First up is October, who is about 8 years old and weighs somewhere upwards of 20 lb. He's not svelte. Here's a lovely view of him, taken by our daughter's grandma, while she was visiting:
Charming, right? This is how October approaches life -- surrender to it, just lie down and get comfortable and let life roll on around you. (Actually, that kind of describes me, including the "not svelte" part :)
And then there's Buttercup. She does not let life roll by --
(bad cell phone pic, sorry -- )
Yesterday she also spent a long time stalking a spider that was on the molding up by the ceiling. When she's honed in on a target, she will break every rule in the book (rules for cats -- ha!) trying to keep her eye on it and, if the cat gods are kind, actually catch it! She was up on a table she's absolutely forbidden to get onto, trying to climb up on my photos printed on canvas hanging on the wall (yeeeek!!!), and she will jump over and over again, thinking that she, a little dainty cat, will be able to Michael-Jordan-it up to the ceiling and catch that evil spider.
I'm trying to get a picture of her hanging from the screen front door, way up on top, thinking that she can get that moth flying around on the porch outside. She rushes from room to room when she hears a bird outside, leaping up on the windowsills to get that birdy in her sights.
I wish I had her energy! I also love it when she comes to sleep with me at night -- yeah, she wakes me up at 4:30 AM, but when she snuggles up next to me, I scratch her head, she stretches out a paw as if embracing me -- the pleasure I get from this little creature fills me with joy.
Here's a portrait I did from her baby picture in Painter. I like how it came out:
Linkup to Camera Critters
Do you have a creature that brings you joy? I'd love to hear about him/her.