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deep sleep

As I sit and write this post from the comfort of my overstuffed chair in the corner of the living room beside the woodstove, two kittens are tumbling up and down the stairs just outside the room. I can hear their thundering paws as they tackle and roll and skitter away from each other. 

Somehow in the last few months, the line between our “outdoor mouse-hunting barn cats” and “indoor house cats” got very blurry.

This morning, my wake up call came from Mary, who had sneaked downstairs and outside to find these two little kittens waiting for her. I think they’ve caught on to her routine. She came to my bedside, the sound of loud purring coming from her arms : “One for you. One for me.” as a pile of fluff was dumped on my chest. She slid in the covers beside me, tucking her ball of warmth under the comforter.

My children have this way with kittens. They get so much attention and love, mixed with just the perfect amount of patience-forming teasing, that I believe they end up to be the perfect pets. I know these two kittens, when they find the perfect home, will make sweet additions to some little family. 

Between you and me, Columbus is my favorite, though Panda wins the cute award. Columbus has the motor of diesel truck and at the first stroke of your hand down his back, it kicks in. Sometimes just the anticipation of it, gets him going. 

This weekend, he fell sound asleep in my arms and the girls grabbed the FLIP so we could record his purring. But there must be some stage of sleep rhythm for cats that inhibits purring. He was so sound asleep we could barely get him to show it off. I always thought cats were the lightest of sleepers, but Columbus seems to be proving us wrong. 

And for the record, the heavy breathing is coming from Columbus, not from me. 

As I sit and write this post from the comfort of my overstuffed chair in the corner of the living room beside the woodstove, two kittens are tumbling up and down the stairs just outside the room. I can hear their thundering paws as they tackle and roll and skitter away from each other. 

Somehow in the last few months, the line between our “outdoor mouse-hunting barn cats” and “indoor house cats” got very blurry.

This morning, my wake up call came from Mary, who had sneaked downstairs and outside to find these two little kittens waiting for her. I think they’ve caught on to her routine. She came to my bedside, the sound of loud purring coming from her arms : “One for you. One for me.” as a pile of fluff was dumped on my chest. She slid in the covers beside me, tucking her ball of warmth under the comforter.

My children have this way with kittens. They get so much attention and love, mixed with just the perfect amount of patience-forming teasing, that I believe they end up to be the perfect pets. I know these two kittens, when they find the perfect home, will make sweet additions to some little family. 

Between you and me, Columbus is my favorite, though Panda wins the cute award. Columbus has the motor of diesel truck and at the first stroke of your hand down his back, it kicks in. Sometimes just the anticipation of it, gets him going. 

This weekend, he fell sound asleep in my arms and the girls grabbed the FLIP so we could record his purring. But there must be some stage of sleep rhythm for cats that inhibits purring. He was so sound asleep we could barely get him to show it off. I always thought cats were the lightest of sleepers, but Columbus seems to be proving us wrong. 

And for the record, the heavy breathing is coming from Columbus, not from me. 

20 comments on “deep sleep”

  1. My daughter so wants a kitten. Since she’s been a little girl she’s wanted one. It’s just not possible for us but I do love the cute little things.

  2. How do you ALWAYS have kittens?!?! Noey is dying for one…but I’m a little afraid her face is going to blow up again. 🙂

  3. Awwwww, kittenish goodness. Gotta love it. And what a sweet face Columbus has.

    Our Siamese cat still purrs with a kittenish intensity and when she gets in the groove, I can hear it from the other side of the room. Nothing quite like deep contentment.

  4. I just stumbled on this blog tonight and I LOVE it, I am looking forward to reading more. I just went through your archives and have to tell you I am so excited I found your blog…

  5. Thank you for trusting us. I am so sorry for what you and your family are going through right now. I appreciate the fact that you let us peek in so that we can learn and help.

    you and your blog are a blessing to so many. You give of yourself and we are blessed. Sometimes it is in receiving. The receiving is really hard. Let us help you. Tell us what we can do and we will do it! I am adding my prayers to all those that are already going forth.

    ~virtual hug~

  6. molly, i respect that you closed the comments to the most recent post, but i just wanted to find a way to tell you, if nothing else, that those two gold and grey photos are phenomenal. also, without digging back a couple days for the post, i wanted to say that i’m really enjoying the “scandinavian retreat” blog that you linked too. so much good stuff there! thanks! and all good thoughts to you and your family.

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