From the Archives: Keeping Warm, 2009

dilute calico and tortoiseshell cats
Peaches and Kelly cuddle in front of the furnace vent on a cold February night.

Hi girls! It’s sweet to see you together again!

On this date back in 2009, Peaches uses Kelly as a pillow as the two bask before the furnace vent on the fleece blankets everyone still loves so much. Peaches was 19, Kelly was 16, and I often found these two cuddling together, often with Peaches on the receiving end of a vigorous bath by Kelly. Kelly loved Peaches, and Peaches loved everyone, but was always glad for Kelly’s attentions. Peaches has her tail “up” and her hind legs stretched because I’d just reached down to pet her and ran my hand down her back. She always put her tail up when even when I just reached toward her. Despite the cattitude typical of calicoes and tortoiseshells, Peaches and Kelly were as sweet as they look. So nice to see them looking up at me again. And they give us just a little break from the “all black cats all the time” look. The photo was grainy enough it was difficult to see details, so I touched it up with the “dry brush” filter in Photoshop.

This is in my studio before I “remodeled” it, just cleaning it up, painting the walls and putting down the finished plywood flooring that’s there now. You’ve seen plenty of other cats sharing this spot in photos from the past few years, from Cookie to the amazing cat piles of the Fantastic Four and Five—this spot has been a favorite from the day I moved in here!

From looking at the other photos from this day, all the rest of the household, Cookie, Namir, Mimi and the Fantastic Four at 18 months old, were in the “really remodeled” bathroom, newly sporting its mint green and white and not even finished yet.

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3 thoughts on “From the Archives: Keeping Warm, 2009

  • February 10, 2014 at 7:46 am

    B, you have made me see the beauty of black cats…but I’m a calico lover and I love seeing pictures of these two…

    • February 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Sued, I’ve only recently become the house of black cats–for a decade I had none. I love torties and calicoes, and especially those dilute calicoes, so girly.


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