Kelly and the Blue Ribbon Snake! 2011

tortie cat with blue ribbon

Kelly With the Blue Ribbon Snake

That’s certainly a wild look on Kelly’s face as she tosses the ribbon in the air, catches it in her mouth and swats it with her paw! Look at those eyes!  I surely wouldn’t want to be prey of any sort to look up and see that coming at me. She’s actually standing on her hind legs and I was lucky to catch her in mid swing as she leaped up from a crouch with this little piece of ribbon that totally set her off. She had been bouncing around on it as if her paws had springs and whirling like a dervish. Who needs toys if a bit of ribbon can do this?

Remember, this is shy, gentle Kelly torturing this piece of ribbon. But she was always my main mouser until the Big Four came along. She’s such a sweet kitty, I guess she saves all her tortitude for when it’s needed most. Still, at 17, I’m glad to see her playing as wildly as she did when she was younger. What an imagination to turn a scrap of blue satin ribbon into a snake!

Kelly is coming back around to these wild and playful ways!

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Daily Sketch: The Toy Dance

colored pencil sketch of cat

The Toy Dance, colored pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Jelly Bean dances around on a toy. I love it when they do this, all four legs going in different directions and they look like they’d get tangled and fall down! That only happens when they want it to.

I didn’t sketch the toy, though I think it was something unconventional like a scrap of paper trimming from one of my projects.

I do like green, and while Giuseppe Verdi is a green kitty for several reasons, Jelly Bean is as well, but he’s a lighter green. I sketch him in blue now and then too.

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Take That, Catnip Toy! And That! From a Year Ago

tortoiseshell cat plays with catnip toy

Kelly teaches the catnip candy cane a lesson.

Kelly gives the catnip candy cane the beating of its life. Note her little nose peeking through the curve of the cane.

Kelly is somewhat shy, and while she is a very talkie tortie and very active in her safe little way, she is very, very gentle—until it comes to a catnip toy that needs to learn a lesson. Bite, kick, punch, toss, land, whatever it takes, that catnip toy will know who’s boss when she’s done.

It’s just good to see a shy kitty come out of her shell for a little bit.

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To see more daily photos go to “Daily Images” in the menu and choose “All Photos” or any other category.

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in purchasing one as a print, or to use in a print or internet publication.


Kelly and the Blue Ribbon Snake!

tortie cat with blue ribbon

Kelly With the Blue Ribbon Snake

That’s certainly a wild look on Kelly’s face as she tosses the ribbon in the air, catches it in her mouth and swats it with her paw! Look at those eyes!  I surely wouldn’t want to be prey of any sort to look up and see that coming at me. She’s actually standing on her hind legs and I was lucky to catch her in mid swing as she leaped up from a crouch with this little piece of ribbon that totally set her off. She had been bouncing around on it as if her paws had springs and whirling like a dervish. Who needs toys if a bit of ribbon can do this?

Remember, this is shy, gentle Kelly torturing this piece of ribbon. But she was always my main mouser until the Big Four came along. She’s such a sweet kitty, I guess she saves all her tortitude for when it’s needed most. Still, at 17, I’m glad to see her playing as wildly as she did when she was younger. What an imagination to turn a scrap of blue satin ribbon into a snake!


Take That, Catnip Toy! And That!

tortoiseshell cat plays with catnip toy

Kelly teaches the catnip candy cane a lesson.

Kelly gives the catnip candy cane the beating of its life. Note her little nose peeking through the curve of the cane.

Kelly is somewhat shy, and while she is a very talkie tortie and very active in her safe little way, she is very, very gentle—until it comes to a catnip toy that needs to learn a lesson. Bite, kick, punch, toss, land, whatever it takes, that catnip toy will know who’s boss when she’s done.

It’s just good to see a shy kitty come out of her shell for a little bit.