Decorating With Cats

It’s beginning to look a little like Christmas.

I knew decorating would be a challenge this year. To my new little kitty, Dulcie, everything’s a toy. I’d have to be creative.

I dragged boxes of ornaments down from the attic. Dulcie wasn’t afraid of the creaky attic stairs, but she was no help whatsoever when I needed somebody to hand the boxes to.

Digging through the containers (and closing them before she could pounce on their fragile contents), I separated out all the indestructible wood and metal ornaments. I’d pile them into — what? Not the glass salad bowl; I could already hear it shattering, batted off the table.

I know. The antique brass spittoon, which, as a child, I regularly polished with vinegar and salt. I haven’t done that in decades. But for Christmas, it needed to shine.

I must have had a stronger arm as a child. This time, not a glimmer until I got out the metal barbecue-grill-cleaning brush. My fingers and knuckles got scoured, too, as red as Rudolph’s nose.

Strands of lights and ropes of golden beads — I could swag them, entwined, above the bookcase, out of Dulcie’s reach. If only she’d stop attacking the garland. Eventually I won the tug-of-war. Now my office looks like some sleazy Texas dive, where they hang Christmas lights behind the bar and leave them up year-round.

But the lights glow warm and festive, and Dulcie hasn’t completely dismantled the arrangement of ornaments. Yet.

Now for wrapping presents. Dulcie can’t wait.

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6 Responses to Decorating With Cats

  1. GypsyCat says:

    It looks very festive.

  2. It sounds to me like she is making this Christmas one to remember. You described her antics so well I could imagine her wreaking havoc as only kitties can do.
    Hope you find much Joy with her this season.

  3. I always think Christmas with a weiner dog is stressful, but I forget how crazy it is with cats!

    What a fun and joyful link to Dana’s linky. This made me smile.

    I hope you survived Christmas with a smile!

  4. Talon says:

    Dulcie sounds so adorable! Our two cats will be 12 in March and they still play like kittens and isn’t that the beauty of cats? They know how to appreciate every single moment… if only they had better decorating sense 🙂

  5. S. Etole says:

    I appreciate your visit and as a lover of cats I can picture your Dulcie’s antics well.

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