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Mimi and Mewsette Monday: Mewsette’s First Outings, 2017

black cat in grass
Mewsette hides behind the grass.

Mewsette hides behind a clump of spring grass on one of her first days out in the yard.

These photos are from April 11, 2017. I’m always going through my photo archives for images to use or just to look at the pictures. Lately Mimi and I have been doing the same things just about every day and the back yard doesn’t look too different from one day to the next, so I thought I’d go back to when Mewsette first decided to follow her mom outside.

I did find that the first photos I have of her outside seem to be from September 2016, on March 23, 2017 I shared one and on April 3 I posted a photo on IG that showed her on the deck with her purple harness and leash, then the next is this date. I had shared a few photos from this in 2017, mostly Mimi because she was sitting on the bench with her nose in the air like royalty–if you scroll down you’ll find a post from 2017 titled “We Are Not Amused.” So I’ve used photos from that day that I didn’t use at that time, and believe it or not I have more still to use some day!

Below, Mewsette walks out into the yard, keeping an eye on her mom who is exploring under her favorite recumbent tree.

black cat in yard
Mewsette watches Mimi.

Mimi looking at the view from her branches.

black cat in yard
Mimi watches from her branches

Mewsette tries to get to her but she’s a little timid and hides behind the birdbath.

Then she runs back up onto the deck, and slowly comes back down the steps, and heads back out into the yard.

black cat on steps
Mewsette on the steps.

At this point Mimi has moved to the bench where she sits making faces at me.

black cat on park bench
Mimi on her bench.

And this may be Mewsette’s first pole dance! She made her way around to the basement door, and it’s likely she rolled on the concrete there too.

Looks like the bricks and my yard are a little overgrown! This was the spring after my wild black cherry came down in August 2016, and parts of it are still in the yard, but cleanup took a good long time.

Oh, and this jam-up at the door before Mewsette learned the etiquette of going outside with Mimi.

I’ll be sharing “Mimi and Mewsette Monday” with a few others, as well as with the boys as autumn comes around. Sometimes recent memories can seem like the only ones you have because they are the clearest ones, especially the ones you formed when you knew a change was coming. But going back all these years reinforces for me that Mewsette and Mimi and I had lots of days together, lots of memories, and Mewsette had a full and interesting life. It’s actually very comforting. I’m glad I can finally do this.

Also, Mimi was feeling kind of crappy over the weekend and especially today. She’ll need to see a veterinarian to help figure out what’s happening. But because I couldn’t focus on work and had to be flexible to move around where Mimi wanted to go I spent the weekend working on moving things around the house. This was actually something I’ve been working on and wanted to complete faster. I have way more space in the basement, which is organized better, and so is my studio, and the bathroom. Yay! And I was able to stop and follow Mimi around while getting that done. Today, though, I’d wanted to pack orders but Mimi’s temperature was low and I basically waited to hear from my veterinarian, asked Denise if I could borrow her car, called the urgent care and emergency clinics to see how the wait time was, and got nothing done until evening. Mimi is on my lap now, she is feeling “okay” and I’ll go with that. Let’s hope tomorrow I can actually get something done!

No posts on IG, but I did share a repost of my 2017 Eclipse post on Today.


From the Back Yard and Beyond

Total Eclipse 2017


From around this date in past years

Photo Roundup, 2020

“My sister!” Mariposa exclaimed.

Mariposa being adorable last week, on April 28. You know I’m busy when I don’t share one as sweet as that! I haven’t been posting to focus on my Virtual Open House, and then I had issues on three websites that my Isp couldn’t resolve, but I think we finally did. Everything has kind of suffered in that time, my blogs and my open house, and some free time to be outside and so on. I totally miss posting, so I’m back with it. My Virtual Open House will go on this week with what I have up and some new items I’ll be able to post, and then I’ll continue posting new things.

Most exciting, I’ve been enjoying a clean and fresh camera! This will be the last post of all photos from my cell phone, and likely you won’t see too many after this. I missed my camera, and we’ve been getting reacquainted, meaning I’ve been taking gigabytes of photos. But you’ll enjoy them.

I’ll start here with April 26 and work my way through the end of the month.

“Yay! Catnip muffins!”

Da boys and Bella are ready.

Rolling on warm concrete Mimi gets herself into some interesting positions! April 27

Rolling on warm concrete Mimi gets herself into some interesting positions! April 26

My dogwood is blooming in the rain. April 26

Mimi poses with the forget-me-nots while supurrvising a full day of yard work yesterday. So nice to be outdoors in the sun and fresh air while working hard cleaning up–in some cases things that have waited several years–and getting the garden ready, and totally appreciating my new bionic hip. Today it’s raining, settling in the seeds and transplants. April 26

Mewsette will have a healthy snack now.
She just took that wild piece of lettuce and shook it until it stopped struggling. Such a fierce hunter. April 27


Mr. Sunshine wants to know just exactly who the black cat in the picture is. An important predecessor, Mr. Sunshine.April 27


This delicate feather balanced all winter on a round of honeysuckle vine on my deck rail, fluttering in cold wind and soaking up the morning sun. It reminds me of a lot of bleak winter mornings when I wasn’t sure what would happen next and looked out the door for guidance, and saw the little feather, reliably waving on the honeysuckle vine. I set it free when I removed the honeysuckle and planted herbs in the pots, but I miss checking in with it. April 27

After I featured Jelly Bean last #whiskerwednesday Mariposa very carefully arranged her pose to show off her whiskers and absolute cuteness. Really, how did she learn to pose like this growing up as a feral cat? Guess she’s a natural! April 27

>Just a little more of Mariposa’s absolute cuteness, rolling around and playing with her “sister” in the mirror.April 27


Sienna wants to know why I’m not inside petting her on tortie thursday . I’m trying to, sweetie, there’s a window in the way! April 28

Cuddling on a rainy afternoon with your big soft fur sister. Hamlet is pretty pleased. April 29

Mimi surveys her domain and finds it boring. But she is the purrfect silhouette. April 30


From around this date in past years

Pretty Studio Kitty, 2019

Such a pretty studio kitty.
Such a pretty studio kitty.

Such a pretty studio kitty. Mariposa is non-stop cute and sweet and pretty.


Photos from previous years.

Mewsette, 2018

Mewsette on the Table
Mewsette on the Table

Big fluffy Mewsette enjoys a sunbath on the table. I didn’t know whether to pet her plushy fur or stand back and photograph her, so I did both. She looks a little annoyed because I’d stopped petting her to take another photo. So I went back to pet her some more.


What other photos have I shared on this date?


We Are Not Amused, 2017

We are not amused.
We are not amused.

Mimi has found the old park bench to be an appropriate place from which to view her domain. I think she felt Mewsette was just a little too silly with her antics in the back yard when she joined us again, below. Isn’t she beautiful?

Mewsette joined us again.
Mewsette joined us again.

But she started out making funny faces while downloading her pee mail.

That's some message!
That’s some message!

And then, most horrifying of all, she engaged in her pole dance routine. Somehow she always manages to find her way to the clothes pole in the patio by the basement door.

Mewsette's poledance routine.
Mewsette’s poledance routine.

In the meantime, Mimi found another use for her bench. What a great scratcher!

A great cat scratcher!
A great cat scratcher!

And I had posted these photos on Instagram first because the server at my internet host has been having issues for the past few weeks and is being replaced, so sometimes when I have the time to post the server is interminably slow and I just have to give up. But I visualize some of the photos I’ve taken even with my DSLR with Instagram filters. I liked the one of Mimi on the bench filtered but often Instagram reduces the resolution so I worked out how to achieve the same effect in Photoshop. That’s the photo at the top, below is the original photo where I think she stand out more. I like them both! Maybe it’s just because I like Mimi.

We are not amused without the "filter".
We are not amused without the “filter”.


What other photos have I shared on this date?


Pewter Kitty, 2016

Pewter Kitty.
Pewter Kitty.

This photo of Ophelia just happened to work out cropped this way. She looks almost abstract, so I removed the color from all but her amber eye.I see some designs coming from this.

What other photos have I shared on this date?


Good Morning! 2015
Good Morning!
Good Morning!

The light is great on these early spring mornings before the sun angles upward and the trees sprout their leaves. Poor felines have to wait for their breakfast until I’m done taking pictures! Well, thy just have to work for their food. I know that goes against all felines stand for, but I really think they enjoy the attention they get from it!

From the left, Mr. Sunshine is turned around and bathing himself behind Giuseppe, then Mimi and Bean are in some sort of a little conversation, Bella is next to Bean and Mewsette is washing the top of her head. Bella and Mewsette have been spending some girl time together with little naps and grooming and also wrestling and wild chases around the house.

The fun part for me at mealtime, though, is trying to get a photo with all seven, which is usually not possible because not only is the cabinet a little too small, but they are very busy while they wait—the conditions outside the doors and windows must be monitored and all corners, nooks and crannies of the kitchen must be inspected, so there’s a lot of coming and going and jumping up and down. One of these days I’ll get a video, but having only two hands it’s difficult. They watch me from the cabinet because I am rinsing their dishes in hot water to warm them. Their food comes from the refrigerator and the warm dish helps to bring it to room temperature more quickly, helps the scent of it rise up to their noses, and just makes the meal more enjoyable for them. Then, most exciting, I am putting their food in the bowls and adding things like a probiotic or a supplement depending on the food, and always a little extra warm water, and it smells really good. It takes all their good manners to keep from jumping into the sink and onto the counter and onto me, but they are very, very good kitties.

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2 thoughts on “Mimi and Mewsette Monday: Mewsette’s First Outings, 2017

  • The back yard is a special place because they consider it part of their territory, so it’s not as frightening. But most of the cats who’ve lived with me were not interested in the outdoors. I love the company of those who are!

  • Awww, so precious. I’ve never had a kitty that would tolerate a leash. Many love going for a walk.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous day and week. Scritches to the kitties. ♥


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