Spidercat, Spidercat…

August 24th, 2007
From Audrey 8/24

So Audrey’s been playing out in the airwell some lately, and a few days ago, after I closed the screen door to the airwell, she bolted up it. The picture above is actually from the later stages of the climb - she’d already started backing her way down. Now I’m careful not to leave the glass door open enough to let her climb up that high when the screen door’s shut.

Some of the later pictures come from yesterday, when Audrey was freaked out and hiding under the loveseat for an hour. Here’s an email I sent to a friend, with the subject “Audrey is having a terrible, very bad, no good day”:

It was fine at first - I found a way of sitting that provided her with a curve to curl up in between my hip, the couch, and the laptop, and she liked that very much. Then she dozed off on my arm during a meeting, which is always nice. But then there was a growly noise that started coming from the airwell, something engine-ish, or mechanical. It got louder, and louder, and Audrey bolted - she’s been hiding under the loveseat for the last half hour or so. I took pictures of her under there - she looks very sad. It turns out there’s a guy on a ladder blasting the walls of the building next to mine with a high-pressure hose, scraping off pigeon crap, pigeon nests, and at least one dead pigeon (I swear I saw two fall!). And it is *loud*. And the guy is just outside my window, and no part of the apartment is quiet. Even the other airwell is loud. In addition, the screen of my window is now getting covered with pigeon yuck. And I’m afraid that this is going to drive the pigeons off for a while, cutting down on Audrey’s entertainment. Stupid cleaning people.

Some context - I’m talking about my other airwell, the big one between me and the building next door. It’s a favorite hangout of pigeons - in fact, there was a dead pigeon right outside my bedroom window for a few months. Kinda stinky. The walls of the other building were positively covered in pigeon crap, feathers, nests, etc, along with at least one dead pigeon in a cranny. The water-blasting went on for a total of like two and a half hours. Audrey was not happy, though I did eventually coax her out from under the loveseat with the cat dancer and treats. And now opening a window onto that airwell smells *terrible* - unsurprisingly, considering that the air there is now filled with disintegrated pigeon leavings. Anyway, all the pictures are here - enjoy!

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Friday Kitten Blogging!

July 27th, 2007
From Audrey 7/27

Today’s the first Friday I’ve actually remembered to do this! Not much new today, but here it is.

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