Busy in The Backyard

 

David spent a couple of hours yesterday doing some more raking in the backyard. He hauled 8 more full blue trash cans around front to the growing leaf pile. It then shrinks a bit because we have had some crazy windy days. The wind was actually helpful to David yesterday, it was blowing from the west which was the same direction he was raking. No raking against the wind!

I just stayed indoors crocheting. I finished a baby beanie and started a baby bucket hat. I also vacuumed, did dishes, scooped litter boxes, and made pork soup for supper. So I was keeping busy too.

Here are photos of David’s Day of Raking Befores and Afters.

_______________________________________________________________

The area beside the trailer and the back steps.

_____________________________________________________________________

David did this area last time but he just got the first layer raked.

He got down to the nitty gritty yesterday.

_____________________________________________________________________

He still has the strawberry patch to go. He saved that for another day.

_____________________________________________________________________

The back steps and under the swamp cooler after David arranged everything.

 

 

Advertisements

We Made It This Time!

No planning, just spur of the moment, throw stuff in BOB and go!

 

I am happy to report we made it over to the ponds and the 2017 Fishing Season is offically started.

 

No fish were caught, but we can at least say we have been fishing. David said that we were practicing. It was just nice to get out and enjoy the day and some nature even if the stiff breeze was a bit chilly off the pond.

 

Was not much activity from the other residents of the ponds either. I did see a few red winged black birds squawking about, a lady bug, and a couple of other sort of flying bugs. That will all change soon enough more birds, bugs and the flying biting type bugs will make an appearance.

 

Even BOB was glad to get out of the driveway for a couple of hours.

 

When we do catch fish then it will be an offically, offical start to the 2017 Fishing Season. 😀

What A Difference a Few Hours Make

 

Yesterday I ended my post about our Weekend Yard work with this photo.

By 11 am the snow had stopped and the sun was pushing through the clouds.

I knew that the snow would not last.

I was correct this is a photo of the same location 12 hours later.

The rest of the snow in the shady areas should be gone before today is done.

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!

So It Was 100 Degrees Yesterday

Only the low 80’s Today.

Yesterday was the hottest day so far in my neck of the woods. And no one was prepared or accustomed to this kind of heat yet. You know how I know? The power went out for an hour and a half at the peak hot part of the afternoon from just before 3 pm until 4:30 pm. WE WERE ALL DYING!   X_X

So needless to say I put off the weeding for one more day.

This morning it was a pleasant 69 degrees at 9:30 am. So instead of sitting at the computer playing Facebook games I got to doing that weeding. My pepper patch and the strawberries finally got their weeding. The little marigold seedlings got weeded also. They are doing well, still a bit stubby. After their weeding all plants were given a healthy drink of water.

The little Marigolds at the edge of the summer squash patch.

The little Marigolds at the edge of the summer squash patch.


You remember how Johnny Jump – Up went through an ordeal, he didn’t fully recover like I thought he would. No, no don’t be too sad, I found Junior this morning when I was wandering around getting things for weeding!

This just in… David was out looking at Junior and found 2 more baby Jump – ups possibly a third!

 

Johnny Jump - Up's son.

Johnny Jump – Up’s son.


I now have 9 gladiolus from my first planting and 6 from my second planting coming up . The radishes are just being skinny leafy things. I did pick a nice round red one. My son ate it.


I transplanted two nice marigolds from starter peat moss pod into these nice clay pots and they grew into these healthy plants.

They looked so cute I decided not to transplant them outside. They have now started flowering!


And last but not least, David did some more prep work on the new storm door for the front entrance. It was cool this evening before it got dark. He sanded down some of the frame-work to get it ready to paint. He then had to put wood filler in and around it. Whoever put in this door frame must have had a broken level. The thing is so catty wampy, that is the reason for the filler.

Mother Nature, Old Man Winter, Jack Frost!

Who is in Charge Around Here?!

 

One of the newly transplanted acorns.

Do you remember these happy little squash plants?

All transplanted and ready to grow into big beautiful plants that would provide squash for the supper table.


2016 Garden59

This was the sorry site yesterday!

After many days of unseasonably cold, cloudy, windy and wet they all gave up before their time. They were little troopers though. They tried to hang on after the windy days. The cold finally took them.


2016 Garden35

The good thing is that we continued to grow indoors.

David replanted seeds yesterday. He also dug some more hill holes. I will be mounding the new holes later this morning once it warms up a bit. Then David can transplant some of the indoor plants.

It was a good thing David told me to hold off on transplanting my peppers outside. I was going to actually plant them the day before this killer cold snap.

Well hopefully those three I mentioned in my title have figured it out so we can get on with growing a nice healthy garden.

Sully Saturdays # 12

Sully saturday banner

 

Mom finally got around to  making my new collar. She had to finish up some bucket hats first. She made this one in Red Heart Super Saver 0886 blue. She used a 4.25 mm hook and the half double crochet stitch. She got the clip from one of the lanyards she got at the Senior Citizen’s Garage Sale a few weeks back.

She says it will be my indoor collar.

I sure do look handsome in it.

Sully 92

She will make me an outdoor collar using the hardware from this old collar.

She needs the silver loop so she can attach my leash.

collar 3

Not much else going on. I want to go outside.

I go to the front door and look up at the door knob, then look at Mom.

She says it is icky and cold out. I don’t believe her.

So she opens the door and lets me look.

Yep, its icky out.

I guess I will have to stay in and hang out with Mom.

Sully 91

Another Gorgeous Day

For Yard Work and Catnip!

 

It is another gorgeous day. It is a balmy 74 degrees with a slight breeze now and again. Tomorrow’s forecast 63 for a high, 20% chance of precipitation, and wind gusts up to 35 mph. It goes down hill for Tuesday Night: Rain before midnight, then snow. Areas of blowing snow after midnight. Low around 31. Blustery, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
So I took advantage of today’s weather by cleaning up another small patch of the yard. I am working my way slowly down the front of the house. I don’t want to over do it after being sedentary all winter. Sully wanted to spend some time smelling catnip again. 🙂


 The before shot of today’s patch.

2016 Garden8


I raked it all into a pile then sorted out the sticks and twigs.

2016 Garden9


I took the sticks and dropped them off by the burn barrel.

2016 Garden10


I took the leaves and added them to the pile in this area of the garden.

2016 Garden11


The after shot.

Sully was done sniffing catnip and was ready to go in. 🙂

2016 Garden12

Of The 2015 Growing Season!

 

Wednesday night we had a light frost even though the recorded low for the night was 40 degrees. David checked all the plants. He said the butternut, acorn, and yellow summer  squash had all been nipped pretty good. The cherry tomatoes were just slightly nipped. He checked the weather reports for tonight we are under a freeze warning with temperatures falling between 25 and 30 degrees.  So he spent the afternoon bringing in the last harvest of the season.

 

 

The tomatoes spread out on newspaper on the floor of the spare room so they can continue to ripen.

The tomatoes spread out on newspaper on the floor of the spare room so they can continue to ripen.