The cats love it when I sit down to stitch, and they settle down close by as soon as I get started. That’s why you see them in every other progress pic of the Once Upon a Time sampler monthly updates.
This weekend was no exception…
Tali enjoyed the sun on the porch, until the rain drove us inside.
Still loving the Waterlogue app these days, so here are a few recent-ish pics of the cats in watercolors…
One of these days I might print a few to hang up somewhere.
And a couple other random pics from my camera roll too…
Cora and Tali are expert cat nappers. They could be professional nappers.
This weekend I started on the August block of the Once Upon a Time sampler. I was surrounded by cats when I took this pic…
But within a couple more moments, Tali moved over for more snuggles. Cora must have been in a good mood (or just sleepy) because she tolerated the snuggling and even moved in closer.
It’s pretty rare that the two of them nap together, so it was obviously worth snapping a few more pics. I just can’t help it, I had to document the historic moment.
Here’s a blast from the past… I dug up this video clip from deep in my drafts folder… and I have no idea why it was sitting there all by its lonesome!
I wrote this in 2012 when we were still in San Francisco:
Cora has mellowed quite a bit over the past couple years, but she’s not always very affectionate. She doesn’t like a lot of touching, and she’s only recently (within the past couple months) started purring. She rarely starts kneading and preparing to nap beside us, so… that’s why I felt it was worthy of video. Yep, I’m that kind of cat lady.
She tenses up in the first few seconds because Tali comes into the room. Don’t worry, Tali gets a cameo!
I love how big Cora’s paws get when she flexes her nails! I think it’s so cute!
And here’s Tali getting cozy and kneady, too.
The cats had a pretty lazy weekend. While my parents visited and the humans visited the farmer’s market, browsed antiques at The Factory, hiked around Radnor Lake, and listened to music at Third and Lindsley, the cats mostly sat around.
In exciting cat news, Tali has a new bed:
And Cora likes to watch us leave for work from the window each morning.
There wasn’t much time for taking pictures of the cats, but I have plenty to share of our weekend adventures… coming tomorrow!
I’m at the beach for a few blissful days, so blogging lite will commence this week. Here’s another batch on Instagram pics – I’m finally catching up, bit by bit! I was mostly unpacked by the time the cats joined us in March, so we all settled into our new routine together.
Tali enjoying the view from the porch.
My cross stitching companion is back!
My favorite cross stitch
Familiar scene in a new apartment.
Tali loves the sunshine!
So does Cora.
Learning to use the new cat door
Nothing new to report on the cat front, so here’s another batch of Instagram pics! These go back a few months to our move, when we shipped the cats by airplane to MS and brought them to our new home a couple weeks later. It’s crazy how time flies!
Cora’s very favorite game in the old apartment: If I ever left this cabinet door open, she climbed in and peered out waiting for me to chase her out again.
Packages for me = present for Cora!
Cora loves the Olympics too!
Exploring the new boxes.
Cora is so helpful packing
On the way to the airport… so stressful for everyone, humans and felines!
Missing our kitties but we found a new neighbor kitty who said hello!
Reunited with the kitties, bringing them home in our brand new car.
Exploring the new apartment!
We had a nice lazy weekend… the humans kept themselves busy with fun errands to a variety of stores… the farmers market, antique store, book store, grocery store, and a healthy dose of cleaning and laundry.
The cats… lounged.
On the window sill.
On the couch in the living room.
On the bed (or in the laundry basket).
In the guest room.
On the window sill again.
Remember the cat door? Cora mastered it in one night, and now she’s in and out half a million times a day. Tali took longer to be convinced that it wasn’t an elaborate trap. She was very suspicious of the door for the first couple weeks, and I had to let her outside through the sliding door and make her come back through the cat door by herself quite a few times (thus enforcing her suspicion that we were attempting to trap her in some way). But finally, it clicked! And now she goes in and out by herself all the time, and loves sleeping in the sun or watching the local wildlife (aka children) walk by.
Of course we’re glad the door has given the kitties freedom to go in and out without our help, but the main reason we wanted the door was to initiate the great migration of the litter box… from inside to outside. And I’m glad to report it’s been a success!
It’s so nice to have the box outside… I’m not constantly vacuuming up little bits from the floor and with the buffer of going through the door flap, the cats aren’t tracking dust everywhere nearly as much. We had so many problems with Cora not using the box in San Francisco, but she hasn’t made a single mess since we’ve moved here – they even share a box with no problems. I think having more square footage and access to the outside porch makes them happier cats in general, which makes me happier too!
The harness is out again, and we’ve brought Cora outside a couple times in the last week or so. It’s funny that she’ll let us put it on her easily enough, but then the thrashing and rolling about begins as soon as she realizes what’s just happened. In San Francisco we thought she should get used to it inside first before we tried taking her out on the street… and she hated it so much that we never made it past the indoor stairs of our apartment building.
I think our mistake was that she didn’t know what the end result would be… that she would actually get to spend some time outside if she endured the harness. So this time we brought her straight outside, and she was so distracted that she stopped trying to escape the harness and actually walked around.
It’s a miracle, her legs still work! Each time we’ve gone out, Cora happily creeps along for half an hour chomping on grass… only to throw it all up as soon as we were back inside. Baby steps!
I’m not sure if we’ll ever try the harness on Tali – as much as she loves us, the poor sweet thing is already suspicious – she would probably think we were trying to murder her!