Wordless Wednesday: Don’t Diss Your Sis

There is no wrath like a sister you've insulted.
There is no wrath like a sister you’ve insulted.

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Other Photos I’ve Shared around This Date

Daily Photo: The Screen Door

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Jelly Bean introduces Smokie to the great outdoors.

Just before I changed the screens for the windows in the storm doors the weather was mild enough to have the doors open as I swept up leaves and moved some of the furniture off the porch, and Smokie and Bella had the chance to see me right outside the door for the first time. They’ve sat at this door for the past month, but usually I am on the inside, and at first they couldn’t understand why I was out there, and why they couldn’t get to me, especially when I was making all those neat swishing noises with the broom!

Bean apparently told Smokie all about these things, then left him alone to get Bella.

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Smokie all by himself.

Mimi has been mentoring little Bella in the art of being a proper little black cat.

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Mimi mentors Bella.

Sorry for the poor photos. Photographing black cats through a screen against a dark interior is kind of pointless!


What other photos did I feature on this date?

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Guyz, 2012
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Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe greet our visitor.

Uncle Mark—my brother—came to visit today for a bit. He barely had a chance to sit down before Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe casually hurried over to “fraternize” with him. They were so happy for company—dull old me and my lentil stew just weren’t enough—and perhaps it was the guy thing too. Well, they like everyone, but they did take some special time to show off for their visitor, who thought three big black cats wrestling and playing feline hockey with a milk bottle lid was pretty cool.

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Jelly Bean gets his own time.

Then Jelly Bean sidled in for his time.

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All three boys keep Mark very busy.

Mark had his hands full with all three of them kind of walking in a circle in front of him so he could pet two at a time. A bowl of lentil stew and a cup of coffee for my brother and me while they watched, trying to magically turn our meal into something they would like just about exhausted them and they could barely stay awake to say goodbye when he left.

The aftermath of such an exciting adventure found them all in an unphotographable pile in my office, tangled together on top of my black backpack and black messenger bag.

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Soupervisors, 2012
four black cats in kitchen
Soupervisors

They were certain the potion to which I was paying so much attention was a delectable treat for them, even though I was adding…carrots, peppers, little beans?

But they patiently lined up and waited, and were sadly disappointed when it was finally done, and we all enjoyed a nice warm noontime in the kitchen. From the front, Mimi, Mr. Sunshine, Giuseppe and Mewsette.

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Kelly Has Plans, 2011
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Kelly falls asleep on her plans.

I know Kelly’s never been thrilled with having to accept four young and active black cats all at the same time, but this really surprised me—was she planning to hit the road? I guess she really wore herself out trying to move my mother’s old train case. I asked her what she had in mind but she just purred and rubbed her little face all over my hand. She didn’t seem to have any recollection of how she ended up on the train case on the steps. Hmmm, perhaps I’m reading too much into this and she just did her usual napping on anything new in the house.

Kelly has always been one who sleeps in a tight ball, but as she’s grown older she’s added a deeper level of sleep to her regimen and I often see her sleeping draped off of something, and she’ll even slide off if I don’t catch her in time. Here are a few other images of Kelly precariously balanced or her long legs and tail dangling off something:

Wordless Wednesday: Totally Relaxed

Kelly in the Cat Library

Kitten on the Keyboard

Curl Up With a Good Book

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The Perfect Container, 2011
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This fits me perfectly.

Actually, it took some effort to stuff his butt into the basket, sit down and look natural. I had been sorting greeting cards and envelopes for an order using the basket, but in the end it’s all about Giuseppe.

I think he’s been vigilant when I start packing things because, soon, he knows we’ll send a package to Mlle Daisy Marguerite with a special letter and a few trinkets which he has chosen, and he’s afraid he’ll miss the action. As if I’d pack it up and send it off without him!

In fact, as my operatically melodramatic Giuseppe tends to wring his little paws and wander around talking about things, he occasionally develops one white whisker, usually on the right side of his face. When he was young he developed two, one on each side, but most of the time through the years he has been a clean, youthful black. I think despite all of Mlle’s protestations, he’s been concerned about their long-distance relationship, the move to the city, and that little twit named Cream Cheese or Butter or—was it Yogurt? Who ever heard of a cat named Yogurt? Something must be done.

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Giuseppe with one white whisker.

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Tuxedo Kitty, 2010
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Tuxedo guarding his lair.

“Don’t come any closer,” he warns.

Some time in early summer as I’d been driving around my neighborhood at night I encountered a tuxedo cat who was persistently chasing a mouse down the middle of the street. If I hadn’t gotten a glimpse of movement at an angle as I turned the corner, I might have run them both over, though the mouse was more concerned with the cat and the cat was apparently accustomed to dodging traffic.

I’ve been seeing this cat through the summer, and while he’s too clean to be a cat who lives exclusively outdoors, I’m convinced he spends a good bit of time under this porch. The porch is outfitted with a skirt made of outdoor carpeting, easy for him to push aside and disappear underneath. Perhaps we have another corollary to “basement cat”, which would be “under-porch-dwelling cat”. I remember a few cats growing up who dwelled under neighbor’s porches, and they were as fierce as lions though I wanted them to be nice sweet kitties I could pick up and hug.

I hope everyone else keeps an eye out for him!


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One thought on “Wordless Wednesday: Don’t Diss Your Sis

  • November 3, 2016 at 6:07 pm
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    Looks like someone is going to get the claws! That look says it all. When my kitties get this look, there is going to be a wrestling match. 🙂

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