Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I Can't Resist Him

He has become impossible, simply impossible.  Unless he is sleepy, he keep demanding attention.  When I am out of the room, he calls me.  I go to see what he wants, and he is striking one of his adorable poses to get me to visit him.  Sometimes he is sitting on his claw post or he may be stretched out on the floor.  As soon as he sees me, he pops up and trots over to the TV room and demands that I pet him.  Do I have any choice?  Of course not.  After a few minutes, I go back to what I was doing.  A few minutes later, it starts all over, again.

Does he care that I am writing a cat blog which he stars in?  Of course not.

I just don’t have the power to resist him, and he knows it.  

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Thunder and My New Mattress

Thunder and My New Mattress

After years of wanting a new mattress, my brother offered to help me get it up to my bedroom.  My bedroom is atop circular stairs, and it was necessary to dismantle some of the stairs and then hoist the mattress up to the upper floor--not an easy project.

He came over one hot afternoon with my two nieces to complete the project.  Of course, Thunder went into hiding.

It took an hour, but we were successful.  My family left, and then it was time to introduce Thunder to our new bed.

Thunder is a very timid and careful cat--the kind that measures five times and jumps once.  I was afraid he might be scared by the new mattress.  It was much taller than the old one, and it had a different smell.  Thunder is very sensitive to smells.

I carried him upstairs.  He was very tense.  I put him down in the hallway, and he furtively entered my; all crouched down and small.  He didn’t notice the mattress, at first.  He noticed the pillows and blankets on the floor.  He went to investigate them, and I slowly put them on the bed.  He then had to look all around the room to make sure it was safe.  It seemed like he intentionally wasn’t looking at the mattress.

Finally, i told him it was time to check out the mattress.  I lifted him up to his favorite corner.  He stood there for a moment, and then he laid down, stretched his paws out and got a look of contentment on his face.  He liked to two layers of memory foam.  I chose well.

He only sat there for a few minutes, and then he wanted to explore the other bedroom, too.  A cat can never be too careful.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Adjusting to Retirement with Thunder

I discovered on my first day of not going to work at 8:00, that Thunder takes a nap at 8:00.  He looked at me and then went right up on the chair under the dining room table.  I waited a while, and he didn't come out.  So I took Maggie for a long walk, worked in the garden and came back a few hours later.  He hadn't moved and didn't greet me.  It was unlike him not to greet me.

An hour or so later, he came out and was all affection.

The next morning I stayed home, I was a little too slow with the routine.  After breakfast, I brush Maggie's teeth, let her outside and then brush Thunder's teeth while the dog is out of the way.  It was right about 8:00.  As I went to get him, I saw him heading under the dining room table.  I was too late.  He was going to nap.  I didn't get his teeth brushed until after lunch.

I am learning to do my chores and take care of Maggie's walk in the mornings if I am home.  Sometimes, he will come out for a bite to eat, and on sunny morning's he may come out to lay in the morning sun in the dining room.  It arrives around 10:00.  This still counts as nap time.  I can admire him, but I can't disturb him.

We are learning new routines.  I am just glad I can spend so much time with him.