The weather has be absolutely gorgeous recently. I'm afraid to say much, but the wind has not been blowing the top of the mountain down on us all. Shhhhhh. And this morning was no exception, so I took my coffee and a couple biscuits out on the deck and took a seat in the swing. I sat there in my jammies and robe and just drank in the splendor of the morning. Oh, gosh, it was nice! Ali chose to stay inside, but China followed me and stretched out on the deck in the sunshine. I noticed some beautiful clouds, and I was considering whether to go get the camera, when I noticed my friend, The Cat, sitting on the deck watching us. Needless to say, I stayed put and didn't disturb him. No pictures of the feline friend today! After a couple minutes, he climbed up onto the bench where the food is, and had his breakfast.
About then China sat up and looked at me. I picked her up and put her on the swing beside me and she nestled down, and we glided back and forth gently for another ten minutes or so. It was so peaceful! I waited until Mr. Kitty was finished with his meal, and after he went down onto one of the sunlit steps and stretched out. I was once again pleasantly surprised at how confident he seems to be coming around us. He seems to be accepting that we are here to stay and are not a threat to him. Very nice!
After he seemed to be out of our path, China and I came in the house, and I showered to get ready for work. When I began dressing and them moved to the kitchen/dining room getting things together to leave for work, Ali began to "blend into the woodwork." It was obvious to me that he did not want to go to the Gallery with me today! So I decided to let the kids stay home today. Without the winds or any other weather threats on the horizon, I figured that Ali might be alright and not destroy the house while I was away. I leave them for short trips, but didn't know how he would do for several hours. If you remember, he gets nervous and chews things up. He is especially fond of cardboard. While I was still in the process of unpacking, he had a plethora of targets for tension relief, as you can see here.
I left for a while last June and came home to this!! As you see, he neatly (??) tore/chewed up the cardboard boxes around the books, but left the books neatly stacked.....thank goodness!!! I'm glad the books didn't topple over on him!
Such a good job he did!!
Now however, I have no card board boxes sitting around for his personal use, and if he gets stressed without cardboard around, he looks for something similar. Like the books themselves!! Yes, he has chewed up the hard covers and ripped out pages of books! So I didn't know what to expect today.
I came home to ..... nothing! The kids had a nice quiet day and when I arrived, they were both delighted to see me! Whew!