100 Word Challenge: Cat

cat in a Christmas tree

Holiday gift procurement is nearing completion. My kids’ Santa list is pretty much done. The Mister’s gift has been ordered and on-time delivery promised. I still have to finish a couple of handmade presents, and ship a few items to my ‘rents, but for the most part, I’m done, or at least see the twinkling lights at the end of the tunnel.

What we don’t have is decorations. No tree, no holiday knick-knacks, no Advent calendar or candles. There is an inflatable, glowing Rudolph in the front yard, but he is a little lonely and a smidge pathetic.

It’s not that we are lacking holiday spirit. It’s not that we are lacking anything. What we have is an overabundance of Tannenbaum terrorists.

Last year, we had only one cat, Issy. She stayed in the boughs of our Christmas tree from the moment we put it up, until we took it down. Every morning there were ornaments strewn over the living room floor where she batted the shiny baubles off limbs then played with them like captured prey.

This season, we have three cats. Three cats who have already proved their prowess at climbing, and knocking anything and everything off shelves, counters, bookcases, tops of appliances (think: refrigerator) and fireplace mantle.

It’s exhausting to think about how destructive they would be with a fully laden Christmas tree.

I suggested to the Mister that we buy a live tree to set up outside, decorated with weather-resistant ornaments. He compromised with the blow-up reindeer. I guess I take what I can get.

If I were a braver woman, I would put those furry Grinches in holiday sweaters and make them be my living Christmas decorations.

“When my cats aren’t happy, I’m not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they’re just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.” ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

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What to do:

Using “cat” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.