When One Thing Leads to Another

 

Monday (03/27/2017) was looking like it would be a nice day of weather. After I got my indoor chores done and did some stuff on the computer I thought I would go out around 10 am to do some form of yard work. I had just gotten on the internets to begin some posts when David came out at 8:30 am. This surprised me as he usually sleeps in until around 11 am. He is a night owl these days staying up after 1 am most nights. So this lead me to fix him his breakfast and him getting on the computer to do his things. I had most of the indoor stuff done I want to have done before going outside so that is where I went. I had promised Sully the last two days that I would take him out when the weather was nice again, so he came out too. I took him for his walk around the house then clipped him to the step to enjoy the day.

My plan for the day was to rake out the south side of the flower bed around the deck. I was then going to turn the soil and level out the bed. Well I got the bed raked out, as I began to rake those leaves over to the big leaf pile in front of BOB I decided that I should rake by the container with small wood scraps in it. While I was at it I might as well dump the container and move it, go through the wood scrap, put it back in the container and rake where it use to be. Now that the container was out-of-the-way I could rake around the wood pile. Now, why just rake around I should move it and rake where it used to be also. So I found a suitable spot next to the scrap container and began going through the wood pile, moving it, and stacking it in an organized fashion. Well now that the wood pile was out-of-the-way I could move the big leaf pile in front of BOB further to the east end of the driveway. So I did that. Now that every thing was neat and tidy I could lay the garden hose along the railroad ties marking off the flower bed. This will make it easier to water the squash patch and the hose will not be stretched out across the driveway getting run over.

I was in the middle of all this activity when David came out onto the deck.

He says,” You know I have been looking at the wood pile thinking it needed moved and organized!”

He must have been thinking about it so hard I caught the vibe and just went with it. I did the same thing when I cleaned up the deck a couple of weeks ago. He was thinking it needed done and I did it. I don’t mind doing these things. It is getting me out of the house and being more physical. It also helps David out, so he can continue sorting out and organizing his inventory for his urban gold mining. It is one less thing he needs to do so he can get to more important projects like replacing  a section of the shed’s east wall, getting the garden started, or working on BOB. I discovered BOB’s roof leaked in the bedroom over the winter. This was not one of the projects he had planned for BOB.

After I was all finished, David came out later in the afternoon and backed BOB in beside the deck. He is now where we can run the extension cord out to do work on him. It is a good thing I got this done on Monday as the weather forecast calls for rain for the rest of the week.

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Shave and A Haircut, Two Bits!

 

Sunday (03/26/2-17) was time for the Peter Parkers’ and the Shreks’ annual spring hair cuts.
I do this every spring to get rid of the brown tips from the dry winter air on the Peters. The Shreks get trimmed back to their pots other wise they would grow to the other end of the house. The leaves of the Skreks between the pots and the ends usually die off so I have all these rope like vines hanging from the bookshelf and faux fireplace mantle.

The Before Photos

This photo shows Peter Parker with Peter Parker the IV and one of Shrek’s twins Stubby.

I just named him that because he hardly grows past his pot.

This is Shrek’s other twin, Stretch, I named him that because he does grow beyond his pot.

He was quite wilty. I trimmed off his long vine back to the pot and I also added more soil.

This is Peter Parker the II he was in pretty good shape just trimmed a bit of brown tips and added some soil.

Peter Parker the III needed a lot of work. He had many brown leaves.

He also had a son dangling that needed a pot of his own.

I need to think of a name for him as soon as he is on his own.

I can’t call him Peter the Fifth because he did not come from Peter Parker.

Whoa, this means Peter Parker is now a grandpa!

This is Shrek. He likes to take over the book shelf and kitchen window during the winter.

I trimmed the longer vine back to the pot and curled it into the pot and added soil over it.

The After Photos

 

 

Peter Parker the III all spruced up and his son in his own pot. The son will stay attached for a week or a little more so he can put down roots then I will cut the umbilical vine. I will move him over to the video case to sit on the other end with Peter Parker the IV. I was thinking of naming him, Venom.

 

These 3 photos show how I arrange everyone on the faux fireplace mantle. The Shrek twins on the ends with Peter Parker in the middle and all my nickitty nackitty stuff arrange around them.

Now that the house plants are all ready for another growing season I think I will be starting some of my flower garden seeds soon. I need to go through them as I forgot what I bought last fall on clearance.  🙂

She Pushed Me Over My Threshhold!

Yesterday I did an unplanned home repair project and as it was unplanned I did not get before photos. When we first moved in to our mobile home the small middle bedroom’s carpet was starting to fray. There was no threshold between it and the hallway carpet. Over the years it has frayed more.

This was my son’s room when we first moved in. I imagine that his kitty Feisty clawed it when she got shut in there sometimes.

Milly the Shed cat also stayed in it during cold winter spells, so she took her turn at the carpet.

I myself have sucked up some of the stray strands in the vacuum ripping it more.

Well now Little Kitty stays in it. She is small enough to fit under the gap of the door. Why do they do that in mobile homes, leave a three-inch gap? Maybe so the flames move faster when they catch on fire. Any way David and I cut and screwed a piece of paneling to the back of the door to stop her from escaping in the night causing havoc. We only did this after about 3 months of her pulling the towels out-of-the-way that we had placed to block the gap. Ok good now she will quit messing with the carpet, Nope!

So yesterday after my son said that we should put a board across the frayed carpet like a threshold I got right on it.

I found the piece of scrap paneling that we had left over from the back of the door. I measured out each piece. I began cutting the first piece with the jigsaw. David came in and helped finish cutting it. I make him nervous when I do things that involve using tools. I think it might have something to do with the time I beat a book shelf with a hammer.

I was going to use the staple gun but the staples were not long enough to go through all the materials. So my son found the little nails and a hammer for me. I then nailed them in place. David helped nail one piece that was really close to the wall.

Here is the finished project, Little Kitty approves.

 

Sully Saturdays # 15: The Weather and Little Sisters Both are Unpredictable

 

The weather has been nice and the snow has all melted, so Mom has been able to take me outside. I was so ready when she asked if I wanted to go outside. I didn’t even want to wait to put my harness and leash on. Well actually it was Milly’s Pink leash. I broke the clip on my leash last year. Mom is still looking for a new clip. Once Mom had me all harnessed and leashed she opened the door. I made my way down the steps, dragging Mom behind me. She clipped me to the step rail and went about doing her stuff outside.

It is too early yet for any reasonable amount of catnip to be by the steps. So I had to be happy with just smelling and rubbing on last year’s dry stalks. When Mom was done doing her stuff, she unclipped me to take me for my walk around the house. I have not been for a walk all winter, so it was new to me again. When we approached the corner of the house that took us into the backyard, I stopped dead in my tracks and fluffed up my tail. Something in the backyard made me nervous and a bit scared. There was nothing Mom could see, so maybe I hear or smell something that she can’t. Mom gently coaxed me forward so I ran through the backyard. I was fine when we reached the end of the house. I continued on to the front yard at a happy little trot to the front deck, up the steps, and waited for Mom to open the door to go back in. As a treat for doing well on my walk, Mom found a small patch of green catnip and brought some in to me. I LOVE IT! I can’t wait for my patch by the steps to take off!

As you know I got a new little sister back in November. Her name is Little Kitty and she gets to stay in the house. My other sister Milly is the shed cat. Here I am with Milly during one of her house stays this winter. She was in a good mood that day and let me snuggle, cuddle, and give her kisses.

Any way Little Kitty and I are getting along for the most part. Mom will let her out after I have had my breakfast which can be any time between 4 am and 6 am, I am not always the reason Mom gets up at 4 AM. Sometimes she just can’t sleep any more and decides to get up on her own. Most days I get her up at 5:30 ish.

Little Kitty has to stay in her bedroom at night because she is still learning the house rules. She is still too hyper to be left to her own devices. She likes to get into the trash for one and she gets on the counters to lick the grease out of the pans that were used to cook supper, if Mom leaves them to wash until morning.

When she comes out of her room, she will run up to me for snuggles and kisses.

 

She is all sweet and nice for a little while then BAM! She is running up and down the house, jumping off of everything. She will run through the house, jump onto the cat tower, then leap off of it with such force she knocks it over or sometimes she pounces off it on to my head as I walk by it.

This action then takes us into the living room where the wrestling matches begin.

Naturally when she pounces on me I have to shove her off, hold her down, and give her some bites.

All the while she is kicking me in the chin and chest with her back feet.

It is no wonder my chin is all scabbed up.

 

All this rough housing with Little Kitty all winter has

helped me loose some of my extra weight.

Mom says she can actually see my hips again and my stomach doesn’t stick out

the sides as much when I lay in the loaf position.

This is the most recent photo of me.

 

Eventually I start to get tired after about an hour of this very physical play. It is time for me to take my morning nap, which usually last until lunch time. Little Kitty will go off keeping herself busy or Mom will keep her entertained for a while. She must get bored with that and Mom because around 10 AM she thinks I have rested enough and tries to get me to play again. She will come over to the big living room chair and paw at my head between the bars or jump up beside me paw me and jump back down expecting me to chase her. Well I am getting on in years and I need my full morning nap. So I will paw her on the head, she thinks she has gotten me to join her in play. So I then paw at her and hiss at her a bit. SHE DONT’ GET IT! Her cat mom must have never have yelled or hissed at her to teach her that this is a warning noise that means back off! She just keeps coming. I will try running away from her while hissing she thinks I am still trying to play and chases after me. Mom will hear me hissing, she will call me a grumpy old kitty, then she opens her bedroom door to let me in, she closes it again so Little Kitty can’t follow me in. Ahh, now I can finish my nap in peace. She knows that I have had enough of my little sister’s rambunctious, unpredictable ways!

A Huntin’ I Did Go, A Huntin’ I Did Go, Hi Ho The Derry O! A Huntin’ I Did Go!

( I bet you sang that, didn’t you?)

 

While out doing my spring cleaning on Sunday (03/19/2017) I saw that there were castings on the ground. Well if there were castings it must mean that the frost is out of the ground. So I will be able to start digging my flower beds to get them ready for seeds and bulbs.
David and I have both been watching the ponds itching for the ice to go out. Well it has gone. We are going to get our fishing licenses on Saturday when we go to town. You may be wondering if I am getting a fishing license why am I going on about hunting?
Well with fishing there comes a bit a hunting. You need some bait right. So when I saw those castings on the ground I knew it was just a matter of time. Yesterday it was drizzly raining on and off most of the day. Perfect conditions for an earthworm hunt! So last night with bucket and flashlight in  hand I went a huntin’!

I bagged these beauties. It was easy pickings.

I approached my first target slowly and silently. I had to be light on my feet. I reach, make the grab, and gently pull. It was barely in its hole so it came right out. Most of them were bagged this easily. I need not have been so concerned about being stealthy. They were a bit slow and sluggish as the temperature was only between 35 and 40 last night around 8:45 pm. Later in the season this will not be the case. They will be quick to retreat into their holes at the slightest change in lighting or the merest tremble of the ground from your footsteps. That is why it is best to hunt while it is raining, your footsteps are masked by the rain if you move slowly and softly.

I did not bag every one I saw as they still had some growing to do. You don’t want to deplete your supply when you have a whole fishing season ahead of you.
I didn’t even have to go around the whole yard. I went from the deck steps over to the back door steps. Most of them were right of the edge of the grass along the side of the house. There is plenty of hunting grounds so we don’t over hunt an area.

The best things about earthworm hunting it only took about 15 minutes to get this dozen and a  1/2

and  you don’t have to pay $ 3.00 for a dozen.

I just saved three dollars and some change. 🙂

It’s Thursday, So I Thought I Would Do A Throwback

This was my very first post.

A lot has changed since then

but we are still retired

and enjoying it!

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December 4, 2014

And So It Began

I was born with out hip sockets they were there but just cartilage. So I have had pain in one form or another because of this. I was told I would probably have early arthritis and would need hip replacement someday. I also had become overweight so that didn’t help with the pain.  I changed my diet and lost 30 pounds. I was not in pain all the time. So with this new pain-free life, I didn’t want to spend it working. So I decided to retire and begin a new adventurous retirement life. My husband was in total agreement as he had changed his diet too and was feeling better too. So what to do?

First step was to buy an RV. When you retire that is what you do right? It took us about 4 months to find the one that called out to be our RV. His name is BOB which stands for Bug Out Buggy. I wanted to call him Hank because he is a beast of an RV. He is 28 ft long and has a big engine. But BOB just fit better and has stuck.

We spent the next 6 months getting BOB road worthy. He needed some engine work. He had been sitting in a barn for sometime before we bought him. We had to replace his pip sensor. Change his oil and other routine maintenance. We also ended up doing some remodeling to the coach. We totally remodeled the bedroom and bathroom. replaced the plumbing system and removed the refrigerator, and the heating furnace.

We took it for some test runs before we went south for the winter,an overnight trip to the in-laws, a week-long trip around the panhandle of Nebraska and an overnight stay at a nearby lake.

Our trip to Arizona was supposed to be a stay for the winter, but it turned out only lasting a month as the weather turned unusually cold even down south. This when we discovered that we needed to put in a ventless blue flame heater. 🙂

So we returned to Nebraska with a better idea of what to do for our next RV adventure. We are planning to go south again but this time we are going to southeastern Oklahoma.

I will probably post some of my Facebook status of our Arizona RV adventure at a later date.

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One of the changes since then is we have a grandson now and want to spend lots of time with him.

He was born on my 48 th birthday, so I want to build a great bond with him before we head out on another extended journey in BoB.

We want and need to do more work on BoB’s coach

and of course you need moneys for that.

So on that front we have been staying close to home to save money.

We have been doing our garden, a few photos from last year’s.

and fishing to cut down on the grocery bill. Some of last year’s catches.

I have been crocheting trying to sell my items and some paperback books on Ebay.

David will be ramping up his urban gold mining this spring and  summer also.

The trip to Oklahoma is still on hold for now.

Wild Wooly Windy WIP’s Wednesday! Say That Three Times Fast!

There’s really no wool, just sounded good with all the other “W” words.

The wind is really blowing this morning! There have been some really big gusts that shake the old mobile home.

So I had to keep a tight grip on my WIP’s to take these photos.

I am still working on the simply soft puppy print baby blanket. I have not gotten bored with it enough to send it into hibernation. It is because I like the new stitch pattern I am using now. It better suits this yarn. The wavy stitch had single crochet and half double crochet in it. This made it difficult to keep them loose so I could fit the hook in the next row.

I have gotten quite a bit done. I think at 13 inches it is about half done. I think it will make a good bassinet blanket or fit nicely over a  car seat.

I did start a new hat, so I can take small breaks from the blanket. I am trying to find projects that I can use up my retired, discontinued yarns that I have bought at my local thrift store. These older yarns tend to be a bit rough, so I wanted them used with like yarns rather than the newer lines of yarn. They are all old Red Heart lines such as wintuk and caress which is a brushed yarn. It is soft but it is really fuzzy. Also if I remember correctly it shrinks when dried too long or too hot in the dryer. I used it in a beanie with other yarns and it shrunk up and really fuzzed out so you could not even see the stitches. I guess you could say it felted. If I miss a stitch and have to rip it back the little fuzzies get tangled making it a pain to do so.

The beanie is about half-finished. I am using the Bubblegum Heart Beanie or Emy’s Beanie Pattern designed by Amanda Evanson from MNE Crafts. I decided not to make the heart graph in it though. I just want to make a nice warm beanie. This front post double crochet beanie does just that. This is the only color of this brushed yarn I have and as I said I wanted to keep like yarns together of these older yarns.

Yarn Stats for the beanie. Red Heart Caress 60% Acrylic 40% Nylon 4 ply Brushed yarn 3 oz/ 185 grams in 281 Rust.
I have 2 skeins of it so this beanie was a good fit as it does use a bit of yarn. I would not have to worry about running out before I finished the beanie. I am still on the first skein. If it doesn’t use up all of this first skein, I am thinking of making some matching mittens as I will have a whole other skein to work those with.

 

I still have not found the motivation to sew the liner for the Blue Market bag.

Designed by Jaime Maraia from Crochet Dynamite

There is no rush to get that done.

 

The Skrappy Triangle Shawl

Designed by: Sharon Maher from Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs

is back hibernating now that I have used up

the small balls of scrap from my stash.

And that wraps up this Wild Wooly Windy WIP’s Wednesday!

Learning with Little Kitty #2: Healthy, Happy, and Home

 

Hi,  You All! It’s me Little Kitty!

I have been with my family now for 4 months as of today! I guess that makes me about 6 months old now too. I have grown alot and I am feeling great. I am all healed up, well except for the new ouchies I get playing with Sully. They are no big deal not like the ones I had when I got here. They are just some little scratches on my chin and forehead once in awhile. I have grown taller, Dad says I am going to be one of those tall slender cats. Mom weighed me on the bathroom scale holding me while she stood on it. I made Mom gain 6 pounds! I have come a long way from that bony, sickly, scabbed up, screaming kitty in The Driveway!

I have been trying to learn all kinds of things.

I have learrned my favorite toy is a pair of shoe laces that Mom tied together. I call it my string. Mom will drag it around on the floor for me to chase. I catch it with my paws. I can also catch it in my mouth. If Mom gets to busy or forgets my string in my bedroom, I will carry it out in my mouth, dragging it behind me. I like to bring it in the kitchen to pounce on it or paw at it under the chairs.

Here are a few photos and a short video of me playing with, and pouncing on, my string.

Mom thinks I am so cute when I drag it around in my mouth.

 

I am having a hard time learning what things it is ok for me to climb around on.

I can sit on the chest freezer to look out the window.

I can sit on the seat of the chairs but I can’t sit on the backs to sharpen my claws.

I can sit on the couch. I also can sit on the cat tower, it is ok to sharpen my claws on it.

I can’t get on the counters to lick the grease out of the pans that were used to cook supper in. I have not decided which is my favorite yet, bacon, hamburger, or chicken grease. Lately though Mom has been making sure to wash the pans before she goes to bed that night instead of waiting until the next morning. This is what lead me to learn that I am a kitchen sink cat. I sit it in now, when I can’t find some pans to lick. I don’t know why, I just like to sit in it to think or stare off at far away places.

I have learned that some of these things are considered being naughty. They will get me squirted  with the spray bottle.  I have learned to run from the spray bottle. Mom doesn’t even have to spray me now. I have also learned I have a nickname for when I am being naughty. Mom calls me Little Stink, but it is still said with a laughing  affection in her voice.

I am pretty good at parkour.( wikipedia link for those not in the know 🙂 ) I can run across the freezer, jump from one kitchen chair to the other. Sometimes I will run through the kitchen, jump onto the cat tower, leap off of it, knocking it over. It makes a cool thump noise which scares Mom. I continue running into the living room jump from the big chair to the couch, then run to the other end of the house, just to do it all again. Mom says I am doing laps.

I will somtimes jump off the cat tower onto my brother, Sully’s head as he walks by. This is the start of some great wrestling matches. He will eventually hold me down to give me a few bites, but I get my kicks in. He will wrestle and play for a while then he likes to lie in the big chair to rest. I will go do other stuff for a bit, then I get bored and want to play with him again. So I will go over to the big chair and paw at him around the arms. He wakes up and paws at me and makes this really strange noise. I think he likes me pawing him this must be his way of saying to keep pawing my head. I keep at it, but then he gets up and runs away. I give chase the whole time he is running and making that noise. Mom will say he is being grumpy and having a hissy fit. She aids in his escape from me by letting him in her bedroom and closing the door so I can’t keep pawing his head or attacking his tail. I really like to get his tail.

Oh well, I guess I will go do something else until he decides to come back out to play again.

Now where is my string!

See you all later and keep on learning!

Little Kitty

It’s the First Day of Spring and I Got A Head Start on My Spring Cleaning This Weekend

Whoo, hooo! Something to post about besides crocheting.

 

Friday afternoon, David said something about getting the front deck cleaned up, so he could start doing more of his urban gold mining proceedures that can not be done in the house. Well the deck gets fairly warm that part of the day and David has not acclimated to the(out of season) 80 degrees yet. He doesn’t handle hot that well. Late Saturday morning I thought I would clean up the deck because I can handle the hot, I was wanting to start doing outside things for the exercise, the spring cleaning bug has bitten me and this seemed a good place to start. It was a small job to get myself back into the groove of doing more physical stuff. Nope, crocheting all winter does not cut it. 🙂

I am out of practice doing post for something other than crochet. I forgot to get some before photos of the deck. I moved everything along the east side and swept out the leaf pile that had accumulated over the fall and winter. I rearrange all the things so that they were along this wall. David now has a work space by the south facing rail. Some of his processes for urban gold mining can be down right stinky.

 

You may have notice in that first photo that we now have the new storm door up. David finished that up last fall before the snow started to fly. Here are some before photos and a better view of it all finished.

You may have also noticed a large piece of wood on the deck in front of the door. It is covering up a hole and another board that is a bit squishy. When we first moved in the deck was in bad shape. A couple of renters before us were in the process of rebuilding it. They had purchased the wood and would do the work in exchange for rent. Well for what ever reason they moved on before they got the rebuild started. So the wood sat in the yard for at least a year uncovered. When we came upon the mobile home we decided to purchase it. The land lord said it was fine if we kept the wood and did the rebuild of the deck ourselves. Well this wood was not what normally one would use to do a deck. It was untreated and narrow. Hey, you can’t argue with free. We did purchase the plywood to enclose the bottom of the deck, the paint and the calk ourselves.

David thought by using acrylic laytex paint, filling the gaps with calk, and the deck being slightly angled lower to the south it would drain off. He also put a drain hole with pvc pipe to drain it off. We thought this would work fine until we put a roof on the deck. That plan was nixed after some thought because he was worried about the extra weight it would put on the side of the house. He wanted to attach it directly. Also the windy wind around here was another concern, it might blow it right off. So needless to say the deck settled, the water was left standing in puddles, and the paint did not last. David did paint it over with roof sealer a couple of times but even that could not stand up to the cold and heat. We moved in 2007, time has taken its toll and has rotted out the wood. So now the boards cover up the holes until we can find the money and time to fix it.

Sunday I continued with my spring cleaning, I decided to keep going by the deck. Again I forgot to do some photos before I got started. I did alot of durings though.  First I moved all the stuff beside the steps. I took the section of rolled up chicken wire around to the side of the house and placed it on the scrap pile. I raked all the leaves out from beside the steps. I got the shovel, loosened up the soil, then raked it out evenly, and packed it down by stomping it. I also removed soil and grass from around the stone landing step.

                         The stone landing.

Next I raked the leaves from under the steps, moved, and leveled the soil under them. Then it was on to raking the flower bed. I also raked the area along the house where Nick parks his bicycle. I was then able to run the garden hose along the house, under the steps, and along the flower bed railroad tie so the hose will be ready to water the garden.

                                                   The leaves from under the steps.

 

Well that was a nice work out. Today is suppose to be back to more seasonal temperatures of about 60 degrees. I like it a bit warmer and if the breeze kicks up it makes my ears cold. I hate cold wind in my ears. I could wear my hoodie but then I would have to be pulling it back up all the time. I think today will be laundry day. Uggh! 😦