Franklin shows off his feet
Black Cat Appreciation Day is August 17th! This is our celebration party starring our black cats, and our cats of other colors are joining the festivities too! We’re still using old pictures because we’re still trying to get all ducks in a row to shift the computer stuff around.
In that first picture our young Franklin suns himself from a high spot, doing a three paw dangle. Franklin is our little wild boy!
I like and try for a more natural look in photos now, but I do enjoy bringing colors up or down, and working with patterns, the way I used to work on a painting or collage. I’m really not a photographer.
Boss on left, Moonpie on right
Siblings Boss and Moonpie in late summer.
Beautiful black cats come to us from nature and stay a part of it though they inhabit our lives too. That’s why they, and indeed all cats, make our hearts soar so much, especially in autumn when our focus is on the beauties and bounties of the natural world. They are all-natural, not supernatural. I’ve tried to express that before, and haven’t always succeeded in getting through. Maybe I’m writing too subtle; I write in older ways. Today’s writing is more direct and explanatory. Cats have mysteries but scientific study via careful observation will lead to explanations, eventually. Meanwhile, I try to depict and describe them in ways of poetry, analogy, and rhapsody. Black fur on cats is one permutation of the earth’s beguiling color ranges that show up on animals, plants, rocks and minerals; the earth scenery we live with. It’s all good.
Spooky the tuxie girl is named for her spookiness towards humans. She is slowly sweetening up though.
The computer I work on is having random reboots. Time to transfer everything to another computer is scarce.
Moonpie was the smallest of the kittens. She still is, but she has grown a bit. She’s a darling!
News: I’ve started posting a little on Instagram. Once I learned how, it was easy and I enjoy it more than I thought I would. I still prefer posting here and I will when I can. So, go there and check it out!
Handsome Boss in younger days
Boss is a mini-panther of deep wisdom, he has a really knowing gaze!
More news: As part of their ongoing series, the Cat Writers’ Association published my “How My Cat (Writing) Career Started” article, on their Facebook page and their Instagram. For some historical insight into a fascination that really started with our first cat over 50 years ago, and sparked a writing project that began in 2004, go check it out at either one of those sites!
Our Household Lynx greets y’all! We are partying with and for all cats today, Black Cat Appreciation Day. We appreciate all cats, in any and all of nature’s magnificent varieties of coloration!
Also news: We are over the moon and back with joy that Sawyer has returned home safe! His peeps run The Cat on My Head blog. Check them out! The Cat On My Head
We are also terribly sad for all whose kitties have gone on to The Rainbow Bridge and we wish their peeps peace and comfort.
Our Stripey is grand!
Stripey is an adorable kitty, the largest of them all, and very affectionate! Celebrating and showing all our kitties, and all kitties everywhere today!
News: I finished Catwoods Volume 2! Unless another stray thought strolls by . . . Most of it was written a long time ago but since “ending” it in 2018, we’ve had new cats enter our home and I’ve had a few more ideas I wanted to add. I’d really like to publish it this year but I don’t know if that’s possible.
Black Cat Appreciation Day News: There is a book launch of Mollie Hunt’s newest book on August 17th, with a beautiful cover featuring a black cat. I’ll put the link to the advance notice on her blog here, and change it when it’s updated: BOOK LAUNCH LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY
More Black Cat Appreciation Day News: Rosa has included my Catwoods book in a post on Katzenworld called 10 Books to Read on Black Cat Appreciation Day The kitties and I thank you, Rosa!
A tech glitch of some sort: Whenever anyone ‘likes’ a comment I make on someone else’s blog, I go back to see if there is an answer. I always try to ‘like’ the answer but these days, the function won’t always work. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t. It may be that the old program I’m using doesn’t interface well somehow with the newer tech of WordPress. So maybe the upcoming changes we are trying to make will help.
Shelley is our friend’s beautiful tortie.
All these cats say “Phssssst” to any silly ideas about luck! If you have the love of a beautiful black cat, or any cat, you are lucky indeed!
All of the kitties in this post came directly from the streets. We always check to be sure a cat or cats do not have an owner(s) looking for him or her before taking the cat(s) into our home or rehoming them. If they have feral pals or elders around, as our kittens did, we continue to feed those ferals and spay and neuter them. Please spay and neuter cats. The population of new kittens seems high this summer, as reported by all the rescue groups I follow.
Also please consider getting a copy of our book which tells, in depth, of our long history of cat keeping. It celebrates cats as marvelous pets and hopefully, inspires more adoptions. There’s a lot in it about black cats, as well as all our cats of other colors and patterns. Book sales also help us keep helping more cats as well as our own kitties! Click the Amazon page at the upper right, or go direct to Borgo Publishing from the “Order the Catwoods Book Online” page, linked to under the banner. I know the Amazon page is a little different from most, you have to click on the “1 new from . . .” and sometimes it says “2 new from . . . ” From there you purchase the book direct from Borgo Publishing, a reliable local publisher.
There several other posts on this blog that celebrate black kitties as the all-natural beings they are, here are two:
Black Cats in Sun and Shade, a Painter’s Eye View
Beauties of Black Cats, Beauties of Autumn Leaves