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On location with cats #amrevising #amtiredofwinter


Finally! Finally the sun has made an appearance, after almost a whole week of gray, clouds, wind, and even some snowflakes. Oh, don’t forget rain. Maybe, just maybe, the weather wonks will be right, and we’ll be seeing 60 degrees by the middle of next week!

Oh, please, please let it happen!

I’m spending one more night at my son’s apartment, mostly so I don’t have to do anything but write; I’ll pack up my stuff and head home in the morning. It’s been interesting working remotely from here. I don’t usually have four miscreants hanging around while I’m working. Or rather, wandering directly through my workspace. All of them. And cats don’t care what you’re doing, they’re gonna do whatever they want. And they’re not going to turn down their curiosity for anyone.

Juniper–cat in the bag

The first day of work was okay. I think some of the cats were still getting used to me being there, and my time in front of a computer in the spare bedroom/slash office threw them for a bit. I’d already spent two and a half days with them, but not working. I was definitely a novelty for about 5 minutes, then they figured I wasn’t going to play with them. No worries, plenty of stuff in the office to jump on, climb on, nap on, sit on, climb on some more.


Of the four cats, the two littlest/youngest are cool with new or seldom-seen visitors. Nyx and Juniper considered me just another piece of human furniture to climb and rub against. It took Stella another day or so before she was begging for attention.

Stella and Juniper

Tibbers is the shyest of all of them. I barely saw him for the first few days, and when I did he looked at me like “what are you doing here? You’re not supposed to be here.” He’s like the little kid who peeks out from around the corner to see if the visitors left yet.

During my second or third day of work, he decided I was worthy of his presence, I guess.

It wasn’t too bad, until the day I was in a meeting with my team, and Juniper decided the TV mounted up on the wall was a perfect place to explore. And darn it, no amount of human discouragement was going to keep her from climbing behind that TV.

I did end up kicking all the cats out of the bedroom/office so I could finish my meeting. Oh, fun fact: Tibbers is tall enough to open the door. You know, the handles are all those lever-type handles now, so he’s able to pull the handle down to open the door. I ended up locking the door so they wouldn’t get back in. Uff-da!

Juniper and Nyx. Reminds me of Light Fury and Night Fury 🙂

Most of the time they were fine, albeit with the occasional–and expected–walking across the desk in front of the monitors, just because they could. And can’t forget the random games of cat parkour, where they spontaneously chase for the sake of chasing. The Zoomies!

They have a bunch of toys, and of course the rods with various lures dangling from the end are the favorites. I had to replace one because the one that was on the rod started shedding pieces. Juniper is the most enthusiastic about chasing the lures. She’ll start growling as soon as she snags it. That brand new feather lure is looking pretty sad after a few days of Juniper.

Juniper in the bag! (yes, her eyes are different colors)

As for my revisions, I managed to get through maybe three-quarters of the book. My daughter stayed Saturday night and most of Sunday, so I didn’t get any writing done during that time. I’m heading home early; I have a webinar I want to sit in on about writing short stories, and my son and his gf will be back in another day. Hoping to get the rest of my revisions done by the end of the weekend so I can move on to finding another beta reader or two before sending it back to my agent.

Take-aways from this week of cat-sitting? Four cats in a three-bedroom apartment are too many. Way too much cat hair everywhere! I’m going to have to wash everything when I get home. Each cat has its own personality, and it is really interesting to watch them interact. The youngest (Juniper) gets a pass on lots of stuff, and is allowed to play with stuff even if the others want to (they wanted to play with the lures, but Juniper was like the Tasmanian Devil in her enthusiasm of chasing them, so they let her). My son needs a better brush to collect cat hair (I used his, and of the three, only one seemed to be effective at all). Cats LOVE to be high, and the cat shelves they have that mount to the windows with super-strength suction cups are genius!

I do have a favorite, though. Tibbers is the best. Once he’s comfortable with you, he’s super chill. Nyx is awesome, and she’d be the first I steal so I could let her roam outside at our house in the middle of nowhere. Man, she’d love it! I’d even take Stella. Juniper? She’s a little terror–for three days she tried to climb up behind that TV! She’s not quite a year old, so a lot of that is kitten that she’ll outgrow. Nyx was like that, too, when she was younger. Now Nyx has settled down a bit, but she still loves climbing.

Anyway, it’s been fun. Even though cats don’t need the everyday sort of maintenance like dogs do, it was nice to be away from home distractions (hours of news, anyone?). I do have a personal writing retreat at the Shire scheduled for mid-May, so I am looking forward to that. No cats, but also no cat hair, and no TV. And a good place to walk.

To all those who observe Passover or Easter–Happy Holiday of choice! May Spring finally grace your doorstep, and may your writing flow!

Nap time!

Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), one dog, five chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

12 thoughts on “On location with cats #amrevising #amtiredofwinter

  1. It sounds as though you and the cats had some interesting bonding time, Julie! They (and your son) are lucky to have you to cat-sit for them. And it’s funny, isn’t it, how pets have their own personalities. It doesn’t really matter what you may want them to do, they’ll d what they want. I am glad you got some revisions done – it sounds as though you had a productive time!

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    • It was so interesting to watch them interact with each other–and me. I kept thinking about the difference between cats and dogs: dogs do stuff you want them to do because they want to please you. Cats don’t care unless they think you’re going to give them a treat, and even then they’ll only do something if they want to and it’ll get them a treat.

      Happy Easter and have a great week, Margot!

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  2. Glad to hear you got things done. I can’t imagine four cats in one place. You are what we call a saint. Happy Easter!

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    • LOL! When my son’s girlfriend had said she’d gotten another cat (that was last fall), I couldn’t believe it, because even three cats in a 3-bedroom apt is pushing it in my opinion. Four? Then again, I got to sample what it would be like as a crazy cat lady 😀

      Happy Easter and have a great week, Chris!


  3. This is likely my favorite post of yours ever. I mean… how could it not be? I’m sad your cat-sitting adventure is over. Thank you for sharing all about it, though. “This is my good side.” Best caption ever! Awh, the sweetness. Sorry about the cat hair!! Being able to open the door! Wow! Genius kitty!

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    • I thought you’d appreciate this one 🙂 The morning I left, before I got my stuff together, I was on the couch checking up on emails, etc., and Juniper chose that time to curl up on my lap and fall asleep. What a cuddle bug! Almost made up for her “bad kitty” routines of trying to climb where she wasn’t supposed to. And Tibbers is part Norwegian Forest cat (another “big” breed like Maine Coon), so he’s bigger than the other cats. My son said he started opening doors (usually the bathroom door when someone’s in there) last year, I think. If it weren’t for the lever handles they use now, he wouldn’t be able to.

      Maybe they’ll go on the trip next year (it’s an annual thing with his gf’s family) and I’ll get to cat-sit again 🙂

      Happy Easter and have a great week, Betsy!

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  4. I can totally relate to the relief you feel when the sun finally breaks through after days of gloomy weather. It’s refreshing to see a glimmer of hope for warmer temperatures. Working remotely certainly has its perks, but having mischievous cats wandering through your workspace can be both amusing and distracting. It’s funny how they have their own agenda and are unbothered by our tasks. Your experience with the cats during your remote work is quite entertaining. Thank you for sharing your delightful story with us!


    • Yes, cats with their own agendas! It is fun, though, to watch them interact and see where they choose to nap, and who to nap with. It was cool to see the black one and the white one together in a cat bed. Reminded me of How to Train Your Dragon’s Toothless and the Light Fury 🙂


  5. I can totally relate to your excitement about the sun finally making an appearance after days of gloomy weather. It’s always a mood booster when the weather improves. Working remotely can have its challenges, especially when you have mischievous cats around. Their curiosity and knack for invading workspace can be both amusing and distracting. Nonetheless, it sounds like you had an interesting time with them. Thank you for sharing your experience, and I hope you have a safe journey back home.


    • I had a great time with them, even the mischievous ones. It was nice to be around cats who actually like to cuddle; Zoey is not the cuddlebug, she doesn’t even sit on our laps in the winter anymore. Maybe it’s because she’s got her very own cat bed in my daughter’s room 🙂


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