peonies!

by grace on May 22, 2019

in that last post i wrote poppies but of course they aren’t poppies, they’re peonies. mom pointed it out, yaaaay, mom for reading my site!

ok then,

grace, after a very busy day of powerwashing the deck.

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sweetie’s first taste of fresh catnip

by grace on May 20, 2019

last tuesday, the 14th, i picked a bunch of catnip and brought some of it upstairs to Sweetie. And boy, she loved it.

I tried to get a photo but she was a constant blur.

meanwhile…one day i was sitting on the couch and there were two woodpeckers at the feeders! i managed to get a shot before they flew off.

les and i took a little walk and he hopped up on the boat cover. but it was sealed up so tight that there was no way for him to climb inside, so i finally lifted him off. i didn’t want him falling in the water, that’d have been traumatic for the little guy.

later, he tried to relax.

we have two poppy plants growing in the fenced yard and i have no idea why. maybe i planted a bulb a year or so ago? they definitely weren’t there last year.

we did have two big bleeding hearts but the kitties vigorously used the mulch as a litter box and scratched one of the plants to death. but this one is doing fine, and i was interested to see the little remains of the hearts.

Riley is almost always out in the yard and loves it when anybody shares the experience with him.

after the poppy bloomed riley sidled past.

and it’s almost the end of may…it has been in the 80s, but today it’s cool and i’m going to go out and rake, etc, taking advantage of the cool and the cloudiness. one of the buffalo gnat bites i got last week has still been itching so i’m going to douse myself in vanilla spray before stepping. but maybe the gnats aren’t active when it’s cooler out? well, i’m not taking any chances.

ok then,

mrs. h.

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i think it got up to 92 yesterday, or something completely bonkers like that. it’s already mighty warm today. go figure.

also, suddenly we have lots and lots of buffalo gnats. on wednesday kevin and i were outside and all of sudden a bunch of tiny things were zipping all over the place, landing on my head, and it took me a while to remember that this is buffalo gnat season. last summer one of them stung me on my eyelid and i had to go to prompt care.

on wednesday i ended getting a few ithcy spots on my head, and they got swollen, and then that evening i was very briefly standing in the back yard and another one landed on my chest. SO ITCHY, still.

it’ll probably be an amazingly buggy summer due to all the rain. i must be covered in repellant every time i venture out.

meanwhile…two tuesday ago, April 30th…we brought the sweet kitty that had been at mom’s since the end of December over to our house. we think she might not be so skittish here, and she’s been living in our upstairs guest bedroom since we brought her home. i built her this tower so she could watch the world.

she immediately warmed up to kevin; here he is lying on the guest bed as the kitty is on the lookout for possible intruders. because she’s so sweet we’ve decided to call her Sweetie, the same name as one of Aunt Sandy’s cats.

i was very intent on getting the vet to give us a prescription for an anti-anxiety drug for her, and in order to do that they have to do a blood test. it turns out she has some kidney crystals that could turn into kidney stones if left unchecked. so far we’ve tried two different prescription foods, but she flatly rejected them both. so we’re not sure what the next step will be.

she is so much happier now that we haven’t given her the anti-anxiety drug yet. she purrs a lot, and a couple of days ago i gave her some fresh catnip from the big plant out back and she adored it. she also gobbles up the wet cat food; maybe this will be good enough, because i read that one thing cats with crystals need is lots of water, and the cat food is wet plus we add water to it.

i don’t even think riley knows we have another kitty.

sweetie initially slept in the chair in the guest room, but i haven’t seen her on it anymore.

baby geese! we saw lots of geese families out on the lake.

sweetie prefers to sleep in this cage – one night last week kevin was sick, so i slept in the guestroom, but sweetie slept in her cage instead of on the bed.

kevin bought a special gizmo that easily fits onto the door and keeps it open about an inch so that sweetie can see out and our kitties can observe her. but that hasn’t really happened yet – les does come upstairs and he did poke a paw in the first time we put it up, but now he’s content to lie in the bathroom door across the hall and just watch.

it would be great if sweetie felt comfortable enough to be downstair and just hang out, but i imagine that will take a while.

now i’m going to cover myself with bath& body vanilla spray, which does a great job of repelling insects, and do some raking. go me!

ok then,

mrs. spring hughes.

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groundhog staredown!

by grace on May 13, 2019

Last wednesday, may 8th, i was hanging out at mom’s house and suddenly her cat Hobbs was on high alert. for Hobbs that means she was staring intently at something outside.

a groundhog! i couldn’t think of the name for it; i’d seen three dead ones on the lake road in the days prior to this. kevin said their homes are all getting flooded.

this poor little guy didn’t quite know what to do.

groundhog-Hobbs faceoff!

he did his best to look very very scary…

grrrrr…..

but finally he gave up, waddling off to the neighbor’s house in between our and mom’s houses. our neighbor has quite a collection of stuff all over his property, so i bet the groundhog was able to find a nice home to relocate to.

maybe the rain has stopped, finally? today it’s a bit warmer, and the sky is blue, and if i was a less lazy person i’d be outside planting some iris bulbs; i bought a package of 16 a few weeks ago and i need to get to that. plus there’s an endless amount of raking and weeding to be done, of course.

ok then, i hope your monday is a good one,

g.h.

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Happy Mother’s Day…

May 12, 2019

i’ve been sitting on my couch for over three hours now; i’ve been very very negligent about even looking at anything on my laptop, and i decided to finally do some stuff. i thought i’d write a little something here, but then i couldn’t login. i tried and i tried and i created a different […]

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march, briefly

April 26, 2019

nothing much to report about march, except we had a late birthday celebration for mom. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, MOM! but first…we got home on March 4th. here’s kevin, plowing mom’s driveway on March 7th. I never want to come home to snow. the next day we had a celebration with both pie plus some kind […]

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Final Day in Florida – March 2, 2019

April 15, 2019

We took our final walk on the beach over to Seaside. Here’s us, looking almost the same as we did the first day. except for our nice new A30 baseball caps. it’s funny that there was no name on this banner. or maybe the restaurant is called the shrimp basket? This was the day before […]

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Friday, March 1st in Florida

April 11, 2019

Friday started out really rainy, and i watched little birds eating popcorn on our balcony. But the skies cleared and it was yet another beautiful day. We drove west a bit, past Seaside to the town of Santa Rosa Beach. Santa Rosa was the most like Seagrove Beach, and we found a bunch of artist […]

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Thurs. Feb. 28th in Florida

April 7, 2019

We drove way east on Thursday, all the way to Panama City Beach. We drove past many ugly high-rise hotels and arrived at Pier Park, this great big tacky shopping area. we went into a couple of stores, but there wasn’t so much we were interested in. we did find some cute lake-related thing in […]

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Wednesday in Seagrove Beach

April 6, 2019

Wednesday, February 27th started out with pouring rain. it was a mellow day, including yet another trip to the grocery store where we danced in the aisle. the rain let up and kevin historically got his toes wet! after that he made dinner, also kind of historical. i recorded some of his efforts. While the […]

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