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On St. Patrick’s Day, Drink Straight From the Tap

four black cats at green sink
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Fantastic Four!

My traditional St. Patrick’s Day greeting!

Especially if you’re the Parched Puddies having your daily drink in the mint green sink! It’s Giuseppe, Jelly Bean, Mr. Sunshine and Mewsette. They’re not Irish and neither am I, but when you’re getting together with family and drinking from the tap in the presence of something green on St. Patrick’s Day…well, we non-Irish have to improvise.

Here’s the original photo for this quartet at the sink, taken on March 17, 2010, one of the reasons it’s a classic for St. Patricks Day!

four black cats at green sink
Drink straight from the tap, as long as it’s water!

From the first post of this photo in 2010: All four do this every day—including this morning—in fact doing their best to lead me back upstairs after breakfast to turn the faucet on to a drip so they can drink. Just this morning the light was perfect* and all four were drinking at one time, plus you can actually see the faucet (a little) and tell it’s a sink. They’re pretty big and block a lot of the view.

Also enjoy an older gallery of the Fantastic Four plus Mimi and others in the green and white bathroom on my website.

*Photographing black cats in natural light is a trick, and many of the other photos I have of them drinking in the sink—or doing anything as a group, for that matter—often turns out as a black blob with eyes and ears if I’m not careful. It was often difficult to tell what was in the sink, let alone the number of cats.

But the sun was bright that day and reflected off the white walls in the bathroom and I finally captured one of my favorite moments with these four.

And of course you know all about Compositions in Black and Green

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calendar with black cat
Compositions in Black and Green 2014

Compositions in Black and Green 2014 and other calendars from The Creative Cat

This photo was in the very first Compositions in Black and Green 2013, a calendar featuring the Fantastic Four and the Mama Mimi in the vintage mint green bathroom, just being their lovely selves, and was one of the inspirations for the series. I published Compositions in Black and Green 2014 with all new photos, and it even includes Emeraude and Lakota! And I’ve reduced their price to $5.00 each until I sell out the last few!

Incidentally, the photo of the four at the sink is also in the set of four greeting cards, Compositions in Black and Greenclick here to find them in my Etsy shop.

Special Offer for Black Cat Adoptions

Now through 2014, I’ll send a copy of my Compositions in Black and Green 2014 calendar to anyone who rescues or adopts a black cat so that you can use it to keep track of all the wonderful things your house panther does. Or keep track of the house panther you’ve rescued so that you can keep track of veterinary records and send it along with the person who adopts the cat you’ve rescued.

Just email your rescue story to me, or a copy of your adoption contract—all personal information you don’t want to share eliminated of course—and a photo of your cat. I will keep all of your information completely private unless you want to share it with my readers.

If you’d like to to purchase a Compositions in Black and Green 2014 calendar as a gift or for yourself, visit my Etsy shop.

Read more about this calendar and all my 2014 Calendars from The Creative Cat.

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11 thoughts on “On St. Patrick’s Day, Drink Straight From the Tap

  • bluemoonalone

    LOL..Love it!!!

    • They grew up with leaky faucets and think this one is their “fountain”!

  • Happy St Patrick’s Day !
    Pawsome pic too!
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    and Angels Tiger and Tillie

    • Same to all of you, Georgie and Julie, et. al.! (Who’s Al?)

  • This is incredible – a perfect St. Pat’s photo! Hugs to you and the kitties from Molly and me!

    • Chris, the funniest thing is it’s actually from St. Patrick’s Day–years later, I still can’t get over that!

    • CK, it’s one of those big old lavatory sinks from waaaaaayyy before you were around. Ask TW, I’m sure she knows. Happy St. P!

  • da tabbies o trout towne

    this bee grate !!!!! we loves it 🙂

    An Irish blessin ya can act shoe a lee reed & understand coz itz knot in trout ♥

    May the good saints protect you
    And bless you today
    And may troubles ignore you
    Each step of the way
    Happy St Patrick’s Day !!

    • Yes, it’s in plain English! A blessin’ to you too–from Bernadette Eileen O’Kazmarski and her Five Fine Familiars!


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