Riley and Bradley were all bundled up and Riley was excited to take in the lights, music and of course, to see Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Riley screamed with delight, "Look...It's Santa", as she waved and jumped in her daddy's arms. A precious moment for me, I'll tell ya.
Then back home for hot chocolate with miniature marshmallows and some snacks in front of the wood-stove. Oh yes, and some dancing.
Did I mention that Bradley slept through the whole thing? Uh huh! Oh, he is just too adorable. All the good photos of the parade are on video.
Now on to cats...
Kitchen Santa made an appearance today. Once he is placed on the island I get in the Christmas baking mode.
Cali takes this picture taking very seriously.
Cali...let's not hog the camera."
Here are some signs of Feline Dementia
1. Loud or odd vocalization.
2.Loss of litter box training.
3. Lack of self-grooming.
4.Increased agitation, especially at night.
5.Sleeping more than usual.
6. Irritable and cranky.
The first sign is usually the loud vocalization and that is what we find happening with Cali.
She will sound distressed and it is always in the wee hours of the morning. Her sound can wake you from a deep sleep and have you thinking you have just been transported into the middle of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. It is very disturbing. But then one call of her name and she stops.
I get up and turn the bathroom tap on for her to have a drink and then she predictably saunters off down the hall to continue her sleep. The rest of the time she is fine. I, on the other hand, walk around daily with dark circles under both eyes.
So, if you are finding that your cat is experiencing this disease, please make life as comfortable as you can for her. Changing anything in their routine can be very disturbing for them. Keep life simple, predictable and hold them close. I have found Cali to be more affectionate now than ever in her 19 years with us. When I hold her close now I feel her need to be loved and appreciated. And she is, for sure.
Then buy yourself a good pair of ear-plugs.