Long before I used the cherry mahogany triple dresser in my office downstairs as part of my merchandise display, I used it to store papers and camera equipment, with my cat book library on the top. All the cats were immediately drawn to it, and I was immediately drawn to them with my camera. I took sooooo many photos of them that there was no way I could use all of them at the time, so even though they are more recent, after the time I began blogging, they are ones I didn’t have the chance to share before.
I have always had a cat book library, most of the books informational and the ever-popular picture books, and a few fiction and non-fiction books. I have long been a library user and tend to borrow books that I can, and only purchase a copy of a book if for some reason I need to have it with me. But after I joined the Cat Writers’ Association in 2007 I found myself with a number of books to read for reviews, and my local library also gave me donated books about cats when they didn’t sell in the book sales, and when they had to clear their shelves of multiple copies of older books to make room for newer books. I ended up with a lot of cat books, and what’s here isn’t all of them. I had intended to build shelves in front of the mirror, although I loved it so much for opening up the room with a reflection and reflecting the light from the front window. I never found a shelf that I didn’t feel would topple at some point because, you know, cats.
I took this just as the final group of nappers was decided and they began to relax and doze.
Kelly loved the books most of all, and spent more time here than any other feline resident. I did eventually get a shelf to go over the books, and she spent her time on that. I have shared a few photos of Kelly in her amazing sleeping positions, draped over the books as well as her reflected in the mirror, but she is the one I remember best up there.
Mimi wasn’t a regular user of the library, but she’s always liked several different napping spots around the house, and had napped here before the books, and so napped there again now and then, as she did on this particular Saturday.
They are joined by Dickie, a big and very friendly tabby who I fostered for a relative for a year as she moved. Even with a slow introduction it can be difficult for one cat to suddenly meet eight other cats. But he was the same age as the Big 4, and they were very welcoming to him, so he was soon napping and birdwatching and running around the house with them. Mimi, Cookie, Kelly and Peaches were fine with him as he treated them with the courtly respect the elder girls and the mom cat deserved. So even though he was larger than everyone, he tucked himself in wherever he saw other cats doing something enjoyable, like napping in the library. I still miss Kelly and her little habits, and Dickie was irresistible in purrsonality and stripes, but I have a lot of memories, and possibly a painting at some point.
August 31, 2007, the Little Four
Twelve years ago today this is what the Curious Quartet looked like, just about one month old, and they’ve totally trashed their playroom once again. I’ve been intending to share photos of them from their first months every few days and totally failed in that, but I can still share the cuteness of a day with black kittens and their mom now and then.
You’re not going to show that one where they’re nursing while I eat, are you?
Well, Mimi, I felt really bad for you not ever being able to get a bite to eat without kittens nursing from you.
That’s all well and good, but I look horrible. And that one where I look like a beached whale and I’m showing every nipple on my belly?
Mimi, you are one cat who no one could ever describe as a beached whale. You’re just having a rest while your kittens admire you.
Do you have to?
In the interests of total disclosure, yes.
I’m so embarrassed.
Mimi, everyone knows that’s not what you look like now. Everyone will be glad you’re not having babies anymore! And you are beautiful!
Ready for Work? 2011, and A Day in the Lives, 2005
Photos From the Archives and Vintage Photos
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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