A Door Finally Opens

Excitement is running high around the house this morning.  Phase I of the home-improvement project is finally in place.  I bring you:  The Screen Door.

The first – and I do mean first, the very first – thing Bugs did was this:

So that’s what the scratchpost is there for.  I had to pick him up and put him on top there.

Woo.  It’s a long way down there.

So how long you bet it’s gonna be, before lifting is no longer needed?

I wonder how high I can get.

Notice my excellent glute technique.

I can do 25 of these before I get tired.

Flying object!  I need it!

Bean says here’s where she was devoutly glad for this:

Notice, in addition to the hook, the extra-added iron bars.

Now here’s where Bean wishes she had instant reflexes and sound effects.  She was in the kitchen when she heard this:


By the time she raced over, all that could be seen was the back end of the neighbor’s cat.

As for the back end of the drama Himself, here it is:

Too late with the visual.  No way does this convey the real high urgency of the thing.

P.S.:  Later today, the handyguy is coming back to install the finishing touches.  Before any of you think to remind me, I already have figured this out:  That hook is going higher.  Way higher.  No.  Wait.  Two hooks.  One high, one low.

P.P.S.:  I think Bugs actually hurt his face, throwing himself at the door in this incident.  Oh my little brave boy.

About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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18 Responses to A Door Finally Opens

  1. Eleanor says:

    What a wonderful place to sit. A king surveying his relm!

    • Eleanor says:

      His ‘realm’ that should be. I really should read before posting.

      • nadbugs says:

        No worries. Just as long as you post, that’s the main thing.

        As for the king bit, the rank is right but I sometimes wish he’d adopt the kingly demeanor. Truth is, he’s still at the Prince Harry stage. Falstaff is somewhere in the background, egging him on.

  2. Dakota says:

    OMC his white at the end of his body almost looks like someone with their pants falling down!! I love it!

    He is such an athletic and acrobatic little guy! Extremely determined too!!!!

  3. Dakota says:

    ohhhh was wondering if you know that “Dakota” is ME!! Caren from Cat Chat! xoxo

  4. Hey, Bugs! What a great spot for a very high perch! That door looks like tons of fun to climb – and easy to open, too. From up there you can survey your realm and scare off those pesky invaders!

    You look like you are in very good shape. That will be very helpful when we are chasing down those wildebeest. Yoow-yumyum-meowl!

  5. nadbugs says:

    Mens sana in corpore sano. According to this fancy prep school I went to.

    Myself, highfalutin Latin stuff to one side, I just know to go for the burn. That savannah can be a very unforgiving place.

    By the way, I’m thinking your Darkness will come in handy for various ninja missions we might want to include in our Program. That little thumbnail, over at your place? The green eyes are somethin else, kid.

    • typist4jhajha says:

      Wow! I had to Goodsearch that highfalutin Latin stuff. The only Latin I remember from prep school is “I ad hadem” which would be dreadfully inappropriate.

      And JhaJha says she is very ready to employ her powers of invisibility to further the Program, Bugs.

      • nadbugs says:

        Well you got me there, O Dark One. “I ad hadem” googled shows Haddam Pizza, in Haddam, CT. Hello Haddam? Bugs. I assume you deliver. So I’ll have that extra cheese with anchovies, please. And make it snappy.

    • typist4jhajha says:

      We use Goodsearch whenever we can instead of the Goo. Check it out. They automatically donate to your chosen charity every time you search. Spread the word. They have GoodShop, too, for online shopping.

      As for my old Latin phrase — it means ‘go to Hades’, which we would never use with y’all.

      JhaJha is requesting extra anchovies, please.

      • nadbugs says:

        Bugs ordered two sides of anchovies, one for each feline.

        And he is very pleased with GoodSearch. He thanks you for your benevolent suggestion. The first time you mentioned this, he directed the Bean to the site but the Bean took one look at it and clicked away. His opinion, the Bean is one mackerel short of a school.

        On the Dark side, Bugs says we can use that go to Hades thing for You Know Who.

        On the side of Light, Bugs is delighted to inform that his favorite nonprofit, the Helen O. Krause no-kill shelter in Mechanicsburg PA, is included on the GoodSearch roster.

        For the low-down on Helen O. Krause, check out: https://catself.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/a-purr-in-the-park/

  6. Rumblepurr says:

    Woah, that is SUPER high!!

  7. nadbugs says:


  8. lifewith4cats says:

    I love your action stories told in picture. Bugs looks like he had a ball explorong the top of the door, like he was wondering if it would be a new place to sit if he could reach it.

    Your such a good cat mom! Thats a lovely and sturdy looking screen youve got there.

    • nadbugs says:

      Yes, I am really pleased that he seems to be — well, I guess the phrase would be “wigging out” with the new world out there. As Teresa said, for him it’s probably like we’ve gone from no TV at all to cable premium. And he’s nuts with the remote.

      I appreciate your saying I’m a good mom, but honestly, I do it in the spirit of what my dad used to call “enlightened self-interest.” You’ve heard “if Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy?” Substitute Bugs for Momma and that’s this house. As for sturdiness, let us pray.

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