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Daily Photo: Watching, Camouflaged

black cat watching among objects
Bella watching, camouflaged.

Bella has about had it with the proliferation of long-haired black boy cats in the house and is keeping a close eye on Morty as he flops himself on the floor by the door.

When I scrolled past this photo in the May 16 2024 folder I really couldn’t determine exactly which black cat that was, where the cat was, or what were the objects around the cat. That green thing…a squash? I recognized the curtain and by that realized it had to be by my desk. Then that green thing, that was one of my desk lamps. That’s Bella behind my computer monitor. In front of her? Mail that I sorted. Hmmm…I remembered photographing her peering down at Morty, but I don’t remember anything else about what was in the frame with her. So she was camouflaged even from me!

She is feeling a bit outnumbered though.

A little update on me…

I visited my ophthalmologist today. She’s a nice person and she loves cats, but that wasn’t why. Along with the pain of my gall bladder last week was an even worse and more frightening pain, a fierce headache that built up over the weekend to Tuesday, and over that time I’d noticed I was having trouble holding binocular vision, and my right eye vision was blurred. Strokes run in my family, my sister had an aneurysm removed and had gone to the emergency room more than once with the same fierce headaches until they finally found the thing, and we are pretty sure my brother died of an aneurysm. So I was mighty scared. I actually called my ophthalmologist’s office earlier that Tuesday that I went to the emergency room to describe my symptoms and make an appointment, and I gave that information in the emergency room and to my doctor, who ordered a CT scan of my head.

My doctor saw a grayish area that concerned her and asked neurology to read it. They reported it was a normal pattern on the brain and nothing they saw indicated a stroke or an aneurysm, or any unusual brain activity. The pain subsided with my gall bladder pain as the dilaudid calmed everything down, and though my right eye was still somewhat blurred the headache did not come back. By this past Monday, my right eye was fine and both of my pairs of glasses gave me bifocal vision.

So I was asymptomatic today when my ophthalmologist examined me. I explained the intense pain and nausea as it affected my balance and that constant blur in my right eye until just recently. But she had me read the eye charts with the lens chooser held in front of my right and left eye and my current prescription was the clearest setting for each eye (they are different in several ways). So what had happened, and what could I do? I have high pressure but still in the normal range. That had not changed. Was I developing cataracts already? No sign of that. Macular degeneration? Only a slight blip on my exam last December.

She actually determined that my eyes were dry, and my right eye much drier than my left, and if I was really dehydrated and strained my eyes by working too long, that could cause the focus to change so that instead of my glasses holding me to bifocal vision, my right eye was not holding there, but was moving around. I have a prescription for an eye gel at bedtime and in the morning and special drops.

And no more all-day marathons on the computer. I knew I shouldn’t do that, and I don’t very often any more, but I was doing that to get the project done for Sally. But this is also why I cut back on my social networking on my phone or computer, and why I listen to books instead of reading them. I’ve been trying to save my vision for my artwork. Now I need to get more serious about holding myself to that. And I need to take time away from the computer, go without my glasses (I’ve been doing that since I was in the hospital), and just go gentle on my eyes. I’ve got to hit the trail, get out in my yard, just stop working so much. That doesn’t come easy to me. I have new ideas all the time and I know it helps keep my brain healthy to pursue them. But my crafts aren’t so demanding of totally focused vision. so this should be interesting. But at least I don’t have any serious health issues. I can live with this.

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From Portraits of Animals

Happy Summer!

Celebrate Summer in “The Swimming Hole”

The Swimming Hole

 

 

From around this date in past years

Stoned on Sunshine, Again, 2023

tortoiseshell cat at sunny window
Stoned on sunshine, again.

Well, at least she’s stoned on all-natural stuff, but no one can say that toasting yourself at a sunny window isn’t dangerously addictive.

“Uhhh…….uhh……..hmm…” she responds. Definitely under the influence

 

From around this date in past years

Stoned on Sunshine, 2022

tortoiseshell cat in the sun
Stoned on sunshine

Yeah, Sienna’s just been sitting there on the windowsill drinking in the sunshine and she’s all nice and purry and warm, and she doesn’t have a single thought in her head, it’s just completely empty. She’s under the influence, for sure, just taking in a lot of sunshine and feeling really mellow.

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From Instagram

No time for Instagram today…

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From the back yard and beyond

Lives in Miniature Among the Flowers

When you walk among the flowers look down about your knees and see the lives that are happening there, a tiny bee heading for a big meal in a buttercup the size of your fingernail, but as big as a house to the tiny bee. The buttercup has opened its petals to the sun to gather energy to feed the nascent seeds in its ovaries that the bee will pollinate, the flower will collect droplets of dew each morning that a butterfly will stop to sip, the cycle creates new generations so that next year descendants of the flower, the bee and the butterfly can form the circle again and ensure the future of their species. In their turn they ensure the future of our species.

 

From around this date in past years

Big White Mittens All in a Row

Mariposa's mittens
Mariposa’s mittens.

It’s Tabby Tuesday! And little Mariposa has all of her white mittens tucked neatly in a row while she takes a nap.

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From Instagram

I’m caught up on all my Instagram kitty posts, but I did manage to have a great day in the yard and wrote a little bit of flash fiction about one of my photos. It’s called “The Bumblebee’s Visit”, and you can find the little story on Paths I Have Walked here or click the photo.

spiderwort
The Bumblebee’s Visit

 

From around this date in past years

Funny Mariposa, 2020

cat with paw on face
Mariposa celebrates Whisker Wednesday!

Mariposa celebrates Whisker Wednesday, or do I with a silly photo I got while I was photographing her taking a bath? Either way she’s one of the cutest things alive.

The joke is kind of on me. I did take a pile of photos of Mariposa having a bath on the bed with the evening sun shining in, so many that I don’t even know what to do with them all. This was only one of them. She did this to me. She’s cute on purpose, and then I think she laughs at me and does it again!

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Wednesday Night…

Three little kittens will be getting TNR surgery on Thursday. They were born to the same mom from last May near Carnegie Park. She disappears, then returns with kittens who are almost too old to be socialized. The wonderful person who has been attempting to trap her has actually trapped the kittens and successfully socialized them up to now. This year it’s not possible because they do take several months to be pretty much adoptable, and with the business they run, three small children, and work on their century-plus farmhouse there isn’t enough time. But their mother is still waiting for them outside, and they’ll be fed and sheltered right there. If there’s a chance any of them can socialize with regular association with the family, they are more than welcome to come inside and be adopted by someone.

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From Instagram

They’re going to be really disappointed when they find out it’s dried apricots.

five black cats in the kitchen
Five black cats in the kitchen

 

From around this date in past years

Sunny Nap Silhouettes, 2019

Basil and Bella have a good nap in the sun, on sunnier days.
Basil and Bella have a good nap in the sun, on sunnier days.

Mimi Chooses a Seat, 2019

Mimi on the rocker.
Mimi on the rocker.

On Friday, Mimi and I did a little photo shoot outside, and despite Mimi’s insistence, she was not the subject! But of all the photos I took Friday I love this one best. Mimi is such an inspiration and such a talented model, using the crappy stuff we have on hand to make it all look beautiful. She is on the old rocker that’s literally rotting away, and not even the rocker feet stay on it anymore. But she had her fun then looked for a napping spot. A peeling old rocker looked just fine.

The rocker is red violet and the bricks are red with green in the background, but it’s one of those shots that makes a good black and white, in part because of Mimi and her solid black, then all the random detail and patterns in every area of the photo. She had started out centered on the rocker, then moved to one side and it was even more perfect than at first. She has her paws tucked and her tail curled up around her hip, so she was really happy.

Mimi hasn’t been outside since it’s been warm enough for ticks to hatch… I found one on me last year and I don’t want to put her in danger so until I find a good tick treatment for her she has to stay out of areas where the deer hang out. She is not happy with this.

But I finally had some clear weather and okay lighting to photograph the new keepsake boxes. She was just checking my lighting and composition. She had a great time and I got some nice photos of her as well as my keepsake boxes.

 

From Instagram

Just a quiet morning gathering to watch me eat my pancake. Note the very empty dishes. (They eat well before me. I was soaking cat food cans to clean and recycle.)
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Sorry for the very bad photo, sometimes all I have is my cheap little cell phone but I have to share.

Watching me eat my pancake.Watching me eat my pancake.
Watching me eat my pancake.

Sienna Says It’s Naptime, 2019

Sienna says it's naptime.
Sienna says it’s naptime.

Sienna says, “It’s naptime. Would you care to join me?” Sienna LOVES to sleep with a human. She’s so happy she can’t settle down, and she purrs and rolls around and head butts me, and gives me nose taps on my nose. So purrhaps it was a good thing for Sienna that I needed to get back to work instead of napping. Someone’s got to pay the bills around here, you know.

Sienna’s response to that.

Oh, Bernadette, you bore me with your excuses.
Oh, Bernadette, you bore me with your excuses.

From Instagram

Basil’s Caturday morning mystery: what is that lump under the quilt?

Basil wonders about that lump under the covers…

It’s the melodramatic master cat who thinks it’s chilly this morning.

It’s Giuseppe!

Photos shared in past years

What is Mewsette Thinking? 2018

What is Mewsette thinking?
What is Mewsette thinking?

Mewsette has always been the intellectual of the little family of Mimi’s kittens, pausing for long, deep thoughts. I often find her staring off into space, obviously visualizing…well, I’m not sure. In this case she may be visualizing a piece of artwork, sitting on my drafting table in my studio with the brushes in the background. Or, perhaps I’m visualizing…

Apparently thinking so hard made her very tired.

Big yawn!
Big yawn!

Even more tired. I know I yawned in response! I liked this blurry photo just as much as the clear one. I know that very soon after this Mewsette joined Mimi in a nap. I don’t think I did though.

Kind of like the blurry one too.
Kind of like the blurry one too.

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4 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Watching, Camouflaged

  • Poor Bella, it will be okay sweetie. I’m glad nothing serious turned up and hopefully you’ll be feeling lots better soon. Dry eyes are not fun.

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    • I’ve always had about 15 jobs and pushed myself really hard because I like the challenge, and the income. Time to slow down. We’ll see how I do with that.

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  • 15andmeowing

    Sorry you have been having so many health and vision issues. I hope you are better soon. I love the shot of Mariposa with her paw over her mouth. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Ellen. The health issues are minor but my vision is critical. This recovery time while it’s excessively hot is actually nice because I’m not too stressed about a pile of work I need to get done. On the other hand, not too much income. Mariposa is a real clown, and growing up to one year old in a feral colony I don’t know how she learned her skills.

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