Saturday, July 22, 2017

an awesome morning...

before the heat came, we had a stiff breeze, clouds and some raindrops...

which let us knock out a few things...
one right after another...
more dirt in the low places...

the new grass is coming in thick and soft...
waiting for it to seed before we mow...

got a new hydrangea to replace the azalea that we lost with the standing water...
Lime Light...

got the swing put on the frame...
its going to be a month or so before we can get it painted...

the ferns are loving all the hot and humid days and nights...

DH found 5 more gray blocks so we could finish the checker board pattern...
I love it...

roses are blooming and after being dusted, are doing much better and no sign of the Japanese beetles...

these crazy things keep blooming and blooming and blooming!

no sun this morning for the morning glories to open up...
but after lunch...
the sun popped out...
and did it get nasty...
105 heat index!
the worst day so far...
inside digging the central air!

babies update:
Wingus and Dingus did hard food this afternoon with no problems...
they did really good...
and seemed to really like the kitten chow...
so no more bottles for them...
in a bit, I will put in water and hard food bowls in their kennel...
:)
if they do good this next week...
they can be adopted out by next weekend...
:)
weekend blessings!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

here they are...

we ended up with 5 new babies yesterday...

they are Annie's babies...
our Annie...
who was supposed to be fixed a couple of months ago through the rescue we work with...
time after time, it was planned for her to go and things fell through...
the rescue is broke...
completely broke, so we were going to pay for her to be spayed...
through their vet that does all the vetting for the kittens...
when the kittens with special needs cannot be adopted out...
they stay with us and we have kept those that rescue helps with...
Annie was one of those double adoption fails...
and from now on, will be ours from here on out...
as soon as the babies are old enough, we will have her spayed...

when we first started working with this rescue group...
it was wonderful and everything worked...
we bottle fed and as soon as they were ready...
they were picked up and moved onto the next stop...
whether it be adoption or the next foster home until they were adopted out...
they were so good about vetting and testing as soon as we could get them big enough...
picking them up when they were on hard food and water...
so we were "open" to take in more bottle feeders...
people who bottle feed are hard to come by...
you have to be home all the time when they come in and are nursing every few hours...
the rescues provide the food and all that you need most of the time...
but our contribution to the program...
besides the time and energy...
is to do this on our own...
and they do help us with our vetting...
we get things done at their cost...
and there are rules you have to follow...
and its been good for a long time...

but the last year or so...
it hasn't been like this...
there is no where for them to go when they are ready...
and we are "stuck" with litter after litter...
so I post them online and let them go for free to good homes with people who WILL vet them on their own and provide them with all they will ever need...
its not easy to do and we are getting so tired of doing this alone...
so we made the decision...
no more...
BUT...
the two that came in came from a neighbor who found them in his garage...
and we do have a coyote problem here...
they would have been killed if left on their own...
their mother is feral...
and we do have a reputation here...
people know we do this and they get dropped off here...
that's fine...
and the rescue will let us vet at their cost for them to get them so we can get them where they need to be...
which is a big help or we couldn't do it...

and all of this is not the fault of the cat part of the rescue...
its the dog part...
the people in charge of the dogs have spent all the money in the rescue...
the dog part and the cat part and the seed money to start the group that was donated years ago...
which you are not allowed to ever spend...
you spend the interest off of it and raise more money in other ways...
and its totally sad when people do things the wrong way...

adoptions are down but the lack of spaying and neutering is way up...
litter after litter proves that...
and people don't seem to get that...
we are fighting a losing battle...
and it won't be long before they will all have to be put down because there is no where for them to go...
and the animals lose...

we simply need more foster homes...
more intelligent people running things...
especially those in control of the money...
and more vets who will step up and stop charging really high fees for having things done...
people won't adopt when it costs more to vet an animal than it does to go to a doctor yourself...
and we know they are over charging on most things...
or they do adopt and never see a vet...
and those people who just want one litter out of their pet and then call us when it happens and they cannot find homes for them and won't keep them their selves...

so, that is why we are not doing any more from the rescue...
and there will be few from around here, too...
we just do not have the resources to keep doing this...
and homes for them are going to dry up when I have used all my connections to get them homes...

PLEASE...
spay and neuter...
donate to your local shelters...
money, food, supplies...
most of the time the budgets are low or gone...
take a furrball home with you!
each one going out makes a big difference...

sorry for the rant...
but I hope this explains where we are right now and what's going on...
and why we have to stop doing what we do...
on a large scale...
pray we can find all of these babies good homes...



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

babies!

Annie is having her babies...



sorry the photos aren't the best...
but I don't have time for a do over...
4 and 5 showed up just a bit ago and I believe there is more coming later...
will keep you updating and things change...
crazy day here...
she is having them in a box under my computer table here in the kitchen...
she has to be near me and away from the others...
she is doing good and all deliveries have been very easy... 

and...
they are born on Doug's girlfriend's birthday!
Happy Birthday, Paula!

have blessed days!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

got a new table over the weekend...
going in the kitchen...
need to scrub it up and the top most surely needs painted and the inside of the drawer...
will see what else gets it...
going white...
but love the color...
maybe the top and the legs white and leave the rest like it is...

rose are blooming but the Japanese beetles are destroying most of the blooms right now...

we have had a really nice break in the heat...
but its almost over...

onions from a neighbors garden...

we have a heat advisory for Wed- Sat...

one glad is blooming and another will be...
so far...

DH did ok getting back to work after being off...
we haven't heard much from Craig at all...

got some laundry to do today...
and puttering...
napping...

still painting on the frame for the swing...
one more turn should do it...

the bowling ball  gazing ball was turned last night and the bottom painted...
so DH can return it to its pedestal this evening...

making BBQ chicken tonight for supper...
with tons of grilled onions...
got Chinese on the menu sometime this week...

have a sweet day!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

what a weekend!

and it went yellow...
very yellow...

and it went there...

going yellow, too...

green beans...

and we have grass...
here and there...
the gully washer we got moved the seed around...

new swing...
DH got it on sale last night for $20...
spraying the frame today...
black...
this will go white later...

and the neighbor found these 2 in his garage yesterday...
Wingus and Dingus...
a little hissy going on around here...

been busy and been sick off and on...
working my butt off in between...
DH had 5 days off...

so different without Craig around, but he is having a good time in Canada...
things are going good around here...
nice a quiet...
really quiet...
have a good week!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

he made it fine!

I have nothing ready to post...
but wanted to thank you for the prayers for Craig...
he made it safe and sound!

having a pretty bad day here...
feels like tummy flu...
woke up with it in the middle of the night...
DH is home on vacation and is taking care of me...
:)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

prayers for Craig...

he is flying out of Indy this morning...
layover in Minneapolis...
and then onto Edmonton, Alberta, Canada...

will be there 2 weeks...
to meet up with Jody...
a girl he met online...

they have been friends online for 3 years...
this meeting it to see if there is something more than friendship...

in return, if there is something there...
she will come here for 2 weeks in the spring...

Craig has not flown before...
so this is really exciting for him...
I just hope he enjoys the trip there and his time in a new place...
Jody lives on a ranch with cattle, horses, bees and a couple green houses...

it there are no "sparks"...
they will remain friends...
:)
they have this all figured out...
DH took today off to take him to the airport...
and then the rest of the week...
he will have 5 days off, but the heat and humidity will keep us in most of the time...
I will be on "icky" mode...
only out in the early mornings and late evenings when its cooler...
and inside the rest of the time...
I will get a start on the fall house cleaning...
so when fall comes around, I will be outside without much guilt...
:)
stay cool, but still have fun!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

here comes the heat...

gearing up for some in days...

but wanted to post on the morning glories...


I need these in other areas of the yard...

so will do what I did to get them  here...

just pull them out of the field in the fall and throw them here and there...

heat indexes are going to be triple digits...
there is plenty to do inside...

going to be packing Craig up tonight and getting to bed early...
they have to leave by 3am...
pray for his safe journey!

Monday, July 10, 2017

after 2 long days of work...

it was a good weekend...
we got to work on the side yard where the flooding had set us back...
got the little red wagon last week on an online rummage site...

painted this all black and got the extra pots scrubbed up...
this is where the huge azalea was...
DH dug the dead plant up and we are thinking a hydrangea in here when we find one...
we are pretty sure that's all we lost over here!
some things are delayed and just not bloom this year...
the rose of Sharon only has a few blooms on it this year, but it made it!
5 weeks + of standing water, so we are lucky to have anything left here...
grateful we are not having to start completely over!

there is still much to do...
and so many weeds!
tons of broadleaf!
but we picked one section and pretty much, stuck to it...
we got the holes filled and flattened as much as I could do with the riding lawn mower...
a ton of weeds and debris cleaned from the flower beds...
and sewed grass seed...

I bought this chair, too...
it was orange and painted it black...

got some really hot and humid days coming up this week...

watering will be t he priority...
and staying in as much as possible...

got some touch up painting done, too...
there is always more to do...
:)
we are both sore, but still kicking...
we didn't even get to the old garden area...
but there are tiny green beans on the potted plants...
and the tomatoes are growing...
a hard rain knocked off all the blooms they had on them...

gearing up for Craig's vacation to Canada...
Steve has to take him to Indy Wednesday morning early...
they leave here at 3am...
DH took Wed- Fri off...
I am sure we will be inside most of it...
:)
we can get caught up on the inside stuff and our naps!



Friday, July 7, 2017

a few more cars...













got another hot and humid day here...
but the weekend looks better...
will be getting the paint bucket opened...
touching up the deck and getting the railings done...
and the back steps...
shouldn't take too long...
maybe even working on the side yard that needs so much help...
have a  blessed day!