According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, kitty-corner means

“in a diagonal or oblique position” <the house stood kitty–corner across the square>

Silly me!  All this time I thought it meant the garden corner where kitties congregate.
Our kitty corner saw a lot of activity this week. One morning, a stunning Siamese cat appeared, staying just long enough for a picture. I’ve not seen her before but what a lovely.  She has a chocolate-brown face and brilliant blue eyes.  I wonder what she’s looking at?
Handsome Kitty

Handsome Kitty Drops By

An hour later our neighbor’s cat showed up in the same spot. Kitty should be on the other side of her own cat fencing.  She’s found a way to escape the yard, but they never see her do it so they don’t know how. We keep hoping we’ll discover her escape route. So far, no luck.  She’s got that “I’m not supposed to be here” look on her face, doesn’t she?


Flash Looking Sheepish

Flash on the Move

Flash on the Move

There she goes.
In the inside corner pocket of the garden, Beijing likes to drape herself on both sides of the door.  She keeps her torso outside for maximum sun, while resting her head on the threshold.  This sends a less than subtle message to the resident felines that they’ll have to go around.

Beijing Warms Up

Taking Sun

Lindy and Beijing taking sun (Sorry, Lindy, this corner’s taken)

We love our garden’s kitty-corners. Perhaps I should send a note to Merriam Webster to suggest an additional dictionary entry: where cats congregate. What do you think?

22 thoughts on “Kitty-corner

  1. Oh dear, as cute as she is, I hope they find a way to keep Flash (love that name) in her yard. What a sweet face, I like the action shot. I can see her little pink toes on one foot. I just love kitty toes. I laughed at Beijing’s plan to claim the doorway, she looks so content, just look how sunny it is out there in San Jose. Awesome. I opened the window in the bedroom while I was ironing yesterday since it got pretty mild (-1 or 0), the kitty’s just loved it. It’s so nice to get some fresh air in the house. It’s like a trail of breadcrumbs, except at your house its pussycats. Clever post Alys, love love seeing the crew and imagining you crawling around getting these shots 🙂 Hi Lindy, mom got an extra nice one of you.


  2. Your backyard is like Seinfeld’s apartment, except for cats. Never know who is going to pop through that door. Must be nice to have an audience!


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