Sweetie

kitties!

by grace on June 24, 2019

This was June 6th, Sweetie’s first adventure in the fenced yard! i think her only experience outside had been so go out on her previous owner’s deck. she never got to run around in a yard.

kitty paradise

she loves the yard sooo much.

here’s Riley, still not sure what to make of this foreign kitty who isn’t very friendly, as Sweetie lurks in the background against the fence.

she loves outside!

Because he’s Riley, he quickly mellowed out.

super chill.

Under the plants is a favorite spot for Sweetie, as Les patrols the kitty highway.

I gave everybody some fresh catnip, which is growing and spreading like crazy, and Lester was quite content.

Here’s the base of a very tall tree that fell over due to all the wind and rain. it was leaning against another tree and kevin managed to carefully chainsaw it right down. he’s been doing quite a bit of that so far this summer.

the only thing now is that because of all the rain Kevin fashioned an extra tube feeding out from the sump pump into the fenced yard, and two days ago i took Sweetie out to see it and she completely freaked out because it made a whooshing noise as the water pumped. it wasn’t really much of a noise; Les Paul found it to be a delightful thing to observe, waiting in vain for chipmunks to magically pop out, but Sweetie, not a fan.

She’s been spending more time alone upstairs lately for some reason, but i’m sure she’ll be back down soon with our kitty family.

ok then,

mrs. drizzly monday morning hughes.

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may is almost over!

by grace on May 29, 2019

hard to believe. it rains and rains and rains some more, all the time…

meanwhile…on friday, may 17th, i went to bloomington with glenn and julie to see the musician paul thorn. her sister’s husband had heard about him, and julie and her sister’s saw him perform in ohio. her sister is a huge fan now.

when we got out of our car in front of the theater, way before concert time because we were going to go eat first, i looked across the street and saw some guys moseying out the side door. i’d only seen part of a youtube clip of the band that afternoon, but i was pretty sure that the guy in the red t-shirt was mr. thorn. i encouraged julie to let me take her picture with him, and we hustled across the street and he was very gracious and laid-back. fun way to start our night!

the restaurant, located on the same block as the theater was nice, organic, all that kinda stuff. i had incredibly delicious salmon, and i had to take a picture of this giant rooster, because he looks a lot like the roosters in our yard.

well, they were in our yard last year – we still have to shore up the shoreline before i want to put anything out. i don’t want them to get sucked into the water!

back at home, kevin was relaxing with sweetie. gee, that was not even two weeks ago, and she’s progressed to spending most of her time downstairs in the living room with us.

i had a delicious and very pretty chocolate tart for dessert. it came with “strawberry milk,” and i wasn’t sure if i was supposed to pour it over the top, or what. it reminded me of strawberry quik, we used to have that when we were kids. this stuff wasn’t bright pink enough to be quik, though, and quik probably isn’t the most healthy, organic, all-natural thing around.

glenn and julie both got these fancy lemon things – maybe some kind of cake with a big blob of custard on top. plus artistic sprinklings of things…the yellow things are gooseberries! i had a salad with gooseberries in it, but they bore scant resemblance to the gooseberries we ate off our gooseberry bushes when i was little. those had been almost translucent, and when they ripened they were squishy and purple. maybe gooseberries have evolved?

back at home again…kevin bought a ton of rocks to pour in the giant hole along the shore. he’s going to buy more of it, and then we’re going to get a barge-full of big rock to pile against the shoreline.

there was limited seating at the theater and i was concerned that we’d be standing for a very long time, but by some miracle there were three great seats left when we got there. we were up in the balcony; the theater looks like a converted old movie theater.

i walked down to the main floor to get this picture. great band.

and finally…we took a boat ride and there was a momma swan and two darling little babies! the father swan was chasing off a fishing boat, and as we approached it made a beeline for us. i decided we’d better back out quickly.

on our next boat ride the swans were still there, but this time there was only one baby. hopefully it makes it!

and that’s all for this lovely wednesday morning..

ok then,

mrs. hughes.

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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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