The move was quick, and the new place is nice. There is a story that goes along with that, but I'll spare you. Let's just say that mom had to do a BUNCH of cleaning, and the new paint job had to be re-done since the painter didn't feel the need to cut in the walls (he'd used a different color, so even I noticed it!)
The important thing is that we're somewhat settled, and the tension in the air has thinned enormously. One very cool feature here is the sliders that open onto a small screened-in deck. It's been pretty warm, and mom leaves the sliders open so I can come and go as I damn well please (the way it should be). It's pretty quiet around here, with the exception of what sounds like three or four dogs that bark incessantly (sometimes I impress myself with big words), usually starting around 4:30 a.m. They're yapping as I write, and I wish I had the ability to sneak into the
The aforementioned (gold star for me!) sliders have a set of vertical blinds that hang across them, and when the glass is closed and the blinds are pulled shut there is a four or five inch space between them where I like to sneak and peer out into the darkness. So far we've seen at least two other cats out the back, and some bright, beautiful, tasty-looking cardinals in the bushes that border the yard.
Once again, I can't tell you all how much I appreciate everything you wrote in my comments. It is good to be back, and I'll slowly get back into checking out all of your blogs in the coming days.