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Daily Photo: The Sunbox

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Mimi enjoys a nap in her sun-filled box.

Mimi has a nice quiet nap in the Sunbox, which is what we’ve come to call Mewsette’s recent creation that rests at the top of the stairs. Not only does it catch the sun as it flows in the window to create a sunpuddle, but Mewsette found the cardboard wanted to express the rays of the sun along its edges, so she interpreted that idea along the edge, added many different textures along all the edges. Mimi looks very pleased with her daughter’s creation.

And below, it’s all about Mimi from previous years today! Well, mostly.

Find a kitty for your sunpuddle—adopt a cat during Adopt a Cat Month!

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We’re part of the Caturday Art Blog Hop!

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What other photos did I feature on this date?

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Wordless Wednesday: You Wanted to Work? 2013
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“You wanted to work on this?” And later…
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Asleep on the job.

Find your feline studio administrator during Adopt a Cat Month!

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Can’t I Just Have My Nap?, 2013
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“Can’t I just have my nap?”

Mimi had a strenuous session of garden patrol this morning, strolling around and sniffing everything, which makes me wonder what manner of beast visited our garden last night. It was not unneutered male, that one is obvious, but I think perhaps it was groundhog. Groundhog still seems to prefer mulberry seedlings to bean plants, so I have left all mulberries and watched them slowly dwindle, first losing leaves at the top, then bitten off at a perfect 45-degree angle about 18″ from the ground, then leaves stripped down to the soil. I hope the mulberries hold out until the juvenile groundhog decides he or she is too big for our back yards, which happens just about every year, and goes off to reproduce where there is more free territory.

She also had a successful session of vole hunting on her third tour of the yard, those smooth gray snub-nosed creatures that live under the thatch and groundcover in my yard and eat the roots of my vegetable plants. Cookie was once my ace vole catcher, humanely dispatching them before they could squeak, and my garden has suffered since she has not been around to keep them under control; I have not heard the owls nor seen the hawks since the woods at the top of the hill became a condo development. This morning, Mimi, with bell collar and collar and leash attached to me, still managed to pull two right out of my garden near the peppers I just replaced after their roots had been eaten. They never knew what hit them. She supported many kittens with her prowess, now they are for me, I suppose. She deserves her nap, but on the deck I still have to put my camera in her face one more time.

Black cat garden patrol, find it during Adopt a Cat Month!

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The Panther, 2013
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Mewsette does her panther imitation.

There’s a panther napping on a tree branch on my second floor…

“I could leap on your head.”

Of course she won’t.

Doesn’t she look like a panther on a tree branch? I think she prefers to think of herself this way.

Mewsette loves this shelf, and regularly makes the leap to stretch herself out and let an appendage and tail dangle over, confident she’ll have it all to herself—unless Bean decides he wants to be a panther in a tree too, except that he doesn’t look like a panther no matter what he does. He looks like a kitty ax murderer.

And neither of them look like Ceiling Cat.

It’s somewhat of a leap to get there, not far, but across an open space, off the corner of the wardrobe, up about three feet and across about one foot. But it’s totally another world.

Find your house panther during Adopt a Cat Month.

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The Magic Shopping Bag, 2012
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Bean is in the bag!

I unpacked my groceries when I got home, and just as I thought I had emptied the bag I turned around and there was a black kitty in there! Where did he come from?! I didn’t go to the store where they have kitties for adoption, so how could a kitty have gotten into my bag, and under all my groceries?

Then I saw the white brushes in the kitty’s ears—it was Jelly Bean! And he had neatly hopped into my really big and tall shopping bag without touching the sides. What a kitty! Then he jumped back out without touching the sides.

Not to be outdone, Mr. Sunshine was next. “Take my picture please,” said the confident Mr. Sunshine, waiting patiently while I focused on his nose.

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Mr. Sunshine is in the bag.

And then Giuseppe saw what was up, and you know that all three boys have to do the same things together. Giuseppe hadn’t been in on the beginning so he wasn’t sure what to do. Still, when Mr. Sunshine jumped out of the bag, Giuseppe jumped in and sat down to look at me. “Is this what I’m supposed to do? Am I just supposed to sit here?” he asked. Giuseppe is a little bit of a worrier.

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Giuseppe is in the bag!

“That’s perfect, Giuseppe,” I told him. “Just stay exactly as you are while I take your photo…and in fact, you can stay just exactly as you are forever, all of you, because you’re all such perfectly nice kitties!”

So that’s the story of the Magic Shopping Bag, silly but true.

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