Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Theo’s Haiku

I still like the sun

I don’t find it as often

I sleep in boxes 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Last Thursday morning. I had a presentation at a convention center about 80 minutes from our house. It was at 8 a.m. so I decided rather than wake up really early and make the drive, instead I decided I would stay at the hotel by the convention center. It was the first night Alias and Norma have been alone overnight in our house without me. To make matters worse there were severe thunderstorms rolling through the area overnight that included tornados. 

I avoided the severe weather on my drive up, but worried all night that my house would be blown away and/or Alias and Norma would freak out with the high winds and perhaps hail. Plus their dinner was fed hours before they usually are fed, which they quite liked when it happened but it also meant they would need to go around 20 hours between meals something they weren’t prepared for. When I got home I was surprised that they seemed somewhat subdued. They obviously wanted to be fed but they were less harried than they are when I go to an event at night and their last meal of the day gets fed to them a couple of hours late.

Theo seemed glad to see me come home.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Friday, May 06, 2022

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Sunny Side Up

Things are looking up for Theo. Or at the very least, Theo’s looking up.
 

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

He’s Learning Fast

Yes Alias, staying under the covers all morning on a rainy day is really a good idea.
 

Monday, May 02, 2022

Weather Cats

It’s been a cold, rainy/snowy spring so far. The two really seem to be fascinated by precipitation falling from the sky. Maybe I should put them outside so they realize the benefits to having a roof over their heads… 
 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Comfort

Theo no longer can jump up on my lap. But he’s never really been a lap cat. So for the past year when he’s tried to pull himself up on my lap I interpreted to mean he wanted to be fed just like all his other go to moves. The past week I’ve pulled him up onto my lap and have been surprised that he wants to stay there… Sorry lil buddy… I should have figured this out sooner.
 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Camera Clicks

Alias is wondering how one is supposed to take a nap with all the paparazzi around. Norma doesn’t seem to have that concern.
 

Monday, April 25, 2022

Friday, April 22, 2022

Business Assistant

Norma’s favorite spot to sit is whatever I’m working on.
 

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Wonder Boy

Theo is wondering when he’s gonna figure out this thing called life.
 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Teddy Bears

When I was a kid, I used to sleep with a teddy bear. I think these two have an even more comforting arrangement.
 

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Appointment Kept

Norma told the sun she’d meet her at the corner and the sun agreed. All were happy.
 

Monday, April 18, 2022

Sick

I was looking forward to the upcoming week as completing my return to the world. I had three speaking events the past month and it felt good being among other people again. Public speaking tends to energize me and I felt all three presentations went well and felt a little of my old mojo returning.  The upcoming week had an Easter dinner with some of my family, and three days away from home at a resort for a conference.  


I was a little worried about leaving Theo alone for three days. Since 2020 his eating routine has become a day long event. He basically only eats when I go downstairs, put out his dish again, and he’ll take a few nibbles. I feared he’d eat very little if I was gone. I hired someone from Rover.com to come over to feed Theo, Alias, and Norma twice a day for the three days. She came over last week to meet them and get all the routine. When she arrived I realized this was the first human other than myself that Alias and Norma had ever seen in our house. They ran away and hid. 


I began to feel sick Friday morning. It started with a sore throat, congestion and body aches. By mid-morning I couldn’t get warm so I crawled underneath my covers and turned on the space heater as I shivered away. I took a COVID test that turned out negative. Saturday morning I woke up and my sheets were soaked with sweat. I was feeling even worse so I took another test. This one was positive.  I can tell you the last time I felt this bad.  It was March 2020. I had the same symptoms. I was going into work because I was scheduled to testify in a few legislative hearings. I thought I was being heroic but in retrospect... Eventually I was told to go home. And then everything shutdown. I’ve always wondered if I had COVID back then and am happy I didn’t get any of my co-workers sick. 


So my full return to the world, significant to me on many levels,  has been derailed by of all things... COVID.

Friday, April 15, 2022

Face in the Window

Norma has learned when the garage door goes up, it means I haven’t permanently abandon her.
 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Eye Roll

Alias has learned that it’s best to let Theo be Theo.
 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Monday, April 11, 2022

Our Tree

Friday was quite the sad day in our house. The 70 year old ash tree in our front yard was removed. For several years, I had been paying to treat it to prevent the Emerald Ash Borer. The past couple of years the tree’s foliage was noticeably less and less. The recent windy nights led to several large branches falling. I decided it was time to take the tree down. Norma and Alias loved sitting on my bed upstairs and looking out the skylight to the top of the tree where there usually were a bunch of birds. They also liked looking out the living room’s picture window where they watched squirrels race up and down the tree’s trunk. The noise from the removal scared Alias as he hid under the bed most of the day. Norma diligently watched the man at the top of the tree. Bigger than a bird, this was new for her. Life lost just a little bit of excitement in their daily lives.

I was caught off guard at how emotional losing the tree was. Because the tree was within 20 feet of my house, with every storm that blew by over the years, there was the added anxiety of worrying the tree would topple onto my house, or worse onto my neighbor’s house. Still, watching the crew dismember the tree, branch by branch, pieces of the thick trunk sawed into manageable chunks, it wasn’t lost on me that this was still a living being that had been around for a long time, with a lot of history.

I didn’t have the crew grind the stump away, temporarily saving a little money and afterward I’m glad I didn’t have them do that. Because there’s a nice reminder left behind of my once mighty ash tree.

Now I’m out in the backyard leaning on a tree/And I have no way of knowing 

Can’t lean too hard that’s my philosophy/Man that tree is growing

Maybe I’ll never grow up to be straight and tall/But you can lean on me, baby, I won’t fall 

Maybe in the deal I can learn to bend/Learn to listen like that tree, baby like a good friend”

                                                                                          -John Hiatt ‘Stolen Moments’

 

Friday, April 08, 2022

Activity Report

It’s brothers hangout time. Meanwhile Norma is batting a bubblegum wrapper all around downstairs.
 

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Sun Mates

I don’t know which it is, but either the sun always finds them, or they always find the sun. It’s uncanny.
 

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Monday, April 04, 2022

Guards

I’m guessing they are not going to let me go upstairs without first paying some fee, probably in food form.
 

Friday, April 01, 2022

Big Brother

Theo is making sure his siblings are all set for the night before he tucks himself in. He’s a good big brother.
 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Warmth

Alias won’t join me underneath the blankets (which Norma loves to do) but his favorite spot to sleep during the day is underneath my blankets. He’s quickly learned we don’t pay a penny more than we have to to heat our house.
 

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Shapes

Geometrically making sure they fit together like puzzle pieces to cover the entirety of the bed space. 
 

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Comfort King

Usually a box is comfortable enough for Theo. Other times he’s the king of comfort, taking advantage of the wicker bunk bed that even when Diego-San and Thompson were around, he claimed as his own.
 

Monday, March 28, 2022

Tangled Up

Alias is offering Norma an extra leg to rest her head on in case her own weren’t comfy enough for a nap.
 

Friday, March 25, 2022

Choice Seat

Alias scored an excellent box seat. He can’t wait until the event begins. 
 

Thursday, March 24, 2022

This is Theo

Theo’s go to look is ‘stunned disbelief.’ Here he goes to his go to look.
 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Illuminating

The Timberwolves gave away free thunder sticks to the crowd the other night. I think the team has three new fans.
 

Monday, March 21, 2022

Not Quite Invisible

Norma’s learning her go to hide and go seek spot has some flaws.
 

Friday, March 18, 2022

His Own Box

I told Alias this box was his to call his own. He looks skeptical knowing he lives with other box lovers.
 

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Noisily Supportive

I testified remotely in a legislative hearing. Norma, out of reach, meowed at the top of her lungs during most of my remarks. She wanted to let the committee know she supported whatever I was talking about. Luckily I found out the committee chair is a cat person.
 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Here

Theo let me know he took the roll call and all are present.
 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Monday, March 14, 2022

Friday, March 11, 2022

Her Majesty

Norma has officially claimed the new bed on top of the new cat tree as her own. As such, any of the sun from the nearby windows she claims as her own as well. (Don’t tell her Theo spent some time on top of the cat tree and he and Alias still have plenty sun that gets by Norma…)