Conversation with the hubs during the holiday weekend:
Me: Did you notice Richard's new look?
Hubs: Yeah, I did. (doesn't sound happy)
Why is your Steiff lion covered in aluminum foil?
Me: He's a space lion.
Hubs: Come again?
Me: Okay, Sabrina kept using him as a scratching post and I wrapped foil around his legs to deter her.
Hubs: (Has a super annoyed look on his face) What a shame . . . [What he wants to say is, "You spent a fortune on that thing and now you've got foil all over it????" I can tell; I've been married to the hubs for almost 25 years.]
Me: (getting defensive) Hey, we could plunk down another three hundred bucks for a declaw, but you said it was cruel to declaw Sabrina. [I should mention we have FOUR declawed cats, all of which are happy, healthy, and FANTASTIC indoor pets. So this "declawing is cruel" stance comes as a big surprise to me.] So I was going for a less expensive option with the foil.
Hubs: You're right. [Shockaroony! Where's a tape recorder when you need one!]
Me: Besides, it's not like we have tons of company. And if we do, I'll just remove the foil. Voila! No more space lion.
Hubs: Okay. (Shakes head. )[I make life so "interesting" for him. If it weren't for me, the downstairs of our Victorian house would be Artist Bear and Steiff free. And most likely we'd have only a couple of cats instead of 6 cats, 2 dogs, 2 snakes, and an exotic critter.]
Which reminds me of another conversation we had this weekend:
Me after reading an article about A-Fib in my fitness journal: Wow, I just found out exactly what A-Fib is. Your heart stops and your blood pressure bottoms out to zero. I died on the operating table during my hip replacement surgery.
Hubs: I wonder if they used the paddles on you like in Grey's Anatomy?
Me: Probably. (shudders at the thought) Wow, imagine what your life would be like if I had died seven years ago.
Hubs: I'd only have two cats.
Me: (Counting on my fingers) No, you'd have four cats, but you wouldn't have the two dogs, two snakes, two extra cats, and Penny. Wow, I brought all of those pets here, didn't I?
Hubs: You certainly make life interesting.
Which makes me think of that Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times. Ha!
[Note: Dear Readers...While there is a time and a place to argue/debate the merits of declawing/not declawing house cats, this blog is not one of them. Thank you!]