From the Archives: Basket Envy, 2006

Baskt envy between Cookie and Sophie.
Basket envy between Cookie and Sophie.

On a hot June 30 in 2006 the girls had a sleepy little faceoff over who got the basket that usually held tomatoes but was empty, so it was now intended for a cat. Obviously, Cookie won, though I can assure you it took some time for her to squeeze (most of) herself into that little basket. And, in reality, Sophie would have barely fit half of herself into it. Why they wanted to curl up when it was so hot it spoiled my flower water and made the pink roses wilt I don’t know, but where one of these two went, the other was not far. There was a ceiling fan above the table and that made it a little better.

You also see a selection of the recorded books I was listening to at that time, on cassettes of all things! There is Elmore Leonard’s Tishomingo Blues and Larry McMurtry’s Loop Group, and two others that I can’t determine. The one on top with the label on top is just on the edge of my memory and I will figure it out, the one underneath, it could be anything. I looked for long books at that time because I often spent a good bit of time in doctors’ offices or even hospitals with my mother and my brother, and when nothing was happening and they were asleep I could pull out my crochet and put on my headphones and listen to my book.

Cookie says she really can fit into this little basket, see? But you can get rid of that flash. I had gotten a digital camera that could be used underwater, one that I could take on my canoe trips and not worry about it getting wet. It did work for that purpose, but it took the worst photos ever, and the flash was a killer. I ended up selling it to someone who didn’t care about the quality. Judging by Cookie’s expression, and the really flashed out photos of Stanley and Namir in the folder for this day, I’m sure they were all glad I did so.

A Cookie in a basket.
A Cookie in a basket.

Photos pulled “From the Archives” were taken by one or another digital camera of mine between 2002 and, well, yesterday, but usually they are older than that, and I had never had the chance to feature them. Vintage Photos are from my film archives back to 1983 when I purchased my Pentax K-1000 camera. They’re a fun way to “introduce” other members of my feline family who came and went before I began blogging, and to illustrate my feline family in general from days gone by.

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