Our refurbished Thai kitchen is bright and clean and sparse, which is how it should be; but it is not an improvement if you are our cat. Allegedly.
She who must be obeyed was insistent that the cat enjoyed sitting high up on the assorted rubble that passed as a kitchen, and we had to provide an equivalent facility; and oh look what I found on Lazada, some cute steps!
Not such a cute price however and I announced that I, Spike the carpenter, would construct such steps! I should have pondered for a moment and admitted that my expertise lay more in the blue plastic pipe arena; but it was too late and off we went to buy some wood.
My magnificent design was for a central stringer, with a series of steps of sufficient strength to support a 5 kilo cat and not much more. I sat down to design my eight step masterpiece. I had almost completed the plans when my wife announced “eight steps is not acceptable. Neither are six. After discounting the base and the top, the number of steps must be an odd number. Nine would be OK. No, hang on, eleven would be better because that is a dragon number”.
Stronger men would have queried why the number of steps for a cat ladder was important. More forceful men would have suggested that a dragon number was nonsense. More domineering men would have stuck with their design for eight steps. Me? Eleven steps it would be.
There then followed three days of sawing, screwing and sanding. I enjoyed the first twenty minutes and spent the rest of the time wishing we had bought from Lazada.
Here you can see the cat enjoying her new facility, except she is not because we had to lift her onto it and she immediately climbed down again. She may never go near it again. Still, my wife likes it and that’s the whole point of such enterprises.