My Project: 365 Creative Writing Ideas
Day 157: Halley and Greyson
Meanwhile, Greyson takes it upon himself to wake me up. He does this by trampling all over me, followed by licking my ear. He doesn’t just lick though, he sticks his ice-cold nose in my ear and goes krrrrrrrrrrr krrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr krrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. You try staying asleep with a helicopter next to your head.
Once we’re up, showered and the cats are fed, Halley and Greyson take up their position by the balcony door ... they want out for a breath of fresh air. If it’s too cold they get a clear and decisive ‘No, it’s too cold’, which brings about a series of complaints... pitiful meows that translate to ... ‘Pleeeeease.’ They could melt a stone heart with their cute pleading faces and voices.
If it’s not too cold I open the door and they just about clamber over each other to get out. Halley loves catches snowflakes, while Greyson adores rolling around in the snow. When they’ve had enough they come inside because now it’s time for breakfast.
But then the trouble starts, they want to go outside again, and again, and again. In summer this is no problem as the balcony door remains open, but now, in winter, it’s a nuisance. Every time they want to go out I have to put up with their crying, or get up and give in. Then, of course, minutes later, I have to get up again to let them in. These cats need a bloody doorman!
When they had their fill of fresh air, they will either come inside, or I have to call them in. Halley is usually quite willing, but more of than not, Greyson's attitude is ... kiss my furry butt.
When they had their fill of fresh air, it’s time for the daily race. Greyson will bite Halley’s behind or slap his head which results in Halley going in hot pursuit of the biter. She will chase Greyson from the living room to my bedroom, after which the two of them will come storming back, make a sharp right back into the living room, a left into the dining room, straight through the kitchen, another left into the living room and all the way back to the bedroom. Then for some reason, when they come racing back, Halley is no longer chasing Greyson, but Greyson is chasing Halley.
If you’re imagining this race, don’t think that the chase goes flawless. For Halley it usually does, but Greyson has an accident or two along the way. He’s got lots of fur around the cushions of his feet, causing him not to have as much traction as he would like. As a result, he often loses his footing while taking corners, or he can’t break fast enough and slams into something. Does that teach him a lesson? Neih, he gives himself a shake and goes right back to what he was doing.
When the two of them are tired, it’s time for a nap. A nap that usually lasts from 12:00 until 5:00.
But speaking of springs ... since these colorful toys are a clear favorite of Halley and Greyson we stocked up on them. All in all we they must have had 25 springs yet suddenly we couldn’t find any of them. So, we went looking. We found 17 under the sofa and 8 under the fridge. And it’s the same with other toys: balls, birds, mice ... they will be here one day and gone the next.
And so it gets evening, they get their supper and after a quick wash, Halley and Greyson (along with Holly and Charlotte) retire for the night. By the time I want to go to sleep, I have a problem ... my bed is occupied by two or three cats. Holly always stays with me in the living room, but Charlotte, Halley, and Greyson make themselves comfortable on the duvet or even my pillow.
So I squeeze into bed as best as I can. Will they move? ... forget it, they were there first and if I want a space I have to be content with what’s available. Then again, snuggling up against a cat has its benefits ... it’s nice and warm.
The next morning it all starts again.