Feline Recording Engineers

four black cat with art materials

Feline Recording Engineers.

This is what the Curious Quartet have been doing while I record my poems. Giuseppe is watching the sound levels on the computer screen (just at the right edge of the photo) ready to swat any level that’s out of range, Mewsette and Jelly Bean quietly listen for errors (giving me a sidelong glance and eye roll when I inevitably stumble), and Mr. Sunshine is totally preoccupied with his pile of wooden clothes pins (trying to figure out how they work, he’s a hands-on kind of guy, not into electronics).

This is all to make sure I remember to smile while I read my poems, and not be so solemn and serious…

And on that note I decided to have a little fun with them and I used the Color Halftone filter in PhotoShop, set at a ratio of 8. If you play around with these filters in PS or any other program, remember that the result is different depending on the size of your file. For the internet I save these at 72 or 100 DPI and make the maximum width 100 pixels, and I wanted the dots to be coarse. I just like the way the four process colors mesh, but if you squint you can still see the four black cats.

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Recording Engineers in Color Halftone.

Whatever magic they possess it certainly worked well for me. Read about and listen to my poems.

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Act Normal

photo of four black cats on the floor

The Curious Quartet were not waiting outside the bathroom door, they just happened to be there.

What’s she doing in there?

I smell food.

Funny noises!

Is she doing something with the sink?

I hear food dishes.

But Cookie sounds unhappy.

Kelly isn’t making a peep.

Mom is making nice noises for Cookie.

She could at least leave the door open so we can watch!

Now she’s feeding them! I just heard her set down the dishes!

What’s so special about those two?!

I have a feeling it might not be so nice.

She’s opening the door—act normal!

The Curious Quartet are always outside the bathroom door when I open it, and they always try to make it look as if they are just going about their day there on the landing, which might be true but they were nowhere to be seen when I went in. They have no idea I’ve just given Cookie a few medications, then a dose of subcutaneous fluids before I fed them food laced with supplements but I’ve no doubt they’d each tell me that getting a dose of fluids would be okay if they got an extra meal in the middle of the day.

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Waiting for the Mousie

five black cats in room

Five cats in my studio waiting for a mouse.

There are actually five black cats in this photo, and they are all in my studio taking turns keeping watch because there is apparently a little mousie in there somewhere. Don’t know how a mousie got the the second floor, but I have an idea, something to do with Mr. Sunshine and a mousie last night. One tiny scratching sound that I can’t even hear, and all ears turn toward the spot from which the sound emanated.

Giuseppe is right by the door, and Jelly Bean is in the distance, the two current guards. In a heap by the door are Mimi in front, Mewsette curled around her and Mr. Sunshine curled around Mewsette. One must preserve one’s energy for the big chase, whenever that might happen.

Later, Mewsette came running down the stairs with the mousie. I’m kind of glad. I feel bad for the mousie trapped in the room without food or water; even if I close the door and put it out the mousie generally does not eat it and I know is often injured beyond the point of sustenance.The room can become unpleasant when mousie fades away, as has happened on more than one occasion when someone runs upstairs with one to hide it in their other stash.

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The Basket

two black cats in a basket

Mimi and Jelly Bean prepare for their first nap in the new bed.

Good thing I set this basket down before I carried other things up the stairs. Where would all my black cats have slept for the past five days?

I really did only set the basket down before I walked up the stairs so that I could carry an armload of other things up the stairs. When I returned less than a minute later, Mimi and Jelly Bean were in the basket, bathing themselves and each other, purring and evidencing that particularly feline sense of anticipation of a really good nap in an exciting new bed.

two black cats in basket

Jelly Bean and Mimi smashed together in the basket.

The basket’s intent, at least in my opinion, is to hold boxes of note cards in my shop or one of the shops which carries my stuff. Not that I object to my cats being creative in finding happy sleeping spaces, but black cats and a basket with a natural cotton canvas liner soon mingle colors and textures. It’s just natural nesting material, they tell me.

I was hoping to repack this one and take it right back out to another shop. Believe it or not, people who love cats and buy my note cards really don’t like to see a basket lined with cat hair holding the merchandise.

Well, the liners do need to be washed now and then anyway.

Jelly Bean and Mimi monopolized the basket for about three days, actually doing little else but cuddling and bathing and sleeping in the basket. When cats find something they like, they know nothing of moderation, of taking things in small bites and savoring it. Instead they immerse themselves into their new love whether it’s a sleeping spot, food, a person or a toy, and enjoy it to its fullest.

Eventually JB and Mimi began to tire of the basket, and Mewsette had a chance to try it out. She enjoyed the basket for a resting and observation post, and attempted to contact far planets in the galaxy by holding completely still but swiveling her ears independently and together, adjusting for the best reception. Then she left the basket to the next kitty.

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Mewsette in the basket trying for better reception.

Boys will be boys, and Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe just didn’t care for that bow on the side, doing their best to make it look more manly, like a string tie or something. Well, I needed to remove it before washing anyway.

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Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine get rid of that bow.

Then suddenly the basket affair was over. I couldn’t complain about the photographic subject matter, or the idea for a silly little illustrated book.

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