Three Mornings In A Row We Had The Snow

 

I took this first group through the windows. That is why some of them look a bit blurry because of condensation on the windows. I was not going out in it. The turkeys had to be out in it. They had their feathers all fluffed up to help stay warm though. This snow was melted by the end of the day.

 

Day two’s snow amount was a bit more than the first day and it also was mostly gone by the end of the day. I again took the photos through the windows. I got a totally awesome shot of the two trees with their leaves and the field and pine trees behind them.

 

The third day had the largest snow amount. This snow also was almost gone by the end of the day. It was the warmest of the three days also, reaching a high of around 51 degrees. These photos were taken outside. I had to go out to take care of Milly the Shed Cat. I took photos of the fields south of the house again and east of the house.

 

I also took photos of my poor flowers covered in snow. The petunias were still looking good at the end of the day. They are some hardy flowers. The marigolds are also still hanging in there. I was surprised to see that the asylum were still ok. They are such as cute and dainty flower.

 

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Learning with Little Kitty # 3

Toys

 

I don’t have a regular feature on Mom’s blog like my big brother, Sully but I have been wanting to tell you all about my toys. So Mom said I could tell you today.

I have learned that almost anything can be a toy for this curious kitty.
I have played with the usual candidates like string, yarn, water bottle or milk jug caps, and pony tail holders.
I have played with pork rinds that have been dropped and lost in some obscure corner of the kitchen or living room. I have tried to eat them but they are usually rock hard when I find them.

Speaking of eating, some toys are actually food that you have to play with first then you get to eat it. These type of toys include bugs,(not the stink bugs or box elder bugs not only do they stink when you play with them, they taste awful and you have to spit them out then get a drink to wash the awful taste from your mouth), house flys if you are quick enough to catch them, spiders they are pretty easy to catch, and small moths. Big brother, Sully told me he ate all these too when he was a kitten.

A few weeks ago I saw this tiny little moth flying around the kitchen. I was able to bap it down onto the floor. It was flittering around so I put my paw on it. I lifted my paw to find it again and bap it, but it was not on the floor. All of a sudden I get this weird tickley feeling between my toe beans. The darn thing was stuck so I licked and pulled at it until it fell out. Well no more messing around I ate that sucker. Then do you know what happened? I forgot I ate it and was trying to find it on the kitchen floor again. Mom thought the whole episode was hysterical.

I bet if I gave you a million guesses you will never guess what is my all time favorite toy.

It is this thing Dad uses to clean his teeth after he eats dinner called a floss pick. He leaves them laying on his tv tray. I find them there and just have a good old time. Dad does not like that I take them though. It is not my fault he and Mom can’t remember to hide them from me. When I see it laying there on the tv tray I just can’t help myself.

It’s my green floss pick toy and you can’t have it!

 

Mom got this video of me playing with my green floss pick one morning.

 

I was having a blast. I kept loosing it under Mom’s crochet bag. So that bag decided to attack me! I was able to escape its clutches unharmed. I do some pretty awesome flip moves too. I did a really good one but Mom didn’t follow me with the camera fast enough to get that move on the video. Don’t worry Mom supervises me when I play with the green floss pick.

 

Later in the morning she got photos of me looking out the window. I like to do that when I am not playing with my toys.

 

Thanks, Mom for letting me share about my toys. I hope all of you have a good day and take the time to have fun with your toys too.

The End Of The 2018 Yardening Season Is At Hand

 

I have not posted much about yardening for a few weeks. The flowers really slowed in new exciting blooms as the days have gotten a bit cooler. I did get one late gladiolus. It was taking forever to open. I brought it in a couple ofย  days later since it still looked like this.

 

Finally after being in the house a few days two flowers finally opened.

 

Even the weeds were blooming late. This weed was blooming with cute little white flowers by the wood pile.

 

I got one more nice pink poppy, before the cold, wet, windy weather decided to make several appearances.

 

Even the garden creatures were getting ready for the cold to come. I saw this caterpillar in the marigolds. Just a few weeks later I saw the second one on a cloudy, cold, wet day trying to hide in the cracks of the shed door.

 

These were the last of the interesting flowers in the wildflower bed. A cute little stunted white cosmos and the droopy little pot marigold.

 

On October 6th we got our first frost so now most the flowers are turning brown and droopy except for the petunias, some of the marigolds, and the black-eyed susans. I had picked some peppers a few days before the frost. The second photo is the last of the peppers I had to pick after the frost. I used them right away since they had been nipped by the frost.

 

So as soon as we return to just normal chilly fall days I will have to start preparing the garden for winter. I will remove the dead pepper plants, dig up the gladioulus bulbs to be stored over the winter, and remove the marigold plants. I will probably leave the wildflower bed and the cosmos/ petunia bed as is until spring.ย  I am pretty sure I did it that way last winter/spring for the cosmos/petunia bed. I did not have to plant it this spring as it self seeded. I hope the wildflower bed will do the same. If it doesn’t I have those new boxes of seeds David got for me.

I don’t know if Cleo will make it through the winter. I had no pot big enough to bring her in. Her leaves were shredded by wind and blown off, what few she has left are brown. Even her stems have turned brown. But yesterday I looked at her a bit more closely. I saw a couple of small babies that were still green. So some of her seeds grew hidden under her and the petunia jungle. I covered them with mulch so maybe they will make it to spring. If not maybe some of her other seeds will survive the winter under the mulch.ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Weighting To Be Hip

 

I am trying to get myself back on track after reverting to old eating habits the last two years. I started eating wheat flour again. I just couldn’t pass up those marked down bakery items in Walmart. Then there were all the marked down holiday chocolates for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. I did not have any problems staying away from the soda. Needless to say I gained back all 30 pounds that I lost between the years 2013 and 2014. So I now weighed 167 pounds again. I started trying to follow the Low Carb High Fat life again in 2017, but I was not strict about it. I was able to lose 10 pounds but that is where I have stalled.

This is a photo of me before and after LCHF in 2012/2014 now you can just reverse that and that is what I look like again.

 

I know I need to lose more because my hips keep letting me know about the extra weight. I know you think she is not that old for hips going bad yet, but when I was born my hip sockets had not yet hardened. They were still sort of like cartilage. I had to wear a cast from my waist down to my toes until some time after I was 2 years old. I had to return to the hospital every six weeks to have it changed. The bar between my legs was shortened each change until my legs were almost together.

 

After the cast came I off I was given one of the smallest pairs of crutches ever made at the time so I could learn to walk again( My older brothers claim I beat them up with my crutches more than I used them to walk with. In my own defense if I did do it ,they were probably teasing me or stealing my toys). I also had to wear braces on my legs at night and corrective orthopedic shoes until just after I was 4 years old.

After that it was yearly visits to my orthopedic doctor. My hip sockets did finally harden but now my left hip ball was deteriorating so they wanted to keep an eye on that. My doctor said that I would probably get early onset of arthritis and would eventually need hip replacement surgery. He said to hold off on the surgery as long as possible. At the time he was telling my mom this most hip replacements only lasted 10 years. The surgery has come along way since way back in the late 70s. Oddly my “good” right hip is the one that gives my more pain lately. I guess it is tired from all the years it had to do all the work and it is the one with the arthritis.

So I have gone back to following a stricter low carb high fat plan which has been helping maintain at 157 pounds. My hips have been better but I still need to lose more. I thought I should put more exercise into my day. So I thought about what would be low impact for my hips and yet help lose weight and strengthen my body. I decided to try yoga. So I looked at the books the library had to offer. The first book I looked at sounded good. It was for beginners 50 and over. I didn’t get it though. It seemed like one long testimonial for all these 70-year-old folks. It did not explain the poses enough to my liking. My next choice was more to my liking. It gave the name of the pose, a good description of how to do it, and at least one or more photos of the pose being performed. I did check it out. Here is the title if you would like to see if your local library has it or find it online to purchase. “A Year Of Classes Yoga for Real People” by Jan Baker Copyright 2002 published by Weiser Books Boston,MA/York Beach,ME

I have been doing the following poses that are preformed lying on the floor on my back Dreaming Dog, Lie and Stretch, Reverse Bow 1 and 2, and Head to Knee Pull.
I can not do all of them to the full extent yet. I am starting out slowly. I can not do the Dreaming dog as pictured as my hips are too weak yet to lift my leg to the proper position. So I slide my foot towards my hands and lift my leg into position. The Lie and Stretch is pretty much what the title says. So I have no problems with it. The Reverse Bow poses are another one I have to slide my foot to my hand first then do the actual pose. I can not bring my knee fully to my chest though with either leg. So I just hold it as close as I can. I have tried the head to knee a couple of times but again I can not get my head to actually touch my knee so I just goes as close as I can. Like I said I am going nice and slow so my body can get use to this. I have already noticed some in improvement in my hip pain. It has also helped with stamina a bit too.

There was a pose called Fish where you lay on the floor place your hands on your hips. You then tip your head back so your shoulders and spine are off the floor. Then old that pose for a few seconds then tip your head back to a normal position. I tried this pose one time. It gave me a head rush when I returned my head to a normal position. I have not done it again. I didn’t like the feeling it gave me. My body said “NOPE” loud and clear on that one.

Monday (October 1) when at the library I decided to check if they had any DVD’s with yoga. They had several. I chose a beginner lessons program. I watched through a bit of it today. (Thursday October 4) They had a lesson on doing warm ups from a chair so I followed that one through. I watched another section and they show three different ways to do the poses, standing, standing with a chair for support/balance and sitting in a chair. I followed along on this one a bit sitting in a chair. I think I will just watch each section all the way through later and see what other things I can try.
A lot of nights my hips are really giving me the old one two punch. Then my restless leg syndrome will act up. So some nights I am waking up every 2 hours to walk around to settle the RLS down. I thought I would try doing the lie and stretch pose before I went to sleep one night. It really did help with the pain and I didn’t wake up with an RLS episode. I actually slept 6 straight hours.

All in all I think this yoga done at a slow pace will help with my weight and my hip pain issues. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Sully Saturday # 17

September Stuff

 

The weather has been pretty nice this month yet, so I have been out and about to enjoy it. I like to lay in the grass by the house. It smells sooo good. The sun reflecting off the siding makes this a warm spot to just soak it all in.

A warm spot with fabulous smells.

 

I get my fill of sunshine and smelling the grass. It is now time to get my catnip fix. I head under the steps into my catnip jungle.

I will just squeeze in here. (sucking in my gut)

 

When I do not get to go outside I like to sit on my perch in the bedroom. It is Mom’s sewing machine cabinet which is in front of the window. I like to smell the air if the window is open. I sometimes see rabbits hopping around BOB, turkeys strutting through the yard, or little birds flitting around in the grass. I also see the neighbor’s cats or some wild stray ones. I really give them the evil eye from my perch in the window, but I don’t think they see me.

Take a photo already, I need to get back to looking for intruders!

 

I still like to help Mom with her crocheting and photo shoots. On this day I had to make sure she had the yarn just right so it would show off the crochet project best.

A little more to the left.

 

I probably won’t be getting much outside time for a little while like in the begining of the month. It has been a bit chilly the last couple of days and that white stuff was all over the ground yesterday.

It’s too early for this white stuff!

 

Well that is all for this month. Mom said she will try to post for me on the last Saturday of the month from now on. So there won’t be long gaps in my page. So until next time, stop and smell the catnip!

On The Sixth Day of Autumn

This is not the type of things one is expecting to see falling this early in the autumn!

 

I had gotten up early this morning at 4 am. I looked out the windows, the eastern sky was just barely getting light. I looked because David came in the bedroom last night to tell me that the radio annoucer had said the four letter “S” word that ended with a “W”. I could see a bit of fog, but no white stuff was on the ground. I didn’t think much about any more. I continued posting my Skrappy Skarves post then started playing Candy Crush. David came out to the kitchen about 6:20 am. He asks if I had looked out the window this morning. I said I had when I first got up at 4 am. He suggested I look again out the front door. Yep, there was that white stuff he told me was coming last night.

Another Flying Visitor

This One Likes to Flutterby the Cosmos

 

I large orange and black butterfly has been making visits to the cosmos. The first time I saw it I had just gotten out of the truck after coming home from town. It was fluttering around my head then flew off into the sky. I saw it again a couple of mornings later it was making its way over to the flowers around the deck, but I did not have my camera with me that day either.

The next day when I went out to water I made sure to have my camera with me so I could get a picture of it . Well I finally got a few shots of the butterfly on the flowers. It seemed to prefer the cosmos as a landing platform. I got two nice clear photos and two a bit blurry photos. I never was able to get an open wing shot though. As soon as it would land it closed up its wings. The butterfly had a stalker too. A bumble bee kept following it from flower to flower. They kept trying to push each other around. It made me chuckle.

 

I took to the internets to identify the butterfly. I was pretty sure it was a monarch,but wanted to make sure. I was correct and it was female.
Maybe next year my milkweed plants from the library will be established for other monarchs visiting my flower gardens. ๐Ÿ˜€

The Petunias Have a Frequent Flyer Visitor

 

A humming bird moth has been coming in the mornings and early evenings for about the last week.

I did not even try to get a still photo of him this day(September 12, 2018). He was just too busy tasting every flower in site. So I got this just over a minute video. You see him best at the end when he is flittering around in the left corner of the frame.

 

 

A few days later I was able to get a still of him. I was a bit more patient and he was taking a little longer to taste each flower.

I Think I Know What Some of My Wildflowers Are Now

And New Flower Photos for The Week Ending September 15, 2018

 

David bought some more boxes of the wildflower mix so I was able to get the names of the flowers in it. I had to take to the internets to find the common names as the scientific names were given on the box.

These areย  Calendula Officinalis -pot marigolds .

 

These little yellow and orange ones are Coreopsis Tinctoria – golden tickseed.

 

The ones I was calling impatiens were actually a poppy variety.

The smaller ones are Papaver Rhoeas – common, rose, corn field, flander’s or red poppy.

 

The larger poppies are Eschscholzia californica– california poppy.

 

These are Rudbeckia Hirta – black-eyed Susan which are in the sunflower family.

 

This late bloomer was Cynoglussum Amabile – Chinese forget-me-not or hound’s-tongue.

 

The other late bloomer was Delphinium Consolida – forking,rocket or field larkspur.

 

I had no problem identifying the cosmos or the bachelor buttons. The tiny white flowers you see in a lot of the photos turned out to be baby’s breath.

 

The new flower photos for the week ending September 15, 2018.