I made it to work this morning. I walked, rather than take my bicycle, as none of the streets or sidewalks were yet ploughed, though the walkways and parking lot of my building were cleared. The company that runs the cosy apartment’s building is a pretty good one. On my way to work, I had to keep looking over my shoulder to make certain no one ran me down, as I had to trudge in the ruts already made by automobile tires, but there were few vehicles on the streets anyway. One was, and was stuck in the snow, but I and three other men helped push her clear. It took me only twenty minutes, including the time taken to help the motorist, to make it to my work-place. It usually takes me just under ten on my bicycle, so it wasn’t a long time by foot. Only about a third of the work-force is here, however, and I am the only one out of five in my department.
Now, on to the important things. As you may see from the pictures, Neville stepped out of the library and, eventually, into the sitting room. For about an hour, he relaxed at the top of the tall cat-tree there. Raleigh is very curious about him (you will note Peachy almost hidden behind the right-hand cat-tree in the second photograph), and keeps trying to approach him. I would love for those two to become pals, but so far, my hopes for friendships among my misanthropic (misfelinic?) cats have been disappointed. Neville hisses and growls at Raleigh, but it’s early days yet. The Thin Man came from an overcrowded setting, the number of cats contributing to his stress, diabetic irregularities and eating troubles, so it is not surprising that he wants to be left alone. Most of mine will probably do just that. The library - and under my bed - remain his safe zones, and he stays in the library over night and when I am absent, at least for now.
Neville’s numbers were very good all weekend, and he didn’t need insulin once. He is anxious when I come in to the library, especially in the mornings, as he fears ear-poking for his blood-glucose readings. But we are done with them for a few days. He doesn’t struggle while I am poking him anymore, which is a relief and a great convenience. He has, I think, become rather fatalistic about the process. Perhaps there is some Russian in him. I should call him Nevsky.
He also ate a hearty breakfast, as did the others. That always puts me in a good mood. I think I’d rather my cats eat well, especially to start the day, than I. Then, I was able to face the day optimistically. At least until I stepped unwittingly into the first two-foot deep snowdrift.
It's terrific to see Neville out and about while under your supervision. It *would* be lovely if Neville and Raleigh could become good companions, I'll cross my fingers that it works out well for them both at some point in the future, when Neville feels more settled and secure.ReplyDelete
Enjoy the quieter work day, if possible. I hope your walk home is uneventful!
I'm not used to walking! I bicycle everywhere, and using different muscles for walking, and through uneven snow, is tiring. I'm going to try my bicycle tomorrow...Delete
guyz.....we iz happee for ya that ewe iz IN & safe....we iz sorree dad had ta trudge thru de mess ta get ta hiz place oh employ....we bet odds de ladee that waz stuck, N helped, iz most grate full.....we iz hope full we due knot see de "s" werd for weekz ta come ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ☺☺♥♥ReplyDelete
We usually don't receive snow this early; we're hoping it will melt in the next week, but there's a lot of it. I hope you don't have any at least until winter.Delete
Life is a marathon, not a sprint, but sometimes it's more like a slog through heavy snow drifts! Purring for some contentment when Raleigh and Nevsky are near each other.ReplyDelete
No one was sprinting anywhere today, that's for sure.Delete
I'm so glad to hear Neville is settling in. I think in time he'll realize Raleigh wants to be friends, and they may just may become buddies. It's also great news that Neville's diabetes is so well controlled. It just may be do to the fact that he is under less stress living with you. Meanwhile it sounds like you had quite a time walking to and from work. You really had 2 feet of snow?? In my last comment I mentioned that I like snow but I think I need to reconsider that statement! :-)ReplyDelete
I think the stress is less for Nev. There isn't much interaction among the beasts, and he undoubtedly likes that.Delete
we are glad to hear everyone is doing well. but....snow???ReplyDelete
Yes, too much, too early.Delete
Way to go Neville, keep making progress! Yikes, that's way too much snow!!!ReplyDelete
Far too much...Delete
This made my day on reading it tonight. SO glad Neville and the others ate a good breakfast. And that Neville is making an inch or two of progress. Love to each one of those precious souls.ReplyDelete
I think Nev would prefer fewer cats, but he probably likes that most leave him alone.Delete
Good on you Neville.ReplyDelete
Glad you made it to work safely. I wonder if you are the only one that walked in. Could anyone give you a lift?
I was the only one who walked in. Some drove but most didn't bother coming to work.Delete
I am glad Neville is doing well. I am surprised you already had snow.ReplyDelete
I think many people were surprised, at least at the amount.Delete
Looks as though Neville is starting hisReplyDelete
own floor show..Bless him..He's a little
hero, and l for one love seeing him..bit
special and unique..love him..! :).
I won't mention the 'S' word...!
And talking of breakfast..! :o).
Good for Neville. I'm sure once he's become accustomed to the other cats he'll relax. And I'm certain you have the patience to allow it to happen in his time.ReplyDelete
Yikes, that's a lot of snow. We had a bit on Saturday evening but it warmed up over night so there wasn't much left Sunday morning. It's all gone now. On days like that I'm sure it can be far easier to walk as long as there is no ice underfoot, than to drive.
It is good to see Neville out of the library. Raleigh does look interested in getting to know him better, and I hope that they can become friends as Neville's confidence grows.ReplyDelete
We are so glad that Neville is coming out to explore and learn about his new home. That his numbers are good is wonderful and we purr that things stay on this track. Maybe in time he will only need a check now and again. Purrs to all at the Cozy Apartment and please be careful in your travelsReplyDelete