We call her the "little orange terror", not because she rips around the house terrorizing everyone, but because she is methodical and relentless in the way she "terrorizes" us humans that share her domain. If a kitty could win an award for perseverance, she would get it. It doesn't matter how many times she's been told "no", removed from the scene of an offense, or even squirted with a spray water bottle. After a 30-60 second break, Dee Dee will just return to whatever repetitive naughtiness she was instigating prior to being reprimanded.
Needless to say, after repeatedly finding her midway up the Christmas tree in years past doing her best imitation of a "partridge in a pear tree" and subsequently bending the artificial tree limbs to the point of no return, we decided that it just wasn't worth the hassle.
So Rosehaven Cottage goes without a yearly Christmas tree in the true sense although we do have two mini Christmas trees that flank our fireplace mantle where Dee Dee cannot reach them.
Wrapped Christmas presents in years past also met their fate under the paws and teeth of Dee Dee who is obsessed with paper products of any kind. She loves the sound of crinkling paper and comes running whenever she hears the smooth "swoosh" sound of my paper-cutter when I'm doing some paper craft or the distant "crunch" of a paper pattern when I'm cutting out a sewing project. Therefore, wrapping paper and tissue paper aren't safe for long. In the past, most gift bows spent more time off the gifts than on. Sigh...
Fortunately, I am a photographer. So instead of decorating our home with decorations, brightly wrapped presents, and Christmas trees that would all be too much for Dee Dee to resist, I capture images of other people's beautiful decorations and displays and then look at those throughout the Christmas season. It gets me the Christmas spirit to go "window shopping" without the "Grinch-iness" of having to repeatedly scold an naughty OCD kitty cat.
Without further adieu, let me share some of my favorite images from this Christmas season thus far.
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