Thursday, June 13, 2024
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Daily Photo: To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Hamlet in a basket.
Hamlet in a basket.

Hamlet sweetly naps in one of the baskets in his favorite sleeping position, head almost turned upside down and fluffy front paws curled up under his chin. Some feral cat he is. One of these days he really will learn “to be”.


On a side note, I’ve been taking care of other regular health issues now that I’m far enough from my surgery and am enjoying having health insurance. I went to see my eye doctor today, an ophthalmologist because I have some family history of eye issues. I have always had increased pressure in my eyes and a few cases of glaucoma among the ancestors, and all of them have had cataract surgery, except my father who didn’t live long enough for them to become enough of a problem. But also macular degeneration, both dry and wet, run in the family. Aside from a big change in my prescription—I was shocked to learn it was seven years since my last exam and glasses—I am clear of macular degeneration, cataracts, and the glaucoma pressure has not changed. I really can’t wait for my new glasses! And I walked to the doctor’s office, stopped to pick up a few things at a store and stopped into two stores on Main Street. More on those soon! In the meantime, parking lot sparrows enjoy a little off-center composition on the light post on another overcast day.

Parking Lot Sparrows
Parking Lot Sparrows

Photos from previous years…

Watching and Reflecting, 2017

Reflecting and Watching.
Reflecting and Watching.

I saw Bella’s silhouette reflected in the glass of the framed photo that hangs behind my computer monitor in my office. Looking at her shape and the reflection, I realized I had no idea where she was sitting because I couldn’t see her anywhere, not an ear, or a tail, or a whisker. I turned around and saw the bird feeder and tree, but looked all over my desk and the area, but no Bella. Then she shifted her position slightly and in so doing leaned far enough forward for me to see her nose just past the far edge of my monitor. Part of me thinks she had found some sort of portal and had left only her reflection in the glass! But I digress, and found an interesting plot for a short story, which got me started watching and reflecting, just like Bella….thanks, beautiful kitties, for providing all sorts of inspiration!


From Instagram, from Sunday

Apparently four cats have melted and fused into one cuddle puddle while sleeping in front of the furnace vent all afternoon.

Four black cats kind of fused together.
Four black cats kind of fused together.

Guess it’s time for dinner.

Guess it's time for dinner.
Guess it’s time for dinner.


Of course I took photos of my cats on Saturday, but as much as I miss blogging and sharing photos over the weekend sometimes when I have an event or an assignment I don’t always have the time or the space in my head to post. Sometimes I like to spend a day away from the computer too, and play with my cats :).

On Saturday, Veteran’s Day, I photographed the dedication of my library’s new flagpole. The event included people from the library, the local American Legion, several veterans, the Civil War reenactors, and the family of the man who donated the flagpole and flag to the library, a veteran himself. I enjoy photographing events, skimming around through the crowd to get the best angles on all the activities and participants as well as getting candids of people. Here is a sample photo, and please visit Veterans Day Flag Pole Dedication Ceremony for more.

The 9th PA Reserves fired a single volley to dedicate the new flag.
The 9th PA Reserves fired a single volley to dedicate the new flag.

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What other photos have I shared on or around this date?


World Kindness Day, Or Is It a Trick, 2016
I'll share this box...
I’ll share this box…

Bean looks kind and consoling to Mewsette, an arm around her shoulder, offering to share the most favorite box of the week. But don’t be fooled—Mewsette was happily bathing and preparing for a bath in the box when Bean came along and unseated her most rudely, and a catfight erupted that was slow and lazy and fun to watch. I’ve been trying to edit about a half dozen photos from this sequence and one of thee days I’ll post them all in order because I’m still laughing.

But being kind to each other is still a good idea.

Today’s photo shoot features Mimi with another brand new item: a little clay pendant impressed with my brush pen sketch “Back to Front”, which is today’s daily sketch as well. I’ve finally assembled the November Feline Sampler Box, and this little item was the holdup to let things dry completely, but it was well worth the wait. I have added this to Portraits of Animals. I’ll probably have a new product each day for the next month. We’ve been busy making a mess!

Mimi did NOT want to hold still but she did for just one photo wearing my latest little gift item, a clay pendant impeessed with one of my brush pen sketches.
Mimi did NOT want to hold still but she did for just one photo wearing my latest little gift item, a clay pendant impressed with one of my brush pen sketches.

From Facebook and Instagram

What happens when you want to nap on the chair but your brother is already sleeping there.


The Four Housecats of the Apocalypse are sleeping on the job in my studio. Obviously I have to work standing up tonight.

The Four Housecats of the Apocalypse are sleeping on the job.
The Four Housecats of the Apocalypse are sleeping on the job.

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Hamlet Profile
Hamlet Profile

Hamlet and his sister Ophelia were rather feral kittens, did not socialize to fosters, and were placed in a barn to live as feral cats. That didn’t suit them either, so they came to me. It took a while for them to find their socialized selves, and I am more than happy to have gotten to know them and help them to realize humans were nice things, and to be able to have them as my muses and models for a couple of years. Hamlet was meant to inhabit the magic yellow basket. I featured this photo on Black Cat Appreciation Day in 2016. Read more and purchase.


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Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life

Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters

Tuesday: Rescue Stories

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Thursday: New Merchandise

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Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats

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