Yesterday Tom got started on spreading that big pile of leaves that has been sitting in our driveway. The pile has been cooking away, and he says it's 120 degrees inside, so he has warmth while he works
The beds that have been mulched so far have a nice fluffy blanket for the winter.
Today he has been busy preparing for a new member of our household who is to arrive this weekend. Son Jake is moving and can't take his cat so Jozy is coming to live with us. We haven't had a cat here for a long time, and when we did, we trained them to live here in our style. But Jozy, who was a five-year-old rescue cat when Jake got her, has been trained to a cat door.
Tom doesn't want a cat door in an outside door that any other cat or squirrel or raccoon can wander into. Jake will be bringing the cat door that fits into a slider window.
So Tom installed a cat door from the laundry room into the garage.
He built a platform inside the laundry room window where the cat door will be installed,
And a walkway outside the window for Jozy to get access.
It all sounds very complicated, but I just hope it works. You see Jozy is a hunter and likes to bring her rats and mice and whatever into the house, sometimes not yet dead. She also apparently barfs a lot. I want to be able to shut her off from the rest of the house by closing the laundry room door when we are not around. Nasty surprises are not my cup of tea.
I will let her join us in the family room. It would be nice if she actually uses this to scratch and not my furniture. I'll try rubbing some catnip on it to get her interested.
I have friends whose kids have moved back home. Would that be easier that their pets? Not sure.