These two gave up on #socialdistancing days ago. Bella has a major crush on Mr. Sunshine and sometimes she acts like a brazen unspayed girlcat, twirling and calling. Mr. Sunshine talks back to her, but of course it all ends there because, well, because. Then they cuddle together and they are just plain cute. He was there first, then Bella fit herself in there next to him. But in this moment they want me to give them some privacy. I get my photos first.
Aside from Mr. Sunshine and Bella and their little rendezvous, I’m really kind of impressed with the new capabilities of my little cell phone’s camera. It handled the dense black in most of the photo but still kept some detail on their faces, and didn’t overexpose the window. You can even see the color in their eyes, which it rarely caught. Until my DSLR is repaired, at least I can take better photos.
We were quite busy over the weekend, well, I was anyway, so I didn’t post too much on Instagram.
Apparently it’s my fault the weather is cold and rainy again.
Mimi checks with the porch cats to see if they know who left the stanky peemail on the wicker chair. It took her a full two minutes to download it.
Forsythia is particularly vibrant on dark, rainy days.
Photos from around this date in previous years
Can I Get Back to Birdwatching Now? 2019
All this sunshine lately! Kitties have been enjoying it on all the windowsills, especially this prized window in the bathroom.
I saw Sienna on the windowsill and of course had to take a few, more than a few, photos. She just wanted to do her thing and was a little impatient with my constant need for attention. But I did get the head tilt, open eyes focused on me, and the curled tail. Sienna got to watch her birds after that.
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Photos from years past.
Morning Thoughts, 2018
Morning is an unfocused time for me too.
Tucked In, Tuckered Out, 2017
I Have Vanquished the Blue Fuzzy, 2010
Just a few words! Mewsette emerges into the sun with the blue fuzzy she has chased around and around and around my room until finally she captured it and presents it to me.
I am honored.
Her triumphal stance is priceless.
Possibly one of my favorite photos EVER, this was Mewsette’s “debut” in 2010, and another of the photos that encouraged me to post daily photos of my cats—I first posted this on my daily photo blog, Today, instead of posting it here! But I remember, and revisiting the folder of photos I took that day, that I only had one chance to get this shot, and it was only by luck that it was a clear and well-exposed shot. With Mewsette’s playful activity she only held still for a few seconds, and with the contrast in the sunlight and darkness it could have been completely overexposed or totally blurry. Lucky me! Enjoy Mewsette!
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Yard Panther, 2016
Goodness, isn’t she gorgeous? Those long hind legs of hers always give her a look of being on the prowl. Mimi is just about her happiest strolling around in the back yard, and today’s weather did not disappoint. In fact, it was so nice it was really hard to come back inside. The wildflowers are beginning to bloom and there are buds everywhere, and Mimi would add that everything smells! It just smells all over! It’s so exciting!
Below are two of the photos I took during the few moments I turned my camera from my princess. Periwinkle is deeply symbolic to many cultures and in many ways, from its calming color to its unifying shape and its perennial, evergreen habit, a symbol of eternity and of being, of life force; it is a harbinger of spring and a reminder of the “dear departed” because, though it seems delicate and fragile it pushes aside the leaves of the previous year to spread its green leaves and bloom, and its glossy evergreen leaves withstand both freezing temperatures and heat. Visit by photo blog Today to read more about them.
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I get the same greeting everyone else does when they come in the door. I had my first ride–on my bicycle–to the grocery store and back and everything had to be thoroughly inspected, much more exciting than when I drive my car.
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Super Pi Day Apple Crisp, 2015
Mimi is ready for kitchen supervision, making sure she is sitting on the recipe so I get to exercise my brain and see if I remember it.
The human had no space in the kitchen to make a pie crust this morning with bread and soups on the menu, so apple crisp it was. It’s pretty much the same thing especially if you’re a fan of crumble toppings, and I don’t need to use the round pie pans. I can use my favorite old beat up enamel pan, and for that pan I do know the recipe by heart and can get right to it, right after I remove Bella, who stepped right into it just like another kitty who liked to nap in pots and pans in the kitchen.
Add the apples. Well, I have to peel, core and slice them too, but it was a pretty picture. Typically I use Granny Smith apples but these are “Delicious” apples left over from an event with a fruit tray, a little soft, but good enough for a crisp.
I put some things to soak in the sink and turned around to see this. I know cats aren’t supposed to like these things but the bowl from the crumble topping was a big hit.
They’ve worked so hard they deserve their nap in the warm steamy kitchen while I had a piece of warm apple crisp…yum.
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Later was cleaning time and the photo I posted on Facebook today. Don’t cat butts make you smile!
Everybody needs a little cat butt in their day. Bella is helping me clean by retrieving her favorite violet mousie from where she stashed it behind the filing cabinets by the window on top of the screens I have stored back there, one of her favorite secret violet mousie hiding spots. Great rainy Saturday activity!
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Who Is That Kitty?! 2013
I’m fairly certain Mewsette is playing a little game with herself when she plays peek-a-boo with herself at the edge of a mirror. Whether or not, she certainly seems to be having fun with it.
Whatever she’s doing, I almost can’t stand the cuteness. If I laugh, she comes over to talk to me, so I have to be really, really quiet, though she’s accustomed to my camera so I take it out on snapping about a dozen shots.
If you look closely on her hip you’ll see a kitty shadow. That’s her mom, enjoying a sunbath. Mewsette will soon join her again, after she is certain the other black kitty will stay in that mirror.
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