Shades of Picasso

Shades of Picasso


So, today was supposed to be a writing day for the Messy Room blog and I realized, about an hour ago after the “rescue-kitty” dominos fell, that my ideal for the day wasn’t going to happen. As I maneuvered through the maze of closed doors to make the cat introductions – again – and set the pecking order ground rules – again – I thought, “Why do I have this mess in my house?”

No, Ray hasn’t moved out. WE still own this house. I say “my house” because the drama between these cats in this house is mine. And their infringement into my writing consciousness is mine. (Ray is happily painting in the studio of his house  – with Reesie, our somewhat feral kitty.)

I’m sure there is a classroom in here but not so sure about getting a passing grade on this one. I don’t know that I will ever overcome my predisposition to be “distractedly” overprotective when it comes to cats. (All right, people too.)

After a few frustrated tears and lassoing Ray on his way to refill his coffee cup, it hit me; this is exactly why I re-purposed this blog. Exactly why it is now “Musings from the Messy Room.” I don’t have to wow you with insights and such. I just have to show up with my mess. So here I am.

If you have a moral to the story – or a mess of your own to share – PLEASE jump in! And don’t trip over the cats.

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22 thoughts on “Shades of Picasso

  • January 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    🙂 sigh …

    • January 31, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      Oh, Dear B – What a perfect place to send you the cat poem I wrote oh so many years ago …a bit of silliness which seems to fit this occasion:

      DAMN CAT!

      Crash! I hear the crystal fall
      Bang! A thud against the wall
      Screech! A howl befalls my ears
      “Damn that ugly cat of yours!”

      “Mine? My cat? Now wait, my dear
      You’re the one who brought him here
      He was yours before we met
      Oh how soon we do forget!”

      • January 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm

        PURRRRRFECTLY wonderful, Sharron! I needed that – as I hear Mikey throwing himself against the door to free Casper for more mischief. 🙂

  • January 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    You know Miz B…I actually had a worry about my 2 inside kitties not getting along-1 is a rambunctious kitten & the other is a quiet subdued for the most part year old baby who’s made the girls’ bdrm her domain. So I kept them apart. Now…I AM lucky in that both are females! (unlike your situation) Well the day came that they just HAD to get together and LEARN to get along lol! There was some fighting at first…esp when one throws a wild spaniel mix pup into the mix at night lolol! 😛 But ya know what? After a couple weeks of having to be in the same room together all day/nite….they now sleep together & even groom eachother. 😀 Hopefully your story will have as happy of an ending!! *hugs*

    Of course that is not to say our story is done lol! Once we do get our own home…the 3 outside cats will become indoor cats and then I will totally be able to fullllly sympathize with you heh heh heh!! Our outside kitties are older and when they come in we DO keep them in a different room from the 2 younger ones–one of the outside cats is our older dominant female! Ack!! Great with us but not so much w/other cats! ;P

    • January 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm

      And yet you sculpt and paint away, Karla! AND you maintain your Etsy shop and all your social media contacts 🙂 I can find the calm and move through the chaos in most areas of my life … but when it comes to my creativity and its expression, I keep waiting for things to calm down before I give myself permission to proceed. Maybe it comes from being the oldest of 5 kids who could not play until her chores were done. (I’m grateful for the disciplines but I think they dug in a little too deep here!)

      As I am typing … Mikey is in the middle of one of his “Free Casper” campaigns (throwing himself against the folding doors). Theo is hiding in our bedroom with his “Look what you’ve done to me Mommy” squinty-eyed look. Reesie is walking around with ruffled fur sniffing every corner … while Casper the Ruler is laying on the bed in the back room trying to figure out how he got back in there. 🙂 Good lick with your outside kitties when they come in. Tomorrow I get a Happy Cat collar from the pet store. If it doesn’t work for one of them … I’ll put it around MY neck!

      Excuse me while I put Mikey in his “time-out” basket. 🙂

  • January 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    The moral jumped out to me in the beginning of your first sentence…”So, today I was supposed….” As soon as I read that I thought “Bernadette planned…God laughed”. We fill our lives with those things we think we’re supposed to do – whether it be a job, a hobby or whatever. The message to me is to stay aware as you plan to leave room for Spirit to work in your life. And, it’s not about the changes that occur. It’s about how you react or respond to the change in your plan(s). If this was a “test” I believe you paased. <3

    • January 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      In the beginning of my first sentence???? Really? 🙂 I supply God with a lot of laughter no doubt. So, couldn’t this fall under the category of a “goal”? (As you so beautifully expressed on Metta’s Fan Page.) Oh wait, I said “supposed to” didn’t I?

      Thanks for the passing grade. In jumping in and writing this post ANYWAY, I intended to get beyond my “things need to be calm before …” requirement. And I think I found some FREEDOM in that. Now that I know how that FEELS, I plan to continue … just kidding, just kidding, Michele.

      • January 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm

        I’m glad you picked up on that “things need to be calm” thing… I’m not sure what the deal is with the kitties being separated, etc… but, that sounds like a lot of work. Our kitties are all relatives so they’ve grown up together – but, my mom always took in strays – usually several at a time…and, kept them all… they had no choice but to get along and they seemed to know it. That also applied to the exotic birds that flew around, the dogs, the ferrets and Iguanas. It didn’t matter whether you were a 2-legged or 4 legged animal you had to get along…

        Maybe the lesson here is that calm isn’t something you’re going to get by things (or people) around you quieting down… Calm – like peace – comes from within. Do centering exercises…breathe…. and then go to your inner-world and express outwardly… <3

  • January 31, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Okay so we know that life is what happens WHILE WE are making other plans! I , too, have had a rainy Monday. Most of the time, I would beat myself up with the wouldda, couldda, shoulddas. However, I am forcing myself to change my perception of those times. Having a sense of humor does help. Recognizing that there are way too many things out of our control is critical. Looking for the other things that you may have gained due to the change in plans may be helpful. Perhaps there was a physical and mental slow down. Perhaps what you were planning to write has shifted its slant. Definitely the cats now know each other! The day is still young. Grab a cup of hot tea and see what happens now. Love you B

    • January 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      “Looking for the other things that you may have gained due to the change in plans may be helpful.” and “Perhaps what you were planning to write has shifted its slant.” jumped out at me, Maggie.

      I gained FREEDOM in writing in spite of the cat clamor … writing about where I was. Don’t remember what I was planning to write … But will remember how it FELT to write ANYWAY! Love you too, Maggie

  • January 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    You know, Michele, I’m thinking “calm” also ties to my wanting everybody to be happy. We haven’t had any fights – yet – but when I see Theo so frightened and distressed after Casper chases him into a corner or under the bed I feel responsible for not protecting him. (Casper is not being mean. I think he was a dog in his last lifetime. He bounds and darts full speed ahead like a dog at play.) And our Reesie is still a tiny bit feral in some of her trust issues. She growls at Mikey, but she is not a fighter. Mikey just walks around her … but Casper walks around her then pounces her from behind and darts away … I know I invited this in with my rescue mindset and it is a classroom that I have been in before with people. Got much better at people … but the 4-leggeds are like children to me and still my downfall. Guess God really wants me to get this!

    • January 31, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      Ahhhhhh – wanting everyone to be happy. Whew – that’s a huge responsibility!! How did that work with the 2-leggeds? So, continuing with your analogy (and mine) of them being our children – part of what we do as parents is teach them that it’s not all about them – individually (except for Metta – she’s the exception to EVERY rule). It’s for their benefit, ultimately that they get along. Because they just want to be happy, too. Of course, if one is inflicting bodily harm on the other you’ll separate and there will be consequences – but, for the most part I bet they’ll just play it out…and, eventually get over their fears. Basically, I think (but, not really totally sure) that what I’m trying to say is, it’s not just about your lessons…it’s about their lessons, too. Just as we are growing and evolving – they are too… <3

      • January 31, 2011 at 8:11 pm

        With the 2-leggeds – not so good. But it got me into ‘recovery’ of a sorts. (God is chuckling on that one.) As for “Just as we are growing and evolving – they are too …” Ya know, that thought occurred to me, Michele. To let them learn their lessons … 🙂 LET. A powerful word.

  • January 31, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Bernadette, If you would like some help in getting your feline family to get along together, perhaps I could stop by with a few relatives from MY family! We can show them how to walk in single file, pile dirt in the corners of the room and occupy their time for you by playing ring around the sugar bowl. Just a thought…

    • January 31, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      Cats and ants? Sorry, Antony … we’ve had this talk before about inviting your relatives!

  • January 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Bernadette, if Ant’s offer doesnt work, then you know how willing I am to bring 3 more felines into the mix. My three would bring a whole NEW set of personalities to your house! Its a little like children in that the more children you have together the more they HAVE to conform and it can not be all about their personalities. They soon realize that their “specialness” is NOT so special. If you need to have a trial run, I will even throw in the new IT litter box too! hehehehe :)))))))))))))

    • January 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      You could be right on that logic, Maggie. Tell you what. Lets test it at YOUR house with my 3 felines added to yours … and I’ll up you TWO IT litter boxes AND a 10lb bag of Sweat Scoop … xoxoxo))))))))))

  • January 31, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Robert burns was watching a farmer plow a field one day. A mouse nest was uncovered and he watched as the mouse mother was quite dismayed by it all. He wrote a poem about it called “Ode to a Mouse”. He said “the best laid schemes of mice and men often go astray.” There’s a scientific law that says for every action there is a reaction, a “second force” if you will, that seems to stand in opposition or distraction to your intentions. The pin that likes to burst the bubble of creativity if you will. For you, your intention to have some creative space was met with nature’s second force, matters put in your path that discouraged you. There is a third force available to you and that is the power of your innate creativity. Your messy little mouse nest will give you the opportunity to create again and be better for the discipline…:)(say you maybe should rethink that Ant thing…)

    • February 1, 2011 at 7:37 am

      Love this story. And your thought; “Your messy little mouse nest will give you the opportunity to create again and be better for the discipline …” I’m not much of a gambler but I’d place a bet on that one, Joseph!! Well said, my dear. As for the Ant thing … is Antony campaigning for a party again???? 🙂

  • February 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Well I’d like to give you some wise advise like all the others, but I can’t really see the monitor through the cat on the counter long enough or type fast enough!

    • February 2, 2011 at 11:01 am

      🙂 So is Sophi supervising … or Meezie monitoring?

  • February 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    @Bernadette-Yes, Antony is a party anima…ah…ant. @Christine-That’s just too funny! 🙂

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