I’ve lived in the Texas Hill Country all my life, and I love nothing more than decorating for the holidays at my Around-The-World Cottages. I like variety, so I hang wreaths in the windows of the Paris cottage, use icicle lights on the Venice cottage, multi-color strands around the Barcelona cottage, candles on the Athens cottage windowsills, you get the picture. Glenda and Thomas, who have worked for me for years, plus my niece Sabrina Tate, are all a big help. This year, though, we have an extra hand – or should I say paw – in the mix. I’m not sure Hitchcock the cat helps more than he undoes what we’re trying to accomplish.
He’s not a destructive cat, though, and who can blame a cat for being curious about all the shiny and shimmery decorations coming out of those intriguing cardboard storage boxes? Luckily, the cottage guests are cat-friendly for the most part. I make sure they are told from the get-go that Hitchcock is not bad luck, no matter what kind of rumors they might hear about him around town.
After the decorating, we gravitate toward the kitchen where the holiday baking of cookies galore begins. Hitchcock isn't too interested in the baked goods, though we throw him a kitty treat now and again. My special treat was listening to Sabrina recite a poem she wrote herself - "Hitchcock's Night Before Cat-mas." Her words sent him straight into a deep sleep while we finished our chores.
Do you know a cat who loves to help with holiday decorations?
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Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries by Berkley Prime Crime. Though her character, Sabrina Tate, has left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country and write mysteries, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston, Texas law firm. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and pets.