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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eeeeeeek!

                        You Freak Meowt...Audrey
                              And I'm Not Kitten. 

                              ''HAPPY HALLOWEEN'' 

hugs, Deb

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Things keep moving along.

Audrey has reluctantly been planning her move all day today. We have gone through her toy basket and picked out the 'favorite' ones and the rest will be donated to our local shelter. I have been getting rid of more 'things' I don't want or need. Much of our belongings will stay in the old house with my daughter and be moved when the main house is built; mostly larger furniture and such. But for now, I just want to lighten the load, so to speak.

"Audrey...you know that you can't bring all your blankies with you, right? I'm afraid you will have to leave a few in storage for awhile."

"How did I get dragged into this."

We had a little visitor here to help his dad and grandpa install the new gas stove. Pretty cute little worker, don't you think?
This is our one and only grandson, Bradley.
This stove is so appreciated by the felines in this household. Our grand-kitty Joe, who will remain at the old house with Rae-Rae , can you hear Audrey cheering here, and enjoy this stove all winter, looks quite proud of that fact.
(Yes, indeedy)

And here are the latest photos of the construction. We've had great weather and we have great workers so things are moving along nicely.
You can see where the stair-way will be to the apartment above.

The little door on the right leads you to the stairs.
Look at the mud here. I keep wearing a pair of shoes out here that have been destined for the garbage for weeks now. The mud section will eventually turn into our driveway.
The dormer window will be above the kitchen sink.

Tomorrow the roof will be finished (shingled) and stairs put in.

Meanwhile, I'll be cat-sitting two of my favorite kitties this weekend. Photos coming; more tears, too, no doubt.

There is not much time to get ready for Halloween. My grandittles will be by on Friday night; even little Gwynn. I'd better get some 'special treats' ready. And they'd better bundle up as it's going to be chilly.
Hot Chocolate, popcorn and Hocus Pocus  night.

BTW - It's National Cat Day today. So, you know what to do.


Stay toasty,  Deb

Monday, October 27, 2014

And on it goes...

The sun is finally shining again so we were out to the lot today.

A little more on the construction of the carriage house.
(photos taken over the course of a week)
'MEN AT WORK'
in-spite of all the rain.

This is the double garage (which we will keep heated) and the section for the stairs to the one bedroom apt.

Starting the apartment.
The windows you see above the garage will be looking out the bedroom and eating nook.
All four walls and roof will be up by Thursday.
MUD is the word of the day. You need to wear old shoes or rubber boots when dropping by to see the progress.  Gravel should be brought in at the very end to make it a little less ugly here.

The weather is changing rapidly and mornings are very cool and dark until well after 7 am now. We are hoping to get in to our little 'mouse house' before the snow flies.
"Oh, do drop in for tea. I'll find you a spot to sit." 

I'm preparing lots of drive-thru lunch spots for our local birds. No lack of trees for hanging feeders, that's for sure. I'll hang some close to the house near windows so Audrey and Annie can continue their love of bird-watching in the mornings. I'll be joining them with a hot coffee and my camera.
I can't let boredom get these cats.
That's why.
It will be a 'teeny-weeny' residence for the winter so the cats will have access to both levels through a cat door. I think Audrey will get a big *bang* out of that.

                                               "WHAT is she babbling on about?"

"OH, you'll see, Audrey." :o)

'Ol Kane is doing a little better but still not back to himself.  "His age will compromise his recuperation.", said Dr. King. Oh Dear! Antihistamines and Surolan drops in the ears is what we are working with. This is in case he has an inner-ear infection. At home he does quite well but we had another walk through the neighbourhood yesterday and he tittered and tottered quite a bit. He wants to get outside which is a good sign but his walks have to be kept short for now. I really hope this soon goes away completely...my poor Kane.

He's been enjoying some of his most-loved meals lately...roast chicken and veggies being his favorite. And he wears one of my daughter's sweaters while he sits around the house to avoid a chill. He had a relaxing Sunday evening snuggled in his sweater and cozy on the couch while he...I mean we...watched Downton Abbey. I only hope to have this life when I'm 80.

I wish you all a good and peaceful day.
Stay toasty,
 Deb



Saturday, October 25, 2014

What's up with the critters?

Our Kane seems to be improving as each day goes by and was out and about for a walk on Friday. It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm. The sound of him crunching leaves and tottering along did my heart good. I know that this disease will take a toll on him because of his age but just getting him out for his daily walks will keep him a happy dog.

Sierra spent the morning on the deck while I cleaned up the front of the house and gathered up one million leaves.
                                     Worshipping what's left of Fall's warm sunshine.
She still loves the mailman.
Annie is never far from Lily. I think she fancies herself to be her nurse-maid. She's such a good cat with a big heart for those that need comforting. Lily is heading into her 19th year now and she needs watching over.

and lastly, Audrey. I asked her if I could please take a picture for the blog folks.
Here you go...
Did I ever mention she hates the camera?

Do you have a tradition on Halloween night that brings together the family?
Here's one that we enjoy and never tire of no matter how many times we watch it.

The Movie....                                      Hocus Pocus
These sisters always make me laugh.

I have a scarf to finish and a hot chocolate to make on this cool & windy October night.

Stay toasty,
Deb


Friday, October 24, 2014

It's that time again to store some nuts

Someone has spent much of the morning watching the squirrels scamper back and forth looking for food to store.
Yes, it's that time again. They are very busy collecting anything they can eat. 
I noticed one yesterday burying something.
Next Spring we will find walnut trees growing in the oddest places.

"Those things are real nut-jobs."
I had a bit of fun with the old step-back cupboard again.
I love changing things up for the seasons.
And with a dizzy dog and a retired-guy down for the count (pulled a muscle in his back
pushing rocks around) I've been house-bound more and drinking lots of tasty tea. 
I'm also still purging 'stuff' that I no longer want or need. I could probably do this until I am down to one tea-pot but I will stop myself at a reasonable point. Some things you just can't let go of.

I have one kitty to cat-sit for this weekend. It's so odd to see my calendar almost empty. Most of my clients have now been given another cat-sitters' name to interview for future travelling. Its been hard to 'close down' my service but life moves on and changes are inevitable. I really hope to keep in touch with all my clients when we have finally moved on to our lot. I will, no doubt, be back and forth enough just visiting the family to drop in to say "hi" to my old charges. I already miss them.

The sun is peaking through the trees right now so it promises to be a nice, Fall day. I plan to get Kane out for a slow walk today if he is up for it.  The dairy queen is on the agenda, too. The old guy deserves a plain soft ice cream baby cone for the week he has put in. Bless his heart.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend.
I wish you all Peace and Happiness.

hugs, Deb  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It's hard to smile these days.

We have to look for the 'little things' ...
Violets are still blooming in spite of the treatment they get from the cats. 


I made two dozen pumpkin muffins today. Surely, that should keep a certain person around here happy for awhile. And the dog.
And, some pumpkin orange spice loose tea.
"Heaven"

Although Kane does stumble a bit he seems to be improving.
He walks like a dog that is not sure of his footing and if he gets going too fast he stumbles, but he is better than he was. We are thankful for that.
He has had his three pills and is enjoying all the extra 'fussiness' going on around him.
He loves the car so of course we took him for a drive. He slept through it, though.  
He is walking on his own but very carefully.
We managed a walk around the neighbourhood today which he enjoyed.
Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions.
It all helps.

Things are really moving fast on the property. That's good 'cause we have to get in there pronto. The weather has been the pits lately; way too much rain. We have great guys working away on our building and they are not letting rain get in the way but sunshine would be appreciated.

The birds are coming to the feeders. Yah! I have filled them twice now.

I cared for these two beauties the last few days. I expect it will be the last time so I spent as much time with them as I could. I'm so happy to have known them and will surely miss them.
                               Tigger                                               Belle

Hope you had some *smiles* today.

With the loss of one of Canada's brave soldiers, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was violently murdered by a lone gunman on Wednesday in front of the National War Memorial near our Parliament Hill, it is hard for all Canadians to smile these days. Our hearts are broken for his family. Such a waste.

He was known by his friends and loved-ones to always have a smile on his face.
"Rest in Peace, Nathan.We pray for our country."

hugs, Deb


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

JT

"Oh, sweet baby James"
James and Kim Taylor
I came across this photo and wanted to share it only because I thought it was so nice of them both.

James Taylor has always been my favorite musician and song-writer. I love his voice and have seen him live three times now. At the last concert I was lucky to be close enough for a little hug as he walked by. Damn...if I didn't feel 18 again. :)
My favorite JT cd is called October Road. If you have not heard it you may want to add it to your Christmas list. "Oh, did I say 'Christmas'?..."sorry!"