For reals now? It's finally my turn to talk? Not yankin' my tail, are you? Good.
Hi peoples, kitties, woofies, and everyone else! You will NOT believe what's been going on around here! It totally blew my mind! We had.. a visitor! But as far as I'm concerned, he didn't stay nearly long enough!
Ok ok, lemme start at the start! It was a day like any other day. Well, except for the part about mom whinin' and moanin' on the bed and havin' this weird feelin' warmy thingie on her chest right where I normally like to sleep and get my scrtiches.. Oh, and daddy was home on a day he's not usually here.
So anyway, all's quiet for a while. Daddy was upstairs and so was Star. I was keeping mom company and trying to get comfy around that stupid warmy thingie. And then.. we heard it! it was loud! It was like EEP EEP EEP EEP EEP EEP EEP! And it kept going on! Mom tried to holler at Daddy, but she can't yell loud so he comes down and mom says something is dying on the front porch!
Now, by that time I'm on my cat tree by the front window and I can tell you, I didn't see nothing out there.. And when daddy came down the stairs the noise stopped. So he's thinkin' mom's imagining things 'cause of her owie medicine. Then he laid down to have a nap. Not a bad idea really, so all was quiet again. Then mom said, 'Listen!" I heard it! Star heard it! But dad said there was nothing to hear. Mom said to look at us, we were sitting over by the stairs, kinda near each other and there were no smacky paws or threats of smacky paws! That means something, right! Dad went back to sleep..
After a while we heard it again! It was definitely the sound of feathers beating against walls! There was a bird somewhere inside our house! And me and Star wanted it! But we couldn't find it anywhere. Mom finally got dad to do something about it, even if he still didn't believe her.
Mom said this used to happen a lot. There's a big empty space behind a wall between the hot water tank and the furnace. Sometimes birds would sit on the chimney and get dizzy from the fumes and they'd fall in and land at the bottom and not be able to get out. So mom would take the pipe off the water tank, giving it a place to get out of, then she'd open the front door and the birdie would leave. That was when there was a door on the hot water tank space.. but since dad still hasn't finished the living room (good heavens don't mention that part to mom or she'll go on for an hour about it!) So she could let the bird get into that little room before opening the door to outside. Brr
Dad couldn't do that, so he took the pipe off and opened the front door, hoping mom's 'imaginary' bird would fly out before we all froze our you know what's off! Mom had her heaty thingie, so I guess she didn't mind as much as dad who had to stand by the door to keep us from going out.
Guess what guess what guess what??!!! I DID go out! I got all four paws over the threshold! Do you all know how COLD icy snowy sidewalks are??? Holy Cod! Dad shouted me back into the house, but let me tell you, I was coming back in anyway! BRRRRRRR!
Dad was like, this is crazy, it's freaky cold and there's no bird and.. when all the sudden this little black bird FLIES OUTTA THE WATER HEATER ROOM, RIGHT PAST DAD'S FACE AND OUT THE FRONT DOOR!
And Star and I missed it!!!! We coulda had this fun visitor over for lunch.. hee hee hee but rats, he got away..
Star and I are taking turns stalking the water heater room, hoping someone else comes outta there, but dad says don't hold your breath. But we can hope, right? We like that kind of visitor!
Mom says she never heard one cry like that when they fell in before, but the way it flew out it sure didn't seem injured! She thinks it was a starling. Anyone got a recipe for starling soup?? hee hee!
Oh, mom says that when this happened years ago, dad put a cap on the chimney, but it blew off in a big wind storm. Dad's gonna put another one up when the weather permits. It's icky out there right now!
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