Daily Photo: Have a Beautiful Day!

Have a beautiful day!
Have a beautiful day!

Bella spends some time in the basket almost every day, and I can hardly pass up the opportunity to photograph her. How could I pass up such beauty? I’m fairly certain she knows the effect she has on me, judging by the purr-fect poses she finds.

I shared this on Instagram and Facebook last week while I was on hiatus from blogging and knew I’d have to share it here. I think this image or one like it will become a greeting card in its near future.

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Instagram and Facebook



Deana Ann Boggs and her two-year-old son Anthony got to meet the housepanthers at the front door today when they stopped to visit. Six of them came right to the door, all but Basil who snoozed through it.





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What other photos have I shared on or around this date?


Sibling Disagreement, 2015

Mewsette and Jelly Bean exchange to strong language.
Mewsette and Jelly Bean exchange to strong language.

No, things aren’t always rosy and full of love among the family here. Sometimes Jelly Bean likes to poke Mewsette when all she wants to do is quietly curl up and meditate. But that wasn’t what happened this time—Mewsette just decided she didn’t want to look at his ugly fact and told him to get lost! Bean was up to the challenge and some pretty strong language was exchanged, which Smokie had apparently never heard before as he headed for cover in the basket. Bella focused on birdwatching, but kept turning around to see that they weren’t heading her way. It all came to nothing, at least it looked that way to me.

And it seemed to be a day for expressing strong feelings. In the kitchen I saw several of my cats looking out the window and door in a way that meant there was a cat out there. I looked in the direction they were and say my neighbors’ cats at their window, which was open with the screen. I guessed there was some sort of discord happening there too. No paws were waved but some intense looks were exchanged.

My neighbor cats in their window.
My neighbor cats in their window.

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What other photos have I shared on or around this date?


Desk Accessories, 2012
tortoiseshell cat on desk
Kelly is a necessary part of the function of my desk.

Every desk needs a tortoiseshell cat!

Pens, calculator, calendar, notepads, glasses, Kelly, all part of what makes my desk work. I love how cats cuddle up to something that’s not really comfortable to cuddle up to, like two pairs of glasses in my hard-sided glasses case, but they’ll make do if nothing else is available.

Just a month after we’d lost Cookie, I was thrilled Kelly was comfortable on my desk without her there, even if it meant I couldn’t use my reading glasses.

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What Does the Cherry Paint Taste Like? 2012
black cat licking watercolor paints
Hmmm, what does this color taste like?

Mr. Sunshine grew bored with supervising me and decided to get a little more involved with what I was doing. Not to help me work, mind you, he is a supervisor. He decided to taste one of the puddles of watercolor I’d mixed and watered down to use for what I was doing—one good reason to make sure all your creative materials are non-toxic!

I was really bored, she was doing the same thing over and over, just painting one one print after another, then hanging it up and going on to the next one. And I was just replacing Mewsette who usually supervises in this position but had to take a litterbox break. She told me this was fun! She really enjoys this!

But all I wanted to do was see what that stuff was she was waving her brush in—and mind you I didn’t eventhink of biting her brush like I really wanted to do! But she’d dip that brush into that little puddle and squiggle it around and I watched, then she’d move it around on the paper, then she’d put it in the water jar. Then she’d start on the next puddle. I was mesmerized, and as soon as she lifted her brush out of the first puddle I just put my nose in there and took a few licks.

Oh, the noises she made! And the waving of hands! Okay, okay! I got my nose out of there! It didn’t taste as good as it looked, anyway.

But then I really was thirsty so I thought I’d drink some of the water out of the jar. After all, it’s just water right?

black cat drinking paint water
Then I’ll taste this one.

More noises and waving of hands! What is her problem? It’s just water!

black cat with paints and brushes
A cat can’t do anything around here, can he?

I look for the “AP Non-toxic” label on all the things I’ll be bringing into the house and using around my cats. Those standards test for exposure for children, and while our pets are generally smaller it’s a pretty safe standard of safety to use for them. Where pigments are concerned, most products no longer use the original natural pigments, many of which were toxic even to adults, but it’s still good to know what’s in the products you use for yourself and all living things in your environment. Read “Art Cats” in my Living Green With Pets series, where you can also read about the standards and labeling at ACMI, and how paints are made at Handprint.

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Supervisor in Waiting, 2013
black cat on work table
“The sooner you get to work, the sooner I get a nap.”

“If you’re going to work today, could you get to it? I’d like to have a nap, but I’m scheduled to supervise today and I can’t nap until you’re done.”

Sorry, Mr. Sunshine, it doesn’t always work that way, especially when you’re in the middle of my work table. But at least I was in the same room for most of the day, and I won’t tell anyone you had a nap even while I was working.

Mr. Sunshine is always very aware of his tail, unlike a few other boys we know who leave it out where it can be stepped on or it’s…in my plate. Not Mr. S., his tail is always properly laid across his hind leg in a graceful curve.

Browse some rescued cats and kittens!


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4 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Have a Beautiful Day!

  • March 16, 2016 at 11:05 am

    🙂 gram paw dude used ta sazz lady gray who lived cross de street in de ole nayborhood ; lady gray stood her ground tho; N usuallee dude gave up furst…….ta go two de kibble dish !! ♣♣♣

    • March 20, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Those ladies know how to do it with just a stare!

  • March 16, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Bella is lovely with that nice sunshine 🙂
    We like the 6 kitties and the visitors and drinking from the brush water.
    Lots of fun goes on at your place when there are lots of happy cats.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

    • March 20, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Yes, lots of fun things–and beautiful photos! I love Mr. Sunshine’s expression of total annoyance.


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