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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cats in windows & some kitty clients

There are many kitties enjoying the warmer Spring sun in their windows these days.
The only way to make this window with the gorgeous shutters more beautiful
is, of course, to put a white cat in it.




I captured these sun-worshippers this past week.

I've been busy again providing cat-sitting in our area.
You may remember Dominique. Some of you are familiar with her as I care for her quite often.
Look at the little cap on her head. So cute!
Isn't she pretty?

Emmi & Didi, the two senior sisters. Love these ladies.

Jewel & Angel. It took  a long time for Angel to warm up to me in the past but we are now great friends. Jewel is always friendly and greets me at the door each visit. I'll have to post a photo of them later.

The beautiful Bella & Tigger.
Bella sits pretty
                             while Tigger tends his garden.

Tonight I arrived at the feeding spot where I feed a few feral cats and was greeted by a huge raccoon. "Dang...if it isn't skunks or crows it's raccoons." I know everything is hungry, and I don't mind the wildlife cleaning up the left-overs, but my concern is the cats.
I didn't have to worry though as he scooted off into the bush when I pulled in. The food was placed in its' regular spot and before I got back to the car one of the cats came running across the grass ready to be first in line for a free meal of dry and moist food.  :) I left feeling good.

It's a busy weekend ahead for cat-sitting & yard work.
Hope the rain holds off.

Enjoy your evening.
Hugs,  Deb




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A good plan for a rainy day.

It is a rainy day but that's ok.

It's a good day to put away the Easter decor for another year. Maybe, too, I'll plant some more pansies since I need to fill a hanging pot for the window.

The violets want to bloom again.

I have keys to pick up this evening to care for some stay-at-home kitties. May will be a busy month.


And...it's time to plan an herb garden. I think I will plant more tea herbs this year. Here's a little from Country Living on just that...  .http://www.countryliving.com/cooking/about-food/herbal-teas-0906

But then again, it's a lazy day and Audrey has the right idea.
Audrey toes

It's good to have a 'hidey-hole' when the need occurs.

And dear little Annie (or  Peach as she is often called).  She is so exhausted after all her company yesterday. All that entertaining takes a lot out of a girl.
Peace at last.

Hugs, Deb

Monday, April 21, 2014

Let's hear it for pie

I hope everyone had a very nice Easter.
I had a few requests for my Raspberry Custard Pie recipe so here goes...

Raspberry Custard Pie
9 inch pie crust                        1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup raspberries                   2 cups milk
2 tsp flour                                 2 eggs
1/3 cup white sugar

Recipe from a Mennonite Cook Book..
 Method:   Sprinkle the flour around bottom of pie crust.  Sprinkle the raspberries evenly around the bottom of pie crust.   Put milk, eggs, vanilla, and sugar into blender. (I mix by hand)  Blend until mixed well, and pour on the raspberries.  Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.  Place in 400 degree F oven for 10 minutes.  Then turn down to 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until silver table knife inserted in centre comes out clean.     Personally I don't think 1/2 cup of raspberries is very much so if you like more you could probably put in almost one cup of them.   I always thought the raspberry custard pies were a little short on raspberries  :-)

How about a slice with a BIG cup of tea? Can I twist your arm?

Easter Sunday morning I had a little surprise at my front door. I was out feeding the birds and as I went to come in a chickadee flew up to the railing on our steps and started giving me a scolding. Have you ever been scolded by a chickadee? It's very hard not to laugh. :-b. 
I looked around to see what had her tail in a knot and realized that she was building a nest in my little cat bird feeder that hangs at our front door. 
This wooden cat has hung there for fifteen years and has always meant just to be an ornament. The retired-guy thinks it's an ugly one but that's beside the point. This is a first any bird has shown an interest in it.  I'm not sure how this will work for her with all the comings and goings at our door but she'll have to figure that out herself.  The nest is already built. I hope it all works out for her. I know I'm going to have to take a peak once in awhile. Is that ok?

A little of our Easter...  

Bear in a chick suit

Rae-Rae helped with setting the table for dinner.




Then the bunnies opened their baskets and went on an egg hunt.







Riley, Brad and Gwyn really enjoyed the egg hunt.
Little Bradley likes to pretend to make a fire in the wood-stove with Gramps.

Everyone enjoyed their meal and went home feeling full to the brim.
I then headed over to where I feed the ferals and treated them all to some left-overs.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, too. The sun was shining, flowers are popping up and as I mentioned before, nests are being built. :)

hugs, Deb

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter


Wishing everyone a Blessed and Beautiful Easter.

Hugs, Deb

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Thrifty find & family outing.

I found this beautiful little crock for $5
Inside the little crock is a branch from our lilac tree.
The day after this photo it snowed and dropped down to freezing.
Now I wonder if the buds will open on the trees at our drive-way.


So pretty.

Friday started out a dull, cloudy day as most Good Friday's do.
Plans had been made to meet the family at Temples for an early breakfast.
Breakfast was deeeelicious and the coffee was piping hot.
We then headed over to the trail through the sugar bush. 
Even Kane came along for the hike.
This was a good opportunity to capture a family photo once again.
This is our first Easter with little Gwyn. 
As luck would have it, someone who walked by was nice enough to take a photo for us. He said "No problem. I have the same camera."

Not bad. "Thanks so much...whoever you were." :)

Some of you have enjoyed your Easter dinners by now.
I hope you all had a great time with your families.

The Easter baskets are filled at our home and waiting for three very special little ones.

Our Easter dinner will be Monday.

On the menu this year...
Ham with a pineapple glaze
Cheesy scalloped potatoes
Layered  hot veggie dish which includes
sweet potato, carrots, zucchini, tomato & spinach topped with feta. (bake until bubbly)
Sweet corn and green beans
whole wheat rolls 
Cupcake Wine

Raspberry custard pie
Carrot cupcakes with butter-cream icing
AND
lots of chocolate
coffee and tea

I'm also busy once again with cat-sitting and SO HAPPY to see so many of my regulars. =^..^=
I am caring for a ginger, a calico, two grey tabbies, and a tuxedo. I'll try to sweet-talk them into a photo or two...just for you.

Wishing everyone a Blessed Easter weekend.
I'm off to kitty-sit.
hugs, Deb

Thursday, April 17, 2014

*smile*

A story that one of my cat-sitting clients sent to me that I would love to share with you.lhttp://funnycatsgallery.com/mom-cat/the-cat-and-the-ducklings/

I truly could see our Annie do the same. Audrey would have put on the food bib.

I added a little bird in it's nest to the Easter tree. His feathers are sparse as he has met up with the wrath of Audrey but I was able to save him. Now he's safe. (I think)



It is sunny and cold this morning.
Joe is enjoying a cushy seat in the house.

This little crock is a thrifty find ($5) and I will love filling it with pansies as soon as I can find some. Apparently, our nursery is still waiting for theirs to bloom.
For now, it holds some lilac branches.

Audrey has found a box and will settle in for awhile.
Then it's your guess as good as mine what she will be up to.

Do check out the video at the beginning of this post. It will amaze you.
Have a wonderful day.



hugs, Deb

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter table-scapes.

Easter is a fun time to decorate a table for a family dinner.
Our dining-room is very small though, 12 x 12,  and I have a growing family to accommodate.
It's a tight squeeze.

This was last year's table
I  had to cover the table cloth once again with plastic or no one would eat on it. You see, it was a gift from my youngest daughter when she travelled through South America and found it in a market in Peru.
It is a piece of art and I love it. No one wanted to be the one 'who spilled the wine'. :-b
My son-in-law said, "If you don't cover that with plastic I'll have to eat on the porch."
So I did.




In 2012 the centerpiece was tulips.



Easter 20ll 
I had to have some daisies.
and a chocolate bunny for everyone  (the little one was for Riley)
Dinner was served buffet-style so no plates on the table yet.
                   
We are squeezing one more munchkin in this year as now we have Gwyn in a high-chair along with Riley and Bradley at the table.
I'm thinking back to when I was young and there was always the 'kid's table' at family gatherings.
Perhaps we are not far off from reaching that plateau.

While the snow blew around our house today, Annie watched me clean the house for this year's dinner.
"You missed a cat hair. Not mine, of course."

From the look on her face,  I think she is at a loss as to why I even bother today with all the dusting. It's not like I won't have to do it again the morning of.

OY!

Now I know you are wondering "How the heck does she set a table with  6 cats in the house?"
This old house is just like all other older homes. The dining-room has two doors that I can close off  before the dinner just to tick off the cats.

I'm joining http://jannolson.blogspot.ca/ for Share your Cup Thursday.
Deb