Thursday, February 23, 2017
Sleeps with the Fishkins
We fell asleep watching a movie in bed with the Fishkin Twins curled up in the small gap between our pillows. They were happy and quiet and during the first two hours of the night and the only sounds we heard from them were purrs, tiny snores, or whistling noses.
Around 2 AM, they both stirred, got up and had a little snack, then returned to bed -- not to sleep, but to burrow, pounce, and chase. They ran over our pillows, jumped off the bed, jumped on the bed, bit toes, and used us as launch or landing pads. I pulled the blankets over my head to avoid scratches and poked eyes and waited for them to wear themselves out.
Finally, they slowed things down to a dull wrestling match. There were a few tired, cranky cries, then both gave in, the game ended, and they each found a spot to curl up in again. Mose reclaimed the space between the pillows and Sidney found a good sleeping nook between my arm and side.
I turned my head to Mose and asked: "Are you all done now?"
He answered my question by booping my nose with his paw.
The furnace in the cabin is as loud as a jet engine, and when it kicked on in the middle of the night, it woke everyone and sent the kittens scrambling. They found safety under the bed, and once the furnace stopped blowing, they came out and brought a jingly toy mouse with them. They hopped back up on the bed and wrestled at my feet until with the toy until I grabbed it, stashed it under my pillow, and muffled the mouse.
Around 4:00 AM, someone got up and dropped a stinky bomb in the litter box and forgot to bury it. In this small cabin, the smell could not be ignored, so I got up, grabbed the scoop, and took care of their unfinished business.
Later, there was a soccer match with a mylar ball.
Also, a game involving the zipper pulls on our luggage and maybe shoelaces.
When someone began nibbling on my pajama buttons around 6:00, I gave up the hope of getting any more sleep and got up and gave them their breakfast. They gobbled it up, washed their faces and paws, then climbed back into bed and had a good morning nap.
We did things a little differently last night. I set up their wire kennel, put their food, water, litter box, bed and quieter toys inside, threw a sheet over the top, and that's where they slept.
I think they were quiet and good, but I don't know for sure; we were so exhausted from the lousy sleep we got the night before, we didn't wake once!