The past four freezing nights have meant all four cats are sleeping with us in bed. Good thing it's a king. Togo, the tortishell beauty kitty, gets hugely offended if she's sleeping on your stomach and you so much as twitch. She'll tense up and emit a tiny 'mmeww' and stalk away to a corner of the bed. She usually stays there, far away from disturbances such as twitchy feet or people turning over. Phoenix prefers my side at the foot of the bed so no one can touch her. Old man Scat is very Zen about being awakened, because he sleeps curled next to me, meaning he has to be moved at least three times a night when I get up to use the bathroom. (No kidneys you see). He just waits sleepily until I am settled back down and then resumes his position on my stomach or by my side. Lenny is a rogue element. (Or 'elephant.') He isn't nicknamed 'Lardo' for nothing, 'cause he's huge, a real lump. He prefers to burrow under a light blanket. Fortunately he generates a lot of heat. Unfortunately, when he's down for the count, he doesn't move, and when you move, he oozes into your 'spot' and doesn't relinquish it.
But one of my favorite sounds in the world are cats purring, which makes up for a multitude of annoyances. I love having the gang with us on the bed.
The cold snap has meant the 'coons and skunks have been mostly in hibernation. I have seen more skunks up on the terrace than coons. And three frozen turtles in the pond ice. I wonder if they're like koi in that they can freeze and then unthaw and be fine. I have never seen the pond frozen before, save a small place near the shore where the wild ones (mustangs) have kicked in the ice for their drinking water.
For a holiday treat, my friend S. gave me pecans and vanilla wafers to feed the coons, so when they're back they will be really excited. The occasional treat makes a big hit. We found a skunk den in the embankment of the hill leading to the studio. I'd love one of those snake cameras to see into their cozy nest. And yes, they do dig holes around the bird tree where the feeders hang, but I haven't found any other holes in the yard.