The last two evenings, Shiva has been making room for Spirit to tuck up with him when he sleeps in the recliner or the couch, which is good. Shiva slept under the covers with me twice last night and was still at the bottom of the bed when I got up. When I started getting their food, though, he headed for the bedroom. I made two plates, both with chicken and wet food, and gave Spirit one on the kitchen floor and took the other toward the bedroom. Shiva ended up under an end table in the living room and I left the plate with him, but he wouldn't eat any until Spirit had some from that plate, and then he just ate a bit.
This is reminding me of the emergency foster teen who ended up living with me for three years -- her folks abused her in many ways, but one of the most unexpected was that they made her eat truly inedible things. They thought it was funny to watch her try to swallow non-food or even somewhat toxic items. So I always had to bring the serving dish to the table and eat some myself before she would. I also had to name what I was making and since I rarely used recipes, I became quite inventive.
Shiva was fine here until Giorgio died, so I don't think that's it. But today, he seemed afraid of what I was serving him. I went to get groceries and also bought a small bag of Meow Mix. Not the best dry food for cats, but it would show if the not-eating dry food was flavor, and when I got home, they both dashed over when I opened the bag. They ate two handfuls dropped on the laminate with Shiva eating most of it. I put some on top of the regular food in their dry food dish that's in the dining room/computer room/office. Tomorrow, I'm going to try one plate in the kitchen for the chicken/wet food and see what happens.
The ant bait thingies are not working, at least partly because the ants found a new way in, next to the refrigerator, so as long as the cats' plates were elsewhere and they were sleeping in the recliner, I sprayed. I don't like using spray, but I can't have the ants, either.
I've used three handkerchiefs while typing this -- I just changed the vacuum cleaner bag without putting a mask on. The vacuum gets used so rarely I'll probably forget next time, too.
I looked at VCRs again last night and the two new ones on Amazon are pictures of the boxes. I need to see the remote (the almost-dead VCR's remote is the only one small enough that I can use it with one hand) before I buy. So I'm thinking that when I run errands in that direction on Wednesday, I'll stop by Circuit City and look at VCR/DVD remotes.