Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hanging out

Had to share I thought it was cute, Finns smooched  in next to Benny in the litter box while he eats.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Meet Finnegan

Our new addition Finnegan has been with us for one month.
My friend Connie sent me an email at work and said guess what they posted on our work bulletin board mane coon kittens (I’ve always wanted one) but I had said NO new animals unless someone passes. Coincidentally the night before my poor Taz woke me up sadly trying to play by himself. Which I have to explain. Last November we lost Kitty- my step son’s cat. He died from an infection that didn’t respond to antibiotics.
He and Taz were buddies.  Then sadly we took in Jake (big dog) due to the death of my mother-in law.  It was that or he went back to a shelter.  No one in the family would take him.  All the changes were overly traumatizing to Taz.  He hates the dog.  He spent at least 16 hrs. a day in his bed.  Never coming out.  He only came out when we all were sleeping.  Not a good life.
This is where Taz spent most of his days.
So my thinking was.  Finnegan (I also got the name from Connie) was little and Taz- a timid cat could boss him around and he sort of resembled Kitty and maybe if he could be Taz’s new bud.
Finnegan is a sweetie, but a busy kitten.   The progress is that now, Taz is out of his bed.   Although I’m not so sure he’s overly thrilled about the high energy of kitten Finn.  He also see’s that Finn could care less about the Sheppard/lab big dog and that Jake doesn’t care about Finn.   So unlike before, he will lay on the other side of an open door of Jake.  I have to mention that Jake is such a good dog- a rescue that, minds like a champ, all the animals including Murphy and buns can walk around him.  His only down fall is shedding- Ugg!  
There have been  many groans and growls from Taz as Fin jumps on him. Finn loves him and wants to play and wrestle.  I think when Finn matures and
chills a little they will be buddies.
Finnegan is overly interested in Benny.  At night my buns go in there houses for dinner and sleep.  I literally had to take Finnegan out of Benny’s cage so he could eat  his veggies and I could shut the door.
I’ve planned ahead and Taz and Finn will go to the vet on the same day next month.  Taz for bad teeth and Finn to be neutered.  I’m thinking with both not feeling too great at the same time, they will be able to rest and recover without wrestling matches.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Too Many Apples

This was our apple tree  July 17.... you can see it was full of apples.  It was the fullest it's ever been.  Spring 2012 it warmed up to 80+ degrees way too early, for Michigan.  Everything bloomed and then froze. So all the fruit trees didn't bear any fruit.  This year the trees were over producing after, they had a year to rest. We pruned so many branches to help with the weight of the apples, but not enough.

Finally the tree gave and split right in two.
Thankfully just missing my greenhouse.

What a mess and a job to clean up a 30 yr. old apple tree!
It was so sad looking.  That tree shaded half the yard.   I was really upset about it coming down. It made the deck cool and shady.  Notice the umbrella shielding
my shade flowers that no longer had shade until the wheel barrel of flowers could be move.
So we went tree shopping.  We decided on maples since they grow fast
and  I am hoping to see shade before I'm old and feeble.

All planted and my husband extended the bed wider for me than it was...
 which means more planting space. (Smile)
Old plants and new plants shifted around.   I also added a
shade cloth across the beams over the deck.

another view.... I'm not as sad, it will all grow.  A few other garden pics.
Kitchen window box

view off right side of deck

My little moss pot experiment....something different

I like how this pic came out with my St. Francis statue in the background
A new cement bunny statue I got for  $12
He stands about 20" and I washed him brown with
watered down brown acrylic paint.   I didn't like the grey cement look
He watches over the vegetable garden.

Coming on next post.... a new critter was added to the household.... even though  I said no more animals.... it's not a bunny!