J. and Raisin his cat, huddle rather morosely on the futon this morning after a poor night's sleep.
Teasel took the move to the cabin quite badly. She has never lived anywhere but in the main house with us. She, along with Chester, Jemima and Mrs. Beasley, fled to the bedroom when the men began to carry out furniture on Sunday afternoon. They soon advanced to dismantle our huge lodge-pole pine bed frame, which left the cats feeling defenseless. They dashed in here in a panic and flung themselves through the open closet door.
Daughter G. prudently shut them in. I plopped Charlie and Maisie into the big cat carrier as they were all too interested in getting under the big clumping feet of the menfolk.
The carrier was then too heavy for me to lug, so grandson D. took them to the cabin and unceremoniously decanted them.
Eggnog is so upset by cat carriers that I simply scooped her up and headed out the front door carrying her.
J. took his precious Raisin down at my request, then G. and I dealt with the closet cats. Jemima was burrowed in a blanket which remained on the closet shelf, Chester, Mrs. B. and Teasel were in a hot trembling pile behind a box on the floor. G. insisted that she was going to carry Teasel, while I carted the weighty Mrs. B. [Teasel detests G. who loves to stalk her, but she was so traumatized that she barely twitched a muscle.] We got all the cats transferred to the cabin without incident.
When I went down a few hours later, the three older girls were obviously remembering that they had lived there before. Charlie and Maisie spent several weeks there when I was fostering them for Pet Connection. If you picture Onslow of "Keeping Up Appearances" you have a profile of Charlie. I could just imagine him strutting about demanding that someone produce a snack and see him comfortable in his new space.
Teasel and the "kittens" didn't put in an appearance until we went down for the night and collapsed with our respective books on the futon. The rooms were rather chilly, so I put my boots back on and crunched up through the snow to find some fleece throws which had escaped the packing frenzy.
I also fetched the ratty rug which the cats love [and which they scratch!] and a handful of dried catnip.
After a snort or two of catnip and a wallow on the rug, feline nerves were somewhat restored. The cats alternately piled on our laps for reassurance and got up to explore their new abode.
It was not, sad to say, a restful night. A double bed is no fit size for two adults and 8 cats. The cabin's little bedroom didn't feel familiar any more. The traffic on the road below was more audible than at the main house.
J. has just gone down for the night with the wistful remark that he hoped our fellow boarders would feel more settled tonight. I expect that is a vain hope.
It is cold and bright. It was below zero F. last night and early this morning, so cold that the snow squeaks underfoot. When I plunged off the porch yesterday with Eggnog in my arms the snow was up to my knees and somewhat over my boots. A good many trudges back and forth created this narrow slippery path.
You can see my meandering trail through the drifts and around the side of the cabin to the steps.
Standing at the end of the porch [shivering] I zoomed in on Pebbles having her breakfast hay.
The packing goes on. I hoped to have the entire kitchen finished and ready to clean, but there are still oddments to be stuffed in cartons. Why on earth do we need so many skillets, kettles, mugs, ranks of glass canisters and stacks of baking dishes and casseroles of every description?
A rhetorical question, no doubt.
I am reading my favorite blogs in harried snatches, without much time to leave comments. I do appreciate the comments left here, and during my time without internet will feel that I am absent from true friends, just as much as I will be missing those friends who are part of my physical home.
J.'s laptop is going for service on Wednesday and on Thursday, our last day in the house, mine will go to our tech man's shop to be cleaned and upgraded while we are away.
Hopefully we will stay at motels with internet access along the house-seeking journey.
I'm still hoping to snatch time to create some posts which can be scheduled for a later day.
Just so you don't forget me!