Nell: Why are you and Harriet still snuggling?
Me: Because we feel like it.
Nell: You are still wearing your pyjamas.
Me: I know and my cheerful stripey socks from Knitwear Wolf.
Nell: Are you having a Pyjama Day?
Me: I might be. I haven’t decided yet.
Nell: Today is actually Cleaning Day.
Me: Is it?
Nell: You know perfectly well it is. Wearing pyjamas is not going to get you out of it.
Me: Worth a try though.
Nell: Not happening.
Me: I was just feeling a bit down, Nell.
Nell: It is quite understandable in these current times. I think tea and a piece of cake might help.
Me: Cake in the morning?
Nell: Especially in the morning. An unexpected treat is extremely effective in lifting the mood. David, for instance, ate an unexpected third egg this morning.
Me: By mistake?
Nell: Yes, he is not sure how it happened but fortunately The Cat didn’t want one. Anyway it’s lifted his mood enormously.
Me: How is The Cat, by the way? Was it angry about the oven gloves accusations?
Nell: Not at all. The Cat couldn’t care less. In my experience, cats are rarely bothered by what people think. It’s far more concerned about the shortage of sequins.
Me: This doesn’t feel like a sequinny kind of time, though, does it?
Nell: No. But it will. You just need to get through this part. Sequinned days are ahead.
Me: So let’s just stay in our pyjamas all day and eat cake.
Nell: That’s not what I just said. Cake and cuddles and then clothes and cleaning.
Me: I really hate cleaning.
Nell: I know you do, but you love a clean house. Remember, you can’t cross a river without getting your paws wet.
Me: Yes. You’re right. Sorry.