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Daily Photo: Squirrel Watch!

tabby and white cat at window
Mariposa is on squirrel watch!

The squirrels are coming back! And Mariposa is ready! I’m sure that squirrel is about ready to explode from that focused gaze from her death-ray eyes. She’s got a little bit of a reflection in the window too.

It’s most exciting because the squirrels have been away for a while. I had quit filling the bird feeders outside the dining room window in 2021. First, I will need to take that spruce down some year soon and sooooo many birds nest there, and they use the tree for shelter all through the winter. I don’t want to displace them at any time of the year, so removing the feeders will help them decide to move to another tree.

Second, the squirrels managed to dump seed on the ground no matter what feeder I used or how I set it up. I can’t afford to waste bird seed at that rate, and it seemed the mice who came into the basement, especially in autumn when the weather turns cold, were attracted to the seed on the ground and decided to live around the tree. Oh, so convenient when cold weather came.

So fast forward to 2023 and I haven’t seen a squirrel in my yard since last year, though I see them in the trees all around. Great! I set up a bird seed block in a holder hanging on the deck in the back, and now I see squirrels working their way back in. Well, game on, squirrels, Mariposa is ready with her death ray eyes! Let’s hope they’ve had a few generations who didn’t get to use my feeders, but I know it’s only a matter of time.


Photos from previous years

Mariposa and My Heating Pad, 2022

tabby and white cat on chair
Mariposa stole my chair and my heating pad.

Well, I understand, I like my heating pad on my chair too. She absolutely knows how irresistibly cute she is too. Guess who won? She was so cute I made a video too.


From Instagram

You just never know what you’ll find on little back streets.


From the back yard and beyond

A Rainbow and a Sunset

It’s not always you walk out your door and hope to catch the sunset, then turn around and in the east you see a big old RAINBOW right at the end of your street! I dropped everything there in the middle of the street and started taking photos. I can’t convey how big it looked. As the sunset moved the rainbow grew into a semicircle over the houses (photo 2). We had a drizzle hours earlier, but I guess there was still plenty of moisture in the air.


From Portraits of Animals

You may like the Nature & Wildlife desktop calendar too.


From Paths I Have Walked

Close The Door, poem in progress

pastel painting of cat looking out door
“The Little Sunflower”, pastel on velour paper, 11″ x 16″, 1997 © B.E. Kazmarski

I don’t know when I will close the door
for the last time

long days of summer freedom
endless open windows as if
outdoors was in
warm days, birdsong, butterflies
cool nights, lightning bugs, crickets
days and nights of sundresses
my bare feet on the tile
on the wood
on the concrete
on the grass
on the soil of my garden
warm, nourishing…

Read the rest


Photos from previous years

Studiously Ignoring Me, 2021

tortoiseshell cat and tabby and white cat
Studiously ignoring me.

Yes, indeed, they are ignoring me, but they also have no idea how inspiring I find them both from the back!

I love these two together. Mariposa works so hard to be Sienna’s friend. Sienna is friendly, but cautious, and it’s all caught up in living with so many cats. You may not realize it but Mariposa and Sienna are very close in age—both were born in the spring of 2017. Sienna joined us in December 2017 and Mariposa in August 2018. Mariposa often gets Sienna to settle down with her, sometimes for extended naps.

They couldn’t resist.

tortoiseshell cat and tabby and white cat

Normally, I wouldn’t use a cell phone photo, especially one this blurry, as a featured photo, but my DSLR was in the other room, and I might never see this again.


Our Pet Blessing on the Feast of St. Francis

Peg blesses the airedailes and their person hopes it keeps them good.
Peg blesses the airedailes and their person hopes it keeps them good.

Peg Bowman and I decided to host a little pet blessing on October 4, the feast of Saint Francis. Peg rescues cats in our neighborhood, most recently F’Ave Tux, and is also an ordained minister in the Anglican Church, and preaches at the Methodist Church in Carnegie. I like to help with anything that helps animals, and brings people together. So, we planned and posted on social media, and hoped for the best for our first-ever event.

Even though rain had been forecast we had a lovely evening. We blessed seven dogs in the fur, and 19 cats in absentia, including my entire household, and Peg’s. The dogs all seemed to enjoy it, especially the part about the treats.

Pet People store in Green Tree made a pile of treat bags for dogs and cats, and Greentree Animal Clinic donated toys, treats and information. People who attended gave us donations that will go to help support the Cubbage Hill Cats, the group Peg and I set up to help with rescue, foster and community cat expenses. Looking forward to next year!


Photos from previous years

A Crinkly Bag Does the Trick, 2020

Seven cats in the kitchen.
Seven cats in the kitchen.

Just get a crinkly bag, any bag will do, and they’re all yours.

Seven cats in the kitchen.
Seven cats in the kitchen.

This is what happens when I’m busy and occupied as I have been for all of September. Even when I’m busy with design work, I’m also sitting in one place for a period of time. This month I’ve been all over the place. I know it’s a little disturbing for them, and for me too. It’s been fun, though! I’m ready for a break, and I thnk my fine felines are too.


From Instagram

A little video of Giuseppe and Mewsette. Brother and sister cats co-groom for a while before snuggling down for a mid-day nap. I love being able to get these little video snippets. I love sharing my photos, but sometimes getting to share little moments like this one is special to me.


From around this date in past years

Time for Sleeping Undercover, 2019

Giuseppe Undercover
Giuseppe Undercover

I walked past my bedroom and thought, “Darn, I still need to make the bed!” Then I stopped to look. Giuseppe is famous around here for totally unmaking my bed to cuddle in underneath the quilt. It’s still feeling pretty warm to me, but I guess Giuseppe is practicing for colder afternoons, and looking darned cute at it too.

His mom came in to see what he was doing.

What's he doing under there?
What’s he doing under there?

Then if there was space under there for her.

Mimi checks to see if there's more room.
Mimi checks to see if there’s more room.

From Instagram


All 10 cats are in my messy morning kitchen, only 8 are in this photo, and only 7 of those are blackcats. Are you lucky enough on #fridaythe13th to find them all?


Stop doing housework, we need to go outside now!


Something malevolent is living in the back of my cabinet. Mr. Sunshine is pleased to give that impression.


Negotiating today’s best nap spot — snuggling into the dishtowel drawer.


Photos from years past

Mimi and the Angry Rabbit, 2018

Mimi and the angry bunny.
Mimi and the angry bunny.

I’m not sure if Hester the ceramic bunny is angry because Mimi is in her space or if it was too hot for her too. Either way Hester has looked like that since she was guarding the petunias in my mother’s yard decades ago. I took this photo back in August when I was photographing things for my Panhandle Trail exhibit. Of course, Mimi directs my photo shoots, especially outdoors, and she found her way under the chair with Hester to watch me photographing on the side steps. It was much too hot for her to be working at all, let alone anywhere not in the shade. But at least she doesn’t look angry about it!

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Photos I’ve shared on or around this date

Kitty Things, 2017
Cat figurine.
Cat figurine.

Above, an Impressionist figurine of a person sitting and holding a cat. I like loose sculptures as much as I like loose paintings, and I’ve always like this series of figurines. They are difficult to photograph because they are small and they are black, so I always try to catch them in good varied light.

I was a speaker at Pet Memorial Sunday and also photographed the event. We always decorate with cat and dog and bunny and bird and other animal figurines and urns and I like to capture those because I like them, and so that I can use them on Deb’s website and with my articles here and other places. I also use them for inspiration.

Below, a pretty kitty figurine in the grass, just waiting to greet you. Kitty figurines are another idea I’ve been working on lately.

Kitty sculpture.
Kitty sculpture.

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Photos I’ve shared on or around this date

Up in the Treehouse, 2016
Up in the treehouse.
Up in the treehouse.

Up in the treehouse in the morning, with two of my silhouettes. It’s what I call my studio in the summer with all the trees outside the window, and even in other seasons when the branches are bare. In the morning it’s very cool and leafy and it feels private, and literally above it all, just like being up in a tree in a secret place looking out on the neighborhood. Apparently Mimi and Giuseppe are keeping an eye on the neighbors going to work and school.

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On Instagram and Facebook

Mewsette enjoys a good stretch in the sun and scratch on the basement cat tree on this wonderful late summer morning.

Mewsette's Morning
Mewsette’s Morning

Meanwhile, later…

Oops, Mimi is napping in my greeting cards, can’t fill my orders until she wakes up! Cats’ rules!

Mimi naps among the boxes of cards.
Mimi naps among the boxes of cards.

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Photos I’ve shared on or around this date

Daily Photo: On An Adventure
Mimi goes on an adventure.
Mimi goes on an adventure.

“Every day should be an adventure. Mimi and I explored a small section of the neighbor’s yard.”

I posted this on Facebook this morning, and decided it needed its own post rather than added into another. I like the composition right away, Mimi walking through a passage or sorts; I had posted one like this earlier this year as well. I love those two trees, the one with the “toes” is a maple and the other is a tulip poplar, each at least 70 feet tall, and I study them all the time, looking at them out my kitchen window and door in all seasons, and sketched and photographed that little scooped opening through the trees. Because they are so tall it’s very shady in my yard, but the neighbor’s yard in the morning is full of sun and the contrast adds to the feel of a passageway. When I saw her heading there I positioned myself to get the angle I wanted, then followed her. Then the first of the colored autumn leaves with the rich green of summer, the rough bark of the trees, the light, and little Mimi going fearlessly into new territory. Well, sort of. She still knows the neighborhood pretty well. Adding the vignette shading around the outside just added to it. I may do something with this at some time.

And some days I just have too many photos and have to post more.

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Photos I’ve shared on or around this date

Smokie and Mirrors, 2014
black kitten on windowsill
Who is that kitten?!

There’s a kitten in here!

So Smokie discovered “up” this morning. I’ve been a little surprised that a kitten his age wasn’t already up on the windowsill. I’m accustomed to kittens half his age hanging from curtain rods, yet he’d only begun to explore the tub. I heard some strange sounds that I might have attributed to Fatso the Squirrel running around on the roof or climbing the trees and making the branches tap against the walls, but I didn’t see anything from the windows. Then I realized I was hearing it through the ceiling.

I went upstairs to find several things on the floor and Smokie on the windowsill. Time to move a lot of things out of the way…It’s really fun to see him up here where I’ve seen so many other cats through the years.

black kitten on windowsill
Checking the weather–a little cool this morning!

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Black Cat Kitchen Ornament, 2013
Black Cat Kitchen Ornament, every home should have one!
Black Cat Kitchen Ornament, every home should have one!

I have found this Black Cat Kitchen Ornament to be quite beautiful and easily adaptable to any conditions in my kitchen, whether I’m cooking or canning, putting away groceries, washing dishes, working on my computer or pushing papers as I often do in the kitchen. While this highly flexible and mobile item adequately holds cookbooks open and keeps recipes and other papers from blowing away, I haven’t found a real purpose for the elegant and realistic sculpture yet, but I can’t imagine my kitchen without it.

Mimi says, “Perhaps my method of subtle supervision isn’t working.”

I must always leave space for Mimi in whatever it is I’m doing. Not even the box on the table will work—that’s too far away. She must be as close to me as possible. I am honored. And a little crowded.


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All Cats on Desk, 2011
 Seven cats on my desk.
Seven cats on my desk.

Okay, there were the five yesterday, and today I had the opportunity to get all seven, which is the typical morning arrangement. They’re not as nicely grouped, but that’s partly because I ad to stand up to take the photo, which caused Mimi and Jelly Bean to also get up and get ready to accompany me wherever I was going.

Two torties on my lap.
Two torties on my lap.

Cookie had been trying to get back on my lap, but I’d never be able to get up then. She and Kelly had been on my lap, and I was trying to keep them both on the keyboard shelf so that I could quickly stand up and take the photo.

From the back this time are Mimi and Kelly on the shelf; on the desk are Jelly Bean, Mr. Sunshine, and Mewsette and Giuseppe cuddled in a heart shape. Cookie is on my keyboard shelf, getting ready to jump down to my chair since it’s nice and warm after me sitting in it.

I think the heart shape cuddling is usually Mewsette’s idea. In every photo I have of two of them cuddling in a heart shape, Mewsette is one of the kitties!

Nonetheless, this is what my mornings are like. I gave up keeping my desk neat because anything that is set on it is moved around for kitty comfort. I’m actually looking for a new desk, shelves and whole workspace in this little corner with lots of cubbyholes to tuck things out of kitty reach, so I’m not too concerned at the moment.

As I said about yesterday’s photo (from 2011) (and don’t miss the update from just yesterday, 2012!), I’m sure they all like me and enjoy spending time with me but I know their dedication to my desk has to do with the “kitty keep-warm lamps”. During the summer I don’t use the task lights very often because the room is generally bright enough, and the lights are just too darned hot. As the air cools and the sun drops down lower in the sky, my office is suddenly darker with all the trees outside. From then I turn the lights on, and if I ever needed a passive cat-herding apparatus it would be these lights. I have actually set up lights elsewhere just to see what happens, and they are immediately popular.

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Two Kellies for the Price of One, 2010
Two Kellies for the price of one.
Two Kellies for the price of one.

Kelly bathes in front of the mirror on top of the tallest books in the cat book library, unaware that another tortie girl is bathing behind her, sort of.

Kelly makes the sweetest disgusting noises when she’s bathing. She’s talkative but a little timid, and it’s always a surprise to hear the snorts and slurps coming from her, knowing this neat and precise personality, as she keeps her fur impeccably clean. She can overdo it though; being timid, when she can’t decide if she should run and hide she just has a bath, which I call, “When in doubt, wash” or “Fight or flight or wash my face”.

She does love to be petted and gives big, deep nose rubs, but as soon as it’s over she has to begin to bathe her entire body all over again. I try not to be insulted that she feels I’ve polluted her body with my human cooties.

Also being particular about her appearance and surroundings, I’ve always thought that Kelly, a very speckled tortoiseshell, was horrified at all those irregular spots all over her body and was always trying to organize them into some kind of order.

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pastel painting of cat on quilt on bed
“Bath, Interrupted”, pastel, 13″ x 10″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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