We cannot believe it…the humans came home to a clean house.

After all our work and that of our friends from the following blogs, Twinkletoe TAils, onespoiledcat, Katnip Lounge, Animal Shelter Volunteer Life, (CAT)achresis, McGuffy’s Reader, The Island Cats, The Musings of a Crazy Cat Lady, The Critters in the Cottage, moggiepurrs, The Furries of Whisppy and Rumblebum, the housekeeper, Chris, showed up and cleaned up the whole house. We would have gotten to work again when she left but she dosed us with treats and catnip. After all our creative trashing and the noms, every one of us was in a stupor. All we could do was nap for the remainder of the day.

Some non-bloggy friends offered their help as well. And some really naughty kitties suggested some particularly heinous deeds that we decided to forego. We don’t want to be sent to Kitty Work Camp the next time the humans go away. And mark our words, “We know they will.”

Mom called in the late afternoon on Wednesday to talk to Chris, and Lily Olivia eavesdropped on the conversation. She heard Chris tell Mom that we did not keep the house as neat as she does. Duh! Even on a regular basis we are not known for our tidiness. We have this fur that falls and sticks everywhere and litter boxes to use and our dishes are on the floor. We’re pretty disappointed that Chris did not go into specifics with reference to our creativity. She probably thought she was doing us a favor by not divulging our shenanigans. We know she reads this, so: “Chris, feel free to rat us out the next time, or better yet, DON’T CLEAN UP AFTER US!

Mauricio: "What are you waiting for? Purrlease open this door."

Mauricio: “What are you waiting for? Purrlease open this door.”

Lily also heard Mom tell Chris that she could let us out on the catio if she wanted. That’s when Chris said we were all crashed, and she thought it would be better just to let us be. When the humans finally showed up, we were waiting in the foyer and then sprinted to the backdoor to commence bellyaching until we were set free. Mom tried to lie down on the floor and play with us, but we all gave her a wide berth. We couldn’t wait to get some good whiffs and look for the birdies and squirties. Of course, they had emptied all the feeders while we were under house arrest so we had to wait for Dad to fill them before we saw any action.

We think Maggie should have told us that Chris was coming to clean. We did not plan on her having to clean up after us. Guess Mom isn’t as senile as we thought. She probably figured out that we’d try to get back at Dad and her for abandoning us.

Lily Olivia: "Free at last, free at last. Thank COD, I'm free at last."

Lily Olivia: “Free at last, free at last. Thank COD, I’m free at last.”

We’ll have to figure out a plan for the next few days to keep those two sneaky humans on their toes. A little throw up in the middle of the night next to the bed is always a good trick. And we can set Lisbeth into digging the dirt out of the pots on the upper deck. And we definitely don’t mind breaking things even if the humans are home.

But we may not have to do any of those. Last night Dad decided to leave the windows open in the kitchen to get some cool, fresh air before today’s heatwave. He had the blinds up as well. Mom suggested he put those down with just the slats open. She rightly suspected we might claw the screens and try to get out.

Giulietta: "Let me out on the catio NOW."

Giulietta: “I have been stuck in the house for eight days. Let me out on the catio NOW.”

And get out we did; though, we left the screens intact. The escapees were the three youngsters, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo. With a little team work they managed to pop the latches on either side of the screen so that it sprung up and out of the way. Then an easy tightrope walk across the window ledge and deck railing and they deposited themselves on the UNSCREENED area of the deck where dad has the grill. Though Lisbeth and C.J. stayed put on the deck tasting the flowers and rosemary plants, Astrid did her usual leap to the ground below. She will not come when Dad calls her, but when he announced breakfast, she immediately returned to the catio.

Guess the humans better come up with a better plan to get some fresh air. MOL!

Have a pawsome weekend efurrybuddy.

Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette