Sunday, June 16, 2024
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Daily Photo: Yum, Geranium Leaves

black cat licking her chops
Yum, geranium leaves!

Bella “licks her chops” as she eyes the fresh and succulent geranium leaves warming in the sun. She’s feeling a little giddy in this sudden warm sunshine in one of her favorite spots. Well, geranium leaves aren’t really succulent, they’re kind of fuzzy and irritating, but they are all that’s available so Bella is going to make the best of it.


From Instagram

Not only do we have mice under the sink, but we have squirrels in the attic–and Basil is going to get them! In fact, he’s going to wait right there and maybe one will fall out of those old attic fan louvers!

Yes, we just heard the squirrel run across them, and Basil has it all planned out. Except that I locked those shut years ago when I couldn’t get the fan fixed.

I know everything wants to keep warm in this weather, but I have no idea how many animals are living under my roof right now. I’m feeling outnumbered, and I really can’t wait until I get my new roof. But for the meantime, it certainly keeps all the cats on their toes!

@felineshelves this is the shelf I mentioned. I installed it years ago to dry herbs in late summer because it’s hot and dry up there, and to put outdoor plants over the winter because the forced air heat doesn’t dry out the air up there. When I found Mewsette sleeping up there, next to a very large Swedish ivy dangling on the edge, I decided it was no longer appropriate for big plants, only for big cats.

PS: no luck on the mice or the squirrels yet, but everyone is aware and on alert.


Hamlet executes a purrfect Fibonacci sequence.


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From around this date in past years

Thinking About Fishes, 2020

black cat with pisces ornament
Bella thinking about fishes.

Bella notices everything, so don’t think she doesn’t know there’s a Pisces medallion behind her ear. She’s aware of composition and hidden meanings, and I suspect she’s a Pisces like me, judging from her rescue timeline. But she was also a champ at the cat fishing game on my tablet, until I dunked it into the dishwater. Someday I’ll have to make that up to her, but in the meantime she is sending me a very clear and colorful message.

From Instagram

Morning watch.

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Photos from around this date in previous years

Catching Some Sun, 2019

Basil in the sun.
Basil in the sun.

Basil was racing around the kitchen, excited because it was about to be breakfast, when he ran into a patch of sunlight and stopped. What is this stuff? It’s nice and warm! I think I’ll just stand here and cast an interesting shadow for a while…


Photos from years past.


How Formerly Feral Cats Enjoy Cold Weather, 2018
Bella, Basil and Hamlet enjoy some CatTV
Bella, Basil and Hamlet enjoy some CatTV

These three often get together to enjoy some CatTV. If they hadn’t been rescued, though, they wouldn’t be enjoying it through a window, they’d be out there. Not one of them has ever expressed an interest in getting the “real” experience. I enjoy watching them.

Before the tree fell down in 2016 it was in the background along with all its branches, and there was a lilac in front of the window that I let grow and kept trimmed so I could open the window, but it would still provide cover for the birds at this feeder. The birds avoided these feeders almost entirely for over a year, but finally they are showing up here again. Of course the bird populations on the feeder change every moment, and that’s part of the fun. Here is what they were watching.

Birds at the feeder.
Birds at the feeder.

From Facebook

Did I interrupt something? I just wanted to join the girls' club.
Did I interrupt something? I just wanted to join the girls’ club.
Mimi enjoys a sunbath.
Mimi enjoys a sunbath.
The sun is fun until the cat named Sunshine thinks it belongs to him, even if you have a major crush on him.
The sun is fun until the cat named Sunshine thinks it belongs to him, even if you have a major crush on him.


From previous years


And Yet More Photos of Jack and Diane

These two!
These two!

At one point while they were doing their thing on the windowsill I just stood there and snapped figuring a few of the had to be good. Well more than a few of them were good, just because kittens are cute. They are at an angle that would make Jack appear larger, but really he’s growing so fast and is noticeably bigger than his sister. Their expressions and posture in the one above just make me smile! My caption was, “These two. Stick a fork in me, I’m done.”

After this the two of them settled themselves into the corner of the windowsill for some intensive birdwatching, but it’s clear Jack doesn’t take it quite as seriously as his sister.

This is my favorite photo out of the whole set.
This is my favorite photo out of the whole set.

Below, there is no better toy than a sibling’s tail. They were busy chasing each others’ tails on the windowsill. Jack told Diane, “You bite my tail, and I’m going to bite yours!”

Diane bites Jack's tail...
Diane bites Jack’s tail… he's going to try to get hers!
…so he’s going to try to get hers!

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2 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Yum, Geranium Leaves

    • They nibble on them all the time, I’ve had geraniums overwinter in the house for decades. I know they’re on the toxic list, but anything that can cause gastric upset is on the list, and eating any plant material, including cat grass, can cause gastric upset, which makes them hurl. They’d have to eat more than any cat would be able to fit into its body for any real toxicity. And she doesn’t end up eating much of it. Hope you’re getting some sunshine too!


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