Sunday, November 16, 2008

The heat vent wars are on again



Fiona (the cat) works on worrying Zoey
away from the preferred heat vent

At this time of year our house gets pretty cold.
It's an old rug brick, Toronto semi-detached
house, and yes it could use some insulation, and
maybe a revised heating system. I don't have much
time to talk to you tonight. I'm still marking, preparing
for a long day tomorrow, and trying to finish my
big painting. Still I thought you'd enjoy this little
picture of Fiona fighting over the heat vent with
Zoey. Fiona is the alpha dog in our house, and she's
a 5 1/2 pound Siamese cat. This photo shows how
she wins over the vent, from Zoey, who is 10 times
her weight. She simply taps Zoey on the posterior,
until she drives the dog nuts, and presto -- she gets
the heat vent. The warmest one in the house (we have
forced air) is under this kitchen cabinet, and all three
animals fight to lie there.

Brrrr. It's cold outside.

Have a cuddling-up-to-keep-warm day.

2 comments:

Theresa Rankin said...

If all our animals fought over the heater there would be no room...it is a one unit old style standing furnace from the 40's! There are two dogs and three cats and three humans all fighting for the same position at times. Hmmm a tap on the posterior?....that may well work!! The picture is charming! I also love the black and white kitchen floor...one of my favorite combos for the kitchen!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Theresa,

Thanks so much -- I like the floor too. I was inspired by Vermeer. I read somewhere that he couldn't possibly have afforded the marble floors depicted in his paintings. But could he have painted wood to look like marble? Hmm. Just guessing.

Mine are inexpensive vinyl tile, and they're ready for an update because we live in that room most of the time.

By the way there are only 35 confirmed Vermeer paintings in existence, because he was a slow painter. I think you'd agree that those paintings -- though few in number are significant works!

Hmmm.

If it's anything like as cold there as it is here, I bet your
animals are crowded around that furnace.

Take care,

Love Barbara

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