Wednesday, May 18, 2022

And Today, It Rained

      It rained off and on all day.  The good news is that the temperature dropped.

      I startled Holden the cat this evening and he went off like a hand grenade.  He was sneaking across my desk, which he knows he shouldn't do, intent on getting to a very narrow spot near the printers, which he knows is off limits.  It's a tricky process, especially since I have set things up to make it harder for him to get there, and I guess he didn't realize I had put my left hand under his tummy until I started to lift him--

      Panic!  He lashed out every which way at once and I dropped him in my chair, but not before he'd managed to rake my left hand pretty good.   There's a deep gash diagonally across the first knuckle of my left ring finger, a smaller one on my left index finger and a handful of scratches on the underside of my left wrist.  I applied a paper towel and pressure (and sobbed a bit) then washed them all out well -- twice -- and poured alcohol across them before bandaging it all up.  (Yeah, it's icky to wash out an injury but after a certain point in life, you just accept that it's going to not be much fun for a few seconds in exchange for being less trouble in the longer term.)

      Every last drive-in doc is closed this time of night and I'm not going to the ER for scratches.  Poor Holden seems a bit dazed by it all.


Mike-SMO said...

They are sneaky, persistent, and just want to be close. Provide a safe, comfortable space for the fur ball. Friends had an open ended box on their table where the critter could "hide" and be "close".

Blocking the critter out will be a full-time job. Providing an acceptable "nest" will allow everyone to relax.

Mike V said...

Put yourself in his shoes: The lone sapper stealthily making his way across No Man's Land toward the inviting safety of a shell crater when he is suddenly ambushed by Jerry and its kill or be killed!

Roberta X said...

I was not sitting at my desk at the time. I was standing behind my chair, having a loud conversation with Tam, who was busy at the other end of the house. That may have put the cat on edge.

Closeness wasn't the cat's intent. He is convinced some of the less-accessible places would be marvelous to visit.

Roberta X said...

I was just happy I didn't hurl the creature the length of the hall.