Mewsette enjoys her time in the back yard with her mom each day, but sometimes…there’s a scary neighbor in the next yard. You can see that Mewsette can’t be seen behind her clever screen of grasses and wild garlic fronds. She is watching this suspicious man who is quietly developing a little patio and garden in his back yard.
Feeling a little safer back up on the deck, Mewsette wraps her tail around a deck picket and keeps an eye on his activities, now through the tops of the forsythia bush.
He is not a scary man, in fact he is a cat man! And he is very quiet and nice and loves to watch my kitties in the yard. But as of yet, Mewsette can’t be convinced. Even her mother can’t quite convince her it’s okay, but the fact that Mewsette is still outside watching him is progress.
So while Mewsette is still keeping an eye on that neighbor, Mimi has some plans for a little fun.
She loves to walk around on the deck railing. Cookie walked around on the deck railing when she was 17 too, and I feel Mimi is still balanced enough for this to be safe. She really enjoys walking around on just this section for now. As I clear off the deck and it’s easier to move around we’ll see how she feels about the other side. So after her own wanderings in the yard and calming Mewsette, then her walk on the railing, Mimi was ready for a nap. Or purrhaps that spot was just the right temperature for a nap, sleepy or not.
Now that I have most of a fence, I feel confident to let the girls walk around without leashes in the back yard. I am always with both of them and also watching and listening for any potential problems. At this point they are only outside for about 15 minutes. Later, as the temperatures rise, they may want to stay outside longer, and then they’ll need their leashes. Right now, I photograph them and watch what they do, then when they go in I try to get some work in outdoors. As my time loosens up a little more, I’ll spend a little more time outside. But I know I’m distracted so we’ll have to decide if they stay outside on leashes, or go indoors while I work and come back outside later. But I’m so pleased to have the back yard in the condition it’s in so we can enjoy it.
Below, humble chickweed, one of the wild plants I photographed while following the girls around the yard. I love tiny white flowers.
This Week’s Update
Last week through Wednesday, I finished my 10 days feeding Denise’s colony of 12+ at the top of the hill plus the handsome Maxi—photos coming soon; trapped a kitty on Tuesday night—story was supposed to be last week but will be tomorrow; and prepared entries for art and writing contests. Now that I’m caught up with the work that didn’t get done last week, I can get back to posting, and hope to keep it going!
Last Friday: Basil is always reliable for an amusing morning #blep, or should I be concerned about what’s hovering above my head?
Sienna has a heart-to-heart with Preppy Kitty.
Today, which is National Cat Lady Day! “Your chair? Note that ‘cat’ comes before ‘lady’ in ‘cat lady’.”
Though I detest the whole “cat lady” myth, I don’t mind sharing photos of me with my cats.
#catlady wakeup. The reality. “I realized upon awakening that I was being used as a fort.”
A cartoon I sketched based on real events. From 2012. https://thecreativecat.net/saturday-morning-cartoons-being-used-as-a-fort-2012a/
Somebody wants attention. #catladylife A sketch from life as Giuseppe tried to convince me. From 2013. https://thecreativecat.net/daily-sketch-reprise-in-my-face-2013/
From the Back Yard and Beyond
A sweet collection of spring flowers, though often they are each considered pests, grape hyacinth, persian speedwell, dandelion and bright green grass. The color combination is a rich eyeful on a bright spring morning after a long winter of snow and overcast skies. They were growing in my neighbor’s yard, conveniently at eye level as I walked up the street to feed Denise’s colony.
From around this date in past years
Silly Cats, 2020
Bella snuggles with her Sunshine. She was having an excessively silly day last Friday.
A closeup of the action.
Meanwhile, the whole picture. Looks like Jelly Bean lost this round of musical baskets and has to wait until someone wakes up to try again.
\Walking on the wall is a thing now. Glad I’ve provided Mimi with some new amusement.
She appears delicate but she is not. Even in an unexpected snow with icy winds the yellow tulip is dignified and elegant. Nature has so many lessons.
And then Saturday…
So this happened today.
Thank you to everyone who helped me get this car! Who bought things from me, shared my posts and my website, drove me around or let me borrow their car in the past four months, understood when I couldn’t get somewhere, asked if I needed anything, and picked up things I needed. Getting this car has had so many hurdles to jump in just the past two days let alone the past four months and more. When we’re supposed to be limiting travel and social distancing I wasn’t even sure I could buy a car right now!
Thanks to my friend Bill for driving me 100 miles to get this car today. Thanks to Mike for taking such good care of this car so I could have it right now when I need it and it doesn’t need a thing fixed and has a full tank of gas, and for being one of the most honest sellers I’ve ever met, and for finding the nicest notary and helping me figure things out when I discovered I’d forgotten my license plate and insurance and my debit card didn’t work as expected. (No thanks to the hacker of my other debit card who almost made me call the whole thing off!)
Years ago, after college, I had no license and no car and wanted no parts of either one, but life isn’t always like that. Going months without a car in these uncertain times and around my hip surgery was really pretty scary, I just never felt safe. I’m so grateful this worked out well and I met some really nice people along the way, and when things open up again I’ve got the car to help me get to vendor events, and rescue cats!
Mimi says, “Car schmar, I need my outdoor enrichment time.” Mimi on her wall, and more little rainbows, the purrfect angle of the evening sun to lovely effect.
From around this date in past years
Happy Jelly Bean Day!, 2019
Because of a certain colorful candy Jelly Bean thinks it’s all about him. Whichever holiday you observe today, we hope you have a blessed celebration with family and friends and lots of good food.
And because I can never take only one photo once I get going, here are a few more photos of Jelly Bean with his namesake. Yes, jelly beans can be a choking hazard for cats, and if they manage to eat them can cause some gastric upset, but no cats or beans were harmed in this photo shoot. Hard to believe these photos are from 2013!
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Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters Tuesday: Rescue Stories Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork Thursday: New Merchandise Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!