Sunday, January 17, 2010


I love my marmalade cat, Leon, I really do. He is the best snuggler in the world, and, sometimes, when he looks at me, I can tell that he really, really likes me. Maybe loves me, if cats can really love another creature.

But, there are days when he drives me crazy, and today has been one of them. He's a big healthy male in his prime, and he's full of vim and vinegar. There are days when he just has energy to burn. Unfortunately, his idea of expending that energy is to run and roughhouse with the other cats. My youngest, Rachael, can keep up with him, and that usually satisfies him. But, today, he thought that everyone in the house should play.

That would be fine, if Gina and Becky wanted to play. But they are older, more settled and Becky, especially, is a timid little thing. Leon wouldn't stop bounding after them this morning, giving them playful swats, if he could catch them. Unfortunately for them, he's bigger, and his swats knock them over. Gina finally retreated to a high spot where she growled and hissed at him whenever he came near.

Becky kept running -- the wrong thing to do, because Leon thought she was playing and ran after her, time and again. He would corner her, she would cower and growl, and I would break up the confrontation. Sigh, finally I had to resort to putting Leon all by himself in a bedroom, until he calmed down. I was very frazzled.

All that seems to be over now, and everyone is sleeping peacefully. I'm going to join them, shortly, for my afternoon nap. I need one.

I love Leon, I really do. But, somedays----------------------sigh.


Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Leon had to have a timeout. I love orange tabbies.

BlueRidge Boomer said...

My Mom has an orange tabbie named Jeff!!
He's a rascal, too......


mjames5 said...

Well, Louise, I apologize for not getting to your blog earlier but I'm more settled into retirement than you are! LOL Anything more than 1 extra activity for the day is just waayyyyy toooo mmmuuuccchhh!

I don't know if I'm doing this right or not, probably not because I'm really a bit computer-challenged and getting worse by the day. But hopefully this will come through.

I'll be thrilled when winter is over but so far haven't really minded it too much. That January thaw was AWESOME!!! I've been in western NY since '72 and honestly don't remember one that lasted as long and that was actually in January. Usually it seems to come in Feb just as our April showers are often snow showers and the May flowers don't come until June because we get April's (rain) showers in May! But hey, I've gotten used to it by now.

Anyway, one of these days we do have to get together. I know I have a dental appointment in your town in February sometime (not sure and the appointment calendar is upstairs and I'm down in the family room). When I remember to check it, I'll email you and hopefully we can get together.

Hey as for those naps, I really envy you. I tried when I first retired but realized after about 20 minutes I wasn't having any luck so if I'm lucky about once every 3-4 months I can lie down and actually fall asleep.

Loved the story Leon raising heck! It's the first I've seen him and he is gorgeous.

I hope to check in regularly. I didn't check any previous pages and hope to try tomorrow after I go the Eastview and hit Home Depot, Staples, and Target. Oops, that's more than 1 extra thing in a day! LOL