It was an early Saturday morning for all of us here at the Haasienda.
The three furballs and I traipsed upstairs to bed last night around 11:30 PM, and by 1:30 AM we were all wide-awake as poor Flyer endured a seizure. This one seemed to last a little longer than the previous ones, and she cried out a few times. After taking her outside to potty, and assisting her with disorientation, we settled into the downstairs guest bedroom. Poor Flyer could just not find her comfy spot and paced through the rooms until 3:30 AM. Needless to say, I was wide awake the entire time with her, trying to soothe and comfort.
This morning, Chief was the first to wake me, followed by Flyer who was bright eyed and bushy tailed. It was funny to see the others beat Navi to the punch at starting their day.
With the morning routine complete, I began readying the living room for the new changes. I had kept a separate account in savings specifically for new living room furniture. My current furniture has been with me for 20 years, and I purchased it at Roberds in 1993. It has endured a lot of use throughout the years from our family, but more so from students and their families since the front room has always been used as a waiting area. A few spots on the one piece have been mended, and some of the pillows are beginning to show their age.
So, it was time to make this change.
Thursday morning I purchased a new leather soda and love-seat. In a few minutes, a couple of my students will arrive to set the old furniture out in the yard, so the new furniture can be delivered and moved in. I’ve already mopped and cleaned the areas where the old sofas sat, and the areas are ready to welcome its new occupants.
Change is good. It’s funny to think how little things can remind you of great memories. When I first got my kitten, Logan, back in 1994, the joke was that I got a cat to match my furniture. And Logan did seem particularly fond of this furniture.
At my first apartment I had two windows that were spaced evenly with the arms of the sofa. This was a favorite haunt for Logan who spent many hours at the windows to guard her territory and greet passersby. I often heard neighbors calling out to Logan who generally responded. When the first winter came I decided to move the sofa to the other side of the room against a solid wall. When I returned home from concert band rehearsal that evening, Logan was seated on the arm of the sofa staring into the wall.
I knew she was upset.
I called out her name. No response.
I called her name again. Her tail wagged gently, but only once.
I called out her name a third time. Logan carefully turned her head and glared at me with squinting eyes. After a few seconds she returned to staring at the wall.
On the fourth call, she turned her head, glared at me, and then began a verbal tirade. The queen was pissed.
Through the years, Logan was often found on the sofa or love seat awaiting students and their families. The minute they sat down their lap became her domain.
Change is good. And when it is something new, like living room furniture, it is exciting.
From DLJH’s iPhone “Make it a great day!”