|Xena and Buster|
All because of this super-sweet orange and gray tortie that lived only to be held in my arms 24/7. No way could I allow anyone else to adopt this little girl. Lilly greets everybody and has never met a stranger. Anyone sitting at the kitchen table will have Lilly sprawled in front of them, on her back, demanding to be petted. When I do a home adoption, Lilly will lay down on top of the adoption papers they're trying to fill out. I tell them they'll have to excuse Lilly, she's a little shy.
The other day I was talking to John on the phone, looked up and saw Lilly lounging on the top of the canopy covering the deck. OMG! I told him he wouldn't believe where Lilly was. He said he probably would. He said take pictures, which I did, and emailed them to him at work.
We have a walk-out lower level, so the deck off the kitchen is 12 feet off the ground. The cats love to go out on the deck. They walk around on top of the railing, but nobody has ever gone over. Kittens have to be 3 months old to get on the deck. It's their favorite place to be. It's also my favorite place to be - when it's below 75 and above 55 degrees. Me, my lounge chair, my Kindle, my cats, and a chocolate martini. Life really doesn't get any better. Everybody rushes out when I ask, "Anybody want to go outside?" Of course, getting them back in requires lots of cat treat tossed on the floor with me shouting Cookies! cookies! They're really hating the heat wave we have now. Nobody gets out there when it's in the 90's.
I don't know how Lilly got up there, but I didn't want her to try to get down by herself. She was quite comfortable and had no desire to be anywhere else. I stood on a kitchen chair and pushed her fat butt up from the underneath of the canopy to get it over the frame. Like lifting a 10-pound plastic bag of jello. We've had the frame and canopy about 8 years, and this is the first time a cat has gotten on top of it.