Happy Christmas eve-eve! Josh took these super cute photos of the cats in front of the sparkly Christmas tree last night. Unfortunately they aren’t happy chaps at this time of year: the cold and rain means they stay inside more which makes them fractious and fighty. I always miss them when we go home for Christmas, though they are spoiled with visitors and presents so I know they’ll be fine.
It’s both of the cats’ birthdays at this time of year – Yoni is 4 and Lila is one. What better way – or excuse – to celebrate than to share a montage of adorable photos.
Yoni is still the handsomest cat I know, and as he’s got older he’s mellowed into such a sweetie. All he wants is laptime and cuddles, especially now it’s cold out. He jumps up for a snuggle as soon as I get in from work, and sleeps on the bed next to me when I work from home.
Lila is very much settled in now. She’s still feisty with other cats and has sparred with every one in the neighbourhood (her current nemesis is a little black and white kitty who even dared to come into the cat flap once – that didn’t go well for anyone). She loves all people though and purrs like crazy if you stroke her. Her favourite things are the bathtub, naps by the radiator, and her fluffy toy which she drags around the house in her mouth.
You’ll be pleased to hear I’m done with Copenhagen posts now! Have some cat pictures for a change of pace. Your eyes do not deceive you: Yoni and Lila are nearly civil now. I don’t think they’ll ever be BFFs but at least they can coexist in the house together. I am very happy about this.
We’ve had Lila a month now so thought I’d update on how she’s settling in. It hasn’t been an entirely smooth transition period… we went from worrying that Yoni would terrorize her to quite the opposite being true – she takes any opportunity to pounce and chase her much bigger brother! I guess she got used to defending herself living rough and she hasn’t learnt that not all cats mean harm, plus a large part of it is her normal kitteny energy and hunter instinct.
There’s currently lots of this stand-offing and eyeballing going on, but we’re trying to distract and re-train her with endless treats and playtime, and I think it’s slowly getting better. It also doesn’t help that our flat has lots of twisty corridor that they can hide and pounce around in. It’s become a bit of a no-mans-land in the cat trench wars.
Yoni was terrified of her at first, hiding and crying whenever we let her out of her safe room, but now he’s started to stand up for himself and defend his territory, swatting her attacks away with the air of a bemused older brother.
Aside from terrorizing her big brother, Lila seems happy in her new home. She loves her food (and goes for Yoni’s after finishing hers, something we need to put a stop to!) and has definitely filled out. She LOVES to play – I forgot how exhausting kittens can be to entertain. She’s particularly obsessed with chasing ribbons and twigs from the garden. I’m taking her to get vaccinated and microchipped soon so she can start going outside which I think will defuse the home situation some more.
Luckily I’ve been working at home for the last few weeks so I can keep an eye on them, as they still aren’t quite ready to be left on their own unsupervised. It’s pretty hard staying focused on work with two kitties around for distraction, though!
Josh got me a Lomokino for Christmas, and I took it out in the garden last sunny weekend. Happily I had a couple of co-stars in waiting: Yoni and the neighbours’ sweet kitty, Catty Cat. (These two used to hate each other but now they’re kind of buddies. I hope the same applies to Yoni and Lila soon…!)
When Lomography develop the film for you, they send the movie, the scans and each frame separately on a CD, which is handy. Here’s the full film straight out of camera.
And here are some of the frames and some little gif vignettes I made.
I’m rather pleased with the results, though I need to work on my steady hand! Any other ideas of things that it’d be fun to shoot on the Kino?
Meet the latest addition to the What Katie Does household…
This is little Lila, she’s a 6 month old ladycat who my friend Arianna found living rough in their neighbour’s coal cellar. They’d been hearing her for a month or two but couldn’t track her down – well, black cat in a coal cellar – but eventually brought her in after they found her sleeping on their doorstep. We aren’t sure if she was born stray or ran away, but no one has claimed her after advertising, so we made the decision to give her a new home (Arianna already has four cats so couldn’t keep her!).
We named her Lila (lee-la) after her gorgeous green lilypad eyes. Given her rough start in life she’s totally healthy, so incredibly friendly and loves to be around people – her lovely purrr is near-constant when you walk in the room and she loves snuggles.
She’s currently settling into one of our spare rooms to get acclimatised to her new home. We’ve yet to introduce her to the alpha-male of the family, who I’m not sure will be thrilled to become a big brother but has been surprisingly cool about the new arrival so far. I’ll be sure to keep you posted with pics and how she’s settling in.
I’m not a cold weather lover, but a thick dusting of pretty snow definitely takes the edge off, hmm? Especially on a Sunday when there’s no need to go anywhere except a walk around the village for a coffee and to snap some photos.
It’s the first time Yoni’s seen snow since he’s been going outside, so it was pretty fun seeing his reaction. He had a nose around but has spent most of the day curled up inside – sensible kitty.
It’s been a bit of a rubbish week. I’ve been ill again, for the third time in a month, and it’s gone really cold all of a sudden, brrr. I hate winter, I wish it would be temperate all year round. I’ve been working really hard too, but on really fun stuff that I’m looking forward to showing off soon. Anyway, just sharing some gratuitous photos of my little buddy, who seems to have got much more snuggly lately – perhaps he’s feeling the cold, too.
My Wonder Cat poster is back in stock on Etsy! I wasn’t expecting the rush sellout or volume of emails asking for a reprint – who would have known the Internet loves a cat, eh? I’m actually working on a second cat-themed poster right now…
Haven’t had some gratuitous cat photos for a while.. Yoni just adores this crochet blanket I found in one of my favourite vintage shops, Le Grenier. He’s a sucker for anything cosy, fleecy or knitted. It lives on the day bed in my study and I love tapping away at the computer or catching up on TV on iPlayer while he snoozes next to me.