Cookie’s Spring Adventure

photography of tortie cat in grass

This is the life!

Wow, this is the life! I could lie in the sun all day!

Yesterday, mom stopped everything she was doing and went outside in the middle of the day. We haven’t done that since I-don’t-remember-when! I know it’s been getting warmer and the days are getting longer—I’ve seen 19 years of this—but I can never quite keep track of where we are. But when mom does this, all the signs point to SPRING!

First thing in the morning, we went out on the deck and the air was still cold but smelled so good I got up on my green table where I can see the whole yard. It’s not easy for me to get up here anymore and it takes a few extra steps but I was inspired!

tortoiseshell cat on table

Here I am on my observation table.

Then it felt so good I got up on the deck railing and said “hi” to mom who was pointing her black box thing that makes pictures all over the yard. When she turned and saw me, first she took my picture as she always does, then she asked “just what the heck I was doing on the deck railing when I was 19 years old?” I didn’t see why being 19 made any difference in my being on the deck railing and turned around and walked around to the corner, but mom would have none of it and she picked me up! I was so mad I think I even let go of a few profanities. Then she set me on the deck and moved my green table too far away from the railing for me to step on it because “I stumbled a little bit”. She worries too much.

tortie cat on deck railing

What's wrong with being on the railing at 19 years old?

Then we went out in the yard and I walked all around and smelled everything while she got to work. Look at this jungle of branches! I remember when Namir and I used to hang out on this picnic table. I miss my buddy, even though he used to pull my tail.

cat looking into wooded area

Mom has a lot of work to do!

Mom had to help me out of the tomato cage, but I could have figured it out eventually.

cat in wire tomato cage

I didn't really need the help, well, maybe.

I had to keep checking on her to make sure she was doing things correctly. Humans do things for strange reasons—for instance, I can’t figure out why she covered up the hole in the fence in the corner of the yard. I loved to crawl through there and I’d end up in a completely new place. Mom would drop everything and come running, but she couldn’t fit through the hole and had to run all the way around to get me. She didn’t have to get me! I knew where I was! Now I can’t get through there anymore.

tortie cat observing

Sometimes I can't figure out humans.

I don’t like to get my picture taken but sometimes she sneaks up on me and catches me off guard, like when I was taking a bath and enjoying the sun. She said I made a “nice composition”. I thought I was a tortoiseshell cat.

tortie cat on duff

I thought I was a cat, not a "composition".

After all that activity, I was ready for a nap. I used to just curl up on some leaves and grass in the sun, but it felt kind of cold and uncomfortable. Then I found that mom had tossed her flannel shirt on the ground and that was just so nice and cozy, and it smelled like mom.

tortie caton flannel shirt

Mmmm, cozy and warm.

Everyone knows when I stretch out my right arm, the one with the fully orange index toe, that I am a happy kitty.

cat with paw outstretched

I am one happy girl.


cat sleeping


13 Comments on “Cookie’s Spring Adventure”

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  4. Your spring adventure sounds pawsitively wonderful! P.S. You look great for 19!!

  5. Bernie Tracy says:

    Cookie is a very inspiring Tortie. How she seems to cooperate is great. The flannel shirt is a plus. She’s right it was cold out the morning. Her mommy takes great and loving care of her.

    • animalartist says:

      Bernie, Cookie is awesome. She doesn’t know I put the flannel shirt on the ground just for her. Being outside together has always been one of our favorite times together. I hope we have many more.

  6. Kimberly Helgeson says:

    I actually think I can feel it all by just reading…. Lovely!

  7. Ingrid King says:

    This is just lovely. I’m so glad Cookie is getting to experience spring again.

    • animalartist says:

      I’m so glad I have a safe back yard and can keep an eye on her so she can enjoy her beloved outdoors. I don’t like to admit she has a little more trouble getting around this year than last, but being out in the sun, or just being outside, really perks her up. She loved her nap in the grass and flannel, the little hayseed!

  8. Lovely. What a grand old lady.

  9. Cynthia says:

    Beautiful pictures and lovely story….Love, Cynthia

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