Thursday, July 25, 2024
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Daily Photo: Photos Before Breakfast

Five sunny cats.
Five sunny cats.

Finally, the sun came up with no clouds in the way! The kitchen was full of sun, and everyone was sopping it up. Mewsette settled in the center and Giuseppe and Jelly Bean settled with her, then Mimi moved toward the door and Mr. Sunshine went to give her a little bath. Everyone milled around, happy, and wrestling or rolling now and then.

These three would not move until the sun had moved, and everyone was so distracted there was no breakfast until they had had their fill of precious sunshine.

Three in the sun.
Three in the sun.


From Instagram, Thanksgiving Day

We heard that other kitchens had WARM OVENS with REAL TURKEYS inside!
Their turkey will be roasted tomorrow when I make a batch of homecooked food for them. Until then, this is what I have to deal with.

I gave them some leftover turkey from the home I’d visited. Perhaps that was what caused them to be so excited this morning.


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Morning, 2017

Mimi was both enjoying the sun and simply waiting for me to open the door so we could go outside. Bella was enjoying the sun and spending time with Mimi. They made a lovely composition in several photos.


I still like to post the nicer photos from my DSLR in addition to the ones I share from my phone so I guess we’ll be seeing even more photos some days. Part of the reason is that I’m also building my e-commerce site at the same time, which will include a gallery of images to choose from for custom cards, prints and such in addition to the ones I already offer. It’s hard for me to choose, and feedback is much appreciated.


Girls, morning.
Girls, morning.

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Seven Black Cats in Four Square Feet, 2014
seven black cats on the cabinet
All seven on the cabinet!

Looks like I may need a bigger cabinet!I finally got all seven of them up there at once—they do this at least once a day, but one jumps down or is completely hidden or the photo is just too blurry and the most I’ve posted on the cabinet so far is six.

I’m not even preparing their dinner yet and they’ve all gathered up there, milling around. As you can imagine, it’s difficult to get a good photo of this—along with the everyday challenges of photographing black cats even in good light when they are holding still. Also, if I talk to them, they jump down and come over to me! So I need to keep a camera near and at the ready, keep an eye on them as they arrange themselves without looking at them, then quickly turn around, point and photograph before they jump down and come over to me—or simply jump down because it’s pretty crowded up there!

I did try to get them all looking at me, but that was when they jumped down.

Clockwise, starting from the lower left corner:

  • Mewsette has all four paws balanced on the very corner of the cabinet
  • next to her is Smokie, but you can only see his ears here
  • Mimi is on the back left corner of the cabinet
  • next to her and facing away is Bella
  • at the other corner and facing in is Jelly Bean
  • crouched at the front right corner about to jump down is Giuseppe
  • and in the middle front with the very direct expression is Mr. Sunshine

And in the next second three of them were on the floor and one on the table, and it was all over for the moment.

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Wordless Wednesday: It’s a Cat’s Life
two black cats with books
“It’s a Cat’s Life.”

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It’s Right There! 2013
black cat watching wren
It’s just Bean’s luck—there’s a window!

But there’s a window in the way! While we were visiting Emeraude in the bathroom today…well, I was visiting Emmie while Bean was conspiring to somehow get at least a taste of her food, and purring very nicely all the while. We both heard something tapping outside the window and while Bean leaped up to the windowsill I pulled myself up to see a wren on the windowsill with a real prize—a black oil sunflower seed! She rapped it against the windowsill and eventually it popped open so she could quickly gobble sunflower heart inside. Off she flew to get another, probably without knowing that one black cat and one human were intently watching, albeit for different purposes.

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Civil Disobedience, 2013
five black cats
Mr. Sunshine gives me the knowing expression as Mewsette hurries in for the civil action.

When five black cats won’t look at you but sit like statues on Easter Island, you know it’s time for dinner.

Sometimes I work on the computer in the kitchen, which in feline experience means I pay a lot of attention to it, or at least the keyboard and mouse. I barely notice when, one by one, they gather close around—above, Mewsette is late, and hurries to join the group.

Then everyone turns their back on me.

five black cats.
They all turn their backs on me. Mimi is the last to quickly turn her head.

And keeps turning as I move around.

five black cats
They continue turning.

Well, it really was just about dinner time.

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Someone Drank the Coffee, 2012
black cat with cup of coffee
Mewsette needs a little more coffee.

Mewsette was a little perturbed that there was no coffee left in my coffee mug. She had a few sips, but while she had a bath I drank the rest. Well, it was mine!

But Cookie had taught her about sharing my coffee while I worked in the studio, as seen below from last year…

cat drinking coffee
Cookie demonstrates how to drink my coffee.

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“Long Morning Shadows”, white and black and soft, vine and compressed charcoal on toned paper, 5.5″ x 8.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

It was decidedly difficult to choose which one of Mimi’s wanderings in the sunlight this morning I would sketch. She wandered around making the most wonderful elongated and distorted shadows of herself in the long streams of sunlight and they were all wonderful. Of course, this has been going on for days. Interpreting this morning sundance at the back door has been years in the making and sketched in pencil, ink, pastel and more. Read more and purchase.


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