Scarlett's favorite spot these days is on the foot of the bed. She can see out the window, and she gets a delightful sun puddle for much of the morning. She does not, however, always appreciate having her sunbathing interrupted by a cell phone stuck in her face.
"You woke me up, Mom."
"You've taken about 85 photos, and I know you're only going to use one of them.
I sometimes like to see how close Melly will let me get with the camera. She was sound asleep while I was taking pictures and didn't even twitch a whisker during all of these. Turns out, I can actually touch her nose with the camera before she moves.
Josh and I went away for the weekend and, of course, the cats were suspicious of the suitcases as soon as we pulled them out to pack. I snapped this photo of Melly when I was about to start loading the car:
"How dare you leave us? Don't you love us?"
Sarah will look after you. You like Sarah more than you like me.
During a break in the heat wave, I woke up to see Melly, while pretending to be asleep, sloooowly edging closer to Scarlett.
I kept waiting for Scarlett's usual reaction to Melly's personal space invasions: growling and storming off in a huff. But for some reason, Scarlett tolerated Melly's encroachment, and eventually the two were snuggled right up against each other.
I mean, as snuggles go, it's not really the warmest, but if you've been around here for a while, you know that this is a big deal. I pet both kitties for a while, but eventually had to get out of bed to get ready for work (sigh), which sent them both scurrying for the food bowl.
I'm sure most of you are familiar with the "herd of elephants" effect, in which a single rampaging feline somehow manages to make a noise akin to that of elephants on the move. Melly, who is not exactly a delicate flower, is very loud when she runs through the house, and at this point, I don't think much of it.
But, recently, after the usual thundering thumps, I heard a series of crashes and scratches and a slightly frantic squeak. This was worrying, so I went into the living room and discovered this:
The cat tree is in the office now, and it doesn't get as much use as it did when it was in the living room, I think because I don't spent too much time in there. But, when I am in the office, one of the cats usually hangs out on the tree. Melly is particularly fond of the top tier.
We are having an unusually hot summer here in the pacific northwest, and the cats have been pretty miserable. Fortunately the nights are cool enough that I've been able to keep the house somewhat comfortable for most of the day, but there is still usually a period in the early evening when it is hot. The cats mostly lie on the floor and look miserable, but Scarlett sometimes rolls around on her back to cool her belly, and it is so darn cute, especially since she is usually so prim.
After getting the Ikea shelf put together, the living room is starting to come together--as far as furniture, anyway--so I thought I'd show you some photos of the before/during/after.
First, the before. Please observe the lovely square paneling, which as it turned out was nailed directly to the studs and had no insulation behind it.
Now, the during. As it turned out, the plate below this wall had been eaten through by carpenter ants (thanks for not catching that, home inspector). So, the whole wall had to come off and be rebuilt. The photo below is taken from outside the front of the house, looking in through where the living room window used to be.
Here's the rebuilt wall with the new window installed. That's my dad in the charming hat--he did most of the carpentry on the house and oversaw all the subcontractors. He is pretty much a construction guru and I am unbelievably lucky that he was able to come and do so much on this project.
Here's the living room after it was painted and the floors were refinished.
The after. This was taken this past weekend. It's come a long way!
We got an Ikea shelf to store Josh's records and various other media, and as most of you probably know, putting together Ikea furniture can be a bit of an adventure. It actually came together pretty well, but the process was not made easier by a certain fuzzball who insisted upon supervising.
After I'd finished putting the shelf together and had loaded it with all our movies and music, Melly sprawled across the top and gave me a look just daring me to move her.