Socks, Tan, Flowers

I’ve started wearing socks around the house. Pretty thick, warm socks, almost all the time. After wearing the same pair of slippers mostly with bare feet 90% of the time for 3 years, I realised that something had to change. So now the first thing I do when I get out of bed is put on a pair of socks, while Tan screams at me.

Let’s talk about Tan. Here are some things I know about the boy:

  • If he’s screaming, picking him up and holding him is either a) the perfect solution to which he  submits completely, or b) a horror from which he has to escape immediately.

  • If he sees a squirrel outside his tail starts flapping around madly, like a squirrel. If he sees a cat, he crouches down as low as he can and stays very still. If he sees a bird, he makes chirping noises like a bird.
  • If he’s playing mouse (where he runs after and catches a fake mouse), there are a few sacred places where, if the mouse goes, it must be attacked. These are: in a shoe; on his bed by the window; or on the back of the couch.

  • If something is square, it is an appropriate place for him to sit like a square. This includes books, laptops, pieces of paper, folded up blankets, folded up laundry, chairs, some small tables, even hats and vaguely square things.

  • He can successfully jump from the floor onto a ledge five and a half feet above him.

  • If a round object like a wooly ball, a microphone cover, or a fake mouse, is left on the ground for long enough, and he’s feeling, I don’t know, roosty? He’ll sit on the object like an egg for a few seconds before doing a tuck and roll and grabbing it in his claws.
  • He turned two years old on the 1st of April (that’s right, because he’s a fool).

  • He has the softest fur I’ve ever felt on a cat.

  • He smells like a wheat field.

Well, I got my guitar back from the repair shop last week, and I replaced the resonator cone (looks like a really wide, metal ice cream cone) in my other guitar, so I’m all set to spend the rest of this quarantine cooking up some music. So far it’s been going well, and I’m excited to have this time to create and sing and play. Also, the sun came out again today, and flowers are blooming.