When these two get together for naps it’s a whisker fest. Jelly Bean developed serious white whiskers first among the family of Mimi’s kittens; Giuseppe developed one white whisker at about six months, and had one off and one on one side or the other for years. Mewsette went quite some time before hers, but now she is just as white as Bean. Mr. Sunshine was the last holdout of the litter. None have fully white whiskers, and surprisingly Mimi was the last one to develop even one, and just last year! But I’ve noticed that they all have more on the right sides of their faces than the left.
Scene along the way.
At @northhillsartcenter to pick up my artwork from the show, and I love this mural on the side of their building, spectacular against a blue autumn sky.
From the Garden and Beyond
Set down what you carry, take back only what is yours.
The light and I were at the right angles to discover the tension in the scene. It’s in the birdbath in my front yard. What are the chances I’d see this as I was turning around to go in the door?
That morning shower sure feels good even if it does mess up your hair.
Synchronized leaf fall.
Pokeberry purple, matches my clothes. Wish it created a dye that color, but it’s only a faded violet shade. But it’s time to wash it off because it’s toxic! On your skin is, okay, just don’t eat it.
What other photos did have I shared around this date?
Mewsette’s Nose, 2020
I just think Mewsette’s nose is adorable. She was back at the lemongrass and enjoying tickling her nose with the tips of the grass and now and then biting one. Here eyes really do match the color of the greenery. She is so guileless, never plotting anything, just living in the moment, or so it seems. When they were kittens I had decided I would keep her because she seemed so distant, but I knew there was a lot going on in that creative head of hers. Below are a few more photos of the same incident.
I am REALLY not sitting down today. The Four Housecats of the Apocalypse are having a slumber party on my chair. Mewsette is a bit miffed that she can’t fit but solved that by lying down on top of them all.
When they put their heads together…they fall asleep.
From the backyard and beyond
Etched into the concrete sidewalk outside my dentist’s office.
Cry of the Ancestors.
I met this tree on a walk down Main Street today. It had a lot to say to me.
I permitted myself to take my DSLR on my walk down to the dentist and back today. That always means I’m going to return with a few gigabytes of photos of whatever inspired me as I walked along. This twisted, long dead, bare naked tree was full of conversation as big clouds sailed quickly over head on an alternately sunny and dark autumn morning. More to come.
Main Street, Carnegie.
Wildflowers don’t care where they grow.
From around this date in past years
Find Bella in This Picture, 2018
Can you find Bella in the photo above? She’s impurrsonating a handmade cat to fit into the shop display in my office. If you’re not entirely familiar with my cats, I’ll tell you right off that the big black kitty on the left is Giuseppe, who thinks he’s the subject of this photo shoot.
Purrhaps the photo below will help.
That should make it a little bit easier, and possibly you’ve found her already.
If not, you can’t miss her, below…
Isn’t she darling? Not bad for a formerly feral kitty who wasn’t so sure about people. She loves attention and is quite the model now!
I knew when I set up this display that my cats’ reaction would determine whether or not it remained in place. I set up the shelves first and everyone slept in them. After they got tired of that I started adding larger items in the display first, then filled in with smaller things, including the jewelry display. Bella was quietly very excited and inhabited the area for about two weeks off and on as in her photos in the last two weeks’ Marketplace posts where she is posing with the Bella! bags behind her, and of her modeling, sort of, the handmade cards and notebooks.
Yes, I held my breath as she wove herself in and out of the area around the jewelry display and gave it a little more support at the top so it can’t tip forward. She loves it back there, and she visits the display at least once each day. I’ll have more photos of her in there as well.
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Photos I’ve shared on or around this date
Total Relaxation, 2016
I’d say they’re pretty relaxed. Hamlet sleeps in the basket in every position of blissful abandon; here you see his toes at one end like today’s Wordless Wednesday, photographed at the same time, and one front paw stretched as far as it will go at the other end of the basket. Then Ophelia with all her fluff sleeping with her head upside down looks like a stuffed toy. She never gets on the basket and I’m kind of glad because I’d probably faint from her cuteness if she did.
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Facebook and Instagram
No, you still have 10 minutes to go.
My fitness monitors observing my morning ride on my exercise bicycle in the basement.
Ophelia is today’s studio supervisor. She looks unhappy, but it’s just that she couldn’t catch the stink bug.
This pretty green-eyed housepanther will never have to worry about kittens again–after at least a half dozen attempts by some of our best cat trappers and at least four litters of kittens, her caretaker finally managed to trick her into the trap.
Pregnant with her fifth litter, totally trap-wise and eluded four of our best. She was finally tricked into being trapped, and she’ll never have to worry about kittens again.
Ophelia and Basil keep watch over the kitty in the trap on the front porch. Something about this whole trap setup feels familiar to each of them.
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Photos I’ve shared on or around this date
Daily Photo: Smokie Meets the Ninjas! 2014
Remember that Basil’s name was Smokie when he first came here.
These are actually from Saturday, September 13 with a little bit from Thursday, September 11 thrown in, but–if you couldn’t tell–I’ve been a little pressed for time lately and also having issues with Smartphone photos and syncing and all sorts of annoying technical stuff and haven’t been able to download and edit photos in a timely fashion. I finally dug through them all and pulled the best ones.
I let Smokie out of his room for the first time on Thursday evening, and just wanted to let him explore on his own without any of the ninjas present so he could get his bearings. The last thing I’d want is for Smokie to revert back to being fearful so I want to be as careful as possible, gave him a pat down with his Trauma Free flower essence and let him go. But Giuseppe has been curious about the little guy from the beginning and hopped over the baby gate at the top of the stairs. Giuseppe was gentle and curious as Smokie went from cautious to stretching his wings and racing through both rooms. Giuseppe followed and stationed himself where Smokie had to run past and there were no swats or hisses, and there were nose taps and even a forehead lick. Here are the photos from when the two met.
Then the next chance I had was Saturday morning for a longer session, and this time Giuseppe and Bean were there, then Sunshine and Mewsette joined very shortly after, and even Mimi came up. I followed through with my plan to hand out catnip toys to everyone, and to hand out treats as appropriate to make it a happy time for everyone. It all went very well for nearly an hour as Smokie ran and ran and played with my apron while adults enjoyed catnip, Giuseppe and Bean played with the kid, Sunshine hissed, Mewsette watched, and Mimi rolled her eyes. In the end everyone was exhausted and kind of fell asleep where they were. Sorry for the lack of captions—but enjoy the photos!
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