14 June, 2008

Well. I think I might have busted the critter that kept getting my fish out of my pond. Bless it's heart.

I went out the other night,and caught his butt going up in the space they have torn in the ceiling of the workshop,gotta find someone to fix that too.... glad I didn't let the dogs out a moment earlier,I'd have had a mess on my hands.He/she sat there watching me,so I went and grabbed the camera.

Today, I put in a new bed for some hostas,ferns,and heucheras. Tried one of the little watering kits,you know,the ones that have a billion pieces,you lay the tiny hose out,then go back and cut and put in the t's and drippers.BS is all I can say to that crap. Who invented these damn things? Someone on crack I figure,and a whole lotta time.

Tomorrow,I'm going with friends to Winstar for the day,going to blow money on something other than plants this month. :)Been waiting on the guy that is supposed to be laying the flagstone to show up,I'm thinking he is getting replaced next weekend.Another reason I try to do things around here,you can't get a job done right anymore,unless you're Trump I guess. I heard about another guy a friend uses,may try him next week.

08 June, 2008

Cheesey,sure,but cute. One of my favorite commercials,in fact,here's a list.
Animals always crack me up.





Additions to family

I haven't added that last summer,Darla,a friend of my Aunts was terminally ill,and wanted me to find her 2 cats,Sissy and Baxter a good home. Try as I may, the right home wasn't jumping at us,lots of people inquired,but none were the right one,no other animals,older person or couple ,no young children. As I sit here, Baxter is putting his paw on my hand, to get my fingers off the keyboard ,and on him. The last time I visited Darla, I told her if we didn't find them a home,when the time came, they are coming home with me..... I had taken her pictures of the crew here,and told her I thought they would be fine,though they had never been around other animals.( I was really praying on this one).

But,when the time came,after the funeral, I went and picked them up, her daughters were with them those last days... I fixed them a room of their own,and closed them in for awhile, to get used to the idea of a new home,and to get used to the new smells of other animals in the house,they had a couple of inches under the door to visit.

It was not as hard as I thought, they got settled,the dogs didn't care,except Mollie,she was worried about them being closed up,she would go to the door and whine.Mollie was the first to stick her head in and say hello too,if you can imagine a140lb bloodhound/st.bernard cross being worried about the welfare of 2 strange cats. I dunno, it worked for us all.She is now the official greeter for the house.Works well for any strangers. :)

They have been here almost a year now, and other than the usual little hissy matches,Pyewacket and Precious,my other 2 are 12 now,and not as open to new as they used to be. But,it works for us....

Baxter and Sissy love the plantroom as much as the rest of us,and many thanks to Baxie, I am building a greenhouse this summer.He is a real plant monster,loves the plants,when I was raising seeds this winter, I had to fight him over them,he must have seen a big salad becuase I couln't keep him out of them.I was cleaning dead leaves off my ivy,and he kept coming over to help pull them off, finally ,when I wouldn't let him have them, he got in the trashcan I was putting them in... hence the greenhouse idea,been wanting one for a long time anyway.Yeah Baxie!
The dogs came over,looked in the can,looked at me like...Well what did ya do that for?

Ah June....

The year is marching on,and staying with this is hard.So many ideas,and projects,and then work.Love my job,animals are the best to share your workday with,provided they are ok with the process.Most are,and treats are always a good thing ,for all concerned.
While in the house this winter,mostly being in bed, sick with a flu that wouldn't die,I had the pleasure of joining some plant coops.Man,they are great,like a day at Macy's with 70% off on everything.I bought so many plants, I have to make new beds for them.I have hostas,lots of hostas,still waiting on some in the mail too.Clematis' have become an addiction too,found a great lady in Washington that has her own business,Silver Star Vinery,have to give Debbie a plug,hers are wonderful.. now I am having to find places for them to climb.
If you are a gardening freak,check out Davesgarden.com You won't be disappointed,so many great people and I'm learning so much too.
That's where the coops started.plants,plant labels,marker for the plant labels,hangapots for the plants,you have to see those too. It's hangapot.com
I even put in another small pond,and I found a minature water lily,Helvola.. the size of a quarter,blooms and leaves,got a ceramic pot for that one.See what I mean?
A friend was here today,and she told me she thought my drug of choice(plant addiction) was probably getting more expensive than the street drugs out there... she has no clue.*evil grin*
Of course I have to have soaker hoses,more pots,more mulch,more soil.. well, you get the idea.
A pic of the new pond for some of the new plants.
Did I mention the squirrels are back,and enjoying the feeders,theirs and the birds...