fall apart there is now way to keep it together. They are cats, and we all know about the difficulty of herding them.

Above, from the back left are Mimi–just her profile next to Mr. Sunshine, then Mr. Sunshine, Mewsette with her back to us, and Theo watching Bella at the window. From row is Basil, Simon, Jelly Bean and Giuseppe.

I liked the one below too because it looks so crowded, and the closest I could get to having everyone facing me.

Eight cats, but you can't see Theo.
Eight cats, but you can’t see Theo.

Mary Kay was one of the people who stopped over to feed them, and she was there for me to show her around and explain what they ate and where. This was the greeting she got from them all. I heard they did the same each day when she arrived, and she was kind enough to send me photos each day she visited. They are the nicest cats.

How my cats greet people who visit.
How my cats greet people who visit.

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


Relaxed, 2015
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Bella is feeling pretty good.

Bella shows off her amazing abilities as a contortionist. I think she was pretty relaxed! This was after a vigorous play session involving several colors of mousies and then a long chase scene with Smokie beginning in the basement and running all the way up to the second floor, around and around, at top speed. It’s truly amazing, but nothing was broken or even misplaced, and they even managed to leap completely over Jelly Bean each time they went up and down as he slept on this very bed at the bottom of the stairs.

Confused about her position? It’s hard to tell with a black kitty! Let me interpret this for you:

cat outline
Outline of Bella relaxed.

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One Two Three, 2014
three black cats
One Two Three

Jelly Bean, Mewsette and Giuseppe give me some pretty pointed looks as they silently wait for dinner. They’ve been patient, watching me clean up and organize things, but they are just about done with that.

This is the front view of last night’s sketch of Three Cats Looking—I photographed this first, then walked around behind them to set my camera down on the table and saw them from behind.

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It’s My Box, Brother!, 2014
two black cats
Mewsette tells Mr. Sunshine to get lost.

I don’t care what you think, Brother Sunshine, it’s my box! I find it very inspiring and I’m waiting for it to speak to me.

Mewsette, boxes don’t talk. Unless there’s something wrong with your head.

The only think wrong here is that you have no appreciation for art, just like the other day when you were critiquing Mama Bernadette’s painting. You looked like a total fool. Now keep your distance, Brother, or you’ll regret it.

two black cats
Take that!

No, I think I have every right to sit here. I’m not touching your stupid box.

I need my creative space! GO A-W-A-Y!

Geez, you artist types are so sensitive!

two black cats
I need my creative space!

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Camouflaged, He Thinks, 2013
black cat peeking around doorway
Someone is watching me.

Oh, I’d never notice a black cat around this doorway! He’s perfectly camouflaged, color, shape, I could just walk through this doorway and never know what hit me.

Luckily Bean starts purring when he thinks you might walk near him, and that alerts me to the situation every time.

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Morning Sun, 2013
two black cats in sun
Giuseppe and Mewsette absorb sunlight for later warmth.

Giuseppe and Mewsette enjoy the clear sunshine together.

This is only one of the photos from the post-breakfast sunny winter morning photo shoot. I had a photo shoot later in the morning, and my beautiful felines were a perfect wake-up for my visual sensibilities, both their feline perfection and their challenge in photographing all that black fur.

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Mewsette and My Salad, 2013
black cat heading for salad
Mewsette carefully chooses her leaf.

Mewsette loves her raw diet so she has no problem at all with “real” cat food, but she also has a long list of foods not generally associated with cats: cooked oatmeal, soda crackers, pecans, occasionally she’ll have a lick of my apple, and she even likes chocolate, though that’s something I don’t even let her have a taste of. It may just have to do with the fact that I’m eating it and she wants to give it a try but isn’t really interested, but she’ll actually eat the item too.

Including my salad, which I have just about every evening after they have had their dinner. Someone always likes my feta cheese or my olives or chick peas or even my little tomatoes, but this is just plain red leaf lettuce, no dressing or other ingredients at all. I coarsely rip the leaves by hand, and they certainly smell fresh and inviting to me, but to a cat? Mewsette always moves in and takes at least one leaf, pulls it from the bowl and eats it, and often a second. When I ask her about it, she gives me a sly “because I like it, that’s why” look.

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6 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Our Last Family Dinner

  • guyz….mumz de werd on de partee we had while mom B waz gone….

    { pee ezz…did any one find a drivin licentz ? }

    🙂 ♥♥♥

    • Rumor has it Mr. Sunshine wanted to get the keys and make a break for Hamilton to take Giuseppe to see Mlle., especially since it was just sitting there in the driveway, but couldn’t get out the door. 🙂

  • pilch92

    I love that group photo. The most I have ever gotten in one shot is 6.

    • Ellen, it helps that five are related, but if I had a bigger countertop I could probably get them all up there. I should have cleared the table once just to see! I’m sure I’ll have the chance again some time soon.

  • Anonymous

    What a wonderful collection of pictures in this post!
    I love the 8 cats.Pretty amazing.
    Bet you were happy to get home and give lots of hugs to the gang 🙂
    Nancy and the kitties

    • Nancy, I missed them the whole time but my pet sitter sent photos. Glad to be back with them.


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