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Daily Photo Reprise: A Cookie in Every Pot, 2010

tortoiseshell cat in white enamel pot
A Cookie in Every Pot.

Cookie continues her series of poses as Domestic Goddess (in addition to being “The Goddess”) by curling up in one of my enamel cooking pots. This time I had no garnish for her; though I would have been glad for a few carrots and stalks of celery, they’d already gone into another pot of soup. I may get some and leave the pot where it is in the hope that she’ll do it again.

tortoiseshell cat bathing in enamel pot
Cookie gives the pot the bath test.

This pot being a one-gallon pot, I now know that Cookie’s total volume is just about one gallon of tortoiseshell ingenuity.

She is intelligent and self-aware, curious and inventive yet feigns humility, and this habit of crawling into kitchen items has always seemed to be a thinly veiled bid for a photo op. Until recently, she hated having her photo taken, and to my dismay would look away from me at the last minute as I tried to capture her many expressions. Her objection may have only been that she wanted to choose her venue and pose. She’s been very ostentatious about these kitchen poses, pausing to look directly at me, then arranging herself just so.

This is the second in a series, the first being “Cookie in the Pasta Bowl”. My kitchen has no lack of things to get into—safely, of course—the room being very small, and at this time of the year I’m cooking a lot because vegetables are ripe and ready for soups and such. I’ve brought all my extra pots and baskets and mixing bowls out from storage and they are everywhere. But even without all these extra props I’ve found Cookie curled up in the basket with the tomatoes, curled up on my dinner plate while I’m cooking dinner, and curled up next to a rustic loaf of bread on the bread board in imitation of its shape and color.

black cat looks at tortoiseshell cat in pot
Giuseppe checks on his sister, how did she do that?

I don’t know how Cookie managed to tuck herself into some of the places she chose. Remember, this is from two years ago when Cookie was 18, and she’d always had difficulty walking and climbing, yet stepping into an one-gallon enamel pot, having a bath and curling up for a nap were not a problem. I had to take a second look when I’d walk in the kitchen and out of the corner of my eye see Cookie’s tortoiseshell fur somewhere it, well, normally wouldn’t be—I certainly can’t say “where it shouldn’t be” because it apparently very well should be where it was because Cookie put herself there.

I am happily designing away at a calendar of “In the Kitchen With Cookie” for your kitchen, so visit the series “In the Kitchen With Cookie” to see other images I’ll include.

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4 thoughts on “Daily Photo Reprise: A Cookie in Every Pot, 2010

  • If you Google Image with ‘nekonabe’ (‘cats in pots’ in Japanese), you’ll find various attempts by cats and their owners 😉

    • Martie, thanks so much! I had no idea! Cookie must have been communicating with feline ancestors all her life. I designed a calendar with some of the photos of Cookie in pots and pans and I’ll be posting the April featured image soon. I’m also developing this into a cookbook that includes organic gardening and preserving food and such from a backyard garden, a part of the way to live “green” with our pets and ourselves. I’ll definitely make use of this new word!

  • Purrhaps Cookie was telling you to add cooking posts to your already full blogging schedule? Then you could assist her as she tried out all your various baskets, bowls, and pots!

    • Vicki, I didn’t see your comment back in September, but we know where these photos led!


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