I’d like to press the pause button on summer, but alas the peace and quiet and freedom lasts only until the clouds begin to gather and a new storm brings rain. Still, I’m reveling in these bright days, at home with the kittens. Here on the last day of June. The longest day has gone already. I track the setting sun from my porch. Last night it glowed like an orange porch light just before it slipped below the horizon. I could see the faint glimmer through the oak branches.
Cold brew and breakfast in a favorite little neighborhood place.
Otto & Iris have allergies of some sort. Their vet and I are trying to get to the bottom of it. He’s a good diagnostician, but even he is stumped. It doesn’t affect their constant play, chasing, jumping, purring, and tail wagging. So far I’ve tried changes in food, litter, washing pet beds in hot water to get rid of dust mites, and ordered some CBD oil which is supposed to be good for inflammation. Seeing what might help before resorting to steroids.
Some days I’m relaxed about it all, other days the jungle drums start beating.
Oh me, oh life!
What a joy to be back to painting this and that in the sketchbook.
I can’t leave the flowers on the table for long. Otto likes to take them out and carry them around the house. That one is trouble-maker in chief. Iris couldn’t be sweeter. She is gentle and tentative except when she’s batting her fuzzy balls around the house and dropping them into her food bowl.
My little darlings.
I didn’t think it possible to have a couple of indoor cats, but it’s working out. I’m still amazed that they don’t howl to get outside or even try.
If you’re joining the ZOOM playdate on Sunday, go read the details over on OMG!. The video updates are all in place.
After 15 years of blogging I’ll be meeting some of you face-to-face for the first time. Looking forward to that and just to working in our sketchbooks together. Hopefully I’ve worked out all the kinks, but if not…
No big deal. That’s my summer mantra.
Jeannie Edmunds says
The key to happy indoor cats is not to let them out even once, not even on a leash.
Love your posts!
Cats can develop allergies to fish even though they have eaten for years. We had changed up our 13 yr old cats food when she refused to eat her usual diet, eliminated it, allergy cleared up no problem since.
Also try to feed cat food that’s one protein source not a mixture with sauce.
Found out that some cats are allergic to plastic. If using plastic food /water dishes, switch to stainless steel.
Hope this helps, allergies can be a bear to sort out.
Mary Ann Moss says
Cheers to beers. I mean bears. Yes indeed, frustrating to sort out…
No plastic and I’m trying pork a novel protein for them, cut out the chicken, working on the dustmites, and just last night around 3 a.m. I got to thinking about the vacuum cleaner so moved it out of the house this morn. They were hanging out by it and it is super dusty. Cleaned the filter yesterday.
Summer mysteries to solve. Detective Moss on the case.
Thanks for the input. Will keep you updated.
I’m enjoying the new update and look forward to spending the summer playing with gouache. I went to blick today to get matte acrylic and a fabriano sketchbook to try out. The crinkle sound got me! 🤣 Thank you for adding the new videos and I can’t wait for the zoom art time!
Mary Ann Moss says
Thanks Kelli, hope you like the matte acrylic. They last soooo long and are perfect for a sketchbook. Very freeing. See you Sunday!
Mary H says
From our back porch we can see the sunset and glimmer through oak trees, too. I love it. Your kitties are so sweet. And all your photos are so lovely. Thanks for the new videos and the zooms!
Mary Ann Moss says
Porchlife. The key to my happy universe. Love knowing you have oaks with sunbeams that filter through in the evening.
Susie Lafond says
Kittens underfoot are the spice of life. Otto and my Lucy must be related in some cosmic universal way, cuz she lives for whatever mischief she can make on any particular day, swatting the dog with her paws, no claws extended, as she walks by, minding her own p’s and q’s, is one of her favorite things to do and that always leads to a rather rambunctious romp around the house. Tilly always gets at least one nose boop in before she’s had enough. Lucy always wins. Yep, life with cats. I gave up on live plants in the house soon after I adopted my daughter’s cat many years ago, she’d knock them over and find ways to get at them, even if we put them where we thought they were out of reach. And when Lucy arrived sealed my fate with plants. I was a bit sad about that cuz I had quite a few cacti that were doing exceptionally well on my coffee table which got sun pretty much all day. No one buys me flowers anymore, they know. Oh well. Wish I could offer some wisdom on the allergy situation. Sounds like you are on it tho. Those are my smoke signals from here in MN. Enjoy your summer and your sweet lil, ones, tho not so little.:)