Monday, October 5, 2015

The colours of fall with Audrey

but first I'll feed the birdies. :)



There is so much beauty just outside your door in the fall.

The colours of fall are so perfect, aren't they?

And I found a pretty feather that someone decided to 'taste' and then gagged a bit.

("Good grief, Audrey. What would other cats think?")

"I did not gag."

"Ya, you did. "

"But that's ok.
Maybe you'll stop attacking my board of feathers when I'm not looking."

"Ya, that's gonna happen."


Thank you everyone for your kind comments on the passing of my dear Aunt Frances.
Your words have been very comforting. 
Audrey has kept my spirits up; just being her adorkable self.
That, I can always rely on. :)

I hope you are all enjoying these first few fabulous weeks of fall.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Aunt Francis

My dear Aunt Frances passed away yesterday.
She was in her 94th year.
Celebrating her 90th birthday in 2012.

She was my mom's baby sister, her best friend and confidante.
She was the mother of eight, a grand-mother and a great-grandmother.
She was the aunt you could talk to about anything and know that she was listening and cared.

I am so happy that she was out this spring to visit the mouse-house.
We sat on the bench under the maple tree and talked about her years growing up on this very piece of land.
She told me that my mom and her mom were smiling down on us as we began our new adventure.
She also told me the old pump was always painted white when she was young.

We painted it the next week.

I will miss this grand lady. She is now with my mom, who I know will have a hug for her. I can just picture them sitting together, a cup of tea in hand, catching up on all the family news.

Rest in Peace, Aunt Frances. It was a privilege and an honour to know you and love you.
Until we meet again.

hugs, Deb

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Autumn Winds are Blowin'

This is my attire before heading out for my one hour walk this morning. It was very cool out there; downright cold. Gloves were a must. I kid you not. Only one week ago I wore layers knowing full well that I would be stripping off the sweater before halfway through my walk.
Not today.
Do you see Kane on the floor? He's been out, had breakfast and is gone back to bed and it's not 9 am yet. We start early around here.

October in Ontario can be a funny month. It can be warm with sun-shine right to the end or we could have piles of snow by Halloween. You just never know.

As I walked along the beautiful country road, taking note of the change of colours in the trees, I stumbled upon these goof-balls. It's the same family that wanders over to the mouse-house often but today I counted only eleven. The original family was thirteen. :(

I recognized big daddy from all the dirty looks he would give me on our property.
Believe me, I stayed clear of him.
Whenever you went near the head would go up and he would stare you down.
I think he was telling me..."Don't think you're getting any of our feathers, lady."

I did find a few gifts again today.

Isn't that a pretty one with the blue? I guess it is from a Blue-jay.
A little soap and water and it will be gorgeous again.

Back home, Sierra was waiting to have a look-see at what I found.
                                                                      (not impressed)

They probably figure that with time there will be enough feathers for them to build their own bird. ha!

Enjoy your day.
Hugs, Deb

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Welcome October

As the sun shone through the maples this bright cool autumn morning, I watched to see if I could spot the black squirrel and, hopefully, the grey sibling around their nesting tree. Sure enough, the black one ran out along a limb and thankfully the grey was right behind. They tumbled along, one jumping over the other and headed straight to the feeding area. I was relieved to see them together;  thankful. The friendship was genuine and I know they were comfort and warmth to each other on these cool nights. My morning and this beautiful new month, was off to a good start.

So, I enjoyed one more cup of  the retired-guy's great coffee and headed out for my walk.
I wore a heavy hoodie and still found it very cool. Next time I'll bring gloves.

The route I take is a windy one as you can see in the photo.
It's so pretty here with the gorgeous houses and the old wooden fences.

I passed an older gentleman who tipped his hat and said "good morning". :)
Such a rare gesture these days.  

I came home with a few little gifts from above.
Audrey gave them a good inspection
and then went off in a huff again wondering where the rest of that bird is.

The fence is coming along.
It is perfect weather for these out-door projects. :)

"Welcome October"
I only wish you had 100 days.

hugs, Deb

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall findings.

My heart sank as I arrived home after my walk this morning. There, at the end of our drive, was a dead grey squirrel. It had been hit on the road right at our lane. Now, I realize that most people would not care about a squirrel one.tiny.bit but if it's the sibling to the black one they were born in our maple outside our dining-area window. I watched them grow all spring and summer. They play like kittens in our drive-way. So, I do care about them. I guess I'll soon find out if it is the little grey one as they hang around together all day long. The poor little black guy will surely be looking for him. :(
 The retired-guy put him over near the ditch for the crows. That's what you do in the country. One thing dies to feed the others.

My walk this morning required a sweater :))) as the fall wind blew through the trees. What a difference a week makes.

I found a few of falls gifts on my walk. I was walking where the pretty houses are again. The people are so friendly there. Always a nod and a "good morning" or if in their car they smile and wave. I'm really beginning to love our new area.

It was a good day to have a burn and fix some fences. The temporary fence will come down once the posts are done. We are using some posts from the old chicken coop that came down last fall.

The morning glories are hanging on and they are so, so pretty. And the trees at the mouse-house are now beginning to turn a yellow-gold.

Soon they will be ablaze with colour.

The feeders were busy even though 'ol Kane was walking in amongst them. The birds usually stay clear when they see him. If they only knew how 'safe' this dear 'ol dog is.
(see the blue-jay to the left)

This guy gets (and needs) a bath once a week out here.

No visitors to the squirrel feeder yet that I know of. It's good to get it out early, though, so they are used to it before the real cold weather sets in. the smell of burning wood. It just adds to this fabulous fall day.

In the mouse-house the cats are snoozin'.
No matter how many comfy places are provided, Audrey always sleeps in this 'too small' cat bed and hangs her leg out so you'll take pity on her.

And this was just sent to me by my daughter.

                                            Our grandittle Gwynn dressed in fall colours.

Love that little peanut.
I think Friday we have a 'date'.

hugs, Deb

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Setting up the feeder and the plight of the abandoned cat

If anyone is interested in building a see-through squirrel feeder for your resident squirrels, here is what it looks like once mounted on a stump. You can also attach them to a tree.
The instructions are on the previous post.
For now we will leave it here.

I'm quite sure I will see the three chipmunks who live under our pump trying out the new buffet.
A handful of nuts...and they will come.

I have been on the phone and computer much of the afternoon trying to find animal shelters or rescues that are not full to the rafters. I have done nothing but hit brick walls. There are so many cats being found in the Lanark area that need a place to go at a time when all the rescues are unable to take in even one more cat or kitten.
I lived in the Lanark area for 25 years and was very much involved in cat rescue so when I hear about the plight of the rescues and get calls to see if I can help my heart just sinks.
The local shelter is so full they are turning cats away, rescues are being stretched to the limits with too little funding and no available space.
Cats and kittens are being found under porches, in ditches, in fields, you name it.
Irresponsible people abandoning cats and kittens...responsible people finding them and seeking help.
It's a terrible time of year.

I won't preach to the all know how important spaying and neutering is.
Why, oh why does this continue to get worse every year?
With the cost of vet bills and the state of the economy I expect it will never get any better.
It's such a sad thing to see.

It's a rainy day today.
The air is cool as the wind blows leaves from the trees.
Fall has moved in.

Sierra washing up after breakfast.
Annie - just being cute.

Audrey is under a blanket. :-b

Sending you all a hug, 

Monday, September 28, 2015

levels of loveliness & building shelter for l'il red.

It was a gorgeous weekend and only right that we spend a little time relaxing.
I added a flower stand behind St. Francis so I had levels of blooms to enjoy for the little time left for these flowers. 
I love the fall mums.

My late morning glories.

and today it rained
after my hour walk where I got caught in a downpour (hence my flippy hair) we built a squirrel feeder to help our resident l'il red and his buddies get through the cold winter ahead.

The squirrel goes in through the hole and enters the jar that will hold his food. That way he is out of the rainy, sleety, frigid weather while he eats.
And, we can watch him enjoy his meal.
We made it bigger than the instructions because we thought the squirrel looked a little squished in the picture.
It gets so cold in our part of Canada that some wild-life do not survive the winter.
This just might make a difference.

The retired-guy is presently staining it red to match the mouse-house.
Only the best for our little rascals.

See...this is how it looks when he is dining.

Some would say we have too much time on our hands but's raining.

Now back to organizing those shelves behind me.

If you would like to build a squirrel feeder here is the link...

Thank you Nicole for sending me this link.
Nicole is one of my cat-sitting clients from years back and has been following along on our 'new life' in the country.

I still miss caring for her darling Serena. She is the most beautiful cat (inside and out) with big baby blues. 
How I would love to hug her again. 
This was very sweet of you, Nicole. Thank you so much.

Check out these peepers. :)
I was putty in her paws.

hugs, Deb