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Gigipotamus: Exit Strategy

on February 25 | in Our House | by | with 7 Comments

Thought you’d be interested in this update:

Never again will that lake outside my window hinder me from my preferred exit on co-op days. This week I bought a pair of almost knee-high wellies from Target. Too bad no one is around at 3am to see how totally fashionable I am crawling out my window!

Tuesday mornings are not the only day my window sees traffic, though. Here’s what I mean: When I moved over here I brought few possessions (although Heather says otherwise). I did, however, bring my regal tiger-striped cat, Maxwell. My “big boy” is truly huge. He’s larger than my daughter Karen’s three chihuahua’s put together and boasts a tail so bushy the neighborhood squirrels blush when he walks by.

I’m quite attached to my feline friend, so when we moved here I built him a 10×10 pen to comply with the crazy NRH ordinance that prevents cats from roaming. As temperatures reached the freezing point I asked to bring him inside. Simple. No problem. Well, not exactly. Unfortunately, Heather’s cat literally came with a piece of paper that said “I don’t play well with others,” so I have to keep Maxwell confined to my room.

Unfortunately, Maxwell remembers the days when he had a kingdom of his own, so he isn’t content to abide the “bedroom only” rule. In the middle of the night he often starts meowing and scratching at the door, threatening to wake everyone in the house. After several unsuccessful attempts to reason with him there was only one remaining sensible option – which I promptly exercised. I threw him out the window. Not only has this become a workable exit strategy when he is misbehaving, the window has also become his preferred entrance. One Tuesday morning as I climbed out my window for co-op the situation became considerably complicated when Maxwell insisted on trying to crawl into the bedroom at the exact moment I needed to leave. He’s not allowed in the bedroom when I’m gone so a cat fight ensued. I eventually won, but had anyone been around to witness the scene it certainly would have been amusing!

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7 Responses to Gigipotamus: Exit Strategy

  1. Des says:

    Love it! :-)
    .-= Des´s last blog ..Under the Tuscan Sun =-.

  2. Jerri says:

    That’s hilarious! Barbara, you are a great writer. I would love to follow your blog, if you have one!

  3. Wow. umm… This won’t make sense to a lot of people. They don’t know why Gigi is climbing out the window in the first place. Might want to follow up with a window climbing post to give this some context.
    .-= Daniel´s last blog ..The Power of Your Story and Simple Choices to Participate =-.

  4. Gigi says:

    Thanks, Jerri. I’m computer challenged and having my own blog would totally fry me! However, this is a peculiar journey and we are having a great time, in a weird sort of way, so I’ll be posting on Mommypatamus along with Daniel.

    • Gigi says:

      Jerri, Heather’s been keeping me informed of your new adventure in Belgium. I think it is fantastic that you were able to get that huge house! And I’m sure you will have many stories of your own in inter-generational living as times go on. It certainly does feel like God’s up to something with all this. I’ll be writing more of my observations and would love to hear yours as well. Tell all the family “hello” for me.

  5. wow, i totally just cracked up when you said, “so i threw him out the window” –that’s hilarious! and the boots are soo cute.
    .-= Joanna Moore´s last blog ..Thankful Thursday =-.

  6. Gigi says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed my post. It has been quite an experience making adjustments to our living situation….sometimes,unusual
    ones.

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