Puzzle Cats

four black cats on bed

Puzzle cats, because they fit together like puzzle pieces even if one is under the bedspread.

All tucked in with each other, Mimi and her children snoozed on the bed in the early afternoon. From the top at 12:00 is Mimi, at about 4:00 is Mewsette, at 6:00 is Mr. Sunshine and at about the 10:00 position is Jelly Bean. The lump under the bedspread at the very bottom is Giuseppe being used as a pillow by Mr. Sunshine.

Below…”What are you looking at? We are going to finish our nap.” The three siblings, four if you count Giuseppe under the bedspread, are never so close in personality as when they awaken from a nap together—they’ll often sit up and look at me in nearly the same position, ears and eyes and heads all angled the same, or very nearly so. Mama Mimi is not in step with her children, and that is okay for the matriarch of the family. But they did get up after this and I finally managed to make the bed.

four black cats on bed

They kind of remind me of meerkats or baby possums all lined up on their mother.

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Neatly Folded Cats: 2011

five black cats on the bed

Neatly Folded Cats

The effects of a dark, rainy morning: five black cats neatly organized in two groups to sleep on the bed.

After taking up most of the space on my desk this morning, they all disappeared upstairs and tried to get me to lie down with them when I went upstairs. Later, this is what I found, and they didn’t even open an eye or flick an ear when I got my camera and walked around the room, trying to get the best angle on a shot of them all. I turned on all the lights in the room in an effort not to use my flash.

But they did make me think of folded, sorted laundry ready to be put away.

black cats sleeping on bed

Strewn on the bed.

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The Systematic Destruction of My Bed

three cats on bed

It started out innocently enough with Mimi, Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine.

I made my bed today, but what’s the point some days? Every time I went upstairs my bed was a little worse for the wear and had one more cat on it. But who could resist? I made sure I had the camera with me each time.

four black cats on bed

Then JB joined and there were four, though someone had burrowed under the quilt, then left.

four black cats on bed

Then Giuseppe joined, but crawled up under the quilt.

five black cats on bed

I awakened them a little later. Giuseppe crawled out from under the quilt. Look at all those ears!

five black cats on bed

The final arrangement, hard to tell but things are piled up all over.

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My How We’ve Grown: 2011

four black cats at basement door

My how we've grown in the past year and a half!

Ah, two famous photos of the Fantastic Four! Above, the Four in March 2011 when they were about 3 years 7 months old, and below the Four and Mimi in September 2009 when they were just past two years. I can only catch these photos early in the day when I open the basement door.

No room for mom anymore! Here are Jelly Bean, Mewsette, Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe lined up to observe the back yard. Compare to the photo below taken in September 2009 when they were just past two years old with Jelly Bean, Mr. Sunshine, Giuseppe, Mewsette and little Mimi, who is actually standing so she looks a little bigger than her regular size. I thought they were pretty big at two, but they are actually taller and more muscled at three-and-a-half. Their birthday is July 26.

five black cats at basement door

We do many things together.

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Tortoiseshell Cat Stares Down Inner Demons: 2011

tortoiseshell cat and five black cats

Tortoiseshell Cat Stares Down Inner Demons

I was waiting for this one to come around! It’s a little blurry, but I only had one chance.

Clever pun, huh? Do you see the demons inside, staring out the door? Five—count ’em, five—dark solemn beings with pale eyes all staring directly at Cookie?

They don’t bother Cookie because she has Tortitude. Ask anyone who’s ever lived with a tortoiseshell cat, or any tri-color for that matter. She is 19, the kids are 3, Mimi is about 6. Cookie weighs about 8 pounds, together the black cats weigh over 50. I open the door and she walks right in between them as if they don’t exist.

Cookie has seen many cats come and go, and as far as she is concerned, this group of five is just another bunch of cats with whom she shares me. She is not impressed with the fact that they are all black. After all, she gets to go outside with me every morning and sometimes during the day, and she gets first dibs on my lap and my attention.

But the four siblings, here joined by their mom, are at it again as a group. How sweet it is.

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Five at the Window

five black cats looking out window

Five at the Window © B.E. Kazmarski

They aren’t concerned that these warm temperatures are unusual for mid March. Open the window! Let’s hear the birds!

At the window, Mr. Sunshine, Giuseppe and Jelly Bean, and behind, Mewsette and Mimi. The girls got their time at the window too, and I got a number of photos, but this was the only one where none of them was blurry, difficult for photographing five black cats!

I do put that table back in order every day, but it’s hopeless when that’s the staging area for Cat TV. Soon enough I’ll have my desk reorganized and they’ll be able to have the whole area, just in time for summer breezes to come in the window.

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Baby, It’s Cold in Here

a pile of five black cats

A pile of five black cats: clockwise from top left, Giuseppe, Jelly Bean, Mimi, Mewsette, Mr. Sunshine.

Ooh, the temperature dropped and we even saw a few snow flurries today! I didn’t have the kitty keep-warm lamps on at my desk, so they had to improvise on the oversized green sh0pping bag that really is underneath them all.

The view above is one from the angle at which you cold see that there were decidedly five black cats in the pile; note Mimi on top of the pile. Well, she is the mom, and this is after she did a little clean-up on each of their faces and ears. The job of a mom cat is never done, but they do keep her warm and make a nice soft bed when they all pile up like that.

The photo below is what I saw when I turned around from my desk. All was quiet but I had a sense of a large gob of cats behind me. Sure enough, there they were. My poor camera, photographing these piles of black cats kind of blows its little electronic cells because it can’t find anything to focus on. It blows my little brain cells too because I can only focus on them.

five cats piled up

What I saw from my chair.

It’s good to see the Bean back in everyone’s good graces. If you can’t get enough of seeing five black cats piled up, or four or three, see this collection of images of Mimi’s Children, and Mimi herself, not always piled up, but always together.

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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 Big Day

Black cat with birthday tiara

Mimi on her birthday.

Mimi wears her birthday tiara and poses with her gift. Other cats may have tried to take my hand off for wrapping a glittery thing around their head, but Mimi, as you can see, is clearly being patient with me.

She doesn’t know that a silly thing on my head and posing for pictures is nothing compared to what I’ve been through, Mimi thought.

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Mimi experiments with her tiara.

Today is the day we all came together, Mimi and the Fantastic Four tiny puffballs in a plain cardboard box. This day is our communal anniversary, and Mimi has chosen for it to be her birthday. Little did she know what that would mean come the big day.

But Mimi is a Creative Cat as well, and had a few of her own ideas for her birthday…costume.

How does it look as a necklace? she asked as Mr. Sunshine took the opportunity to dig through her birthday bag.

What was in Mimi’s gift bag? A couple cans of food I knew she’d like, plus enough to share with the kids and the tortie girls. The gifts Mimi would want aren’t the sort you’d put in a bag, and if you ask Mimi, she has those things already.

black cat on chair with purple necklace

How is this pose?

Let’s try this pose. One of Mimi’s favorite places is on the edge of the kitchen chair backs, just wide enough for her tiny paws, but she is just that much taller. She proudly turned and waited for me to take her photo.

“How old are you Mimi?” I asked her. I am six litters old, she replied. Hmmm, she was probably at least three when the Fantastic Four were born, that was four years ago, so Mimi would be about seven.

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This is my tiara!

This is my tiara, Mimi said to Giuseppe when he approached to inspect the thing around her neck, be respectful.

two black cats

Giuseppe bathes Mimi.

Happy birthday, mom! Thanks for getting us in here,” Giuseppe replied as he gave her a few licks instead of the other way around, as usual.

The Fantastic Four started out the day with a Fantastic Breakfast—here it’s just their favorite dry food in bowls because I knew I could get them to pose for a photo like this. This was just for starters, followed by fresh salmon, wherein they were not nearly as organized, nor could I take photos!

four cats eating

Fantastic Four eating breakfast on the big day.

Happy birthday, and happy anniversary!


Neatly Folded Cats

five black cats on the bed

Neatly Folded Cats

The effects of a dark, rainy morning: five black cats neatly organized in two groups to sleep on the bed.

After taking up most of the space on my desk this morning, they all disappeared upstairs and tried to get me to lie down with them when I went upstairs. Later, this is what I found, and they didn’t even open an eye or flick an ear when I got my camera and walked around the room, trying to get the best angle on a shot of them all. I turned on all the lights in the room in an effort not to use my flash.

But they did make me think of folded, sorted laundry ready to be put away.

black cats sleeping on bed

Strewn on the bed.