I love my living room window. It is presently decorated in silver, white and vibrant red. A cozy chair and table with a hand-blown glass lampshade sits before the sparkly window and the winter sun floods in, throwing pretty shadows on my wall to say that, yes, this is the shortest day – but it gets brighter from here on out. But yesterday saw some minor adjustments to my beloved “blood on the snow” theme to my window. All the hummingbird attractant red globes were removed with haste.
Why the sudden flurry of re-arrange, re-do, re-think? Because this year I have a CAT.
Yesterday afternoon as I sat in the cozy chair in front of the glittering-betwixt-rain-showers window reading by the light of the glass lamp, I noticed a hummingbird again outside the window, practically beak to glass at one of the red ball’s glowing splendor. I was not the only one who noticed. The cat on the footstool at my feet made an abrupt chirp sound, bounced once on a small trunk near the window and was instantly suspended on netting that holds up all those glittering decorations! Her tail lashed at the lamp. All the decorations slipped down lines towards the suddenly weighted center.
I stood, dumping my book onto the floor, stabilized the glass lamp with my left hand and grabbed the slightly flailing cat by the scruff with my right hand! I toss/dropped the cat onto the large footstool and missed catching a falling silver ball. (One of the ones above reflecting my suddenly endangered lamp!) Oh, well. I was grateful I had done so much of the window with plastic ornaments, and little glass! Small loss and literal CATastrophe averted.
First, I did think just moving the large red globes that glow like so many hummingbird feeders would be sufficient crisis management. But the mental image of the cat hanging on the sinking garden net made me think it was time to do the slight re-build we had planned for the window post-decoration this year. A set of vertical cloth blinds usually hangs in that large window; but since our 2008 install of newer better windows, they have not fit properly. The window became more shallow and the blinds were hard to open. So we had planned to remove the blind hardware and put in a kind of false top window ledge — a deeper one that would allow the re-attached blinds to again hang and move completely free. A long, beautiful maple board was acquired with this in mind.
I decided we would do that today instead. The net and ornaments will come down, the board, with wee hooks behind the blind’s hardware will go up. The window decorations will be re-hung free hanging from the top only — nothing for an ambitious kitty cat to climb. The cat is a sweet pet, it is her nature to chase birds. (And thus one reason she is an indoor cat.) When tossed onto the footstool yesterday, she looked at me like I’d lost my mind: “Mom, it was green AND red, clearly MY Solstice gift!” But I’d simply prefer if the window was no longer an invitation to kitty stalking, ornament breaking, and lamp or kitty endangerment! The lamp table is moved, the couch back in front of the window as in 2015 photos. Smaller touches of red will prevail, but the larger scarlet glass globes are in windows more obscured from hummingbirds and less reachable by cat! All is well that ends well, right? And IF, next year, the world has not ended? I have my window plan all ready to brighten my dark-0f-the-year, right? I hope I find the heart to decorate next year! It was dark by the time we finished — daytime shots tomorrow?