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Evening Visitors to the Yard

My cat Raven got all excited this evening.  Mrowing and making a squeaky noise, he pressed his nose to the glass.

Two yearlings gazing carefully around.

Two yearlings gazing carefully around.

Eventually they decided it was safe to come eat up the bird seed that had been knocked to the ground.

Eventually they decided it was safe to come eat up the bird seed that had been knocked to the ground.

Mom showed up and didn't like me standing in the window taking pictures.  A stomp of a hoof and everyone was gone.

Mom showed up and didn’t like me standing in the window taking pictures. A stomp of a hoof and everyone was gone.

 

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Hmmmmm, Lazy Day (And I’m Sleep Deprived Again)

Random Thoughts

So I was working on putting things back together when life went sideways again.  One I can talk about the other I can’t.  The one I can talk about is the cat situation.  My son left for college (I have to figure out how to blur faces in the photos before I post on that).  But the cat that normally sleeps with the kids now has no one to sleep with.  So Annie now wants to sleep with me.  However, Raven is the cat that has always slept with me.  And for whatever reason, maybe Raven accidentally jumped on Annie or Annie accidentally jumped on Raven, they will no longer share the bed.  As in, they are now fighting viciously.  And the worst fights are at night.  Some of them on top of me in bed.  It’s been getting ugly and I am sooooo sleep deprived.

The usual yelling at them to knock it off and separating them hasn’t been working at all.  In fact, it seemed to make things worse.  While Raven is twice the size of Annie, he is a major weenie.  He began hissing and yowling every time he saw her and then he would run and, of course, instinct being what it is, she would go after him.  AAARRGGHH!!!

This has led to some bathroom accidents and Annie not getting enough food because Raven was hiding in the bathroom where the dry food is.  I went surfing on the net and found others who have had a radical change in old cat behavior.  Unfortunately, the way that has worked the best, treating the cats like they have never met before; won’t work here because Raven can’t stand closed doors.  So separating them with a door between them isn’t possible.

So, I’ve been turfing Raven out of the bathroom (he then hid in the kitchen), taking them both into the livingroom and sitting between them playing referee, gently bopping any bad actors on the nose, petting and praising, handing treats out in a group setting for no reason other than to get them in the same place behaving themselves  (I have as third cat, Espe, who is not happy with all the violence), and being obvious in petting and playing with everyone.

Things are better, but not good.  Annie seems to have won bed rights for now.  Raven is moving around more comfortably without constantly throwing a fit and slinking from room to room.  We still have a long ways to go, but the nights are settling down.  Good heavens I need sleep.  I keep waking up and listening for trouble.  *Sheesh*  It’s really screwing with my days.  I don’t function well without sleep.  So wish me luck on the cat and sleep front.

Life At Our House

Now add bills, paperwork, critter care, yard care, and home caring to the above.  Did I mention how well I don’t function in a sleep deprived state?  So I need to sit down and come up with a schedule.  Again.  With sleep as the headliner.  Onward, ho!

I have been trying to enjoy the last of this year’s tomatoes and basil.  Bruschetta!

On homemade sourdough!

On homemade sourdough!

And I decided that we needed junk food, so I tried a new recipe for Apple Coffee Cake.  It was only ‘okay’.  It needed less brown sugar on top and more apples in the middle.  But it only lasted two days between the two of us! 🙂

More apples!

More apples!

Fur Babies and Other Friends

A lazy day at our house.

Espe.  Who kept batting the camera every time I got close.

Espe. Who kept batting the camera every time I got close.

Raven trying out my son's bed.  Where he has never ever slept.

Raven trying out my son’s bed. Where he has never ever slept.

Annie.  Who was unimpressed with getting her picture taken.

Annie. Who was unimpressed with getting her picture taken.

Jake.  Still alive, amazingly, and hanging around on the couch.

Jake. Still alive, amazingly, and hanging around on the couch.  Notice my toes and the toes of my ‘shadow’ who was supervising.

And even though it rained all day yesterday, Mr. Toad spent nearly 2 hours just soaking in the water dish.  Go figure.

And even though it rained all day yesterday, Mr. Toad spent nearly 2 hours just soaking in the water dish. Go figure.

Out In The Yard

My son made a bird house many years ago when he was little.  We hung it on the porch and every year since, we have had House Wrens raise a brood, sometimes two.

We had our usual nesting pair this year, but they only raised one brood, so we thought we were done.  However, about 3 weeks ago, we got a surprise one morning.  A pair of Carolina Wrens had raised a brood in our porch bird house, quietly, without us noticing.  Now if you know anything about wrens, you know that quiet isn’t a word you would normally apply to them.  But they managed it!  I tried to get pictures of the 4 babies as they fledged and explored the porch.  But they wouldn’t sit still long enough AND I was trying to shoot through the screen door.  So this was the best I could do.

Sit still, dammit!

Sit still, dammit!

They had an audience.

They had an audience.

Mug of the Day

An oldie but goodie.

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Tonight’s goal is to be in bed by 1:30.  Wish me luck!

Store-room Done (ish)

Random Thoughts

More quotes!

“The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.”  — Marcus Aurelius

Boy, do I have days like that!  But I am back to doing my Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach.  “All you have is all you need.”  And she reminds us:

“We must learn to savor small, authentic moments that bring us contentment.  Experiment with a new cookie recipe.  Take the time to slowly arrange a bouquet of flowers in order to appreciate their colors, fragrance, and beauty.  Sip a cup of tea on the front stoop in the sunshine.  Pause for five minutes to pet a purring cat.  Simple pleasures waiting to be enjoyed.  Simple pleasures often overlooked.”

Today I took the time to admire my baby SeaMonkeys.  They hatched out of dried up eggs in a packet.  That always amazes me.  I gave kisses to my kitties and watched my puppy enjoy a peanut butter score.  And I looked at my Staghorn Fern and realized that it is sprouting new leaves.  Yay!

Life At Our House

The store-room is finally done!  Well, mostly.  There are things that have to be repacked because they’re a mess.  There are things I am probably going to either take to Goodwill or put in the yard sale pile out in the Pit (garage).  I have way too much kid paint and glitter glue, so I’ll see about donating to a teacher or two.  I have to make room to put my potatoes down in the store-room somewhere.  I couldn’t finish all the sorting and decision-making because we were on a deadline.  Spider Bait needs to get his Eagle stuff turned in.  We pitched 2 large garbage bags full of trash and put a bunch of stuff in the recycle bins (how many empty jars and bottles does one family need?).  But it’s 90% finished after roughly 17-20 hours worth of work over 2 weekends by 4 people.  And it is so amazingly wonderful to be able to walk in straight forward instead of crab-walking in sideways.  And I don’t have to worry about knocking anything over.  AND I know where everything IS!

Left side facing in from door.  The left side was bad, but not horrible.  Almost all the food is on that side and keeps being rotated out.  So it's semi-organized and clean.

Left side facing in from door. The left side was bad, but not horrible. Almost all the food is on that side and keeps being rotated out. So it’s semi-organized and cleanish.

Same side, lower view.  Once we hit the left side, it took about half the time to remove, clean, and replace.

Same side, lower view. Once we hit the left side, it took about half the time to remove, clean, and replace.

The right side facing in from the door.  See all the crap on the floor?  Goal - get it all on the shelves.  This half of the room was uber cluttered, dusty, dirty, moldy and just plain yuk.

The right side facing in from the door. See all the crap on the floor? Goal – get it all on the shelves. This half of the room was über cluttered, dusty, dirty, moldy and just plain yuk.

A reverse view.

A reverse view.

The right side empty and waiting to be scrubbed.

The right side empty and waiting to be scrubbed.

Now Once Upon A Time they had an uber sale on shelves.  I’m thinking it’s been 10 years, not sure.  We bought a bunch of them and got part of this room done but didn’t finish it.  I probably got sick again and didn’t pitch-a-bitch to get it done and it just got left and forgotten.  So we had shelf bits to make one unit higher.  And another still in its box.  And a metal shelf half buried in another part of the basement that we dug out, unloaded, cleaned, and brought in along with about half of what was on it.  Ta-Da!

Left side.

Left side.

Middle.  Look at all that walking room!

Middle. Look at all that walking room!

Right side.

Right side.

HIP, HIP HOORAY!

Fur Babies and Other Friends

I don't care if Mom's trying to work.  I need my snuggles!

I don’t care if Mom’s trying to work. I need my snuggles!

Me trying to work on the computer one-handed in my Eeyore pj's.

Me trying to work on the computer one-handed in my Eeyore pj’s.

Out In The Yard

Naw.  Too much snow.  But here’s a picture of one of the orchids Ikea had on sale for $5.

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Mug of the Day

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Woot!  And it’s not even midnight!