For the first time since last autumn, Mimi makes her way to the picnic table and looks over her yard.
After what seemed like a month of overcast days, the sun came out! And after what seemed like a solid month of snowcover, it slowly melted, allowing more and more open space in the back yard for Mimi and Mewsette to enjoy. I know Mimi was tired of it because there were days when she didn’t even bother me to go out on the front porch for a few minutes, so we both enjoyed the seasonal miracle when things completely changed. I like a good, clear seasonal change like that, dark to bright, heavy snow melting, and then finally increasing temperatures.
Black and white compositions work better with bright sunlight too, with more contrast and more detail. Mimi is such graceful model.
I included a photo of Cookie from 2010 in my post this past Sunday that echoes these of Mimi, in bright sunlight on the picnic table in March just over a decade ago.
Even before that, the picnic table was always a magnet for my cats when we were out in the yard. I look at that bedraggled picnic table now and regret not taking better care of it as boards have fallen off, others have decayed when I haven’t cleared the leaves in autumn, and the benches are falling apart. I have so many cat memories there at that table from the mid-90s when my brother found it discarded at a yard cleanup he was hired to do and we went to pick it up. And then I realize that the table is probably ready to let go now, after decades of service! I love having it out there, but as I renew my yard is it too far gone to repair? I guess we’ll see.
We’re going back into snowy February!
February 24: The girls got together for a sun party.
I think Mariposa is pretty excited about another sunny morning!
Yesterday, at least there was sunshine even if there was still a lot of snow, and Mewsette could do a little modified pole dance.
February 25: Small, skittery things are running back and forth past the bottom edge of the basement door, making exciting scritchy noises.
Rude! Doesn’t the UPS driver know this is our nap time, and to keep the racket down out there in the street?
I had work to do that wasn’t getting done fast enough so I couldn’t run off into the woods and do a painting on this beautiful sunny day as I had planned, but I did find some pretty cool things to photograph out on my deck. The sun makes everything beautiful. Any creative activity is good.
February 26: O.M.G.
Look what was under the snow when it melted.
March 3: Nice and sunny today, but apparently still a little too chilly for Jelly Bean.
Sun and warm.
They waited to open up after the weather turned cold and overcast, now they’re all in, or out.
Tonight’s dinner has been postponed for an exciting special episode of Mousewatch. There’s another group in the basement just below this. Somehow, mice manage to find their way inside the kick plate under the kitchen sink. I can hear it scratching around under there. They can’t get to it, but everyone brings their enthusiasm and special talents.
Kind of a trippy little video of Mimi and her shadow enjoying the sun.
March 4: Giuseppe made a big messy game of his drink at the faucet but he couldn’t have been happier. We have a fountain in the bathroom and he uses it, but he also likes our longtime routine.
March 7: Variations on Basil and Bella.
Not sure what they’re planning.
Meanwhile, celebrating caturday, four cats are neatly lined up on the throw on the foot of the bed. They definitely have a sense of design and organization.
March 8: Cold but sunny. We’ll take it!
Sunny money. (Money plant, or lunaria.)
No bunnies here, move along.
March 9: Mewsette has arrived for the group meditation in the 10:00 sunbeam on the landing.
Mimi got to look in the shed today. You can tell it was exciting!
Basil and Bella discuss something about today’s menu.
Mimi’s nap was visited by a rainbow. That’s usually how Lucy appears, especially in the studio.
From around this date in past years
I Will Not Look At You, 2020
Who taught Mariposa not to look at the camera?! She’s always been amazing, even before she was fully socialized, looking right at me and the camera, and she’s so photogenic! But now she’s playing games with me, looking somewhere else.
Finally I annoyed her enough and she looked at me with that long-suffering expression. “What do you want?” Kids!
Bella is trying to shame me for eating lunch in front of her, without inviting her to share. I’m pretty certain sweet potatoes and green beans are not in her list of approved foods, but that’s my fault too for not choosing a species appropriate meal. Her species, not mine.
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Photos from around this date in previous years
Near Purrfect Symmetry, 2019
Tell me she doesn’t have a natural talent for a pose.
I headed up the stairs just to go up the stairs to actually work, then I saw Mariposa all the way up there on the wardrobe, perfectly centered on the mirror, which made a striking semi-circle above her. I slowly backed down the steps, hoping she wouldn’t follow me, and put the zoom lens on my camera. I managed to get two photos before she decided she needed a bath.
She is purrfectly beautiful.
Shared on Facebook
Monday morning strategy meeting convened.
Sunshine, Bella, Hamlet and Giuseppe.
I couldn’t find Hamlet this afternoon, then I found his purrfect camouflage, trying to impurrsonate greeting cards.
Photos from years past.
Not Moving, 2018
“I hear you but I am not moving.”
You know when their ears are turned in your direction that they are listening, but when the rest of them isn’t moving you might as well give up. Bella slept all day.
What cookbooks are for.
I wouldn’t have guessed Mimi as a paper towel shredder. I couldn’t get a video, it was all a blur. I keep forgetting 15 is considered senior. Mimi gets a new tag.
Artsy Foster Kitty, 2019
I took photos of Cleetus and Cuddlebug, and I was so excited when Cleetus discovered the windowsill. There’s just something about this photo, looking out, paw raised, cobwebs, old stereo and all, that I just love.
Shared on Facebook
Co-bathing, one of those things these siblings are famous for — reaching each others’ difficult spots. These sunny mornings bring out the best. Looks like Mewsette is trying to wash the shadow off Mr. Sunshine.
Photos from years past.
I Was Here First, 2017
Sunshine and Jelly Bean have been killing me with extreme cute in this basket. I cleaned up the place a bit and put all the zebra cat beds into the basket, knowing it would be THE BEST CAT BED ever. Every day since then, almost two weeks, Mr. Sunshine and Jelly Bean arrive there after breakfast, one takes the basket, the other invades, they bathe each other, wrestle and throw each other out, then I look over and they are wrapped around each other, fast asleep.
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Daily Photo: Surely You Remember? 2015
How could I resist those eyes?
Even after months of not having access to their favorite “drinking fountain”, Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe are right back up there each morning, along with Bean. Three or four of them gather at the sink, and it’s just like the good old days.
It’s been a long week, and I had to cut back on posting or I’d be totally sleep-deprived instead of only somewhat, still trying to catch up from my week on the Lincoln Gallery. That has not stopped me from photographing my famous felines, in fact I’ve taken so many photos it’s hard to choose which ones to use each day, and trying to choose only one from a series is especially difficult! We have them “framed”, we have them in the basket, we have them in twos and threes and each one of them had their special moment when I could not stop photographing. And the violet mousie played a very big part in some days. I expect to see some posts with multiple photos very soon.
In the meantime here is a photo I posted on Facebook way back on February 16! I was going to use it as Wordless Wednesday, but it’s just as well here.
Blow Dryer Monster
Other daily photos shared on this date
For Mademoiselle, 2014
O mio amore, my dearest, most precious jolie Mademoiselle, I would so love to se pelotonner with you under the quilt, faire une sieste under the rocker where no one could see us. I would share my green sparkle ball with only you.
It is so cold, ma chere, just la pensée of you warms mon cour. Che gelida paw, se la lasci riscaldar*, I dream of serenading you and holding your paw in mine. May my love fly on the wind to you in Verona, mingled with the snowflakes, each delicate and unique, just as you.
*“This tiny hand is frozen, let me warm it here in mine.” From the famous aria of the opera La Boheme, with apologies to Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.
Read about Mlle. Daisy Emerald and the long-distance affaire between the mature French-Canadian feline lady and the young American opera star.
They so enjoy writing florid Victorian-style letters to each other, sometimes the poets, sometimes the artists, sometimes the bonneted Mlle. Daisy Emerald and the beplumed Giuseppe Verdi in their Revolutionary roles.
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And here are two more photo from this session…
Now, do they have a lot of self-awareness or what? They didn’t pose the way I’d hoped they would, and they did many other things, but then they also did this. Mr. Sunshine occupied the chair and would not give it up, Giuseppe settled underneath, and Jelly Bean worked on looking sweet.
They really are modeling. I needed some settings for an illustration so I draped my quilt over my rocker and it was immediately covered in cats, and then they got creative, as they do. Mr. Sunshine in the classic cat modeling pose, reaching for a toy.
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