In our house, it’s that time of year when “Big Red” comes out. Or what we like to call it, “A Big Deal Production.” Big Red is a glorious big, red, soft, and warm blanket that graces our bed with much pomp and circumstance during what we call our “cold spell” in Florida. Flip flops are traded in for shoes and socks, tank tops are replaced with a sweater, and we have to stop grilling outside. This can literally go on for 3 or 4 days in a row and causes much water cooler talk about just how chilly it is.
For the cats, Big Red is a HUGE PRODUCTION and quite an ordeal! Once they see that blanket on the bed, like a catnip magnet, they are on top of it with insatiable curiosity and glee. After a bit of sniffing, kneading, and exploring, all of them settle in for a mid-winters slumber and Big Red is soon “Big Red Covered in Cat Hair.”
While I do write this in jest, and I know folks that have real cold weather, with real snow to shovel and things of that effect, it actually is a serious issue. Crops can quickly freeze over and become completely damaged, outdoor wildlife can suffer, and pets that are not accustomed to the cold weather can also suffer. Proper care needs to be used to ensure that our plants and animals are safe. It is also a very dangerous time because a lot of people bring out space heaters that are used incorrectly, which result in fires.
So, while we enjoy the brief change in temperature and the cats enjoy “Big Red,” I for one am looking forward to putting my flip flops and tank tops back on waiting for Mother Nature to bring us back on course… While she’s at it, some much needed rain would be nice too…