Probably my favorite cat we ever owned would sit attentively next to me whenever I was opening and installing something new. I would be undoing wires and would just absentmindedly put a wire twist tie on the carpet. In no time he would be playing like a kitten again. He loved those things.
@tweezak My (and most cats) do as well.The other thing is the small to medium cardboard box.Even if it came full of cat toys and you scattered them all around the room,put down the empty box and see what the cat(s) go for first.
Many decades ago, I was given a brand new bicycle. It wasn’t anything particularly special, but it was new, and properly assembled, the right size for me, a color I liked, and comfortable. And for several weeks, I rode it everywhere.
And then I left it in a friend’s backyard while we were inside doing something. And when I came out, both it and their two bikes had been stolen. I never had another bike that I felt that way about. I couldn’t. Because if I got too attached to it, the pain when it was taken away from me would be too much. And I wasn’t going to go through that again. So, ever since, as that message of “don’t get to attached to things because somebody is going to ruin them, take them away from you, or find a way to be little you for having something that you’re actually proud of” has been redelivered and reinforced so often that I have very few things that are capable of providing me with a good experience of acquisition.
I don’t dare.
Unfortunately, this also makes it very hard for anyone to find a gift for me. Because I dread getting nice things. I know, it doesn’t make any sense, but it’s there, and I really can’t fix it.
And the first one after a meal you’ve overstuffed just a little to bit from.
My first morning cigarette hasn’t been that good lately (think it’s getting time to quit). It’s my second cigarette that is bc I usually wait hours to smoke again.
@falseaccount Socks don’t mean quite that much to me, but I think I understand where you’re coming from. And they do feel nice. If I everwhen I get new socks again, maybe I’ll try keeping a couple pairs in reserve.