As is plain to see in the photo, Lacey is a girl of girth. That along with a bit of arthritis impedes a old puss's ability to scale lofty heights. In the photo ↓ the red arrows indicate the path that she must take to her lookout. At one time, she could omit stage 2 and just go from 1 to 3. In fact, it was almost like she could fly on by landing 1 and go directly to the top. Almost, but not quite.
It will come in handy, especially right now, for she is beginning to drop clumps of fur in addition to the habitual wafting. Somehow, her body is preparing for spring. It must be from the increasing light, for the weather remains wintery. In point of fact, the mercury read -28C/-18F this morning at 6AM. The indoor temperature was 15C/59F, but the furnace was kicking in, and it has warmed up pretty well since then.
I should add this about the brush. With the old one in need of replacing, Sue had put it on our wish list. Some days later, Alexa notified us that it was $10 off the original price. Would we like to buy it? Yes Alexa, we would. And so it was done, just by speaking to Alexa. Amazing really.