Tuesday, March 14, 2006


Cats are the new knitting

We have had Shiva for almost a month now. There have been a lot of changes in the house since that time—we don’t leave the front door open for more than a few seconds, I vacuum the furniture and rugs a few times a week instead of every few weeks, and of course the whole kitty litter thing—but I never imagined how lazy having a cat would make me.

Shiva sleeps about 18 hours a day. Apparently this is typical, but since I’ve never had a pet besides a bird and two goldfish (appropriate pets for an allergic kid!), I had no idea. Rick laughed at me when I told him I thought there was something wrong with her. Since that time, I’ve realized there is something wrong with me! Just looking at Shiva taking a nap makes me sleepy. And it's all over if she jumps on my lap for some petting and biscuit making. Shiva has become increasingly affectionate since she had surgery last week (uterus be gone!). If I sit down for a second, the girl is on me with a meow that clearly says, “Pet me, please. I love you so much and just ask for a little petting in return.” Okay, maybe that’s not what she is saying, but the point is that I am powerless against her and end up sitting on the couch petting her until she gets up…which is sometimes not for three hours. Rick comes home and asks, “What did you do today?” “Well, I started to fold some laundry, and then the cat needed to be petted, and, um…I guess I petted the cat today.”

My excuse is that I have a love of animals that has built up over twenty-seven years, but I have not had an animal to give it to. So Shiva is going to be one spoiled baby. And me, I’m going to be lazy for a while. Until I get used to the arrangement, I probably won’t be getting much knitting done, either. Why think of a new knitting project when I could just sit here and pet the cat?

Told you I’m lazy!

Sounds like a plan to me!
thanks for your note about the house bill 2158. Please write your legislator~ they are looking at about 1000 bills right now and this is something that on the surface might seem appealing. Especially to those up for re-election!
That is exactly why we have our pets, to give them lots of love and in turn, they give us unconditional love. I'm glad Shiva found you.
sounds like a perfect match to me. I believe that cats are good for us and sometimes when they 'need' attention it turns out to be just what we needed too!

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