Puzzled by our pokiness in disentangling her tether from the chair, Sweet Tiny Pea pondered the mysterious workings of the mind of her servant this morning as we scrambled to get a couple of good shots, while she scanned the environs in our direction with backward-turned ears listening for clues. Note to self: The tether is looking a little frayed around the edges. 'Better get some new line before it breaks during one of the animals' adrenally-assisted double-barreled lunges, wherein they drag the chair across the yard in pursuit of some feline or other faunal intruder.
Tiny found herself enmeshed in a cat's cradle of her own making midmorning.
"Still pinching them, she moves her hands farther apart, until the string is taut," instructs Ifyoulovetoread.com (above photo) in "How to Do Cat's Cradle," an illustrated step-by-step tutorial in the "game in which a string is looped on the fingers to form an intricate pattern between a player's hands that can be successively varied or transferred to another player's hands."
We had tied the tether she shares with her brother Baby Cakes -- offscreen a few feet to the right in photos above and below -- to a lawn chair, with each cat having about 10 feet of play for alternate surveillance and napping exercises. Unsatisfied with her range of movement, she had made things worse by circling around and around the base of the chair seeking a way out.
Okay, Grandma. Put down that camera and get me out of this thing.
Update: Say cheese. Lots more pictures of all things bright and beautiful plus commentary at the wonder of it all at Modulator's Friday Ark #154.