Welcome Spring

It’s Spring here in eastern Pennsylvania, but looking out my window, I would hardly know it. Gloomy sky, drab woods, dark rocks still wet with the rain that fell yesterday. Only a patch of grass here and there shows up bright green and cheerful. But as March is, a few days ago the temperature was in the seventies, the sun was shining and we were outside enjoying the afternoon.

crocus flower

Crocus, the flower of Spring

A good time to introduce our new cat, Rocky, to the Big World. (We got Rocky from Peaceable Kingdom in November, when he was about 10 months old and to our knowledge, had never been outside.) Because Rocky is energetic and curious, we decided he needed a harness so that if he decided to follow his nose, he wouldn’t disappear forever into the woods. Harness? Rocky had to think about that.

Rocky in his harness

Rocky Wearing his New Red Harness

Well, ok. Let’s check out the flower bed.

Rocky in the flower bed

Rocky Checking out the Flower Bed

Rocky’s idea of walking in harness was more like a slink. His belly practically rubbing the ground and his steps tentative, he walked to the end of the bed, then attempted to run across the dead grass towards the woods. His leash, somewhat of a bungee cord, stopped him short. He returned to the flower bed for further investigation. After a few sniffs and scratches, Rocky was ready to go back inside.

rocky sleeping in his basket

Rocky Sleeping in his Basket

He wasted no time in hopping into his favorite place for a nap. All that fresh air, sunshine, and excitement had its effect. No need to wake up until dinnertime!

Note: the African basket contains some silk skirts I had made ready for sale. After a show, I put the basket at the bottom of the stairs, ready to return it to my stock room. Rocky found it later that same day and decided it would make a dandy bed. How we spoil our cats…

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