Hamlet thinks he’s napping in the sun but he’s actually inspiring me. Have a beautiful evening! (From Friday)
Hamlet has an ethereal quality that fascinates me. It’s part of what makes him so beautiful.
Well, as long as kitties need to be trapped and/or rescued I guess I may be doing weekly updates more often than I’d like to. I haven’t even been able to write up the last two rescues, and unless you follow me on Facebook you have no idea what’s been happening. Way too much with this winter keeping the cold around so kittens are born in inhospitable conditions. I hope to get at least one of them up this week, for Tuesday, but for now, right now this minute, I’m headed up the street to Denise’s house to watch a trap and hopefully catch a tomcat I’ve been trying to catch since about 2012, who disappears for months, even a year, then shows up again to eat somewhere.
I also wanted to share a photo here that I’d shared on Facebook and Instagram today. It’s not cat-related but for all the cats who slept on this crochet project as I worked on it.
My crochet bag is always close at hand, and I work on projects when I take small breaks from working. I finally finished my “Fern Forest Shawl” and maybe I’m not unhappy it was cool enough to wear it before next autumn. It’s based on a Caron pattern, “Simple One Skein Wrap”, but I kept messing up the pattern so I adjusted it for me. It’s made from Sensations Bulky Boucle in shaded olive green.
I set the timer on my DSLR on 12 seconds to get this photo. I kind of wanted it to look like I was walking out of the woods, but it’s in my back yard and you can see the neighbors’ houses, but you get the idea. The wind was blowing, kind of a nice effect.
Mimi was out there with me too, off to the left, but she hadn’t had enough time outdoors and I didn’t want to make her pose when she wanted to explore.
So here’s kind of what we’ve been doing.
I’m sure you’re not really interested in my toaster waffles.
Small, medium, large.
Grande, venti, trenta.
Mr. Sunshine is not participating.
The waffles are gone.
When your mom and your brother hog the chair so you have to sleep sitting up.
Is Bella watching the two fishes swim in circles, or pondering the fact she is probably a Pisces? As for the matching fish, though Basil is probably a Taurus, I often find the two sleeping like the second photo as they are napping today.
Some serious snuggling happening here on a chilly rainy day. Typically this basket holds one Bella or one Jelly Bean (with overflow from that big bean).
From Previous Years
Wordless Wednesday: Mimi in Her Tree, 2017
Daily Photo: More Photos of Mimi in Her Tree, 2017
My little Mimi in her recumbent all-natural cat tree in the back yard. It’s the mulberry that gently laid down in a heavy snow, at one time produced berries as big and purple as blackberries, but now is mostly dead branches. Mimi likes to walk all over it and use it as a big scratching post.
I took this photo using my original 50mm f1.8 prime lens from my very first Pentax K1000 camera, which I still have. I use this lens with a 1.5X converter to mimic a macro lens to photograph details of nature: flowers, insects, snowflakes. I was photographing water droplets on flowers, and on Mimi, as we had a sweet, light, misty rain. That old Pentax lens was an excellent lens, and I got a Pentax DSLR because I could use all my old analog lenses with the DSLR.
Here is a gallery of more photos of Mimi on that branch. The challenge of it is that it’s a manual focus and has a very shallow depth of field because of the converter, so as she walks I am spinning the focus ring to get something in focus. I have a number of blurry photos, but these were the best. I used the last one as today’s Wordless Wednesday post.
We were both very wet after a while. My dress reached my ankles and slapped against them as I walked through the wet grass, but my hair is thick and puffy enough that I could go quite some time before any rain got through to my scalp or shoulders. Mimi was purring loudly. She was very pleased with our excursion.
And a gallery of the flowers I photographed, spattered with tiny raindrops. Usually we have deluges that flatten everything, but today we had a nice misty rain that coated everything with tiny sparkling droplets. Someone let Mimi and me out in the backyard.
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Photos shared on or about this date in past years
Smokie in a Basket, 2015
Smokie wants to show that he can look as cute as Bella in the basket, so he modeled for a series of photos. What can I do but oblige, especially with those crazy eyes?
And then he decides to relax, wrestle with Bean, then relax some more. What a life!
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Posted on Facebook…
No, we’re not hungry or anything. Smokie (lying down), Giuseppe, Jelly Bean and Sunshine.
Carnivores want to know what flavor of muffins are on the menu today. (No, I don’t let them eat muffins despite the fact they love them, and they have to go off to their observation points before I continue. Mad faces. )
And I found a few more kitty things at Carnegie Antiques!
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Feline Images from Portraits of Animals!
Hamlet and his sister Ophelia were rather feral kittens, did not socialize to fosters, and were placed in a barn to live as feral cats. That didn’t suit them either, so they came to me. It took a while for them to find their socialized selves, and I am more than happy to have gotten to know them and help them to realize humans were nice things, and to be able to have them as my muses and models for a couple of years. Hamlet was meant to inhabit the magic yellow basket. I featured this photo on Black Cat Appreciation Day in 2016. You can find this sketch on Portraits of Animals.
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