It's the first Monday of the New Year! January 2, 2012, 1-2-2012 (which you should read as "one, two, two-oh-one-two") or "one two buckle my shoe" (yeah I still haven't recovered from the nip in case you couldn't tell!)
Mom was going to do a different blog post today but didn't quite finish and while she was procrastinating, (obviously stopping that activity wasn't on her resolution list) she got to thinking (that in itself is a feat.)
What was she thinking about? (Not sure but I could smell the wood burning.) Actually she started to think about the word JANUARY, where it originated and what it actually MEANS.
Mom found out from Wikipedia that January actually means "door to the year." Mom thought that was pretty cool! It is named after Janus (Ianuarius) the "God of the doorway", the name's beginnings comes from Roman mythology and comes from the Latin word for "door." (Ianua)
Speaking as a cat, I have no use for doors. In my house I am the "God of the doorway." If I see a door that is shut it will become my mission to open it or request (using whatever means are at my disposal, which might not be pretty.) to have it opened.
Here are some of my impressions of the doors in my house:
Kitchen Door-if you have a door that closes to this room, be sure it is removed NOW. (Notice I said REMOVED not OPENED) The kitchen is our lifeline! It is the land of noms and plenty!! Make sure it is a free zone at all times!
Closet Door- If this door isn't already open I use my pliable claws in just the right motion to release the door that leads to one of the best sleeping areas of the house. There are cushy towels, warm recently-washed sheets all pre-laid and ready for some "z-z-z-z-z-z-s", no "biscuit making" necessary in this area! This is a napping cat's dream!!! I also use it as my "deodorizing area", when I appear from the depths of the closet I smell like BOUNCE!!
Bathroom Door- If your litterbox is in the bathroom as mine is, it could be quite a serious situation if the door were ever to be closed! I share a bathroom with my Mom and I have free access to it at all times! I must say she is quite the considerate room mate! She has actually walked into the bathroom while I am about to "make a deposit" and said "Ohhhh I'm sorry! I didn't realize you were there!!" and has promptly exited...well trained my friends, well trained.
Dryer Door- I know it is warm and smells delightful, but kitties, this is one door that you do not want to mess with! Stay away from this door! You could get inside and find yourself permanently pressed for life!!
HIDEY-HOLE DOOR-if you are like me you have a variety of different "hidey-holes" or kitty houses to sleep in. I know they don't have doors and don't require opening, but they serve an important purpose. You can retreat to these havens to escape from the evil vacuum, get a little peace if you have a doggy brother like I do, or if you aren't feeling your best they provide a dark, hard-to-reach-me-to-put-me-in--the-PTU safe-zone (digging your claws into whatever soft blanket your pawrent put at the bottom of the PTU is a requirement) which will frustrate them as they go through contortions to remove you, and could possibly buy you a cancellation at the V-E-T. If your pawrent is like my Mom, she must be ON TIME when she visits the vet, that is one of her many fixations. If we are going to be really late, voila, CANCELLATION!
So my friends those are just a few of the doors that are important in my world....what are your feelings about some of the doors in yours?
May January, ("your door to the year") lead you only to good things!!!