Update on the Washrag Brigade

Professional Portrait of King Satch ruler of Ashtree Way
Professional Portrait of King Satch ruler of Ashtree Way

Prelude: You may remember that the last we saw Satchel; he had promoted himself from Colonel to his Highness by staking out the baby grand piano.

Deposed from the piano with the completion of the wood floors, Satchel is no longer a defrocked ruler. 775 N Ashtree Way has acquired a native Alaskan baby basket covered with ceremonial rabbit fur and Eagle wings. The basket is strategically placed by the gas fireplace.

His Highness surrounded by Eagle Feathers and rabbit skins, warmed by the fire
His Highness surrounded by Eagle Feathers and rabbit skins, warmed by the fire

With the advent of colder weather, the basket and warming fire provide a comfy hiding place for His Highness.  Unnoticed, unless he sticks his head up, Satchel continues to control his surroundings from his new weaved throne.

Meanwhile, Captain Violet and Sergeant Angel have defied the cooling weather by joining their sick mistress on  a heated blanket, serving as stomach warmers.

Captain Violet and Sergeant Angel on sick duty.
Captain Violet and Sergeant Angel on sick duty.

Hours of unstructured time can be spent curled in  two furry balls without any movement.

Porcelain cat on shelf
Porcelain cat on shelf

When not masquerading as a blanket, Sergeant Angel has established a perch over the mistress’s desk where she pretends to be a porcelain kitty.

Captain Violet, all bark and no bite.
Captain Violet, all bark and no bite.

Captain Violet remains in charge of the inside barking and whining at any perceived noise (real or imagined).

Not to be outdone, Private Shani has promoted herself to Corporal. Still assigned to outside duty because of her heavy coat, she has taken over the patio chairs.

Promoted to Corporal, Shani has taken over patio chairs for fall guard duty.
Promoted to Corporal, Shani has taken over patio chairs for fall guard duty.

She suns herself while watching for squirrels and horses to chase.

In the last few months, the Brigade has developed a new hobby, rug surfing. Satch runs at top speed towards the bathroom mats and when he hits them correctly, he rides the tile wave across the floor.  He has become so accomplished at this trick he can move the rugs all over the bathroom (see examples below).

Master bath after cleaning team leaves
Master bath after cleaning team leaves
Magical cat carpet ride
Magical cat carpet ride
Cat at full throttle rides rug across entire floor.
Cat at full throttle rides rug across entire floor.
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