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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Poppin' in to say "hi"

"Hello" from our home to yours.
I know you're there. lol

We have been keeping busy, the retired-guy in the garage cleaning up and I'm just keeping the home-fires burning and spending as much time outside as I can. Cleaning up the wood-lot has been a good therapy for the soul. I could spend another day just picking up sticks and branches that fell over the long winter.
And I am checking all the bird houses to be sure they are ready and safe for our spring birds arriving. I have hung a cage of cat hair from my cats grooming sessions. Their hair is free of all products including flea treatment and they are indoor cats.

We have had red-winged blackbirds here for a quick lunch and also the white-winged blackbird popped by one day. Many robins are staying and looking for worms on the brown grass that now peeks through the snow. Yes, we still have snow. Today the sun will get rid of much of it. Chippies are out and about.

House wren nest found in the woodlot.
There is a carpet of moss covering many stones along the old stone wall. 
It's beautiful and a comfort to see such vibrant green.

We have not seen our fox for days now. She has either moved on or is only coming out of her den at night. It's hard to know.
The snow is almost gone so tracks are not visible anymore.
I place food not far from the den in case she is with her kits. It is eaten every night but that could be raccoons, too.
Time to put a camera out.

Here is my home-made bird suet for Cheryl...

1 cup organic peanut butter
1 cup lard
2 cups corn meal
1/4 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
Enough seed mix to make thick
Pieces of apple or cranberries.

Melt lard and add peanut butter.
Cool
Add rest of ingredients
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
Pop in freezer
Break off pieces for your suet cage.

I hope everyone is keeping busy in their homes. I'll bet their is a lot of baking going on. :-) I've had to stop for awhile or I'll be the size of a bus soon. 



I have books galore to keep me occupied and four cats to pamper.

Take care everyone. I'll be by for a visit. xo

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Staying safe and waiting on spring.

We are in trying times, aren't we.
I hope everyone is well and taking all precautions to stay that way.

We are home a lot these days and thanks to this momma-to-be fox I have some unexpected  entertainment.

She has made a den just outside my kitchen window under my neighbour's shed.
This is the second spring this has happened and she could be the same fox that raised four cubs here last year.

off to the woods for lunch.

And another visitor this morning...
sorry for the quality but she was a distance away.
I did go out and stood under the tree which was enough to
send her on her way.
I can't bear to watch her take one of our little birds that we feed daily.
A beautiful sharp-shinned hawk.

Cora was spayed recently and she is now back to her regular silly self.

She hated her collar so much so we tried a onesie on her.
As you can see she loved it. :-)

Wilson thinks she's lost her marbles.

She's still wearing it 'til Tuesday when the stitches come out.
She'll wonder where it went, I imagine.


We have many birds here at Fox Grove.
Our chickadees are still a favorite.


This week the white-winged black bird returned and we have robins hopping around looking for worms today. Spring is here even though we have a few days to wait for it on the calendar.
I think we had one of the easiest winters to get through in years. Mild and little snow.
But, we still have some.

I hope everyone can find ways to stay busy while we wait out this virus.
It's our chance to read more, finish projects, learn something new and enjoy nature.
I am keeping a journal of the wildlife here and looking forward to what spring might bring our way. I'm hoping to have blue birds arrive and nest in one of our houses. And I will welcome back the house wrens and swallows again.


Be safe, be well and remember that this too shall pass.
hugs, Deb

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Snowy days

We have snow and lots of it. But the days are mild this week and sometimes you can ditch the wool scarf and grab a pretty spring one covered in birds to head out for a walk.



Last weekend, our grand-dog, Forrest, came with his overnight bag which held his bowl, food and his chewie. :-) He  spent much of his time running amuck in the wood-lot. And look at that snow. Agh!

 He loves it there and at this time of year I don't have to worry
about the critters.  And in the summer he stays on lead.
He's a bit of a goof-ball.

January was a month of very little snow but I expect February will make up for it.
We Canadians never get much of a break from winter. That's why we are a tough lot.

Wilson is a sun-worshiper and no matter where it appears in the house he will find it.



The fire is roaring and these two 
are snuggling the day away
 today.

Cora was scheduled for a spay on the 11th and just six days before she went into H.E.A.T.

This darling face kept us up for four nights while she wandered around screaming like an injured seal. Even Wilson was sleep-deprived by the end of it. The retired-guy slept with ear plugs in. I was a zombie by the end of it. But I still love her.

And now she is back to her old self and peace is restored.
Little being=big voice. It's so good to hear her mouse-like squeaks again. :-)

Hope all is well with everyone.

be kind, 
Deb



Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Hello February.

Well, hello February. 
You are a month I do not normally look forward to but, hey...we are that much closer to spring.
And I could use a new start to the year.

First off, Wilson and Cora want to wish their rescuer, Natalie at Bee Meadow Farm a "Happy Birthday" and may the year ahead for her be the best one yet. They send their love and purrs and thank you again for giving them that chance at a good life in a home where they are loved to the moon and back. We love you Natalie.

And they will celebrate the occasion by staying right where they are...in their bed by the fire. I will sweep later. :-b

In keeping with my need to work on my health and for the good of my soul to NOT buy supermarket eggs, I headed over to see Lucy for her farm fresh, free-range, delicious and nutritious eggs.

It was lovely to be greeted by Charlotte the donkey and a few of her cows at the fence. The chickens are inside the coop on these cold days but will be out and about come the milder weather to live as chickens should.
Just google Battery Hens and I'll bet you a doughnut you will never buy eggs from these large factory farms where the poor souls never see the light of day and live their lives in wire cages piled one on top of the other. It makes me cry...it really does.

We had a pileated woodpecker visit the other day but I didn't get a photo this time. He came right up to the deck and had a go at the suet cake outside the window. Fascinating birds. They stand about a foot and a half.
We sometimes get up to twenty mourning doves at a time at our birdbath. They seem to be the bird that needs water the most. They are so pretty.

We are having a mild winter in Ontario this year, very little snow. Last year it started snowing in October and was still snowing in April. A record-breaking snow year.  And if it's cold one day it's mild the next.
I'd say it's been a perfect winter.

I spent a day going through bins of dishes, pottery and china collected over the years to have my girls rummage through them and take what they want and send what's left to a thrift shop.
I had lots of help. You know...the best kind. :-)

It's a beautiful sunny day today so I'm heading out to enjoy it.
And I see David, the King of the Wild Frontier, has the same idea.
I'll have to warn the critters in the woodlot, give him a hug and then send him on his way.
He will be here every day come spring to help put our gardens in.

We received a beautiful card from my vet and the staff at the Carleton Place Vet Clinic in memory of our Annie.
Thoughtful words were written. And it is very much appreciated.


be kind, Deb



Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Food is medicine.


Ahhh, winter. This chest cold that hit was relentless and wore me right down all month.
I'm one of those people that just don't catch things often so I suspect my immune system was weak due to family worries. And by 'family' I mean our cat, Annie.
So now I am working on building myself up to a healthy state again.
And I'm starting with blueberries and lots of them. 


                                         Food is medicine.
                                            2 cups a day

Cora doesn't get it as her goal each day is to catch (in her mind) the squirrel that eats peanuts just outside the sliding door.
And have it served up on a sesame bun. =^..^=

 So, I am kicking January to the curb but I have circled the last day to have breakfast out with friends and look forward to a new month.
One of joy, new beginnings and good health for family, friends and our beloved pets.

I do wish you all that and more.

Deb


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Thank you.

Thank you so much everyone for your thoughtful comments on the passing of our Annie.
You are all so kind.
It's still very hard as she is missed every minute of every day.

Wilson being silly.

It has been two weeks and Wilson 
still misses her, too
But it's getting better every day.
I am so happy that we made the decision to adopt again before Annie's passing.
Cora has been a big help to keep Wilson busy.





Cora keeps us entertained.
Her favorite spot to sit is in the loft looking over her domain.


I'd be having a heart attack
if the couch wasn't right below her chosen spot.


I'm getting better; finally stopped coughing and my energy is returning slowly.

Sitting by the fire being entertained by Cora as she puts all her energy
into tracking a fly that made the bad decision to call our home it's refuge.

She.will.get.it.

"yep...I will"

It's been snowing all night and it is a winter wonderland outside.

Our grand-dog, Forrest was here for a sleep-over and spent a good part
of the day running around the wood-lot.
He loves it here. :-)

And our resident birds are being well cared for mostly by the retired-guy while I
rest up.
This cardinal has made Fox Grove his home this winter.
We welcome him with open arms.
Cardinal and Junco

We will soon be wrapping up January.
Here's to a happy month ahead.

be kind,
Deb

Friday, January 24, 2020

A hard start to 2020

We have had a hard start to the new year.
We lost our little Annie to cancer January 11th. We fought for three years
but after two major surgeries, which she came through well, it returned with
a vengeance.
I have sat down to write a tribute to her with some of her best photos but can't do it.
It's too soon for me. I have put a photo and small tribute on instagram.

I've been sick for a month now with a deep chest cold.
I'm sure the stress of losing our Annie only added to the
time it's taking to heal.

Wilson has been lost without her but it only would have been
worse without Cora. She has kept him busy to some degree; she does her best.

I hope everyone has had a good start to the new year.
I'm going to just wipe January off the calendar and pray for
a better month ahead.
I'll be by to visit.

hugs, Deb