04 January 2008

Feline Friday: It was a cold and snowy day...

...the kind of day where you you wear two pairs of fuzzy pink socks and drink General Foods International Coffee (Hazelnut or French Vanilla but not Irish Cream) just to stay warm.

The wind howled fiercely. The snow drifted against the side of the house. And although it was 72 degrees inside, just looking out the window made you shiver.

Yes, it was on this very kind of day that our heroine, Miss Lily, hovered over the furnace vents. Occasional wisps of warm air wafted upward, providing welcome (albeit fleeting) relief from the bitter cold.

Hours passed and our Lily huddled on the carpet next to the new vent (source: Home Depot). She was hanging limply over it, nearly frozen to the bone, when suddenly she noticed that her claw (the only one that wasn't completely encased in ice) fit precisely into the metal grid work. With her last modicum of strength, our heroine gave a quick flick of the wrist and removed the entire vent, flinging it casually to the side.

At last, warm air flowed freely to her face. Dreams of hot summer days (specifically, that really hot day in the pig barn at the state fair cat competition when she didn't have an adequate fan) flooded her mind. Miss Lily became drowsy, almost drugged with the currents of warm air blowing tropically through her whiskers.

"If only I could get closer to the source of this warmth," she mused quietly to herself, her eyes wide and glassy with anticipation.

"Why, there's a pretty silver tunnel! Where does it lead? Perhaps I'll follow it. I think I can fit..."

* * * * *

Was our heroine brave enough to go where no feline (in this house, anyway) has gone before?

Or did all of those gingerbread cookies make her too wide to fit in the tunnel?

Did Nice Furnace Repair Guy have to make an emergency trip to the house?

Or did the homeowners secure all of the vents to the carpet with clear packing tape?

Stay tuned, friends, for the answers to these questions and many more (that you probably didn't even know you had), as we follow the adventures of our fearless feline heroine, Miss Lily, and her fearful sidekick, Tinsel, in 2008.

16 comments:

Sarah C. said...

You're killing me with the suspense! What happened next???? :)

jp said...

Sarah - Nothing happened! :-) We put the vent back on and she hasn't looked at it since! (Although we're keeping an eye on her b/c you never know with Lily!)

:: gingerkitty :: said...

I feel the chill!

Theresa said...

Too funny. Great story. We have one of those little portable heaters that look like radiators. The furbabies love it and it saves on the electric bill.

KarenSue said...

Goodness!!
or as Mae West would say "goodness has nothing to do with it"

(or something like that)

Fonda said...

What a suspenseful story, can't wait to hear more! You're cats lead the most...exciting lives! Here's hoping they have a safe 2008!!

Linda said...

Oh my! Lily is too funny. Glad she stayed out of trouble...this time.

Sharon said...

LOL...well, at least Miss Lily did not get stuck in the vent...yet.

Are you sure you don't want to write a children's book about Miss Lily and her sidekick Tinsel?? Children would love the books.

Maureen said...

Har! Love the story! I just hope she doesn't drop any treasures down there...

Can't wait for more!

Cheri said...

Oh whew! I was hoping the end of the story would be here in the comments. I can't stand cliffhangers; they make me bite my nails (figuratively) :)

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jp said...

Thx for stopping by guys!! I love to create a little suspense for ya! Cheri, you're too funny!! I am a little bit worried about this vent business...I really don't want her going down into the furnace. Thank goodness for her fat belly... :-)

Laurel said...

Great story. And one a cat owner can relate to.

Your Lily looks a bit like my Tom. Only thinner. Much, much thinner. I'd never have to worry about Tom getting into the vents!

Lida said...

This is so funny, your cat sounds like a lot of fun.

Darcey said...

Great Post:)

Karen said...

What a cute story! I hope that my kitty doesn't learn that trick. She has figured out how to pull her fuzzy bed over to cover the heat vent (and block the heat from the room I might add.)