Amber Buttercup Bids a Cheery “Good Morning”

Orange and white cat on windowsill

Amber Buttercup greets the morning.

Amber Buttercup enjoys the early morning sun on her favorite windowsill in front of her highly-customized mini blind. You can see she is so pleased to see me with my stupid little black thing.

She may have actually been cheery until I showed up.

Can’t a lady have any privacy in her sunbathing? Can’t a princess address her realm without the riff-raff showing up to plead for some favor at her window?

But then again, when you are as lovely as Amber Buttercup, this is to be expected.

See more photos of Amber Buttercup, including a demonstration of what she usually does next when I show up!

See other cats in windows from my walks around the neighborhood, and other neighborhood cats.

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Guarding Their Castles

orange and white cat

The Creamsicle kitty.

As I walked for an errand through my neighborhood this afternoon I saw two of my neighbor’s cats guarding their castles: at the top of the steps to their front porches, right in front of the door.

And they matched the homes’ decor as well! The Creamsicle Kitty, above, coordinates beautifully with the white door (and white siding) to his home, plus the warm weathered boards of the porch with just a touch of cobalt as a complementary color.

Below, this lovely swirly marbled tabby boy sits atop his steps covered with carpet in his colors, in front of a dark wooden door fronted by a storm door with black wrought iron scrollwork doing a poor imitation of his stripes.

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The dark marbled tabby boy.

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Kelly in a Pretzel Knot

tortie cat sleeping in a curl

Kelly's Pretzel Knot No. 1.

tortie cat sleeping

Kelly's Pretzel Knot No. 1

Kelly has such long legs and she’s so limber that she’s able to get herself into positions I can’t even understand. I looked at her for the longest time, trying to figure out which paw was which, where it began and where it ended.

Then she stretched and loosened up a bit, and this photo may make a little more sense.

tortie cat stretching

Kelly's Pretzel Knot No. 2.

tortie cat sleeping

Kelly's Pretzel Knot No. 2

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Find Cookie in this Picture

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Find Cookie in this picture.

Yes, tortoiseshell cats blend perfectly into any landscape! I constantly lose Cookie as her speckles and patches are perfectly camouflaged by leaves and mulch and moving shapes of sun and shadow through the trees. I was watching her out of the corner of my eye as usual but suddenly she disappeared! She hadn’t—she just sat down for a little break. She’s going to have to suffer the indignity of a flourescent pink collar lest I suffer the misfortune of a heart attack if I can’t find her—in plain sight!

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Cookie with sawdust on her head.

We pitiful humans need feline supervision no matter what we do, even if it’s something no kitty would ever stoop to endeavor such as tree trimming and lawn clean up. Cookie is a specialist in everything.

This area was always shady under the high branches of the trees, mostly my neighbors’  and I encouraged woodland plants to grow in the shade and undergrowth. About ten years ago a mulberry tree sprouted in the corner of the yard and spread over the area somewhat close to the ground, providing a little too much shade for some of the plants.

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Mulberries on a Summer Morning

However, it provided the best mulberries I have ever, EVER, tasted, like big deep purple blackberries, sweet and juicy and just falling off the tree. Really, when the tree was ready to bear these farthest branches touched by the sun would lean down toward the earth so that I didn’t even need to use a ladder but could stand and readily harvest them. I always felt as if the tree was telling me, “Look, now, my berries are just right, come and harvest, and make your jelly and juice and wine and dye and extracts, use my berries for all they are worth because there is more than enough for you and all the birds and animals.”

I had been about to remove her because I loved my shade garden and so did all my cats, but with all that, who could resist?

But two years ago the ice storm pulled her down and partially uprooted her. I tried to prop her and encourage her to produce her berries, but it appears she is done. I’ve been trimming back and cutting sections with lopping shears and pruning saw but leaving the lovely arching branches that have held my bird feeders for the past decade. I am looking forward to the renewal of my shade garden; with the iron will of these wild flowers I’ve no doubt they will return on their own since trees grow and fall all the time in the woods.

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My old bench.

I’m looking forward to spending time on my bench again to read and sketch and think and watch the birds, and commune with my little kitty memorial spot which is behind but near there. Perhaps Cookie and I will sit out there some sunny late afternoon this autumn.

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Amber Buttercup Says Good Morning

orange cat on windowsill

Amber Buttercup in the morning.

My ginger friend from around the corner was enjoying the early morning sun when this fool with the camera showed up again. I didn’t trouble her for too long, but she is too pretty to pass up.

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