Stories, events and life in general from Miss Kitty's point of view


A long way back

For some weeks now I have been wanting to post, even starting to write one back in May, only not to finish and so fail. With each passing day I became more guilty and tonight Ms K and I, each agreed that enough is enough. Even though I have been very busy and productive, first news about Ms K, then about my long way back.

Ms K napping on the living room couch as the last of the days sunlight
reflects off the neighbors house into the room

We here in Northern California experienced a long winter with a couple of days when temperatures reached the triple digits. There was even a good rain storm end of June, all of which contributed to Ms K sleeping and napping more than twenty hours. There were only a few days in five months in which Ms K actually went into the garden, joining me while I tended to the plants. 

Ms K hiding behind the balconies railing, being vigilant about her territory

Ms K is a senior feline, taking it easy in her golden years; no longer stalking our feathered friends or chasing a leaf thumbing on the ground. Her activities are now minimal and so there is little to report, unlike with a younger feline, especially when I see other followers blog daily posts. So at times I have not been sure if I could continue this blog, even though my heart wants to. Ms K has been an important part of my life and she continues to be, so I will continue maintaining this blog.

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At one of my other blogs where I just posted this quarters calendar bookmarks, I also wrote about ‘Where does the time go.’ As for the third-quarter feline calendar, please except my apologies that it did not occur this quarter, it will be resumed at a later date still to be announced.

I guess when one is occupied creating art, preparing for a lecture or an appointment with the directory of a gallery made three months before, only to discover upon arriving, they decided to close the gallery two days prior; welt least  I have a good collection with which to approach another gallery or making it available on-line for purchase.

A small sampling of the art I created these passed three months

These passed months, work began on a series of thirty-six small paintings—on hold at the moment—then preparing for a PowerPoint presentation, which was given to the El Cerrito Art Association,

or designing and building blogs for clients, I had my hands full, burning the candle at both ends. It felt like having been touched by a Muse and riding a high wave that now has been physically draining.

‘Travels of the Imagination’ Close-up of drawing a map

In the midst of all the creativity there came another idea, bringing back my childhood years, when I drew imaginary maps containing buried pirates treasure, only now they are are more grown-up, resembling possible landmarks. 

‘Travels of the Imagination’ in progress of being reassembled

When one of these maps are completed I take a deep breath and start cutting the illustration into one inch squares, which are then carefully reassembled in a random order, making sure that each piece connects to the one next to it in some special and meaningful manner.

After having participated in my first art fair this July 4 and yesterday dropping off a painting for my first juried exhibition, my plate is still full. Though low on energy by now, Ms K’s continued presence by my side when I work, is something I treasure, for it is priceless.

Ms K

I had hoped to share another picture of Ms K, sitting comfortable on a chair next to me in the kitchen, it has to wait till next time. Here is another one taken from the balcony where Ms. K likes to be in the late afternoon, soaking up a few of the last sun rays.



ABBY said...

We have been very worried since we had not seen a posting by you in some time, it was very delightful to see this one today. I am relieved to know all is fine and that you've been busy with lots of activities and that Ms K is doing well!


Katnip Lounge said...

How wonderful to see a post and to learn that Miss Kitty has been occupied overseeing a spectacular burst of creativity. A Cat could ask for no better life.

Sparkle said...

For a senior, Miss Kitty looks absolutely pawsome! But then, we cats never show our age. ;-)

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

After having had a Senior cat who I had since he was 6 mos old (he passed at age 18 in 2007) I can tell you that reading/viewing photos/blogs about Senior kitties are EQUALLY (if not MORE) important than reading about the youngsters.

Senior kitties have earned their sage-like expressions. They have years of wisdom that the younger feisty kits can only hope to have one day.

I could look at photo after photo of cats just sitting so please do not stay away just because you have a Senior kitty who prefers to spend her day contemplating the wonders of life.

"Still waters run deep"

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm simply delighted that Miss Kitty is back and enjoying herself on the back balcony. You have been making some fabulous art and those maps are truly amazing. I'm sorry to read about the art gallery. Seems it's a sign of the times. Your art pieces are wonderful, though and I'm enjoying seeing them flash by.

Kitty hugs to Ms. Kitty from Bleubeard, too.

Alex aus dem Gwundergarten said...

Hallo Ihr beiden! Ich habe mich schon gewundert, wo Ihr steckt. Natürlich habe ich mir vor allem um Miss Kitty Sorgen gemacht. Sie hat doch schon ein stattliches Alter... aber sie sieht noch immer schnuckelig und pudel munter aus... liegt wohl an ihrem Schönheitsschlaf.
Gib ihr bitte einen dicken Knuddler von mir und Noah
Liebe Grüsse

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Good to see you post again. You have been busy! Love the photos of the lovely Miss Kitty and your art work.

Marlynn said...

First of all, stunning art work, absolutely stunning. Love each one. So happy to see Ms. K enjoying her senior years. They are so wonderful at that age. My Tabitha was 20, Goldenboy 17, and dearest Cricket 14. I was blessed to be owned by all three. Seems Ms. K has you trained well. My best to both of you and your family. Warmest wishes of happiness and energy - to you. M

weaverpat said...

Dear Miss K.,
I am so happy to see a post from you and Dad! I know when kitties get older 'resting' becomes their favorite passtime. Even though, Dad has taken some lovely photos of you.
I'm glad he is still working on his art with you close by his side. Thank you for the slide show of this amazing work.
May you both be healthy and happy!
Pat and all the kitties

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings Abby,

Thank you for visiting and checking out what we have been up to.
We just had a look at Felix taking a carnival ride dad was giving him, real funny.

Wishing you all the best,
Ms Kitty and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings Katnip Lounge,

Thank you for stopping by.
Ms K has been a great companion during dad's creative moments and he knows I am his Muse, giving him inspiration and direction.

Wishing you all the best,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings Sparkle,

Your words have a ring of truth to it, for we may get slower but always look young.

Thanks for visiting.

Miss Kitty and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings Bleubeard and Elizabeth,

It was very nice to see your presence grace the comment list and thank you for your words of encouragement to dad's art. It seems the maps are a big hit as people coming to the booth payed much attention to them.

Even though it is not a good market for art, dad has to continue creating for it is his life.

Warmest regards,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings Noah and Alexandra,

Your words touched me deeply and I especially loved 'dicken Knuddle' as I have not hear this expression in several decades, but rest assured I made sure to tell Ms K that this hug was also coming all the way from Europe and that you and Noah had sent it.

Wishing you all the best,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings dear Jan,

Thank you for dropping by and having a look at what we have been up to these last two and a half months.

Wishing you all the best,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings Marlynn,

Thank you for looking in on us and your words of encouragement. Soon I will post all the art work created since May on-line at my other two site which will now expand to three.

Warmest regards,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Dear Pat, Dieter and family,

It always brings us pleasure to see your Avatar and read your kind word and encouragement.

When I create I seem to shut off all outside and sometimes even the family. It seems everything comes to a stand still and the universe revolves around me; at least I have Ms K next to my side dozing away the hours.

Warmest regards,
Ms Kitty and Egmont

Cat said...

I'm sorry I missed you post, I often do not visit on the weekend. I am happy to learn that you are both well!

The loyalty of a senior cat is indeed priceless. My Molly was with me through thick and thin for almost 18 years. She knew every one of my secrets and she never breathed a word :-)

Welcome back friends!

meowmeowmans said...

Dear Miss Kitty and Egmont,

We are so happy to see you again. We were rather concerned because we hadn't heard from you in some time! It's nice that it was busy-ness that was keeping you away. :) Miss Kitty, you look lovely as always (please let your dad know that we will never tire of seeing pictures of you, or of reading your wise and insightful posts).

Have a great day, dear friends!

Clooney said...

Dear Miss Kitty & Egmont,

We are so happy for the update from you as it is always a treat to read your posts and have you share your wonderful art and photography. Congratulations Egmont on all your creative ventures; it is fantastic that you are doing what you love. And we appreciate Miss Kitty's photos and wisdom. Good to know you are both well.

Mr Puddy said...

Miss Kitty !!!!!!! Miss You !!!!!!!
Sorry I've been so late here, I didn't been blogging for few day. As long as you are happy and doing well. Me and mom are happy for you. Everything you do, It's always be great and artistic : )
Follow your heart , it will be the best
Hugs to you

michico*Adan said...

Such a beautiful post!

Vicki said...

Miss Prissie and I send out best to you and Miss Kitty....We send you special prayers and so understand on the older cats we have become.....

Team Tabby said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful art and the lovely photos of Miss Kitty. We liked her slide show very much. We can see why she is your support and inspiration.

All five of us kitties are senior cats, too.

Oh, you might be interested to know we live very close to an island purported to have pirate treasure, and although the digging has gone on, off and on for many years, it still remains a mystery.

Luzia said...

Liebe Miss Kitty,
wie froh ich bin, zu lesen, dass es Euch gut geht! Daddy scheint ja gerade vor Kreativität zu explodieren und Du, als seine Assistentin, überwachst alle seine Aktivitäten:-)) Ihr seid einfach ein dreamteam und ich hoffe, dass es Euch auch weiterhin bestens geht. Ich selbst habe nach einer Frankreichreise auch den Kopf voller neuer Bildideen, die nun umgesetzt werden wollen. Ganz viele liebe Grüße von Luzia.

Gaby Bee said...

Hi Miss Kitty,
I have to confess I had not visited your blog for quite a while ... please do not take it personally. It's a real challenge visiting all the wonderful blogs out there.
I have loved every minute of the time spent looking through all your beautiful pictures.

Greetings from Germany ,

iris said...

bonjour ,
je viens souvent sur votre blog
je l' apprécie beaucoup
car j' aime énormément les chats
à bientôt
bonne journée
IRIS ( edith )

Toyin O. said...

Cute cat.

meowmeowmans said...

Just checking in with you, Miss Kitty and Dad Egmont. Hope all is well. :)

Team Tabby said...

We dropped in to check up on you and Ms K, we sincerely hope everything is okay, we know things get busy.