Daily Photo: Snuggled All Safe in Their Baskets and Box

cats sleeping in baskets
Three sleeping kitties tucked into their box and baskets.

Mr. Sunshine, Jelly Bean and Mewsette are happily snuggled into their respective cat container. The lights provide a bit of warming light.

After Jelly Bean got up to go and do cat things, or cuddle with Bella, Smokie took his place in the box, which is looking more battered every day (more on that later).

cats sleeping in baskets
Smokie joined them after Bean left.

Here they are in their parking spaces. Really, I needed the table to work, and also needed to keep them off my drafting table for the current projects. Two of the containers were already on the table, but a third cat arrived and tried to dislodge Mewsette from her basket. I gave up one of my own baskets—one of my own, I say, where I store things for use with my printer—and donated it to the cause. Here they are, in their parking spaces.

cats sleeping in baskets
In their parking spaces.

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What other photos have I posted on or around this date? (I’ve missed a few days of this!)


Camouflage for Birdwatching, 2013
black cat with green leaves
Perfectly camouflaged because his eyes match the leaves.

Giuseppe nestles among my begonias to watch the birds at the feeders outside the window. Of course, no one would see a large black cat among the greenery—with his eyes he blends right in. Below, Giuseppe knows he can observe the bird activity with no risk of being seen.

black cat with green leaves
No one will notice a large black cat.

Giuseppe hopes that Mlle. Daisy Emerald Marguerite is watching, though. Looks like birdwatching was a big activity on this date too—really, I don’t choose these themes!

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Watching Birds on a Rainy Day, 2012
two black cats looking out window

Those birds don’t care how hard it rains do they?

It’s not like they have any choice, that’s where the feeder is.

That’s a lot of birds. Most of them don’t even have any place to land.

Silly, they have a 60-foot spruce to land in!

But that’s not where the food is!

I guess you’re right. I don’t know how they ever get enough to eat, all that flying around for one seed at a time.

Until Fatso gets in on the act. Then they have none.

Mom gets really mad.

Look, there’s a mourning dove! And another!

Conversation ends as the boys focus on the mourning doves sitting in the rain on top of the bird feeder, followed by a nap. Fatso is the squirrel.

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Occupy The Bed, 2011
four black cats on bed
Occupy the Bed

Well, they peacefully camp out there and they refuse to leave, fighting for their rights in this house, especially the right to the bed whenever they want it and in a way that is comfortable for them.

I really prefer to see my bed made up neatly, really I do, but there is always at least one cat who disagrees and often all of them do, and they occupy my bed, and I lose.

Well, they are the 87.5%.

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My Three Sons, 2011
three black cats
My Three Sons

There they are ready to race up the steps to the bathroom where I’ll turn on the faucet and they can drink, as they have me trained to do. But I get my photo in before we go.

And in this house the girls outnumber the boys. Guess they feel they have to stick together. From the top, Giuseppe, Jelly Bean and Mr. Sunshine.

As soon as I stand up, they will leap over each other to the landing, then race up the steps, even if I’m not following.

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Classic Kelly, 2011
tortoiseshell cat asleep
Kelly fast asleep.

When Kelly sleeps, she is like a limp stuffed toy, relaxing and first her head sliding off and hanging over the edge, then the rest of her body sliding off of whatever she is on like a Slinky. Here she is on the shelf in front of the window and you can see in the back a growing portion of her is hanging behind. At least she has the Cat Tablet on which to rest her head or she’d be sliding off headfirst. But she always looks absolutely sweet no matter what she does.

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Mimi Enjoys a Sunny Morning, 2011
black cat stretching
Mimi has a good stretch in the sun.

Now that the leaves have dropped from all the trees, the bathroom has full morning sun again, much to everyone’s delight. One of Mimi’s favorite places since she’s been here has been the bathroom windowsill, and I think that’s not only for the sun but also for the view—a commanding sweep of nearly the entire back yard plus the neighbor’s yards where she used to wander. This morning we saw a neighbor cat, and that was indeed very exciting.

Here Mimi enjoys feeling the sun on the back of her head as she has a good stretch.

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Mimi Enjoys a Sunny Morning, 2011
four black cats
Black Cat Abstract

This is what happens when cool reflected winter light meets indoor light from the ceiling fixture, something I could never plan because it depends on the quality of light and even the time of day, and, of course, all that shiny black fur. It hardly looks that way in the viewfinder, it all just depends on how the color sensor records it.

From the top, Jelly Bean is cleaning his white spot, Mewsette is curled facing him, Guiseppe is curled on the left and upside down and Mr. Sunshine is using him as a pillow.

A nice little psychedelic sensation in the middle of the afternoon.

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Something Stuck to Your Nose, 2011
black cat with paper on his nose
You have something stuck to your nose.

Mr. Sunshine is sure he looks totally cool, but he’s apparently not aware he has a scrap of paper stuck to his nose.

I guess that’s the consequence of going through life with a wet nose, I mean literally going through life with it, like rooting through the paper recycling container just to see what’s in there, as Mr. Sunshine does. You never know what will stick.

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