the best laid plans

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See that black cat there? That’s effie.

My sister has been here in Nova Scotia for a few days – hanging with the Beaucoups and Lucy 1.0 while our brother/Lucy’s daddy is in New York. This evening, she’ll be coming for her weekend stay at the Cat Farm. In anticipation of her arrival, I polished the antique brass bed in the guest room, altered a bed skirt for the perfect fit, and pressed the sheets and white duvet for her bed. I was very proud of myself. Ready a week ahead of time.

effie has recently claimed the guest room as her own. She loves to lay under the window, atop the pillows. She’s got a good view of the bird feeders below, and the room stays relatively cool when we draw the blinds. I love effie, and she doesn’t ask for much, so I try to be accommodating. That being said, I really didn’t want my sister sleeping in effie’s discarded fur. effie sheds about a pound of floof per day, so it was a legitimate concern. So, I covered the bed with an old flannel sheet, tucked it in under the pillows, and smoothed it down over the sides of the bed. Ready ahead of time and clever.

But do you see that lump under effie? By her front paws? That’s niles. That’s niles sleeping under the protective cover. That’s where niles has been spending the hot afternoons. Under the protective flannel sheet. Nestled up against my sister’s pillows.

Ready ahead of time, clever and outmaneuvered by a cat.


  1. maudiemaudie on July 22, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Brilliant! A cat will always out manoeuvre you, always. Ours don’t like to sleep in the same place all the time, they move around, so we follow them around from week to week, covering things up when it’s already too late. I cannot believe the amount of fur a cat has. I brush ours and Miss Maudie especially never ceases to amaze me with the amount of fur she sheds.

    • movita on July 23, 2011 at 8:19 am

      Ours like to mix things up a lot too. They’ll sleep in one spot for days on end, and then all of a sudden, it’s all wrong. They need a new spot. Even if it’s yours. And we have enough fur to start a small cottage industry manufacturing items woven with cat hair…

      Good thing they’re so darn cute.

  2. emmalina73 on July 22, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Cat’s have dominion over us, it is inevitable.

    • movita on July 23, 2011 at 8:17 am

      Yah. I forgot about that. Why, why, why did I forget about that?

  3. movita beaucoup on September 13, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Comments are now closed on this post as it was published in July 2011. Thanks for stopping by!