This little cat has a lot to be thankful for.
I wasn’t always a cat lover, believe it or not. I didn’t dislike them, but I didn’t understand them. I loved dogs, but I didn’t get cats at all. Then, when I was in my 20’s, someone offered me a cat. It seemed like a reasonable proposition. I had mice in my apartment. So a cat named Electra came to live with me. That pretentious name had to go, and she became Pooky. It took me a year to get used to her. And then I was a cat lover.
That’s Pooky on the right in the little frame and her nemesis Bandersnatch on the left. Boris’s likeness is on the mug to the rear.
Why did I start collecting cat memorabilia. Why do people collect anything? We traveled widely before the pandemic and it seemed nice to focus on one kind of travel memento. Plus I have a very small house and there’s not a lot of room to display things. An added benefit is that it makes it easy for people who want to give me a gift. I can always find room for another little cat on the three shelves and corner walls in my dining room that hold the collection. And unlike Pooky and Bandersnatch, the cats never fight with one another.
I haven’t shown all of the cats in this post. Even a cat lover needs a rest now and then. If you are ever in Amsterdam and want to see a great collection of feline keepsakes, be sure to check out The Katten Kabinet.
Boris is all ready for Easter but he is not too particular about his holidays. If Easter eggs were not available, I know he would heartily sink his little fangs into some Gefilte fish. Boris practices Omnism. All cats do. Especially when it comes to food.
Boris wishes you a happy happy Spring no matter how you celebrate it. Here’s hoping you find a nice surprise in your litter box!
Boris and his best pal Sweety the Stuffed Cat (who apparently thinks it’s someone’s birthday-he’s always ready for a celebration) wish you all a Happy New Year filled with snacks and scritches, and most of all, love. Can’t have too much of that.
My cat Boris originally wrote this non traditional version of the first Christmas story as a guest blogger. But he wanted to turn it into a little book so human kittens could hold it, turn the pages, and look at the pictures. If you’ve ever shared your home with a cat, you know how persistent they can be.
So after much nagging from Boris, we turned the little story into a little, illustrated book. If you’d like a copy, you can order it here.
And while I have you on the phone, thanks to everyone who attended Fleisher Art Memorial’s Handmade Art Market last Saturday. I pretty much sold out.
One of the things I miss most is not being able to go to the pottery studio because of the pandemic. Fleisher Art Memorial is reopening its open pottery studio program in the fall (with safety precautions). I am looking forward to returning.
I’m back from Clayathon with too much to do today so this week’s post will be short. What inspires you? I am not ashamed to say that my cat Boris (and animals in general) is a big source of inspiration for my pottery.
I’ve started throwing again after a hiatus because of thumb problems. And I like to draw on the pottery which is white earthenware clay. Here are some small bowls that came out of the kiln this week.
We have sponge eating monsters in our pottery studio, so I marked my cleanup sponge accordingly:
A Christmas Eve post this year.
Some pictures from around my neighborhood.
And back by popular demand, guest blogger Boris tells the story of how the Tabby got its “M”.