Category Archives: cats

living the high life.

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these cats

olive and rose

really have it made

a modern kitty headquarters

custom-designed and gifted from grandies

a special stash of catnip

gifted from those who cared for rose

no jobs, appointments, chores, errands, meetings, or responsibilities at all

a gift from mother nature.


“listen, don’t forget this.

don’t let this slip your mind.

most of us, if we’re lucky,

we see a few seconds of the high life.

and the rest are the residue years.”

-mitchell s. jackson,  The Residue Years

rose.

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rescued while trying to join a colony of cats in detroit

cared for by a foster family

 looking for a place to call home

i feel lucky she landed in mine

 shy and sweet and young

not quite sure what life will be like here

she came out from her hiding place

long enough for us to each check on the other

i see her natural fancy costume

of black ears and tail

snow white body

she’s now olive’s new sister

 and will be called rose

which makes her *rose kennedy

*(the cat, not to be confused with the political dynasty’s family matriarch who shared the same moniker)

“a kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in the garden.”

-robert southey

looking for my cat.

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no, she has not gone missing

but keeping santa’s promise

to sweet kitty, olive –

 find her a sweet companion.

with virus, time home, holidays

sweet little kitties are hard to find

but i’m on the case

ready for the rescue

i see her on the horizon

 have one very close

to coming home. 

“there are no ordinary cats.”

-colette

 

 

 

 

 

photo credit: reed.edu

all in.

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he is all in.

as the family enjoys their breakfast

one of the grand cats

decides to have his.

 jumps on the counter, straddles the cake,

 eats fresh whipped cream to his heart’s content. 

until he is outed. 

“whipped cream can remind you why it’s good to be alive.”

                                                                                 – deb caletti

the best time is now.

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what impeccable timing

as soon as i had finished working on puzzles

on my favorite old table

putting pen to my journal instead

olive also changed hobbies

from puzzling to journaling

at exactly

the same time and place

simpatico.

“the best time to begin keeping a journal is whenever you decide to.”
― Hannah Hinchman, A Life in Hand

“i’ve decided that the best time is now.

the puzzles are gone, there are no open spaces in a puzzle to fill in by laying on them with my body,

no pieces to quietly and slowly push off the table with my paw, and no frame to snag and break apart with my claw.

perfect time to begin a journal.”

-olive

attention.

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i get the feeling olive is in need of a bit more attention from me.

above, olive tries to add herself

into the frida self-portrait puzzle

disguising herself

as the 4th animal in the picture

a bird, a monkey, and now,

2 black cats instead of 1.

below, olive tries to add herself

into a cable news show

disguising herself

as the special guest co-host.

just a hunch. 

 

“give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.”

-jim rohn

form.

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olive the cat, not the oil

almost works up a sweat

during her usual workout routine.

at her recent annual vet visit 

 after weighing her in at 9.6 pounds,

they determined that she was overweight

and assigned her a ‘goal weight’ of 8 pounds.

the first suggestion was to up her physical efforts

(which currently include an all-indoor circuit training routine

of slowly moving from couch to bed to rugs and back

with an occasional look out the window

a saunter up the 8 stairs

or taking a few steps into the kitchen to eat),

other suggestions were to 

give her healthier food

take away her bowl

(I’m half Italian, I worry if her bowl gets low)

and put her new healthy food

in something she has to work to get to.

with her round figure

set atop lilliputian legs

that will never get any taller

she does resemble a bit of a child’s-hand-sized furry bowling ball

and luckily she has a year to lose her 1.6 pounds

but timing is everything

and as luck would have it

she recently received the gift of

her very own cat advent calendar

filled with little kitty treats ‘n things

set to kick off tomorrow 

and this might be a long year

for the both of us. 

“i do not oppose form, but only form as a goal.”

-ludwig mies van der rohe

scrutiny.

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 prince,

the cat of the house

where I am housesitting

does not settle for an easy way out

pushes for me to move ahead

and subjects my puzzle solutions to close scrutiny. 

 

“close scrutiny will show that most ‘crisis situations’

are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.”

-maxwell maltz