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!

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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! 😦