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When she was two, Fiona regularly said "Talk about it more!" to express her desire to know more about whatever we were discussing.

Friday, January 02, 2009


We put up our reusable Christmas tree weeks ago, but between last year's Kitten Year and this year's Young Cat Year, it has fared rather poorly. Out of eight layers of prelit branches, only two layers lit up. We changed fuses, tested some bulbs, and finally had to admit that it was old by prelit tree standards. The 800 number for the tree hadn't had it listed for service calls for years.

Relatively undaunted, we left the tree up so that the cats could be "trained" to stay out of it. We made Jesse tree ornaments and considered putting them on the tree during Advent, but we didn't actually follow through. Every morning when we woke up we stood a chance of seeing one or two cats perched up high in the branches, surveying the scene with imperious authority.

Once we came back from Christmas spent at Grandma and Toot Toot's, we decided to see how the cats might do with a live tree. After all, by that time they were lying around free in many places. We lugged it home, delighted by intoxicating smell of fir and by being able to actually use something that had already been cut. For us, the Christmas season actually starts on Christmas and continues through Epiphany in January, so starting now wasn't such a big deal.

To us, anyway. The cats stayed out of it for approximately 24 hours, but this afternoon we heard the tinkling and crashing of a falling 7 foot Douglas fir. We had minimal breakage though, and while we are mourning the loss of our Belleek china snowman from my parents' trip to Ireland, we actually escaped relatively unscathed.

Those cats.


At 4:05 AM, Blogger Deborah said...

Don't know if this is practical, but since cats hate water, maybe you can design some sort of moat around your tree next year.

At 10:43 PM, Blogger JCB said...

Invest in a swivel-straight tree stand--makes it easier to set up the tree and more stable against cat assaults!

At 1:31 AM, Blogger Jen said...

I like both ideas. Maybe rubber ornaments, too, LOL. The thought of no tree for years until our cats settle down is sad to me. It could be a mighty long while.

Today while electricians were in the basement laying wire for a new fuse box in the furnace room, Ivy crawled into the space above the ceiling and could not be coerced out. She did, however, let them feed numerous wires through beneath her belly, which was at least slightly accommodating.


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