This morning I awoke with a terrible headache so I took an ibuprofen and went back to bed. Norbert came back to bed with me and was very loving and kept tapping me gently on the face because he wants skritches. Morning Norbert is a totally different cat than the Daytime and Nightime Norbert. At night we put him downstairs so he can do cat shit. (We don’t ask.) When my husband is away I let him stay upstairs because I feel safer having him with me. Maybe he would help me if I was getting murdered. Anyway, Norbert is very nice in the morning and gets in a worse mood as the day goes on. By nighttime he is in a foul mood. I am not kidding. He is like an old man. He wants to go to bed because he’s tired but he can’t go until he has his milk. He starts running around trying to trip me. He meows his whiny meow which drives me crazy. He also does naughty things like getting into my plants or hopping on the counter just to make me mad. He figures if I have to get up to discipline him I will give him milk, “since you’re already up”, his words, not mine. He won’t stop until he gets milk. Once I give him milk he goes downstairs and usually calls me swearing names before he curls up in his bed and goes to sleep. Come morning he is all sweet and nice again.
Today I had planned a quieter day. I finished the painting on the deck. It looks nice now. This is part of a picture from last winter then now.
This afternoon our toilet was acting weird and then stopped working completely so I went to Home Hardware (a Canadian icon) and got the piece and my husband and I put it on and when we turned the water back on it sounded like a jack hammer was in the house. Not exaggerating. It was loud! He wanted to call a plumber. I didn’t because they wanted to charge time and half. No way! So I looked up the problem online. It is called a Water Hammer … don’t read between the brackets unless you want to know how to fix a water hammer (it has something to do with air in the system. The fix is a process of turning off the water main then all the taps in the house on from highest to lowest, letting the lowest drain completely then turning water main back on then all the taps off lowest to highest.) Of course there were other problem along the way like the new part was not extending and the toilet shifting off its base and then the toilet seat was super loose and I noticed how filthy everything was and it took forever to get it all done. But now it’s spic and span and the toilet is tight on its base and the seat is not wiggly and everything is very, very clean. This is one project where I did more than my husband. He is very handy but I am stubborn and wanted to fix it ourselves if we could. So much for a quiet day.
P.S. – There is no disciplining a cat.