Tale of A Cat

Growing up on Lake Superior in the upper peninsula of Michigan, in the small city of Marquette, our family always had pets. And, at one point, we owned a black-and-gray striped cat named Bootsy.

He was an indoor-outdoor cat, and, when inside, enjoyed sitting by the large picture window in the living room, at the front of the house.

There were lots of kids in the neighborhood at that time, so it was common for friends to come over and visit. We also had a doorbell with a glowing light.

Once, the doorbell rang and I went to see who it was, opening only the main door but not the screen door. I looked but nobody was there.

At that time, a common prank which children enjoyed was called ditching doorbells – ringing someone’s doorbell & running away.

Assuming this was the case, I closed the door and began to walk back into the house. Just then, it rang again. I turned around quickly and opened both doors, stepping out on to the front porch to see who it was – but, there was no person in sight.

However, an explanation quickly became apparent. It was our cat!

As the front porch was visible from the living room window, he could see people come to our house, press the glowing doorbell, hear the sound of the doorbell, and then watch us react by opening the door.

On his own, Bootsy learned he could get on the milk box, and then jump up on top of the mailbox, from which he could lean against the doorbell, letting us know when he wanted to come inside. That education was a game-changer for a cat.

The question: did we own the cat, or did he own us? I think the latter.

Stepping Back

It’s like I’m outside at a circus, looking through a dirty glass window, watching all the kids having fun inside…

Climbing tall ladders to reach high wires. Pulling a lion’s tail. Stepping on the oversized shoes of clowns.

In time, I turned back to pass between bended fence posts and begin my journey home – 10,000 steps.

PHOTO CREDIT: this is a modified photo from unsplash.com.

Memory Lane

Take a step back in time and enjoy a visit to fond memories of youthful exuberance. You won’t have to go far, just stop by my galleries at Fine Art America or Redbubble to discover some really fun items – prints, tote bags, iPhone cases, t-shirts, notebooks, etc.. Enjoy!

Colorful Geometric Design Baby Blanket

Measuring 39″ by 29″, this colorful baby blanket is made of 100% cozy polyester fleece. Choose between one or both sides printed. Machine wash on gentle cycle. Dryer safe; low heat tumble dry recommended. Ironing not recommended. Enjoy!

Father And Son

This digital artwork features a father and son cautiously walking along the water’s edge of a lake, with their pant-cuffs rolled up to keep dry. Based on a photograph from unsplash.com. See more in my gallery at Fine Art America. Thanks for stopping by.

Catch Me If You Can

The race is on, across the field to the woods – “last one is a rotten egg”! Enjoy this nostalgic, vintage sepia tone photography of three children running for the fun of it. Based on a photograph from Unsplash with a Creative Commons Zero license, several modifications were added using Photoshop, including a faded watercolor frame. Prints and more are available in my gallery at Pixels…stop by for a visit!

Imagination

Imagination

After traveling for what felt like hours, I finally reached the crest of a hilltop which seemed familiar, like a place that I may have played as a child. Yet something was different, puzzling me…where had my friends gone, and the tree that I so enjoyed climbing in my youth? I closed my eyes for a moment to imagine what those days were like, and in my mind I returned home…

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Imagination

 

…after traveling for what felt like hours, I finally reached the crest of a hilltop which seemed familiar, like a place that I may have played as a child. Yet something was different, puzzling me…where had my friends gone, and the tree that I so enjoyed climbing in my youth? I closed my eyes for a moment to imagine what those days were like, and in my mind I returned home. Enjoy this tote bag.