Mariposa is a little miffed because I’ve been paying attention to my things instead of her. But lately the only way she can find to get her required amount of attention is to hang out with my stuff and look photogenic. But, of course, she’s always photogenic so all she needs to do is appear somewhere and I’ll snap to it.
In true meowdel style, she gives me a direct look, then a profile, then a dreamy, faraway expression. Such a purrfessional!
According to Mr. Sunshine’s belly thermometer, the temperature in my studio just reached 85 degrees. I could tell it was getting close because he was inching further and further onto his back.
From around this date in past years
Mariposa Caught Her Tail!, 2020
Apparently Mariposa’s tail was avoiding getting a bath, but this time in a flash of white mittens and a lot of rolling around on the bed she caught it and subdued it and gave it a bath!
Ahhhhhh, cooler weather and back to our favorite baskets. I love to turn around and see them sleeping there.
A girl and her catnip and sun-warmed concrete.
Another fantastic napping position from Hamlet.
TABBIES O TROUT TOWNE, TAKE NOTE: There are burdz down there! But just below is a photo of the zebra blankets you made us drying on the clothesline. We still love them! We want you to look at this picture, close your eyes, scroll a bit, then continue.
From the back yard and beyond
Just a small family of geese, but the goslings are pretty big. When the geese swim under the bridge, I’m ready above them on the other side. When the light is right you can even see their webbed feet paddling.
From around this date in past years
Sleepy Photo Supurrvisor, 2019
I was slaving in the hot afternoon, photographing new and exciting things I’d made, while Mimi was lazing on the porch occasionally giving me either direction or a yawn. Really, I think my sleepy photo supurrvisor wanted to just have a good nap. And she was so happy to finally be outside if only on the front porch.
Goodness, we have a lot of catching up.
Our early morning visitor. She brings her kits by now and then.
We want cat food!
Today’s studio supurrvisor is Basil. I managed to leave a purrfectly Basil-sized spot on the table, he must have known.
Morning rush hour. Couldn’t get a clear photo so didn’t try.
Photos shared in past years
A Purrfect Way to Start the Weekend, 2018
Well, there isn’t much better than a nice quiet nap in a fresh cardboard box in the sun. Jelly Bean is enjoying all the nuances of the box and the sun on the kitchen table. It was so good that I had to take a bunch of photos as the light moved.
I see cats everywhere. These two wood shapes were the side pieces from an old magazine rack that couldn’t be revived, but as I was working with it I immediately saw cat faces. Feline comedy/tragedy masks? We’ll see what I do with them.
Okay, you asked me if I’d pose with that red flower. Can I go now?
Little tree panther on the prowl. This tree is lying on its side and needs to be removed, but I may have to keep a part of it as Mimi’s playground.
Mimi is in the mood to explore her territory today. If she wasn’t on her leash I’d never find her in this.
From Previous Years
Wordless Wednesday: Bella Shipping Su-purr-visor
Golden Morning, 2016
I posted this on Facebook because I couldn’t wait to share it.
Not bad for a photo I took and played around with before I even got out of bed! Nice way to awaken the creative senses on a Monday, and about 15 seconds of muted sunlight.
It’s rare that I have my Smartphone in my bedroom because I usually charge it at one of my computers overnight, but I saw Bella on the wardrobe through my bedroom doorway and just got the phone and took a quick shot without even sitting up, sure she’d move if she saw me move. She did not so I could sit up and zoom in and capture her in about six postures, sitting in the same place but turning her head this way and that. I chose this posture because the silhouette was so clear, then used a few filters to fill in the background with light and isolate her silhouette, then used my camera’s sepia filter. Everything is blurry and a little out of focus but Bella. I think we’ll be seeing more of this image.
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From Facebook and Instagram
Hamlet was helping in the studio over the weekend.
Today Mimi and her children were very distracting.
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What other photos did I feature on this date?
Bad Hunters!, 2013
Giuseppe is, to say the least, disappointed at the prowess of his human Mama Bernadette and feline Mama Mimi.
Our moms went hunting in the garden and all they brought back was this useless basket of beans! They were out there all morning and we were watching them among the tomato plants and broccoli thinking “sauteed vole with fresh grass” or “chipmunk stew with catnip”. It was almost more than we could bear, the waiting, and even though none of we Four like to go outdoors we were almost ready to charge out there and meet them, and were hoping we’d have enough for lunch and dinner, after all that waiting.
And then the two of them came strolling into the house with this! And they were happy about it! I dug around in there and tried to see if perhaps the mousies or voles were hidden underneath but I knew they weren’t because I couldn’t smell them.
As for Mama Bernadette, Mr. Sunshine knew there was something wrong when he inspected her garden seeds the day she went out a-planting and didn’t find seeds for mousies or catnip. He and Mama Mimi tried to tell her it was all useless but she would not listen.
We’re worried maybe there is something wrong with out Mama Mimi. Maybe she’s been hanging with Mama Bernadette too much. Mama Mimi never taught us to hunt or brought us things but she told us all about it so we knew just what to do when the first mousie showed up in the basement.
And that’s what we’ve had to resort to—hunting for our own dinners! Mama Bernadette calls it some stupid “Mousewatch” thing and has a good laugh on our behalf, but this is serious stuff. If they’re going to go hunting out there and only bring in this sort of thing, we Four have to get to work! Already Jelly Bean has caught two, but the tell us it’s five mice per cat per day…let’s hope it rains a lot so they come running into the basement.
I don’t mind them supplementing their diet with a real mouse now and then since they do invade the basement on a regular basis, but don’t let them convince you they are deprived or forced to live on a vegetarian diet—they do get their twice-daily raw meals!
And no need to worry about Mimi’s prowess. One morning while on her leash with me attached, Mimi caught not one but two voles and calmly brought each of them to me. They’ve overrun since Namir and Cookie are gone, and as they are shallow-tunneling creatures and eat as they go, last year they ate the roots off of nearly all the vegetables in my garden. I left the voles in the garden where Mimi had set them down, and about two hours later they were gone, likely taken by the crows.
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It’s too hot for anything more than just opening one eye a tiny little bit. Kelly has found a spot in the shade on a cool marble windowsill and she isn’t changing that for anything.
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