We have 4 very adorable and very inspiring cats: Linus, Boots, Lily and Jack.

Now that the warm weather has arrived in Southeast Michigan they get to spend some time outdoors in our back yard. Every morning after breakfast they wait at the back door, giving Jeff and I big googly eyes, begging quietly to be let outside. They spend hours out there while Jeff and I work in our studio. Our studio is off of our kitchen and both rooms have very large windows that overlook the back yard so we can always keep our eye on them.

Being able to let them into our big backyard where they are safe and sound is a blessing. They love being outside and they get so much exercise chasing each other and running up and down trees. Lily loves to dig holes under the raspberry bushes. Jack loves to run up the trees and then wiggle his way back down. Boots loves to sit by the corner of the barn nearest the wood pile, listening for the slightest sound of movement so he can investigate. Linus just loves laying in the grass, catching a cool breeze.

We are vigilant to keep our eye on them at all times. They need our supervision even with a big back yard and plenty of space for them to run around in. A large turkey vulture flew over the yard about a month ago and all the cats noticed it before Jeff or I did. Lily was in the middle of the yard with no cover nearby and she immediately crouched as close to the ground as she could, keeping a cautious eye on the big bird the whole time. As soon as it flew by all four cats ran into the studio.

Being able to spend this precious time outside is so good for all four of our cats. It’s good for Jeff and I also. It forces us to take breaks during our busy work days and that is essential!

Linus, Boots, Lily and Jack are the apples of our eyes and it makes us so happy to see them play and thrive. We love being able to see their funny antics from our studio and kitchen windows while we work.