Friday, April 25, 2014

Mishmash Friday

 I found a very small 5x5 sign of my Abby quote (on sale even) and the Letter "A" (also on sale) that fits perfects on near my computer and I have one of a meaningful picture of Abby 'grooming' me.
 It's very difficult to tell, but there is a very small slot right behind a 3 drawer box I have near my computer that holds supplies. Gracie was the one who used it as her hiding spot. One day Annabelle discovered it and I got a quick picture of her emerging from it.
Some (I do have quite a few more) of my Easy Canvas prints over the mantle, for the time being. As you can see Annabelle is in the cat condo watching me watching her.
A photo of Grace I never published two days before she left for the Bridge. ((Gracie Grace)) Miss her so very much.
 A detailed close up of Annabelle's nose.
 Pretty Miss Boo in the afternoon sun! Look at those interested whiskers!
 Peek a boo we all see you Ping!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Welcome to Our Thankful Thursday Spring Gardens!

 Slowly things have begun to emerge from Winter's long sleep. The camellias always begin their blooms in our neck of the woods in February and March.
 Annabelle wonders what Mom is doing outside. This is her first Spring in the Garden with us.
 She sure is keeping a close eye out, isn't she?
 Mom has been tending to Abby's Garden. More to add to that as the weather gets warmer.
 The maple tree is putting all of it's leaves back on. The ones that fell, Mom had to rake up.
 Our very pretty wedding bouquet bush.
We hope your gardens are emerging from their wintery sleep as well.

We're joining up with the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop over at PepiSmartDog.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sunny Day In the Park

 Well she can dream can't she? (About being in a sunny park)
 Annabelle looks like she is relaxing easily under the cabana.
She is relaxing but Ping is right above her, thankfully he is sleeping! Maybe that is why she looks so surprised in this photo.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mancat Monday with Mr Jinx

Ping is taking a short break and letting his big brother Jinx be the Mancat this Monday! Jinx is very mellow and laid back so he doesn't mind letting his high strung brother take most Mancat Mondays. Today is our hooman Gramma purrday please join us in helping her celebrate. We are glad to help her celebrate today!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Who IS That Kitty In The Window?

The Vet just called and said Miss Boo's blood work was 100% normal. 
That is so great to hear.
Her calcium levels are right where they should be.
We will retest in 6 months and if that is normal just go to once a year on her annual check up!
YAY for Miss Boo!
Why it's Miss Boo of course!

We joining Rascal & Rocco's Pet Parade #37.
Co-hosts are:
Jan Funny Farmers & Bionic Basil
Love is Being Owned By A Husky
M.K.Clinton's Barking from the Bayou.

Hope you'll join in on the fun too!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Welcome to Thankful Thursday.

I feel very thankful for so many things. But one thing I lack (among many others I am sure) is much of an artistic ability. The only way I can express myself is through the lens of a camera. I get much of my inspiration from my subject matter, which is each of the cats. For many years Abby was my muse. She was very comfortable with the camera around. What I lacked in terms of my own ability and in quality of the camera I used to capture her image.
Abby taught me.


If I could only go back again and do it all over, I would take all the money I spent on all the different cameras and purchase one really good one. I finally broke down and got a entry level Nikon DSLR in 2012. It has served me well since I purchased it. I enjoy it and will always have it, but now I am ready to move on to a better version. 

You see, I found peace through what my camera can see. I found it in a tiny little calico cat whose eyes are little saucers. When I see her my heart sings again. My muse has returned to me. A reluctant one to start with as she had I'm positive; never seen a big black box that made a click click clicking noise before. 
I always thought I had time. Time to do all the things I have always done in the past. But time ran out for me August 12,2013  and I realized I didn't capture all the things I wanted (needed) to capture of Abby on film. I cannot tell you how difficult that was is for me. To know I could never take another image of Abby again broke my desire to pick up a camera. 
...until Annabelle.

Abby wanted me to pick up that camera again and do what I love. So, I did. She also made me realize that I had not been very good at cataloging my files. So a massive project unfolded for me which is nearly complete. She made me so much more aware of how fragile we all are and how much I took for granted things not changing. So, I approach it all differently, including my photography. When I look back over 2013 and I see how lax I became over photographing Abby in particular; it makes me very wistful because I should have done more. But, I didn't, and now that is something I cannot undo. So going forward I have been made more conscious of capturing things with my camera that I would have let go in the past and 'oh thought I'll do it later'. Well, there was no later. There is only now.

I highly recommend that everyone make sure you have some extra way to back up your digital photo files. There are so many online free storage websites. It is one of the simplest ways to keep your files from being lost to you. I use several different types of back ups, because I am well, uber afraid terrified of losing those precious imagines. No one needs to do the 5 step process I do. I am just being seriously cautious. But I do urge everyone to find a way that works best for them.

Find your passion and enjoy it and be thankful.
I always strive to get better. It is my joy to interpret and capture on film something beautiful.
Ready for that close up Miss Annabelle? 

We're also joining in on this week's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop from PepiSmartDog.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014