The scene from a horror movie isn’t anything to do with Covid 19. No, it’s a description provided by my son Nick when I called him upstairs to show him what the cat had done. I was in Osoyoos bringing food to mom and cleaning her house, and returned to a note from him saying the cat had crapped on the living room floor.
This in itself was somewhat surprising in that the cats use a cat door to let themselves in and out. I cleaned that, and went into the hall to enter the bathroom to wash my hands when I encountered a huge pile of feathers that just got larger inside the bathroom.
I followed the trail to the toilet where to my shock and horror I saw a large Stellar’s jay sitting in it, and I couldn’t tell if it was alive or dead. I called Nick and he came up and looked at it and we both left the bathroom and decided we had to think. That’s when he said “Wow that’s just like a scene from a horror movie.”
He got his garbage pick-up stick for me, though he was too scared to do anything further, so I prodded the bird, and to my relief, it was dead, so I could lift it out, dripping, and put it into a garbage bag. I then had to vacuum and clean and vacuum and clean and felt murderous toward the cat.
George came in meowing super loud, as he likes to do, and so I went downstairs and gave him a can of food. He ate it, came upstairs, jumped on the dining room table and threw up the can of food onto the tablecloth.
But ya know, this is exactly the type of activity one should thank God for as it’s a distraction from all the hysteria around Covid 19. Though I have to say, as a retired person whose motto is the same as Greta Garbo’s, “I vant to be alone” I haven’t noticed a lot of difference in my life other than the inconvenience.
And as a senior, I can’t even complain much about that as we get to the front of any line at the grocery store if there between 7:00 and 8:00 AM. As someone who’s routinely awake by 6:00, this is easy to do.
I’m quite pleased at the amount of tequila I managed to stockpile, as even though liquor stores have mercifully been deemed an essential service, the line-ups are annoying and to be avoided. I wonder if they’d let us old folks in there early too.
Yoga with Adrienne on You Tube’s very good for the mind and body so I do that for half an hour a day, and recently I started to do some gardening. I got out one of my boxes of dahlia bulbs and put them into pots in the greenhouse as I always like to have blooms by June.
And then I read an article in the Globe about a trashy low-brow embarrassing reality TV show on Netflix called Love is Blind, so immediately tuned in and just loved it. Now that’s what I call entertainment. Can you imagine exposing yourself to the entire world like that? Fun!
And then today when I came home with the groceries I went to the bathroom and came out to find Louie had picked up the carton of eggs and had chewed off the top and was about to bite into his first one when I stopped him. Another wonderful moment of distraction from Armageddon.