Wednesday, May 27, 2009


When I announced to my American friends and family that I was getting married almost 30 years ago, they wanted to know what colors I was planning to decorate my house with so that they could send gifts.

"What colors are your kitchen, Tanya?"

"Ummm. Stainless steel? No counters or wall paper..."

"How about your living room? What color will the carpet be?"

"No carpet. Mat floors... No walls either so no wallpaper. We have paper walls..."

"Bedroom? What color will your bedding be?"

"No beds.... more mats..."

"Curtains? You must have curtains!"

"No curtains. Just paper window coverings..."

"Tanya, are you going to be homeless?! What kind of a house are you going to be living in with no counters, no walls, no floors and no windows!"

That was long ago and I do have floors and carpets now (Wooden floors. Carpets beige-pink...) The walls are no longer paper. (White wallpaper. Gray wallpapered ceiling). Even most of the windows have curtains! (Beige. Yellow in the sewing room). But there is still the Japanese room which isn't really a Japanese room since we took out the mats a couple of years ago. I have yet to change the paper window coverings.

I may have to do something about that....

The perils of having cats in a Japanese house.


Mimi said...

Tanya, I love your posts! I'll bet your family was flabbergasted!

Makes me chuckle.


Connie W said...


Anonymous said...

cute story. you are a very good story teller --you shuold write a book!~

Allie said...

LOL - I would find that very hard to get used to - especially the no bed part! That picture is way too funny.

anne bebbington said...

Naughty, naughty pussy cat! But how could you be cross for long with that sweet face? :o)

Nancy said...

That cat is irresistible. And probably knows it!

The Calico Cat said...

Luckily your neighbors "don't see" the lovely mischief!

Elaine Adair said...


AnnieO said...

Was that cat the culprit or just the next cat in line for a peek outside? Very funny picture! I think the no counters or floors or walls to decorate would have astounded me too. Thanks for sharing---love your stories.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

LOL - that's a cute picture!