White Dog and I tried to quietly sneak past all of the seriously sleeping White Dogs to begin a little prep work for the baking I will do for Thanksgiving. We didn't even make it past the threshold to the kitchen when I heard Satchi jump down from the cushion he was nanoseconds ago snoring upon. And then it was a domino effect...Bella came rushing from under the chair, followed by little waddling Jupiter. Skye was already sleeping in the kitchen and SHE woke up; this alerted Daisy on the couch. Zsofia charged in from the bedroom where she had been stretched out in a sunpuddle on the bed. YoYoMa sloooowly stood and extended his back legs, then sauntered in to stand with the crowd. White Dog bumped into Taiko as she went back out to our chair; HE was coming to see if the refrigerator door was open. (One of Tai's favorite pasttimes is to "look" for things with you in the frig but then refuse to bring his head out once the items are retrieved). I had not even mentioned pumpkin or salmon (two favorites) in my getting ready list.
I looked helplessly across the room at WD. "I am just going to peel apples," I told the crowd. No one moved. "And chop celery...and maybe onions," I continued. Puff came in and sat at my feet. Yo laid down "I can't even move with everybody surrounding me like this," I begged.
"Give it up, momma," White Dog advised from her comfortable bleacher seat. "Wait for dad to come home and help. At least then you have a distraction or can divide the masses. For now, the best you can hope for is that the blizzard parts to let you come back out here. Try bribery."
I moved to left and managed a half step. I tried to go to the counter and was swept along by the white surge. WD was right...
"OK, if you all let me get back to my chair, we'll have jerky!" I announced. I knew when to restrategize. "Jerky time!" I repeated. And magically, a passage opened and I walked back into the living room where I sat down. The fissure closed and once again I was totally enclosed in floof.
Wagging tails and expectant faces waited while I reached for the bag.