Morning report

We won’t need any sunscreen today.

No, you haven’t stroked out. All is well. What you’re seeing is the wind-driven rain smearing Miss Mia Sopaipilla’s upper-deck observation window.

Frankly, she finds this irksome. The Enemy is everywhere, and eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, as we discovered last night when a stray cat materialized outside the Southwestern Sally Port.

I was loading the dishwasher when a horrific yowling and clatter nearly gave me a stroke. I thought maybe the Dead had breached the Wall, but nope. It was Mia, scattering the vertical blinds as she marched to and fro alongside the sliding glass doors, challenging a feline interloper to personal combat, while Field Marshal Turkish von Turkenstein (commander, 1st Feline Home Defense Regiment) formulated strategy and tactics from his command post in the rear.

This morning I awakened to find that the commander and his staff duty officer had deployed various biological countermeasures overnight (the Geneva Convention notwithstanding), and terrorists had disabled the coffee grinder. But I was able to bring the base back to full readiness with various cleaning products, some elbow grease and much bad language.

Opening a few windows helped, too, until the rain started coming in sideways.

That is all.

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4 Responses to “Morning report”

  1. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Hmmm, I was reminded of the building where the wife’s study-abroad program is located. Right next to one of the best pastry shops on the island of Ortigia, but also a place where someone has chosen to feed stray cats. Going up or down the stairs you either get a dose of freshly baked pastries…….or something else 😦

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Our friend has a cat that assumes the occasional spraying of the furniture is required to keep order in the joint. You have my sympathy. Shoult the stray show up again, perhaps the garden hose will solve the problem by convincing it that there are easier pickings elsewhere.

  2. JD Dallager Says:

    In complete compliance with The Geneva Convention and today’s environmental standards, a spritz bottle with H2O and vinegar often works wonders in both the defensive and counter-offensive roles.

    Not bad as a periodic spritzer on BBQ’d ribs too if the vinegar is apple vinegar.

  3. Miss A. Says:

    Check out a product called Feliway. It’s a plug-in diffuser of pheromones that works on the kitties walnut brains to calm them down and helps with spraying and other bad behavior. Worked on my cat to stop her from sharpening her claws on the leather furniture.

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