The cold weather early this month has been very tough on area pets. Even my indoor pets felt it. My cat, Blue, apparently does not care for the cold. He generally goes out at night and has not wished to do so.

The cold weather early this month has been very tough on area pets. Even my indoor pets felt it. My cat, Blue, apparently does not care for the cold. He generally goes out at night and has not wished to do so.


In place of his nocturnal, outdoor wanderings, he has taken to exploring new places inside during this cold spell. A few months back, I built this desk out of a piece of lumber and some book shelves. Under that, I placed some plastic drawers filled with crafting supplies and such. If an animal wanted, he could use the smallest set of drawers to climb up to the next set and then to the desk. The cat, to my knowledge and recollection, had not decided to do so until recently. The dog, the cat, and I were hanging out in my bedroom and I noticed the cat jump up in a chair near the desk.


Then a few minutes later, he hesitantly put one foot up on the first plastic drawer. Then a few seconds later another foot joined the first. Soon he was curled up on the drawer. After half an hour or so, I noticed his foot reach up for the next step toward the desk. Soon he was snuggled on the next highest drawer. Then finally he stuck his head out and gave the desk top a good looking over.


Then he gave me a good looking over as if to ask if I were going to mind if he jumped up on the desk. I didn’t respond. Within minutes he had jumped up onto the desk. Now, if he had decided to find one of the many clear spots on the desk to make himself at home, I wouldn’t have minded. But no, not my cat. He walks over to a section of the very large desk that is covered with scrap-booking materials and starts pushing them out of his way. One hole punch hit the floor before I could rescue it. A bottle of glitter teetered precariously on the edge, and I feared I might have left it open.


I grabbed the glitter and put the cat back on the floor with a stern warning to stay off the desk top. He gave me soft blinking eye flutters, which I am given to understand is a cat’s way of saying "whatever," and walked away. All through the weekend, I found him snugged up on the plastic containers beneath the desk, and I could swear he was watching me, just waiting for a chance to get back on the desk.



Happy birthday Tuesday to Kaleb Kelley and Gwendolyn Cage, both of Denison; Dan Niblet, Ray Cunningham, Bobby Brock, Opel Blount, Tracey Ross, Alfred Bowman, Darren Skinner and Olyne Kauffman, all of Sherman; Audrey Wallace of Luella; Michael Fugett of Oregon; Marcus Henderson of Dallas.