Jelly Bean, Jelly Bean…

black cat on stool by easel
Jelly Bean posing like the kitty on the box...

I am reposting this recent article which featured a lovely photo of Jelly Bean as well as a slideshow of how absolutely sweet and clever he is. Unfortunately, Jelly Bean has been having a little mancat-specific urinary problem in the past few days, and we can’t fix it up at home no matter what we do, so we need to make a little trip to the kitty hospital tonight. Think positive, healing thoughts for him (and for my wallet)!

I am VERY careful about his diet—only raw meat or three brands of premium canned—and he will show symptoms within a day if a food is going to be a problem. We tried something new over the weekend, and this is the result. There’s nothing wrong with the food, everyone was thrilled with it, including me, but The Bean is just that sensitive.

Enjoy this post, and peruse this list of other posts featuring my little Bean-a-roo!

One of the photos I included in my post earlier today about our Sunday in the studio reminded me of yet another artifact from my collection of feline-themed things from my childhood…

notions box with little girl artist and black cat
The Feline Artist With Her Black Cat
same kitty box
My kitty box, very well-used.

Above is that artifact, a satin-covered notions box, about the size of  a shoebox but not as deep, given to me by my aunt, I think. To be perfectly honest, this one was my mother’s and it’s in quite good shape since she kept hers in a dresser drawer with her cotton and silk gloves from years ago—mine, on the other hand, was always out on display because I liked to so much, and I still have it, though you can barely see the image on the lid.

And that’s what I wanted you to see—what is that? A girl wearing a beret at an easel painting a black cat sitting on a stool?! Did someone know something I didn’t, or was the universe sending me signs?!  Why did it take me so long?

I think cute little girls with unnaturally big eyes were the fad then, and so were little girls and kittens. But I really did always love this notions box and displayed it on my vanity wherever I lived. Mine had a gold base with a Victorian flocked pattern, and the little girl was wearing a gold cowl neck and the kitty a gold polka-dotted bow—and was also a tabby. No matter, it still fascinates me to see this and remember how much I loved it from all those years ago. I don’t remember not having it, I must have been very young when I received it.

black cat with decorative box
Jelly Bean posed himself like this, I did not make any suggestions.

But the other cute thing is Jelly Bean himself, who is the cutest thing on four legs, and who is really getting to like this attention from all the photos. I set up the black velvet on the table by the window to photograph these two boxes and he came hopping down the steps and sat by the box as if he had an appointment! Then he stayed around as we did a number of shots.

Note that the kitty in the painting also has a generous white area on his chest, much larger than the Bean’s which is more of a smear, but he does have his big belly spot. I’ll have to get him a red tie with polka-dots and maybe a gold one too, and he and I can pose for a silly photo.

But I don’t think I’ll have to pose Jelly Bean—he’s got the runway method perfected. I’ve included the slideshow below so you can see how Jelly Bean posed himself in this little shoot. He really did come noisily hopping down the steps as soon as I set the box on the velvet, and moved himself around and posed. In between he brushed a little dust off his lapel and shined his white spots. I’ve eliminated the really blurry images but included the rest of them. Of course, had I known he would join me I would have used something else as the backdrop. It just fascinated me that he had been sleeping and showed up for this and acted like a professional! Something else I don’t know?

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8 thoughts on “Jelly Bean, Jelly Bean…

  • November 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I hope that Jelly Bean comes thru his man cat urinary issues and is good as new SOON!!!!

    Lisa and her black kitties, Dweezil, Smudge (tuxedo), Zappa, Tex (tuxedo), Inky, Wildman, Moon, Kayenne (tuxedo) and Portia….. and her kitties of other colors………….

    • November 24, 2011 at 1:57 am

      Lisa, thanks to you and all your black kitties, and all those of other colors! I think I see a Frank Zappa fan here…

  • November 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    There is much we don’t know about the universe, and yet cats seem to! Sending good thoughts to the ‘Bean, you, and your wallet. Keep us posted!

    • November 24, 2011 at 1:56 am

      Could have been much, much worse, turned out about as best as a situation like this could.

  • November 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Woody had blockage problems and, with treatment, lived to the ripe old age of 17. Sending all positive thoughts & a little Reiki his way —

    • November 24, 2011 at 1:52 am

      Tammy, my Stanley would block if you looked at him funny, and he lived to he 25. He’s the one who taught me all I know about recognizing the symptoms. Good thing for JB.

  • November 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Bernadette, I’m sending good thoughts to you and Jelly Bean.


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