From the Archives: Mr. Peach’s Busy Morning, March 28, 2007
Mr. Peach looks up at me to be sure I see that he is fulfilling his catly duty to the household.
First, Mr. Peach looked out the back door for a predeterminedly correct period of time.
And then he moved to the front door. He looked out the front door for a predeterminedly correct period of time.
After this strenuous session of looking carefully out the back door, then looking carefully out the front door, he turned his nose to the long and narrow steps to the second floor. The climb was worth the effort because at the top was…
The bed, for a time all to himself, and he could sleep all day long.
I fostered Mr. Peach for about six months in early 2007 for a friend whose husband seemed to be suffering from allergies. His doctor suggested he remove possible allergens one by one and see how he responded. I agreed to foster Mr. Peach during this time, and if it turned out he was the allergen and her husband couldn’t tolerate the medication, I would keep him with their support for his upkeep. He was not the allergen and so went back home at the end of June that year. It was very nice to have a big ginger cat in the house. Very soon you’ll see some artwork featuring this guy.
From the Archives in Previous Years
Kelly in Garden Corner, March 15, 2003
Kelly enjoyed this windowsill from the very beginning of her time outside the foster room. I featured a vintage photo of her birdwatching at this window from around that time earlier this year, and have many others as well, including one from another year below.
She was pretty confident by this time and I love her relaxed expression peeking around the corner at me, creating the purrfect composition of shape and colors.
Kelly played along with me as I walked around her on the landing, taking yet more photos!
I loved having my garden of houseplants on top of the wardrobe, and they could still sleep among them. They loved the garden too.
From the Archives in Previous Years
Cookie, Namir, Lucy, Peaches, 2007
It’s not the clearest photo because that Olympus digital was ready to give it up, but I know I loved the color and the atmosphere of these three on the table by the window. My jade and begonias and croton added color along with the bird feeder outside the window, and it looks so warm and pretty.
When I scrolled past it on the way to something else recently I decided I had to feature it, along with a number of other photos from the same day, March 13, 2007, and another day is below. I do this now, just carry the camera around and take photos, then when I go back to look at them it’s like a time capsule. At this time in 2007, we had just lost Stanley at age 25, and before him Sophie, Cream and Moses; with Mr. Peach (below), there were six cats in the house. A very rough time was about to come, and these beautiful days were like magic.
Cookie camouflaged between the deck rails, or so she thinks.
Peaches and Namir looking out the door at us. Peaches wanted me to come back in and give her a snack, then sit down so she could curl up on my lap. Namir may have been outdoors with us earlier, I’m not sure why he was indoors, but he looks okay with that.
Mr. Peach, who I fostered for a friend for several months so her husband could see if his sinus issues were a cat allergy—they would take Mr. Peach back one way or the other, and they did, but his absence didn’t have any impact on the sinus issues. It was nice to have a big orange boy in the house for a while.
Namir having a bath on the table. I think I’d wanted to get a bigger shot of this, possibly for a painting, but the zoom would sometimes get stuck on that camera. It resulted in an interesting shot, though.
And a bonus shot of Namir’s nose. He had to sniff the camera lens as often as possible. I have a lot of Namir noses.
Below is another time capsule from the same year…
From the Archives in Previous Years
From the Archives: A Sunny Morning, March 25, 2007
Lucy, Namir and Peaches had their sites staked out on the kitchen table on this bright and sunny March morning, but the fun continued upstairs on the landing. Here, aside from me standing in front of her, Lucy is watching birds out the dining room window. Namir is facing out the front door which is in the next room. Peaches is sitting near the stove and counter from whence the food arrives. Breakfast is over, but she also knows she might get an extra little serving because she’s a little old lady, and I love her to pieces.
A little later Namir and Lucy follow me upstairs, or probably Namir follows me and Lucy follows Namir, but in any case we join Cookie upstairs on the sunny landing. They are nearly camouflaged in the way the sunlight falls and then breaks up in random patterns and I know that’s why I took this photo, because they are there, and not there. Cookie is on the left, Namir is in the top center looking at Lucy in the bottom right.
And on the windowsill a moment later was Kelly, to round out the full complement of cats in my house at that time.
Most of the time I’ve lived with cats I’ve had nine cats, which always seemed to be my magic number, but really I rarely had fewer than seven. The previous year at this time I’d had eight, but then I’d lost Moses and Cream and Sophie and Stanley, and gained Lucy, who joined Cookie and Kelly and Namir and Peaches. After all the losses in the previous year I was getting used to the smaller size of my household, resting after all that had happened, knowing the universe would bring me more cats if I was meant to have them, as I always said. And we were simply enjoying a sunny morning in March, they enjoying the sun, and I enjoying capturing their images.
The old Olympus point and shoot digital was good for its day but never my favorite, not handling color well and especially not contrasts, a think a totally loved in my photos, so shadows are filled with no detail and highlights are overexposed with no detail, but the essence is there. I took a number of close up photos and caught Namir and Cookie, dozing in the warm sunshine through the tall casement at the top of the stairs, warming the wood boards of the floor, possibly the coziest spot in the entire house.
I adore Cookie’s little nose and all her freckles.
And a sweet photo of Lucy with a very mature feline expression, “Yes?” Such a little girl, she was just about to turn one year old. Our time had gone so fast and much was taken by all our recent losses, but a sunny morning was a sunny morning to enjoy.
Of course, less than a month later, Lucy would be diagnosed with FIP, and while it took me completely by surprise, having seen no symptoms of anything until she began showing lethargy after her surgery, I can see in photos like this one and others from this time that she wasn’t quite the same energetic kitten she had been, for instance, in January in the photo “Lucy’s Garden” just two months before. She wasn’t as active, her eyes weren’t as round, she didn’t look as robust as she had. All my other cats at the time were old, and all the caretaking had make me forget what kittens were like and that at the great age of one they should still be flying about with toys and annoying their elder brothers. I thought Lucy was just maturing.
Noticing wouldn’t have made any difference anyway, so I could just love her as the new life of my household. We had our time together to work and bond even after her diagnosis, and she and the universe did bring me the cats I needed later that year, in late July.
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Photos From the Archives are digital photos taken before I began blogging, and Vintage Photos are from my film archives back to 1983 when I purchased my Pentax K-1000 camera.
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2 thoughts on “From the Archives: Mr. Peach’s Busy Morning, March 28, 2007”
Mr. Peach was a handsome boy. All your kitties past and present are beautiful.
He was kind of a stoner with the nip and naps, but he was such a nice cat. From the time he came here, he integrated well right away, and then he’d greet people at the door with Namir. I still had business customers stopping by to drop off work and he loved it.