What is one to do? When our part of the world has not yet awakened to discover that it is, indeed, spring – just check the calendar, it says it is – what is one to do?
Sleep. One thing one could do is sleep. As I sit at the desktop, the girls get comfortable and sleep. This day I was at the desktop because there are some things I must do at the big computer. The iPad is a wonderful thing, and it has become my go-to thing, but it has some limitations and so I go back to the world of the big computer with the big monitor to edit my photos, download music (because the music will go on my phone) and some other non-daily things I do for pleasure and because I must. Or because I choose to. Or just because.
The Lily has many positions of pure comfort. Many places of pure comfort. I find her on beds sometimes. More often on the shelf in the closet that holds the extra blanket. Or in another closet, on other folded up blankets. Occasionally on the folded towels on the bathroom shelves. Or on chairs, like this day. She seems to have favorite spots for awhile until that spot goes out of favor and she finds another. Some are high, some are low, but she fears no disturbance because she is in charge. She is (cat)woman, she is strong.
Watch. One can also watch. Watch for a friend to come down the driveway. A friend who might pet or play because heaven knows these girls do not get enough of that from their family. Just ask, they’ll share with you their experiences of neglect and abuse. Watch for a delivery truck. The UPS driver is a favorite because he always has treats for puppies. Granted, they must sit properly before he gives them their treat, but they can do that when they know they will be rewarded. No reward offered, obedience is a sometimes thing. Watch also in case intruders appear on the public road at the end of the driveway. Intruders like people who live in the neighborhood, but hey! That road belongs to my girls and permission to enter must be requested and granted.
Watch me. In case I make a move towards something involving edible items. Or head towards the door to go outside. Or maybe just look bored and need something warm and alive to pet, to hug, to say sweet things to. The girls know that humans need comfort and are more than willing to provide opportunities to pet. To make life better for their humans, of course!
Until our part of the world opens its door and lets spring in, what we can do is watch and sleep. And hunger for warmth and green growth, blossoms in many colors, and our glass of wine on the deck in the evening.
Spring will come. Hurry, spring!