Daily Photo: Sunny Mornings

mewsette on deck
Mewsette looks out on the morning.

A frosty morning with so much potential. Mewsette is trying to decide whether to snack on grass, check the forsythia for peemail, or chase the squirrel that’s teasing her out at the end of the yard. Life is good.

mewsette on deck
More looking.

Even though it’s getting pretty cold at night and mornings are sometimes frosty—or actually snowy—when the sun comes out and the temperature goes up just a little bit, the girls still go outside, even if it’s only on the deck.

two black cats
Checking peemail.

After two days of being stuck inside the SNOW finally melted and the SUN came out, Item #1 on their list was checking peemail. I guess they were following a group message or something.

two black cats
Time to explore the garden.

Mimi loves to hang out in the garden area. Mewsette is still trying to make sense of it. Me too, for that matter.

I have moved Mimi’s woodpile several times, and sorted it out over the garden. She enjoys seeking out the new places and visiting them for a good scratch.

On the prowl.

And then it’s time to go hunting. We’ll miss even these abbreviated mornings when it’s colder, and already Mewsette is tucking herself into a cozy spot and only Mimi and I go outside in the afternoon.


From Instagram

First, a video!

#CatTV Wildlife Special gets real for Midnight Louie when the squirrel on the screen starts talking to him. Got to cut back on those catnip toys.

I was hoping you’d be able to hear the squirrel chatter. I could hear him when I was recording the video.



Squirrel makes a visual statement


“So what’s the hold up with breakfast this morning? You are totally unfocused and wandering around.”

You are lucky I didn’t wander off and start on that painting I’ve been visualizing nonstop for the past couple of days. It’s a good day for painting.

“Oh, no, let’s hope we get supper before tomorrow morning! Living with a creative person may seem exciting and exotic, but it takes a lot of work to keep this person focused on what’s important.”

three black cats
Waiting for breakfast.

I feel some judgy eyes on my back.

tabby cat
Judgy Mariposa

#printmonitorcats Simba is observing the growling, grunting thing from above, Louie is on the floor watching it give birth to a piece of paper. No no no, boys, the printer isn’t going to eat you so you don’t need to defend yourselves.

Watching the printer.

Yeah, Bella, I’m feeling it too. In this house, I’m the one who makes the mess, 10 cats can’t compete with me.

Bella on the containers.

Little Miss Burr Butt, that’s what Mimi gets for exploring the unimproved section of the garden.

Little Miss Burr Butt

From the Garden and Beyond

The Moon and Venus

That moon and Venus last week tho…

The simplicity of the graceful crescent and the tiny star dancing in the sky for all to see was a thrill just to behold. The new moon was November 4, this was November 7 and you can just see the edges of some of the craters.

You’d think I’d encounter this while I was out on one of my wilderness walks, and truly that would have been magnificent, but I was actually in the Aldi parking lot. I had pulled from my space, turned and headed for the exit, checking my rearview mirror, and hit the brakes when this was somehow perfectly framed in my side mirror. Good thing no one was around me. I turned around and found a good spot in the parking lot to get a photo, but I didn’t have my tripod for a long exposure to capture the portion of the moon that wasn’t lit by the sun, but was lit by a small amount of reflected light.

Read more here.

Moon and Venus

Lunar Eclipse

I was just going to bed when the clouds parted and the eclipse shone in the window, just past its prime, so what else to do but head outside in my bathrobe and slippers to photograph it? It’s grainy, and there were wispy clouds still around it, and power wires too, but this is pretty decent.

What a busy week it’s been, and an event on Sunday. I hope to catch up!



From around this date in past years

Remembering Warmer Weather, 2019

Mimi on a colorful afternoon.
Mimi on a colorful afternoon.

We’ve had a number of totally cloudy days, but the real disappointment is when the morning is bright and sunny though could, but the sun hides behind clouds before it gets to the front courtyard where Mimi and I like to hang out. So we remember a nice sunny afternoon last week. We still have just enough leaves around and even a few green leaves that they really light up when the sun shines.

From Instagram on Saturday

A good day for Sienna and Mimi to hang out in the warm kitchen.

It’s warm in the kitchen.

Mimi and Sienna have box seats for my standing physical therapy performance. Apparently they are not pleased with my performance.

Box seats.


Photos from previous years…

Mariposa Exploring Downstairs, 2018

Mariposa with begonias.
Mariposa with begonias.

Yesterday was bight and sunny and Mariposa finally decided to come all the way down the stairs and explore. It’s a whole new world!

Below, the photo is a little blurry, but she is still so pretty.

A little blurry, but still pretty.
A little blurry, but still pretty.

Mariposa really wants to play! Hamlet didn’t realize he was in her target area. More from Mariposa’s adventures yesterday.

Hamlet wasn't aware he was in Mariposa's swing area.
Hamlet wasn’t aware he was in Mariposa’s swing area.

Look out for that white mitten, Hamlet!

Look out for that big mitten, Hamlet!
Look out for that big mitten, Hamlet!

Then she made her way over to the shop area.

Mariposa models the shop.
Mariposa models the shop.

It’s difficult to catch her so things are a little blurry!

Mariposa models the shop.
Mariposa models the shop.

And then Hamlet joined her! She was thrilled.

I'm going to get you, Hamlet!
I’m going to get you, Hamlet!

Later, she joined Mimi and me in the studio, Mimi on one thigh and Mariposa on the other.

How it started out.
How it started out.

Until a few minutes passed…

Sleeping with Mimi.

Sleeping with Mimi.
Sleeping with Mimi.


Sleeping with Mimi.
Sleeping with Mimi.

She wants you to know she not only haz mittenz but she also haz whiskerz.

I haz whiskerz.
I haz whiskerz.

I hope she has a chance to meet some visitors soon. She was a little shy when someone stopped today, so she needs some practice.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Sunny Mornings

  • December 1, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    One of my ferals showed up with burrs all over him, but he wouldn’t allow me to help him.
    The next day, they were gone, so I’m guessing a fellow alley-traveling cat friend licked them off!
    He was the most feral of our outside cats; all others learned to allow pets and smoochies…and then, there’s The PO’M.

  • December 1, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    hay ewe gorgeouz galz….we hope de pee mailz waz good nooze~~~~N if ewe due get ta eat sum grazz, snax on sum for uz with pleez and thanx 😉 ♥3


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