With peace and cosiness
Third Advent in the Cat Room
The Advent season brings peace to people's hearts. In the last few days, winter sent a lot of snow to earth and covered everything with a white blanket of snow. The animals watched the driving snow from the stables. Only a few ventured out into the yard. Horses, ponies, donkeys and dogs had their fun: what could be better than rolling and romping around in the fresh, soft snow?
Pauli, the cat who lives in the Great Hall, gets a bit more excited than usual. If it gets too noisy for Pauli or if he feels hectic, he likes to make a run for it: "Oh no, the hoover. I don't like it at all, but it has to be cleaned up for the guests. And what is that? Knocking noises? Ah, now I understand, that's a hammer. Lots of fir garlands are attached to the wooden walls. And the red baubles are also waiting to be attached to the branches. Christmas is coming!"
Leonie, the cat boss in the cat living room above the donkey house, looks even grumpier and more excited than usual. "Nothing works! Now it will soon be thirteen. Where are Pauli and Strizi? We're about to have the meeting about the 3rd Advent celebration.
Why do you always have to wait for the tomcats? Bailey, run to the Great Hall and fetch them. But quickly, please! Pauli shakes his head in incomprehension, "Why are you so upset, Leonie? We are already there. We brought Jacky with us too."
Visit from the kingfisher
Pauli and Strizi help the cats decorate. Leonie has probably taken on a little too much and the cat ladies can never do it alone. Bailey, a red tomcat with beautiful brown eyes, is supposed to hang Christmas balls. Lots of colorful Christmas balls are waiting for Bailey to start his work. "I could be done by now, but I can't find any ribbons to attach the baubles with. I'll just do it tomorrow and lay in the warm sun in the enclosure outside. I'll find the ribbons eventually".
Leonie arched her back and now hissed, "Bailey, don't be lazy! Here you have a huge box full of ribbons. Jacky will help you hang the balls. Come on, let's go!". Nobody contradicts Leonie, not even Bailey. Bored, he begins his work. That is, he has thought, "I'll sit down and tell Jacky and Pauli exactly how and where to hang the balls. Exactly, that's how I do it!"
"Typical Bailey. Just don't stress. Jacky, you're doing a great job. Pauli and Strizi, great. Nice! Look, Leonie, everything is sparkling. The snow glistens in the sun, the donkeys stand there dreaming and the horses roll around in the fresh snow". Safira meows softly and quietly. When Leonie is hectic and excited, Safira tries to calm the waves. Most of the time she succeeds.
All of a sudden, all the cats are running around hissing and meowing loudly, Christmas balls are flying through the air and Leonie is in despair. However, a bird has strayed into the cat's living room and now things are going crazy. She holds her paws over her eyes and fears that all the work will be for nothing. Everything flies through the air: the fir branches, the baubles...simply everything.
Pauli has had enough and calls the cats to order. "Now look at the bird! Isn't it beautiful? It's a kingfisher, beautiful like a flying gem!". Excitedly, the beautiful kingfisher flies around in the cat's living room and looks for its way outside.
Leonie looks stern and in no time at all the cats sit down on the sofa and have calmed down. Kingfisher has found himself a safe spot and his little heart is beating wildly.
Safira meows to him "Don't be afraid, it will soon be Christmas. No one is going to hurt you". Bailey and his friends look at each other in confusion, but no one contradicts Safira and certainly not Leonie, who is lying completely distraught in the old wooden cradle. Pauli and Jacky gently move the cradle back and forth so that Leonie can calm down again.
The Advent calm has returned, it is getting dark outside and millions of little lights are shining on the trees around the farm. Winter makes it snow again, all the animals lie down in the hay or in their beds and dream of the 3rd Advent.