Athens Review, Athens, Texas


September 28, 2012

You can bet the cats in my house know who’s boss

Athens — My cats have been on a tear lately making me wonder why I’m one of the cat people.

They’re always where they shouldn’t be, and when they aren’t where they shouldn’t be they’re not happy about it. They always want to be on the armoire or in a box, or just underfoot.

Someday, you’ll pick up the Athens Review, and there I’ll be in the headlines. “Man suffers fatal fall tripping over pet cat.”

More than likely, I’ll trip over him trying to get cat food to theirbowl. This is an activity they oversee with great interest, and if I sleep late, they sit by the door convinced that I’ve forgotten the routine.

My cats — or more accurately my wife Debra’s cats, are named Lonzo and Oscar. One is black and white, and the other is big and yellow. They’ve lived with us for almost  six years, since the day we brought them home from the Humane Society as a birthday present for Debra.

They were little then. They could jump on you without dislocating any ribs.

It’s funny how cats each have their own distinct personality. If I hadn’t seen the Broadway show about felines, I would have known this would be watching our kitties down through the years.

Oscar, the yellow one, likes to sleep on whoever is in the recliner at the time. He doesn’t like to share his spot with a dinner plate, a lap top or a book.

If I’m working on the computer, Oscar will lie down, making sure his considerable body falls across as many keys as possible. So, I move my keyboard to one side,  while letting him sleep on the other. My wife says I spoil him.

Lonzo is your traditional curious cat. He’s especially curious about what we’re eating. While Oscar has never begged for a drink of milk or a ham sandwich, Lonzo thinks whatever we’re eating is fair game.

Lonzo’s favorite is yogurt, so when I’m finished I let him lick the rest of the yogurt off the cup. Our favorite brand is Yoplait, and our favorite flavor is Key Lime.

Not too long ago, I decided to try the Yoplait light, to save a few calories. Lonzo sniffed it, and refused to eat it. We tried different flavors, but there’s something in the diet yogurt that he just won’t touch.

Well that’s good enough for me. I quit eating the light, and went back to the good stuff. I figure cats have better sniffers than we do, and if he detects something in that artificial sweetener that’s to be avoided, who am I to argue?

Like just about any cat I’ve met, ours like to slip off to their own little places  and nap. Oscar is constantly getting in trouble, because his hammock of choice is the paper tray at the top of the computer table. The other day, while hopping down from the heights, he knocked Debra’s laptop in the floor.

Fortunately, it was still working, so Oscar only spent a short time in the doghouse. He didn’t really seem repentant though.

Lonzo has commandeered a box that we unpacked in the living room. He hangs out there most of his spare time now. He doesn’t just nap there, but rises up to survey the room, to see if anyone is eating ice cream or a bowl of cereal.

Bedtime can be a problem with spoiled cats in the house. I have a firm belief that cats need to be outside the bedroom, while I’m in it. So, Oscar will sit outside the door and cry —  actually it’s more of a wail, until Debra insists that I let the poor baby in.

So Oscar comes in, and prowls around the room, trying to find out what goodies are behind the closed bedroom door.

Of course, when Oscar comes in the bedroom, Lonzo also starts to cry. Why should his brother get to have all the fun? So I have to let Lonzo in too.

Finally, Debra will get tired of the snooping, and tell me to throw them out. Strangely, they’re usually ready to go. They’ve won the battle, and they’re getting a little bored with the bedroom decor.

In two weeks, Debra has another birthday rolling around, and she’s making some unsubtle hints about getting some more “Happy Birthday Kitties.” She foresees another couple of fur balls coming to live with us.

I have a feeling that’s not going to happen, unless I’m more of a pushover than I think I am.

Of course that’s what I thought before Lonzo and Oscar moved in.

Rich Flowers is News Editor of the Athens Daily Review.

Text Only
  • Wilson mug.JPG Rolling into something new

    She did it.
    My baby girl rolled over for the first time this past week while daddy and mommy were watching closely.
    As other major news broke across the county, watching my baby roll over for the first time was by far the biggest news of the week for me. Odd.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joe new mug.jpg Fanfare is a time to prepare for another season

    I love to see the talent our student athletes have across Henderson County. To know that each player puts in the blood, sweat and tears to play for a district championship and hopefully a state title is something special to see.
    Another great in the world of sports is a player who is retiring this season in New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
    Jeter once said, “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do — and I believe that.”

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • kathi New  copy.jpeg The greatest country in the world has hungry children

    No child should go hungry. We are the greatest country in the world, yet we have hungry children.
    An article I recently read said that if a child in school can't afford lunch, they will be given a sandwich and water. I was told the sandwich is cheese between two pieces of bread.
    I hope everyone realizes that is what they serve in the county jail. Not that I know this from personal experience. I was told from someone who did know from experience.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wilson mug.JPG Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase

    Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase.
    Hakuna Matata! Ain't no passing craze.
    It means no worries for the rest of your days.
    It's our problem-free philosophy.
    Hakuna Matata!
    Congratulations, if you have watched the Lion King a couple of times you now have this song stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jeff's mug.jpg It was a week in the depth of heat, then cooler

    Sunday and Monday of this week have been very uncomfortable.  The air conditioner at our house has been down, and the temperature outside and in the house have been way up.
    Thank God for the blessing of the cool temperatures and the rain that fell on Tuesday, then on Wednesday.  It changed things just a little bit.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Time away is necessary for everyone

    I can remember as a kid writing essays on “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” As the years pass, and we are more in-tune with the workplace, those vacations get shorter and shorter.
    Do you ever have those days  when you just need a vacation? Sometimes you just need to get away.
    Taking time off work should be fun and rejuvenating. We all need a recharge every now and then. But vacations aren't what they use to be. We rarely disconnect ourselves from our jobs.

    July 12, 2014

  • Joe new mug.jpg Student athletes: Time to wake up and get to work

    Hey student athletes, it is about time for you to wake up and get to work.
    Your summer is coming to an end, and the early morning wake up calls for practices are right around the corner.
    I am talking to the football players, volleyball players, cross country kids, band members, drill team members and cheerleaders.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wilson mug.JPG Remember who you are

    Are you running so fast that you have forgotten why you started the race in the first place?
    Life moving at a blistering pace that it is tough to keep up?
    Maybe it is time to stop, take a deep look into the pool of water and remember. Remember who you are.
    On numerous occasions, I have had to do just that. Ironically, various movies have caused me to look inside.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jeff's mug.jpg CSUMC provided a memorable experience

    My wife Jean and I went to a very interesting, and what I consider a very unique event last Saturday night.
    I had heard that the church where we are members, Carroll Springs United Methodist Church, was having an event in which people sitting in the audience would sing their favorite hymns into a microphone.

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rich mug.jpg Independence ultimately won on battlefield

    I always enjoy celebrating Independence Day, and hearing some of the stirring words written in the Declaration of Independence.
    Thomas Jefferson wrote that our Creator has given us certain rights, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The way I see it, if I have life and liberty, that gives me a pretty good start on the third one.
    But as eloquent as our founding fathers were, and how moving the texts they left behind, one fact can’t be overlooked. Our independence was ultimately won and secured on the battlefield.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

Biz Marquee
AP Video
Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando