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Daily Sketch Reprise: Under the Furniture, 2013

sketch of two cats under table.
“Sugar and Spice Under the Table”, ink on paper, 6″ x 8″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This is pretty much what it looked like around here for a good part of today with my neighbors who were taking “the bombs bursting in air” seriously in their Independence Day celebrations.

Mimi came to me terrified of thunder and loud noises after living pretty much on the streets or with a bunch of noisy people, and her children are variously frightened by loud noises or find them uncomfortable as most cats do. Only Bean didn’t hide and couldn’t figure out what everyone’s problem was, and Mr. Sunshine was concerned about Mewsette, spending time with her in the basement.

I was very proud of Mimi, actually, who used to just vaporize at any loud noise but who, as the pace of the firecrackers around the neighborhood quickened, simply stayed near me, though I could tell she was very tense. As evening came and communities around began testing and shooting off their fireworks, and yet another neighbor joined in with firecrackers causing their poor dog to bark madly, she gave in and hid in the basement. All are fine now, near midnight, but I could hardly focus myself for the noise, and for trying to calm them.

Of course, Lakota and Jojo were unconcerned, being rather deaf. I always joked with my senior cats that life was better when you had lost your senses!

This sketch isn’t from today, it’s from “Kittens in the Night, Part 2: Getting to Know You”, but I was about to sketch something similar I found myself walking around with my sketchbook and pen, not getting anything done!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Independence Day, or just a nice pleasant week day!

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3 thoughts on “Daily Sketch Reprise: Under the Furniture, 2013

  • We are not crazy about loud noises,
    bit it is Georgia who minds them the most.
    She is a gentle soul, maybe that is why she does not like noise.
    We hope you are able to enjoy your July 4 in a quiet manner 🙂
    Happy 4th of July!
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure, JJ

    • My cats were okay with the fireworks last night when my community did their, and I watched them from my deck. Tonight a neighbor must have done something really noisy while I was out for a bit–I came back and couldn’t find one cat! Except Kennedy up in the bathroom, and he can’t hear too much. Eventually they all came out, but they are hiding again. Mimi has been very brave, but she was the last one to show up and I was actually afraid she’d gotten out somehow–I couldn’t even hear her bell collar. She was in the basement, and she hasn’t done that in years.


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