Turn Up The Heat!

Saturday the high was about 70 degrees, and I would have been outside cleaning up the flowerbeds and washing windows if it hadn’t been for the awful 40 mph wind. Saturday night a cold front moved through, we got an inch and a half of rain, and then the temperature dropped down into the 20s. The high yesterday was only in the 30s.


I busied myself around the house folding laundry, doing dishes, vacuuming, and other fun tasks. Kitty, our little desert creature, spent her day trying to get warm. In the winter, she often sits in  front of the vent waiting for the furnace to come on,

a not-so-subtle reminder to us that she is cold, and we need to do something about it – preferably by turning up the thermostat to 90 degrees.

Yesterday evening, I was at the kitchen table organizing my recipe magazine clippings from the last 20 years to put them into a cookbook, while Kitty sat by the heat vent….. waiting.

Harland came in from chores and as he walked through the kitchen he looked down at Kitty, then at me, and said,

“The tenant in 4B would like you to send up some heat.”

I laughed.

But Kitty was not amused.

Kitty:  “I’m freezing to death – this is not a laughing matter.”

 Me:  “Sorry Kitty. Would you like to go for a ride in the dryer?”

Kitty:  “Ha ha. You think you are so funny.”




Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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9 Responses

  1. Alica says:

    That’s one smart kitty! 😉

  2. My kitty burrows down in the basket of fresh laundry, before I ever get a chance to fold it.

  3. Laura says:

    you two have a great sense of humor…even if Kitty doesn’t find you guys particularly funny!

  4. Carol says:

    Kitty is not just a pretty face, she knows where the heat comes out! What a lovely girl, how lucky she is to live with you and Harland!

  5. Jeanne Harland says:

    I just found you via Ree Drummond’s page. Your cat, her comments, your comments about organizing your recipes and finally, your husband’s name piqued my interest. Thanks for a lovely bright surprise for today.

  6. Evelyn says:

    my cat is the same way; she sits in front of the heater waiting for someone to get as cold as she is and turn it on! Or, everytime someone sits down, she is in the lap snuggling down for the winter; she gets very put-out if said person gets up for any reason. All that furr and her feet are colder than mine!

  7. Mary says:

    My elderly cat figured out that the spot next to the crockpot is nice and toasty when I’m cooking something. I normally wouldn’t let a cat on the counter but he’s 17 years old so I humor him . . .

  8. Debbie says:

    Yes, cats are definitely heat seekers!
    Your Kitty makes me laugh!
    My cats love to lay in spots of sunshine….on the bed, the table (yes!), the sofa, the floor, etc.
    And if I get under a blanket, like a flash, Oliver is under there too!
    Got to love them!

  9. Cameo says:

    My cat would sit in front of the vent but that blocked heat from going into the room.
    I got him a heated cat bed so he is in heaven most of the time in the winter.

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