When Vince called today and told me his power was out, I asked him if he was cold. He said “Not yet!” He had on sweatpants and a sweatshirt and was sitting under his quilt. He said he’d make a fire if he got cold.
Later, he sent me this picture so I guess he got cold.
I’m going to miss that fireplace but not enough to be sorry about moving away. We rarely had enough cold to justify using it but when we did, he would heat the whole house pretty quickly. That’s one good thing about having a small house!
His power did come back on mid-afternoon. Now . . he has to add cleaning out the fireplace to his list of things to do before he leaves.
Is there a target date for Vince’s arrival with Boots and the last of the stuffs?
Judy Laquidara says
I keep asking that same question!
Nelle Coursey says
We have not had heat for nearly 2 weeks and it is getting pretty old! We are depending on ceramic heaters to help us get by. The A/C company has our unit on order and made it an emergency order due to our age and physical conditions. We can’t use the fireplace because we are both allergic. I have been wearing my sweatshirt and sweat pants all day and wearing my fingerless mittens that have the flap that flips over the fingers. Hopefully they will have our new unit installed by Thursday at least!
We have a good furnace, but today my husband lit our wood stove insert for the first time this fall. It feels good to have it in SE Iowa.
Hi Judy – would you mind terribly if i gave some advice about moving Boots? I have worked with cats a lot as a foster caregiver and have moved several times with cats. So, the advice is, remember cats do not act like dogs in new places. They are very place-bound, and will panic. Please don’t trust boots to be loose in the car, or to walk on a leash. Put him in a carrier and keep him safe. When he needs to go, he will cry, and eventually go inside the carrier, but he will be safe. Cover his carrier so he can’t see out and see other cars, etc. Keep his stimulation level low so he will stay calm. And , at the new house, limit him to one room for at least a week. And be sure he has a tag on his collar with your cell phone number on it just in case. OK, there goes. All well-intended, no preaching here. Just trying to help, and wishing Boots a safe transition to his new home.
Judy Laquidara says
Thank you! We don’t know much about cats and have been googling the best way to move him. This house is so open, we don’t really have one room we can leave him in. Downstairs, there’s the family room, a hallway to the bathroom and kind of an open area there, and that leads to the food storage room. I was going to put his litter box in the open area by the bathroom but . . there’s no door to close off the family room and from there, it’s open to the upstairs.
One good thing is that when we go outside, we go through the laundry room into the garage. We can go into the laundry room, close the door behind us, make sure he hasn’t come in there, then we go into the garage, which also stays closed and either go out the walk through door or drive off but I think we can go in and out without him escaping. I’m just not real sure what we could do with him to keep him in one room since there’s no door to separate the basement from the upstairs.
Does your sewing room close? It would have familiar things for him, but maybe the big doorway into the family room is not close-able? And if you’re thinking “I don’t want the litter box in here!” you could make it temporary, while he settles in.
Failing that, how about one of the bedrooms upstairs? (I’ve even heard of using a bathroom for a new cat, which he isn’t….just the home.)
There was a time today when your page was up on my laptop, and looking at an angle, I thought I saw Boots’ little face. It’ll be nice when everyone’s together again!
Besides what quiltingprofessor said – make sure he has things with his scent on it. His favorite bed, toy, etc. Possibly even something with your and Vince’s scents, even a dirty t-shirt for a few days. And gross as it sounds, consider a tiny bit of used litter especially if starting a totally new box. When we moved (16!?) years ago, our Leroy walked around the new house and started hyperventilating. We ended up stuffing him under the covers of DS’s bed (he frequently slept there in the old house) and he pretty much stayed there for 3-4 days except for food and litter box excursions. Then he started exploring more as the days passed.
Susan Nixon says
Pretty fire and pretty fire screen. In Arizona, at Christmas most years, we’d open all the windows and doors and have a fire. =) A few years, we needed one.