Mariposa is not a big girl, and yet her paws can dangle an amazing distance off of any corner. Those big white mittens…
The Scene of the Catnip Party
Not even an ice storm can deter this kitty from his fresh catnip frenzy, even when the catnip in question is just a dry, frozen, stick. That is some habit to come out, walk through ice covered snow, in single-digit temperatures, just to get your nip.
Happy #caturday !
From the Garden and Beyond
A frosty morning comes alive when the sun rises and illuminates the frosted-crusted edges of everything, stripped of their leaf cover, washed in a natural sepia palette. I enjoyed capturing dried things in the garden, especially seed pods, each different, alien-looking in this form.
From around this date in past years
Brothers in a Basket, 2021
Jelly Bean and Giuseppe always make a good cuddle and a heart-shaped nap. Look how sweet those faces are! How do I get anything done?
I didn’t have a chance to post anything on IG today except the of the “outhouse”, but here are some January IG photos.
January 3: Mr. Sunshine is pleased to be the only cat settled into the newly cleaned and coiffed cloud bed, ready to supurrvise my studio work through the afternoon. We’ll see how long he stays awake. Or alone.
January 9: Undecided morning. What do you mean undecided?
January 19: Mariposa photobombs three housepanthers in three easy steps. Doesn’t she look proud of herself?
From the back yard and beyond.
I think this restroom is out of order.
I actually think it was once a chicken coop. Went to get my car inspected, bonus hike in the woods while the mechanic was at work.
From around this date in past years
A Good Job, Time for a Break, 2020
Mimi and Mariposa were instrumental in helping me get work done today. I was very grateful because there was so much to be done! They deserve a nice long break by the window for naps and bird watching. All work and no play make kitties very unhappy. I posted progress photos of their work on Instagram earlier today.
Mariposa and Mewsette are helping me inventory greeting cards. Apparently Mariposa is absorbing information from the top row of boxes into her white belly and Mewsette is pulling it directly from the bottom row into the top of her head. They are so helpful.
Mimi is reviewing my emails. Really, what would I do without them?
Touch of red. What Mimi and I found on the front porch.
You need to stop and feed us dinner. This is a polite warning. Direct action will be taken in five minutes.
Sienna and Basil enjoying a snuggle, what a sweet sight to greet me at the foot of the stairs. I’ve not seen these two pair off before. They are tucked up against a furnace vent.
Snow! Finally! But Mimi’s looking at it out the window and not planning on walking in it, but just give her time.
>Four different opinions about the snow.
Bella and Basil.
Some synchronized napping.
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Photos from around this date in previous years
Windowsill Cat Yoga, 2019
Bella does an interesting upward cat stretch while looking out on a snowy back yard.
Photos from years past.
The Eyes Have It, 2017
The eyes really have it! It’s the most extraordinary thing about black cats, the way their eyes just glow against their fur, no matter what color their eyes happen to be. I shared this from Instagram and used a filter, but think I might go back to the original and use Photoshop for a better view. We haven’t seen the last of Bella’s beautiful eyes!
And another shared from Instagram this morning…”A dark and rainy Monday. What to do first?”
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What other photos have I shared on or around this date?
Daily Photo: Long Distance Friends, 2015
Bella not only flirts and is friendly with her fur brothers, but with other house panthers as well. From the first time she sent along encouragement to fellow rescued house panther Charlie the two have struck up a friendship and, like any modern-day kitty, they correspond via computer, though Bella is intrigued by all he little sticks that make marks all over all my desks and might want to see if she could send a message that way, as Giuseppe and Mademoiselle sometimes do.
Charlie is rather humble and shy and apologizes for the videos he sends to Bella and for taking her time. We don’t want to scare Charlie by telling him that Bella is an enthusiastic fan, but she is thrilled to receive them and has become quite the visitor at my desk wanting to see more videos and send messages to Charlie. In fact, before the videos, she rarely visited my desk.
The next video Charlie sent showed him being petted and happily purring.
Bella was so excited by this she couldn’t answer but could only continue watching the video repeatedly. But finally she gathered her thoughts and responded to her new friend Charlie.
My friend Charlie,
I still have to run away sometimes when I see a hand reach for me though I know it is a nice hand. I don’t know why, sometimes it is too much. But I am sure to run to my human and ask for pets when I am ready for them.
My little fur brother Smokie told me they were nice kitties and he had actually met them face to face, but we had a time when we could see them and they could see us and we could talk but we could not touch each other. Even though it sounds strange I forgot about it and we felt like we were together. Then, when we finally were, it was so easy, the scary thing was all the new spaces and the big ninjas were so helpful with that.
I have heard that word too, and I have also heard that I will someday go off with another human, one who I have even met already. I don’t know why this is, but I have been several places before this one. I don’t understand how all this works because this was not what my mother told me my life would be like, but then she told me it would never be in these buildings with humans because they were bad. But I have so many things to do here I hardly have time to think of it. I guess we will have to see. The big ninjas don’t hesitate to let me know I have done something I shouldn’t, but they have taught me so much. They do not know the answer to this either, though they have seen others come and go in different ways.
I am looking forward to another video. Someday I will make my own.
Another video from Charlie invites her for a drink! Bella was so excited I could not get a good photo, but she sat there so long her fur brothers lined up for computer privileges, Giuseppe to talk to Mlle. and Sunshine to message with Theo, and are a little miffed that Bella monopolizes the computer.
Charlie sends the dear Ms. Bella this short video with the note: perhaps some day we can meet for a drink. My people have the most wondrous “fountain” filled with something called “filtered water”. I send you a photo of me trying it for the first time. May I be so forward to suggest that it would be a better picture if we were sharing? I have recently been exploring the entire house and although it is a little scary I am doing well.
Your obd’t servant,
He appears contentedly lapping from his fountain, which is much like ours. Bella replied:
My friend Charlie, yes it would be nice to have a drink together but we could not be too close at first. Did you like to drink from the bottom or from the top? At first I drank from the bottom like a regular bowl but I have really gotten to like the little trickle because it MOVES. Our fountain is by the window and I can watch Cat TV at the same time and keep an eye on all those littlebirds and even nibble a plant just for me. It would be a great place to meet.
And yet another video shows Charlie curled on a human lap!
I did it! I’m on my human’s lap, and purring while he strokes my face. You are right, it gets easier every day. Would I be too forward to say that I am thinking of you as I purr, glad that you have told me that the human touch is quite nice? I hope that you are enjoying the comfort of your own house panthers, but occasionally thinking of another one a few hours to your south who admires your courage.
Bella watched this one several times and looked at the still photo she received as well.
Charlie my friend, you are so so brave! You not only sat on a lap, you laid down! It does look so nice and comfy but I just don’t know if I could do that and relax. I try all the time when my human is working on her computer, climbing up from the floor I step on her lap and try to stop and sit down on her lap like everyone else, even Smokie, but I end up moving on and stepping up on the desk as if that was my intention and I’m just using my human as a stepping stone. I just can’t make myself do it yet but someday soon I will.
It’s different to know you are thinking of me. My human told me you were in another place that was not a home for a while too, and so was I. I have met other cats but been a little frightened of them, but Smokie, little pest that he is—he is a full TWO MONTHS younger than me, and you know how kittens can be—welcomed me most gently and told me it was okay here my very first night. Now finally they feel like friends, and I feel like I could be friends with other kitties, like you. I have been here almost forever as I am beginning to forget the other places, but you have only been there a short time. Someday you will realize you forgot for a bit that all the cats and people and things seemed unpredictable. All of them will be yours and will do exactly what you expect.
Good night, my friend!
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