Autumn Indoors

cooler days, colder nights
windows left opened
fresh air breezing through
less dust than summer
     where is that damned vacuum?

slower to wake up
pajamas at night
welcoming warmth of cats on the bed
any-time nap-time bed-time
     where is that damned comforter?

needing a bathrobe
when the house cools below 65
Scottish plaid flannel
to walk to the kitchen
     where is the dammed belt?

the outdoor cats are standing by the door
meowing displeasure their breakfast is late
I feel guilty for a moment
until they go back to sleep
     without eating

wandering into the kitchen
thinking how to make coffee one step at a time
no! want tea this morning
5-minutes to change plans
     where are those damned tea bags?