Friday, January 16, 2009

Cat in the Sun

It was -15°F when I got up this morning and at three in the afternoon, it's hovering around 0°F. The wind chills are scary and this is one woman who is glad she doesn't have to go out in it today.

I wonder if the inside cats even have a clue what's going on outside that sunny window?

Oh, to Live like a Cat

He lies there, wrapped in sun-stained fur,
plump as a jelly-filled scone fresh from the oven.


His eyes, green like a lizard by a stream, lazily read my
thoughts. He relaxes his head.


Paws gently knead the pillow, his tongue, a rough pink sponge,
Kisses the blanket , dreaming of his milky mama-cat.


Under my stroking hand, his pleasure rumbles
like the pressure of an accelerating engine.


Half open, his lizard eyes glaze over like frosting on a doughnut.
I give in to the desire to kiss his head, rub his ears, and he smiles.


As I leave him sleeping,I head back to life.
So human.

~ Stacie Naczelnik


Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is a fablous post Kylee. I love the middle picture. You must have been up very high to take it. I am sure this cat doesn't know how lucky it is to be inside.

The poem is good too. It fits right in with this series of photos.

I can hear the purrrring.

Unknown said...

Exactly how cats see the world. Even our very, very naughty Hugh E. Mungus looked outside, thought about escaping, and then rethought it and went back to lay in fron tof the wood stove! I too can hear the purring. (of course, that's because Spunky is laying on my lap on a heated comforter. We may both be purring).

Gail said...

A lovely post Kylee! I like the poem and photos. This morning Coal demanded, as only a cat can, to go outside on the screened porch. When his little paws hit the porch floor he turned around and high tailed it back inside! It's cold here but your temperatures are astonishing!


Cindy Garber Iverson said...

I don't think they have a clue... because cats can't read thermometers (at least not that I know of). I hope the outside kitties are hunkered down and warm in the pool house.


Robin's Nesting Place said...

My cat had double pleasure today, watching the birds, while on the table soaking up the sun. It's no wonder now why "Everybody wants to be a cat!"

Kylee Baumle said...

Lisa ~ Actually, no I wasn't up high. Just standing to the side of the window. Just as the shadows are long outside in the winter, the sun's rays shining through the window are long, too.

Baby was funny - she moved around all day so she was constantly in the sun. Smart cat!

jodi ~ Cats are much smarter than a lot of people give them credit for. Baby has escaped a few times during winter, but she doesn't want to be out for long! Summer, on the other hand, is another story.
Aren't cats the most calming things when they are on your lap? Much like a sleeping baby.

Gail ~ We're supposed to warm up into the 20s, starting tomorrow. Funny how that seems like a heat wave!

Cindy ~ Yes, they are either in the garage or the pool house. These past few days, they go out for about two seconds and turn right around and go back in. Sunny and Max are the only two who venture out a little further, but as soon as I call them, they high-tail it in!

Robin ~ Oh yes, they love watching the birds at the window feeders!
Our neighbor once said he wanted to be a cat at our house in his next life. LOL

Corner Gardener Sue said...

It is colder where you are than here, but not by much. I love that second photo!

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

All cats know exactly where to go to catch that much needed bit of sunshine. My outdoor kitty Macavity appears on my porch at exactly the right time for a spot of sunbathing in his basket there. As long as it's in the shade, Macavity is not there.

Lovely post Kylee with great pics and no, my indoor kitties haven't got a clue. When the sun shines they think it's fine to go outside in the garden but as soon as the cold hits them, they are back inside.

Love that poem, it's great!!!

Rose said...

I love this post, Kylee--the middle photo is spectacular! Our Toby likes to go outside for a little stroll every day, but the past few days he hasn't been interested at all--he's a very smart cat:) And the "outside cats" have been in the warm garage for several days now that I may have trouble coaxing them back outside once the weather warms up.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Hi there! It was only -11F here in southeastern Michigan yesterday morning, lol! I love the shadows on the carpet. And did you create that retro-modern-funky bird icon at the top left of your page? I really like it.

Kylee Baumle said...

Sue ~ Hopefully, we'll get some warmer temps today!

Yolanda Elizabet ~ That Macavity is a smart one! Mine are always looking for the sun. Me, too!

Rose ~ I know just what you mean about coaxing them out of the garage! Lola hasn't gone out at all since winter hit and she's getting to be a roly poly cat. I suspect she was an indoor cat in her previous life before she showed up here. She keeps wanting to be in the house. But we just can't have yet another one inside.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kylee, this was so sunny, I could feel the warmth, like your kitty! What a magnificent shot, with the long shadows of the windowpanes and plants and the cat, I love it! Do stay warm, and no, I don't believe your witch hazel would be blooming in those temps, maybe get the binoculars to check. :-)

Corner Gardener Sue said...

It is currently a balmy 40 degrees F here in my part of the world, SE Nebraska! I hope you are experiencing the warm up you said was coming, too!

flydragon said...

Oh I wish the sun was shining in my windows. I'd be stretched out on the rug just like your furry friend.

Brenda Pruitt said...

What excellent shots you captured! Much admiration here!

beckie said...

Kylee, I love the poem. It fitd my cat to a tee! Ocassionally she wants outside, then sees the snow and feels that cold air and back she comes.

Your pictures are great. Really catches the mood of the poem. Surely, we will warm up some this next week.

Kylee Baumle said...

Monica ~ Hi! I'm tired of all this cold, aren't you? The graphic of the blue jays is by an Ohio artist, Charley Harper. There's a link at the bottom of my page where you can learn more about him, plus if you do a search using the box at the upper left, you can find a blog post I did about him. I love his stuff!

Frances ~ You know what? I went out this afternoon just to check that witch hazel. No blooms and I have a feeling about half of them won't be, because it looks like the buds inside the outer part has disappeared. Maybe with the cold and wind, they just fell out. The other half look to be still there, so we shall see!

Sue ~ Wow! 40! Yes, it got warmer today and at 11:00 PM, it's 30. That's a huge improvement!

flydragon ~ I haven't laid on the floor in the sun, but I have stood in the window! Amazing how warm the sun can be, shining through glass like that!

Brenda ~ Thank you! When I saw the shadows and Baby laying there, I hurried to get the camera before she moved. I should have known she wasn't going to move as long as the sun was shining on her!

Beckie ~ After I decided to post the pictures, I looked for an appropriate cat poem and was glad I found this!
We're already warmer. I hope the trend continues!

Rosemary said...

Oh to be a cat!
I too love large pearl tapioca pudding, will be trying your recipe.

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