I bought this as a light box to photograph small items for the e-commerce site I'l planning on starting

Xenia’s Artists Statement

As you may be aware my cat Xenia is not only Her Imperial Majesty of All She Surveys, but also a "talented" artist. Looking forward to her first one-cat show, she used an online artist statement creator to come up with her exhibit statement. Later she cleaned it up a bit and personalized it:

Can You Hear Me!?

This sweet little cat is the petite dynamo Smidgen. Smidgen was the immediate successor to the Clancy ( AKA The Grey Menace) and the predecessor to Xenia ( Empress of all she surveys). Yes, you can see where this is headed. To look so sweet and be so imperious - it took talent.


The Gray Menace's nemesis slunk away into the woods, once again inadequate.

Ring-Tail Tom

The Grey Menace remained a proud, loud, and strutting tomcat well into his ninth year. With the dark grey rings in his fur, he was the Ring-Tail Tom of the old folksong.

Who’s Got The Remote?

Xenia, Empress of all she surveys, has joined me as I prepare my blog posts in the morning. At first, I assumed she was waiting for me to head to the kitchen and give her a treat.


Estates have grounds; the rest of us have yards, lots, gardens, woods, and such. It's been since grad school that I had someone mention caring for the grounds.


The owner wanted to dump the property in the worst possible way. It would have been too kind to describe it as a fixer-upper.