Merlyn’s morning constitutional

Local reader daveau owns the beautiful English shorthair cat Merlyn, who’s been featured here before. It snowed AGAIN in Chicago last night, and this is the result of Merlyn’s venture outside this morning. daveau’s note and photograph:

Merlyn’s whole round trip took under 10 seconds this morning.


Merlyn obviously hasn’t found the Door to Summer.


  1. Posted February 5, 2014 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Nice Heinlein reference!

    • Linda Grilli Calhoun
      Posted February 5, 2014 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      Also a Monkees song. L

  2. Posted February 5, 2014 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Hang in there, Duddy. I’m still looking, myself. I’ll let you know when I find it….


  3. SESE
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Have you read Heinlein’s Green Door into Summer, source of this saying?

    • Draken
      Posted February 5, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

      In my and Wikipedia’s memory, it was not (necessarily) green.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted February 5, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

        Probably confusing it with Behind the Green Door, which was a pop song and also a porn movie, I seem to remember (I haven’t seen it).

  4. moarscienceplz
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Reminds me of the joke about the guy who comes into the kitchen and sees a red hot pan on the stove. He picks it up and immediately lets it go. The cook smirks and asks, “Was that pan too hot for you?”
    “Nope. It just doesn’t take me long to look at a pan.”

  5. Barry Lyons
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Wow, that is a beautiful cat. I didn’t see that earlier post until now.

    • daveau
      Posted February 5, 2014 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      Merlyn thanks you.

  6. daveau
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I was just telling Uncle Ben (well, if Baihu’s his cousin…) that the key seems to be that there was about one inch of snow on the stairs, and about five once he hit the sidewalk. He is very loyal about helping me feed the birds and squirrels every morning, but this was a bit much. This was at 5:00 AM, and it’s still snowing lightly at noon.

    • daveau
      Posted February 5, 2014 at 11:00 am | Permalink

      Actually, Keeshu is the one who will “make” me stand there with the door open while she decides what’s up. Then she will go to the front door, expecting something entirely different. Sigh…

  7. Kevin
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Funny. Our cats do not even bother to step into the snow; they stay under the porch, if at all. Pussies.

  8. still learning
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Is this one of those “find the kitteh” pics? Or maybe Merlyn is a ninja cat?

    • daveau
      Posted February 5, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Permalink


  9. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    “If a picture could paint a thousand words …”

    • Posted February 5, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      I smell recursive explosion….


  10. Diane G.
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    That’s hilarious!

  11. Lurker111
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I once corresponded with a lady who, with her husband, was stationed on Bermuda at the time their big hurricane hit (some years back; don’t recall the name of the hurricane). In the midst of the storm, their cat wanted out. Desperately. At wit’s end, she and her hubby finally cracked open the door an inch. The cat took one look and dived under the bed.

  12. Posted February 6, 2014 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    When I was living in the country with many cats, they all tended to frolick in the snow and even hunt for rodents, probably hearing them burrowing through the snow at ground level. The snow didn’t seem to bother them, but after a while they did seek out warmer and sheltered spots or ask to come into the house.

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