Beulah Land

Beulah Land, I’m longing for you

And someday on thee I’ll stand

There my home shall be eternal

Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land

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Mom said this was going to be the carrier to end all carriers. This is our fourth one, so I hope she’s right. You may remember our previous carriers. And if you’ve read “The Great Christmas Adventure”, you’ll know why we needed a new one.

So Mom decided to take me to Grandma’s house again. But since she’s thoroughly repented for letting me ride loose in the car on the way home last time (she says it could have caused an accident when I jumped on the dashboard in front of her while we were going down the highway), she went and bought this carrier. I personally think she’s over cautious, but then again, what do cats know? We are supposed to have nine lives anyway, but I guess people only have one.

As you know, I always help Mom with her projects, and this was no different.

It seems on this one you had to attach the top part to the bottom part using screws and wing nuts. No assembly tools required, so it wasn’t that hard.

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And then it was time to get in the car. I could tell this carrier wasn’t going to be as easy to get out of as the last one was.

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This time, like last time, Mom was playing this gospel music in the car. Whether she meant for it to calm me down or her, I wasn’t really sure. I was actually being really good in my new carrier. It was kind of useless to try and get out of this one, so I resigned myself to sitting quietly and napping.

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Then, after we listened to all Mom’s favorite gospel hymns,  she played “Beulah Land” about five times! To be honest, it was so pretty on the way to Grandma’s that I agreed with Mom when she said it kind of looked like what you would imagine Beulah Land to be. Except for maybe the telephone poles and the lines in the road.

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Then Mom had to sing it about five more times, because something went wrong with the “My Music” app on her phone and she didn’t want to cause an accident by trying to figure out how to fix it while driving.  The only part that made me a little nervous was when she got to the part about “then I’ll take my heavenly flight.” Not too sure what that means, but being in a car is stressful enough, so I was just hoping she wasn’t planning on taking me in an airplane too!

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Well finally we got to the other side of Beulah Land, and it was time to see Grandma!

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This time I didn’t get a rug burn on my nose, but Mom thought I had a little pink spot above my eye from trying to squeeze out of the new carrier. That’s the thing about moms, they always have to inspect you all the time, even when there’s nothing wrong with you.

I still remembered which bed was mine, and I discovered that my new carrier was fun to sit on top of.

One thing that was kind of fun was that I got to climb on the bookshelves in the living room. I don’t think I did that the last time we came. walker

Plus Grandma has this cool thing you can ride on, which was also new to me. How could I have been here for Christmas and not noticed all this stuff?

And I KNOW I hadn’t seen this the first time! When you climb on it you hear all these different sounds. I wonder how many cats have climbed on those piano keys since Mom was a little girl…

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Meanwhile, Panda was taking a little nap on the couch. I don’t know why traveling with me stresses him out so much!

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I guess I was ready for a nap myself. This time we only stayed one night, and the next day it was time to go back across Beulah Land to our house.

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Once we got home Mom said it was “quiet time”, and I was all for that. We both fell asleep from about 6:30 until 9:00 p.m. But after that I was ready to play!