The Cat Behind The Curtain

The stucco facade of our building is being repaired and painted. Over the past two months, the scaffolding has been making its way around the building. It’s finally almost to our corner.

REPAIRS MORE THAN A MONTH AGO.

The contractors use gauzy netting to keep debris from flying onto the pavement. While they were working the other morning, a big wind (one of San Geraldo’s ciclónicos) came up from the east whipping the netting in front of our terrace and down to the street below.

Dudo and Moose were on the terrace at the time. They made a beeline for the back bedroom. Dudo hid in the closet. The netting was quickly retrieved and has since been tied off near the start of our terrace.

Moose recovered quickly and didn’t even seem to be aware of the mass of netting. However, for the first 24 hours, Dudo would only slither out of the bedroom to use the litter box. He then began to spend his time behind the shower curtain in my bathroom.

He’s doing much better, even sitting atop his high perch in the living room while we watch TV during lunch. We close the vertical blinds when we watch TV to cut down on the glare. Out of sight, out of mind, I suppose. He still gets just a little unhinged when the blinds are re-opened.

I’ve tried to reason with Dudo. I told him to take a lesson from Moose, who was not at all frightened.

Dudo was indignant. “Big deal! We all know that cat is not the sharpest tack in the box.”

(OK, I made up Dudo’s response. But that’s what he would say if he could.)

DUDO’S VIEW TODAY WHILE WE WATCHED TV.
DUDO’S VIEW TODAY AFTER THE SHOW WAS OVER.

Dudo’s reaction to today’s after-show view…

Wimoweh, Wimoweh, Wimoweh, Wimoweh

Sunday afternoon, I had the great pleasure of Skyping with My Mother The Dowager Duchess and… drumroll please… The Kid Brother!

When I spoke with him during the week, he said he had an appointment Saturday. So I suggested he visit on Sunday and he immediately agreed. Dudo was happy to see him, too. When he hears The Kid Brother’s voice, he knows he’s going to get a treat. I put the laptop on the kitchen floor so the cats can see him and he can see them when they get their treat. (Click here to learn about Kid Brother CatSkype.)

The Dowager Duchess and The Kid Brother went out for lunch (across the avenue, which is quite a walk for the Duchess) and even did a little shopping. So, everyone was happy this weekend. (Oh, yeah, and the Dowager Duchess is amazing.)

DUDO AFTER SEEING THE KID BROTHER.
(SLEEPING OFF HIS MEAL)

Monday Morning’s Magic…

Don’t fear. I’ve been sleeping a lot better recently knowing The Duchess is doing well and the Kid Brother is back to his routine.

Note: The Tokens were from my neighbourhood in Brooklyn. I went to high school with their [also very talented] sister (Maxine Margo Rubin), who is host and executive producer of the radio show/podcast “The Many Shades of Green.” Check it out here.