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From the Archives: Stanley, Cookie and Sophie, A Day in the Life, June 14, 2005

Cookie and Stanley own my desk.
Cookie and Stanley own my desk.

I’d kind of prefer to feature each of these images separately, but I also want to feature a typical day, working at home, with cats. On this day in 2005 Stanley was about 23 years old and getting a little deeper into renal failure. Surely he slept like a limp rag, and he slept a lot, but he loved to be near me as much as possible. It’s clear he and Cookie have taken over my desk, as Cookie always loved to spend time with me too, and she also kept an eye on her elders as they grew older. I wanted to remember this moment so much that I stood up from my chair and took the photo before they could move.

That’s the same desk I am using right now, and I got it because of the keyboard trap that held the keyboard under the desktop, because of cats. But what a neat desk! A lot of things, but order. Post-its all over my monitor. A beautiful sunny June day.

Later, Cookie moved to join Sophie on my drafting table under the big north window. The two were nearly always together. I worked my artwork downstairs at that time because I loved the natural light from the window. My latest painting is on the easel, and Sophie and Cookie are catching a breeze from the window. The drafting table is upstairs in my studio now, and I still use it for drawings and design or illustration work on paper where I sit down instead of standing at an easel. They were also convenient for me to pet each one as I walked past to go up the steps. I’m not sure they wanted that, but they got it.

Sophie and Cookie hang out on my drafting table.
Sophie and Cookie hang out on my drafting table.

Still later in the afternoon Sophie had settled on one of the chairs under the table to be silly. She was very silly, and had a noise for each move she made along with a big shift of herself when she made the noise. It’s funny how I can almost hear and see her making those noises here.

Sophie Being Silly
Sophie Being Silly

Then she kind of sits up and crosses her front paws.

Sophie says hi.
Sophie says hi.

This was before I lost all the seniors in 2006 to 2007, and the household was pretty much all older. Also with me at the time were Kelly and Namir and Moses. It’s right before Peaches and Cream joined us

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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