Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cat-sitting and winter preparations for our feathered friends

Cat-sitting for families gives me the opportunity to meet some lovely people. I provide the service of caring for the cats, tailored to their daily needs, while people vacation or travel for business. Sometimes it can be family emergencies that take them away or they may be unwell themselves and need someone to care for the animals while they recover.
For the last two weeks I have been caring for two very cherished, albeit confused and shy, orange kitties.
Their owner is fighting a terrible diagnosis of lung cancer and is unable to provide them with the care they are used to. That's where I can help and I'm so glad I can. 

The weather has changed to wet and windy days and nights and I am already thinking about the care of Simon and the resident birds this winter.
Simon will hibernate off and on but the birds will be relying on food every day as they struggle through the many cold months ahead. Did you know that chickadees can lose up to a third of their weight just from shivering throughout the night. Imagine. And we can have -30C temperatures for much of our winter. And they have to find enough food each day to replace that weight or they freeze. Just knowing that keeps me filling those feeders all winter long. It's time now to make and provide the suet for them to pack on some weight. And this week I will pick up one hundred and fifty pounds of seed from a local farmer. That will do 'til January... maybe.

                           Home-made Suet
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup lard
2 cups corn meal
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups rolled oats
Mix together and heat on medium. Once mixed, add seeds, peanuts and cranberries.

Line muffin tins
with plastic wrap
Fill tins and pop into freezer.
Once frozen, remove suet cakes and place in plastic bags. 
Keep frozen and use when needed.

Note: You can also use up stale, sugarless cereals by adding them to your suet just to make it go further.

Here's the finished product. Photo taken last year. They are smaller than the commercial suet cakes but, oh boy, the birds really prefer these.

For now I keep the feeders full and leave some seed & apple under the sumacs at the back on the table. The blue-jays love eating here mostly. 

I cover Simon's eating spot now with our adirondack chairs against the attack of hungry hawks. I see them hiding in our trees on occasion and I know why they are visiting. I can't protect him everywhere but at least while he's eating he is safe. His den is under this old pump.
Simon has stayed in his den for three days with all the rain and wind we've had. He's probably dining on his stash and will be needing to replenish it later. Did I mention he has enough apples down there to make a pie? Uh huh!
He's lived under the old white pump for three years now.
I have no idea where his friend, Simone, is hiding out.

                                         =^..^= =^..^=
                                  Sun-puddle worshipper.

Today the sun returns, as it always does, and clean-up of the property will commence. Lots to do in the fall around here. :)

Enjoy your day. 

hugs, Deb

Friday, October 21, 2016

The minis stole my heart

                                    Annie & I took a selfie. 

But I like the photos I get when I sneak up on her.

Yes, she's as adorable as she looks.

I wish I could fit a mini or two on our property. Mini being mini horse. We took in a country fair three weeks ago and I fell in love.



I won't bore you with photos of a fair. It was fun and I came home with home-made jams & candy apples which we devoured. :) But no mini horses. 

Enjoy your day.

hugs, Deb

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Our little trail...

Come take a little walk with me.

We have to find some pumpkins somewhere.

Our little turtle trail is now transformed for Fall and will only get better as the red, yellow and orange leaves keep falling to the ground.

You are always welcome.

The weather has been beautiful; sun and cool breezes.

Along the path, you'll see our 150 year old OH has been decorated for fall.
I do believe there is a family of chippies living in there.

I wonder if they'll get some trick or treaters. 

Meet you at the stone wall.

See it up there?

Here we are.

This is the end of the teeny weeny trail, but as you can see, we can make it longer if we want to. And we do.
We just have to veer to the left.
A little project for next spring.
The grandittles love it back here.

Simon was out on his porch waiting on breakfast this morning.
I got a scolding for being late. 
He's happy now as cheeks are full.
"Have a fun day, Simon."

"Where's my Treats?"

"Oh, Geesh....."
"They are hidden in the cupboard but I put a few in the little white porcelain dish with the pink and baby blue flowers."

"She knows I HATE that dish."

non nom nom nom...

hugs, Deb

Monday, October 17, 2016

Treat nabber.

Oh, Oh!

"Ah ha...there they are."
Audrey found her freeze-dried chicken treats in the cupboard last night. Dang! Now I'll have to find a new spot or she'll start flinging dishes if she can't get the top off.
I just know my blue and white will be the first to be air-borne.

"You...stop taking pictures of me."
"Oh, Audrey. Really!"

Here's my favorite maple tree outside the wee kitchen's window.
This may be the last photo as I expect there won't be many leaves left after this week.

So, so pretty. :)

hugs, Deb

Thursday, October 13, 2016

I get her.

Audrey loves going on adventures even if it's just to Canadian Tire for oil.
Here she is waiting on the retired-guy and watching all the human beans go by.

She is in a crate while we are driving, though, for fear she opens a window and jumps out.
She'd do that, ya know.
She was a 'good girl' (for Audrey) so the next stop was to pick her up a little something new to avoid boredom setting in.
She has claimed it and it is by far her new favorite hang-out. She uses it for bird-watching but I may have to put a blankie inside so she can make a hidey-hole.

                                             "She gets me."


Monday, October 10, 2016

A fox moves in & more of Fall's splendor.

Look at who is snoozin' in my step-back cupboard today.
                           A little clay fox.  Isn't she adorable.
                                          A fox is a female to me...I don't know why.
What a sweet surprise to find this at my door along with a beautiful card from Rian at

                                            "What is this crazy thing I see here?"
" come it's not chewable?"

Even the audacious one had her big lion nose in the cupboard checking out the new addition.

Once she knew she couldn't eat it, it was back to her favorite perch for bird-watching.

"I can't waste my time on the uneatables"

Thank you, Rian, for this sweet addition to my cupboard. I love it so much. :)
Rian is a potter, too, and does beautiful work. Drop over and meet her four adorable cats. Rian also takes care of a family of ferals on her property. She's such a kind lady. :)

Speaking of 'love', just look at this kitchen window I found on pinterest. I think it's so pretty.
Had to share.
                                                      This just makes me smile.
I hope all my Canadian friends had a nice Thanksgiving weekend. We will actually be celebrating next weekend as due to some illness and work-schedules in the family we were unable to get together.

We are having fabulous weather this week coming up. High temperatures for this time of year and lots of sunshine. The trees will all soon be in full-show. Here's the prettiest
tree outside the mouse-house kitchen window today.
                                                              Our maple tree

                               This is the tree that shades Simon's house.

Enjoy your week.

hugs, Deb

Sunday, October 9, 2016

An autumn walk...

I love walks in the Fall and feel very lucky to live in a beautiful area to do just that today. Just down our country road is a gorgeous new development surrounded by old maples that are putting on quite a show right now.

It's a one hour walk that goes by very quickly.

Heading back up our road, I enjoy the beautiful red leaves of the sumac tree.

And as I turn in the drive-way I notice the golden sun setting on St. Francis.

And you can see how Audrey chose to spend her afternoon.

"Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends."

hugs, Deb