53 Photos - Aug 21, 2011
Photo: "Contented Purr" ... Cicely Robin Laing @ 2011Photo: When the weather gets warm...

... it's not just the kids who are looking to escape! :)
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+CATURDAY! is here again....Photo: The story of Verdi...

One warm summer day a very sweet and hungry white cat showed up in the alley next to our house. He was a young male..., very friendly and obviously feeling a bit lost. We already had two cats and had no desire for another, but we gathered him up and took him home. We fed him, and kept him on our front porch while we tried to find his home. He had obviously come from a family. He was great with the kids, so gentle. Though the two female cats we had were not so thrilled to have an un-neutered male teenager on their doorstep...

We were never able to find where he came from, but our alley had been a pet dumping spot before and we guessed that this is what had happened to this fellow. He loved people, but he was a raging hormone factory on four legs... wild to spread his oats... and not interested in being tamed. He may have run off from his home, or he could have been dumped for being an unruly, young tom, who was just learning to mark out a territory.

Of course, the kids fell in love... and I did too. He soon had a name, Verdi, for his great green eyes. We got him fixed and made sure he had all his shots. We live on a very busy city street, and also in a neighborhood where there are lots of "predators" for cats... including other cats. So, I tried to keep our new skinny snow white fluff ball safe by training him to be a house cat. He was fine inside... for a while. But the call of the outdoors was too strong, and he literally bounced off the walls of the house! He became a wild blur desperate to get out. I finally gave in to his desire after he catapulted over the kitchen table one day and broke my favorite tea pot. (It was a cherished wedding gift... sigh.)

Feeling the jealous looks of our other cats, I gave Verdi leave to come and go as he pleased. I gave him a collar to wear complete with ID tags. He managed to take it off. This collar trick happened over and over again. I never figured out how he managed to do it so quickly or where he stashed his wardrobe. Verdi was seldom was gone more than a few hours... sometimes overnight. I worried but, what could I do...? He was a classic rebel in a white fur coat!

He grew into a gorgeous fine strong adult cat. Full of confidence and fearless. He would walk my children to and from the school bus stop. He even made friends of the feline females of the house. Of course it wasn't long before he came home bearing the scars of unfriendly confrontations.
He never seemed to sustain any serious bites or scratches, but one day he came home with a swollen ear. We took him to the vet. He drained a little fluid and soon Verdi's beautiful perky ears where as good as new. A month later he came home with both ears swollen... and this happened every time he got into a scuff. He never got a serious infection, but soon he had ears full of lumpy scar tissue. Basically he had "wrestler's ears"... The lumps folded his ears forward until he looked like a Scottish Fold cat... I had alway wanted one... maybe he knew that. :}

His ears never bothered him at all. He went on for another year or so disappearing on his rounds of the neighborhood, ridding my garden of rabbits and making the squirrels paranoid. He never seemed to bother the birds though. It didn't matter what the weather was, he had to go out. Four feet of snow and frigid temps... he didn't care. And always so happy, sweet and loving when he came home. When my eldest, and dearest cat died at an old age, Verdi was there, he was a great comfort and a distraction for the kids. He was then the perfect match for my other cat who was black with a single spot of white. They were like yin & yang... and no fabric was safe from noticeable cat hair. All in all, we were a happy and furry family...

Yet, I knew in my heart that every time he went out that door, that he might not come back. And one day, that is just what happened. We searched and searched. But we never found him... or even any trace of him. In my hopes I dream that someone picked him up and took him home. He had shed his last collar and had no ID on him. In my worst dreams... well, I know he was doing something he loved. He was out under the open sky, chasing his wild kitty dreams... and being the lover, not the fighter...

I still miss him.....

Ironically, it was on our search to find him at the local shelter, where we met the two cats that we have now. Again, we weren't looking to bring home new cats, but they were meant to be with us in every way... and we connected because we had lost Verdi....
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A early +CATURDAY! story for +Khrystiane Friedli +Sharon Jeannette +Marianne Skov Jensen & +Michael McCool because they asked... :)Photo: Chin Scratch...

.... I'm not sure who feels better... him or me... :)
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For +kat Folland who reminded me to search out my service cat... as I was needing a little stress relief.
Happy +CATURDAY! to all... especially +Lee Daniels +Christophe Friedli +Khrystiane Friedli and of course... +Jules Falk Hunter!Photo: Mine...!

"... My sunbeam... my computer... really... everything is mine!"
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I know it late for +CATURDAY! ... but, I couldn't let the day go by with out posting something.... I hope +Christophe Friedli & +Lee Daniels ... and +Dru Stefan Stone all had a great day!

I spent mine at the MN Scottish Fair and Highland Games. I didn't think I would go, as I am still feeling under the weather. But my daughter really wanted to go, and it was sunny and warm. We had a lot of fun... but I came back exhausted. The rest of my day I spent dealing with the feeding of children and caterpillars... Time to head to bed... Good night friends... zzzzzzzzzzzzPhoto: Putting an end to it...

.... sometimes the cat has the last word. 

He thinks I spend too much time on the computer... he doesn't see the point.
Time to take a break I guess...  :D

Happy +CATURDAY! everyone!  Wishing my very best to +Christophe Friedli +Lee Daniels +Khrystiane Friedli and +Jules Falk Hunter .... my favorite cat people! :)Photo: Stealing the sun....

Happy +CATURDAY! everyone!  So glad to be helping out with curating #CATURDAY  along with the wonderful +Jules Falk Hunter & +Shantha Marie Fountain! Sending lots of healing love and hugs to the awesome +Lee Daniels and +Christophe Friedli! Hoping they will be back soon to enjoy all these great caturday images! :)   Photo: ^..^
A place in the sun...
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Sum beams and cats go together... but I couldn't help but laugh a little at the book titles on my self in the background.
Happy +CATURDAY! everyone! I will be joining +Jules Falk Hunter & +Shantha Marie Fountain later this afternoon to check out all the great Caturday photos!
Best wishes to the beautiful +Lee Daniels & +Christophe Friedli & +Khrystiane Friedli! Hoping this day and every day brings you joy. :) Photo: Just one more before I go to bed...
In an hour or two, I will have to rise...
I'll wake up groggy, holding my head...
Meeting the morning light in a pair of cat eyes...
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He heard me say it was #Caturday on G+.... I had to soothe his disappointment by letting him own my lap after I kicked him off the key board....Photo: Happy Caterday!

What happens when you give your cat a bouquet of fresh grass?.... Kitty ecstasy... ..... and a bit of clean up later.... :D

I mean #CatUrday... :}Photo: Happy Caterday!

Hello everyone... it's Saturday... the sun is shining... an Autumn wind is blowing... the birds are singing... and I sit here by the window....... completely brain-dead... Every time I open my mind... my train of thought runs forward on it's tracks... and smashes... engine first into a stone wall... I think that wall is the inside of my skull... ouch........ anyway.... Hello... everyone.....Photo: It's Caturday again!

.... #Caturday theme curated by +Christophe Friedli ...
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This wild boy came into our lives as a crazy teen-age cat. One who could never be tamed. He was the sweetest, affectionate, child friendly, fuzz ball. But he could not stand being contained between four walls... literally bouncing off every surface if he could not be outside... even in the deeply frigid Minnesota winters. As sweet as he was, he just couldn't keep out of trouble... as evidenced by his wrestler's ears... We enjoyed every moment with him... sadly, like so many other wild youths... he burned bright... and then was gone........Photo: It's CATURDAY.....!

My cats have taught me a very important life lesson....
and that is... Great effort is required to achieve purrrrfect contentment!
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.... #Caturday ... with the one and only +Christophe Friedli as curator... :)Photo: What happens next... Caturday....

Yoshi and her pumpkins....
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.. #Caturday ... hosted by +Christophe Friedli & +Lee Daniels .... ^.,.^Photo: What happened next...? Well, this....!

You guessed it!... Yoshi pounces....
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.. #Caturday ... hosted by +Christophe Friedli & +Lee Daniels .... ^.,.^Photo: ... and then she pounced again! .... that's what happened!

Just a blur and then she's gone.... Another successful mission in the pumpkin patch.......
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.. #Caturday ... hosted by +Christophe Friedli & +Lee Daniels .... ^.,.^Photo: It's turning white outside....

The first real snow of the season in falling...
I'm still missing last Spring...
Seems like a good time to post a white cat...
Whose eyes are as green as anything...
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I've locked myself in my room in hopes of getting some writing done...
But reality keeps knocking at my door...
Oh well... Happy #Caturday anyway...

Hi +Christophe Friedli & +Lee Daniels!Photo: It's Caturday!!!

It's a grey cool fall day...
We should all be tucked in!
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... #Caturday ... the hosts with the most +Lee Daniels & +Christophe Friedli!
Really... she tucker herself in... purred so loud and kneaded the air with her tiny paws....
I want to be a cat!Photo: It's CATURDAY!!!!

This is my Great Butterfly Hunter! 
Can you guess what happened next? :)
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It's a very busy day, but I couldn't stay away!
I had to post for #Caturday ....!!!!
Hello to the most excellent +Christophe Friedli & +Lee Daniels! :)Photo: ...... and here's what happened!

Nothing.... :D
The cat, the butterfly and me.... I am the third character in this story.
My big fluffy cat was ready to test how close he could get to this butterfly, but he knew I was sitting right there. All I had to do was say "No." and he backed off, settled down and ate a few blades of grass! He really is my very well behaved boy!
:D
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... #Caterday 2of2... +Christophe Friedli & +Lee Daniels 
... A bit of a back story...
Every summer I raise monarch butterflies from the eggs I find in my garden. Some summers I raise over a thousand butterflies. Because of this exposure, my two cats have learned that the monarchs are off limits! Which is impressive as they came to me as adult rescue cats. My little female cat, Yoshi, is more likely to try to chase one, but this is helpful as it alerts me to when a monarch has escaped the cage too soon and is somewhere hiding in my house. My big lovable fuzzball male cat, Seiss, I can trust mostly to just look. I often bring him out to garden with me when I release the butterflies. Any other cat I would not trust to get so close. If it looks like his instincts are taking over, I just say "no" and he backs right off.... he's such a sweetie! And he so enjoys watching them fly around the garden. :)Photo: White on White...

Ever try to photograph a white cat on snow....
with a little auto-focus camera...?
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... It's #Caturday ... A little kitty fun before +Christophe Friedli & +Lee Daniels take their well deserved breaks! Thanks for all you both do!Photo: Merry Kittymas to all!

This is the kind of contentment I want for Christmas!
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Sending love and Christmas cheer to +Christophe Friedli, +Khrystiane Friedli & +Lee Daniels as they vacation away from #Caturday!
+Jules Hunter and I are being naughty and posting kitties anyway!

May you all have the very best of holidays and a fantastic New Year!Photo: It's the last Caturday of 2011!

Looking forward to the new year with eyes wide open... cat eyes of course! :D
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I just couldn't miss posting this image of little Yoshi for all my #Caturday friends! Let's celebrate the new year +Jules Hunter! When +Lee Daniels & +Christophe Friedli get back we'll have some more fun! :DPhoto: In Light and Shadows...

I just couldn't let Caturday go by without posting something....
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+CATURDAY! ... Thinking about +Christophe Friedli & +Lee Daniels Hoping they are have a great start to the new year..... :)Photo: Two as One... Best Friends

I give to you a little kitty love... just for +CATURDAY!...
And for my friends...
+Jules Hunter who like me, can't stop the kitty cuteness...
for +Christophe Friedli who made me smile today...
and for +Lee Daniels who I hope will get many more smiles... :)
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... #Caturday ...
... #UnsharpeSaturday ... for +Nathan Beaulne 
I love this shot, but the lighting was terrible... almost no light at all!
Hand held and in the dark.... :DPhoto: Verdi's Eyes...

They say the eyes are windows to the soul...
But they are also mirrors into what we see in ourselves...
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... for my friend +Jules Hunter ... a late +CATURDAY! image of an old friend who I miss very much.... A cat with a wild and passionate soul...Photo: She's stealing my sunshine!

I found a little spot of sunshine on my kitchen table. So, I added some sweet peppers and grabbed my camera for a little play time. But someone decided to steal my sun beam!
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+CATURDAY! .... a little sunshine for my friends +Christophe Friedli +Khrystiane Friedli +Lee Daniels and +Jules Hunter... and everyone else too! :)Photo: A bit of Cattitude...

You line up a shot... try to get the light just right... and then they give it to you!
Cats are a body at rest... until you're ready to press the shutter....
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+CATURDAY! ... :P
For +Christophe Friedli +Lee Daniels & +Jules Hunter, hope you all are having a great Caturday!Photo: Happy Caturday!

How do you camouflage a white cat?.... Wait for it to snow!

Well... it worked in year's past. But, not this year in Minnesota. We are just barely white... only a dusting of snow here in the city.
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Something from the past for +CATURDAY! ... for +Jules Hunter, +Lee Daniels & +Christophe Friedli ... hope you all have a great day!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: I'm ready for my close-up Mr. DeMille....

... It can't be Saturday... without +CATURDAY!
Sunshine calls... and I'll spread my whiskers wide to catch every ray of warmth!
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To my #Caturday friends +Jules Falk Hunter +Lee Daniels +Christophe Friedli & +Khrystiane Friedli Hope you all get the chance to catch some rays... :)Photo: Remembering Spring... and cats from the past...

This bold, sweet, fierce looking fellow came to us wild... and left us way too soon. But he was great with the kids. Never once bit or scratched when my toddler son tried to body slam him. These were taken years ago, but even with the old camera I had, he was a great subject! .... go ahead... ask me about his ears... :}

This is for my +CATURDAY! friends! +Lee Daniels +Christophe Friedli +Khrystiane Friedli & +Jules Falk Hunter! Hope you enjoy my bad/good boy!Photo: Gotcha...!

..... Do you know how hard it is to focus a shot of your cat, when she decides your camera strap is her plaything!? A moment ago she was sitting so quietly.... then... Pounce!
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Crazy busy today... well... all week really... with other cats... caterpillars of course. Just transferred 79 chrysalis from the caterpillars cages to the release cage... and still more to go. I off to harvest milkweed for the hundreds of cats still munching and growing...

This real kitty.... is for +CATURDAY! and all my cat friends... +Lee Daniels +Christophe Friedli the curators.... and +Khrystiane Friedli & +Jules Falk Hunter for fun! :)Photo: Spy Cat...

.... I was working on feeding the monarch caterpillars and photographing the growth of one... when I felt I was being watched.... Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean.... Anyway, here's the proof!  I caught this spy poking her head up between the shelf and the window.... sneaky that one is.... :D
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Happy +CATURDAY!  everyone! Sorry I have not been around much this week. There are just not enough hours in the day for my life right now.... in fact, I have to run out the door right now! ...sigh

All my love to my favorite cat people +Christophe Friedli  +Lee Daniels  +Khrystiane Friedli  & +Jules Falk Hunter  Photo: Butterfly... Cat...

..... When the two meet... it is the cat who decides what happens next...
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For +CATURDAY! ...one day late... :/
I was not able to get on my computer yesterday... so once again I am playing catch-up... Seems to be a perpetual state for me lately... Always late to the party.... so I guess I have to bring the party with me! :D

Thank you for my wonderful co-guest-curates +Jules Falk Hunter & +Shantha Marie Fountain who are doing a great job helping hold the #CATURDAY  fort down while +Christophe Friedli & +Lee Daniels take much needed break!  And of course my lovely co-curate +Sharon Jeannette for +On the Wings of Butterflies!  LOVE to you all!!!!Photo: Cat stretch....
"......... yeah..... I'm so not interested in your silly butterflies... you won't let me chase them... and they look like they taste awful.... hummmph!"
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This is the cattitude I get from my big brave hunter about my Monarch butterflies... :D  A big fuzzy behind!

One more for my +CATURDAY! friends +Jules Falk Hunter +Shantha Marie Fountain and +Khrystiane Friedli ( +Lee Daniels & +Christophe Friedli when they have time...:)
No butterflies were harmed in this production! +On the Wings of Butterflies! for +Sharon Jeannette a not so petite chat....Photo: Screened in.....

..... from the inside... you hardly see the screen window... but from the outside, it's a woven shield...!  And she wants through! :D
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Here I am melting my way through +Whatever Wednesday!!! and I almost forgot to post my +#Window Wednesday image!!!!  That just won't do... :D
So here it is.... a little late... Thank you to the wonderful curators +Jules Falk Hunter +Cheryl Cooper +Jason Kowing +J.J. Bentley +Catherine Furet & +Simon Kitcher!

This little meow.... couldn't wait for +CATURDAY! :D Photo: Some Cats are Saints...

.... and here is Saint Seiss with my eight year old son... and his monkey! Aware, but still smiling...and purring! I've never seen a gentler, more calm cat. Believe me... being around an eight year old boy is not a calm experience! Amazingly, the boy has learned to be gentle with the cats... and I credit Seiss' kind patience and love for that! Teaching the human kittens by example!  :D
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Can't let a +CATURDAY! go by without posting something for my Kitty Kohorts +Jules Falk Hunter +Shantha Marie Fountain +Khrystiane Friedli and the original Caturday crew +Lee Daniels & +Christophe Friedli ... who are hopefully enjoying lots of loving energy!Photo: "Not a Tribble..." ... Cicely Robin Laing © 2012Photo: "Tribbles don't pounce!..." ... Cicely Robin Laing © 2012Photo: A Comfy Place...

... a cat can always find the best place for a nap...
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This is my little kitty, Yoshi. I love the black pads on her paws and that she tucks herself into the covers when she needs a warm spot to nap. ^..^

Happy +CATURDAY! to all! Especially my catspiritors +Jules Falk Hunter +Shantha Marie Fountain +Lee Daniels +Khrystiane Friedli  & +Christophe Friedli ... hoping you have had a purrrrfectly wonderful day! :)Photo: Loving Green...

... this cat's favorite color is green! Nothing makes her as happy as the sight... and taste... of grass green. :D
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Hope everyone is having a great weekend! My life has been full to the brim! My bouquet of grass runneth over.... I will be back to spend more time here after the last chaos of summer is over, and I have settled my kids into school.  Missing you all, but so happy to see all the great images that are waiting for me in my cue... :)

To my +CATURDAY! friends +Christophe Friedli +Andy Lee +Khrystiane Friedli +Jules Falk Hunter & +Shantha Marie Fountain hoping your day is the cat's meow!Photo: -
Everyone has an opinion...

I was photographing something else... and I turn around to see this. Not the greatest shot... but he gave me the giggles....

Happy +CATURDAY! everyone! To my kitty friends I send my very best! +Jules Falk Hunter +Shantha Marie Fountain +Lee Daniels +Christophe Friedli & +Khrystiane Friedli! ^..^ Photo: Curves of Cat..

quiet lines descend
cunning curves contained within
the art of being


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A bit of haiku for +CATURDAY!... to all my caturday friends, cheers!
Love and hugs to +Lee Daniels +Christophe Friedli +Khrystiane Friedli +Jules Falk Hunter & +Shantha Marie Fountain.... and a poetic nudge to +Jason Kowing... :)   Photo: Whisker Illumination...

A gale force wind is screaming down from the North. Ice is laying patterns on the window panes. A brief moment of warmth as the sunlight breaks through the racing clouds, only a cat could find the sweet spot of Summer memories sneaking through the window. Minutes later, darkness returns and sub-zero highs begin creeping under the door sill. With feet tucked under, furry contentment makes the cold of Winter bearable.

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Happy +CATURDAY! to all my lovely friends!
Thinking of +Christophe Friedli +Lee Daniels +Khrystiane Friedli +Shantha Marie Fountain +Jules Falk Hunter.... missing you all!
I've been off-line working on advocating for my son... we are starting the assessment process to see if he is on the autism spectrum. Life continues to throw curves, both good and bad. I'm ready for a few moments of hermitage, where I can do nothing but write... Hope you all are safe and warm... we are bundling up for a few days of sub-zero highs....Photo: "Verdi on the green..."  Cicely Robin Laing © 2013Photo: "Cat Watching"... Cicely Robin Laing © 2013Photo: "The Red Pillow" ... Cicely Robin Laing © 2013Photo: A fluff ball in a sea of green!   Cicely Robin Laing © 2013