Well, we've had an exhausting week!
For the last eight days or so, we've had painters working on the deck and railing - they've been pressure-washing, sanding, sometimes with heavy plastic sheeting over the windows (weird - like being on a ship in the fog)...Then, last weekend and this weekend, my brother and his two kids came to visit. During the week they went to fun places (San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Seaworld and Legoland) but they came back Friday. Jamie was gone, so for entertainment the kids wanted to play with the kitty! When she'd hide, they would run up and down the hall hitting each other with cat toys and shrieking. My poor brother has not been a single dad all that long (recent divorce) so he was not really on top of things until it was chaos...
So, guess who Gracie liked better?
It took a day or two for her to stop hiding when the workmen started - now she goes from room to room to watch from the windows and swivels her ears when the one man sings along with the radio...
But while my niece and nephew were here, she found places to hide we've never dreamed of - behind and under and between, even in her cat carrier! She was fine with the kids when she was a kitten, but now, forget it! (Remember Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop - "deep DEEP cover!") By the end of the visit, she was okay with one person at a time, but still disappeared when the volume went up!
I think she appreciates Jamie more, too.
He always wants to carry her around, but he's way way calmer than the five-year old cousin...!