Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I Think Nigel Made Santa's (and Dave and Sharon's) "Naughty" List
Here's the latest Nigel and Mimsey update from my mom...
I cannot get over how much the kittens have grown in the short time we have had them. Their bodies have become very sleek, especially Mimsey - no more baby bellies! It is harder to notice this with all of Nigel's fur. They are beginning to look a lot more like young cats, although they still have the cute baby faces that I love. Mimsey climbs! Nigel hides in strange places! I have had two moments of panic this week. First time was when Nigel ran out into the garage, when I opened the door. The garage door was closed, but it is very cold out there right now. Temperatures are single digits in the morning, with some snow on the ground. I literally ran out there in my pajamas and bare feet. Luckily, he ran back inside after a short time.
The second Nigel trick occurred last night. I am such a mother hen, and have to know where the kittens are every second. When we noticed that Nigel was missing, we started looking in his familiar places with no luck. Quite a bit of time went by, and we still could not find him. Luckily, Mimsey came to the rescue. We noticed that she kept laying on the floor right in front of the dishwasher, with her paws underneath. Sure enough, there was Nigel under the dishwasher, in a space so small and narrow, that we honestly don't know how he managed to squeeze into that spot. Dad keeps telling me that if we wait, they will come.
We have not tackled the Christmas tree yet, although I am getting anxious to put it up. I really love my Christmas decorations. I have a small decorated tree on the buffet. Mimsey loves to lay underneath it, as well as rearrange the tiny ornaments. I have a feeling that our big tree will not have ornaments on the bottom third of it. It should be interesting !
All the winter birds are hanging out at my feeders now, so this gives the kittens a lot of entertainment. They watch in front of the sliding glass door, their heads in constant motion. Today two squirrels got into my feeders, and fascinated the kittens for a long time.
Do you have any advice for getting them to sleep longer in the morning? I have tried playing with all their toys as late as I can stay awake, but they still wake up full of energy when it is barely day break. Then, they cry out in the kitchen as one of us makes coffee, until we open up a can of Science Diet Roasted Chicken with Gravy. Boy, they gobble down that stuff! I can't convince them that we are retired, and don't have to get up so early!
Petco and Petsmart have become one of our favorite places to shop. Yesterday Dad took some pictures of cat climbing furniture. I wonder if Santa knows about that stuff? I think this might help with the problem of Mimsey climbing up on so many things. Anyway, we are still amazed at their constant energy, and find them so entertaining just to watch.
Oh, by the way, right now there is a long kitten fun tunnel stretched across our living room floor. You dad bought that! We'll work the Christmas tree around it.