Category Archives: cats

piece of my art.

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the cats have done it again

(the most likely suspects)

a long while after putting my latest puzzle away

without finding a missing piece 

they have left a piece at my feet

now all i have to do is find their secret lair

where i may discover a treasure trove

of all of my missing ‘one-pieces.’

 

“sometimes the hardest pieces of a puzzle to assemble, are the ones missing from the box.”

-dixie waters

going nowhere.

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thought it might be interesting

to expose the cats to a bit of world geography 

while sipping a refreshing drink.

so far they have refused to take any quizzes

but i’m confident they are learning by osmosis. 

 

“without geography, you’re nowhere.”

  • -author unknown

awkward.

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seemingly overnight

baby yeti

has transformed from a crazy toddler with mini claws and fuzzy fur

 into an awkward, gawky teenager

who’s not quite sure what to do

with his newly stretched out body and all his parts

can’t wait for the

 sassiness

storming off to his room

eye-rolling

questionable choices

acting like he doesn’t know who i am

mercurial emotions

and the puberty talks.

 

“no matter where you are or where you grow up,

you always go through the same awkward moments of being a teenager

and growing up trying to figure out who you are.”

-aimee teegarden

waving.

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yeti and olive – one waves hello, one nods goodbye

 

“nature is forever arriving and forever departing, forever approaching, forever vanishing;

but in their vanishings there seems to be ever the waving of a hand,

in all her partings a promise of meeting farther along the road.”

-richard le gallienne – english poet

 

yeti is home.

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this baby yeti

who was abandoned and rescued

from a box in a park near the woods

has come home to live with us

named by my daughter

because, apparently 

i talk about yetis a bit more than most people in the world

also because he is furry and white and found near the woods

yeti is sweet and happy and purring and exploring

tomorrow he’ll meet olive.

 

“and on the subject of naming animals,

can I just say how happy I was to discover that the word yeti,

literally translated, apparently means “that thing over there.”

“Quick, brave Himalayan Guide – what’s that thing over there?”

Yeti.”

“I see.”)

 Neil Gaiman

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