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Mimi and Mewsette Monday: Some Artsy Photos

Mimi through the rhododendron
An artsy shot of Mimi ignoring me.

Photos of Mimi from May 8, 2022, just about two years ago—and ironically the same date as the photos below. I didn’t use these more artsy photos of Mimi in that post or in any other though I photographed them intentionally and really liked them. Remembering they were from May I looked them up, and because these, and Mewsette’s from the next day, were just about anniversaries, I knew I’d waited for the right day.

Mimi was in the front yard, where Mewsette wasn’t comfortable visiting. We three usually visited the back yard in the morning, but Mimi liked the sunny front yard in the afternoon, just purrfect for that warm and warm-colored late afternoon sun and long shadows. Below, she is giving me just a hair of her attention as she is focusing on enjoying her moment.

Mimi through the rhododendron
Maybe paying attention to me.

I took a lot of photos of Mewsette in the back yard the previous morning and used them all but this one, and I don’t know how I missed it. Mewsette is trying an artsy pose, behind the forget-me-nots, but she hadn’t quite purrfected that yet. She’s cute, though, and ready to try something new.

black cat in grass with forget-me-nots
Mewsette tries to hide behind the forget-me-nots.

There was a lot going on that day in 2022, below. Mr. Sunshine was starting to feel better, Morty was out and about for one of his first tries, everyone gathered in the basement to watch me work, Mimi and Mewsette inspected my tiles.

From Previous Years

Rhododendron Time, 2022

black cat with rhododendron
Mimi with rhododendron.

“And I’m pretty tired of having to pose for pictures with every single flower that blooms in this yard.”

Ah, Mimi, you look so pretty! And I’ve always wanted a photo of Mimi on the steps with the rhododendron. This is the first time she cooperated with me, even though I’ve always asked her very nicely. And picked her up and put her in the spot I wanted her repeatedly. This time she stepped onto the rock and sat down. But that face…

I like this one too, even though the focus is on the flower. I like that angle now and then.

So it’s time to finally catch up on things! Mr. Sunshine is doing so well.

black cat in cat bed
Mr. Sunshine is pleased.

“They don’t call me Mr. Sunshine for nothing.” He thinks the sun is shining because of him. Cat thoughts, you know? You can tell by his #whiskers that he’s very pleased.
#mrsunshinecat is loving his new bed from Stacy’s Stuff! I chose the one that my black cats would look best in, in pictures. I bought it for him to have in the bathroom just a few days after he was diagnosed because I thought he’d be spending a lot of time in there being observed and treated. But he hasn’t needed to spend time in there at all and I moved the bed into the sunny spot on the landing. It’s now on his napping route around the house each day. We’re just waiting for oncology to call one of these days, but he’s better than before with his heart medication and some alternative treatments for his symptoms.

Stacy Berkoben’s handmade beds and toys are really awesome, so well-made with extra features–the rolled sides on this bed are high and round so they provide a good bolster to lean on, it gets nice and cozy in there, no drafts being on the floor, and the inside bottom is quilted for padding and extra insulation and so the filling doesn’t get all bunched up when it’s washed. And it’s huge! And a really affordable price. Stacy makes piles of things and donates all the sales to rescues too.

Mr. Sunshine thinks it’s his, but I’ve seen several others sleeping in there when he’s not in it. He’s never fought about these things. He just gets in there and lays on them as if they aren’t there and eventually they leave.

We haven’t even heard from oncology yet, but I keep calling them. However he did see Dr. Michelle who prescribed a Chinese herb, and he still has his hypertension medication. His eyes are back to normal enough, at least they aren’t fully dilated and bulging just a little. Best of all, all the swelling on his belly is gone. We presumed that was his lymph glands inside both thighs, and I don’t feel anything swollen in that area. I don’t feel all the lumps and bumps I did before either, but I’m going to confirm that with an actual veterinarian with the knowledge of what it should be like. He’s eating really well, just plowing into his food, though he eats each meal in several sessions over an hour or two, which is fine with me. And he’s regaining the ability in his hind legs. I think some of it was due to the inflammation in his lower abdomen that obstructed the use of his hind legs, specifically crouching to jump or folding a leg up against his abdomen while going up steps. I’ve spent a good bit of the past few days in the basement and he’s enjoyed being down there with me and Mimi. Last week he couldn’t get himself up on the table so I set up some temporary “steps.” Today he got up using a chair. Prior to this he would just jump up, and maybe he’ll get back to that. More great photos of Mr. Sunshine later.

black cat on bed
Simba has discovered the bed.

I’ve also been working on further integration for Simba and Midnight Louie. They’ve all had a lot of opportunity to get to know each other through the baby gate while I’m in the studio with them, and the regulars have come into the room and mingled, sniffed everything, used the litterbox and stolen food. The boys were just about done being in that small room behind a closed door all day. I decided to block the top of the steps and open their door when no one else was up there, or maybe just one of the other cats, to let them investigate the space. My upstairs is only two rooms and the bathroom, so it’s not overwhelming. Simba was out and exploring right away, but Midnight Louie mostly stays in his room, though he’ll hop into my bedroom when I’m in there. About mid-week last week I removed the baby gate from the steps to see how it worked out for them. Simba continued exploring, Midnight Louie continued staying in his room. I stayed with them for a good bit of time for the first few days just to be on hand to intervene with toys or treats if any conflicts arose. But it’s good, no conflicts and I don’t see much stress except the occasional hiss. No one has changed behavior, and Simba isn’t showing any signs of urinary issues from the stress of integration. I open the door after breakfast each day now, and Simba lets me know when it’s time for him to eat again in the late afternoon. More photos on that later too!

five black cats
My studio supurrvisors.

Tonight’s supurrvisory staff. Guess I’ll be paying some overtime.

I had mentioned several times since April that I was planning a “big event,” a solo art exhibit and gift items sale in a storefront. I had to keep pushing the date, first because I had underestimated time needed for all the framing I wanted to do, and then because the TNR I was working on in April took way more time than I’d planned for. Then Mr. Sunshine was in some critical condition, then I needed the time to care for him and the money for his veterinary visits and treatments instead of materials for my event. I pushed it all the way to this coming weekend, Memorial Day weekend, and jumped into high gear after I finished a large quarterly design project and then another book cover illustration for Patricia. I was still planning to send post cards and designed one on Monday to get in the mail right away. I had cut back on the days and the scope of what I’d display. Deb Chebatoris owns the building where the storefront is, so I called her to confirm hours and while the idea was in my head and I didn’t want to admit I should postpone the event, she convinced me I should wait until June when there’s a weekend event in that community. So all those late nights weren’t necessary, but I’m that much farther ahead. I have a number of brand new things and more improved things and I’ll be sharing them here.

two black cats with tiles
Mimi and Mewsette inspect my tiles

And then, I’d be dishonest if I said that events did not affect me. The conflict, destruction and death in Ukraine, the Buffalo shooting on Saturday, the Texas school shooting on Tuesday, they just hurt. Against the backdrop of polarized vitriol it feels like the world is falling apart. I had to take the time to write it out. I have my entire essay below, but you can also find it on my writing website, Paths I Have Walked, here.

Innocent

goslings
Innocent

“Belly up to the salad bar!” a vigilant mother goose seems to say as the five goslings line up to enjoy some mixed grasses and clover. As I photographed I couldn’t believe they actually lined up like this. It’s a joy to watch such curious innocent creatures, like children exploring and playing outdoors at recess.

On my walk back from the dentist I saw a very large group of goslings, 14 at the highest count, being escorted along the edge of a parking lot by four or five adult geese. I decided to take a detour to stroll the sidewalk between that edge of the parking lot and the street, with the idea of photos in mind, of course, as well as simply enjoying the geese.

I took some wider angle photos to get the scope of this field trip, causing the goslings and the adult geese to move away from the sidewalk and into the parking lot. I changed to my telephoto lens so that I could get detail photos while I stayed far enough away from the little ones that the adults wouldn’t have to hiss a warning at me. Don’t mess with an angry gander.

The goslings were so happy. I don’t usually ascribe human emotions to animals, but each clump of wood sorrel they encountered growing though the cracks in the parking lot and sidewalks caused them to race toward it and bibble and dance a little as they surrounded it then began quickly nibbling with those little beaks. In all that, I simply sensed more than contentment from filling their bellies. “Look! Wood sorrel! It’s wood sorrel! My favorite! Come on, let’s race! It’s the best wood sorrel ever!” as they nipped all the yellow flowers and bits of the stems. “Look! It’s grass! Let’s go have some grass! I love grass!” The grass grew from a rectangular opening in the concrete sidewalk as if something set into it had been removed. The goslings hurried over, bibbling, and ran into the grass with innocent abandon, pushing through it, nipping a few pieces, then turning around to do it again as if they enjoyed the feeling of grass on their bodies as much as the taste of the grass.

In time the goslings grouped off with adults and each group went in a different direction, as if the parents had organized an afternoon walk, and now they were all heading home to enjoy a rest before a later meal. I followed one group of three littles and a male and a female as they moved across the parking lot in the direction I had come from.

We have quite a large flock of geese in this town who seem secure and content in where they live. They nest along the creek, and their little puffball children pop into the water from the greenery on the steep banks, bobbing up and down between two parents, growing, strengthening, evolving in their colors, and learning to be geese. Most pairs start out with six goslings or more by my observations and years of photos, but this family with only three goslings by this age is not unusual. There are predators, foxes and raccoons along the creek, there are high-water flows on the creek after storms strong enough to wash away small trees. Living outdoors in the wild fluctuations of a Western Pennsylvania spring in itself can be hazardous, and they cross the streets, oddly enough almost always at an intersection, and impatient or oblivious drivers run them over. Their parents’ vigilance is no match for outside factors.

This is the reality for geese living in the wild every day, and no doubt sometimes for domestic geese as well. Though they are protected by the Migratory Bird Conservation Act they are still hunted in season, not here, but not far from here. They are part of the food chain and their parents can’t protect them from that, or accidents.

And in this country today our human children are just as innocent and vulnerable as the goslings, even as their parents stand by and accept the fact they may be shot and killed while at school. At least the geese have laws protecting them as wild animals with punishments for persons who kills geese out of season, and in that way they have more protection than our children if someone with a gun decides to act out a mass murder, targeting the place where they gather, in school.

It seems children in school are always in season for mass shooters. Today was not a good day for 19 children who lost their lives, at last reporting, and all the children who witnessed and somehow survived the attack. We can stop this, but just as I can’t fully grasp the violent deaths of 19 innocent children in their school, neither can I fully grasp the motivations of those who will not work to control guns so that the possibility of this happening is at least reduced, or turn down the foul and angry rhetoric that intentionally depersonifies whole groups of people and infects and grows like a cancer in some minds. So again we give thoughts and prayers to the grieving families and the traumatized children, until tomorrow when we do it all again somewhere else in this country. Because we just did it three days ago with African-Americans in a grocery store.

From Previous Years

My Repaired Camera, and Mimi, 2020

black cat outside
A skeptical Mimi steps into the yard.

I love the delicate angle of Mimi’s paw in this photo, and just a lot of the space around her, and the blurs. She obviously owns it all.

These photos are actually from April 29, the day I came home with my newly repaired camera, and despite all the other things I really needed to do, I went out into the back yard with Mimi and took a couple dozen photos of her just being herself. I shared them on Instagram but with all else I was preparing for my open house I never had the chance to post them. Honestly, I could do a “Mimi outside somewhere” post every single day with multiple photos aside from all the other photos I also share. I will probably do a “Mimi outside somewhere” post at least once a week just to share the photos I know I’ll be taking, because I already have another lined up after this one.

black cat outside
Little Mimi

Here’s what I said on April 29:

“The big news is (for me, at least) I finally got my DSLR cleaned and repaired. First thing I did when I got home was take one photo indoors then run out to the back yard with Mimi and make her pose for me. You can tell how thrilled she is 😊. That’s because I had to change the settings and forgot a few and made her pose again…and again… Mimi is such an amazing model, and I’m so happy to have my good camera back. Some flowers too.”

Mimi obliges me by looking at the forget-me-nots, but not the ones you can see.

black cat outside
“Okay, I’m looking at them.”

I just have a few clumps of forget-me nots and not too many other flowers now, but I’ve been slowly working on clearing back the yard from all the overgrowth. I’m not really doing it in any order, partly because a lot of it is done in 15-minute outings with Mimi when I take a break and she gets her outdoor time. Usually, I end up following her around, so I get part of one area trimmed or cleared, then I’m on the other side of the yard with her. But it’s so nice to have a back yard to visit where I can actually see Mimi.

black cat outside
Mimi in the grass.

I found I had forgotten where to set some of the settings I use for manual focus and brightening up photos with my long zoom lens. That meant I spent some time crawling around in the grass, following Mimi to photograph from her level. Sometimes I just didn’t get there.

black cat outside
Mimi on the flagstone walk.

Got to get Mimi with the flowers. Behind her is the forsythia, now very green.

black cat outside
Finally got that depth of field thing right.

Sometimes I’ll try to guide Mimi somewhere, or I’ll pick her up and put her there, and she’ll humor me. In this case she slipped away from me under the deck and then came out the side. It was a good idea.

black cat outside
Emerging from under the deck.

Something is rustling over there.

black cat outside
Intently watching something

And then she went up onto the deck to explore, then settle down for a nap in the corner where I can’t currently get to her.

black cat outside
And then a nap on the deck.

And that flower photo, lunaria, or money plant, already past its bloom in some places. Soon they’ll be little green “silver dollars”. I’ll be sure to share with you.

Lunaria

Normally I like to share the photos I’ve posted on social media that aren’t cats, but I’m working out networking between computers, and until I get that resolved I won’t be able to unless I add them later—which I might do! In the meantime, please visit www.bernadettestoday.com and you’ll see them all there.

From around this date in past years

Sienna Supurrvising, 2019

Sienna keeping on top of things.
Sienna keeping on top of things.

On Friday I was supurrvised by a very beautiful tortie. You can see that Sienna is on top of things.

Photos from previous years.

Sienna in the Cat Book Library, 2018

Sienna in the cat book library.
Sienna in the cat book library.

(From Sunday) Sienna thinks we should just curl up with a good cat book on this cold and cloudy Sunday.

Maybe Sienna would like to cuddle up with you! She’s a snuggler, a lap cat, a supurrvisor, wildly playful, very affectionate. She can be found all over the house, including the basement, but her favorite spot is the bedroom, in her spot on the bed. She joins me at both of my desks, in my studio, in the bathroom and even the kitchen, and she eats with everyone at every meal. In fact, if I don’t feed her near the beginning she will steal food from others! Basil is always fed first because he will too, but Sienna is fed second now, then everyone else. She feels safe eating on the floor with the rest, and eats whatever I feed her.

She is still somewhat timid and doesn’t come down to greet visitors yet, but she is no longer under the bed when I go upstairs when they are here. Sometimes she is frightened by other things, like when I pick up a dishtowel and it may look like a flying predator or like I’m going to grab her with it. I try not to walk around while they are eating but sometimes I need to grab the phone, or add the half n half to my coffee, and some days she will still run when I start moving, even if I’m not moving toward her, often all the way up to her sanctuary in the bedroom.

I have always felt bad for kitties who were frightened in this way, especially when they couldn’t seem to work their way past it. I’ve been using flower essences with her and that’s probably what brought her so far so quickly, but once she hit a plateau I decided to give her a break for a while and let her adjust on her own. She is slowly improving, but the little momentary reactions are often the most difficult to resolve; once they start into that reaction they can’t turn themselves around except by finding one of their safe places and hiding for a bit.

I’ve seen wonderful results with calming collars on fearful kitties so I decided on Sunday to use a collar on Sienna. I was surprised how easy it was to put on her when she has resisted being handled or petted excessively around her head. I looped the collar through the catch so it would be big enough to get it over her head, rather than putting it around her and trying to buckle it because that’s the moment when many cats, even relaxed ones, really freak out. I had gotten the scent all over my hands, then petted her with the collar and had some love time, and finally slipped it over her head, petted her some more, then adjusted it to fit, and she didn’t even seem to notice. Later I trimmed the end.

Already her reactions to my unexpected movements have eased and she responds to my voice when I tell her it’s okay. Initially, she had growled when she saw two neighbor men across the street, now she doesn’t respond any differently from anyone else. I always go easily on petting but she could still be overstimulated, but that hasn’t been an issue in the past few days. I’ve found with collars that it often takes two or three months to really make a difference, and we are in it for the full effect here. If she is adopted in the meantime, the collars can go with her.

I use Sentry calming collars, and haven’t yet tried another brand, but I may soon do that. I’ve found Hamlet at the same sort of plateau, but he recoiled at the scent of the collar, and it does smell strongly of lavender. I like it, but that’s not a cat thing, so for Hamlet I’m reviewing other brands that don’t have any commercial scent.

You can follow Sienna’s progress from her rescue last December.

Also from the weekend…

Sienna’s true purrsonality emerges. She suffers from the morning crazies and craves belly rubs. To see the “full” story, check the second photo.

Sienna's crazy face.
Sienna’s crazy face.
Sienna shows it all!
Sienna shows it all!

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If you’d like to add this snuggly, playful tortie to your household, please let me know! She is for adoption through me, and I will still do a veterinarian check and a housing check. She is spayed and is up to date on her vaccines. She is about two years old and what’s cool about that is that she is likely to remain as snuggly and playful as she is now. It’s a great thing to adopt an adult cat!

Photos from previous years.

Three Heads Together…, 2017

When these three put their heads together, I worry.
When these three put their heads together, I worry.

Sunshine, Giuseppe and Jelly Bean can get themselves in a lot of trouble putting their heads together and trying to think out some plan.

And sometimes they just fall asleep.

What it looked like from behind, though.
What it looked like from behind, though.

. . . . . . .

From last year on this day…

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Not Camouflaged, 2015
Mimi is not well camouflaged.
Mimi is not well camouflaged.

Mimi may think she’s camouflaged behind this rusted flower pot, and I’ll let her think that

We had our “time out” and I photographed yet more flowers while Mimi explored under the deck, which did not make for good photos since it’s dark and so is she, but she enjoyed herself and apparently read all the latest news that’s not published in public on the forsythia, if you get what I mean.

Below she bears that same expression she had on the upstairs window a few weeks ago, typical of Mimi when someone is bothering her sunshine.

Mimi looking imperious again.
Mimi looking imperious again.

Then Boo, it started raining! So I’m sharing a few more pretty photos from yesterday. Everything is suddenly so colorful!

Mimi reclines on the wooden step.
Mimi reclines on the wooden step.

I promise I’ll share photos of the other house panthers too! Below, from last year, Mimi has a heart to heart with Giuseppe.

. . . . . . .

From last year on this day…

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Feline Conversation, 2014
two black cats
Much being said between.

I was enchanted by this little exchange between Mimi and Giuseppe. Often we watch them and think they are cute and affectionate with each other, but I know that each move, each touch, each gesture, eye movement, whisker swish, like a ballet, nothing is wasted, each has meaning in the exchange between the two. This conversation was so direct, Mimi sitting atop her box like the queen visited by her son the prince, or like the goddess visited by her worshipper, but face to face, a look, then a touch from Giuseppe to Mimi, then a glance, then a touch by Mimi for Giuseppe, then a pause, and on. At the end they looked at me as if they had no idea I was there, as they may not have.

Perhaps I’ve been reading a little too much Rumi lately, but I pulled my copy of Coleman Barks’s translations of Rumi’s poems entitled The Glance: Songs of Soul Meeting, “the glance,” this mystical experience that occurs in the meeting of the eyes of the lover and the beloved, parent and child, friend and soul mate, a little explored theme in Rumi’s poetry. From The Glance, a portion of the poem “What is the Heart”:

What is the heart? It is not human
and it is not imaginary. I call it

you…

Below I have a slideshow of nine photos from their exchange.

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2 thoughts on “Mimi and Mewsette Monday: Some Artsy Photos

  • Such great shots. Beautiful.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous day. Scritches to the kitties. ♥

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