Edgar, so confident that all will be well, now finds himself nodding off during the Prime Minister’s daily briefings.
He is however, adamant that everyone should listen to the Health Officer’s advice and keep on staying the bleep home. Do not cross this cat. You have been warned.
And, just in case you need a reminder about the vital importance of hand washing …
More on the importance of keeping to some sort of schedule during these discombobulating times.
4:57 Edgar arrives at my desk.
4:59 Geordie arrives as back up.
5pm is dinner time and some schedules must be adhered to, regardless of whether the humans have lost track of the days. Honestly, they say, what would the people do without us …? A good question.
Because his own luxury pet bed is starting to seem a bit cramped, or perhaps just because he feels like a change, Edgar has now laid claim to the dog’s bed as well as his own. Luckily Geordie is willing to roll with the punches.
And … a rare win for the human, staring contest-wise.
You know the days are long when you’re competing in staring contests with Edgar.
As I mentioned, Edgar is really an expert at this, having been an indoor cat for ten years now, so here are a few more little tips from his store of “avoiding cabin fever” wisdom.
Hello from the outside …
Edgar reminds you to get some fresh air, even if you just stick your face out of the window and breath, for a slightly different perspective.
Don’t think, even for a second, about slacking on the physical distancing.
Edgar has his eyes (both of them) on you!
Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe, in the words of the wonderful Dr. Bonnie Henry.
You can do this!
[The actual story behind Edgar’s disgusted look — I was finally baking Phillip’s birthday cake and it overflowed in the oven, so batter was burning and making everything smokey, in spite of open doors and window. He did not appreciate the pollution of his indoor air quality.]
GETTING ALONG WITH YOUR POD-MATES
By now, things could be getting kind of tense with those you are sharing your socially distanced “pod” with, no matter how much you love them.
Small grievances or failures of etiquette can lead to dark places, without the use of some careful diplomacy.
Edgar, having led a harmonious indoor life for so many years, getting along with so many uncouth species, shows us how it’s done.
The morning begins with Edgar in his “rightful” spot in front of the fire.
Geordie wanders over and Edgar gets up to give him his morning head bump.
Geordie accepts the morning caress but then — oh dear — misinterprets the situation and moves into the fireside vacancy.
Now, this could have gone rather badly for Geordie (and you can see he’s thinking the same thing) but Edgar decides to take the high ground, satisfying his honour by subjecting Geordie to a slightly passive aggressive “butt in the face disguised as a snuggle” manoeuvre, before retiring gracefully to his second “rightful” place beside the fire.
So that’s how it’s done folks. Win, win and no noses scratched.
Edgar would love to hear about your domestic diplomacy victories in the comments.
When the sun is shining, Edgar recommends sticking your head outside and absorbing all the Vitamin D you can.
Need I mention that he recommends doing this while observing the proper spatial distancing protocols???
It’s important, while you’re housebound, to give your day some semblance of sanity preserving structure..
Edgar and Geordie are both masters at this game.
Pet dinner time is about 5:15, so at 4:45 precisely their desk-side vigil begins.
Just in case I forget.
Edgar recommends socially responsible snuggles.
If you happen to be self isolating solo, a nice toucan with a bit of catnip stuffing might do.
Love the one you’re with, etc …
Edgar demonstrates how to spend some of your waking hours during social isolation. He calls this technique “being one with the universe.”
Reminder: you should be aiming for 18 hours a day of sleep as per his earlier recommendation.
Our son, stuck in a social distancing pod with his old parents, poor lad — enjoys a moment of Edgar emotional support.
Edgar demonstrates the kind of dedication to hand/paw washing he’d like to see from you all … without the face touching part, naturally.