It's taken about three weeks of locking the cats out of our bedroom and switching the morning feed to after the boys go to school, but we finally have stopped the cats from howling to be fed at 5 am.
I will be very glad to have the bedroom door open again. It's been difficult to sleep with no airflow in the room (plus our room is one of the first stops for the warm air from the furnace which means we have to choose between being uncomfortably warm or the rest of the house being freezing).
It's been a difficult few weeks. I've been concentrating on getting my book ready to go up for sale and the boys have been frustrated and upset with the cold weather and lack of attention. There's still a lot of work to do and I'm feeling exhausted with trying to keep up with it all.
Hopefully in the end it will all be worth it.