Saturday, August 16, 2014

More cat stuff

We've had more than our fair share of terrible cat issues lately, I feel!  almost 2 weeks ago, our Borris got hit by a car out at the road.  Thankfully, it clipped his back end and his injuries were fixable.  He broke his femur, which is a pretty significant injury - the vet had to put 2 pins down the length of his thigh bone to fix it, which means he's got a whole leg full of staples.  The inside of his other leg was also pretty torn up, but he stapled that too.  No internal injuries - which is amazing!  For a week I felt like I was at the vet almost everyday!  he kept pulling out staples, then had to get a cone, which he hated and tried to pull off every chance he got, then he wouldn't go to the bathroom - he could barely stand, and definitely couldn't squat.  it was just terrible because you knew he was suffering but couldn't do much to sooth him.  I slept on the floor next to him every night.  Suddenly, in the past few days, he's made recovery by leaps and bounds - he's getting up on his own, walking about (even on little walks outside!) - it's great to see!  His staples will come out on Tuesday and then the dreaded cone will be gone - he'll be a happy guy!  It warms my heart to see him acting more normal - he's an amazing cat and i don't know what we'd have done if he didn't make it!  I took pictures of him all laid up, but I imagine it's not the way he wants people to see him!  soon, he'll be back out in his favorite spot...tracking field mice!

THEN, if you can believe it, we were walking around up near the front of the property, which we haven't done in a while since we've been taking care of Borris every minute, and heard a meow, meow, meow coming from the hill down to the culvert.  We've got a bunch of crown vetch there because it's too steep to mow.  I said "where are you" (well, first I said "ooh no") and saw a big rustle in the leaves down below and then this guy climbed his way up the hill through the crown vetch and popped out the top!  he was super sweet and lovey right away - like he'd been around people, but was super skinny, COVERED in fleas, and had a bum leg.  oh, another cat with a messed up leg!  but what could we do? you can't just put him back in the ditch!

So i took him to the vet where he was diagnosed with a broken lower leg, but that we probably didn't need to do anything - kittens are pretty resiliant and he'd probably heal up just fine.  He does walk on it, he's just all gimpy (i actually thought maybe it was a birth defect, but there are wounds there that are healing)  He got some shots, and some blood tests and we took him home and gave him a hell of a bath, then some Revolution to take care of his fleas.  He's probably 14 weeks old and now we have yet another kitten!!  oy!  i've never met a more lovey cat though - he's sweet as sugar and super affectionate!  we're still tossing around names...more to come!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

summer dining al fresco

Yesterday we made dinner over the fire and ate outside!  it was fantastic!  I've made little foil packets of potatoes, onion, peppers, squash, etc. to send with the mister when he goes camping, but I've never had the end product myself!  So yesterday he made a fire and I made some packets and foil wrapped corn.  We pulled out the table and ate right there!  oh, the red corn stayed red when we cooked it over the fire!

But just to get back to showing something other than gardening/food, let me show a few things I've been making for a friend who's wife is having a little girl soon!  I'm so excited to make little girl things! She's due in October, but I had this little dress cut out from ages ago, so I made it with the intent of making a little shirt and leggings or tights to go under it (I always think of these little cross-over dresses as pretty springy).  I used my embroidery machine to do the little bear on the front!  note the rick rack edging - it makes everything cuter! 

And I'm also making her this little quilt.  I started embroidering these blocks ages ago, but never did anything with them, so I finally pulled them together into a quilt.  I love all the shades of orange together!  I'm still working on the quilting part - I'm not very good at it, and I'm already regretting some of my choices, but babies rarely complain!

I also knit her this February Baby sweater - I've always wanted to knit this!  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

how does your garden grow?

I keep meaning to take pictures of the garden now that it's almost entirely covered with watermelon vines!  haha!  I'm sure no one but me will get a kick out of it, but it's pretty crazy.  not surprising - i planted way too many and I knew it.  oh well.  mistakes were made - i hope to eat many watermelons though!  and that'll be great!  Right now though, I'm rich in cucumbers and green beans!  I planted an heirloom purple pole bean and they've produced like gangbusters!

Arent' they pretty?  I swear I could pick a pound of them, close my eyes and turn around, and there'd be another batch on the vines already!  it's crazy!  We've eaten a lot and today I blanched and froze a few bags for the winter.  

The other amazing thing is this CORN!  I grew corn!  it's called Ruby Queen and it's red (of course).  I think I already mentioned that with all the rain and wind, the stalks got blown flat to the ground, and had to be reset, with fingers crossed.  Well it worked!  and finally we picked two ears and ate them - fantastic!  I'll tell you, it's not easy to know when corn is ready!  if we had a whole field of it, we'd just pick an ear periodically and check, but we didn't want to waste any.  We picked one ear too early and that made us gun shy to pick more and risk another wasted ear.  Finally though, it's ready!  We might be eating corn every day for a week now!  I can think of worse things!

Sunday, July 6, 2014


This weekend our sweet little Olive got killed by a coyote.  

Since moving here she's been able to go outside and it's her favorite place to be.  Even though I can't stop crying, I don't think I'd do anything different if I had it to do over.  She was an entirely different cat outside - rolling around, wanting belly scratches, affectionate - inside she just stalked around growling at the other cats and not wanting to be touched.

She was Borris's mother - though I'm not sure he realized that.  They were just great pals - playing together like kids and following us around together.  I feel awful for him too.  The whole thing is just awful.  

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Introducing Lulu

Oh boy, we need another cat like we need a hole in our head, but the fella found this little lady on the side of the road, all alone, on Wednesday evening.

What the heck are you supposed to do?  He brought her home and we fell in love - it's a kitten, how can you not fall in love?  We named her Lulu.

The vet thinks she's only 4 weeks old - she' not even a pound yet!  just 14 oz. of cuteness!  She's a ball of energy and hijinks - well, when she's not sleeping!  and she sleeps a lot - just like babies do!  Our oldest cat Buckley just loves her - they jump around and play!  It's hilarious!

something new everyday!

wow!  i can't believe my last post was less than a month ago and when I look at that picture, it's like a world away from how the garden looks now!  i guess when the temperatures start to go up, the plants really take off!  yesterday, there were no tassels on the corn, and this morning there were!

This is Ruby Queen corn, which is likely why the tassels are so amazingly colored - they look like something from a Dr. Seus book, i think!

And there are cucumbers that I bet I'll be able to pick this weekend! (and a couple tomatoes too!!! I can't wait for that first one!)

It's just amazing how big everything looks compared to the last post!

I made a fence for my french melons - they're climbing it!  when a melon start, I'm going to make a little sling for it and hang the sling on the fence to support it.  in the foreground there you can see the watermelon plants.  Yes.  I said "plants" - plural.  i'm nuts!  well first I planted some heirlooms watermelon seeds and thought they just weren't going to germinate, so then i got a couple plants on impulse - THEN the original seeds germinated!  i couldn't pull those out!  any sane person would put in ONE plant.  i probably have 6.  My garden will turn into watermelon city, i know.  oh well!

i had the same germination thing happen with cucumbers.  bought plants...then the seeds started.  so I'll also have waaay more cucumbers than i can handle!  that's ok - i love cucumber salad and when I'm floating in them, i give some to the neighbors and take some to work.  The same will be happening with my patty pan squash, I'm sure - they're starting to form too!

Borris loves to help out in the garden too - basically just by rolling in the dirt and getting filthy.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The garden in June

What a difference a month makes!  now my garden doesn't just look like I'm raising dirt!  You can see stuff even from afar, and that makes me happy!

The corn is going to town, as is the patty pan squash, pole beans, melons, and tomatoes ( I have a bunch of green ones!)  I jumped the gun and though my cucumbers and watermelon weren't going to germinate so I bought a couple plants on impulse when I was at the nursery - of course after I popped the plants in the ground, the seeds started popping up!  The watermelon seed I planed is an heirloom variety, so I really want it - I'm going to be stupid and leave them all - I'll deal with the miles of vines somehow!  haha!

I planted marigolds, zinnias, geraniums, salvia and cosmos around the edges.  I used to hate marigolds - what was I thinking?  they're beautiful!  and tough!  I grew a bunch from seed and some of my favorite varieties are this Flagstaff, which is supposed to get 3-5ft tall.  it's taller than the others now, and the flowers are gigantic!  

 This one is called Yummy Mummy - it's kind of curly.  The red ones to the right are called Cottage Red, I think.  I ended up buying a couple flats more, so I'll definitely plant more from seed next winter!