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.

© 2021 Phil Perkins

Pillars In The Sky

This gothic Architecture photographed includes very tall stone pillars and a lighted ceiling above a corridor at Angell Hall – located in Ann Arbor, on the campus of the University of Michigan. If interested, prints are available.

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Vintage Corridor

This vintage corridor, known as Nichols Arcade, is lined with various stops and is located on the campus of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Prints and more are available, so please visit my shops Pixels, ArtFlakes and/or ArtPal. Thanks for visiting!

Golden Stripe Pattern Tote Bag

Printed then sewn for edge-to-edge, this classic made in the USA tote bag has a 100% sturdy brushed polyester exterior, and is available in medium and large (shown here) sizes. It has a black laminated lining for extra support and is perfect for shopping or at school!

Online Photography Training

Finally, I signed up for an annual pro membership at kelbyone.com, an online photography training program, which also covers Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom. I’ve already watched my first half-hour course this morning, and look forward to further developing my skillset.

Abstract Setting Sun Tote Bag

Available in sizes medium or large, this decorative tote bag is made in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and features an all-over print (printed then sewn for edge-to-edge). The exterior is 100% sturdy brushed polyester, and the interior is made with 100% polyester non-woven laminate. Enjoy!

Laptop Computer Sleeve

Made by FUJIFILM in Valhalla, New York, this neoprene laptop sleeve is available for 15″, 13″ and/or 10″ computers. It’s lightweight and water resistant, and has a top loading zippered enclosure. Plus, an interesting design…you can’t go wrong!

Guests can also discover more items available in my gallery at Redbubble.

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Textured Pattern Tote Bag

Available in three sizes and printed on both sides, this cool tote bag is made of 100% spun polyester poplin fabric with a 1″ wide super strong cotton shoulder strap. Take it with you to school, shopping or on the road…with style!

And, visit my gallery at Pixels to see more great items!

Layered Geometric Mouse Pad

Made for the only mouse you want scurrying around your desk, this 9 1/4″ by 7 3/4″ mouse pad features a layering of colorful sections with texture. With high quality, full-color printing, it has non-slip backing with a dust and stain resistant cloth cover. It also makes a great gift-giving idea for family or friends!

Guests may also visit my gallery at Pixels to see more items available!

Abstract Blue And Green iPad Case

This one-piece, clip-on protective iPad case with an abstract blue and green design is slim and lightweight. It has an impact resistant polycarbonate shell allowing full access to all device ports, with super-bright colors embedded directly into the case.

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University of Michigan Buildings

Enjoy this photography of gothic architecture as seen on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. If you’d like a print for your home or office, then stop by my gallery at Fine Art America – print types include framed, art, canvas, wood, metal and acrylic.

University of Michigan Campus

Enjoy this photograph from Ann Arbor, taken on the campus of the University of Michigan in the courtyard of the Law Quad. A variety of print types can be found in my gallery at Fine Art America. Several customization options are available, also.