Saturday, April 22, 2017

Waiting on the sun.

Here's a beautiful cat blog to visit ...

Rain, rain and more rain. It's times like this that high rubber boots are a fashion statement around the property. 

There are pops of new life everywhere as I walk around. 

"Good Morning, Simon."
I have planted my veggie seeds and herbs and they now reside in the funny little greenhouse.
It's amazing that, while cool outside, the inside will be like a sauna by afternoon. It just takes a bit of sun to warm it up.

I'm not venturing too far from home these last few days. You're right...I am watching over Annie. She is feeling better each day and it's getting harder to keep her quiet. Like this morning; leave the apt. for a minute and come back to find her up on the armoire. 
She climbed the cat tree and leaped to the top. Naughty patient.
Now, because of her shenanigans,  I have to keep the bedroom door closed. Her world is shrinking by the day. But it won't be long before she can once again run the stairs and visit the garage and her beloved pellet stove. I'l be happy when the bandage does not need changing. She is a good patient when it comes to medication but that part ticks her off.

I baked just to hover over her. I needed something to compliment a comforting and hot cup of tea.

Just in case you don't have this...
My favorite Blueberry Muffins made with farm fresh eggs.

 Best Blueberry mini Cakes
1/2 c butter melted and cooled slightly
2 c flour
1 1/4 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 c milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 c fresh blueberries
Set oven to 350 degrees
sift flour,sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl
In a small bowl, whisk butter, milk, eggs and vanilla.
Stir wet ingredients into dry just until mixed.
Fold in berries.
Either scrape the batter into prepared pan or into muffin cups.
I then sprinkle a bit of brown sugar on top.
Bake 55 min. for cake
or 28 min. for mini cakes in muffin tins.

These mini cakes are a bit denser than muffins and oh, so delish.

We just discovered over the last few nights that a little brown bunny comes to our side feeder every night like clockwork around ten. I've started leaving some rabbit food and a carrot at the base of the pole for it. Maybe we'll end up with a resident rabbit. :) 

"Oh, brother."

hugs, Deb

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This and that.

The morning started with quick thinking to save a squirrel. 
David, King of the Wild Frontier, or otherwise known as the neighbour's cat, had one of my red squirrels fearing for it's life as it clung to the feeder outside the garage window. There was only one way down, being the pole, and David sat at the bottom with his mouth open. The retired-guy went out the side door coming up behind David and got his attention off the squirrel. I then opened the window and that sent the squirrel sliding down the pole and running for it's life to the lilac bush. I'm pretty sure I saw it wave to me as it ran by. "Sorry David."

Plans are being made for our gardens this summer. The supply of seeds being endless.
Now we need some warmer nights and I'll be filling up the funny little greenhouse. I look forward to having another small space to play. Today it is too cool to play out there but tomorrow sounds promising.
                                                     I wish I could nap like Audrey

I took a walk around the property this morning and all the spring flowers are popping out of the ground. I planted lots of daffodils; some at the front and some around
Kane's grave-site. They should look beautiful soon along with the dog-wood bushes. Pops of yellow everywhere.

Annie had her drains taken out. It was a quick and easy procedure, she didn't even flinch, and now I am sure she feels much more comfortable. 
One more appt. next week and that's it. She will have three more days of medi-cam and two weeks of antibiotics. Because of the antibiotics I have put her on fortiflora, a probiotic supplement. 
Continued prayers for a complete recovery would be greatly appreciated.
                                              Cutest little box of blackberries

hugs, Deb

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Camping out

I had my first camp-out last night; in the middle of the mouse-house living room. Annie and I slept in sleeping bags together on the floor; tons of pillows and her body tucked up beside me. I needed to have her close. 

I expect we'll camp out again tonight. 'No jumping' meant no sleeping on the bed for her so this worked best. Not for my back, mind you, but she will stay on the floor with me where she is safest.  

Waiting on the drugs
Nurse Audrey to the rescue.
(Actually she's just in the way but she means well. She is worried about her mama)

After breakfast she received a good dose of wonder drugs to hopefully keep her pain-free for the day. And now I hear her snoring. Tomorrow she heads back to the clinic to have her drains removed. :(  After that the healing begins and my prayers continue for a complete recovery.)

Thinking back...I opened the steel cage door and held her little peach paw in my hand as her three babes lay quietly beside her. Her eyes were dead; her fur smelled musty. The card on the door said her name was Millie; the name given to her by the shelter staff. She had arrived the day before from a hoarding situation with twenty-six others.

"Millie, I will take care of you now. You and your babies are safe and you will only know love and comfort from this day forward. I promise to never let you down, little one."

And she, too, has given us only love and comfort ever since.

This day will consist of bed-side nurse, administering drugs and I think I will start my herbs in the peat pots just to add some joy.

 I have the funny little green-house up and waiting for the plants to arrive. I really enjoyed starting our veggies and herbs in the little green-house last year and they grew like mad in there. It became my little oasis. So, I expect to have a good crop for the garden again this year. We will prepare the seeds in the mouse-house and bring them out once the weather stays above freezing at night.

So much spring to look forward to.

hugs, Deb

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Thank you all for your heart-felt good wishes and prayers for our Annie.
Linda MacKean sent me an email tonight and I replied with the following...

I have her home with two drains and numerous stitches and some very good drugs. She did well today and we will have the drains removed on Thursday. They had to take an inflamed lymph node along with the tumor. We will let the incision heal and pray it does not come back. The vet suggests that we wait to see if it does and then have the tumor tested for cancer.
My job for three days is to keep her from jumping. Yikes! 

As zonked as she is she still ate her dinner. That's our Annie.

I couldn't call it a night without letting you know how she did. Thanks again for your love.

The retired-guy is sleeping off the shock of the bill. ;-)

hugs, Deb

Monday, April 17, 2017

Good thoughts and prayers, please.

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter.
Our weather has been dark and damp since our family egg-hunt. We certainly picked the right day for it. Easter dinner was the usual; glazed ham with pineapple (I had meatless sausage with pineapple. Who knew that would be so good together), scalloped potatoes, veggies & lovely bread. Apple pie for dessert. And tea, always tea.

So it was a lovely weekend but my mind has been elsewhere.

My dear little Annie has been struggling with her health lately. Last year I found a lump on her chest (above the skin) and took her immediately to Dr. Ann.  She was not too concerned at that time as it didn't seem to be growing and wasn't causing any pain. It looked like a small cyst so we decided to just keep an eye on it.

Nothing changed until recently and now this small growth has become larger and needs to be removed.

Dr. Ann says it is most-likely a benign tumour because it has remained in one spot and not spread. And it is growing away from the skin.  Although Annie has never showed any change in personality, eating habits or litter-box habits, I feel that it is now bothering her (itchy) and I need to find out what we are dealing with. So Annie has been booked for surgery tomorrow and I feel the need to ask for your good thoughts and prayers for my dear, sweet girl.

Annie means the world to me, and when I look into her eyes I am pretty sure the feeling is mutual. So, as you can guess, I am a bit of a wreck over this surgery just as anyone who loves their cat would be.

Perhaps you can include me in your good thoughts and prayers, too. 

Thank you so much, dear readers. I'll be back soon.
hugs, Deb

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter week

                   The week in photos.
Audrey waiting for company.

Spring weather, time with friends and the first egg-hunt at the mouse-house. The weather could not have been more perfect. Such a fun lead-up to Easter.

My lovely friend, Susan.
I call her Martha because she is a fabulous cook.
We started the week with her delicious brunch.

First Annual Egg-hunt at the mouse-house
There were certainly signs that the bunny was by.

All the grandittles heading in to the woodlot

That busy Peter Rabbit left one hundred eggs for the kiddos.
Great start to the Easter weekend.
So fun.
I have some news on our little blue-bird house.
(stay tuned)

We wish you all a very "Happy Easter."

hugs, Deb

Monday, April 10, 2017

Outside work is no work at all.

We spent the morning cleaning up the wood-lot; raking and getting paths made for the Easter egg-hunt.
It was our first gorgeous spring day today.
Hours just flew by.

Who needs to go to the gym.

We needed to pick up branches, trim vines and make the paths safer for excited little three to six year olds.
If I was the Easter bunny, I'd use the old stone wall to hide a few coloured eggs.
Now we pray for sun.
Simon found us very entertaining.

"They've gone mad back there."

Here's a little flash-back...

It's lilac time at the farm and these are my three children, John, Jess & Allie at the old white pump. This photo was taken around 1990. The old farm house had burned down in the '70's but my mother continued to grow a vegetable garden on this land every summer and the kids loved to come out to run around and play and visit with their grandmother.
note...I can't be blamed for Allie's dress. She used to dress herself from age three and I don't have a clue where that dress came from. lol
I wonder if Simon's ancestors were under the pump back then.
To think...

They loved this land as kids and they and their children love it today. And, of course, Forrest, our grand-dog, too.
I hope our lilac trees blossom again like they did back then.
It will soon be time to get a pic of the grandittles at this very same pump. And maybe a re-do of my favorite three people in this world.

Simon thinks..."Sure, bring them around and be sure they have some peanuts." :)
"You're shameless, Simon."

hugs, Deb

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Little Trooper.

The sun shone all day so work began on cleaning up the property.

Didn't I just do this last Fall?

It was a joy to be outside cleaning and straightening up after such a long winter. And the quiet was so relaxing. Just me and the song-birds.
I thought.

I felt some eyes on me as I worked away, though. Itty-bitty eyes.

"It's so good to have you back, Simon."

                                        You made it through
                                    another Canadian winter.
                                           You're a trooper.

                                         Take a bow, buddy.
hugs, Deb

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Calling on the Easter Bunny.

Plans are being made at the mouse-house for the up and coming Easter egg hunt in the woodlot.
Except here, in Ontario, the grounds don't look anything like the photo above.

This is very serious stuff and has to be done right. :)))
And I'm having lots of fun planning. Although I fret a lot. You'd think I would have out-grown that by now. I'm a little impatient.

The sign is up on the one hundred and fifty year old outhouse at the opening to the woodlot.
The OH was washed and scrubbed to an inch of it's life last summer
and now the door always holds some fun whimsy.
The hunt starts here
(but not in here. ;-) 
so we hope the Easter bunny & his pals read this and fill those coloured eggs hidden in the woodlot with treats.

Easter Bunny Stop Here.

We have five egg hunters counting on it.

Since this photo was taken we have lost most of our snow.
Now we need the sun to dry the ground up.
And lots of it.
Yesterday I walked to the stone wall through water, snow and mud.

"Come on, sun."

And no blue-birds yet. :(
(told you I was impatient)

"Wake up, Audrey, and help me fill the eggs."
"You're dreamin' "

hugs, Deb

Thursday, April 6, 2017

And the rain came.

Simon was out and about again yesterday. It was nice to leave him some breakfast on the rock just outside of his den opening. I chatted with him while he sat on the rock munching some apple and nuts.
Another winter survival.

The ground has thawed, just in the last three days, enough to put up my bluebird house.
The entrance hole is 5 ft. from the ground
so it will be easy to see if it is being occupied.

The Eastern Bluebird would be a beautiful addition to our little property.

Now Vacant
Free Rent
in this quaint, wooded area.
Only seconds from a variety of fly-through restaurants
and an abundance of tasty insects.

We still have lots of snow to be rid of. 
the rain came in buckets. It will rain all day today, too.
That will take care of most of it and wake up 
our spring flowers.

I have been baking today
for an annual fundraiser bake-sale for
 Country Cat Rescue.
The rescue is run by a friend of 25 years.
It is this rescue that is now caring for Sylvester that I posted about in a previous post.
Along with many, many others.
I hope it's a huge success.

Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies
1 3/4 cups All purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. powdered cloves
1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup seedless raisins (optional)
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1 cup rolled oats

Measure together first 5 ingredients. Mix together in another bowl the butter, sugar & egg. Cream together.
In another bowl, combine applesauce and soda. Blend into creamed mixture alternating with dry mixture. Fold in raisins (optional)  walnuts and oats. 
Spoon onto greased cookie sheet or use parchment paper. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees. They should be golden brown.

Cinnamon Loaf cakes
& muffins
Chocolate chip & Applesauce Oatmeal cookies.

Sure smells good at the mouse-house.

hugs, Deb