I am beginning to think that I need to rename Chester to Inidouh. If it wasn’t so hard to pronounce, I would consider it. For those of you who haven’t figured out what Inidouh is, that is Houdini spelled backwards. He was famous for getting out of locked things, Chester is a world class master of getting into things. I understand now how the term cat burglar came into being. I’ve written about how Chester loves to open the dresser drawers in my bedroom, empty out my t-shirts, underwear, or whatever is in given drawers on the floor. Next he rearranges the cloth to make a nice bed. With the dresser next to the bed, he stands on the bed to reach the upper two drawers. Sometimes when I am tired, and come in the bedroom to be greeted by the results of his antics, I just say, “to heck with it”, or something a bit stronger. I’ll deal with it tomorrow.
Frosti, is Chester’s partner in crime, as well as his acolyte in learning new tricks. Frosti never used to lie on her back, with her belly up. Now she seldom naps any other way. Chester loves to sit on the table, counter, or anywhere else there is something small enough for him to knock off. If it is too heavy for him, he calls in his sidekick. If I catch them at it, I get nothing but that look of innocence, which says “Sorry Daddy, we don’t know who did it?” The duo’s games of tag are epic. The speed at which they race through the house, increases their weight to damage ratio exponentially. If that wasn’t enough, Chester bouncing off of a lamp, vase, plant, or piece of furniture, may get it started on a fall. Frosti using it to bounce off of, just a split second later, is often enough to cause things many times the combined weight of my two rapscallions, to fall over.
This brings us to Chester’s newest endeavors. Like Houdini, who faced tougher and tougher challenges as his fame continued through his lifetime. So goes Chester’s need to face more challenging task than my bedroom dresser drawers. It started with my kitchen cupboards at floor level. I started with square velcro tabs on the doors and their corresponding frames. Days later, Chester mastered opening them. He noticed the doors of the china cabinet were the same as the cupboard doors in the kitchen. It also contained drawers like my bedroom. So it was the next object to fall to my magician and his assistant. I happened to catch them in the act, as pictured to the right. This leads us to my ongoing battle of wills, with my kids. Any parent of human or fur bearing kids, can empathize with what I am talking about. My next attempt to thwart his ever growing obsession with getting into things, was to buy child proofing kits. I installed them on the two cupboards under the sink, where I keep the cleaning chemicals. I also childproofed the door of the cupboard where I store the dry cat food. The kit consist of a hinged hook, that collapses when you close the door, and springs up to catch on a second piece of the kit installed on the inside door frame, as pictured below. These kits are not easy to install, since you have to drill into the wood, for every single screw hole. Chester first displayed this new skill only two days ago, and only on this one cupboard door. I found when gently pulling door open, the kit operates as it should. When using more strength, the door will open. So it is time for me to reinstall the kit on that door. What fun.
As if that wasn’t enough, I come into the kitchen to find the drawer underneath the stove opened as wide as it could go. Either Chester got into the drawer and pushed off of the oven, or he pulled open in stages. At least the pans stored in there were of no interest to the trouble twins. It is getting late, and I have been typing this blog post in between the interesting parts of the “What on Earth” series, from the Science Channel.. My binge watching of the series, has morphed my eyelids into lead. I am unable to keep them open, so I’ll close this entry, with my dreams probably directing an episode of the show centered around Chester’s amazing skill.