(Raena sits on the perch at the door looking out) Hey doggy, be quiet!!! Don’t you know we’ve got headaches?! And, it’s World Cat Day? Kittens!!! What is with this place?
Dezi: Raena, what are you doin’? That doggy can’t hear you. He purrobably wouldn’t be able to unnerstand ya’ either. Ain’t nopawdy tryin’ to teach him anythin’. (Dezi shakes her head) Me’s not know why the neighbor thought she needed to go and get a doggy fur anyways. Just cuz she could get her doctor to write a letter sayin’ she needed one fur comfurt, doesn’t mean she really needs one. Just what kind’a comfurt do ya’ s’pose it’s purrvidin’ bein’ tied up on the front purrch all the time?
I’s don’t know sissy, but these last couple of meownings have been pawful. What with mommy dealin’ with all the extra pain cuz of the dosage adjustments to her meds, purr these peeps decreein’ changes they know ’nuffin ’bout, we’re not gettin’ to bed till 4 or 5 in the meownin’. And there we were off in dream land yesfurday when we were jolted awake at 7:30 a.m. by the stupid lawn crew. I’s swear they must’ve rammed that lawn mower into the bedroom wall fur 2 hours straight. There ain’t even any grass back there; it’s all burned up cuz of the heat. We were so tired yesfurday we all fell asleep in front of the catputer.
Yep Raena, me thought they might just come thru the wall at one point. Me can tell ya’, they would’a faced the kind’a anger the likes have never been seen befur. It’s never a good thing to jolt mommy awake and then confront her befur she’s had the chance to go pawtty and have a cup of coffee. She might not be able to move her body in the meownin’, but she can still yell. MOL
That’s the truth sissy. Not that she’s ever yelled at us befur, but I’s seen her eyes without coffee, it ain’t purrettty. MOL A caffeinated mommy, is a happy mommy.
She’s much calmer Raena, that’s fur sure. Me’s not sure which is worse tho’; bein’ jolted out of dreamland cuz of the lawn crew or the thunder boomers we had this meownin’?.
Oh sissy, I’s gotta tell ya’ they really messed up mine’s dream. There I’s was, Queen of the jungle, stalkin’ mine’s prey when all of a sudden… BOOM!!! CRASH!!! It was so loud, I’s pounced and missed mine’s dinner altogether.
Is that why you were droolin’ in your sleep, Raena?
I’s wasn’t droolin’, sissy. You’re the one who drools, not me.
Hmmmpht Me only drools when me’s happy and gettin’ mommy luvvin’. Neither of those things are happenin’ when mommy’s snorin’ like a chain saw. Me’s a little surpurrised we could hear anythin’ over her log cuttin’. None the less, those thunder boomers were a rude way to wake up.
And with the sound of all that water fallin’, I’s wasn’t sure we’d get mommy to the pawtty room fast enuff, sissy. Fanky fankfully we made it, only to be met by the neighbor’s new doggy barkin’ away on the front purrch out in the rain. All befur brekky and mommy’s furst cup of coffee.
Well Raena, seems he’s quieted down now. Me has a feelin’ mommy’s gonna be chattin’ with his human befur long. She came in from takin’ the trash out the other day, complainin’ ‘bout how somepawdy keeps lettin’ their doggy(s) poop on the sidewalk and then just leavin’ it. Me just doesn’t unnerstand why these peeps have such a hard time cleanin’ up after their woofies.
Ain’t that the truth. sissy. Like, who wants to step in poop unaware? It’s bad enuff that you don’t cover your business and I’s have to wait 15 minutes fur it to get cleaned up. But seein’ it layin’ there on the sidewalk swarmin’ with bugs is disgustin’. There oughtta be a law, oh wait, there is a law.
Aren’t you the funny one Raena. Anyways, ‘nuff meowin’ ‘bout pawtty habits, we’re way behind in visitin’ our furiends again. And, as you meowed earlier, today is our day, World Cat Day. ‘Course, we’re purretty sure every day is Cat day ‘round here. MOL Hopefully, the storms will go away or at least let up long enuff fur us to see what everypawdy’s been up too.
I’s sure hope so sissy. And maybe we can all get a good night’s sleep tonight. Let’s go finish brekky and then get on with some visitin’ and wish everykitty a Happy Cat day.
Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. (While mommy A prepares the girls brekky, Raena sits on the perch in front of the door until the lawn crew shows up and suddenly powers up their noisy equipment. Dezi runs to the bedroom and Raena, looking confused, follows behind her.)
Mommy A: Dezi!!! RaenaBelle!!! Girls, ya’ll need to come and eat your brekky. Where are ya’ll? I’m in here slavin’ over your breakfast and ya’ll are nowhere to be found. (Mommy A comes out of the kitchen and looks toward the door, on the cat tree and down the hall for the girls. Raena finally peeks out of the bathroom and runs towards mommy. Dezi follows behind her until they hear a huge thud as a rock hits the window and the motor of the big lawn mower. Raena stops and looks up at mommy A and Dezi flattens and slinks back to the bedroom.) Girls, ya’ll need to ignore the inept lawn crew and come and eat your breakfast before it gets all soggy. (Mommy A goes to her sitting chair to have her morning coffee and Raena follows behind.)
Sissy, it’s okay, come eat brekky. I’s think they’re gone now. (Suddenly the big lawn mower appears out of nowhere and Raena jumps. She looks back at mommy A and then runs to find Dezi.)
Me hates the lawn crew (Dezi meows from UTB (under the bed)).
Is that why we’re hidin’, sissy? Is the lawn crew gonna get us?
(From the sitting chair in the living room, mommy A hollers) Girls!!! The lawn crew’s not gonna get anybody. I won’t let them. Ya’ll know I’d never let anything happen to you two. Now get up here and eat your breakfast before I take it up. We can’t afford to waste money like that.
(Raena runs to the small perch in front of the door and dezi slinks up the hall and rubs against mommy’s legs.) They’re still here mommy. Hisssssssssssssssss (Raena hisses and jumps off the small perch with a force that causes it to fall over and bang against the door when one of the lawn crew appears on the porch with the leaf blower.)
(Dezi hisses and flattens out and heads down the hall growling.) Don’t call me again till they’re gone, k mommy?!! Aaaaaaaachoo
Sissy, where are you? Mine’s eyes are all mucky and I’s can’t see you. (Mommy A picks up Raena and cleans her eyes and give her a hug.) Eat your brekky baby and just ignore those crazy men. Hey sissy, looks like they’re packin’ up. You can come eat now.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaachoo Fank the kittens. Me just doesn’t like lawn crew days. None of us are gonna be able to breathe fur days now. And, they innerupted our brekky. Hmmmpht The nerve of them!!! HissssssAaaaaaaaaaaaaachoo
Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. (Dezi and Raena pace in the living room waiting for mommy to put down the breakfast plates. Suddenly they hear the roar of the lawn crew. They look at each other and Dezi runs down the hall toward the bedroom. Raena runs behind her and then stops. She remembers passing mommy on all fours heading for the living room with her breakfast and turns back towards mommy. Just as she reaches mommy and starts to rub against her there’s a knock at the door. Raena steps slightly forward, looks out the slightly ajar door and hisses. Mommy, still on all fours with breakfast plates on her back, gently says)
It’s just the manager and bug man honey. They’re here for inspections and exterminations. (As mommy tries to get to the door without dropping the breakfast plates from her back, she contemplates how she’s going to open the door. Raena walks slowly beside mommy, rubbing against her occasionally. When mommy finally gets to the door, nobody’s there, and she feels a sense of relief. Mommy and Raena butt heads as they head to the living room. The noise of the lawn crew wanes as they move to the other side of the property and Dezi runs up and rubs against mommy. Breakfast plates down and mommy in her sittin’ chair, Dezi and Raena begin to eat.)
Sissy? Why do we always run when the lawn crew shows up? You know we’re s’posed to be helpin’ mommy. Besides, they’re just noisy. They can’t actually hurt us.
(Dezi stops and nonchalantly scratches her ear) Me doesn’t know why you run Raena. Me is helpin’ mommy. Me’s checkin’ fur those pesky intruders that scare her. You know, the last thing we’d want is fur mommy to get scared with our brekky plates. Now that wouldn’t be purretty. Anyways…(Suddenly, the lawn crew’s back, right outside the door and a rock hits the window, and then another and another; till Dezi runs off back down the hall. Raena sits and looks bewildered at first and then runs to the hall and into Dezi)
Oh, hey sissy, wha’ch’a doin’? (Raena stops and rubs her eyes)
Me heard mommy on the fone yesfurday Raena. Seems you’re goin’ to the V E T tomorrow. Ya’ better remind her to put the camera in her purrse tonight, or she’ll furget it tomorrow. Altho’ she might oughtta check the battery furst.
That’s okay sissy. I’s sure hope they can do somethin’ to help mine’s eyes. I’s know mommy doesn’t want me to be on antibiotics and steroids fur a long time, and quite furankly, I’s don’t like havin’ those drops put in mine’s eyes; but, they do seem to help clear everythin’ up. I’s know mommy had wanted to take me to a new V E T. But she says, we can charge mine’s visit with the old one, and we just don’t have any green papers right now. She said mine’s eyes just can’t wait any longer, she just hates to see me hurtin’. We’re so blest to have a mommy that loves us so much. As fur the camera, why can’t you help me remind her. Ya’ know, the more naggin’ the better. MOL
Sure ‘nuff Raena. Me sure hopes they can help ya’. Maybe ya’ll can go back to the store and get me a birthday surpurrise.
What ifin mommy already got you one, sissy? We’ve got a big box in the hallway to review that mommy says is gonna be your birthday surpurrise. Seems that should be enuff. (Hearing muffled talking outside Raena runs to the perch to look outside) Hey sissy, do you think we have a new neighbor already?
Me has no idea Raena. It was crazy. The day the new old neighbors moved out and turned in their keys, some lady moved a bed in there and hasn’t left since. She also hasn’t moved anythin’ else in. Can you ‘magine livin’ there with just a bed? And what’s she eatin’? And wearin’ fur that matter? Strange, me tells ya’, it’s just strange.
Yeah sissy, it’s fur sure strange. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Maybe she moved here from somwhere far away and her stuffs comin’ in one of those big trucks or somethin’. Anyways, let’s go finish eatin’ and play. I’s’ll be there after I’s ask everypawdy to purray fur me and mommy and our trip to the V E T tomorrow.
Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. We got word this meownin’ from the last of our furiends in the path of those terrible hurricanes; that all are safe. What a relief!!! Seems there’s been some damage to purr-opurrty, but no damage to the peeps or anipals.
Ah Kittens!!! It’s the lawn crew. Better go check UTB fur intruders.
(Dezi meows from down the hall because she heard the lawn crew and went to check fur intruders UTB <under the bed>) Me was so happy to hear that our furiends were safe Raena. We are so blest to have so many wonderful purrayin’ furiends.
We sure are sissy. There’s gonna be a lot of clean up, repairs and relocatin’, but at least our furiends are still together and safe. So many peeps and anipals got separated in these storms. We’re purrayin’ really hard that everypawdy is reunited soon.
(Still meowing from UTB) That we are Raena, that we are. What were you and mommy doin’ with the hood up on the car yesfurday?
Oh sissy, mommy’s so furustrated. We had to go to the store to get some more taters fur mommy and some more of that sticky stuffs to keep her teethies in her mouth. When we got home, we heard this bubblin’ and gurglin’ sound and then suddenly without any warnin’, the car started steamin’. ‘Pawrently water and somethin’ called coolant splattered everywhere and dumped out a puddle under the car. Mommy popped open the hood to take a look. (Raena rolls her eyes and snickers) Like she actually knew what she was lookin’ at. MOL Mommy could see that most everything was wet. She shook her head and started cryin’. She told me how tired she was as she strolled me back to the house. I’s not sure mommy has much fight left in her sissy. We just can’t ever seem to get ahead of our own little catastrophes. I’s say, shame on that stinky car fur breakin’ again.
(Dezi meows from the bedroom door as the lawn crew has moved to the other side of the purr-opurrty and quieted a bit) Well Raena, there is one up side to the car breakin’. Mommy had to cancel your VET ‘pointment and her teeth relinin’ ‘pointment. Without a car, she can’t very well get to Ardmore.
Well sissy, while I’s might not wanna go to the VET, I’s do know that it’s necessary sometimes. And fur sure, mommy needs to be able to get to the dentist office. We need to purray fur mommy and the car. I’s don’t know what mommy’s gonna do ‘bout the car, but she’s gotta figger out a way to have it checked out so we can at least know what it would cost to fix it. With the wheelchair broke and now the car too, we’re purretty much house bound. I’s purretty sure mommy’s depression is at an all time high.
(Dezi meows from behind mommy’s sitting chair as the lawn crew is quiet and must be on a break) Me agrees Raena. Me just doesn’t unnerstand why things happen the way they do?. (Hearing the lawn crew start up again, Dezi runs back UTB and meows over her shoulder) Why don’t you give mommy some extra luvvin’ Raena. Me will take over when the lawn crew leaves.
Ain’t nuffin’ better than mommy luvvin’.
I’s will sissy. But, you really need to get a grip. The lawn crew can’t get to you. You know mommy would never let anypawdy or anythin’ hurt you. I’s gonna go get some mommy luvvin’ now. When you decide to come out from UTB, maybe we can play.