Cupboard Love

D’oh. I went hunting for my camera this morning, because what could be better to accompany this post than a photo of the gorgeous Reuben?

My phone (camera) is attached to its charger, all set for its day’s work, but alas, the subject has left the building! So, you’ll have to make do with a stock photo and your imagination! Imagine this big, black ball of fluff. He’s not particularly long-haired, but when he curls up, he just melds into this blob.

I have been experimenting, and poor old Reuben has been the subject. He likes to be active when it gets dark, but at some point in the night, he’ll come onto my bed and settle down. He’s there, snuggled next to me, as I wake up.

I posted about my experiments with home technology a few months ago. I have a Google Home Hub, one of these devices I can talk to – they sound incredibly decadent, but they are actually quite useful. Seriously. If somebody is disabled, being able to control things with their voice can make the difference between helpful or not. When I wake up, it is usually dark – early morning. “Hey, Google, what time is it?” The device responds, but not the cat. The device even lights up. But Reuben lies motionless. He’ll purr when I touch him but otherwise is happy to stay hunkered.

“Hey Google, turn the kettle on.”, for man (this man, at least) cannot function without tea. Even that voice command – no reaction from Reuben. He jumps up in an instant, though, even before I have flinched, as soon as he hears the kettle itself starting to boil. In fact, as I’m struggling to put my dressing gown on, he has sprinted to the kitchen and is reliably waiting by his bowl for his breakfast.

The other cat, by the way, is just daft. She doesn’t like eating with the boy, so although she is hungry she will hang back, allowing him to scoff not only his breakfast, but her’s too! But at least she hangs around for a fuss once feeding time is over!

Author: Stroke Survivor UK

Formerly, designed and developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged pre-50! I have returned to developing from home, but some of my time is also spent volunteering with the UK charities Age UK (www.ageuk.org.uk) and the [UK] Stroke Association (www.stroke.org.uk).

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