I’m free! I’m free! I’m scared!
Several years ago I downsized from a 4,000-SF house into a condominium. I was tired of constant maintenance on the house, taking care of two acres of landscaping and sprinkler irrigation, and maintaining a 55,000-gallon pool and spa. With all the work I was doing around the home, I had no time to go to the Zoo, SeaWorld, Safari Park, Los Angeles and Palm Springs………. Heck, I didn’t even have time to simply go swimming in my own pool!
In June 2000, my gas and electric bill was a whopping $4,700. No one knew until six months later that Enron was manipulating the energy markets west of the Mississippi River. Because of that lack of knowledge, I thought my monthly utility bill going into perpetuity would be $4,700 or more. Jim and I decided to sell.
Now I have a comfortable enough space and am only responsible for inside maintenance. I have a huge swimming pool but no pool maintenance; a huge spa but no spa maintenance; beautiful landscaping but don’t have to prune trees and hedges, plant seasonal flowers, or fight the gophers on a daily basis; a large patio with my favorite plants and flowers. I have time to go outside, to visit the Zoo and SeaWorld, to do some traveling again.
At the front of the condo, I have a huge ledge along the main window for plants that like a lot of sunshine (cactus and succulents). That main window happens to be in my home office. Since I’m self employed, I do a lot of work from the home office. Zoey the Cool Cat likes to mount herself on my desk in front of the computer monitor and stalk the birds on the ledge outside the window.
Yesterday Jim and I went out for several hours. When we came home, this was what we saw from our parking spot:
“Oooops,” I said as I put the car into PARK. Jim had some other words to say.
Obviously Zoey the Cool Cat had launched herself from the desk toward the birds. Just one problem: that screen window. Ha! No problem at all!
Zoey the Cool Cat was free!
She didn’t go far, though. We found her under the ledge and behind the bushes.
Zoey the Cool Cat doesn’t like the trucks that come through daily — plumbers, Cox Communications, UPS, FedEx, trash pickup. If she’s on the desk, she’ll run to the back of the condo. I think once she got outside, she wondered where all the birds had flown to. She probably sat there until the first big truck came by, and then she jumped down to the ground and found a hiding place.
She was meowing, which is how we found her, and her eyes were dilated, huge. Her meows and her eyes told me she was frightened. When I finally was able to pick her up, she was shivering with fright. It took about 30 minutes inside for her to calm down, but she is happy as a cat again now.
I have noticed that she is staying away from the desk and the window, and not stalking the birds. I do wonder how long that will last, though, before that hunting instinct takes over again………….
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