Monday, February 18, 2013

Who's really running the Show?

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you. I’m Lisa Orchard the author of the Young Adult Mystery/Thriller Series, “The Super Spies”.  I must say I’ve been very happy with my new series. The first two books made it to the Amazon Bestseller’s list in January and that was a great start to a New Year.

I had arrived! I made it! I’m in control of my destiny. I thought this way for the first week of January as I worked and slaved to finish the third novel in the Super Spies series. Then it slowly dawned on me…who was really in charge…

My cat. That’s right, my cat Lilly. She was a stray that wandered into our garage one cold November evening. My husband told me she was there. “She must have smelled the chicken I was grilling,” he said with a nonchalant shrug.

I wandered down the stairs to get a look at her. She ambled out from under the car…all big eyes and tiny meow.  A little Tiger kitty.

“We can’t leave her in the garage!” I exclaimed horrified. I picked her up and rushed her into the house where we promptly fed her and doted on her.

We had to keep her segregated from the other cats because they weren't as excited about a kitten as the rest of the family.  So, Lilly, I promptly named her, has her own room. She gets to hang out with the rest of the family in our bonus room. We bought her a kitty condo along with her own litter box and food dishes. The other cats can no longer come in the bonus room unless they can get along with Lilly. One cat has been able to do that and the other one sits outside our makeshift gate stalking her. Angry that she’s left out. I don’t blame her, I’d be angry too, but she’s got to learn to get along with Lilly, this is non-negotiable.

Lilly has become part of the family. The boys rush home from school to play with her. She’s that cute. Even then…I didn’t realize that she’d taken over our lives.

It wasn’t until after Christmas break when the boys went back to school and I wanted to work that I realized who was really running the show. I’d sit down at my computer…ready to pound away at the keys when Lilly would jump up on my desk and demand attention.

I’d stroke her soft, little ears and then put her down on the floor. She’d wander away only to return minutes later, demanding more attention. She’d sit in front of the monitor and give me that plaintive meow that she has. I would pet her and again put her down on the floor. This would go on until, exasperated, I’d give up and move to the couch. She’d follow me with that soft step that cats have and climb on my lap.

Where I’d pet her until she felt she’d had enough and would move to the other end of the couch where she would clean herself and give me smug looks. Then…and only then…could I work.  This has been the morning routine ever since the boys started school.  

I realize now that I’m not in charge. Lilly is running the show. When we’re watching TV and she wants attention, she’ll sit in front of it, blocking everyone’s view until someone moves her…and she gets the attention she wants.

Isn’t she smart? Getting everyone to work around her and operate their lives according to her terms. We didn’t even know we’d been manipulated. Wow!  I need to take lessons from my cat. J


Sara Stinson said...

Oh my! You just wrote an article about my dog. She is a Yorkie and her name is Addie. I did not realize until you wrote this article how true it is. She is the same way.

I have tried sitting at a desk, a table, and even standing at the counter. I tried placing her bed next to my feet. She is not happy unless I am in the recliner or sitting on the bed. I have seen other authors post where they have this cute area for writing. Not me.

Addie also has those moments where she will jump between me and the laptop. What do I do? I stop and give her the attention she wants!

Yes, they are in charge, Lisa. But we would not have it any other way! :)

Lisa Orchard said...

Thanks for stopping by Sara! I love your story about your little Yorkie! They're so cute! And you're absolutely correct they are in charge!

Tess Grant said...

We have a new kitty too, and she keeps us all jumping. She thinks she's a dog though...we call her, the Lab, and the Golden Retriever the Three Musketeers. They outweigh her by 85 pounds and 60 pounds, respectively, but she dives right in.

Lisa Orchard said...

Awesome Tess! It's great when all the pets get along! Thanks for stopping by!

Sloane Taylor said...

Lisa, this is a terrific post! As a cat lover and owner, I know exactly what you mean.:)

Lisa Orchard said...

Thanks Sloane! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :) Thanks for stopping by and checking out my post! :)